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Newsha Tavakolian: Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography, Whitechapel Gallery, London


19 July 2014

From her background as one of Tehran’s few female photojournalists, to her interest in the portrayal of women, Iranian artist and photographer Newsha Tavakolian discusses her recent work.

Newsha Tavakolian began working professionally at the age of 16. In 2002, Tavakolian joined Polaris Images and started covering regional conflicts and natural disasters, as well as making social documentary stories in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen. Her work has been published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time magazine,  The New York TimesDer Spiegel, and Le Monde.

In 2009, Tavakolian covered the presidential elections in Iran, an assignment that forced a temporary halt to her photojournalistic work, and confined her to working at home on conceptual photography projects. She is one of eight Iranian photographers currently featured in the acclaimed Burnt Generation exhibition at Somerset House. Her work has been exhibited internationally at such museums as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Art as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum in London. Tavakolian was commissioned by the Qatar Foundation to travel around the world for three months, illustrating a book about education and technology, to be published in 2014.


Saturday 19 July 2014: from 3-5pm at Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London

£8.50/£6.50 concession (£6.80 Whitechapel Gallery Members/ £5.20 Whitechapel Gallery Concession Members). *Proof of concessions and membership to be shown on the door.


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