Sadaf Chezari is an Iranian-born British artist investigating their ancestry through photography, moving-image, writing and visual poetry. Chezari is a BA Fine Art Photography (First) graduate from UAL: London College of Communication.
At its core, Chezari’s practice comments on the experience of migration as a condition; the diasporic voice that speaks of dislocation, memory, place, home and ultimately how we experience our sense of self and how that affects who we are. Through family photographs/footage, interviews and their own self-created archive they weave narratives that are personal and political. Chezari’s work highlights the importance of roots, history and identity encouraging a relationship with our past in order to forge our future.
Recipient of Michael Wilson First Prize and Flowers Gallery Mentorship. Their graduate work Somewhere Else, 2013 was features in the printed publication of the British Journal of Photography that year and their series Places My Father Exists was also published in the printed publication of Aesthetica magazine in 2014, bringing them to the attention of an Iranian curator who offered them a research residency in Iran. An opportunity they used to build a relationship with their homeland creating a large body of work that they since have used to self-initiate a film essay Let Me Circle You a meditation on the artist’s journey of loss, trauma and search for Self. Currently, they are developing their practice as a writer, experimenting with story telling in order to represent the voice of the voiceless.