I am an artist and curator based at the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University, working primarily with still and moving image in the context of historical representation. My research, artistic and curatorial practice are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery in response to archival material I discover. My practice ranges from still and moving images to fictional stories, short films and artist books. 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. I have curated diverse public programme such as 'Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles' at Close-Up Film Centre, Goethe-Institut and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2017-18); the 'Feminist Historiography' at IASPIS, Stockholm (2016) and the 'Witness 1979' at The Showroom, London (2015), among others. I am co-founder of 'Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network' in London. I am the recipient of St. John's College Artist in Residence 2018 at the University of Oxford.
Post-Doctoral Researcher (Kingston School of Art and Research Collaborations)
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.
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2017) State/religion : rethinking gender politics in the public sphere in Iran. PARSE(6), pp. 134-147. ISSN (online) 2002-0953
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2015) The Moving Image 16, no. 1—Special Issue: Early Cinema and the Archives. Journalism and Mass Communication, 5(10), pp. 513-521. ISSN (online) 2160-6579
Fatehrad, Azadeh, ed. (2012) Power Station. London, U.K. : Ditto Press. 91p.
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2010) Azadeh Fatehrad. In: Quinn, Malcolm, (ed.) Why?.....Research! : interviews about art & design research. London, U.K. : MRes Art practice publication, University of the Arts London. pp. 24-41. ISBN 9780948327995
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2018) Displacement and transitions : the state of in-between-ness and displacement within interior architectural spaces in the films of Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid-Saless. In: Design and Displacement : Design History Society Annual Conference; 06 - 08 Sep 2018, New York, U.S.. (Unpublished)
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2018) Lost history and the effect of the found image. In: Reconsidering the "Post-truth Condition" : Epistemologies of the photographic image; 26 - 28 Mar 2018, Helsinki, Finland. (Unpublished)
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2017) Iran's women's movement : photography, desire and resistance. In: Jene tage = Those days; 05 - 07 Oct 2017, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2017) Boudoir : covered women in Iranian society (1979- present). In: The Space Between : Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment; 03 Feb 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2016) The captured everyday life : Akerman and the politics of representation. In: After Chantal : An International Conference; 04 - 06 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2015) Poetic and politic : re-reading of Iranian history after 1979 Revolution. In: Politics of the Domestic; 16 Dec 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Fatehrad, Azadeh [Curator of an exhibition] (2016) Iran's women's movement : on the archive of Sadiqe Dowlatabadi. .
Bell, Darren [Curator of an exhibition] and Fatehrad, Azadeh [Curator of an exhibition] (2016) Mankind and Wildlife Photographs : David Yarrow and Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore. .