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Shahram Entekhabi (Persian: شهرام انتخابی ), born 1963, is an Iranian-born video and installation artist. He studied graphic design at the University of Tehran, Iran and architecture, urbanism at state University in Reggio Calabria, Italy.



Since the video work i? (2003-2004) he started a series about migrants and clichés of the West, especially those from the Middle East. Later videos show a migrant character walking down a road (Road movie-2), walking through deserts (Gold), failure when celebrating a birthday party (Alcazar 2450), walking through the territory of an abandoned factory (Rockefeller boulevard) and making a statement by using caution tape (Caution, Attenzione). He later started a new series also about characters who are migrants and the prejudices they face: an Islamic fundamentalist, an Kurdish activist, a guerrilla and a criminal from the Balkans. In Islamic star, the lead character has an Islamic star symbol on his shirt.

He participated in a group exhibition at the Chelsea Arts Museum, where his contribution was sex worker calling cards to which he had added full veils.[1] In July 2009, The New York Times wrote in an art review, Iran Inside Out, regarding a similar piece, Shahram Entekhabi draws chadors in black Magic Marker on images of dating-service models." [2] But Persianesque Magazine's earlier review, Contemporary Art: Iran Inside Out remarked on the conceptual quality of the piece in regard to differing cultures of privacy, stating that "...vivid full-color ads for prostitutes now have inky black hejab and chadors drawn on them by Shahram Entekhabi. Only their eyes and hands are exposed, while the ad copy blares that they are 'Beautiful Busty Blonde,' 'Naughty But Nice…Spanking, Caning,' etc. This work could be a reversal of censorship for privacy in the West, where a black bar may cover a person’s eyes while the rest of their body remains exposed." [3]

Foundation and Initiated projects

  • WL PROJECT, curatorial and artistic projects, 2006 [2]
  • i RAN Home, presentation of contemporary Iranian visual culture in Berlin, 2009 [3]
  • UNITY, contemporary art projects against racism in collaboration with UNICEF in Penang, Malaysia, 2009 [4]

Exhibitions (Solo)

  • From the Banks of a River called HOME — Centre d'art Nei Liicht, Dudelange, Luxembourg
  • Visual Foreign Correspondent - De Balie Centre, Amsterdam., The Netherlands
  • It's been a long way, baby (2006) — Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
  • Something in Common — Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Dead Sattelittes - Hordaland International Art Gallery, Bergen, Norwegen
  • Glub - Hopkins Hall Gallery, OSU College of the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Biennales participation

  • 10th Havana biennial 2009, — Havana, Cuba
  • The Third Guangzhou Triennial 2008 — Guangdong Museum of Art, China
  • Metropolis Biennale 2007, - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Busan Biennale 2006 — Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea


  1. ^ Looking For Iran in its Art, Benjamin Sutton, The L Magazine, 5 August 2009
  2. ^ Iran Inside Out, New York Times, 23 July 2009
  3. ^ [1], Julie Jigsawnovich, Persianesque Magazine, 20 July 2009

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