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Farniyaz Zaker is represented by Pi Artworks

Education

  • The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK                                                

-              Doctor of Philosophy, Fine Arts, The Ruskin School of Art, St John’s College, 2010-2015 

-             Supervisors: Professor Malcolm Bull (theory) and Professor Daria Martin (practice) 

  • The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK          

-              Master of Arts, Textiles,  Winchester School of Art, 2008- 2009

  • The University of Art, Tehran, Iran                                       

-              Bachelor of Arts, Carpets and Textiles, 2002- 2006

  • The University of Media Studies, Tehran, Iran

-              Associate Degree (A.A.), Photography (Photojournalism), 2002-2004

Professional Qualifications

  • Agile Objects: Teaching and Learning in Museums, Galleries, and Collections, series of workshops held at the Ashmolean Museum (funded by Andrew W Mellon Foundation) Oxford, UK, June 2015
  • Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO), Training (The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, 2010- 2011

Grants and Awards

  • Winner of Hit Parade - Special Prize, Paratissima 12, Turin, Italy, 2016
  • Special Grants, St John’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2014
  • Finalist at Arte Laguna Prize (Installation and Sculpture Section), Venice, Italy, 2014                                            
  • The Lamb and Flag Scholarship, St John’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2011- 2013

-              For the pursue of Doctor of Philosophy: it covered home fees and living costs

  • Selected artist for The State of Art, art book from Bare Hill Publishing House (Installation and Sculpture Section), London, UK, 2013
  • Special Grants, St John’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2012
  • Finalist at ‘WEYA’, UK Young Artists, Nottingham, UK, 2012
  • Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Prize, International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK, 2011
  • Regional Finalist at Lloyds TSB, Art of Nurture, Bristol, UK, 2009 and 2010
  • Finalist at ‘Shafaghi Tabriz’, Art and Design Competition, Tehran, Iran, 2006
  • Finalist at ‘Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Competition’, Khane Honarmandan Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2003
  • Finalist at ‘World Art and Worship, Photography Competition’, Niyavaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2002
  • First Prize in Photography at the 1st Festival of Art for Art Students, Art University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2002

One Person Exhibitions

  • ‘Something There Was That Must have Loved A Wall’, Pi Artworks Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
  • ‘Primeval Relationship’, The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2014
  • ‘I.A.F. | Sharjah’, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2014
  • ‘Re-Enveloped’, King Way’s Corridor, Goldsmiths College, London, UK, 2013                                                
  • ‘Repeated Return’, Dolphin Gallery, St John’s College, Oxford, UK, 2013                                                
  • ‘Pardeh’, Old Masters Study Room, The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, UK, 2011                                                

Two Person Exhibitions  

  • Letters in Space,  Farniyaz Zaker and Václav Magid National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / the State Museum and Exhibition Center “ROSIZO”, Kronstadt - St Petersburg, Russia
  • ‘[HYPHENATED]’, The North Wall Gallery, Oxford, UK, 2012

