Tooraj Khamenehzadeh started his artistic practice in theater and then shifted to photography. Today, photography, image-based projects and sometimes the utilisation of his theater background comprise the main part of his works. Born and raised in the country and region where Eastern philosophy has been very significant led him to study and research mysticism, which he incorporates in his artwork. Being an artist and creating artwork -like the way of life or Tarighat for a mystic- has become a path toward self-discovery and heightened intuition, internal experience, and direct understanding.
As a result, essential concepts such as death, solitude, apprehension, forgetfulness, time, the reason for existence, and internal and external events facing the contemporary human and the issues of the present century all push him to search beyond the realm of words. Khamenehzadeh searches both his surroundings and listens to an internal call. What is left of treading on this path is imprinted in his works: the works that are the result of the findings along the way, and that try to share various layers of different realities with the world of their audience.
Khamenehzadeh’s works have been presented in various international festivals, exhibitions and biennials such as Iran Photo Biennial (Iran), Monnaie de Paris (France), Polyforme Festival (France), Chongqing Photo and Video Biennale (China), International Art Festival (Nepal) and also published in different books and magazines like African Textile Today (UK), PIX Magazine (India), Connaissance des Arts Magazine (France) and Canvas Magazine (UAE). He has also participated in several of international artists’ workshops and artist residencies, including Theertha (Sri Lanka), Khoj (India), SaNsA (Ghana), Vasl (Pakistan), Organhus (China). He received his BS in computer engineering from Qazvin Azad University in Iran and is currently enrolled in the MFA Photo, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
In addition to his activities as an artist, Khamenehzadeh has been on the curatorial and management teams of many art and cultural projects including arts exchange programs, artist residencies, exhibitions and international workshops. He is co-founder and a board member of Rybon Art Center, an independent artist-led institute in Tehran, a board member of Res Artis in Amsterdam as well as program manager of Kooshk Residency in Tehran. He lives and works in New York and Tehran.
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