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My research, artistic and curatorial projects centre on the representation of diaspora and double agency within the medium of still and moving images. Engaging with socio-cultural factors, I reflect on the notion of individual struggle to navigate through complex social relations and the diverse negotiations of agency within artistic practice.
My interdisciplinary research overlaps discourses such as political science, intersectionality, migration studies, visual culture, representation, photography and architecture, as well as cultural studies. My practice ranges from still and moving images, to fictional stories, short films and artist books, which have been exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), Somerset House (London), Weltkulturen Museum (the Museum of World Cultures) (Frankfurt), Lychee One Gallery (London) and The Barn Gallery (Oxford), among other places. My projects have been positively covered by the likes of the New York Times and Financial Times, CNN, Euronews, Guardian, and the British Journal of Photography, among others.
My recent publications including ‘Sohrab Shahid Saless-Exile: Displacement and the Stateless Moving Image' (2020) by Edinburgh University Press, UK and The Poetics and Politics of the Veil in Iran: An Archival and Photographic Adventure (2019) by Chicago University Press. I am currently on editorial Board for the peer reviewed journal MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden.
I am co-founder of 'Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network' in London and recipient of St. John's College Artist in Residence 2018 at the University of Oxford.
Lecturer in Design Enterprise
Teaching and research have always been fundamental to my role as an artist and scholar. I have a strong commitment to pedagogy of the highest level, developed over years of working at and with several institutions in UK, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands and Germany. In my recent positions as a Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curating, Lecturer in Experimental Image Making, Lecturer in MRes Art and Exhibition Studies and Lecturer in Photography, I have contributed across all levels in terms of teaching, assessments, and evaluations, namely marking and teaching for MA Fine Art; MA Critical Issues, MA The Story of Art ; supervising and marking BA and MA dissertations alongside MAFA interviews and presentations for BA professional practice. I have also contributed towards module design considering review and quality assurance mechanisms, i.e. I have created two new modules titled ‘Adventures in the Archive' (MA) and ‘Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice' (BA), both of which are being currently taught to students at the school. At PhD level I had interviewed 15 candidates and had supervised 5 international PhD practice-based students working across different mediums and expanding the research and contributing to the research culture at the School.
My other teaching appointments include Visiting Professor in the University of the Arts Helsinki's Fine Art Department (2017-19) working across postgraduate and undergraduate levels to deliver theoretical and thematic seminars, tutorials, assessments, progress evaluation and course module planning. The position was mainly based around a theoretical framework but 20% was dedicated to studio work and individual practice which was evaluated separately. In my role at the college, I worked with a mix of students from all over the world including Italy, China, Korea, Brazil and France. I paid particular attention to students with learning difficulties and ones who needed a bit more help with the English language, to ensure that they received and grasped all the important information.
As part my of my continuous professional development, I have been prolific in presenting academic papers such as Structures and Voices: Storytelling in Post-Digital Times at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) at the University of Gdansk (June 2019) and at the Society for Artistic Research at Zurich University of the Arts (March 2019); Revolt She Said at Chelsea College of Art and Design (Feb 2019); and‘Gesture: Writing that Moves Between' at the Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester (February 2019) and at the Design and Displacement Conference (DHS), Parsons School of Design, New York (Sep 2018).
I am an active practitioner in the field of curating and contemporary art practice. My recent exhibitions include a group show at London Design Biennale (2021), solo exhibition at Danielle Arnaud, London (June 2019) titled The Echo of Your Departures – II and a group exhibition of a two-channel video titled Another Land at Kingston Museum (April 2019). This is in addition to my recent curatorial projects such as The Spark Is You at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (June 2019) and Between the Visible and the Invisible at Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE (September 2019).
Through the diverse research projects I have been involved in, I have had the opportunity to work with a vast number of public and private art galleries, museums and art institutes,nationally and internationally, in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Stockholm, Oslo, Tehran and Vancouver, among other cities. Just some of the institutions I have been involved with include the Weltkulturen Museum (Museum of World Cultures) in Frankfurt (Objects of Desire in Ethnographic Collections), Archiv für Forschung und Dokumentation Iran (AFDI) in Berlin (National Unity of Women's Associations), the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam (Sediqeh Dowlatabadi's Archive), Bois des Moutiers in Normandy (Sir Edwin Lutyens' Archive) and the Feminist Library in London (Adventures in the Archives). I have also enjoyed successful collaborations with the Delfina Foundation in London, and Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm.
To highlight just a few of my recent achievements, I was the Keynote Speaker at the Association for Art History's conference 'New Voices: Art & Text' held at the University of Nottingham (Nov 2019). I have acted as an external examiner for PhDs at the University of Sussex,Leeds Beckett University,RMIT University and Southampton University. I have worked as a peer reviewer for the European Journal of Media Studies (NECSUS) (July 2019- present) and Edinburgh University Press (May 2019- present). I have been one of the Internal Peer Reviewer (IPR) for Research Excellent Framework (REF 2021) unit 32 (Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory) reviewing submission from academics and practitioners across the Kingston School of Art.
Teaching and research have always been fundamental to my role as an artist and scholar. I have a strong commitment to pedagogy of the highest level, developed over years of working at and with several respected educational institutions in UK, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands and Germany.
