Mitra Memarzia

Mitra Memarzia
Born 1977 BirthShiraz, Iran.
Lives and works in HomeBirmingham , UK.

Mitra is an interdisciplinary artist/creative producer living in Birmingham. She works in a variety of mediums including photography, film, installation, sculpture and performance. Having completed a combined theory and practice PhD in fine art, her specialist subject is the construction and representation of identities. Although her work is diverse, she often explores the notion displacement, boundaries and power. The relationship of the public with her work is central to her practice and viewers are often invited to take part. Her other activities include curatorial and creative production, lecturing, workshops, and live performance. Art Asia Pacific named Mitra as Best Asian Artist from Iran in 2006, and she is also featured on the Channel 4Talent line up in 2007. She was also selected for the 2007 Momentum Independent Creative Producer Bursary, which is an initiative by Fierce Earth and funded by the Arts Council. Her main artistic aim is to be a catalyst for inspirational dialogue and exchange through a variety of creative productions.

Sheffield Hallam University 2006
PhD Theory and practice in Fine Art. Title of research: Contemporary Iranian Woman Artists; A Practice-Based Analysis of Identity.
Sheffield Hallam University 1998
BA HONS FINE ART (Combined & Media Arts) (1st degree honors)
Leeds Collage of Art and Design 1996
Foundation in Art and Design (passed with merit)

Selected Exhibitions 2000-07:
Sept 2007 Artfsest, Town Hall Gallery, Birmingham.
June 2007 Bradford Beats Architecture week in Bradford city centre.
June 2007 It Goes Installation, Group show, New Generation Arts, Birmingham.
May 2007 Raising Hair Installation, Group Show, The Workstation, Sheffield.
March 2007 Transitions Ignite II Photographers’ Group Show in association with New Art Birmingham.
Dec 2006 Wannabe’s as part of Brilliantly Birmingham, Group Show, Claire’s Gallery, Birmingham.
Oct 2006 Far Nearer Solo Exhibition, End Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University.
Sept 2006 It Goes part of the Temporary cities exhibition in Klaipeda Lithuania. Sep 22 – Nov 30, 2006, Ministry of Culture and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Moscow, Russia.
July 2006 Hunted Ignite Photographers’ Group Show in association with the International Rhubarb Rhubarb Photography festival in Birmingham, St Paul’s Gallery.
March 2006 Repetition Group Show, Chameleon Gallery, Walsall.
Feb 2006 Britishness Group Show, Barbican, Manchester.
Nov 2005 Rough Diamonds Group show, “Chad’ore”. The Mailbox (level 5) Birmingham
Oct 2005 In the Shadow of Heroes: In the Shadow of "Fallen" Heroes Group show, “Alternations” 2nd Bishkek International Art Exhibition, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Nov 2004 DearAxisOfEvil Solo Exhibition. Simunye Gallery, Sheffield, Reviewed in the Guardian Guide Nov 6th 2004.
Nov 2004 Near Groupe Show, “AlterNations” Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York (USA).
July 2004 HiddenHalf, Solo show, Edge Gallery, Sheffield Interactive installation
Feb 2004 Near “OtherSides” Series of 5 Digital images “AlterNation” 5 min loop video, ArteEast, Tangent Gallery, Detroit (USA)
Oct 2002 Mirrored Digital Prints, Small gallery Psalter lane campus, Sheffield
March 2002 Warped Digital prints on theme of cloth, memory and embodiment Group exhibition at Psalter Lane Gallery, Sheffield.
Dec 2001 Shock of September 11th Group Show, “Soghout”, The House at the Luetzowplatz, Berlin.
May-June 2001 Other-Side1 A project Produced by Mitra Memarzia funded by the Arts Council “Year of the Artist”, Zinat ol-Moluk Gallery, Shiraz.

Selected Reviews:
‘In the shadow of fallen heroes’ by Sara Raza, Arteast Magazine October 2005
‘Dear Axis of Evil’ by Sara Raza, Art AsiaPacific Summer 2005 No. 45
‘Dear Axis of Evil’ Guardian Guide Exhibition Review by Robert Clark, 6/12/2004
‘The shock of Sep 11th’, Initiated by Rebbecca Horn, Publication in German and English, 2002.