Shirin Abedinirad is an Iranian female artist and mostly creates installations. Her very popular work is called Mirrored Ziggurat. It rested in Sydney, Australia as a part of Art Festival. Sheis fascinated bystitching the sky to the ground to create unusual optical illusions. From her statement about the piece:
‘In this installation I have been inspired by the pyramidal structure of Ziggurat, a common form of temple in ancient Mesopotamia, attempting to connect earth and sky, so humans could be nearer to god. The Mirrored Ziggurat acts as a staircase, which seeks to connect nature with human beingsand to create union of ancient history and today’s world. This installation offers a transformative view of the self’.
Shirin Abedinirad was born in 1986, in Tabriz, Iran. In 2002, she began her artistic activities with painting. She studied graphic design and fashion design atShariaty University in Tehran, where her research focused on conceptual art and the ways in which it overlaps with fashion design.While studying fashion design, she began working as a model. In 2010, Shirin was chosen as the face of United Colors of Benetton F/W International Campaign. As part of the campaign, she was invited to work with Benetton’s research center in Italy.Around this time, she started engaging in performance art pieces around Iran, confronting issues of gender, sexuality, and human compassion. She has also put on public shows in Spain, Turkey and India. Since 2012, Shirin has been making video art under Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In 2014, Shirin was selected for a one-year scholarship with United Colors of Benetton’s research center.Currently based between Florence and Tehran, Shirin has continued focusing on her performance, installation, and video art.
Author: Dodochi Gogia