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Shirana Shahbazi

At the age of eleven Shirana Shahbazi moved from Iran to Germany, where she later studied photography. Although Shahbazi now lives in Zurich, she spends much of the year in Teheran. Her photographic series deal with the often stereotypical Western image of non-Western cultures and religions and with how the media influence that image. Shahbazi investigates this theme by incorporating those very elements that reinforce Western clichés of the East within her work and by developing images that do not conform to an unambiguous interpretation, making use of such pictorial traditions as portrait and landscape photography. Shirana Shahbazi participated in the 2004 Access for All project.