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2020) Everyday life : past and present in Iranian moving image. Moving Image Review & Art Journal, 9(1), pp. 54-63. ISSN (print) 2045-6301
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 (2020) The poetics and politics of the veil in Iran: an archival and photographic adventure. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. ISBN 9781789381269
Fatehrad, Azadeh, ed. (2020) The films of Sohrab Shahid Saless: exile, displacement and the stateless moving image. U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 200p. (ReFocus: The International Directors Series) ISBN 9781474456395
Fatehrad, Azadeh, ed. (2012) Power Station. London, U.K. : Ditto Press. 91p.
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2020) Introduction. In: Fatehrad, Azadeh, (ed.) The films of Sohrab Shahid Saless: exile, displacement and the stateless moving image. U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 1-4. ISBN 9781474456395
Fatehrad, Azadeh (2020) The aesthetic of diaspora in moving image practice. In: Fatehrad, Azadeh, (ed.) The films of Sohrab Shahid Saless: exile, displacement and the stateless moving image. U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 101-120. (ReFocus: The International Directors Series) ISBN 9781474456395
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] (2016) Iran's women's movement : on the archive of Sadiqe Dowlatabadi. .
Bell, Darren [Curator] and Fatehrad, Azadeh [Curator] (2016) Mankind and Wildlife Photographs : David Yarrow and Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore. .
I am currently responsible for Design School projects bringing design enterprise to the fore across the departments of Graphic Design, Illustration Animation, Fashion and 3D Design. Given not just how many projects I have been involved in over the years, but the depth and rigour of them, it has been important for me to develop excellent fundraising skills.
My current project titled ‘MaHoMe' is a multi-disciplinary project, using multi-sited ethnographic methods, including critical discourse analysis, visual ethnography and participatory aesthetics. I am active in the policy ecosystem, working with a broad range of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Indeed, my ‘MaHoMe' network includes the Baltic Art Center Visby, SOL - Centre for Languages and Literature and Lund University (Sweden); VIA University College (Denmark); and Counterpoints Arts (London), among others. In this international collaboration I am using visual ethnography, in particular the mobile phone, as a method of generating deep and rich insights into the overlooked meaning of home and homemaking from migrants' perspectives.
My collaborative research processes and outputs (an interactive digital platform, an aesthetic methodological toolbox, a docufiction film, a touring exhibition and a policy recommendation document, as well as various publications) are designed for maximum societal impact, ensuring the best possible engagement and dissemination to a broad range of stakeholders, policymakers and audiences. Additionally, I have been successful in securing a considerable amount of funding and a large number of grants, including Research Funding by the Swedish Art Grants Committee; a Fully-funded Fellowship at the Royal Asiatic Society, London/New York; The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Grants for the Arts by Art Council England; Research Grants by the Iran Heritage Foundation; an Artist Residency Bursary by Nest, the Netherlands; a Research Development Residency Bursary by Imperial College London. etc.
I have successfully held various roles both inside and outside HE working as a senior curator, module leader in practice and theory, editor of peer reviewed journals, principal investigator on research projects, PhD supervisor, and project manager. My practice-based research has been enriched through numerous interdisciplinary, international and world class collaborations across Europe and the Middle East.
In the last 10 years of my career, I have curated various international projects such as conferences for artistic research in higher education's institutes namely the 9th Society for Artistic Research International Conference at Plymouth University (April 2018) with support from Kingston University London and the Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology Research Programme at Aarhus University (Denmark) as well as the 2019th and 2021th edition of the European Artistic Research Network conference (Nov 2019 and January 2021) in partnership with the Slade School of Fine Art (London), the Academy of Fine Art (Helsinki), MaHKU at the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Valad Academy (Gothenburg), as well as Leeds Art Gallery and Pavilion Arts Centre.
I led and organised all the activities relating to the preparation and execution of the event, including the call for papers, partnering with appropriate external institutes in domestically and abroad, submitting funding applications, inviting speakers, publicising the event, managing the budget and booking the necessary equipment. There were seven volunteers who needed to be carefully managed and kept motivated, and this was also a role of mine, alongside the four invigilators of the exhibition. There were visitors from UK institutions such as Manchester University and Birmingham University, as well as many others based in London including Central Saint Martins and Westminster University. The project opened up the discussion to a wider group of artists and academics, and provided a great deal of useful experience and contemporary knowledge to students at the University, specifically in terms of practice-based research.
I have excellent leadership skills and, where appropriate, I am able to motivate and inspire colleagues and collaborators. At the same time, I have worked very well independently, demonstrating a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility and creativity, to best meet the needs of the particular role. In the last 10 years of my career, I have generated income via research contracts, research consultancies and various knowledge exchange programmes. I have delivered diverse practice- based research projects in collaboration with a vast network of academic and cultural institutes, adopting an innovative international and interdisciplinary approach throughout
I possess solid organisational skills which I utilise to effectively manage and prioritise workflow to meet deadlines. Throughout my career, I believe that I have developed a solid reputation for successfully and profitably managing numerous concurrent projects through all phases from conception through to completion within targeted cost, schedule and compliance parameters. Sustaining high safety, ethical and quality standards at all times, as well as minimising corporate costs and liabilities, have been visible signs of my professional commitment.