Marjan Zahed-Kindersley, British/Iranian
Studied Combined Philosophy and German (link paper: Aesthetics), King's College, London. With stints at acting (independent film), privately studying Piano Teaching (Royal College of Music, London), English Literature (Birkbeck College, London University) and film-script-writing in Prague (FAMU, studied privately under Mandic), Photography in Paris at L.E.F.E.T (Ecole privee de communication visuelle), S.P.E.O.S (under Anna Strickland) privately under Philippe Bachelier and Sozial/Portraitfotografie at Medienkulturzentrum, Dresden under Christine Starke. All work is shot with an M3 Leica camera, processed, developed by hand on double-weight fibre-based Ilford paper and signed as part of limited editions of 15 only. (Fashionably Iranian-born Brit. Fluent in 4 languages)
Certificate of Excellence and Originality,Palm d'Or Award
Associate Member of ACAVA
Member of OpenFluxus
Shortlisted for Vorres Museum, Greece “HermAphroditism Olympic Con~Fusion”
Member of The Leica Society
Beneficiary of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Artist Professional Development Grant 2008
Won entry for Top 100 show at Jealous Gallery
"Giggle and Thought" (solo exhibition), The Coffee Plant, 180 Portobello Road, 7th June - 4th July 2009
"On the Coatrack" at Inn on the Green,London 2006 -2007 (literally had my own coatrack in the pub)
"Bra-vo" for Children in need at Inn on the Green, London, November 2006
“Tief oberflaechlich” ("Deeply superficial"), Capa Galerie, Dresden 2006
"Ein BH auf Reisen" (“A bra on its travels”), Leselust Foto, Dresden, 2005
"Mein BH" (‘My Bra’) Bad Sachsa Kulturzentrum, 2003/4
“Il etait une fois”, Maison du Leica, Paris since 2002
Top 100, Jealous Gallery, London, June2009
Brick Lane Festival at VOILA Gallery, London, 2008
i-2-u, London 2007
MHM, Chelsea Library, London, 2007
Art Domain, Palm Art Award Exhibition,Leipzig 2006
Marziart, Hamburg, 2004
"Erotikon" , Bad Sachsa Kulturzentrum,2004
Artist's Statement, "There isn't a big mystery about my work: it's a question of pleasure. As simple and as complicated as that."
"Possible rationale and the way I work:
Personification and juxtaposition of familiar objects photographed, often in unexpected places, with a focus on the metaphorical individual within a hyperbole of the collective, that triggers a variety of thoughts and questions in the observer, involving at times a “quirky” sense of humour.
That’s the main principle of the rationale at the moment, apart from the fundamental, exceedingly complex subject of “pleasure”.
I do a lot of extensive research in a variety of subjects from neurology to compositions of Ligeti before crystallising an idea to pursue. Once I’ve gathered a fair amount of information with a vague idea on how a photo will look, I simply pick up my old M3 Leica and walk around and shoot film based on intuition (a very complex subject matter) alone. The only thing that I control is not to control anything, but let intuition communicate in dialogue with its environment.
Intent on driving myself quite mad, I just can’t help working on many different series at the same time. I have many obsessions, ranging from ventilation, pipes and bottoms to hydrants (a dying breed)."