On November 16th at 7pm, Sara Shamsavari will give a free interactive talk at Regent Street’s Apple Store about her journey and life experiences that led her to be the established artist she is today. Previous speakers include Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Fry and Danny Wallace, and now, Shamsavari’s vision can also be shared at the world’s largest Apple Space.
Her story takes you on a voyage from her childhood in the Iranian Civil War, from which she fled whilst struggling with cancer, all the way to her success as an artist with recent exhibitions at the ICA and the Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery. It is this experience that contributes evocatively to her work, and to her person as both an individual and an artist.
In the past, Shamsavari has mainly focussed on the visual, photographing unconventionally beautiful models, which are far from the super skinny aliens that we have just seen sauntering down London Fashion Week’s catwalks. Oh no, these are the faces of London’s cultural eclecticism who are portrayed in a powerful loving light. This glimmer of hope and beauty is hard to find when trundling around the city handing in CV’s to Harrod’s Santa’s Grotto but Shamsavari’s images are truly inspiring. Whilst carrying ‘acute socio-political messages’, her images never lack a colourful vibrancy that is overlooked in the world today.
Keen to bridge the gap between ‘high art’ and the community, Sara Shamsavari always seeks to encourage, challenge and teach the youth of today about the society in which we live.