Shadi Ghadirian – Iranian Photographer

Shadi Ghadirian was born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. She is a photographer who continues to live and work in Iran. After finishing college, Ghadirian was inspired to make work reflecting what she was as the duality and contradiction of life. Her Qajar Series consists of small studio portraits of women dressed in the 19th century Qajar style. However, the artist has added some modern anomalies or dissonances, such as mountain bike, newspaper, Pepsi-Cola can. Ghadirian plays with these juxtapositions and contrasts, thus expressing the difficulties women face in Iran today – torn between tradition and the modernity of globalization. These composed portraits depict women unsure to which era they belong.

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Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe, and the U.S.A. She has also been featured in print and electronic media (including the New York Times, Photography Now, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC and others). Her work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

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For more information you can visit her website.

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