Torrente Ballester Center: Shadi Ghadirian: like every day

Ballester Torrent Center & contemporary presents the retrospective show in Spain of the Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian† This exhibition entitled “Like every day” (Like every day)Curated by Mario Martin Pareja, it contains over fifty photographs examining all of Ghadirian’s 1998 series.

Shadi Ghadirian’s work is closely linked to her identity as a woman living in Iran. Her art also questions themes specific to women in other parts of the world. Her subtle photographs reveal to us an Iran of contrasts, between tradition and modernity. They question the role and status of women in society and explore themes such as censorship, religion, modernity, everyday reality and the madness of war.

Shadi Ghadirian is considered one of the first Iranian photographers whose photographs changed the perception of Iranian art and contemporary society in the late 1990s.

Using a unique style of expression, she began to contradict the harsh and brutal imagery often seen and associated with Iran, challenging Eastern social dilemmas and how the world saw Iran, through the language of art. Her unique blend of social subjects and art taboos changed the course of Iranian contemporary photography and paved the way for many other photographers to approach and use this medium differently.

Shadi Ghadirian (Tehran, Iran, 1974) obtained a BA in photography from Azad Art University, Tehran, 1998. She has worked in the first photography museum in Tehran, the Akskhaneh Shahr. Her work has been exhibited in the Middle East, Europe, the US, Canada and Russia, and is in private and public collections, including the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; Smithsonians, Washington; and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK), Vienna. She lives and works in Tehran.

Shadi Ghadirian: Like every day
From May 27 to August 28, 2022
Torrente Ballester Center
Calle Concepcion Arenal, s/n 15402 Ferrol

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