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Farhad Moshiri

Farhad Moshiri Magic white horse with gold saddle 2008

Farhad Moshiri | Iran | Magic white horse with gold saddle 2008 | Synthetic polymer paint, crystal, goldleaf, glitter mounted on board | 180 x 180cm | The MAC Collection, Dubai | Image courtesy: The artist and The Third Line

Shiraz, Iran
Lives and works in Tehran, Iran

Farhad Moshiri is one of Iran’s most internationally visible artists, due in part to his deft, humorous and visually seductive examinations of popular culture and the modern world. Using a highly refined pop aesthetic, Moshiri conjures candy-hued visions of commodity-driven contemporary society, displacing common representations of Iran as a place of austerity and violence. Moshiri’s paintings are richly decorative and increasingly textured, incorporating Swarovski crystals, beads, sequins, pearls, and embroidery into their surfaces. For his recent ‘Candy store’ series, featured in APT6, Moshiri has used cake-decorating tools to create elaborate, stippled patterns over painted scenes. Ambivalence, parody and play are part and parcel of Moshiri’s visual language, which, while drawing heavily on the vernacular imagery of modern Iran, is also steeped in the visual traditions of Persian culture.

Exhibitions (solo): The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2009, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, 2008; Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York City, United States, 2007. Exhibitions (group): Singapore Biennale, Singapore, 2008; Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, 2003;  ‘Iranian Pool’, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden, 2003.

APT6 exhibiting artists and projects are: Minam Apang | Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan | Chen Chieh-Jen | Chen Qiulin | Cheo Chai-Hiang | DAMP | Solomon Enos | Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian | Subodh Gupta | Gonkar Gyatso | Kyungah Ham | Ho Tzu Nyen | Emre Hüner | Raafat Ishak | Runa Islam | Ayaz Jokhio | Takeshi Kitano | Ang Lee | Mansudae Art Studio | Rudi Mantofani | Mataso Printers | The Mekong: Bùi Công Khánh, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Sopheap Pich, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Svay Ken, Tun Win Aung & Wah Nu, Vandy Rattana | Tracey Moffatt | Farhad MoshiriKohei Nawa | Shinji Ohmaki | The One Year Drawing Project | Pacific Reggae: Roots Beyond the Reef | Rithy Panh | Reuben Paterson | Campbell Patterson | Wit Pimkanchanapong | Qiu Anxiong | Kibong Rhee | Hiraki Sawa | Shirana Shahbazi | Shooshie Sulaiman | Thukral & Tagra | Charwei Tsai | Vanuatu Sculptors | Rohan Wealleans | Leba Toki, Bale Jione & Robin White | Yang Shaobin | Yao Jui-Chung | YNG | Zhu Weibing & Ji Wenyu