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 her 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 endeavors 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, Selfridges & Co, Espace Pierre Cardin (Studio 55) London City Hall, Photofusion and Danny Simmon’s Corridor Gallery.
Her work and profile have been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including i-D, Dazed, Aesthetica, Volt, The Big Issue and Brownbook UAE. Sara has also performed her music as a solo artist as well as part of choirs and collectives in venues such as the V&A, City Hall, Roundhouse and Stratford Circus.
Sara has delivered a number of artist 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) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Cr8net).
With a belief in the role of artists as leaders in social and spiritual progress who spark change Sara’s endeavor is to empower the participants of her work and in doing this, encourage a transformation in the way people view society and themselves.