Tahmineh Monzavi (Iran) is a socially conscious photographer. She began her professional career as a documentary photographer in 2005 and has developed her own style to work across artistic and documentary photography.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Tahmineh will continue her work on a project called Grape Garden Alley; A story of a women’s shelter – a space and its inhabitants which she documented between 2008 and 2012. She will use the residency to continue to collaborate with London-based curator Vali Mahluji, exploring the contexts and sociological considerations within the work.

Tahmineh holds a BA in Photography from Azad Art and Architecture University. In 2011 she received the Sheed Award for excellence in social documentary photography. Tahmineh’s work has been shown in at institutions including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), the Phoenix Art Museum (USA), MAXXI Museum, Rome (Italy), MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Italy), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (France), and Giorgi Leonidze Museum, Tbilisi (Georgia). Her work has received mentions in publications including the New York Times, Internazionale, Paris Match, the British Journal of Photography, Le Figaro, L’Oeil de la Photographie, and ELLE. She also works as a film director and producer.



and additional support from

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia Patrons


Winter 2024




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