Shirin Sabahi (Iran) uses image as the primary material in her works and text as the interlocutor of ideas embedded in the image. Ranging from video and slide projection installations to collages, artist books and movie subtitles, her projects often develop from tracing the visual and textual material she collects. In her artistic practice, she addresses interpretations and identifications encouraged by language and image in relation to different temporalities employing translation and transformation and playing with formats and rituals of fabricating and perceiving art and in a broader sense meaning.

Her work has been exhibited at Oberhausen Short Film Festival; Kunstbygning, Aarhus; Konsthall C, Stockholm; and Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre; among others.

Shirin is a 2012-2013 Film and New Media Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

In 2011, she was awarded the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP).

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