Mehrdad Afsari ©

Mehrdad Afsari is a photographer, documentary Film director and video artist. He was born in 1977 in Khoy. He got a B.A. in photography from Art University of Tehran 2000 and M.F.A in photography from Art University of Tehran in 2006. He has been teaching at Tehran Art University for 14 years. He is an honorary member of Iranian Visual Artists Society. Since 2004, he has had 14 solo exhibitions in different galleries namely “Years Long Gone” at Mohsen Art Gallery 2016 “The Gradual Disappearance of Things” at Mohsen Art Gallery 2014, “America, Suspended Land” at Mohsen Art Gallery 2013, “The Sacred Geometry of Chance” at Etemad Art Gallery 2011, “The frenzied heart of mine, Houses the passionate countenance of thine” at Assar Art Gallery 2009, “Gum Bichromate Print” at Assar Art Gallery 2006, “Photography as a Myth” at Silk Road Art Gallery 2005, “Roadscape ” and ” The Felts ” at  Assar Art Gallery 2003 and so on. Since2001, his works have been shown in more than 80 exhibitions in countries such as Iran, China, Germany, USA, UAE, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Georgia, France, Norway, UK and in Venice Biennial in Italy, Paris Photo in France, Contemporary Art Istanbul in Turkey, Queens Museum of Art (QMA) in USA, MOA Museum of Art, The Reina Sofia Museum in Spain, Georgia Museum of Art, and “University of Westminster in London. Afsari has been the winner of the first prize in the 10th photo biennial in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He was the grant winner at “1 sq. Mile Project”, Visiting Art, art institution in London, UK and “Art Bridge Program” International arts &artists in Washington D.C, New York, and Charleston – USA. He has also been the Jury member and lecturer at the various festivals and television networks as well as curating several exhibitions. “The Gradual Disappearance of Things” and “EYE”- Photo Series – No.38 by Mahriz Publication are some of his published books. His works is held in various collections.

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CV:

MEHRDAD AFSARI

Born 1977, Khoy, Iran
Works and Lives in Tehran, Iran

 

Education:

2006 M.F.A in Photography, Art (HONAR) University of Tehran, Iran
2000 B.A in Photography, Art and Architecture Faculty of Azad University of Tehran, Iran

2006 Until now, Professor of Tehran Art University
2004 Until now, Honorary Member of Iranian Visual Artists Society

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 – “Years Long gone” & “The hidden law of reason”,Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 – “After Grandmother”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2014 – “The Gradual Disappearance of Things”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2013 – “America, Suspended Land”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2012 – “Insomnia”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2011 – “The Sacred Geometry of Chance”, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 – “The frenzied heart of mine, Houses the passionate countenance of thine”, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008 – “I Am Oblivious of All Things”, Khak art gallery, Tehran, Iran
2006 – “Gum Bichromate Print”, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 – UNDP – Tehran Office – Iran
2005 – “Photography as a Myth”, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2004 – “Untitleds” – Haft Samar Art Gallery – Tehran,Iran
2003 – “Roadscape” and “The Felts”, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2002 – “The Village of Tehran”- Aeineh Gallery – Tehran,Iran

 

Selected International Group Exhibitions:

2017 – “Iranian Garden” – 3,14 Art Gallery – Bergen,Norway

2017 – “Focus Iran 2” – Craft & Folk Art Museum – LA,USA

2016 – “Photo San Francisco” – San Francisco – USA

2015 – “uNclear deal”- Curated by Mehdi Abdolkarimi-The Mine Art gallery-Dubai, U.A.E

2015 – “Iranian Contemporary Art”- ART ANKARA 2015- Ankara, Turkey

2013 – “My Name Is Not Rouge”- Curated by Ali Bakhtiari – Shirin Gallery, New York,USA

2013 – “Sub Tehran: Subjective Truth from Iran”, Center of Contemporary Art (CCA), Curated by Sohrab Kashani- Tbilisi, Georgia

2013 –  MEDATAK Festival “Section Uncharted Territory: video art in Iran”- Video – Madrid,Spain

2011  – “TV Dinner Project” -Video- Queens Museum of Art (QMA) -USA

2009 – “Settlement and Urban Identity in the Persian Gulf Region”, University of Westminster, London, UK

2008 – Hillyer Art Space – Washington D.C – USA

 

Selected National Group Exhibition:

