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Shirana Shahbazi, Dino, 2014

Dino, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
19-5/8 by 25-3/8 inches (46.7 by 62.5 cm)

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Shirana Shahbazi, installation view, On Stellar Rays

Installation view

Shirana Shahbazi, installation view, On Stellar Rays

Installation view

Shirana Shahbazi, installation view, On Stellar Rays

Installation view

Shirana Shahbazi, installation view, On Stellar Rays

Installation view

Shirana Shahbazi, Im Pool, 2014

Im Pool, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Diner, 2014

Diner, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Vase, 2014

Vase, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Qazvin/ Tehran, 2014

Qazvin/ Tehran, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
34-1/4 by 26-3/8 inches (85.7 by 65.1 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Sofa, 2014

Sofa, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Sophia, 2014

Sofia, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
26-3/8 by 34-1/4 inches (65.1 by 85.7 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Gasstation, 2014

Gustation, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
37 by 48 inches (94 by 121.9 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Wüste,, 2014

Wüste, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
19-5/8 by 25-3/8 inches (46.7 by 62.5 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, VW, 2014

VW, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
19-5/8 by 25-3/8 inches (46.7 by 62.5 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Haare, 2014

Haare, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
26-3/8 by 34-1/4 inches (65.1 by 85.7 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Palme, 2014

Palme, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, 2014

Pool, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
34-1/4 by 26-3/8 inches (85.7 by 65.1 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Wolke, 2014

Wolke, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

Shirana Shahbazi, Vorhang, 2014

Vorhang, 2014
Two-color lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper
48 by 37 inches (121.9 by 94 cm)

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Shirana Shahbazi

May 10 – June 14, 2015

Press
Aesthetica Magazine

On Stellar Rays and Sun\Ra are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Shirana Shahbazi, featuring a new body of lithographs.

Shahbazi’s work frequently explores the relationship of an image to its material form, using classical art historical themes such as portraiture, still life, and abstraction. Her newest body of work is comprised of images taken on a family road trip from Zurich to Tehran in April 2014, in a style that evokes travel and landscape photography.

Although the subject matter – her family’s experience in the changing social and natural landscape, from west to east – and visual outcome differ from Shahbazi’s earlier studio-based work, images based on travel and exploration have been of ongoing interest. The new lithographs are consistent with Shahbazi’s persistent resolve to create balance between what is physical or actual, and the atmosphere or general mood that can be affected through material processes and decisions.

In this case the use of lithography is significant. After returning to Zurich, Shahbazi carefully selected a small number of images, which she enlarged and printed on a lithographic press using two colors per print. The reduced palette and rich surface belie the form normally taken by travel souvenirs – glossy 3×5 drugstore prints or immaterial digital archives – and further create a possible equivalence among the various places that are seemingly foreign and unfamiliar, rooted not in the specifics of time and place, but rather the ephemeral feeling of experience.

Shirana Shahbazi (b. Tehran, 1974) lives and works in Zurich. She studied photography in Dortmund and Zurich. Major presentations of her work include Kunsthalle Bern (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012/2013); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2011); The New Museum, New York (2011); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2008); Swiss Institute, New York (2007); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2007); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genf (2005), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2003); The 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

The exhibition is the third in a series of collaborations between Candice Madey of On Stellar Rays and Sunny Rahbar, co-founder of the The Third Line Gallery (Dubai) and Sun\Ra.