Mashid Mohadjerin’s work explores the boundaries between art and documentary photography, addressing topics such as migration, displacement, borders, cultural and social alienation and the quest for cultural identity for about a decade. In the last 6 years she is developing new ways to visualize complex issues through various visual formats and strategies within her practice. Her multidimensional approach includes archival images, text, video and collages. She completed her PhD in the Arts in 2021 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp). She is currently an artist in residence at Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels.

Her artist monograph ‘Freedom is Not Free’ won the Rencontres d’Arles Author’s Book Award in 2021. Her other publications are: ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks’ (2017) on women during the Arab Uprisings and ‘Textile as Resistance’ (2018), published by Hannibal.

Mashid’s work has appeared in numerous publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, Le Monde, The Guardian, La Repubblica/La Domenica, Wall Street Journal, The Globe & Mail, The Global Post, De Volkskrant and the BBC.

Mashid’s work is shown in galleries, festivals and museums such as BOZAR Center for the Arts (Brussels), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), Fotoleggendo (Rome), Kunsthal Extra City (Antwerp), Wandsworth Musem (London), Red Star Line Museum (BE), Noorderlicht Festival (NL). It is part of private and institutional collections. Her latest series is currently on view at Pananti Gallery in Milan.

Mashid Mohadjerin is represented by Redux Pictures.


  • 2023: Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin: Iran inside Out | link
  • 2022: Artist in Residence at WIELS (Brussels)
  • 2022: Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie,’ From Where I Stand’, Mannheim
  • 2022: Solo exhibition by twenty14contemporary, at Pananti Atelier, Milan
  • 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
  • 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’, Palm Springs Photo festival, California, USA
  • 2010: ‘Land, Country Life’, Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen, NL


  • 2021: The Rencontres d’Arles Author’s Book Award for ‘Freedom is Not Free’
  • 2011: ‘Stranded and Stuck in Libya’, selected for De Loep award VVOJ
  • 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