Shadi Ghadirian is one of Iran’s leading contemporary photographers. Born in Tehran in 1974, she has exhibited widely in Europe and the US, and her work has been collected by museums worldwide.
She came to the limelight in the late 90s with her Untitled Qajar series, in which she examines the paradoxical position of women in Iran. Women in traditional clothing pose with items such as a bicycle – permitted a hundred years ago, and now forbidden to women.
Ghadirian’s oeuvre is a spirited wink at authority. With witty parodies of domesticity, she neatly sidesteps both restrictions and expectations.
About the Contributors
Rose Issa is a curator and writer who has championed visual art and film from the Arab world and Iran for nearly 30 years. Her gallery, Rose Issa Projects, showcases the best in upcoming and established artists from the Arab world and Iran.
About the Artist
Shadi Ghadirian was born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran and graduated with a BA in Photography from the Azad University, Tehran in 1988.
‘The photographs hint at what it means now to be young and Iranian: to be fond of bootlegged blockbusters but equally attached to history.’
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‘The pictures, if not actually revolutionary, are definitely subversive.’