(Persia Digest) - Shirin Abedinirad is an Iranian artist who explores the art of mirrors and reflections. Through her two series "Evocation" and "Heaven on Earth", she installs tips and stairs of mirrors in the heart of the desert of Iran or in a city of Italy. This gives a beautiful juxtaposition of two elements: the earth and the sky. She considers mirrors as a symbol of water.
Shirin Abedinirad was born in 1986, in Tabriz, Iran. In 2002, she began her artistic activities with painting. She studied graphic design and fashion design at Dr. Shariati University in Tehran, where her research focused on conceptual art and the ways in which it overlaps with fashion design. Around this time, she started engaging in performance art pieces around Iran, confronting issues of gender, sexuality, and human compassion. She has also put on public shows in Spain, Turkey and India. Since 2012, Shirin has been making video art, exploring the notion of self and identity with moving images. She studied under critically-acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In both her performance pieces and videos, she designs her own costumes, props, and sets.
In March 2014, Shirin was selected for a one-year scholarship with United Colors of Benetton’s Fabrica research center. During her time in Italy, Shirin worked in Fabrica’s Editorial Department, and published an original book "Fashion & Conceptual Art" (Nazar Publication).
Currently based in Tehran, Shirin has continued focusing on her performance, installation, and video art projects.