Born in Iran and living in New York since many years, the artist Shoja Azari takes part of these Iranian-born artists who lived the 1979 Islamic Revolution and who have a realistic and poetic look upon their original country and its changes.
Writer, film director, photographer, he defines himself most importanttly as a filmmaker; Azari first gain notoriety with his feature-lengh film K (2002-2004) and also thanks to his collaboration with Shirin Neshat, notably with the Women without Men’ film, awarded the Silver Lion at the 2009 Venice Mostra.
The experiment of different media and material participate to the originality of his work. He starts in collaboration with the painter Shahram Karimi his first « video-paintings » : combining painting and video, he achieves to create a new and transcultural aesthetic world.
With his Icons series (2010) and his new video installations There are no non-believers in Hell (2010) and The Day of the Last Judgment (Coffe House Painting) (2009), presented at the Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Shoja Azari associates his artistic researches to a religious and political dimension, thus asserting a commited and multiple art.