Mehrdad Afsari (b. 1977, Khoy, Iran) is a photographer, video artist, and documentarian. He received his BFA in Photography in 2000 and his MFA in Photography from the Tehran University of Art in 2006. With an urge to go beyond the externalities and appearances, Afsari’s images convey a conceptual dynamism that takes the viewer to a curious, subjective sphere. His camera does not impose its presence on the audience; rather, it invites obvious things from the fringes to be contemplated upon. Afsari takes the audience to a place surrounded with a host of fantastical reflections. His photographic method tends to drive the viewer towards and away from the moments in which the images were taken: they are simultaneously real and hyper-real. Weather it is an ordinary flower vase or a vast, spectacular landscape, he deliberately avoids being explicit, which gives a mystical edge to his images. With each series, he explores philosophical, poetic, and existential themes from a different perspective. Thus, his works are not limited to the form and structure of a particular genre. Afsari has shown his works in numerous exhibitions both at home and around the world. He has been teaching at various art universities since 2006 and is an honorary member of the Iranian Visual Artists Society since 2004. Afsari lives and works in Tehran, Iran.

 

 

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Mehrdad Afsari

Born 1977, Khoy, Iran

2004 until now, Honorary Member of Iranian Visual Artists Society

2006 until now, Professor at various Iranian art universities

Works and lives in Tehran, Iran

Education

2006 MFA in Photography, Tehran University of Art, Tehran (IR)

2000 BFA in Photography, Faculty of Art and Architecture of Islamic Azad University, Tehran (IR)

Solo Exhibitions

2019 “Photographs Afront,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2018 “Forty: A Treatise on Terrene Traverse,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2017 “Years Long Gone” & “The Hidden Law of Reason,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2016 “After Grandmother,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2014 “The Gradual Disappearance of Things,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2013 “America, Suspended Land,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2012 “Insomnia,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2011 “The Sacred Geometry of Chance,” Etemad Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2009 “The Frenzied Heart of Mine, Houses the Passionate Countenance of Thine,” Assar Art Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2008 “I Am Oblivious of All Things,” Khak Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2006 “Gum Bichromate Print,” Assar Art Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2005 “Selected Works,” UNDP Tehran Office (IR)

2005 “Photography as Myth,” Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2004 “Roadscapes” and “The Felts,” Assar Art Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2003 “Untitled,” Haft Samar Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2002 “The Village of Tehran,” Ayeneh Gallery, Tehran (IR)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 “Only the Morning Bird Treasures the Flower Garden,” REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

2018 “TirArt,” Tehran (IR)

2018 “Photo London,” London (UK)

2017 “Photo San Francisco,” San Francisco (USA)

2017 “Photo Shanghai,” Shanghai (CHN)

2017 “Iranian Garden,” 3.14 Gallery, Bergen (NOR)

2017 “Focus Iran 2,” Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), LA (USA)

2017 “Piece of Life,” E1 Galley, Tehran (IR)

2016 “Photo Shanghai,” Shanghai (CHN)

2016 “Ebb,” Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2015 “uNclear Deal,” The Mine Gallery, Dubai (UAE)

2015 “Iranian Contemporary Art,” ART ANKARA, Ankara (TR)

2015 “Art for Peace,” Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran (IR)

2015 “Winter,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2014 “Approaches to Tradition: Neo-Traditionalism in Contemporary Iranian Art,” Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Tehran (IR)

2014 “Zoo,” Shirin Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2014 “Art for Peace,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2014 “BIO50,” Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana (SVN)

2014 “The World Viewed Chapter 1,” Igreg Art Studio, Tehran (IR)

2014 “By Iranian Contemporary Photographer,” Mellat Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2013 “Sub Tehran: Subjective Truth from Iran,” Center of Contemporary Art (CCA), Tbilisi (GEO)

2013 “Section Uncharted Territory: Video Art in Iran,” MADATEK Festival, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (ES)

2013 “Silence,” Shirin Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2013 “My Name Is Not Rouge,” Shirin Gallery, New York (USA)

2012 “Contemporary Art Istanbul,” Istanbul (TR)

2012 “Inbetweenness: Video,” Mahemehr Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2012 “Confined Landscape,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2011 “Berliner Liste,” Berlin (DE)

2011 “Bonhams,” Dubai (UAE)

2011 “TV Dinner Project: Video,” Queens Museum, New York (USA)

