Shirana Shahbazi (Iranian, b.1974) is an Iranian-born photographer who is known for her large-scale installation images of daily life. In the mid-1990s, Shahbazi studied photography at the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences and Arts) in Dortmund, Germany, and then at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (Museum of Design) in Zurich, Switzerland. Her series of color photographs, Goftare Nik/Good Words, won the Citibank Photography Prize in 2002. In 2003, she showed Annunciation at the Venice Biennale, an installation with murals by other Iranian artists. In 2007, she presented the installation piece entitled Meanwhile, which combines everyday images of landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes from her travels around the world. One of the images from this series was later enlarged by an Iranian billboard artist, and others were reproduced as paintings. The 2012 exhibition, Then Again, was a series of 18 large-format photographs that took every day images and transformed them into abstract works. Shabazi lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

Timeline

1974
Born in Teheran / Iran
1985
Moved to Germany
1995–1997
Study of photography and design at the Fachhochschule Dortmund
1997–2000
Study of photography at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich
2000
Förderpreis der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich
2002
The Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize 2002, London
2002
Atelier Stipendium der Stadt Zürich für New York
2003
Kiefer Hablitzel Preis, Bern
2004
Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bern
2004
Werkbeitrag für bildende Kunst, Kanton Zürich
2005
Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bern
2005
Atelier Stipendium der Stiftung Landis & Gyr für Berlin
2006
Leistungspreis der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich
2008
Residence at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Lives in Zurich, Switzerland

Exhibitions

2012–2013
New Photography 2012, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2012
La Jeunesse est un Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
2011
Much like Zero, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2011
Wunder, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
2011
Horizont Schweiz, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
2011
Photography Calling, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
2011
The fantastic four - Zurich concrete, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
2011
New Museum (Lobby), New York, USA
2010
The Breeder, Athens (solo)
2010
8th International Photo Triennial Esslingen, Germany
2010
Summer Loves, Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam
2009
Asia Pacific Triennial (APT6), Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2009
Darkside II - Photographic Power and Violence, Disease, and Death Photographed, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
2009
Three leap seconds later, Kunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen, Switzerland
2009
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London, UK (cat.)
2009
Durch die Blume..., Galerie Martin Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
2009
Flower Power, CRAA - CENTRO RICERCA ARTE ATTUALE VILLA GIULIA, Verbania (cat.)
2009
Cardi Black Box, Milan (solo)
2008–2009
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (solo)
2008–2009
Still Life with Shells, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2008
Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich (cat.)
2008
The Eternal Flame. Ueber das Versprechen der Ewigkeit, Kunsthaus Baselland, Mutenz
2008
The Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles (solo)
2008
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2008
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
2008
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
2007
Spectacular Space, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
2007
Meanwhile, Swiss Institute, New York (solo)
2007
New Commission, The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (solo)
2006
Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
2006
Literaturhaus Zürich, Switzerland
2006
Out of Place, The New Art Galllery Walsall, Walsall
2006
Raum für Fotografie, Sprengel Museum, Hannover (solo)
2006
Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (solo)
2006
4th berlin biennial for contemporary art, Berlin
2006
Under the same sky, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen
2006
Without Boundary; Seventeen Ways of Looking at MoMa, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2005
Ashkal Alwan Forum, Beirut
2005
Sharjah Biennial 7, Sharjah UAE
2005
Between New Painting and Political Action, Prague Biennale 2
2005
Rundlederwelten. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2005
Zimmerfrei, Lugano (with Andro Wekua) (solo)
2005
Weltbilder, Helmhaus, Zurich
2005
Recreating the Case (SHAHRZAD), Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus
2005
Homeworks III, Ashkal Alwan Forum, Beirut
2005
We really have to strain ourselves to still discover mysteries on street signs, Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
2005
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (solo)
2005
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (solo)
2005
Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (solo)
2004
Salon 94, New York (solo)
2004
The Wrong Gallery, New York (solo)
2004
Trans Area, New York (solo)
2004
Ethnic Marketing (SHAHRZAD), Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
2004
Planet 22 (SHAHRZAD), Geneva (solo)
2004
Far Near Distance (SHAHRZAD), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2004
Non Toccare la Donna Bianca, curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
2003
Delays and Revolutions, Biennial of Venice, Venice
2003
Outlook, Athens
2003
Identität Schreiben – Autobiografie in der Kunst, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
2003
Black My Story, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere
2003
Girls Night Out, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
2003
Large Jar, Display Box, Swiss Institute - Contemporary Art, New York
2003
Haft, 7 artistes contemporain iraniens, Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt
2003
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (solo)
2003
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (solo)
2003
Unter 30, Museum Liner, Appenzell
2002
The Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize 2002, Photographers’ Gallery, London
2002
Protest! Respect! (SHAHRZAD), Kunsthalle St. Gallen
2002
Everland, Expo02, Biel
2002
Faces, people and society. Hedendaagse fotografie, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
2002
Balsam, Exhibition der Fussballseele, Helmhaus, Zurich
2002
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (solo)
2002
Bonner Kunstverein am August Macke Platz, Bonn (solo)
2002
L’elac, Lausanne (solo)
2001
Photographers’ Gallery, London (solo)
2001
Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br. (with Eric Steinbrecher)

