Bio

Born in Tehran, Farnaz Dadfar is an artist based on Gadigal Country (Sydney) who works in the mediums of installation, text, painting and video to examine cultural identity and postcolonial issues. Drawing from personal narrative, Dadfar explores the concept of linguistic diaspora and flâneur through a lens of displacement and migration. 

Dadfar has exhibited in galleries and museums in Iran, Australia, and Indonesia; such as Saba Cultural Artistic Institute Tehran, QUT Art Museum Brisbane, Linden new Art Melbourne, and Sarang Building Yogyakarta. She has received numerous awards, including The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship – SCA Travel, Anne Runhardt Art Award Notfair, The University of Sydney RTP ScholarshipThe David Richards Drawing Award, and the VCA Galloway Lawson Prize. Dadfar is currently a PhD candidate at SCA, The University of Sydney.

Curriculum Vitae

Born Tehran Iran
Lives and works in Sydney Australia

EDUCATION

2021-present PhD candidate, Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences), Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2020 Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art), Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2015 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2008 Bachelor of Painting, The University of Science and Culture, Tehran

UPCOMING

2022-23 finalist, Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Cancelled, the Atrium, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Infinity through Temporality, Kings Artist_Run, Melbourne

2017 Uranium Cake for Peace, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

2015 Rebirth, Combined Art Performance based on Forough Farrokhzad poems with Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Shirin Majd, Deakin Edge Federation Square, Melbourne

2009 Symmetry Collection, Saba Cultural Artistic Institute, Tehran

2005 Women, Melal Art Museum, Tehran

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 finalist, HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2022, Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney

2022 finalist, North Sydney Art Prize 2022, The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney

2022 ART, DEATH & DISPOSAL, curated by Elizabeth Hallam, University of Oxford, with the DeathTech Research Team, University of Melbourne. Meat Market, Melbourne

2021 finalist, Void-Atrium, in collaboration with Susannah Langley and Warren Armstrong, Immerse 2021, Art in unexpected places, Knox City Council, Melbourne

2021 Notfair 2021, the former Kardina Church, Windsor, Melbourne

2020 finalist, Australian Muslim Artists, Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne

2020 Debut XVI, curated by Lucie McIntosh and Jake Treacy, Blindside, Melbourne

2019 VCA ART Grad-Show, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2019 Drawing the Line, curated by Dr. Kate Just, Creative Spaces, Assembly Point, Melbourne

2019 finalist, Australian Muslim Artists, Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne

2019 Praxis 5, SaRanG Building 1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 finalist, Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, curated by Dr David Sequira, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The University of Melbourne

2019 finalist, Linden Art Prize, curated by Juliette Hanson, Linden New Art, Melbourne

2018 BigCi - Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, NSW

2018 Utopian Tongues, curated by Jake Treacy, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Exploration18, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Made in Australia, curated by Dr. Emanuel Rodriguez-Chaves, VCA ArtSpace, The University of Melbourne

2017 Art Masters Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 finalist, the churchie National Emerging Art Prize, curated by Kevin Wilson, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

2017 Saturation Point, VCA ArtSpace, The University of Melbourne

2017 Proud17, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2017 Feminist Colour-IN, curated by Dr. Kim Donaldson, Experimental Art Space, George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne

2017 The Transcience, VCA ArtSpace, The University of Melbourne

2016 GSA Art Prize 2016, Gryphon Gallery, Graduate Student Association, The University of Melbourne

2016 Proud16, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2016 What Can We All Agree On, curated by Dr. Kate Just and Irene Hanenbergh, VCA ArtSpace, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2015 GCVA Group Show, VCA ArtSpace, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2015 Rebirth, Combined Art Performance based on Forough Farrokhzad poems with the choreography of Vanessa Mafé-Keane and Shirin Majd, BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Center, Brisbane

2015 Belle Arti Prize, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Small Works Prize Show, Fawn Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Maritime Exhibition, The Victorian Artist Society, Melbourne

2012 Brisbane Faces, Clayfield College, Brisbane

2011 Siev-x. and Some Were Saved, collaboration with Forough Yavari, The Studio of State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

2009 Visual Art Association of Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense, Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

2007 Arts of Resistance, Saba Cultural Artistic Institute, Tehran

2006 finalist, New Generation, 30 Contemporary Iranian Artists, Homa Gallery, Tehran

2004 Art Students Exhibition, Bahman Cultural Centre, Tehran

COMMISIONS, AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2022 The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship – SCA Travel, The University of Sydney

2021 Best Overall Exhibition award, joint winners with Susannah Langley and Warren Armstrong, Immerse Knox, Melbourne

2021 Anne Runhardt Art Award, notfair 2021, Melbourne

2021 Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

2021 Art, Death and Disposal: “Disposal of the dead: beyond burial and cremation”, supported by Australian Research Council grants DP18010314 and LP180100757

2019 The David Richards Drawing Award, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2019 reisdency at SaRanG Building 1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 VCA Access mentorship, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2018 residency at BigCi - Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, NSW, Australia

2017 Galloway Lawson Prize, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 shortlisted candidate for the Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Research Award, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 Proud17, awarded by ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The University of Melbourne

2016 shortlisted candidate across institutions throughout Australia Start Your Studio Art & Design Scholarship, courtesy of Windsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris 

2010 Resistance Symmetry Collection, commissioned by Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran

2009 War Symmetry Collection, commissioned by Iranian Academy of Arts, Farhangestan-e-Honar, Tehran, Iran

PUBLICATIONS

2022 HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2022, exhibition catalogue, Sydney

2021 notfair 2021, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne

2019, Infinite Spaces of the Beloved, Master Research Thesis, Victorian College of the Arts,

open access: https://minerva-access.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/236017

2019 VCA ART Grad-Show, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2019 Praxis 5, exhibition catalogue, SaRanG Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 Linden Art Prize 2019, exhibition catalogue, Linden New Art, Melbourne

2018 Utopian Tongues, Exhibition Catalogue by Jake Treacy, Seventh Gallery Melbourne

2017 Marking Time: 2017 Graduate Catalogue, School of Art, Faculty of the VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne

2017 30 years 30 artists, the churchie National Emerging Art Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane 

2015 Precinct 015, VCA School of Art Graduates 2015, School of Art, Faculty of the VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne

2009 Memory Line, A Selection of Artworks of Contemporary Iranian Artists, Saghi publication, Tehran

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021 Jamali, Peyman, Interview about Void-Atrium app, SBS Persian Radio, Sydney

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/persian/audio/immerse-2021-art-in-unexpected-places

2019 Dalgarno, Paul, VCA Art GradShow, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WBbvI1bibk

2019 Mistry, Anisha, From Tehran to Melbourne, Cultural Pulse, Sydney

https://www.culturalpulse.com.au/arts/from-tehran-to-melbourne-farnaz-dadfar-explores-identity-through-art/

2015 Samami, Reza, In Conversation with the Artist, Radio Neshat, Melbourne

https://soundcloud.com/radioneshat/uav11qdlwvu6

2013 Kheiri, Homayoun, Women’s Immigrant, Limitations and Achievements, Iranwire, Brisbane

https://vimeo.com/84299498

2006 Rohani, Omid, New Generation Exhibition, Homa Gallery, Etemad Newspaper, Tehran, p. 32.

2006 Sharifian, Vahid, A Glance at the New Generation, Tandis Magazine, Tehran, p. 10.

2005 Kefayati, Elahe, Nobody pays attention to young artist, Hamshahri Newspaper. Tehran, p. 6.