Armindokht Shooshtari

Born in Tehran, I’m a Creative Producer, Curator and Specialist in photography from Iran and the Middle East. I completed my MA in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and received my BA in Photography from Islamic Azad University, Iran. My main curatorial interests include: the relationship between political situations, artistic practice and everyday life in the context of contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa, the intersections of aesthetics and the politics of representation, in Muslim countries and Muslim communities living in the West. In my curatorial practice, I am particularly interested to unearth stories that are overlooked due to various social and political factors, to do this; I often use found and archival materials, personal histories and socio-political narratives.

Over the last five years I have been working at New Art Exchange (NAE), Nottingham as well as working as a freelance Curator in the UK and provide curatorial support to number of galleries in Iran. To date I have curated over ten socially engaged interdisciplinary exhibitions in the UK, artists I have worked with in the past include: Faiza Butt, Yara El-Sherbini, Mahtab Hussain, Rawiya Collective, Bahbak Hashemi Nezhad, Feng-Ru Lee, Sunil Shah and Beverley Bennett. In 2014 I was invited for a six month residency at Derby Quad which resulted in curating Present Perfect? Contemporary Photography from Iran, for this show I have worked with nine young emerging Iranian photographs, showing their works for the first time in the UK.

I have also successfully managed and coordinated large-scale projects, including leading on partner development and tour delivery of NAE’s first Strategic Touring project. Other past projects include: coordinating the flagship NESTA Digital Arts R&D project, Culture Cloud, and managing a Mighty FINE Idea, an innovative programme of research, development and arts and cultural activity with young people in key faith communities in Nottingham.

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