Babak Kazemi (Iran) is a self-taught photographer living and working in Tehran. He was born and grew up in the city of Ahvaz, which is a reoccurring subject in, or backdrop for, his work. Ahvaz is just few kilometres away from the first-discovered oil well in the Middle East and was one of the cities that was greatly affected during the eight-year Iran/Iraq war, which Kazemi witnessed during his early childhood. He uses oil both as a concept and as well an addition to his artistic process, frequently soaking his photographic prints in oil. He believes many of social and political problems in Iran stem from oil and its production.

Kazemi has shown his work in both in Iran and internationally including the group show 5+1, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2011); Naftoon, Tarahan-e-Azad Gallery, Tehran (2011); Television, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (2011); Ministry of Nomads, London (2010); Revealing Truths, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2009); and Voice of Vision, Galerie Speos, Paris (2009).

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