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Shirana Shahbazi

*1974 Tehran, lives in Zurich

  • Yazd, 2018
  • Direct flat printing/lithography, 3-colour
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size: 48,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 640.00
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With big steps a girl marches through the picture, straight into the back left corner. The walls are in shadow, there is a bright field of light on the floor. The child's body does not cast a long shadow, the sun is at its zenith. Where does this High Noon scene take place? Is it a courtyard in Zurich, the Castel del Monte in Puglia? Is it a stage or everyday life? "All the world's a stage" and therefore both. The original is a photograph taken by Shirana Shahbazi on a trip to Iran.
What is stopping us from saving and forgetting this leaf in mint green and coral red as a travel memory? The protagonist shows us her back, runs purposefully and confidently out of the picture and gives us hope that she can always go her way purposefully, whether in Zurich, Apulia or Tehran.

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  • Varamin & some other place, 2014
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 33
  • Size of image: 28,00 cm x 21,00 cm
  • Size: 29,00 cm x 22,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 480.00
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  • Plitvice & some other place, 2014
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 33
  • Size of image: 28,00 cm x 21,00 cm
  • Size: 29,00 cm x 22,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 480.00
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  • Erzurum & some other place, 2014
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 33
  • Size of image: 28,00 cm x 21,00 cm
  • Size: 29,00 cm x 22,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 480.00
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  • Alle 3 Arbeiten (2014) zusammen
  • Edition of: 33
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1300.00
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We travel together with Shirana Shahbazi. The motifs of the present prints (wedding dresses, place under a bridge, an armchair) were taken up by the artist in Iran, Croatia and Turkey. They are not reminiscent of "typical" travel pictures showing sights and highlights for tourists, but they are wonderfully strange, cleverly selected (un)places or objects - chance acquaintances with a sometimes unfathomable, enticing charm. The black and white motifs are overprinted with a glazed red, which at first glance suggests something eerie, even violent. The oscillation between ordinary and threatening creates a fascinating tension. Shirana Shahbazi lays a visual trail that can lead to surprising as well as familiar places.

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  • Ohne Titel 1/2012
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 35,00 cm x 28,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
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  • Ohne Titel 2/2012
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 35,00 cm x 28,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
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  • Ohne Titel 3/2012
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 35,00 cm x 28,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
  • Sold
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Series

  • Alle 3 Arbeiten 2012
  • Edition of: 40
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1100.00
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The photographer Shirana Shahbazi is known for her still lifes, landscapes and her geometrically abstract constructions. For the VFO, the artist has now for the first time overprinted three motifs in color in the lithographic workshop - this combination of still lifes and abstract color surfaces represents a premiere in her oeuvre. Urs Stahel writes the following about construction and abstraction in Shahbazi's work: "From the preoccupation with still lifes, with the question of what still lifes are arranged on, a free construction of colour surfaces emerges, which play a fascinating, even irritating game between surface and depth. Freely but precisely arranged colour forms, constructed in the studio by assembling geometric colour bodies, are placed next to pictures of rocks, mountains and landscapes. Structural similarities between outside and inside, between seen landscape and constructed landscape are put in relation to each other. Natural forms stand next to geometric forms, images constructed by mere seeing next to stage-like installations." (Catalogue for the solo exhibition "Much like Zero", 2011, Fotomuseum Winterthur).

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