2011 “The 1st Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition: Video,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2011 “Pool,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2011 “13X18 Portrait: Video” Etemad Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2010 “Contemporary Art Istanbul,” Istanbul (TR)

2010 “Big Lie: Video,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2010 “Obligatory Military Service: Video,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2010 “Tehran 1mile2: Installation,” Azad Art Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2009 “ParisPhoto,” Paris (FR)

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

2008 “Blue Sorrow,” Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC (USA)

2008 “Group Photo Exhibition,” Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran (IR)

2006 10th Photo Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Tehran (IR)

2004 “Art Expo,” Saba Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran (IR)

2004 9th Photo Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Tehran (IR)

2004 “Slide Show,” Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2000 “Iranian Contemporary Photography,” Assar Art Gallery, Tehran (IR)

1998 “Student Photo Festival,” Tehran Gallery (subordinate to the University of Tehran), Tehran (IR)

 

Awards and Grants

2018 International Photography Grant (nominee), International Photography Magazine (online)

2016 Iran and Norway Artist Exchange Program, Bergen (NOR)

2010 KAUNAS Photo Star Festival, Kaunas (LTU)

2009 Visiting Arts (1 Mile2 Project), Bradford/London (UK)

2008 International Arts & Artists (Art Bridge), Washington DC/New York/Charleston (USA)

2007 The 4th Iranian Sea Photo Biennial (second prize), Tehran (IR)

2006 10th Photo Biennial (first prize), Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Tehran (IR)

2005 The 2nd Iranian Sea Photo Biennial (third prize), Tehran (IR)

 

Jury Membership

2018 Jury member at the 11th Fajr Visual Art Festival, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Tehran (IR)

2018 Scientific and Artistic Committee “10 Days with Photographers Annual festival,” Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran (IR)

2018 Jury member at the 3rd Focus Iran” contemporary photography and video biennial, CAFAM museum, Los Angeles (USA)

2018 Jury member at Isfahan Photo Festival, Isfahan (IR)

2018 Jury member at the 1st Blue Sky Photo Festival, Tehran (IR)

2018 Jury member at the Iran & China Photo Festival, Tehran (IR)

2017 Jury member at Isfahan Photo Festival, Isfahan (IR)

2016 Scientific and Artistic Committee “10 Days with Photographers” Annual festival, Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran (IR)

2016 Jury member at the 6th Birjand Photo Festival, Birjand (IR)

2016 Jury member at Foad Photo Festival, Tehran (IR)

2015 Jury member at SOOGVAREH Photo Festival, Birjand (IR)

2015 Jury member DastDovvom Photo Festival, Tehran (IR)

2010 Jury Member at the Persia in the Mirror of Nature Photo Festival, Shiraz (IR)

 

Curatorial Activities

2017 Curated group exhibition “Implicit Signifies,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2015 Curator of group photo exhibition “Winter,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2012 Curator of group photo exhibition “Confined Landscape,” Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

 

Publications

2018 “Forty: A Treatise on Terrene Traverse” photo series published by International photogrAphy Magazine (online)

2018 “Out of time and place; A look at Mehrdad Afsari’s exhibition,” published by Akkasee.com, Tehran (IR)

2018 “Forty: A Treatise on Terrene Traverse” photo series, published by SAS L’Œil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography), Paris (FR)

2018 “Sought for Such Pleasure Once Was the Instinct of Humanity,” published by Lensmagazine, Beijing (CHN)

2018 “Mehrdad Afsari” published by ZH Magazine [ArZHang] (online)

2018 “Forty: A Treatise on Terrene Traverse” photo series book, published by Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2018 “Forty: A Treatise on Terrene Traverse,” published by Harper’s Bazaar Arabia (UAE)

2017 “The Hidden Law of Reason” & “Years Long Gone,” published by Harper’s Bazaar Arabia (UAE)

2014 “The Gradual Disappearance of Things” photo series, published by Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2013 “Contemporary Iranian Art: New perspectives,” published by Saqi Books, London (UK)

2011 “La photography Iranienne,” published by Editions Loco, Paris (FR)

2010 “EYE” Photo Series No. 38, published by Mahriz Publication, Tehran (IR)

2010 “After Grandmother” Photo Series published by Dide Magazine (online)

2005 “The Sun of the Night,” published by Herfeh Honarmand Publication, Tehran (IR)

2004 “Time and Space,” photo series published by Herfeh Honarmand Publication, Tehran (IR)