Setareh Shahbazi is an Iranian artist currently based in Berlin. She studied Scenography, Fine Arts and Media Theory at the State Academy for Art and Design in Karlsruhe. Between 2003 and 2013 she spent six years living and working in Beirut, while going back and forth between Tehran, Cairo and Berlin, where she currently lives and works.
Questions of displacement, integration, representation and concious desintegration, loss of language and visual translation are key to her artistic projects.
During her travels within the past 15 years, Setareh Shahbazi has been compiling notes and observations in form of found photographs: images from public archives and private collections, snapshots, film stills, postcards, newspapers, social media and daily newsfeeds. With a playful irreverence to the sanctity of a photograph as a mirror of reality, Shahbazi drains details out of images. In trying to make sense of their broken narratives, their impossible translations into different contexts, temporalities and languages, she is constantly shifting perspectives to allow these observations to come together in a fictional afterlife. | Images from the ongoing project „100 Rotten Tricks“, 2019/20