Friday, November 12, 2010

Exhibition at Guild art gallery, Kamal Mansion, Colaba

Shadi Ghadirian

Born in 1974, Tehran, Iran.

B.A degree in Photography, Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

Tasweer Gallery, India
Silk Road, Tehran
Los Angeles County Muesum of Art, California

Photography Festival of Istanbul, Turkey
B21 Gallery, Dubai

Al mamal Foundation2, Jerusalem, Palestine
French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria

Villa Moda, Kuwait

Exhibition of Fnac, France

Leighton House Museum, London
Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2010 The Silk Road, New Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern Art from The Saatchi Gallery at Tri
Postal, Lille, France

From LA to Tehran: Mapping the Transnational State of Contemporary Iranian Art, The Guild NY, New York

Word Into Art, DIFC, Dubai

Noorderlicht photofestival, Netherlands
La Paz, Bolivia
San Diego Convention Centre, California
Silk Road, Tehran

Blessed are the Merciful, Feigen Contemporary, New York
Artspace Witzenhausen , Amsterdam
The Veiled Mirror, Contemporary Iranian Photography, De Santos Gallery, Houton, Texas,
Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London,
Image of Middle East, dccd, Denmark
Ey Iran, Contemporary Iranian Photography, Gold Cost City Art Gallery, Australia
Representation and Use of the Body in Art, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris
Le Rectangle, Lyon, France
Selyemes Fenyek, Budapest
Inaugura en Tucumán, Mexico

How Eastern Look at Western, CCCB, Barcelona
Rebel mind Gallery, Berlin
Foto Art Festival, Poland
Group Exhibition, After the revolution, Sansebastian, Spain
Aeroplastics Gallery, Belgium
N Gallery, Georgia
Galata Fotografhanesi, Istanbul
Boudin Lebon Gallery, Paris
Third Line Gallery, Dubai

San Jose Museum of Art, New York
The House of World Cultures, Berlin
Photo Biennale of Moscow, Russia
Parliament of Brussels
Photo Biennale of Luxemburg
Chobi Mella 3, Bangladesh

Harem Fantasies and the new Scheherzades, Spain and France
Sharjah International Biennial 6, Sharjah
Women in Orient - Women in Occident, Germany
Konstmuseum Gutenberg, Sweden
Ville De Bologna, France
Veil exhibition, The New Art Gallery,Walsall, Liverpool, Oxford, England
Sorbonne University, Paris

Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Thssaloniki Museum of Photography (Glimpses Of Iran), Greece

A Space Gallery, Toronto
Barbican Art Center (Iranian Contemporary Art), London
Photospania Festival, Spain
Regards Persans, Espace Electra, Paris

Inheritance, Leiton House Museum, London
Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen, Denmark
Ballymena Arts Festival, Northern Ireland
The House of World Cultures, Berlin
The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation, Worth Ryder Gallery at University of California, Berkeley

Sooreh International photo exhibition, Tehran
Barg Gallery, Tehran

Group Exhibition (About Children) Aria Gallery, Tehran
Tehran International Documentary Photo exhibition, Tehran

Shadi Ghadirian
Preview: Friday, November 12, 2010 | 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present ‘Shadi Ghadirian - Solo’. The exhibition will showcase selected works from the series Nil, Nil, White Square, My Press Photo, Qajar and Be Colourful series.

Shadi Ghadirian has enveloped herself as one of the most renowned Iranian photographers. Challenging the international preconceptions of women’s roles within an Islamic state, the Tehran-based artist’s photographs draw from her own experiences as a modern woman living within the ancient codes of Shariah law. Her work is intimately linked to her identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran. Nonetheless, her art also deals with issues relevant to women living in other parts of the world. She questions the role of women in society and explores ideas of censorship, religion, modernity, and the status of women.

In 'White Square', Shadi Ghadirian has photographed objects of military use - helmet, canteen, ammunition belt, etc. - that she decorates with a little red silk ribbon. Removed from their context, these accoutrements of war appear at once menacing and delicate, their aggressivity tempered by the feminine element. With 'Nil Nil', these same objects penetrate the domestic space: the menace of conflict grafted onto peaceful everyday life, while in a way also becoming contained by the tranquillity of the familial location. 'My Press Photos', comprise images drawn from press-agency catalogues with old portraits of Iranian military men. Across time and space, war's violence sadly reminds us of its universal, essentially male, dimension. As for her series 'Qajar', the title evokes the dynasty of the same name, under which portrait photography was introduced in Iran. Veiled and dressed as in times of old, posing before 19th-century décors, women presenting objects like a radio, a mountain bike or a vacuum cleaner, like a bridge between two worlds, built upon the rather futile, though so-human, need to possess.

Shadi Ghadirian was born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. Ghadirian studied photography at Azad University (in Tehran). She works at the Museum of Photography in Tehran. She has exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe, and the U.S.A. including solo shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Photography Festival of Istanbul, Turkey; Gallery B21, Dubai; Al Maamal Foundation, East Jerusalem, Palestine; Villa Moda, Kuwait; Silk Road Gallery, Tehran; Golestan Gallery, Tehran. Her works are in both private and public collections such as the Mumok in Vienna, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Saatchi and Saatchi, London and Los Angeles Country Museum of Art.


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