Qajar #10

About Shadi Ghadirian

As a modern Muslim woman living in Iran, Shadi Ghadirian takes photographs that exaggerate the customs of her Iranian culture and the archaic stereotypes it places upon contemporary women. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Azad University in Tehran, Ghadirian was faced with contradictions and preconceptions regarding her role as a woman in society; she began to photograph friends and family in staged portraits that addressed female identity, censorship, gender roles, and geopolitics. With humor and irony, Ghadirian has depicted women reduced to their typecasts, typically housewives draped in veils and with their faces replaced by household items—pots, pans, brooms, and meat cleavers.

Iranian, b. 1974, Tehran, Iran

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Shadi Ghadirian: THE OTHERS ME, Officine dell'Immagine, Milan
2015
Shadi Ghadirian: Be Colorful, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
2016
Iran Art Now!, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf