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Bio:

Dariush Nehdaran born in Isfahan/Iran in 1984 is a contemporary visual artist who fearlessly defies the rules in order to bring multiple and complex meanings to his work. Through rhythmic juxtaposed images containing a variety of perspectives, he constructs a world between dream and reality and plays with clarity and depth to suggest an alternative way of seeing things.
Throughout his childhood, Dariush suffered from poor eyesight, but chose not to wear glasses to avoid the stigma of getting bullied.  During that time, he experienced and viewed the world in a blurry and ambiguous way. When he became a teenager, the use of his grandfather’s camera enabled him to see the world clearly for the first time in his life. The fact that he saw the world blurry though his own eyes and clear through the lens of the camera and the printed images has driven him to explore the   subject of amphibology as the main topic in his work. By doing so, he has created a unique style that demands his viewers’ attention and focus as part of the resolution in his work.
Nehdaran currently lives in San Francisco but has expanded his art internationally. His photographs and video works are available both in public and private collections worldwide including the Armando Reverón Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas-Venezuela 2018, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the US 2016, and the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai-UAE 2012.
Dariush is the recipient of multiple awards including the Nikon International Photo Contest in Japan 2015, the Hamghadam Photo Festival in France 2010, and the 7th Image of the Year Festival in Tehran 2010.

Artist Statement

The life of Shadows

“When we stand, they fall
When we sit, they crumble
When we walk, they shiver
And when we sleep, they whirl…
Face the wall, your back to the window, look through the window while waiting for the sun to shine again, waiting for us to appear again… then we can mingle with the Zebra stripes on the pedestrian crossing, and melt in the gray asphalt of the road, lest a car drives over them. But we never wait. We crawl in between the cars, and dance on the zebra crossing.
By the time we make it to the other side of the road, they are finished. They change names and colors, and melt in the dark night. But we are still alive. Far from the gray human world, we turn the wheel of life; we live and grow in our pitch black world.”
In this body of work, unlike the multi-dimensional humans, my shadows are                      single-dimensional. The shadows simply show what they are. By flipping and rotating the images, our real lives are replaced with those of the shadows; but despite the distorted reality, the shadows are distinguishable. They are now the real images.

1984

Born Isfahan, Iran

 

EDUCATION

2007 BFA, Painting, Elm & Farhang University, Tehran, Iran

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 Ettelaat, Shokouh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 Urban Rivers, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2007 Contemporary Portrait, Khak Gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

   Since 2010 National Iranian Photographers Society

 

AWARDS

2015 International Nikon Photo Contest, Category D Open theme, photo story: 3rd place, Japan

2010 Hamghadam Photo Festival, Environment Category: 1st place, Sorbonne University, Paris, FR

2010 7th Image of the Year Festival, Video Category: 1st place, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

 

RECOGNITION

2016 13th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2014 11th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2013 10th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2013 10th Image of the year Festival, Video Category, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2012 Centrefold 8, London, UK

2012 12th Iranian National Biennial of Photography, Tehran and Yazd, Iran

2012 9th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2012 9th Image of the year Festival, Video Category, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2012 3rd Photos of Women and Urban Life Festival, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2011 Slamdance Film Festival genius, Utah, California, USA

2011 1st Katara Art Center International Video Art and Digital Art Festival, Doha, Qatar

2011 Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist, Royal college of Art, London, UK

2011 8th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2011 8th Image of the year Festival, Video Category, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2011 Contemporary Art Prize, Shortlist, Traffic Gallery, Dubai

2011 Noor Festival, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2010 1st Hamghadam Festival, Video Category, Sorbonne University, France

2010 7th Image of the Year Festival: Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2009 International Photo Exhibition and Competition: Iran the land of Monotheism Religion,

Imam Ali Museum Of Arts, Tehran, Iran

2008 6th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2008 Human & Traffic Festival, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, Iran

2008 Selected for Art’s Month Photography Festival, Mah–e–Mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 Selected for 2nd Damoon Far Visual Art Festival, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2007 Iranian Students International Photography and Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

2006 10th Iranian Photo Biennial, Innovative Photographer Category, Saba Cultural Centre,

Tehran, Iran

2004 1st Digital Photography Competition, Niavaran Place, Tehran, Iran

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Untitled, Ordibehesht Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 Auction 2.0, Emergeast, VIDA Downtown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2015 Untitled, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, California

2013 By Iranian Contemporary Photographers, Mellat Gallery & Cineplex, Tehran, Iran 2013

Untitled, Shokouh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 Text me, lawrieshabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2012 Saba Photo, Farhangsaraye Saba gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 Magic of Persia, Art Exhibition & Auction Gala, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE 2011

Iranian Pulse, Cultural Center “Hello Future”, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2011 1st Modern & Contemporary Visual Art Auction, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 The first Tehran Painting Market, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Magic of Persia Charity Art Exhibition & Auction Gala, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2010 Encyclopaedia Iranica Charity Art Exhibition, New York, USA

2010 Seven…?!, Day Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Untitled, Neel Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 Eternal Papers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, Iran

2007 Photography Expo, Esteqlal hotel, Tehran, Iran

2005 Untitled, Bahman Cultural Centre, Tehran, Iran