The core of Babak and Pargol’s practice is deeply embedded with political themes from the region, shaping the concept and methodology of their work. As collectors of found material, they have gathered archives from the local markets to investigate a time when Lebanon was considered ‘the bride of the middle east’, ironically falling upon old wedding albums from the 1960s which inspired the work they are presenting during Open Studios.

Babek Kazemi (b. 1983 in Ahvaz, Iran – lives and works in Tehran, Iran) is a self-taught photographer. Kazemi explores the history of the province of Khuzestan in which he grew up, focusing on the impact of oil production on the region. In 2012, he was awarded the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) at the Delfina Foundation in London. His work has been featured in collections at the Maraya Art Centre (UAE), The Museum of Contemporary Arts (Tehran), The Museum of War (Tehran), and in the private collection of the Sheikh of Sharjah in the UAE. Since 2010, Kazemi has been collaborating with Pargol Einaloo.

Pargol Einaloo (b. 1987, Shiraz, Iran). Einaloo’s work focuses on photography and painting. She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, and her work has previously been exhibited in Iran, India, and the UAE.


Babak Kazemi
Dates of residency: January - February 2018
Born: 1983
Hometown: Khuzestan
Lives and works: Tehran
Education: BA Graphic Design,  Ahvaz Islamic Azad University
Selected shows:
2017 A Report for D'ArcyAB43 CONTEMPORARY, Thalwil/Zurich
2012 Alice in Persianland, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 5+1, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 Naftoon, Tarahan-e-Azad Gallery, Tehran

Pargol Einaloo
Dates of residency: January - February 2018
Born: 1987
Hometown: Shiraz
Lives and works: Tehran
Education: Painting,  Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Bologna 2011
Recent shows:
2017 Unclear Deal , The Mine Gallery, Dubai
2015 For Photography, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
2014 Habitat, Max Muller Bhaven with the Goethe Institut, New Delhi
2013 Shadizaar, Mehrva Art Gallery, Tehran