Shirana Shahbazi

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Shirana Shahbazi
Shirana Shahbazi Rudolfinum-2.JPG
Born 1974 (age 42–43)
Education Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Zurich University of the Arts

Shirana Shahbazi (born 1974) is an Iranian-born photographer who now lives in Switzerland. Her work includes installations and large conceptualized images of everyday life.


Born in Tehran, Shahbazi studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany (1995–1997), before attending the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland (1997–2000). Her successful sequence Goftare Nik/Good Words of colour photographs taken in Iran (published as a book in 2001) unexpectedly led to the Citibank Photography Prize in 2002.[1][2] 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 with murals by Iranian painters based on her photographs and a ceiling of lilies.[3]


Presented as an installation, her Meanwhile series (2007), combines everyday images of landscapes, portraits and still lifes from her world travels, one of her images expanded to poster size by an Iranian billboard artist. Other photographs are reproduced as paintings or even carpets.[4] The exhibition Then Again (2012) at the Fotomuseum Winterthur presents 18 large-format works demonstrating how a photograph can be transformed from a depiction of reality into a geometric abstraction.[5]


Shahbazi's work has been widely exhibited with a number of recent solo exhibitions:

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Hammer Projects: Shirana Shahbazi Opens at The Hammer Museum", Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ Chris Balaschak, "Shirana Shahbazi", Hammer. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi", frieze, April 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  4. ^ Olivia Qusaibaty, "Shirana Shahbazi: Meanwhile", Art It. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi: Then Again", Galerie Rudolfinum. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi: Then Again", Galerie Rudolfinum. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  7. ^ "New Photography 2012: Shirana Shahbazi", MoMA. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  8. ^ ""Fotomuseum Winterthur: «Shirana Shahbazi – Much like Zero»", ''Literatur & Kunst'', October 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2013". 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  9. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi: December 20, 2008 - May 7, 2009", Hammer. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi: Meanwhile", Swiss Institute. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi". Barbican. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 

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