Public Collections

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Helmhaus, Zurich
Huis Marseille, Stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam
Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland
MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Photographer's Gallery, London
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia
Tate Modern, London
The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen

Literature

2008
"Shifting Identities. (Schweizer) Kunst heute", Kunsthaus Zürich and JRP Ringier, cat.
2007
"Shirana Shahbazi: Meanwhile", Barbican Art Gallery, London, and Swiss Institute, New York
2007
Irvine, Karen, „Shirana Shahbazi“. In: "Photo Art. Fotografie im 21.
2007
Jahrhundert". Uta Grosenick & Thomas Seelig (Hg.), DuMont, Köln, p. 389- 401
2006
"Grey Flags". Sculpture Center Long Island City, New York, cat.
2006
"MIR; Shirana Shahbazi", Sprengel Museum Hannover
2006
"WER DREI MAL DIE GLEICHE BAR BETRITT HAT EIN ZUHAUSE IM STEHEN". Judith Kuckart & Shirana Shahbazi. Zurich
2006
"Promises, Shirana Shahbazi", Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Zurich
2005
"Shahrzad-History", with Manuel Krebs and Tirdad Zolghadr
2005
Aude Lehmann/ Tan Wälchli/ Tirdad Zolghadr, “Shirana Shahbazi. Accept the Expected”, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (cat.)
2005
Philippe Welti/ Tirdad Zolghadr, “Graceland/Sarzamine Gol o Bolbol”, Swiss Embassy in Tehran (cat.)
2005
"Weltbilder", Helmhaus Zurich (cat.)
2005
"Anstoss. Rundlederwelten", Berlin (cat.)
2005
"Light Faces", Annual Report 2004/2005, zumtobel AG, Dornbirn
2004
“Non Toccare La Donna Bianca”, Torino (cat.)
2004
Burckhardt, Jacqueline/ Ruf, Beatrix, “Shirana Shahbazi: Risk Is Our Business”, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
2004
“SHAHRZAD #4 — Jamaran”, with Manuel Krebs and Tirdad Zolghadr
2004
“Far Near Distance”, Berlin (cat.)
2004
Siegrid Schade/ Marion Strunk, “Unterschiede. Unterscheiden.”, HGKZ, Institute Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design
2004
Barbara Steiner & Jun Yang, “Autobiography”, Thames & Hudson
2003
“Black my story”, Almere (cat.)
2003
“SHAHRZAD #3 — The Americas”, with Manuel Krebs and Tirdad Zolghadr
2003
“Dreams and Conflicts. The dictatorship of the Viewer”, 50th Biennale di Venezia
2003
“Outlook”, Athens (cat.)
2003
“Girl’s Night Out”, Orange County (cat.)
2003
“Haft, 7 artistes contemporain iraniens”, Boulogne-Billancourt (cat.)
2002
“SHAHRZAD #1 — Shahrzad”, with Manuel Krebs and Tirdad Zolghadr
2002
Wombell, Paul, Shirana Shahbazi, “BLINK: 100 photographers, 10 curators, 10 writers”, Phaidon Press
2002
“SHAHRZAD #2 — Oil”, with Manuel Krebs and Tirdad Zolghadr