Search for data from underrepresented countries continues…

Call-out for data from the diverse art world of Iran.

We continue this week with the quest to diversify our data.
We had such fantastic responses to our initial call-out for arts data from India, thank you!

This week we would be delighted to receive creative information from Iran. Think: artists, galleries, curators, institutions and exhibitions.

In the Artfacts database there are currently 34 institutions listed in Iran, and almost all of them are based in the capital city of Tehran. With 961 Artists, and just 1 Curator listed, we need your help to more fairly represent the Country.

Let’s take a closer look at one of the talented artists that this country has shared with the world:

Shadi Ghadirian
Ranked 12 in Iran and 3020 Globally

Shadi Ghadirian, Untitled from the Qajar Series, 1998/1999, C-print, 213 x 152 cm

Unlike a number of internationally recognised artists, Ghadirian is still based in her home city of Tehran. After a chance encounter led to her gaining international exposure, for her final thesis no less; the Qajar Series, where she added modern touches to traditionally styled photos, she has carved out a name for herself on the international stage.

Her work is focused on exploring the contemporary Iranian female identity within the settings of tradition, and is a voice for a part of the world that we hear too little from.

Shadi Ghadirian, Untitled from the Like Everyday Series, 2000/2001, C-print, 183 x 183 cm

An example of this would be her Like Everyday series, where portraits of women in hijabs are taken with everyday household objects in place of their face, honouring the invisible labour that lands on women’s shoulders. “…if they are doctor, if they are teacher, if they are photographer, if they are housewife it doesn’t matter. In their mind they are always thinking about these things. It’s a part of the women’s life I think.”.

Ghadirian has a large dealer directory, her works are in museum collections around the world, she has been exhibited everywhere from the Venice Biennale to the Armoury show, to the Centre Pompidou and has been highly ranked for the last 18 years.

We cannot wait to see what other delights from the art world of Iran will be sent our way. Accompanying this call-out will be the short-term offer of free fast-track processing for all the related (and only related) information sent.

Submit your insights here:


We will be accepting submissions for the fast-track until Thursday, May 13th, 12pm CET.

To take advantage of the fast-track for Iran, please submit via the link included, not your dashboard. Naturally, submissions will continue to be heartily welcomed after then, but with the usual process and usual processing time via the dashboard.

Let’s make history ha