Anoush Abrar

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The native Iranian has one of the most striking takes on men and women’s fashion, which very early on gave him the opportunity to take part in the prestigious Hyères Arts and Fashion Festival. Anoush Abrar also shoots powerful portraits, so much so that the London National Portrait Gallery rewarded his depiction of Kofi Annan in 2013 and then in 2016 with a controversial Cherubin protrait. A known collaborator of some of the most prominent magazines on the market, he’s also made a name for himself in the advertising world: his latest mischievous work for Harvey Nichols comes to mind. On top of his commissioned work, his impartial eye takes interest in a “wide variety” of things, and the push/pull paradox is at the very heart of his personal work. Whether it be a fair and unbiased documentation of the utopia-believing workers of the US sex-entertainment industry, or a rare insight into veterinarian operating theatres, his incursions into worlds at polar opposites make for a substantial amount of works. Anoush is also an excellent guide when he’s teaching at the ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design).

 

La vision d'une mode homme et femme délivrée par ce natif iranien est l'une des plus marquantes du moment, et lui a ouvert très tôt les portes du prestigieux festival des arts et de la mode de Hyères. Anoush Abrar réalise aussi de puissants portraits, celui de Kofi Annan lui vaudra un prix de la National Portrait Gallery de Londres en 2013 puis en 2016 à nouveau, pour un portrait controversé de Chérubin. Associé aux magazines les plus en vue, il s'impose également dans la publicité : on se souvient de sa facétieuse campagne pour Harvey Nichols. Hors les ouvrages commissionnés, Anoush Abrar met son objectivité au service d'une "très grande" curiosité, et érige le paradoxe "attraction-répulsion" en dogme dans ses travaux personnels. D'un regard juste quand il documente les acteurs utopistes du sex-entertainment U.S., témoin rare lorsque les salles d'opérations vétérinaires s'ouvrent à lui, ses intrusions dans des milieux antinomiques alimentent une copieuse proposition d'images. Anoush sait aussi se faire guide, lorsqu'il enseigne à l'ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne).

 

 

AWARDS / SELECTIONS

 

2015
Second Winner of the National Portrait Gallery Prize (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)

 

2014
Nominated at the “Prix de L’Elysée”

 

2013
Third Winner of the National Portrait Gallery Prize (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)

 

2011
Selected at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in Cannes

 

2010
Leenaards Foundation Grant
Selected at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in Cannes

 

2009
Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial
The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, NY, USA

 

2005
International Photography Award IPA 2005
Guess & W magazine “Behind the lens”

 

2004
“Art + Commerce 2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers”
“2004 Wraparound photo annual : The year in Vision”
Fnac Photography
Swiss Federal Grant 2004

 

2003
FIAMH, “VFG”, 8e Prix des Jeunes Talents, Zurich, Switzerland
FIAMH, “Villa Noailles”, 18th International Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France
Swiss Federal Grant 2003

 

2001
Breguet Watch poster competition, 200e Anniversary of the Tourbillon, Grand prize from the Jury
Breguet Watch poster competition, 200e Anniversary of the Tourbillon, 3rd prize

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2015
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2015”

 

2014
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edingburgh

 

2013
The Youth Code, Christophe Guy Gallerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Mountain Climbers, Design / Miami Basel 2013, Basel, Switzerland
Extravaganza / Le corps mis en scène, Monthey, Switzerland
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2013”

 

2012
Solo exhibition at Laleh June Galery, Basel
"The Breath On Our Back" exhibition at PhotoforumPasquArt, Bienne
The Youth Code, Dagu Photo Biennale, Daegu South Korea

 

2011
"Rose Mediative" exhibition at Laleh June Galery, Basel

 

2010
"BE BLUE" exhibition at Laleh June Galery, Basel

 

2009
Part of Phillips de Pury & Company auction London : “NOW: Art of the 21st Century”
New York Photo Festival : NYPH09
Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and at Hearst Tower, NY, USA : “Hearst 8x10 Exhibition”
Albin O Kuhn Library and Gallery Albin O Kuhn, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Hoffman Gallery , Portland, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”

 

2008
Miami Dade College, Miami, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland: “Teen City”
Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland : “June Begins”
Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
DeVos Art Museum, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”

 

2007
Fette Gallery, Los Angeles, USA : “Fette’s Gallery One Year Anniversary”
Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Autralia : “Girl Parade”
London, United Kingdom : “The Brick Lane Gallery”
Aftermodern Gallery, San Francisco, USA: “Delicate Triangle”
Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Fette Gallery, Los Angeles, USA : “Bizarre Love Triangle”

 

2006
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2006”
Boston Art Institut of Boston, USA : ”ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Pingyao International Photography Festival , CHINA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Historisches museum St-Gallen, Switzerland : “Dresscode”
Geneva, Switzerland : “Dialectic” solo exhibition
Swiss National Museum, Zurich, Switzerland : “Preview”
Biennal internationale de l’image de Nancy, Nancy, France : “The Deadly Sins”
“ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow 2005-2025”, Exhibition at the Aperture Gallery, New York, USA

 

2005
Gallery Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy : “ReGeneration. 50 Photografi di domani, 2005-2025”
“Espace Abstract” Solo Exhibition
10e Edition du Festival Voies Off, Rencontre photographiques d’Arles, France
“New Photographers 2006”, Curated by Getty Images and presented at the “Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2005”, France
“ReGeneration. 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”, Exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland
Klubfoto Hamburg, Germany : “Respect
Spike Gallery New York, Usa : “Guess? & W magazine Behind the lens”
Scène national de Chambéry, France : “Retro-Prospective”

 

2004
Zurich, Switzerland : “Soirée Shot ‘04”
Harold’s Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland : “Swiss Design 2004 – Innovation”
Tabacco Warehouse, New York, USA
HGK, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, Switzerland
“Maison Européenne de la photographie”, Paris, France
HGKL, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Lucerne, Switzerland
CEPV Ecole d’art appliqués Vevey, Switzerland : “Renc’art” CEPV

 

2003
Image House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
MUDAC, exhibition at the museum of contemporary art, Lausanne, Switzerland
Artone Gallery, Exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland
VFG «The Selection», exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland
FIAMH, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France : “18th International Fashion and Photography”
Swiss Cultural Center in Paris, France
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland : “10th birthday”

 

2002
Rome, Italy  : “Fotoestordito 2002”
Swiss Cultural Center in Paris, France : “Pro Helvetia”