زندگی‌نامه

سمیرا اسکندرفر نقاش، فیلمساز، نویسنده در سال ١٣۵٩ در شهر تهران متولد شده است. وى تحصیلات لیسانس خود را در رشته ى مهندسى مواد به پایان رسانده و پس از چندى به خاطر علاقه ی بسیار به هنر رشته ی کارگردانی انیمیشن را در دانشگاه هنر شروع کرد. وی تا کنون بیست و چهار نمایشگاه انفرادى نقاشى و عکس و ویدیٔو آرت برگزار کرده است. آثار او در بیش از هشتاد نمایشگاه گروهی در داخل و خارج از ایران نمایش داده شده است. وی همچنین خالق دو فیلم بلند و هجده فیلم کوتاه است و آثار او در موزه هایی چون موزه تیت بریتانیا و موزه ان.بی.کی آلمان نگهداری می شود.

بیانیه 

آثار سمیرا اسکندرفر بر اساس تاثیریست که «زندگی» بر او داشته‌است. شیوه‌های بیانی و کانسپت آثارش همواره نسبتی با خودش و نگاهش به پیرامون دارد. بیشتر آثار او به نوعی یک خودنگاره محسوب می‌شوند؛ یک خودبیانگری ویژه که نقش مهمی در آثارش ایفا کرده. خود او هم در مصاحبه‌های مختلف بر این موضوع صحه می‌گذارد و اعتقاد دارد حتی وقتی پرتره یک مرد را به تصویر می‌کشد، باز هم در حال خلق و ارائه تصویری از خود است. او می گوید: “من فکر می‌کنم هر هنرمندی پیش از آن‌که بخواهد روی هنر خود کار کند باید روی زندگی خود کار کند. کاری که من در تمام این سال‌ها انجام داده‌ام این است که زندگی کرده‌ام به شدیدترین و عمیق‌ترین شکلی که می‌توانستم و از پس آن برمی‌آمدم و اجازه دادم که تجربهٔ زندگی روی من اثر بگذارد و همواره تولیداتی که داشته‌ام نتیجهٔ همین شیوهٔ زندگی بوده‌است.”

نمایشگاه‌های انفرادی، "هیچ مایی در کار نیست" ، گالری اکنون، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه‌های انفرادی، "اتاق الکل" ، گالری الف و ب هان، تهران، ایران 
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نمایشگاه‌های انفرادی، "زخم" ، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "دوتایی‌ها"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "چی تو سرته؟"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "نمایش باید ادامه پیدا کند"، گالری زیرزمین دستان، تهران، ایران
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نمایش فیلم، "عصب کشى"، گالری شماره ۶، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، هرگز فراموشم نکن، گالری شماره ۶، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، گالری گدوک، مونیخ، آلمان
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "من خودم نیستم"، گالری آران، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، من اینجا هستم، من اینجا نیستم، سازماناب، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "میکی ماسک"، گالری محسن، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، کمپوت لحظه‌ها، گالری محسن، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "تو منو به گریه می‌اندازی"، گالری محسن، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "دلقک‌ها بچه دار نمی‌شوند"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "آرامش خیلی بزرگ"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "زیرزمین"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "پراکندگی"، گالری ماه، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "من، شلی، مری، تو"، گالری دی، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "صورت‌های دیگر"، گالری لاله، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "عکس ‌های خانوادگی"، گالری دی، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "چیزی از دست رفته"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "بانوی زیبای من"، گالری لاله، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، ته‌مانده‌های روز، گالری لاله، تهران، ایران
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نمایشگاه انفرادى، "بهت"، گالری طراحان آزاد، تهران، ایران
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Biogrphy 

Samira Eskandarfar, born 1980, lives and works in Tehran, Iran. In 2004 she graduated in Film Making and Animation from Young Filmmakers Society and since then she has held twenty-one solo exhibitions in Paintings, Photography and video Arts. She has participated in eighty group exhibitions and screenings in Iran and Internationally at various galleries, museums and film festivals. She has done workshops with the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and she has made two feature films, eighteen videos and short films which some were acquired by major collections including the London Tate Modern and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) in Berlin. She recently finished making her second feature film “Treadmill”.