2017 – “Piece of Life” – E1 Art Galley – Tehran,Iran

2016 – “Ebb” – Silk Road Gallery – Tehran,Iran

2015 – “Art for Peace”- Curated by Feridon Farbod-Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation – Tehran, Iran

2015 – “Winter” – Mohsen Art Gallery – Tehran,Iran

2014 – “Approaches to Tradition neo- Traditionalism in Contemporary Iranian Art” Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art- Tehran, Iran

2014 – “Zoo” Curated by Iman Safaei- Shirin Art Gallery – Tehran,Iran

2014 – “Art For Peace”- Curated by Solmaz Shabani- Held in 3 galleries- Tehran, Iran

2013 – “Silence”-curated by:Iman Safaei-Shirin Art Gallery-Tehran,Iran

2012 – “Inbetwenness”-curated by: Hamid Severi-Video-Mahemehr Art Gallery-Tahran,Iran

2012 – “Confined Landscape”- Mohsen Art Gallery-Tehran,Iran

2011 – “The 1st Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition” -Video-Mohsen Art Gallery -Tehran,Iran

2011 – “Pool” -Mohsen Art Gallery -Tehran,Iran

2011 – “13X18 Portrait” -Video -Etamad Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2010 – “Big Lie”-Video -Mohsen Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2010 – “Obligatory Military Service”-Video-Mohsen Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2010 – “Tehran 1,6 sq Km”- installation -Tarahan Azad Art Gallery -Tehran, Iran

2008 – Group Photo Exhibition – Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation – Tehran,   Iran

2006 – 10th photo biennial – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2004 – Art Expo – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2004 – 9th photo biennial – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2004 – Assar Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2004 – Silk Road Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2000 – Assar Art Gallery – ” Iranian Contemporary Photography “- Tehran, Iran

1998 – Tehran Gallery – subordinate to Tehran University – Tehran, Iran

From 1997 – 2017 More than 80 national and international group exhibitions

 

Awards and Fellowships:

2016 – Selected Artist for ” Iran and Norway Artist Exchange program” Bergen,Norway

2010 – KAUNAS Photo Star Festival – Top finalist – Kaunas, Lithuania

2009 – “1 sq. Mile Project” – Visiting Art, art institution in London, UK.

2008 – “Art Bridge Program” International arts &artists – Washington D.C, New York, Charleston – USA

2007 – 4th Iranian sea photo biennial – second prize -Iran

2006 – 10th photo biennial – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art – first prize -Iran

2005 – 2nd Iranian sea photo biennial – third prize -Iran

 

Other Activities  :

2017 – Curated group exhibition “Implicit Signifies “-Mohsen Art gallery-Tehran,Iran

2016 – Scientific Committee of “10 Days with Photographers” Annual festival – Tehran,Iran

2016 – Jury member of ” 6th Birjand” photo festival Birjand, Iran

2016 – Jury member of ” Foad” photo festival- Tehran, Iran

2015 – Jury member of ” Birjand” photo festival Birjand, Iran

2015 – Jury member of  “Dast Dovoom” Photo Festival  -Tehran, Iran

2015 – Curated photo group exhibition “Winter “-Mohsen Art gallery-Tehran,Iran

2012 – Curated photo group exhibition “Confined Landscape”-Mohsen Art gallery-Tehran,Iran

2010 – Jury member of  “Persia in the Mirror of Nature” Photo Festival  -Shiraz, Iran

 

Art Fair & Auction:

2017 – Photo San Francisco – San Francisco,USA

2016 – Photo Shanghai – Shanghai,China

2012 – Contemporary Art Istanbul – Istanbul,Turkey

2011 – 1st Modern & Contemporary Visual Art Auction-Tehran,Iran

2011 – “Berliner Liste”- Berlin,Germany

2011 – Bonhams Art fair – Dubai, U.A.E

2010 – Contemporary Art Istanbul – Istanbul, Turkey

2009 – Parisphoto – Paris,France

 

Publications:

2014 – “The Gradual Disappearance of Things” -Mohsen Publication, Tehran, Iran

2013 – “Contemporary Iranian Art:New perspectives”, published by Saqi books,London,UK

2011 – “la photography Iranienne”, published by Editions loco, Paris, France

2010 – “EYE”- Photo Series- No.38 – Mahriz Publication – Tehran, Iran

2005 – “The Sun of the Light” – Photo Series – Herfeh,Honnarmad Publication- Tehran,Iran

2004 – “Time And Space” – Photo Series,Herfeh,Honnarmad Publication- Tehran,Iran