Born and raised in the oppressively homophobic climate of 1980s Iran, Ali Tahayori assumed the identity of an outsider, further compounded by his migration to Australia in 2007. Combing fractured mirrors with text and imagery, his recent works draw on ancient Iranian philosophies about light and mirrors to create kaleidoscopic experiences; moments of both revelation and concealment hint at the conflicted nature of his identity. 

Translating the traditional Iranian craft of Āine-Kāri (mirror-works) into a contemporary visual vocabulary, his practice skilfully combines a discourse about diaspora and displacement with an exploration of queerness – in both cases, poignantly testifying to his experience of being othered. He holds a Doctorate in Medicine, a Graduate Diploma in Photography, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photomedia from Sydney’s National Art School. His work has been extensively exhibited in Iran, Europe and Australia. 


Ali Tahayori

Born. Shiraz, Iran (1980)

Lives and works in Gadigal land, Sydney, Australia since 2007


2022          Master of Fine Art (Photomedia), National Art School, Sydney

2006.         Doctor of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences 

2003          Graduate Diploma (Photography), Sepid-o-Siyah Art School, Shiraz, Iran            


2022         Post Grad Show, National Art School, Sydney, Australia 

2022         Vantage Point Sharjah 10, Al Hamriyah studios, Sharjah, UAE

2022         Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2022        ‘Retrograde//Anterograde’, Airspace Projects, Sydney, Australia 

2022         'Plexus', group show, Comber Street Studios, Sydney, Australia 

2022         ‘What Comes Afterwards’, solo show, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2021           William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of  Art, Melbourne, Australia   

2021           Blacktown City Art Prize, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Art Centre, Sydney, Australia 

2020         ‘March Arts’, RPAH , Sydney, Australia

2004         ‘Plastic’, Vessal Gallery, Shiraz, Iran

2003         Graduate Exhibition, Sepid-o-Siyah Gallery, Shiraz, Iran 


2022       Blacktown Art Prize, Finalist 

2022       Hornsby Art Prize, Finalist

2022       Gosford Art Prize, Highly commended honourable mention

2022       Vantage point Sharjah 10, Finalist 

2021         William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Smith and Singer People's Choice Award, Winner 

2021         Colour Factory MGA, highly commended Honourable mention

2021         Blacktown City Art Prize, Finalist

2020        March Arts Photography Prize, Sydney, Australia, Winner


2018         March Arts, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia 


Private collections in Australia and Iran


2021         Ali Tahayori  and Justine Varga in conversation with MGA director, Anouska  Phizacklea on Alternative Photographic Processes


2022       Interviewed and featured in Sydney Morning Herald in November 2022

2021        Sisterhood reviewed in December 2021 by Capture Magazine;

2021        Sisterhood reviewed on 7th December 2021  by Australian Photography Magazine;

2021        Sisterhood reviewed in December 2021 by the Australian Arts Review; 

2021        Featured in The Guardian Australia, The 2021 Bowness Photography Prize, Finalists in pictures;

2021        Featured in The Age, All the emotions are documented in the best photos of 2021; 


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