Shirana Shahbazi

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Shirana Shahbazi
Shirana Shahbazi Rudolfinum-2.JPG
Born1974 (age 43–44)
EducationDortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Zurich University of the Arts

Shirana Shahbazi (Persian: شیرانا شهبازی‎; 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 move to Germany in 1985, studying photography and design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Shahbazi attended the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, specializing in photography.[1] She currently lives and works in Zurich. Her successful sequence Goftare Nik/Good Words of colour photographs taken in Iran (published as a book in 2001) unexpectedly led to the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize in 2002.[2][3] 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.[4]


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.[1] 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] As discussed by Adam Jasper's review in Artforum, Shahbazi's photographs are true abstractions in that they are less a representational photograph than they are actual objects themselves, highly constructed. Continuing to work in analog photographic methods, some of Shabazi's newest works exist as geometric shapes captured on polished mirrors with thin films of color.[6]


Shahbazi's work has been widely exhibited all over the world. In 2007, Shabhazi exhibited Meanwhile at the Swiss Institute in New York City, curated by J. Piper Marshall, and Barbican Art Gallery London, in 2008.[1] Shahbazi is represented by Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich.[7] The exhibition Monstera at Kunsthalle Bern in 2014 was curated by Fabrice Stroun and Tenzing Barshee. The artist has been exhibiting regularly since 1997, with her most recent solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Hamburg, in Germany in 2018.[7] Numerous photographs are held in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.[8]


  • Shahbazi, Shirana (2007). Meanwhile. JRP Ringier. ISBN 978-3-905829051
  • Shahbazi, Shirana (2012). Shirana Shahbazi: Then Again. Innovative Logistics Llc. ISBN 978-3-86930-338-3.
  • Shahbazi, Shirana (2014). Monstera. JRP Ringier. ISBN 978-3-0376440-0-3.
  • Shahbazi, Shirana (2017). Shirana Shahbazi : first things first. Sternberg Press. ISBN 9783956793240

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  1. ^ a b c Olivia Qusaibaty, "Shirana Shahbazi: Meanwhile", Art It. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Hammer Projects: Shirana Shahbazi Opens at The Hammer Museum", Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  3. ^ Chris Balaschak, "Shirana Shahbazi", Hammer. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi" Archived 2013-01-04 at the Wayback Machine., frieze, April 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi: Then Again", Galerie Rudolfinum. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Adam Jasper on Shirana Shahbazi". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  7. ^ a b "Profile |". (in German). Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  8. ^ "Shirana Shahbazi | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2018-03-08.

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