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​Farah Piriye is an independent contemporary art curator and co-founder of ZEITGEIST19 podcast, based in London, UK.

She earned her MA degree in History of Fine and Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London (2011), later receiving her second MA degree in Curation, Culture, and Criticism at Central Saint Martin’s (2017).

 

Her curatorial practice started at Sotheby’s Auction House, where she co-curated ‘Unseen Salakhov’ exhibition (2009), as well as consulted its Russian Department on regional sales. Later she trained at Alon Zakaim Fine Art Gallery; Opera Gallery; and curated several exhibitions in the UK, entitled “Javad” at Sotheby’s, “Exploring Inward” at Louise Blouin Foundation and “Faces of Freedom” at Asia House. Farah’s writings appear in several art and online publications and catalogues; and she regularly participates at international cultural symposiums as a speaker.

Furthermore, Farah has co-founded a non profit research led, socio-cultural platform called ZEITGEIST19, focusing on art and sustainability, hosting talks and releasing podcast series with established and emerging cultural practitioners (such as Ibrahim Mahama, Nina Yashar, Formafontasma, Maria Thereza Alves, Arturo Galansino, among others) on culture and its socio-environmental impact.

Due to her focus on Iranian contemporary art scene, Farah was invited to co-curate ‘Fragile Frontiers' international group show at YARAT Contemporary Art Space in Baku (2019), with 16 participating artists and 7 site-specific commissions, and was actively involved in the exhibition’s educational and public programmes. Her latest exhibitions she curated in London in February 2020 and April 2021 at Gazelli Art House, entitled“Ashraf Murad/Farkhad Khalilov.The New Verge” and “The Dust Became the Breath”, showing the work of one of the most radical and influential female artists in post Soviet environment - Aidan Salakhova. Since the start of the pandemic, Farah was appointed a co-curator of an ongoing Italian online exhibition called Abbi Cura Di Te. 

Farah Piriye's curatorial practice focuses on transnational dialogues, and on the ways history, migration, memory, identity and other social forces have shaped modern realities. Her work aims to question dilemmas of borders and freedom, through theoretical research and socially engaged art projects, while exploring connections between various disciplines and ways of expression in order to challenge conventional definitions and forms. 

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