Mamali Shafahi

Exhibited Artist

Mamali Shafahi


Born 1982, Iran

lives and works in Tehran and Paris.




ENSAPC, École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris – Cergy, Paris



University of Art, Photography, Tehran



Selected solo exhibitions

2016 “The Underworld and its emergent effects”, Dastan Basement, Tehran

2014 “Broken SD”, Video installation, Dastan Basement Gallery, Tehran

2013 “Daddy Sperm”, video installation, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris

2012 “Occidental icons”, painting exhibition, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris

2010 “Wonderland (2,500 years celebration), Video Installation, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris, France.

2009 “Mamali and his doves in art?!” Installation, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

2008 “Blonde descending a staircase.” Video performance, “Urban Jalousie” biennial, Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany.

“Freedom.” Performance with Behrouz Rae, Art Athina contemporary art fair, Athens, Greece.

2007 “Everybody needs a show.” Performance series, ENSA Paris-Cergy art school, France.

“Light boxes.” Wochdom Gallery, Paris, France.

2006 “In search of stolen Jesus.” Video installation, Limoges, France.

2005 “My magic box.” Exhibition of light boxes, Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran.



Selected group exhibitions

2016 “Skip or the national”, curated by Alex Maurice, London

“Public Art, Public Spaces; Iran”, Curated by Sohrab Kashani, Stanford University

2015 “Centrefold”, curated by Reza Aramesh, Sazman-Ab and Ab-Anbar projects.

2014 “For Export Only”, Shulamit Gallery, Los Angeles

2013 “Dixit”, curated by Karin Schlageter, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris

2012 “Iranian arts now”, curated by Amirali Ghasemi, Cité internationale des arts, Paris

2011 “Good city for dreamers” Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris

“Carte Blanche”: “With his multiple reflections he feels secure”, Art Video Film Festival, curated by Camilo Racana, Cannes, France

2010 “I. U. (Heart).” The Third Line, Dubai.

2009 “Collection Dubai,” curated by November Paynter, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Ashura” Aaran gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 “Everybody needs a show.” Photographic installation, “Lion under the Rainbow,” curated by Alexandros Georgiou, Athens, Greece.

2007 “Radical Drawing II,” curated by Vahid Sharifian, Tehran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

“Karaoke Poetry.” Performance with Alexandros Georgiou, parallel project of Athens biennial, Athens, Greece.

2004 “Eraser Head”, 9th biennial of photography of Tehran, Iran.



Curatorial Projects

2016 Neïl Beloufa, Pejman Foundation, Tehran.

2014 “Urgently, Yesterday”, Florian Auer and Katja Novitskova, Mottahedan Projects, Dubai.

2013 “Recycle”, Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar, Ettemad Gallery, Tehran.

2011 “Good city for dreamers” Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris

2010 “I. U. (Heart).” The Third Line, Dubai.



Press and publications

2014“Iranian Contemporary Art, From the Street to the studio”, By Talinn Gringor.

Reaktion Books Ltd.

2013“Contemporary Iranian Art, New Perspectives”, By Hamid Keshmirshekan.

SAQI Books.

2010 BROWNBOOK magazine, No.92, “I.U.Heart”, Pp 87

Artasiapacific magazine, No.71, “I.U.Heart”, Pp 133

Time out magazine, I.U.Heart”, Pp 23

2009 “Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art,” by Hossein Amirsadeghi. Thames & Hudson.

2008 Mother Magazine, No.5, Spring, “Mamali needs a show”, Pp. 120-121

Highlight Magazine, No.34, May, “Lion under the rainbow”, Pp.88-91



Grants, Prizes, Lectures

2015 MOPCAP Contemporary Art Prize: finalist.

2011 MOPCAP Contemporary Art Prize: nominee.

2009 MOPCAP Contemporary Art Prize: nominee.

“Thirty Years On: The Social and Cultural Impacts of the Iranian Revolution,” conference at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Invited as guest speaker on “Art and the representation of masculinity.”

2008 UNESCO- Aschberg Bursaries for Artists 2009: winner.