Sara Shamsavari is a British artist of Iranian heritage whose vibrant and emotive images explore and reinterpret identity and address current social and cultural concerns existing within today’s society. While each of photographic series’ has a distinct focus they all seek to encourage the ideals of non-judgement, equality, unity in diversity, collective responsibility and make a significant difference to human understanding. Sara is described as “energetic and forceful...weighed with conviction” (The Guardian) with “the rare gift of capturing how the light strikes a face to illuminate hope” (Aesthetica), her work as “unflinchingly honest portraits” (Brownbook UAE),“revealing a unique empathy with her subjects”(i-D).
Born in Tehran in the midst of the Iranian revolution, Sara overcame childhood cancer while she and her family fled persecution. Being raised in London from the age of two inspired her exploration of identity, while surviving both the revolution and illness engendered a profound desire to make a difference through art.
Graduating from Camberwell School of Art with a BA (Hons) and from the University of Westminster with a Cert HE in Music Sara produced work in a range of mediums including music, painting, photography and film, choosing photography as the first of her professional endeavours for its ability to create an instant bond between the artist and the outside world.
The artist’s work has exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris in galleries, museums and public spaces including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London City Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Photofusion Selfridges & Co, Espace Pierre Cardin (Studio 55) and Corridor Gallery. Her work, exhibitions and profile have featured across various media and publications including BBC, ITN, Reuters, The Guardian i-D, Dazed & Confused, Volt and Brownbook UAE.
Sara has delivered a number of artist talks, lectures and workshops at institutions, venues and events including the University of Arts London, University of Creative Arts, The Apple Store, Kings Place (Guardian Open Weekend), The Southbank Centre (WOW Festival) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Cr8net).