Baudoin Lebon gallery
From 12/09/09 to 24/10/09
As part of the second biennial event of world images initiated by the Musée du quai Branly, the Baudoin Lebon gallery will be showing the recent work of the Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian, in collaboration with Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, from the Silk Road Gallery in Tehran.
In her most recent work, Shadi Ghadirian deals with the problems of Iranian society today, a difficult subject given the numerous prohibitions of the authoritarian Iranian régime. It therefore becomes a challenge for the artist to get round these constraints. The young woman engages in an authorised criticism of the position of women in her country using the weapon feared by all authoritarian régimes: humour.
For the series «White square », 2008, Shadi Ghadirian photographed used military objects (helmet, waist belt, string of bullets…) which she decorated with a red silk ribbon.
Objects ornamented in this way ironically symbolise the “gift” which war means for the Iranian people. Deliberately diverted and isolated from their context, these utensils seem both threatening and delicate at the same time, their aggressiveness tempered by the feminine factor.
With « Nil Nil », 2008, the same objects enter the family domain (grenade in the fruit bowl, bloody cutlass at the table, gas mask in the children's bedroom,…). The threat of the conflict hovers over the calm of daily life, but this threat also seems contained by the tranquillity of the scene.
Shadi Ghadirian was born in 1974 in Tehran where she currently lives and works. She trained at an Iranian university and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in photography.
Since 1999, she has had numerous exhibitions in Iran and abroad, including Regards Persans at the Espace Electra in Paris in 2001, at the San Jose Museum of Art in New York in 2004, at the World Cultural Centre in Berlin, and at the Moscow Photography Biennial, West by East at the CCCB in Barcelona, World into Art, Artists of the Modern Middle East at the British Museum in London.
Since 2004, in collaboration with the Silk Road Gallery, she has been taking part in numerous fairs in Paris, San Sebastian, London, Madrid, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Her work has also entered public and private collections, including those of the Mumok in Vienna, the MNAM, Centre George Pompidou in Paris and the British Museum in London.