Sara Rahbar

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Sara Rahbar
Sara Rahbar, Dubai 2012
Sara Rahbar, Dubai 2012
Native name سارا رهبر
Born 1976 (age 40–41)
Tehran, Iran
Education Fashion Institute of Technology, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Known for mixed media art
Notable work The Flag Series
Website Sara Rahbar's website

Sara Rahbar (born in 1976 in Tehran, Iran) is a contemporary, mixed media artist based in New York City. Her work ranges from photography to sculpture to installation and often stems from her personal experiences and is largely autobiographical.[1]


In 1982 Rahbar and her family fled Iran during the beginning of the Iranian Revolution[2] which has left many traumatic memories that have influenced her work.[3][4]

Rahbar studied at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)[5] from 1996 until 2000[6] and in 2004 she continued her education at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.[2][6]

The first body of work that created international recognition for the artist was the Flag Series (2005–2016), in which traditional fabrics and objects are reworked as collages that form various incarnations of the American and Iranian flag, exploring ideas of national belonging, as well as the conflicting role of flags as symbols of ideological and nationalistic violence.[7][8]



Rahbar's work has been widely shown internationally and is held in multiple permanent collections worldwide, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Saatchi Gallery, London; Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; British Museum, London; and Davis Museum, Wellesley, Massachusetts.[9][10]

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2017 – Salvation, Carbon 12, Dubai[11][12]
  • 2014 – Swarming, Carbon 12, Dubai[13]
  • 2012 – Restless Violence, Carbon 12, Dubai[13]
  • 2011 – I have no faith left for the devil to take, Sara Rahbar, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna[14]
  • 2010 – Whatever we had to lose we lost, and in a moonless sky we marched, Sara Rahbar, Carbon 12, Dubai[10]
  • 2009 – Contradicting Realities: Recent works by Sara Rahbar, Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego, New York[15]

Selected Group Exhibition[edit]




  • The Shade of the Moon, Changwon Sculpture Biennial, Korea[18]
  • A History, Art, Architecture,Design from the 80's to now, Musee National D'Art Moderne, Paris
  • Sharjah Art Foundation, SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


  • Aya Haidar, Huda Lutfi, Sara Rahbar, bischoff/weiss gallery, London[19]
  • Cut Teeth, The Great Jones Space, New York
  • Global Warming, MannheiMer Kunstverein, Germany
  • Tales of Another Identity, LARM galleri, Copenhagen
  • Sharjah Biennial 11, Re:emerge Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates[20]


  1. ^ McDermott, Emily (2017-05-09). "10 Female Artists to Watch". ELLE Magazine. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Personal History Sara Rahbar". ArtAsiaPacific. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Sara Rahbar’s latest works delve into the hard facts of life and love". The National. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  4. ^ Baker, Tamzin (2010-06-15). "Fighting Flags". Guernica Magazine of Art & Politics. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  5. ^ Albertz, Thorsten (2010-11-01). "ArtAsiaPacific: Personal History Sara Rahbar". Retrieved 2017-06-20. Rahbar studied design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and in 2004 she continued her studies at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. 
  6. ^ a b "Sara Rahbar Biography". Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Iranian artist Sara Rahbar featured at Dubai's Carbon 12 gallery". The National. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Piecing America Together". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  9. ^ Salazar, Monica (2011-11-15). "Studio Visit Sara Rahbar". Berlin Art Link. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  10. ^ a b "Biography: Sara Rahbar". Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  11. ^ Kalsi, Jyoti (2017-04-27). "Feeling the anguish of the common man". GulfNews. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  12. ^ "What To See This Weekend In Dubai". Harper's BAZAAR Arabia. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  13. ^ a b "Shows, Sara Rahbar". Artsy. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  14. ^ "Sara Rahbar’s I have no faith left for the devil to take at Galerie Hilger contemporary". Art Agenda. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  15. ^ "'Contradicting Realities' to examine notions of identity". State University of New York at Oswego. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  16. ^ "2050. A Brief History of the Future | My Art Guides". Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  17. ^ "56th Venice Biennale 2015: National Participations". Universes in Universe. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  18. ^ "Antenna公式ウェブサイト". Antenna (in Japanese). 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  19. ^ "Group exhibition of works by Aya Haidar, Huda Lutfi, Sara Rahbar". ArabLondon. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  20. ^ "Sara Rahbar - artist, news & exhibitions". PhotographyNow. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 

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