Shadi Ghadirian | the artist




The artist Shadi Ghadirian
Born 1974, Tehran, Iran.
Lives and works in Theran, Iran.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography,

I am a woman and I live in Iran. I am a photographer and this is the only thing I know how to do. I began work after completing my studies. Quite by accident, the subjects of my first two series were “women”. However, since then, every time I think about a new series, in a way it is related to women.


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Shadi Ghadirian
This time the woman is convicted of a daily repetitive routine and for this reason I named the series “Like Every Day”. Now I know what I wish to say with my photographs. Until know I have had many photographs which show women as second class citizens or depict the censorship of women.

Shadi Ghadirian
Challenging the international preconceptions of women’s roles within an Islamic state, Tehran-based artist Shadi Ghadirian’s photographs draw from her own experiences as a modern woman living within the ancient codes of Shariah law. Her images describe a positive and holistic female identity, humorously taking issue with the traditional roles by which women – both in the Middle East and universally – have been defined… Saatchi

Shadi Ghadirian
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Shadi Ghadirian
Iran’s contemporary art history is central to the artworks of Shadi Ghadirian, who emerged in 2000 as part of a new wave of photographers spurred on by the global success of Iran’s film-makers. That Ghadirian is a successful artist living in Tehran, and an internationally acclaimed one at that, is a mini-revolution in itself. Many of Iran’s female artists, like Shirin Neshat, still choose to operate outside Iran’s borders, although that has changed in recent years…



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