Newsha Tavakolian

Azita Akhawan

Azita Akhavan, 2010, c-print (still of the video Listen)

Ghazal Shakeri

Ghazal Shakeri, 2010, c-print (still of the video Listen)

Maral Afsharian, 2010, c-print (still of the video Listen)

Title of the dream album for Maral Afsharian: ‘When I was twenty years old’

Title of the dream album for Gazal Shakeri: ‘Glass ceiling’

Title of the dream album for Azita Akhavan: ‘This is not the dream of Eastern women’

Title of the dream album for Mahsa Vahdat: ‘I am Eve’

Title of the dream album for Sahar Lotfi: ‘Don’t forget this is not you’

Title of the dream album for Sayeh Sodaifi: ‘Again I stayed behind in the empty cold’

Maria, 2008

Maria, 2008

Maria, 2008

Maria, 2008

Newsha Tavakolian

Born in Tehran, Iran, 1981

Self-taught photographer


2009 Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist, United Kingdom
2007 Inge Morath Award, Finalist, Magnum Photo Agency, New York, United States
2006 Still Photography Award from the All Roads Film Project, National Geographic, Washington D.C., United States
Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2003 Runner-up in Picture of the Year International Competition, magazine feature category, National Press Photographers Association, United States
Missouri School of Journalism, United States

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Listen, La Caja Blanca Gallery, Palma de Majorca, Spain
Listen, Jakob Church, Oslo, Norway
Listen, Aaran gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 Chador and Chanel, Side gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Newsha Tavakolian, Centre Culturel Franco Allemand, Karlsruhe, Germany

Group Exhibitions

2012 Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam, British Museum, London, Great Britain
2011 Margins, 7th Photo Biennial, Poznan, Poland
Snail Fever, Video and Pictures, The third line gallery, Dubai
Listen, The Empty Quarter Fine Art gallery in Menasart Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
Good city for dreamers, Nicolas Silin Gallery, Paris
My super Hero, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2010 Jungle, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Black or White, Gallery Verso, Turin, Italy
No more bad girls?, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
Newsha Tavakolian, duo exhibition, Thomas Erben gallery, New York, United States
2009 Art Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, United States
2008 Angkor Photography Festival, EVE Women Photographers Collective, Cambodia
Made in Tehran: 6 Frauen-Blicke, Cicero Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2007 Visa pour l’Image, EVE Women Photographers Collective, Perpignan, France
2006 Gijón International Festival of Photojournalism, EVE Women Photographers Collective, Gijón, Spain
2005 Mother of Martyrs, Silk Road gallery, Tehran, Iran
2002 Women in Iran Tehran, Asar Gallery, Iran
1999 News, Khaneh gallery, Tehran, Iran


2010 A History of Women’s Photographers, Naomi Rosenblum, Abbeville Press
2009 Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations, Malu Halasa and Maziar Bahari, Garnet Publishing
2008 Iranian photography Now, Rose Issa, Hatje Cantz Verlag


(Selected) articles and reviews

2011 New vocabularies for new challenges: a conversation with Newsha Tavakolian, Sara Raza, Ibraaz, 1.11.2011 - link
Stop, Look, Listen, Jason Rezaian, BrownBook – An Urban Guide to the Middel East, issue 29, 10.2011
Alles is als theater voor mij, Newsha Tavakolian, Sara Muller, Cultuur in de frontlinie, ZemZem – Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en islam, 2/2011
Entrevista Newsha Tavakolian, Victoria Arribas Roldán, Plataforma de arte contemporanéo, 4.7.2011 - link
Menasart Fair 2011: A whirpool of Influences, Lisa Kaaki, – The Middle East’s Leading English Daily, 13.7.2011 - link
The Iranian queen of Fado, Newsha Tavakolian, Mrs. Dean – Nothing is too amazing to be truth, 30.5.2011 - link
Inside Iran: The art of Resistance – the photographs, Jason Rezaian, Global Post, 19.4.2011 - link