The streets and laneways of Ballarat come alive with the (outdoor) public program, featuring Shadi Ghadirian, Gohar Dashti and more local and international photographers. From Police Lane, Armstrong Street and Sturt Street to George Laneway and Wigton Place, and all the way to Lake Wendouree, take a walk around the city and discover art in the most surprising places.

“Being a woman in Iran is hard, and working as a woman photographer is even harder.” So says Shadi Ghadirian, one of the two female Iranian photographers showcased in the (outdoor) public program at this year’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale. In their work, Shadi Ghadirian and Gohar Dashti shine a light on gender and social issues in Iran, from women in traditional clothing posing with mountain bikes — forbidden for women to use — to the more overtly political. Ghadirian’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe and the US, and Dashti combines anthropology and sociology in her photography, aiming to express her relationship with the world around her. Both photographers use their work to encourage and promote dialogue about feminism and women’s issues in Iran, and Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to exhibit both concurrently in the outdoor program.


  • Shadi Ghadirian

    Shadi Ghadirian is one of Iran’s leading contemporary photographers. Born in Tehran in 1974, she has exhibited widely in Europe and the US, and her work has been collected by museums worldwide. She came to the limelight in the late 90s with her Qajar series, in which she examines the paradoxical position of women in Iran. Ghadirian’s oeuvre is a spirited wink at authority. With witty parodies of domesticity, she neatly sidesteps both restrictions and expectations.

  • Gohar Dashti

    After graduating with an MA in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005, Gohar Dashti has spent the last 12 years making the large scale of her practice concerning in social  issues  with  particular  references  to  history  and  culture  through  a convergence  of  interest  in  anthropology  and  sociology. She has participated in various art residencies and scholarships, and her work is in many collections around the world, from the UK to the US and Paris.

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  • June 11, 2017 - September 18, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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