Solo exhibition of Tehran based photographer Shadi Ghadirian

About the exhibition
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Tehran-based photographer Shadi Ghadirian explores the many issues that modern women face, including culture, and individuality. Her series, Miss Butterfly, is a collection of black and white photographs filled with strong symbolism and powerful visual elements.

To go along with the powerful imagery, Ghadirian has based this series on a story that tells of a young butterfly who has lost her way and is greeted with an offer from a spider. He will help her find her way to the sunshine if she brings him an insect for him to feast on. Rather than sacrificing another, she offers herself to the spider, who is so impressed by her courage that he lets her have her freedom. When she offers freedom to the others, she gets no reply and, in frustration, she spreads her wings and flies away.

About the curator

Nina Moaddel is an Iranian born curator and advisor based in London. She has curated exhibitions in Europe and Asia with a focus on Iranian artists including the Tehran Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale.

Her advisory work relates to placing Iranian and Western artworks in reputable private collections as well as foundations and museums internationally including Museum of Everything, Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins and a/political foundation. She has also collaborated with institutions worldwide including Kunsthal Rotterdam, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Royal Academy of Arts and Saatchi Gallery.  

About the artist

Shadi Ghadirian (b 1974) is an Iranian artist based in Tehran, working predominently with photography.

Shadi has exhibited her works since 1998. The most important solo exhibitions are: Golestan Gallery and SilkRoad Gallery in Iran; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Co2 Gallery, Rome; Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris; Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai; Villa Moda, Kuwait; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA.

The artist also has had several group exhibitions among which are Saatchi Gallery in London, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Photo Biennale of Moscow,  CCCB in Barcelona, Barbican Art Center in London, The British Museum, London, DCCD, Copenhagen, Denmark, The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Doha, Qatar, and Venice Biennale 2015.

Her work is in several international collections including: The British Museum, Mumok, Centre Georges Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.