Azadeh Sefidkaran

Azadeh Sefidkaran received her BA in graphic design in 2004 from Shariati University, Tehran, and her MA in art research from Tehran Art University in 20??. She designed and registered her first logo in 2001 and continued to work in the graphic design industry for several years before leaving the commercial design to teach art at vocational schools and universities. Azadeh further pursued her art and design education with Babak Etminani, Reza Abedini and, Alireza Jahromi among others.
Having done her theses on the historic Harat painting school and the history of Iranian illustration during the mid-twentieth century, Azadeh has had a keen interest in Persian art and Architecture. In her series of oil paintings called “Silent Observers”, these intricately-designed traditional spaces become populated with young women and teenagers, a demography she knows very well thanks to her years of teaching art at all-girls schools; the paradoxical presence of young, care-free females playing around and taking selfies with their smartphones against traditional, patriarchal architectural settings echo the societies’ changing attitudes and values. As the series developed, inspired by the Persian painting traditions, the artist opted for a purer and brighter color palette and a diminishing depth in her compositions.
For her new series, she brings her works even closer to the Persian illustration esthetics by taking her female characters into flattened imagined landscapes full of motifs and governed by a multi-spatial hierarchy.

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Statement

Silent Observers
The idea of painting “Silent Observers” came to me while I was watching my students wander through historic buildings. These high-spirited young women are surrounded by these old structures but they are rather alienated from them, being preoccupied mostly with themselves rather than admiring the architecture. Clad in uniforms, they are taking selfies in a, as if trying to connect the present time to the past in a fleeting moment. Their pictures bridge the gap between generations and link yesterday to tomorrow, so that a parallel universe of different temporal layers may be born in our online reality.
In “Silent Observers”, the elegant yet somber, paternal space of these old buildings is disrupted, even ridiculed in a way, by the young women’s disinterest, appearing to be in clear contrast to the figures.

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Azadeh Sefidkaran

b. 1980, Iran
2010 MA(Art Research), University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2005 BA(Graphic Design), Dr. Shariaty University, Tehran, Iran

Solo Exhibitions:
200 Solo illustration exhibition, Stories From Masnavi of Romi, Dr Shariaty University, Tehran, Iran

Group Exhibitions:
2020 Khor Art Initiative Online Exhibition, saraigallery.com and Artsy platform.
2019 Group exhibition, 100 Works 100 Artist, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2018 Group exhibition, First Carbafoo Annual Painting Prize Artin Gallery, Mashhad, Iran
2018 3th Annual exhibition, My Art, Vela Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2017 That which isn't, Group drawing exhibitions, Negar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 Group painting exhibition, Rasool-e mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Group drawing exhibitions, Honar-e Iran, Tehran, Iran
2016 Group painting and drawing exhibition, Kamaleddin Behzad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Professional Experience:
Since 2006, Visual Arts teacher in school of arts at the University of Science and Technology