Statement

Samira Eskanderfar’s work is based on the impact that “life” has had on her. The expressive and conceptual ways of her expressions are always related to herself and her view her surroundings. Most of her work is a kind of self-portrait; a special self-expression that has played an important role in her works. she also confirms this fact in various interviews, believing that even when she depicts a portrait of a man, she is still creating and presenting herself. She says: “I think every artist has to work on her life before she wants to work on her art. All I’ve done in all these years is to live my life at its strongest and deepest way that I can and I’ve been through it, and I’ve allowed the experience of life to affect me, and the productions. All I ever created has been the result of that lifestyle. ”

Collections

Tate Modern

NBK (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein) Video-Forum

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 “Wound”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2018 “Doubles”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2017 “What’s in your head”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 “Root Canal”, No.6 Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 “Show must go on”, Dastan’s Basement Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 No.6 Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2014 Gedok Gallery, Munich, Germany

2013 “I’m Not Me”, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 “I’m Here, I’m Not Here”, Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2011 “Mickey Mask”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 “Compote Of Moments”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 “You make me cry”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2009 “Clowns Can’t Have Babies”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 “The Massive Calm”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 “Underground”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 “The Dispersion”, Maah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 “I, Sheli, Mori & You”, Day Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 “Other Faces”, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 “Family Photos”, Day Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2004 “Something is Gone”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2004 “My Fair Lady”, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2003 “Remains of the Day”, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2003 “Amazement”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2018 “In between (Part II): So Far“, Mana Contemporary Museum, NY, USA, Curated by Shahram Karimi

2018 “ICH SEHE, ICH BIN“, Setareh Gallery, Duesseldorf, Germany, Curated by Shahram Karimi

2017 “Possible Worlds“, Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

2017 “Wish you were here”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 “What Film”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2014 “A Woman Is Worth A Thousand Questions: Alternative Media From Iran”, REDCAT, LA, USA

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud

2014 “Democracy: Possibilities and Impossibilities”, Art Konsult, New Delhi, India

Curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay

2014 “Nietzsche was a man”, Malmö Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden

Curated by Neda Darzi and Alysse Stepanian

2014 “Democracy: Possibilities and Impossibilities”, Nandan, Kala Bhavan, Visva-bharati, Santiniketan, India

Curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay

2013 “A Beweller of Newadays”, Vista Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Arash Tanhai

2013 “Nietzsche was a man”, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico

Curated by Neda Darzi and Alysse Stepanian

2013 “The Fascination of Persia”, Museum Reitberg, Zurich, Switzerland

Curated by Susann Wintsch

2013 “LA CAJA BLANCA”, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2013 “SubTehran: Subjective Truth from Iran”, Center of Contemporary Art Tbilisi (CCA-T), Tbilisi, Georgia

Curated by Sohrab Kashani

2013 “STILL LIVES & SELECTED ACTS”, Dastan Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Sohrab Kashani and Sandra Skurvida

2013 “Wrong Illusion”, Cultural Center E-WERK, Freiburg, Germany

2012 “Alternative view”, Pardis Cinema-Gallery Complex, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Farnaz Mohammadi

2012 “Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography”, Wells College, NYC, USA

Curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick

2012 “Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography”, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada

Curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick

2012 “Ciphers: Tension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography”, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

Curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick

2011 Expo, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 The 1st Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Sohrab Kashani

2011 Art Dubai 2011 (Mah Art Gallery, Booth B30), Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

2011 “Body Language In The Eyes Of Iranian Artists”, FA Gallery, Kuwait, Kuwait

Curated by Simin Dehghani

2011 The 5th anniversary of Shirin Art Gallery, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Organized by Shirin Art Gallery

2010 Magical Nights Silent Auction 2010, Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Curated by Fereydoun Ave

2010 “Big Lie”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Farid Jafari Samarghandi

2010 “To Paint Cinema”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Behnam Kamrani

2010 “Tehran to London: New Painting from Iran”, Jill George Gallery, London, UK

2009 “89″, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Azita Sharafjahan

2009 “Exposed”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2009 “Other”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Ali Ettehad

2009 “How did you spend your summer?”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2009 “Inside Teheran Out”, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau, Switzerland

Curated by Susann Wintch

2008 “Urban Jealousy: The 1st Intl. Roaming Biennial of Tehran”, Istanbul, Turkey – Belgrade, Serbia

Curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Serhat Koksal

2008 “Between the window and viewing”, Aria Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Solmaz Naraghi

2008 Saba Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2007 Sa’dabaad Palace, Tehran, Iran

Organized by Iranian Painters’ Society

2007 “Radical Drawing”, Tehran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Vahid Sharifian

2007 “The song of nightingales from oil rich fields”, Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Arts, Isfahan, Iran

