Printmaking (Transfer print on Trevia textile)
Set of 4
170 x 210 cm, each
In this series of photographic works made for the foyer of Swiss Re's Headquarters, the artist has combined figurative images of recognisable items such as flowers - things that one would find in classical art genres - which then are superimposed on hard-edged blocks and grids of bright colours. This layering process ensures that our eye constantly jumps around the image.
© 2009 Shirana Shahbazi
Image copyright: Stefan Altenburger
Shahbazi has been described as a "detached and skilful chronicler of the everyday", but what is she telling us in her photographs?
Shahbazi is no stranger to Swiss Re. In 2004 Shirana was offered a "carte blanche" at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue (Conference and Education Centre), which allowed her to immerse in a different topic and to create a specific work which was fulfilled in a book with the title "Risk is our Business".