Sadegh Tirafkan

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Sadegh Tirafkan (Persian: صادق تیرافکن‎; July 3,1965 in Karbala, Iraq – May 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada)[1] was an Iranian contemporary artist who lived mainly in Tehran, Iran.[2]

Tirafkan was six years of age his family fled the country before the start of the Islamic revolution. His family returned to Tehran where he grew up. The artist works is characterized by a strong emphasis on the intrinsic role of the male in traditional Iranian society. Tirafkan employs different media in his work: photography, video installation, and collage. He graduated from Tehran University with a degree in Photography in 1989 and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

Tirafkan's work includes "Manhood", which deals with the perception of masculinity in Persian culture. Other projects such as "Persepolis", "Ashoura", "Secret of Words", "Iranian Man", "Whispers of the East", "The Loss of Our Identity", "Multitude" and "Devotion" deal with Iranian history, identity, sociopolitical, religious and gender issues.

His works are in the collections of several museums including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, British Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Group Exhibition[edit]

Personal Exhibitions[edit]


  • 1997 Persopolis, Video installation
  • 2000 The Children of Dark city, Installation & video, Painting, Sculpture
  • 2000 Iranian Man, Photographic series
  • 2001 Ashura, Installation pictures, video & painting
  • 2002 Secret of Words, Photographic series
  • 2002 Stages, Photo, Video installation
  • 2003 Sacrifice, Photographic series
  • 2005 Lighting The Nation Gate, Photo, Video installation
  • 2006-7 Whispers of the East, Photographic series
  • 2009-2010 Human Tapestry, Photographic series

Public collection[edit]


  1. ^ "John Seed: In Memoriam: Sadegh Tirafkan (1965-2013)". Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ "John Seed: In Memoriam: Sadegh Tirafkan (1965-2013)". Retrieved 2013-09-03. 

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