Ghazel


Born in 1966 in Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Paris and Tehran

Ghazel received her education in Visual Arts, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Nîmes) and in Film Studies at Université Paul Valery (Montpellier). One of the most significant Iranian artists on the international contemporary art scene, a pioneer of video art and performance, Ghazel has been shown extensively around the world since 2000, with exhibitions in prestigious institutions and Biennials such as the 50th Venice Biennial, Venice, the 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba, Hannover Museum, Germany, The Hayward Gallery, UK, Centre Pompidou, Paris, MAC, Chile, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Marseille. Ghazel is in the permanent collections of prestigious museums such as: Centre Pompidou (Paris), MUMOK (Vienna) and Cité nationale d’histoire de l’immigration (Paris).

Education

1994, BA, Cinematographic Studies, Université Paul Valery, Montpellier
1992, MFA, DNSEP, Visual Arts, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes, France
1990, BFA, DNAP, Visual Arts, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes, France

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2017
“1366 [1987] “, Otagh Bargh (Electric Room), Dastan Outside, Tehran
Road Movie XV, performance, Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne
Road Movie IX, performance, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
“Mismappings”, ISCP, New York
Road Movie XIV, performance, ISCP, New York
Road Movie XIII, performance, Princeton University, USA
2016
“Anthologie des racines carrées: Episode 1”, Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris
“Road Movie XII”, performance, CAMP, Copenhagen
“Tracking Shot”, Mohsen Gallery , Tehran
“Road Movie X & X1”, performance and projection, Centre d’Art Contemporain St. Restitut, France Restitut, France
Mea Culpa”, Carbon 12, Dubai
2015
“Intersections, Road Movie VII & VIII, Still Life”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2014
“Memory Drain”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2013
“Family tree”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Marée Noire/Mother Tongue/Archive 1”, Azad Gallery, Tehran
“Road Movie VI” Performance, Ecole Nationale Superieure D’art, Bourges
2012
“Geopolitik der Wurzeln – No Man ́s Land, Teil 2”, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt
“Road movie III & road movie IV”, Cité Nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
2011
“Geopolitics of roots — No man’s land”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Road Movie II”, Performance At Ecole Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts, Tours
2010
“Me 2000 – 2003 & Me 2003 – 2008”, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris “Wanted (Urgent)” performance, Slick Art Fair, Paris
“Road Movie” performance, Slick Art Fair, Paris
2009
“Me 2003 – 2008”, Le vestibule, La Maison Rouge, Paris
2008
“Me 62, Me 65 & Me 66”, with PhotoFest, Apama Mackey Gallery, Houston
“Home (stories)”, Bande Passante, CRAC: Centre régional d’Art Contemporain, Sète
2007
“Me & All the Others”, MAC: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago
2006
“Wanted”, Phone Boutique, Flandres Avenue, Paris
2005
“All About Me – Ghazel, a hybrid Iranian around the world, ASK”, Art Space, Musashino Art University Alpha M project, Tokyo
“All about Me – Ghazel, a hybrid, world citizen Iranian woman”, Space B, Osaka­Seikei University, Nagaokakyo
“Home” performance, 37th Theatre Venice Festival, Venice Biennial, Italy
2004
“Me”, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
“Me 2000­2003”, Arts Centre Beursschouwburg, Brussels
2003
“Me 49, Me 42, Me 44 & Made in Paris”, TheSpace, inIVA, London
2002
“Identité, métissage et autres arrangements” series, Salon by Meshec Gaba, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2001
“Me 1997 – 2000”, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb
“Wanted” performance, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York
2000
“Wanted” performance, Galeries Lafayette windows, Avignon
1999
“Wedding I”, Tacheles Kunsthaus, Berlin
“Vote” posters, Tehran
“Sans Titre”, TRAC in FRAC: Fonds régional d’art contemporain, Montpellier
1998
“Red Home III”, Mardabad
“Red Home IV”, Mardabad
“1997 – ­2003 Wanted” performances in Berlin, Montpellier, Stockholm, Paris, Sète…
1997
“Untitled, too”; Medamothi Artistic Cockpit, Montpellier “Sheep take IV”, Vitrines Ephemeres, Avignon
1996
“Untitled”, Medamothi Artistic Cockpit, Montpellier Andata/Ritorno Gallery, Geneva
“Red Home II”, Mardabad
1995
“Make War Not Love” action, Berlin
“Ohne Titel”, Mulack 23, Berlin
1994
“B(l)ack Home is a B(l)ack home”, L’Usine, Nimes
“B(l)ack Home is a B(l)ack home”, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin 1993
“Red Home I”, Mardabad Group Exhibitions (selected)
1993
“Red Home I”, Mardabad

