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SHAHBAZI, Solmaz

PORTRAIT SHAHBAZIBorn in 1971 in Tehran.

Lives in Germany.

She studied Architecture and Design at the Akademie der bildenden Kuenste in Stuttgart. Before she began to engage in film, she had mainly been working as an architect. Her work departs from the artist’s desire to anchor an aesthetic dialetic praxis in the social and political conditions of the present. Shahbazi uses the documentary format in both her videos and her photography as a tool to analyse different modes of imagery, expectations of the unknown and possible effects on perception. Her collection of images testify to the potentially fictitious nature of the photographic medium, providing a view as to how we filter images, formulate conceptions —and ultimately awakening us to the fallibility of preconception, the power of the photographic frame.

In addition to the 7th Sharjah Biennial. the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005 and 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art Shahbazi’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe, USA and the Middle East since 2001.


Solmaz Shahbazi presented her work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010, nominated by Liam Gillick for the Discovery Award: Solmaz Shahbazi at the Atelier de Mécanique.