Gohar Dashti received her M.A. in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005. After studying photography in Iran, she has spent the last 15 years making the large scale of her practice concerning in social issues with particular references to history and culture through a convergence of interest in anthropology and sociology. She tries with her own means to express the world around her. Her starting point is always her surrounding, her memory, but with her very personal perception of things. She tries to trace her relationship to society and the world in it’s most sensitive way. Her practice continuously develops from life events and connection between the personal and the universal, the political and the fantasised.
She has participated in several art residencies and scholarships such as MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, US (2017), DAAD award, UdK Berlin, DE (2009-2011); Visiting Arts (1Mile2 Project), Bradford/London, UK (2009) and International Arts & Artists (Art Bridge), Washington D.C., US (2008). She has held various exhibitions around the world, being shown in many museums, festivals and biennales. Her works are in many collections including Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (JP), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (US), Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C. (US), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (US), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (US), Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago(US) and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (FR).