AB43 CONTEMPORARY is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Switzerland by Shadi Ghadirian (b. 1974). Shadi Ghadirian is one of Iran's internationally most acclaimed artists and her works were exhibited on various prominent exhibitions and biennales around the work. The solo show at AB43 CONTEMPORARY introduces Shadi Ghadirian by two of her iconic photo series: NIL NIL (2008) and LIKE EVERYDAY (2000).
"Coming to wide public attention in 2001 with the series QAJAR and LIKE EVERYDAY, Shadi Ghadirian has ever continued to explore the theme of conflict between tradition and modernity, and that of the position of women in a society dominated by male stereotypes. Showing just beneath the surface appears the whole saga of the relationship between Orient and Occident, set within a world context that sees Iran, pulled between the will to reform and conservative retrenchment, at times placed beyond the pale, at others considered as an unavoidably essential economic and political partner.
[…] The new series WHITE SQUARE, NIL NIL and MY PRESS PHOTOS may seem an extension of these various themes, to which here the subject of war is added. For WHITE SQUARE, Shadi Ghadirian photographed (against a white, neutral background) objects of military use - helmet, canteen, ammunition belt, etc. - that she decorates with a little red silk ribbon. Removed from their context, these accoutrements of war appear at once menacing and delicate, their aggressivity tempered by the feminine element. With NIL NIL, these same objects penetrate the domestic space (hand grenade in the fruit bowl, bloody bayonet as place-setting, gas mask in the kiddies' toy bag, etc.): the menace of conflict grafted onto peaceful everyday life, while in a way also becoming contained by the tranquillity of the familial location."(Pierre-Yves Desaive, 2009)