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Shadi Ghadirian (Iranian, b.1974)
LOT ID: 78492
Be Colorful No. 1, 2002

Digital Print, on Epson photo paper
35.43 х 23.62 in. (89.99 x 59.99 cm.)
Signed, and numbered on verso.
Edition 10
Lot description
"Be Colorful No. 1" (2002) is the first work in the iconic "Be Colorful" Series of color photographs by one of the most famous Contemporary Iranian artists working today, Shadi Ghadirian (Iran, b. 1974). For the works in this series, Ghadirian superimposed an image of a window, smeared and murky, with portraits of beautiful Persian women wearing brightly colored chadors. Ghadirian explores and critiques the roles of women in the Middle East and around the world through this series of stunning color photographs. The women in the photographs emanate a subtle yet palpable strength, even through the semi-opaque glass. As a woman born in Tehran just before the Iranian Revolution, she recalls and references in her works the effects certain social changes during that time had on the lives of women, and the ways in which women continue to experience limitations that impede on their most basic human rights and freedom. This photograph is from an edition of 10, measures 35.43 x 23.62 inches, is unframed and is in pristine condition.

The artist was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She studied at . Shadi's photographs have been the subject of select museum exhibitions the world over, including the seminal 2009: "Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East ", at Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.;"165 years of Iranian Photography", at Du Quai Branly Museum, France; "Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East", The British Museum, London; Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen, Denmark; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, California. Her work is held in the permanent collection on The Charles Saatchi Collection, London U.K., the Los Angeles Museum of Art, amongst others.
Be Colorful No. 1 by Shadi Ghadirian
  • Be Colorful No. 1 by Shadi Ghadirian
  • Be Colorful No. 1 by Shadi Ghadirian
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