Centro Torrente Ballester & Contemporánea presents the retrospective show in Spain of Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian. This exhibition entitled “Como todos los días” (Like Everyday), is curated by Mario Martin Pareja, and includes more than fifty photographs which explores all the Ghadirian’s series from 1998.
Shadi Ghadirian’s work is intimately connected 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 the 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 perceptions of how Iranian art and contemporary society were perceived in the late 1990s.
Using a unique style of expression, she began contradicting the harsh and brutal images commonly seen and associated with Iran, challenged Eastern social dilemmas and how the world saw Iran, through the language of art. Her unique mélange of social subjects and taboos with art 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 the Azad Art University, Tehran, 1998. She has worked at the first museum of photography in Tehran, the Akskhaneh Shahr. Her work has been exhibited in the Middle East, Europe, the USA, Canada and Russia, and is in private and public collections including the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre 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 : Como todos los días
From May 27 to August 28, 2022
Centro Torrente Ballester
Calle Concepción Arenal, s/n 15402 Ferrol