Amir Ali Ghassemi

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Amirali Ghasemi (Persian: امیر علی قاسمی ;born 20 August 1980 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian graphic designer, media artist, and curator.[1] He is most famous as the founder and director of Parkingallery, an independent art space in Tehran[2] and introducing a new generation of Iranian visual artists to independent curating.[3]

Life and Education[edit]

Ghasemi was born in 1980 in a family with some cultural standing; his parents and grandparents were involved in journalism and social communication.[2] In 1998 he started his studies in graphic design at Azad University in Tehran.[4] from which he graduated in 2004.[2] His final dissertion was on the history of digital art.[citation needed]


In 1998, Ghassemi converted his parents' garage into an art studio which over the years transformed to "a workshop space, then a gallery, with turns as a catwalk, lecture hall, and screening space" forming an "energetic hub" in Tehran's art scene.[3] In 2002, an online presence for the gallery was established at as a platform to showcase the works of young Iranian contemporary artists.[2][5]


Besides ongoing projects and video installation and works on interactive media in production[citation needed], he is currently working as the art director and curator of parkingallery and He also writes about Tehran art scene and contemporary Iranian art on his blog.

Works, projects, and contributions[edit]

Ghasemi has shown his photography, video, and design works in various festivals and exhibitions internationally.[6] One of his most famous series of work, The Party Scenes Series, has been described as "intimate, real-life" depiction of party culture and social life in private lives of Iranian youth.[7][8]

As a curator, he has directed various exhibition projects for Parkingallery among which four annual editions (2007–2013) of Limited Access Festival for Video and Performance are of note.[9] He also has been a guest lecturer at various art institutions such as Berlin University of the Arts, Konstfack-Stockholm, Malmo Academy of Arts, and Independent Curators International.[9]

In 2003, he was selected to contribute to the "International Art Blog Project" by The Centre of Attention in London.[10] and in 2005, he contributed to The Guardian's Imagine Art After project.

He also has directed audiovisual projects with Iranian rock bands, such as Meera, D.N.A., and 127.[citation needed]


  • The fifth "Tokoha CG Art Exhibition" for "Portrait of Forough", Jan. 2002, Tokoha Art Museum, Tokoha, Japan;[11]
  • The second prize of web and multimedia section for the design of the site:, at the 7th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, March 2002;[citation needed]
  • The Jury's special award from 2005 Taiwan International Poster Design Award;[citation needed]
  • Icograda Excellence Award 9th Tehran International Poster Biennial, 2007;[citation needed]
  • Excellence award, 6th Seoul triennial of Asia graphic poster, South Korea, 2006.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

Selected Projects


  1. ^ Collaborator profile at Independent Curators International website,
  2. ^ a b c d Biography at The Guardian website,
  3. ^ a b Farzin, Media. Iran via Video Current in Bidoun #26. Text available here.
  4. ^ Biography at V&A entry for a photo from the series 'Party',
  5. ^ Zanganeh, L.A.. My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices, 2006, Beacon Press, p. 107
  6. ^ List of works on artist's website.
  7. ^ Rose Issa, Ed., Iranian Photography Now, Ostfildern-Ruit 2008, p. 62, illustrated in colour, 978-3775722575.
  8. ^ Exhibition Catalogue, Darmstadt, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Vision - Aussicht aufs Leben, 2009, p. 56, illustrated in colour.
  9. ^ a b The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series,
  10. ^ International Art Blog,
  11. ^ 2001 Tokoha CG Art Exhibition,