Sammaneh Pourshafighi (IR/AU)

Sammaneh headshot

Born 1982, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works Melbourne and Gold Coast, Australia

Sammaneh Pourshafighi is a Queer Muslim who arrived in Australia as a refugee after the Iranian Revolution and grew up on the problematic paradise of the Gold Coast. Her ancestral tribes originate from Isfahan, Gilan, and Kurdistan. Her work frequently examines identity politics, mental health, diasporic tensions, and the complex relationships between bodies and environments through an intersectional feminist lens.

As part of a trans-disciplinary practice, Pourshafighi’s work encompasses film, performance art, digital art, poetry, collage, painting and photography often with an emphasis on colour, surprising contrasts and humour. Sammaneh’s works have been published by British Journal of Photography and she is a finalist in the National Photographic Portraiture Prize 2023

PHOTO 2024 Events

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March