Samira Eskandarfar was born in Iran in 1980 and lives and works in Tehran. She studied ceramic engineering before going on to study filmmaking and finally took an MA in animation. Since 2003, she has made over ten videos from which two of her works were purchased by major public collections, including the Tate Modern in London and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) in Berlin.

Amirali Ghasemi was born in Tehran in 1980. He lives and works in Tehran. Ghasemi is a graphic artist, media artist, and one of the city's most active curators of emerging artists. He has travelled all over the world to present his own work and to speak about the young generation of Iranian artists. He is the organizer of the Parking Gallery in Tehran, which provides an independent space for community dialogue about contemporary art.

Abbas Kowsari was born in Tehran in 1970. He lives and works in Tehran. Kowsari has been a photojournalist and a photo editor at Iranian newspapers since the early 1990s. He has exhibited his work in prestigious group exhibitions in Paris, Vienna, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Turin.

Zeinab Salarvand was born in Tehran in 1984. She lives and works in Tehran. Salarvand holds a BA in photography from the Art University of Tehran. In 2008, she won the top prize at the First International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World in Tehran. She has been included in group exhibitions at galleries in Tehran, as well as at the British Museum, London.

Najaf Shokri was born in 1980 in Delfan, Iran. He lives and works as a photographic artist in Tehran. In 2005 he graduated in photography from Tehran University's Faculty of Fine Arts. Since 2000, he has been exhibiting his work constantly and has had many solo exhibitions in Tehran. His work has also been included in many group exhibitions in Iran as well as in London, UK and Ottawa, Canada. The Gender and Exposure exhibition at the String Room Gallery will be the first time Shokri's work will be exhibited in the United States.

Arman Stepanian
, born in 1956 in Abadan, Iran, lives and works in Tehran. This Armenian Iranian artist holds a BA in graphic design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University. He has been included in many important Iranian biennial exhibitions since 1990, as well as international group exhibitions of Iranian photographic art held in New York, Paris, London, and other cities.

Sadegh Tirafkan was born in Iraq in 1965 to Iranian parents, and has lived in Tehran since 1970. Tirafkan graduated from the University of Tehran with a BA in 1990, and since that time has been working in photography, video, and sculpture with solo exhibitions internationally. His work is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the British Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.

Andrea D. Fitzpatrick completed a PhD in contemporary art from McGill University in 2005. Since 2007, she has taught the history and theory of art at the University of Ottawa. The exhibition is based on a month-long research trip she completed in Tehran in the summer of 2010, as well as years of prior research on Iranian culture. Her most recent essay, "Of Gesture, Erasure, and Exposure: Images of Text in Iranian Photographic Art," was published in the Tehran-based journal Art Tomorrow (Vol. 5) and was translated into Persian. Concurrently with "Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography," which was first staged at Gallery 44 in Toronto during the city-wide CONTACT Festival in May of 2012, she curated an exhibition for SAW Gallery in Ottawa entitled "Ciphers: Tension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography," which included nine Iranian artists working in video and photography.


Samira Eskandarfar
Amirali Ghasemi
Abbas Kowsari
Zeinab Salarvand
Najaf Shokri
Arman Stepanian
Sadegh Tirafkan

curated by
Andrea D. Fitzpatrick

August 29 - October 3, 2012