Abbas Zahedi lives and works in London. He holds an MA in Contemporary Art and Philosophy from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and studied a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at University College London.
Zahedi is known for his interdisciplinary blend of social practice, performance, installation, moving-image, institution-building and writing. His practice emerged out of working with migrant and marginalised communities in the UK to explore the concept of neo-diaspora, and the ways in which personal and collective histories interweave.
Zahedi’s practice is instinctively dialogic, collaborative and socially-aware. It is from this position that he seeks to express a multiplicity of notions, whilst still maintaining a potential for taking art seriously; as a field of individuation, playfulness and otherness; an arena of research and possibilities that avoids the analytic and categorical biases, which are traditionally used to make humans and ideas ‘scientific’ and thus intelligible by markets, machines and machine-like logics.
Recent exhibitions and performances include Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK) and ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (Italy). Recent workshops, lectures and residency projects include Outset Grant Ceremony, Royal Academy of Arts (UK), Raven Row (UK), South London Gallery (UK), New Art Exchange (UK), Wysing Arts Centre (UK), Tate Britain and Tate Exchange (UK). Zahedi was awarded a School for Social Entrepreneurs (PwC) Fellowship in 2017 for his work with migrant communities in the UK.
Zahedi is the ninth and current South London Gallery postgraduate artist in residence (2019-2020).
CV and portfolio available upon request.