Sitara Ibrahimova

Azerbaijan

Artist


Sitara Ibrahimova b. 1984 Educated first as a psychologist in Baku and then in Prague as a photographer, she uses film as well as video, creating visual narratives of the people and places that she captures in her work. Sitara has exhibited around the world, including the exhibition 'Our Land/Alien Territory' at the 6th Moscow Biennale, the 2015 exhibition 'BALAGAN!!!: Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places' with MOMENTUM in Berlin, the 55th Venice Biennale, and again in 'The Great Game' exhibition of the Iran Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale; she also regularly shows her work in Baku. In July 2018, she was invited to create site-specific photographs for Photofest.kz in Astana, where she focused on women's rights through the themes such as spirituality, maternity and social life. Sitara has long been an advocate for social engagement through art. One of her most emotive projects was the 2014 photo series 'Lost in Karabagh,' which examines the effects of the ongoing Karabagh conflict on the people and communities displaced and destroyed by violence. Sitara also volunteers time with animal rescue groups in Baku and founded the group 'Cultural Intent' which brings art to disadvantaged members of society. Sitara's ongoing project 'A Woman's Journey' has taken her across Azerbaijan to speak to and photograph women of all ages and walks of life, illuminating their inner lives that are often hidden from view. She has been working actively in cinema in recent years, as a production designer. The latest film (End of Season) was presented at Rotterdam Film Festival and won FIPRESCI award for the best debut.