Setareh Shahbazi, Shortlisted Artist, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015
Spectral Days C-prints & pigmented ink prints
‘Spectral Days’, by Setareh Shahbazi, features a collection of found photographs cut and morphed into a visual psychedelic trip through moments of her childhood.
Setareh Shahbazi moved from Iran to Germany in 1985. From 1997 to 2003 she studied Scenography and Media Arts at the State Academy for Art and Design in Karlsruhe. She has held solo exhibitions at Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2013); 98Weeks Project Space, Beirut (2010); Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara (2008); Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg and Montgomery, Berlin (2006); and Karlsruher Kunstverein (2004).
Her group shows include ‘Complicity’, at Sultan Gallery Kuwait (2016); ‘The Way We Live’, Kunst Haus Wien (2015); ‘Act & Application’, Lawire Shabibi, Dubai (2014); ‘When It Starts Dripping from the Ceiling’, Kadist, Paris, curated by Bassam El Baroni (2012); ‘Jostari dar Salighe va Ehsass’, Asar Gallery, Tehran (2010); ‘Whenever it starts, it is the right time!’, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, curated by Chus Martinez (2007); ‘Rainbow’ at Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut; ‘J’en Rêve’ at Fondation Cartier, Paris (2005) and ‘Iranian Pool’, ‘Rooseum, Malmö’, curated by Chus Martinez (2003).
A one-year research residency by DAAD brought her to Beirut for the first time in 2003 to collaborate with the Arab Image Foundation. She has further been invited for residencies at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2005) and Villa Romana, Florence (guest artist 2011). Shahbazi received a publication grant from Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn for her artist book Spectral Days (2011) and her catalogue ‘Oh, no, no,… – The Crystal Series’ was awarded The Most Beautiful Swiss Books (2005). After spending some years in Lebanon, Setareh Shahbazi currently lives and works in Berlin and travels regularly to Iran.