In 2000, the artist Shirana Shahbazi, the art theorist and cultural critic Tirdad Zolghadr and the designer Manuel Krebs founded the artists’ collective SHAHRZAD. Independent yet self-ironic, their work provides a comment on cultural and social phenomenon, tackling themes ranging from consumer fetishism to the autonomy of an artist’s work, standard methods of arranging exhibitions and the relation between art and conceptual thought. Since the group was founded, they have held exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland and published three booklets, e.g. “The Americas”. At present, their work focuses primarily on a book project exploring the key issues around history and visibility. Exhibitions/2003: “Oil” Leipzig./2002: “Protest-Respect!” Kunsthalle St. Gallen.
The group members are:
Shirana Shahbazi (born 1974 in Tehran, lives in Zurich), studied art and photography from 1995-2000 at the FH Dortmund and the Design and Art College, Zurich. Individual exhibitions./2003: The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago./2002: Kunstverein Bonn./2001: Photographers’ Gallery, London. 2002 The Citibank Photography Prize.
Tirdad Zolghadr (born 1973 in California, lives in Zurich), studied history, political science and comparative literature in Geneva, and from 2000 on has been involved intensively in research and exhibitions in Tehran, Berlin, Zurich, and Geneva on issues around art, globalisation, and reception; 2001/2: Together with Solmaz Shahbazi, author and director of the documentary film “Tehran 1380”. 2003: Co-organiser of Arab Cinema Week; Co-curator.
Manuel Krebs (born 1970 in Bern, lives in Switzerland), studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Biel, Switzerland from 1991-96; 1999 founding member of NORM, Zurich; 2002 published “Norm: The Things”, lecturer at the École Cantonale d’Arts de Lausanne; numerous national prizes for design.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Novel by Tirdad Zolghadr. Telegram Books: UK
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists
(19 March 04 - 09 May 04)