Sadegh Tirafkan was born in 1965 in the city of Karbala, Iraq, into an Iranian family. In 1971, when he was six, Sadegh and his family migrated to Iran inevitably because of some political tensions. He was a juvenile when participating in courses of Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) and it was there he felt interested in art for the first time. A little later he faced up to the of eight year old Iran- Iraq war after the collapse of Pahlavi regime in 1979. During the first years of Iran-Iraq war, Sadegh began to perform some theatrical events in mosques and some governmental centers. His future professional character and his work's origins were formed by the period of time when he was trying different artistic roles like directing, authoring, acting, puppetry, puppet and scene design, storytelling, being a producer and after all these, some experiences in short film-making. In 1984, although he was extremely interested in cinema and theatre, Tirafkan moved into Tehran and studied photography at College of Fine Arts in University of Tehran. Though Tirafkan was educated in art, he was ultimately largely a self-taught artist because he had shared little in common with the photographic mainstreams in art training at that time, and this is the reason his works show a strong break from with those of his predecessors. This is what he believed to be the distinction of his artworks. After his death in 2013, Tirafkan's artistic heritage is preserved in the archive and museum of the Tirafkan Foundation in Tehran, which contains a huge number of photographs, short films, videos, installations, scenarios and multimedia pieces.
2013 Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2011 Nuova Galleria Morone, Milan, Italy Etemad Gallery, Dubai, UAE 2010 Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2009 Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2008 Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2007 Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2006 Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada Nader Gallery, New York, USA 2005 Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium VU Photography Centre, Québec City, Canada Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2004 Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA 2003 VU Gallery, Paris, France 2002 Nader Gallery, New York, USA Parkerson Gallery, Houston, USA 2001 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2000 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 1998 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 1995 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 1992 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 1991 Mansoureh Hosseini Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2012 - 2013 Light From the Middle East: New Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK 2012 15th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh Gallery Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey “Ciphers”, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada “Gender and Exposure”, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada Survivants (Contemporary Art from Iran) Geneva, Switzerland 2011 “The Gifts of the Sultan” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA 2010 Homa Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2009 - 2010 Martin Gropius Bau, Taswir, Berlin, Germany 2009 Routes II, Waterhouse & DODD, London, UK Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, UK Sultan Gallery, Kuwait “Iran Inside Out” Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA British Museum, London, UK 2008 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA 2007 In Focus, Contemporary Art Platform, London, UK Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France 2006 Total Arts Gallery, Dubai, UAE Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii 2005 Art after the Revolution, San Sebastian, Spain 2004 Lee-Ka Sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada Musulmanes, Musulmans, La Villette Museum, Paris (France) and also in Cairo (Egypt), Tehran (Iran), Istanbul (Turkey), Paris (France) and Dakar (Senegal) The Fifth International Month of Photography in Moscow, Russia 2003 Group show, Unique(s), VU Gallery, Paris, France Group Show, Arta Gallery, The Distillery Toronto, Canada 2002 ‘Mémoires de pierres’, Musée municipal des Beaux-Arts de Fréjus, France 20 Years of Photography in Iran: 40 Iranian Photographers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. 2001 5th Aleppo Photo Festival, Syria 20 Years of Photography in Iran: 40 Iranian Photographers. Espace Electra, Paris, France 1996 Five Iranian Photographers, Paris, France 1991 4th Annual Iranian Photography Festival, Tehran museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran 1988 First Annual Iranian Photography Festival, Tehran museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran 1986 Ketab Azad, Tehran, Iran