Mehrdad Mirzaie | Tehran, Iran

Short bio:
Born on May 24th 1990, Tehran, Iran
Education
Bachelor of Photography, Tehran University of Art, 2012
Tehran’s School of Fine Arts, Graduated in Painting, 2007
Solo Exhibitions
2010 Prague Café Gallery, Imposed Photo, Tehran, Iran
Group Exhibitions
2015 Boras Museum of Modern Art, Iranian Artist under 30, Curated by Varesh Darvish, Boras, Sweden
2015 Royal Gallery , Tehran Mon Amour, Curated by Christoph Sehl. In cooperation with Aaran Gallery, Tehran. Munich, Germany
2013 Aaran Gallery, Untitled, selected by Behrang Samadzadegan and Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2013 Sadrang Gallery, Second Annual Festival of Portraiture, Tehran, Iran
2013 Saba Art-Cultural Institute, Photo Festival of Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2013 Honar Gallery, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2013 Mahe Mehr Gallery, Post Pop, Curated by Behrang Samadzadegan, Tehran, Iran
2012 Saba Art-Cultural Institute, Saba Photo, Iranian Photographers Artworks Collection, Tehran, Iran
2011 Honar Gallery, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2007 Iranian Artists’ House, Image of the Year, Tehran, Iran
2007 Tehran’s School of Fine Arts, Selected Students’ Works, Tehran, Iran
2006 Tehran’s School of Fine Arts, Selected Students’ Works, Tehran, Iran
2005 Tehran’s School of Fine Arts, Selected Students’ Works, Tehran, Iran

Bibliography
2014 Participating artist in “iranomutomorphosis.net“, a book consisting of artworks created by contemporary Iranian artists, published by Fabrica (Communication Research Centre for the Benetton Group, Italy. The presented artwork is part of Luciano Benetton’s private collection.)
2013 Second Annual Festival of Portraiture, Published by Sadrang Gallery
2012 Saba Photo, Catalogue of the Selected Exhibition on Iranian Photographers Artworks Collection, Published by Saba Art-Cultural Institute

Why do you photograph on film?
In the last 10 years I have been using analog photography throughout all of my projects. Some of its main reasons are the texture, the grey tones and color tones which are specific to the analog technique. Specially the different qualities that are peculiar to out-of- date camera rolls and slides
that are developed with special laboratory procedures. Furthermore the particular effect during photo shooting that is quite appealing and engaging: picturing what the photos are like and the constant need to try and predict how the photos turn out after they have been developed.

What is your work about?
These series of photos that I have been working on for years are an autobiography. I turn the people around me into images. I keep taking their photos just because they are a part of my life. to try and get closer to my own life and to be able to record it, I engage in dialogues with those around me. These images follow a subjective image of my life..

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