Curated by Vahid Sharifian

2007 “Silent Messages”, Middle-East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Curated by Helia Darabi

2007-2008 “Wishes and Dreams”, Touring exhibition, Washington D.C. – NYC, USA

Organized by Meridian International Center

2007 Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 “Caravan”, Shiraz Art Gallery, Venice, Italy

Curated by Rosita Sharafjahan

2007 “Auto-portrait”, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2007 “All of my Mothers”, Bahman Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2006 Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan, Iran

2006 Day Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 The opening of Day Art Gallery, Day Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2004 University of Sciences, Zanjan, Iran

As a guest-member of Dena group

2004 The 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran

2003 Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2002 Bahman Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Hannibal Alkhas

2001 Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Participation

2011 AVIFF Video International Film Festival, La Croisette, Cannes, France

2010 “SancionedArray”, NYC, US

2010 AVIFF Video International Film Festival, La Croisette, Cannes, France

2007 Corida Film Festival, Toulouse, France

2007 Iraan Film Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007 Tassvir-e Sal (Image of the Year), Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2006 Abbas Kiarostami’s workshop (Carpet), Karnameh Art & Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2004 The 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran

Filmography

2017 “Treadmill”, 70 min

2014 “I am Home”

2013 “Root Canal”, 70 min

2012 “I am Here”

2012 “I’m Not Here”

2011 “Breathing under water”

2010 “Happy Birthday to You”

2009 “Olive”

2008 “Commode”

2007 “Inside a room”

2006 “Miss Shamsi and her Carpet”

2006 “Path”

2006 “A Dowry for Mahrou”

2006 “Rugs & Men”

2006 “Old Landscape”

2005 “Monologue under the white light”

2004 “I’m Vertical”

2003 “Amazement”

Selected Screenings

2018 “Treadmill”, New Media Society, Tehran, Iran

2015 “A Dowry for Mahrou,”, Bielefeld Museum, Germany

2012 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2012 Morocco, Digital Marrakech 3, Marrakech city, Morocco

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2012 “mise en abyme”, “Cinematica /Iran”, Cinemaica Film Festival, La Elastica, Montreal, Canada

Curated by Sandra Skurvida

2012 “mise en abyme”, Sazmanab Platform for Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Sandra Skurvida

2012 “mise en abyme”, Cité international des Arts, Paris, France

Curated by Sandra Skurvida

2012 “[UN]PAIRED”, Kulter, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012 “IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY ART – Searching for Identity?”, Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

2012 ” Close To My Heart”, Cologne OFF 2012, CeC 2012, Carnival of e-Creativity, Sattal Estate, India

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 AVIFF Video International Film Festival, La Croisette, Cannes, France

Curated by Camilo Racana

2011 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea, Tallinn, Estonia

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea, Tampere, Finland

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg, Russia

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea, Szczecin, Poland

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2011, Arad Art Museum, Romania

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 “Close To My Heart”, CologneOFF 2011, Cologne, Germany

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

2011 “Time is Love”, Sint-Lukas Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Curated by Kisito Assangni

2011 “Time is Love”, Kulter, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Curated by Kisito Assangni

2010 “SanctionedArray”, Big Screen Project / White Box, NYC, US

2010 “Human Emotion Project”, Sazmanab Platform for Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Sohrab Kashani and Alison Williams

2010 AVIFF Video International Film Festival, La Croisette, Cannes, France

Curated by Camilo Racana

2009 Limited Access 2, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Amirali Ghasemi

2009 “Inside Teheran Out”, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau, Switzerland

Curated by Susann Wintch

2007 Corida Film Festival, Toulouse, France

2007 Iraan Film Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007 Tassvir-e Sal (Image of the Year) 2007, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

Organized by Seifollah Samadian

2007 “Retracing Territories”, Friart Art Gallery, Fribourg, Switzerland

2007 “Caravan”, Shiraz Art Gallery, Venice, Italy

Curated by Rosita Sharafjahan

2007 “Silent Messages”, Middle-East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Curated by Helia Darabi

2006 “Analyze While Waiting”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Susann Wintsch

Selected for Treibsand DVD Magazine

2006 Limited Access 1, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Curated by Amirali Ghasemi

Jury

1st Video Artist Video Festival, Isfahan, Iran

Panels

2012 44 Gallery, Toronto, Canada / with Andrea Fitzpatrick and Amirali Ghasemi

Publications

Samira Eskandarfar, 2018, Wound/Zakhm Book

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