Maliheh Zafarnezhad


Statement by Parham Ghalamdar:

Maliheh Zafarnezhad is a collage artist. Her practice reflects on her involvement with diaspora, displacement, cross-cultural experiences and most importantly her life experience as an Iranian- Irish woman who was raised in Iran. Maliheh uses her personal antiquated family photos alongside archival photos of historical illustrations to create multi-layered pieces of collages. These works could be seen as romantic attempts to delicately touch and provoke finest human emotions and probably to outline the paradoxes and complexity of identity.

Since the displaced artist struggles with a sense of loss. Therefore there is an urgency boiling beneath the skin, the urge to reclaim what is one’s birth given right: The language, culture, sense of belonging, communal solidarity and etc. The displaced artist wants to go back and thus has a nostalgic look towards the past. It is important to notice that nostalgia is a coping mechanism automatically sparked to deliver a sense of continuity in terms of identity. This explains the nostalgic feelings of Malihe’s work, it is a natural – yet conscious and calculated – respond to the sense of loss and displacement; it is a search for cohesion. Maliheh has an MA in History of Art and Architecture from UL in Ireland and she is based in UK now.

Selected Events
Selected Public Organisations, Presentations and Art Exhibitions:
  • Group Exhibition (The Female Gaze), Theatre Deli London, London, March  2019
  • Solo Exhibition, Milton Keynes Central library, Milton Keynes, Uk, June 2018
  • Group Exhibition (With My Roots), Asia House, London, UK, Jun.- Jul. 2018
  • Group Exhibition, KHP Ateliers, Düsseldorf, Germany, Feb. – Mar. 2018
  • Group Exhibition (MK Calling 2017), MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Apr. – May 2017
  • Solo Exhibition, Paintings and Drawings, Art Central Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Apr. 2017
  • Group Exhibition, Mixed media, Transformation (An exhibition on contemporary arts and textiles), Cornerstone Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Sep. 2016
  • Group Exhibition, Acrylic, Art Central Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Sep. 2016
  • Group Exhibition, Mixed media (6th Annual of Iranian Contemporary art), Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran, Iran, Apr. 2016
  • Group Exhibition, Mixed Media (This Forever Together We Raised Some Hell), occupy Space Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, Nov. 2015
  • Group Exhibition, Mixed Media, Galway Fringe festival, Galway, Ireland, July 2014
  • Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference Poster presentation (Sourcing the Historical Lineage of the Seventeenth Century paintings at Chihil Sutun in Iran: A Gendered Analysis), 2014
  • Group Exhibition, Installation/Wet Exhibition, Hive Emerging Artist, Waterford, Ireland, Feb. 2014
  • Group Exhibition, Mixed Media/ Intercultural Winter Arts Exhibition, CFCP, Dublin, Ireland, Dec. 2013
  • Group Exhibition, Installation (4th annual of Iranian contemporary art), Tehran, Iran, Nov. 2013
  • Group Exhibition, Painting/Hive Artist Studios, Waterford Ireland, May 2012
  • Group Exhibition, Painting/Art Expo Exhibition, Tehran, Iran, Apr. 2012
  • Group Exhibition, Portrait/CEAD Student Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland, Jul. 2010
  • Solo Exhibition, Nature & Portrait Painting by Oil on Canvas, Iran, Jan. 2009
  • Group Exhibition, Nature painting by Oil on Canvas (In the Memory of Master Termeh-Chi), Mashhad, Iran, Mar. 2007
  • Group Exhibition, Nature painting by Oil on Canvas, Mashhad, Iran, Aug. 2006


Awards and Publications:
  • Unootha Magazine, Resolutions Issue 04, Feb. 2019
  • Poly Voices, Third issue of Lung Project magazine, Oct. 2018
  • Finalist as Top Five Artists (out of 200) for Future Iran, The Behnam Bakhtiar Award by Foundation Behnam Bakhtiar, France (, Nov. 2017
  • Artwork published in With My Roots 2018 catalogue, Capital Art London, London, UK, June 2018
  • Artwork published in Iran Avant Garde catalogue, KHP Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany, Mar. 2018
  • Artwork published in book: “The 6th Annual of Persbook Contemporary Arts”, Nazar Publisher, Tehran, Iran, Dec. 2014
  • Selected artist for the Rose of Tralee Portrait Event, Limerick, Ireland, Dec. 2014
  • Artwork published in book: “The Social Network Art Competition (SNAK): Top 150 Artists”, Art People Gallery Publisher, San Francisco, USA, 2012


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