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017
“Landscape – Up Close”, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
“Paris fashion week: The Tangibility of Garment, Body and Power”, Versus Art Project, Istanbul
“The pros and cons of hitch-hiking”, Parallel Programme of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece
“Homeland”, Çanakkale Art Walk Osnabrück, Germany
2016
“GRASSI invites #2: dazwischen/in/between”, GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Germany
“Deportation Regime: Artistic responses to state practices and lived experience of forced removal”, CAMP: Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen
2015
“Manifeste Contra­Sexuel”, Humain Trop Humain Centre Dramatique National, Montpellier “A History, Art, Architecture, Design from the 80′s to now”, Musee National D’Art Moderne, Paris
2014
“Histoires de je”, Galerie Dix9, Paris
“Deprivation/Pozbawienie”, Galerie Arsenal, Bialystok
“EXPOSED. Self­portraits of women”, Kino Arsenal, Berlin
“Closer encounters – Summer Accrochage”, Carbon 12, Dubai
2013
“Sparkle/Jaragheh” performance, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
re.act.feminism #2, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
“Le Pont”, MAC: Musées d ́Art Contemporain Marseille, France
“Disaster – The End of Days”, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
“Persebook”, 4th Annual of Contemporary Arts, Tehran
“Femmeusesaction #24”, MuCEM: Musées des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille
2012
Festival Internacional de Cine, Casa del Cuno, Costa Rica
“Forward/ Vorwaerts”, Q contemporary, Beirut
“Nuit des Musées”, Cité National de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
“If I tell the truth nobody will believe me”, ENSAPC Ygrec, Paris
“re.act.feminism #2”, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Poland
“re.act. feminism#2”, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic Zagreb, Croatia
“Pulso Iraniano”, Oi Futuro, Brazil
“Pulso Iraniano”, SESC Vila Mariana, Brazil
“re.act.feminism #2”, Museet for Samtidskunst, Denmark
“re.act.feminism #2”, Tallinna Kunstihoone, Estonia
“re.act.feminism #2”, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Spain
2011
“J’ai deux amours”, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
“Open Frame”, Centre régional d’art contemporain, Sète
“Centre Pompidou: Video Art Collection (1965 – 2010)”, Centre Cultural Français Izmir, Turkey
“Pulso Iraniano”, Espaço oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Re Act Feminism #2”, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria­Gasteiz, Spain
2010
“Living Across: Spaces of Migration”, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
“Iran & Co, the Archive, Documentary: Iran Beyond Borders (1960 – 2010)”, La Brugeoise, Bruges
“I am not half the man I used to be”, Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Kuwait
“Time after Time”, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco
“Veiled Memoirs: Contemporary Art from Iran”, XIV Biennale Donna, Contemporary Art Museum, Ferrara
“The Stalking of Absence (vis­à­vis Iran)”, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo
“Elles”, Centre Pompidou, Paris
“Urgent”, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
2009
“Elles”, Centre Pompidou, Paris
“Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969 – 2009”, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
“La Ruche en d’autres thermes”, Palais Lumière, Evian
“Raad O Bargh”, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
“Me 1997 – 2000”, Art Park, Art Dubai, UAE
“The view from elsewhere/small acts”, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney “Urgent”, permanent collection, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
“The view from elsewhere/small Acts”, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
“Home (stories), Utopia ici et là”, Chateau de Saint Ouen, Saint Ouen
La Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration à Sao Paolo, Memorial do imigrante, Brazil “Raad O Bargh”, Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzbourg
“FIAC 1”, MAMA: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers
2008
“Laughing in a foreign language”, Hayward Gallery, London
“Crack up”, Khastoo Gallery, Los Angeles
“Home (stories)”, Southbank Centre, London
“Home (stories)”, Espace Cardin, Paris
“Home (stories)”, FID Marseille, Marseille
“Home (stories)”, Fair play, Lugano
“Home (stories)”, 5th Venice Film Meeting, Venice
“Home (stories)”, 21st Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia
“Home (stories)”, Act Orale 7 Festival, Marseille
“Home (stories)”, Happy Days, Thessaloniki
“Home (stories)”, 25th Festival International du film Francophone de Tübingen­Stuttgarts “Bedün ́ a onvän ́/Untitled Series, Part of Iran: New Voices”, The Barbican Center, London
2007
“Normal Love”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
24th Memorial of Nadezda Petrovic, Cacak
“Androïde Contre Humain”, Languedoc – Roussilon, Montpellier
Impakt Festival, Utrecht
“Inauguration”, Santralistanbul, Istanbul
2006
“Zones of Contract”, 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
“Humor Me”, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, USA
“Diari”, 1000 Eventi, Milan
“Neterotopia: Artists online in advertising space”, Careof, Milan + Palais de Tokyo, Paris + NICC, Anvers
