Azadeh Ghotbi is a painter and photographer born in Tehran, Iran. She lived in he US and attended Brown University, where she studied International Relations before moving to Europe, spending time in France, Germany, and London, where she currently lives.
This nomadic life has deeply influenced the painter’s practice. “I experienced revolution, loss, exile, and the idiosyncrasies of feeling proud of one’s heritage yet stateless early in life,” says Ghotbi. “The passing of time has only made me further appreciate and cherish the importance of history, roots and cultural ties. Diaspora, statelessness, transience, lack of continuity are my normal. However, I have found that such experience can bear unexpected gifts of strength, adaptability, empathy, and a heightened sense of observation. The cumulative effect of all this imparts and reflects itself upon my work.”
Azadeh’s work has been exhibited internationally in Amsterdam, Basel, Dubai, Cairo, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Tehran.
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