Sadegh Tirafkan

Born in Iraq in 1965 to Iranian parents, Sadegh Tirafkan moved to Iran when he was six years of age, when his family fled the country before the start of the Islamic revolution. Sadegh graduated from Tehran University with a degree in Photography in 1989.

Sadegh’s work focuses on Iranian traditions and religious rituals, using his understanding of the Iranian culture to explore his own Iranian identity. Using still photographs as a starting point, he then employs different media such as video installation, and collage. Sadegh’s work includes Manhood, which deals with masculinity in Iranian culture and reflects on the current role of the Iranian male. Other works such as PersepolisAshouraSecret of Words and Whispers of the East also deal with history, identity, religious and gender issues. His latest project The Loss of Our Identity, explores the effects of an increased presence of Western sensibilities and influences on the youth of present-day Iran.

Sadegh has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including Candlestar’s Whispered Secrets, Murmuring Dreams.