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Dr Azadeh Fatehrad

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

About

Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad  is an artist and curator based at the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University London, working primarily with still and moving image in the context of historical representation.  Fatehrad research, artistic and curatorial practice are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery in response to archival material she discovers. Her practice ranges from still and moving images to fictional stories, short films and artist books. Underpinning her 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. Fatehrad has 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. Fatehrad is co-founder of ‘Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network' in London. She is the recipient of St. John's College Artist in Residence 2018 at the University of Oxford. 

Areas of specialism

  • Photography and Moving Image
  • Archival Research
  • Feminist Theory
  • Interdisciplinary Research- overlapping discourses of political science, sociology, representation as well as cultural studies among others.
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Qualifications

  • 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.

Professional membership

Association of Art History, London  

The British Library, London  

NGBK, Berlin

European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Amsterdam

Research

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. 

Publications

Number of items: 18.

Article

Fatehrad, Azadeh (2017) State/religion : rethinking gender politics in the public sphere in Iran. PARSE, pp. 36-49. ISSN (online) 2002-0953 (In Press)

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 (2013) Review : Robert Mapplethorpe : Fashion Show. Fashion Research Network,

Noronha Feio, Carlos, Drascek, Michele, Fatehrad, Azadeh and Kirsanova, Daria (2011) Relay : Art and society. Bright, 5, pp. 53-68.

Book

Blackwell, Lewis, Bell, Darren and Fatehrad, Azadeh (2016) Mankind and wildlife photographs. London, U.K. : Harrow School.

Fatehrad, Azadeh (2012) Enghelab Avenue. London, U.K. : Azadeh Fatehrad.

Fatehrad, Azadeh, ed. (2012) Power Station. London, U.K. : Ditto Press. 91p.

Book Section

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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) 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 (2017) Iran's women's movement : photography, desire and resistance. In: Jene tage = Those days; 05 - 07 Oct 2017, Vienna, Austria. (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)

Exhibition

Fatehrad, Azadeh [Curator of an exhibition] (2016) Feminist Historiography public programme. .

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. .

Golestan, Hengameh [Curator of an exhibition] and Fatehrad, Azadeh [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) Hengameh Golestan : Witness 1979. .

Thesis

Fatehrad, Azadeh (2010) Hijab, image and post-revolutionary Iran. (MA(R) thesis), University of the Arts London.

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