The Gallerie 55Bellechasse, Paris presents the first rétrospective of the photographic works of Niloufar Banisadr from 19th of March to 14th of April 2013.
A quote from Jacques Attali, curator: Iranian photographer Niloufar Banisadr was less than ten when the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown by Ayatollah Khomeini. Born in a traditional family, she bore the brunt of a change of regime full of contradictions. Some of her relatives were jailed, exiled – even sentenced to death. Today, she holds the scars of these events, and most of all the certainty that anything is liable to happen, the best as well as the worst. This certainty, however, makes of her a free woman, resolutely optimistic. She is conscious of the many major assets of her country of which, first and foremost are its youth, its dynamism, its culture and its history.
All her work reflects the conflict between liberty and censorship. What is suggested visually in her work supports the words around each exhibition, expressing a subtle fight, a strife to get rid of the shackles of tradition.
Her series of photographs on Shadow-Man is striking. It makes one feel the precariousness of Man in front of the elements, whether natural or artificial, in front of the weight of an intrusive modernity with neither heart nor soul: a monster of concrete. However, Niloufar manages to free herself of it, removing veils and hypocrisies.
She also invites us on a journey, a kind of exodus to her chaotic Tehran which wavers between multiple futures. In this long series of photographs, very few are those in which human beings appear: the artist shows us the man-made urban landscape, which transcends and outlives him. A witness to the permanence of Persian heritage and history, and of mankind before the contingency of events and regimes.
The birth of a new art gallery in the cultural landscape is always a source of joy and hope for me. It is the witness and the tool of a cultural vitality and of an endlessly renewed challenge which nourishes our society and ensures its future.
Jacques ATTALI – March 2013
Jacques Attali (b. 1943) is a French economist, writer and senior civil servant.
Former adviser to President François Mitterrand and first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, he founded the non-profit organization PlaNet Finance and was nominated President of the Commission for the Liberation of French Economic Growth. He is also Founder and President of A&A, a consultancy firm. He published more than fifty books, including essays and novels. He belongs to the top 100 public intellectuals in the world, according to the Foreign Policy Magazine (May/June 2008), More on Him Here
About the Exhibit and Artist:
Opening: March 19th, 2013, 5pm-10pm
Exhibition: March 19th – April 14th, 2013
From Tuesday to Saturday, 12am-7pm
Born in Tehran on January 15th, 1973, Niloufar Banisadre studied photography at Azad University before moving to France in 2001 where she studied film, digital photography and plastic arts at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg. She pursued her studies in photography from 2004 to 2005 at the Spéos Photography School in Paris where she currently teaches while further developing her photographic work.
Under her father’s influence Niloufar painted for a number of years prior to definitively choosing photography as her favored medium. Her works have been exhibited equally in France and Iran but also in Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Dubaï.
Link to the Exhibition Here