Farhad Moshiri was born in 1963 in Shiraz, Iran. He graduated in 1984 from the California Institute for the Arts in Los Angeles. After living for many years in the United States, he decided to return to his native country, and currently lives and works between Tehran and Paris. Moshiri’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture and embroidered works. His visual vocabulary is rich in references: from pop art to conceptual art, cartoons to adverts, as well as religious iconography. Through his work, Moshiri comments on the pervasive influence of western capitalism on traditional Iranian culture and on his country’s turbulent political history. In the collective imagination, Moshiri is associated principally with the works that made him famous: enormous site-specific installations consisting of common kitchen knives of various sizes and colours. He plants them directly into the wall, arranging them in such a way that, from a distance, they form a text, as in the case of Life is beautiful (2009). This work is a visual oxymoron, marrying the violence implicitly associated with knives with the lightness of a hymn to life ‘embroidered’ in an elegant cursive script.
His works have been shown in monographic and group exhibitions at the Galerie Perrotin, New York (2014), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussells (2013) and The Third Line, Dubai (2011). His work was included in ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12) at Palazzo Grassi.