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • ‘Museo dell'Auto’, Turin, Italy, (forthcoming 2017)
  • ‘The Slow Dissapeaence of Truth and Meaning’, curated by Eleonora Angela Maria Ignazzi & Francesca Pich, Paratissima-Artissima, Turin, Italy, 2016
  • ‘Fortress Man’, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia, 2015-2016
  • ‘Contemporary Istanbul International Art Fair | 2015’, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015
  • ‘A House Is Not A Hotel’, Pi Artworks Gallery, London UK, 2014
  • ‘8° International Arte Laguna Prize’, Arsenale Venice, Venice, Italy, 2014
  • ‘The Wall of Europe’, Paese Museo, San Sperate, Sardinia, Italy, 2013
  • ‘Mapleton Bree Prize’, Kendrew Barn, St John’s College, UK, 2013
  • ‘WEYA’, UK Young Artists, Bonington Gallery Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, 2012                                               
  • ‘Rewind Pause, Fast Forward: Mirrors on Iran’, Pi Artworks Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
  • ‘mise–en–scène’, Etemad Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012
  • ‘In site’, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, 2012                                                 
  • ‘Ruskin Shorts’, Phoenix Cinema, Oxford, UK, 2012
  • ‘International Print Biennale’, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK, 2011                                                
  • ‘Power House’, The Old Power Station-Osney, Oxford, UK, 2011                                                
  • ‘Surplus to Requirements?’, Slade Research Centre and Gallery, London, UK, 2011                                                 
  • ‘The Art of Nurture’, Lloyds TSB, Bristol, UK, 2010                                               
  • ‘10 Days at the Laundry’, The Yard, Old Hyde Laundry, Winchester, UK, 2009                                               
  • ‘THIS LEADS HERE’, Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UK, 2009                                                 
  • ‘The Art of Nurture’, Lloyds TSB, Watershed Gallery, Bristol, UK, 2009                                                 
  • ‘Master students exhibition’, Winchester School of Art, Winchester UK, 2008                                                 
  • ‘in-between (Master students exhibition)’, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK, 2008                                                 
  • ‘Shafaghi Tabriz Prize’, Niyavaran Palace, Tehran, Iran, 2006
  • ‘Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Prize’, Khane Honarmandan Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2003
  • ‘World Art and Worship’, Niyavaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2002
  • ‘The First Festival of Art For Art Students’, The University of Art, Tehran, Iran, 2002

 Residencies and Fellowships

  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University College London (UCL), (2017- 2018)
  • National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / the State Museum and Exhibition Center “ROSIZO”, St Petersburg, Russia, 2017
  • Textile Art Symposium 2015, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia, 2015
  • I.A.F., Sharjah Museum of Contemporary Art, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2014
  • No Arte, The Wall Of Europe, Paese Museo, San Sperate-Sardinia, Italy, 2013
  • WEYA: UK Young Artists, Nottingham, UK, 2012
  • Marine, See and Navigation Organization, Chabahar, Iran, 2004

Publications

1-  Articles, Interviews, and Reviews:

  • ‘Urban Space as a White Canvas: The Politics of Space in Twentieth Century Iran, written by Farniyaz Zaker, Anthropology of The Middle East, (forthcoming 2017)
  •  Jenseits: Place, Dwelling and Art Practice’, written by Farniyaz ZakerOxford Artistic and Practice-Based Research Platform (OAR), Issue 1 (2017)http://www.oarplatform.com/jenseits-place-dwelling-art-practice
  • An interview with Farniyaz Zaker, Made in Mind Magazine, edited by Francesca Pirillo and Dario Carotenuto, Autumn 2016, Issue 8, pp. 25-37.
  • ‘A Room Without Boundaries: Ai Weiwei At The Royal Academy Of Arts’, written by Farniyaz Zaker, Home Cultures Journal, Issue 13:2, pp. 221-223. 
  • ‘Home, Displacement, and the Body: Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern | London’, written by Farniyaz ZakerRomulus Magazine (The Journal of Wolfson College, Oxford), 2016, pp.12-13. 
  • ‘Bolgeler Ve SinirlariAcanSanatci, an interview with Farniyaz Zaker by levant Ozata, Istanbul Art News, January 2016, p. 22.
  • ‘Earthly Paradise: Identity // and Place’, written by Farniyaz Zaker, Oculus: Identity // and Place, The Journal of the Edgar Wind Society For Art History, The University of Oxford, 2015, pp. 37 and 46-47.
  • ‘Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation’ a Conversation Between Farniyaz Zaker and Dr. Mariam Motamedi Fraser, written by Mariam Motamedi Fraser and Farniyaz Zaker, Theory Culture & Society Journal,2014, pp.1-20.
  • ‘Umutlu Kaygi Arasında’, an interview with Farniyaz Zaker by Meltem Yilmaz, Cumhuriyet Newspaper:Kultur Sanat, 2 Temmuz 2012, p. 6.
  • ‘Dealing With an Image: Representation of Iranian Women in Iranian Contemporary Art’, written by Farniyaz ZakeraRm Magazine (The Ruskin Magazine), Third Issue, April 2013, pp.14-15. 
  • ‘Parmaklikarin Arkasina Bir Medeniyet’, an interview with Farniyaz Zaker and Mahmud Bakhshi by Firat Demir, Art Unlimited, issue18, 2012, pp. 112-113.

