Shirana Shahbazi

Born in 1974 - Iran


Sharina Shahbazi was born in 1974 in Tehran. She studied photography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund in Germany and Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. Shahbazi lives and works in Zurich.

Shirana Shahbazi makes photographs in classical art-historical genres, including portraiture, still life, and landscape, often translating and repeating her images in different mediums: hand-knotted carpets, for instance, and photorealistic billboards painted by artisans hired in her native Iran.

More recently, Shahbazi has produced work that is architectural in scale, creating installations of multiple images hung on wallpaper. This site-specific installation features a repeated geometric pattern derived from one of the artist’s abstract photographs, printed as a wallpapered lithograph with applied pigment and wrapped around the center wall of the gallery.

Alternating between abstraction and representation, Shahbazi’s vividly colored pictures are made in the crisp style of commercial studio photography, without the aid of digital tools. To make her abstract compositions, she photographs painted pedestals and other geometric volumes; sometimes she makes multiple images of the same objects, turning the volumes between exposures to create a dynamic interplay between surface and depth and a sumptuous field of geometric color and pattern. Shahbazi arranges her pictures in surprising combinations.

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Shirana Shahbazi - Future - On Stellar Rays, New York City, NY
Shirana Shahbazi - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
Shirana Shahbazi - Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem
Shirana Shahbazi - Atelier Amden, Amden
Shirana Shahbazi: Between Daylights - galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
Shirana Shahbazi - Cardi Black Box, Milan
Shirana Shahbazi: Then Again - Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
Then Again - FO.KU.S - Foto Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck
Much like Zero - Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Shirana Shahbazi - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
I am scared, but it is wonderful - FO.KU.S - Foto Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck
Shirana Shahbazi - Reverse Order - The Breeder Projects, Athens
Shirana Shahbazi - Cardi Black Box, Milan
Hammer Project - Shirana Shahbazi - UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Shirana Shahbazi - Centre culturel Suisse, Paris
Shirana Shahbazi - Still Life with Shells - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Shirana Shahbazi- If, then - galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
Shirana Shahbazi - meanwhile - SI Swiss Institute, New York City, NY
Shirana Shahbazi - MIR - Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
Shirana Shahbazi - Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Shirana Shahbazi - galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
Shirana Shahbazi - Centre d´Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva
Shirana Shahbazi - Flowers, Fruits & Portraits - Salon 94, New York City, NY
Shirana Shahbazi - SI Swiss Institute, New York City, NY
Shirana Shahbazi - Goftare Nik/ Good Words - MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Shirana Shahbazi - Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Shirana Shahbazi - galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
Shirana Shahbazi - Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg


"Das Fotobuch und seine Autoren" - Swiss National Library, Bern
20. Triennale Grenchen 2015 - Triennale Grenchen, Grenchen
Station to Station - Barbican Art Gallery, London
Zurich & elsewhere - Carlos/Ishikawa, London
United Colors - Galerie Martin Krebs, Bern
Collector's Room #8 - Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem
say it with flowers - Museum Bellerive, Zurich
Fixed Unknowns - Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York City, NY
Cargo! Zeitgenössische Kunst im Museum Rietberg - Museum Rietberg, Zurich
Harvest - Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD
Surfaces – Neue Fotografie Aus Der Schweiz - Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Structures For Viewing - Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem
Decorum - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
Flowers And Mushrooms - Museum der Moderne - MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg
Lens Drawing - Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
La realtà non è un luogo comune Fotografie e video dalla Collezione d’arte della Julius Baer - Museo Cantonale d´Arte Lugano, Lugano
ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS Group Mountain - The Breeder Projects, Athens
Farbe Form Fotografie Fläche - Art Foyer der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main
Do you read me? - Diane Kruse Galerie, Hamburg
Warming Up the House - Museum Bärengasse, Zurich
New Photography 2012 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Viewpoint / A closer look at showing - Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam
La jeunesse est un art - Jubiläum Manor Kunstpreis 2012 - Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Shortening Distances. Asian Panorama Of The Musac - Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon
Dancing towards the Essence - Kunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen
The Crystal Chain - Invisible-Exports, New York City, NY
Wunder - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
The Gallery Collection - galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
You Are Not Alone - MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
Beispiel Schweiz. Entgrenzungen und Passagen als Kunst - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Wunder - Kunst, Wissenschaft Und Religion Vom 4. Jahrhundert Bis Zur Gegenwart. - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Press Art - Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel - Museum der Moderne - MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg
Mapping Worlds: Welten verstehen – Aufbruch in die Gegenwart 8. Internationale Foto-Triennale Esslingen 2010 - villaMERKEL|BAHNWÄRTERhaus, Esslingen
Summer Teeth - The Breeder Projects, Athens
Summer Loves - Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam
6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) - Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Three leap seconds later - Kunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen
Shifting Identities. (Swiss) Art Now - , Vilnius
As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait - Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
The eternal flame - Museum Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
Shifting Identities – (Schweizer) Kunst heute - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Existencias - Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon
spectacular space - galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
Drapeaux gris - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
Girls' Night out - Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Choosing my Religion - Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun
Click Double Click - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
Grey Flags - SculptureCenter, New York City, NY
Infinite Painting - Contemporary Painting and Global Realism - Villa Manin. Centro d'arte contemporanea, Codroipo, UD
It is hard to touch the real - Palais Thinnfeld, Graz
4. Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst - 3. Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Reale Fantasien - Neue Fotografie aus der Schweiz - Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Without Boundary - Seventeen Ways of Looking - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Click Double click - Haus der Kunst München, Munich
Rundlederwelten - Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Girls' Night Out - Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
Girls' Night Out - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Prague Biennale 2 - Karlin Hall, Prague
Bilderlust - Galerie Margareta Friesen, Dresden
heal the world - The Third Line - Dubai, Dubai
Sharjah International Art Biennial 7 - Sharjah International Art Biennial, Sharjah
Non Toccare la Donna Bianca - Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Coup de coeur II - Centre rhénan d'art contemporain, Altkirch
Girl's Night Out - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
Outlook - Benaki Museum, Athens
Girls' Night Out - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
Identität schreiben – Autobiographie in der Kunst - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig
nation - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main
50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Black my story - Museum De Paviljoens, Almere
The Citigroup Private Bank - Photography Prize 2002 - The Photographers' Gallery, London
Fotonoviembre - Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
"HEIMATEN" - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig

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