“Playing in the Light”, ICO touring program, UK
Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York
“Why Pictures Now”, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig , Vienna
“Incipit”, Fondation d ́entreprise Ricard, Paris
“Femmeuses”, Parc St Leger Centre d’Art, Pougues­les­Eaux
2005
“Belonging”, Sharjah International Art Biennial 7, UAE
“Inhabituel”, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan
“Peripheral Vision”, Void Gallery, Derry
“Risk: Creative Action in Political Culture”, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow “Emergency Biennale”, Grozny, Chechnya + Palais de Tokyo, Paris
“Participate”, Chinese European Art Center, Guangzhou, China + Basekamp space, Philadelphia, USA
“ID Troubles – US Visit”, Nurture Art Gallery, New York
“Séances d’automne”, 36 bis, la galerie de l’Ecole Régionale Supérieure d’Expression Plastique,Tourcoing 
“Cubes, In Progress”, 58th Locarno International Film Festival, Locarno “L’humanité mise à nu et l’art en frac, même”, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg
“Sweet Taboos: Episode 2: To lose without being a loser”, 3rd Tirana Biennial, Albania 2004
“Social Creatures: How Body Becomes Art”, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
“Far Near Distance”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
“Pequeñas Escenas”, Galería Animal, Santiago
“Veil”, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
“Postcards from Cuba”, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
“Fragmented Mirror”, CCCB, Barcelona
“Minority Report”, Station 1, The Equestrian hall, Aahrus, Denmark
“ID Troubles – Shake”, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg
“Clandestines”, Forte Spagnolo, L’Aquila
“Movimento – Movimenti”, Bagheria + Matera + Lecce + Reggio Calabria + Campobasso, Italy
“OK, America”, Apex Art, New York
2003
“Clandestines”, 50th International Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice
“El Arte con La Vida”, 8th La Bienal de La Habana, Havana
“Veil”, inIVA, The New Art Gallery + Walsall & Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool + MOMA, Oxford “Orient­Okzident”, Prince Max Palace + Karlsruhe & Frauen Museum, Bonn + Galerie Wilmersdorf, Berlin
“Voyages d’Artistes: Algérie 03”, Espace Electra, Paris
“The New Scheherzads”, CCCB: Centre de cultura Contemporania, Barcelona
“Haft: 7 Iranian Artists”, Espace Landowsky, Boulogne – Billancourt
Kunst Film Festival, Cologne
“Sound of Video”, LAB, Copenhagen
2002
“Lewis Caroll confiture demain et confiture hier, Mais jamais confiture auj”, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain de Sète, France
“Dom/Home”, Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina “Wanted/Urgent”, Photo Cairo, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
“Nuit Blanche, plus qu’une image”, Ancienne Pompes Funèbres, Paris
“Urgent­Wanted”, Qamariyeh Gallery ,Birzeit University, Palestine International Video Festival, Palestine
2001
“Iranian Contemporary Art”, The Barbican Centre, London
“Regards Persans”, Espace Electra, Paris
“My Generation”, Atlantis Gallery, London
ISCP open studio exhibition, New York
2000
“Ekbatana”, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Arts Center, Copenhagen
1999
“Untitled with Roxana”, 13 Vanak st. Space, Tehran
“Chronicle of Void and Beyond with Kaveh Golestan”, Golestan Gallery, Tehran
1998
Marknaden, Stockholm, Sweden
“Cet Eté Là”, CRAC: Centre régional d’Art Contemporain, Sète
1996
Ouvert la Nuit, Avignon
1995
“Club Berlin”, Kunstwerke at the Venice Biennial, Italy
Artistes au lycée, Montpellier
Biennale des Jeunes Artistes, Rijeka
1994
2ème Etage Sur Cour, Paris
1993
“914 km Nimes­Aix la Chapelle”, l’Usine, Nimes
“39 jeunes Artistes”, Arcana Gallery, Montpellier
Biennale des Jeunes, Rijeka
1992
Biennial of Young European Creators, Museo de la Ciutat, Valencia
Biennial of Young European Creators, Carre St. Anne, Montpellier
1991
“Works on Paper”, B gallery, Nimes
“914 km Aachen­Nimes”, Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Aachen

Collections (selected)

Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
FRAC: Fond régional d’art contemporain, Languedoc­Roussillion, Montpellier
MUMOK: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
“Repères”, 4 “Urgent” posters exhibited at the permanent collection of Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris
SPM: Salsali Private Museum, Dubai
Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
Bic Collection, Paris

Awards/Grants

2016 Short List Nomination, The Sovereign Middle East & North Africa Art Prize, Dubai
2006 Nomination for Prix Ricard, Paris
2005 AIC Grant, DRAC Ile­de­France, Paris
2004 & 2005 Residency at Recollets, Paris
2004 Residency at CCA, Glasgow
2002 & 2003 Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2000 Grant from FIACRE: French Ministry of Culture, New York – AFAA studio at ISCP Studio Program, New York
1998 Grant from Margarethen Stiftung, Leipzig
1997 Residency at UMIST University, Manchester
1996 AIC Grant from DRAC: Ministry of Culture, France
1996 Grant & Residency at Margarethen Stiftung, Kaditzch, Germany
1993 – 1994 Residency at Talcheles Kunsthaus, Berlin
1993 Grant from OFAJ for a Residency in Berlin


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