Shirana Shahbazi
Iranian photographer



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Shirana Shahbazi
Iranian photographer
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Shirana Shahbazi is an Iranian-born contemporary installation artist, photographer, and genius who defies ethnic and artistic categorization.

Shirana Shahbazi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. When she was eleven years old she and her family picked up and moved to Germany, where Shahbazi started her artistic endeavors. She studied photography at Fachhochschule Dortmund in Germany.Then she hopped over to Zurich, Switzerland where she studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst and graduated in 2000. Two years later Shahbazi got her big break and was shortlisted for the London Citibank Prize, something no one really thought she would win. And then, against everyone’s expectations, she did win and was shot like a cannonball into the limelight. A year later, she participated in the Venice Bienniale.

Shahbazi has spent a lot of her career fighting off the categorization of being a female Iranian artist. She has stated that she likes having no specific labels as an artist, but viewers and critics hate it. There is really nothing critics hate more and they have tried over and over again to put her in a neat little box, but to no avail. Shahbazi’s personal and artistic identities are ~fluid~. She is a photographer, but a photographer who pulls stunts like having her photographs made into gigantic mural installations or hand-knotted rugs. She does still-life, portraits, and landscapes but painted on a ginormous scale by billboard artists. She at one point said that photography was stupid, despite the fact that it is the medium that she uses as the base for most of her art. She is a moving target that everyone is having a hell of a time pinning down and to be honest I hope that never happens.



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Shirana Shahbazi (Persian: شیرانا شهبازی‎; born 1974) is an Iranian-born photographer who now lives in Switzerland. Her work includes installations and large prints of conceptual photography.


Born in Tehran, Shahbazi move to Germany in 1985, studying photography and design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Shahbazi attended the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, specializing in photography. She currently lives and works in Zurich. Her first successful sequence Goftare Nik/Good Words of color photographs taken in Iran (published as a book in 2001 with Hatje Cantz) led to the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize in 2002. In 2002, she presented a series of images of Switzerland titled The Garden. At the Venice Biennale in 2003, she presented The Annunciation, an enormous installation in the central pavilion with murals by Iranian painters based on her photographs and a ceiling of lilies. She is the recipient of 2019 Prix Meret Oppenheim.

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