Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Manuel Krebs, Shirana Shahbazi.
The oeuvre of Iranian-born, Swiss-based artist Shirana Shahbazi (born 1974) reflects her ongoing interest in the relationship between images and their surfaces, as well as the relationship between various artistic media and their iconic qualities. The artist's book Monstera presents Shahbazi's recent abstract work, which features richly hued colors, objects and geometric forms. For these photographs, Shahbazi arranged real forms and bodies in her studio as if staging a still life and then photographed them from different vantage points. The light and color effects of the images suggest the kind of decorative abstraction—so easily produced digitally—that appears in screensavers and desktop wallpapers, but these are digital effects achieved through laborious analogue means. Brilliantly colored and intriguingly suggestive of depth, the photographs oscillate between representation and abstraction. Shahbazi has exhibited at MoMA, the New Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
Photography is always suspended between authenticity, construction and selection … a balancing act that is, to me, its quintessential justification as an artistic medium--Shirana Shahbazi Shirana Shahbazi explores genres as varied as the vanitas still-life, portraiture, landscape and color abstraction. Shahbazi is just as mobile in her choice of media, for example commissioning carpet makers in her native Iran and billboard painters to copy her images. Often employing the slick look of commercial photography, Shahbazi's images are bright and accessible, yet at heart dispassionate and skeptical. Shirana Shahbazi was born in Tehran in 1974, moved to Germany in 1985 and today lives in Zurich. She studied photography and design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund and at Zurich University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva, the Barbican Art Gallery in London and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Katya Garcia-Anton. Essays by Maurizio Cattelan, Charlotte Bydler, Sigrid Weigel, Tan Wälchli, Tirdad Zolghadr, Negar Azimi, André Vladimir Heiz, Anselm Haverkamp, David Ratmoko, Sander L. Gilman, Stefanie Wenner and Francesco Bonami.
Shirana Shahbazi was born in Tehran and raised in Stuttgart. This overview of her German-influenced photography, often on Iranan subjecs, covers the last five years--during which she won the Citibank Prize and appeared in her first Venice Biennale--and includes essays from a dozen distinguished contributors including Maurizio Cattelan.
PUBLISHER WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 104 pgs / 73 color / 77 duotone.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 1/1/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: SPRING 2006 p. 144
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883759449TRADE LIST PRICE: $40.00 CDN $50.00
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