Dr Azadeh Fatehrad

Dr Azadeh Fatehrad


I am an artist and curator based in London, working in the context of historical representation. My practice ranges from still and moving images to fictional stories, short films and artist books which have been exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy of Art (London), Somerset House (London), Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt am Main), Index: The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation (Stockholm), Lychee One Gallery (London) and The Barn Gallery (Oxford), among others. I have received my practice-based PhD from the Royal College of Art (2016) and have conducted diverse projects across Europe and the Middle East, including at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam, AFDI Archiv für Forschung und Dokumentation Iran Berlin eV,Berlin, and the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS), Tehran. Underpinning Fatehrad’s research is a cross-cultural approach that looks at the artistic, social, aesthetic and political implications of ‘existing images’, and their relation to life today. I have curated diverse public programmes such as ‘Sohrab Shahid-Saless: Exiles’ at the Close-Up Film Centre, Goethe-Institut and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2017-18); ‘The Feminist Historiography’ at IASPIS, Stockholm (2016); and ‘Witness 1979’ at the Showroom, London (2015). My projects have been positively covered by the likes of the New York Times and Financial Times, CNN, Euronews, the Guardian, and the British Journal of Photography, among others. I am co-founder of ‘Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network’ in London and I am on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Journal for Artistic Research (JAR). I am also the recipient of St. John’s College Artist in Residence 2018 at the University of Oxford. www.azadehfatehrad.com


  • Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curating

Research interests

My research, artistic and curatorial practice are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery in response to archival material she encounters. I have made extensive use of archival photographs including those held at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main; the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam; and the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS), Tehran. In working with archival material, I employ different methodologies such as displacing the sources into a fictional story or restaging the factual historical story with new characters to expand its understanding. I also conduct interviews with people who were involved in the event to expand the story further. Underpinning my research is a cross-cultural approach that looks at the artistic, social, aesthetic and political implications of the 'existing images', and their relation to life today. To this end my visual and textual works move constantly between the documentary, the analytical and the personal creation of an imaginary space of self-representation.

My current research project Double Agency: The Formation of Diaspora in Moving Image Practice centres on representation of diaspora and double agency within the medium of moving image. Engaging with socio-cultural factors, the project reflects on the notion of individual struggle to navigate through complex social relations and the diverse negotiations of agency within artistic practice. 

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  • Ph.D. Practice- based, Photography Department, Royal College of Art. (Thesis Unconditional Pass)
  • Studentship at Royal Asiatic Society, London/New York.
  • MRes Art practice, University of the Arts London
  • Master of Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Professional memberships

  • Association of Art History, London
  • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), Amsterdam
  • NGBK, Berlin

Current postgraduate researchers

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