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Dr Azadeh Fatehrad

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Kingston School of Art and Research Collaborations)


My research, artistic and curatorial practices are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery and I have made extensive use of archival material including that held at the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS), Tehran. This allowed me to develop new insights into feminist history, in particular Iran's women's movement, and to devise a series of related public programmes including exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

Additionally, I have presented academic papers at a variety of conferences and symposiums such as 'The Neo-traditionalist: Representation of women in post-revolutionary Iran', Moderna Museet, Stockholm; 'The Captured Everyday Life: Akerman and the Politics of Representation', at Westminster School of Media, London; and 'Communal Social and Inter-Political Stage of Curatorial Practice' at Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.

I am also curator of Beyond the Frame in partnership with Iniva, UAL and the Liverpool Biennial and have exhibited my work internationally.

Areas of specialism

  • Photography and moving image
  • Archival research
  • Postcolonial feminism
  • Interdisciplinary research which overlap discourses such as political science, sociology, representation as well as cultural studies among others.


  • Ph.D. Practice- based, Photography Department, Royal College of Art. (Thesis Unconditional Pass)
  • MRes Art practice, University of the Arts London
  • Master of Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design.


My research, artistic and curatorial practice are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery in response to archival material I encounter. I have made extensive use of archival photographs including those held at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main; the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam; and the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS), Tehran. In working with archival material, I employ different methodologies such as displacing the sources into a fictional story or restaging the factual historical story with new characters to expand its understanding. I also conduct interviews with people who were involved in the event to expand the story further. Underpinning my research is a cross-cultural approach that looks at the artistic, social, aesthetic and political implications of the 'existing images', and their relation to life today. To this end my visual and textual works move constantly between the documentary, the analytical and the personal creation of an imaginary space of self-representation.

My current research project Double Agency: The Formation of Diaspora in Moving Image Practice centres on representation of diaspora and double agency within the medium of moving image. Engaging with socio-cultural factors, the project reflects on the notion of individual struggle to navigate through complex social relations and the diverse negotiations of agency within artistic practice. 


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