Nazanin Hafez (born in 1991 in Shiraz, Iran) is a visual artist based in Iran and Germany. In her artistic practice, she critically engages with social and political injustices, particularly focusing on the impacts of the repressive regime in Iran. Her current work explores the boundaries of depicting scenes of violence and their actors and victims, always striving for an empathetic and dignified approach to the painful subject matter. She employs various mediums, from photography and collage to video and installations. 




Educational Background

2022 – 2024      Postgraduate studies in Fine Art (Prof. Parastou Forouhar), Academy of Fine Arts Mainz, Germany

2017 – 2022      B.A. Media Art and Design (Prof. Eric Lanz), Saar College of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany

2009 – 2013      B.Sc. Software Engineering, Dr. Shariaty Technical College, Tehran


Awards and Scholarships


-Prix de la Photographie, Clervaux Cité de l’image, Winner


-Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Best Emerging Photographer, Nominee

-POY Asia Award, Photographer of the year Asia, Award of Excellence

-KHS Mainz Rundgangspreis Fotografie Ateliers im Delta


-BarTur Photo Award, Student Prize for Climate Change, Winner

-Ann Lesley BarTur Award, Student Prize, Highly Commended

-Barcelona Human Rights International Photo Festival- Finalist

-SaarART 2023

-Münzenberg Forum’s Art Competition, Collage Competition, Winner


-Saarland Scholarship for International Students (DAAD Graduation Grant)




Exhibitions and Publications


-RAY Triennale der Fotografie, Museum for applied Arts, Frankfurt (ongoing until 01.Sep)

-Prix de la Photographie, Montée du Château Clervaux, Luxembourg (ongoing until 30.June)

-Chugye University for the Arts, Seoul

-World Biennial of Student Photography, Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia

-SaarArt 2023, Modern Gallery of Saarland Museum, Germany


-Earth Photo Award, Traveling Exhibition, England

-Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

-BarTur Photo Award, Instytut Fotografii Fort, Warschau

-Felix Scholler Photo Award, Museumsquartier Osnabrück, Germany

-World Water Day Photo Contest, Traveling Exhibition, Italy

-Bartur Photo Award, Freiraum für Fotografie(f3), Berlin


Barcelona Human Rights International Photo Festival, Barcelona

Münzenberg Forum’s Art Competition, Verlagsgebäude Neues Deutschland, Berlin

-Deutsch-Französischer Garten, Saarbrücken, Germany 



Mentorships and Professional Developments 


-RAY-Triennale Masterclass, Mentor: Anton Kusters


-Canon Student Development Programme(Module 1 and 2), Mentor: Jerome Sessini



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