Mashid Mohadjerin’s work explores the boundaries between art and documentary photography, focusing on social injustice, identity and resistance. Over the last 15 years she has produced work addressing topics such as migration, displacement, borders, cultural and social alienation and the quest for cultural identity. Her latest project is part of her PhD in the Arts, highlighting the role of women in recent uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East and beyond. She is questioning photographic representations of the Middle East and beyond and keeps exploring new ways to visualize these complex issues.

Her projects and assignments have taken her around the world to hotbed regions in central Asia, West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, La Domenica di Repubblica, The Globe & Mail, the BBC. She received first prize in the Contemporary Issues category at the World Press Photo Awards 2009, among other prices and grants.

Her work is shown in galleries, festivals and museums such as BOZAR Center for the Arts (Brussels), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), Fotolegendo (Rome), Kunsthal Extra City (Antwerp), Red Star Line Museum, Noorderlicht Festival (NL) and is part of private and institutional collections.

In 2021 she finalized her PhD in the Arts. Her resulting artist monograph “Freedom is Not Free” wins the Rencontres d’Arles Author’s Book Award in the same year. This is her third Photo Book.

Mashid Mohadjerin is represented by Redux Pictures.


  • 2021: ‘Freedom is Not Free’ wins The Rencontres d’Arles Author’s Book Award
  • 2021: ‘Freedom is Not Free’, Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), Antwerp
  • 2021: ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks’, Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), Antwerp
  • 2020: ‘Textile As Resistance’, Billboard Project, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2019: ‘Textile As Resistance’, Texture Museum, Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 2019: ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks’, expo at Geopolis, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2019: ‘Imagining Monuments’, expo at Extra City Kunsthall, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2018: ‘Eating Each Other”, expo at Extra City Kunsthall, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2018: ‘Identity’: Trafficking women in Europe, expo at ISOTLAB, Venice, Italy
  • 2017: ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks’, solo show and book presentation at Pedrami Gallery, Belgium
  • 2016: ‘#IdoRevolution’: Photo installation and soundscape for ‘New Narratives’, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2014: ‘Home Sweet Home’, expo at Red Starline Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2013: ‘Home, My Place in the World’, expo at Wandsworth Museum, London, UK
  • 2012: ‘The Flemish Sensibility’, expo at the Flanders House, New York, USA
  • 2011: ‘Stranded and Stuck in Libya’, selected for De Loep award VVOJ
  • 2011: ‘Stranded and Stuck in Libya’, Palm Springs Photo festival, California, USA
  • 2010: ‘Land, Country Life’, Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen, NL
  • 2009: World Press Photo, 1st Prize Contemporary Issues Singles
  • 2009: IPA International Photography Award
  • 2009: PDC Fund for Investigative Journalism: Grant for the project “Stranded in Libya”
  • 2008: Prix de la Photographie Honorable Mention, Portrait
  • 2008: International Talent Support award for the portrait series “The Other Side of Migration”


Interview El PAIS

Interview PH Museum

Interview Vogue Italy

Interview Radio KLARA, Berg & Dal
Als fotografe Mashid Mohadjerin de ultieme leegte wil ervaren, moet ze naar de hoogste top van het berglandschap van Dhofar. De hele wereld die letterlijk honderden meters diep aan haar voeten ligt, wordt verhuld door een eindeloos wolkendek. Mohadjerin voelt er zich volledig weg van de wereld. “Vogels en wind vliegen er om me heen,” zegt ze. “Ik lijk helemaal op mezelf te zijn.” Hoe ervaart ze de leegte in haar kot?

Shutter Stories Podcast
In this episode we talk with the acclaimed Iranian-born visual artist and photojournalist Mashid Mohadjerin. Mashid’s work explores issues of gender and identity, with a particular focus on migration and the lives of refugees.

Interview with Rachel Segal Hamilton
The story behind Canon Ambassador Mashid Mohadjerin’s spontaneous documentary shots

Interview on beauty and conflict with Canon Ambassadors
Top photojournalists debate: do beautiful images glamorise conflict?

Interview with Enrico Ratto for Meledetto Fotografi Magazine
Mashid Mohadjerin: attraverso le immagini, cerco di raggiungere le persone

Interview about exhibition @ Extra City Art Space
“Ik hoop met mijn beelden het blikveld van mensen te verruimen”

Workshop Ramadi, Iraq
In times of conflict, children’s voices are often the last to be heard.

TV interview: Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan

Interview about the book LIPSTICK AND GAS MASKS, MO magazine

Interview Al ARTE magazine

Interview Red Star Line Museum