Shirana Shahbazi

Over the course of her artistic career, Shirana Shahbazi has developed a unique approach to the photographic medium that has earned her international recognition, both institutional and commercial. Working at the intersection of cultures, Shahbazi, who was born in Iran and emigrated to Germany before settling in Zurich in the late 1990s, is known for the polysemy of her photographs, which invite the viewer not only to contemplate, but also to deconstruct the various facets of the photographic act: the represented object and its sometimes political repercussions; the beauty and acuity of the eye mediated through a personal interpretation of a subject; and finally the power of the printed result, in all its material density.
Flirting regularly with abstraction, sometimes venturing into installation, Shirana Shahbazi’s works are much more than a test of the potential of analogue photography or the fascinating product of compositional virtuosity. They are the result of an elaborate artistic inquiry brought to life by technical expertise. Shirana Shahbazi was born in Teheran in 1974. A graduate of the Fachhochschule Dortmund and the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich, she has presented her work in numerous exhibitions at venues including the Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018), Istituto Svizzero in Milan (2018), Peter Kilchmann gallery in Zurich (2017), KINDL Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2017), Kunsthalle Bern (2014), Fotomuseum Winterthur (2011) and the New Museum, New York (2011). Her works are held in major collections including Tate Modern, London, the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Fotomuseum Winterthur, and the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim in New York. She was a winner in the Swiss Art Awards in 2004 and 2005.