Conference Talks / Public Lectures:

  • Anthropology of Architecture (panel-seminar), I U A E S, Commission on the Middle East, Visual Culture, Law, and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa, Krakow, Poland, (forthcoming August 2017) 
  • I U A E S, Commission on the Middle East, Visual Culture, Law and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa, Krakow, Poland, ’Urban Space as a White Canvas: The Politics of Space in Twentieth Century Iran', August 2016
  • ‘Something There Was That Must Have Loved A Wall’, a conversation between Farniyaz Zaker and Ceren Arkman, Pi Artworks Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, January 2016
  • ‘Continuity and Change: Iran’s Architecture as a Unified Space’, OCMS, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, October 2015
  • ‘Architecture of Iran: From Metaphysical Places to Physical Non-Places’, St John’s College, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2015
  • Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation’, a conversation between Farniyaz Zaker and Dr. Mariam Motamedi Fraser, Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK, 2013
  • Representation of Women in Iranian Contemporary Art’, Cultural Identities in Art and Art Practice, GOA Project, Brasenose College, The University of Oxford, December 2012
  • ‘The Veil as Architecture: Conceptualisation and Genderisation of the Private and Public Space in Iran’, Women’s Rights Research Seminar, St Antony's College, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2012
  • Allegories of The Veil: An Iconography of Veiled Women Since 1990’, The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2011
  • Diasporic Iranian Art: A Response to the Social and the Political Idiosyncrasies Inside Iran’, WSA Graduate School Conference, Winchester School of Art, The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2010
  • Middle Eastern Garden Designs’, WSA Graduate School Conference, Winchester School of Art, The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2009

 Teaching and Lecturing

  • BA, M.Phil., D.Phil., Iranian Studies, The Oriental Institute, The University of Oxford, UK, 2015- 2016
  • Language-specific sessions for students (A Level) and their teachers, The London Centre for Languages and Cultures (LCLC): Pembroke College Oxford, The Open University, and William Morris Sixth Form, with funding from the London Schools Excellence Fund (supported by the Mayor of London and Department of Education), 6th November, 2014 and 28 January, 2015
  • BA, Visual Communication-Fine Art, HK Buddhist College/China (Summer School in the UK) Brasenose College, Oxford, UK, 2012
  • BA, Fine Art, The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2011-2012

Languages

  • English (fluent); Persian (fluent); Azeri (fluent)
  • Spanish and Arabic (reading); German (intermediate); )

Curation & Organization of Exhibitions and Seminars

  • Anthropology of Architecture (panel-seminar), I U A E S, Commission on the Middle East, Visual Culture, Law, and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa, Krakow, Poland, (forthcoming August 2017)
  • ‘Something There Was That Must have Loved A Wall’, Pi Artworks Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
  • ‘[HYPHENATED]’, The North Wall Gallery, Curators: Farniyaz Zaker and Jess Draper, Oxford, UK, 2012
  • ‘In Site: Exhibition and Symposium’, The Ashmolean Museum and Ruskin School of Art, Curating Committee, Oxford, UK, 2012, http://artasamodeofenquiry.wordpress.com/
  • ‘Power House’, Old Power Station-Osney, Curating Committee, Oxford, UK, 2011, https://sites.google.com/site/powerhouseexhibition/home

Selected Collections 

  • The Arter- Space for Art, an initiative of the Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Video Insight foundation Collection, Bologna, Italy
  • Mark Rothko Art Center and Museum, Daugavpils, Latvia
  • Private Collections