Afsaneh Ghafarian Rabe’I (Assen/Netherlands, 1992) is an Iranian-Dutch photographer and visual artist.

In addition to freelance photography, she likes to process her stories with mixed media including paint, screenprinting, textiles and digital art. Her Iranian origins play a major role within her storytelling.

As the daughter of migrant workers who ended up in the Netherlands in the late 1960s, she found out at a young age that the Netherlands is not the centre of the world, but that multiple realities can and do exist side by side.

For Parallel, which is due to be elaborated and released as a self-published art book, Ghafarian Rabe’I examines the parallel experience of second-generation Iranian Dutch nationals.

Parallel examines the parallel experience of second-generation Iranian Dutch nationals. The group that was born or grew up in the Dutch system as the result of a choice that their parents made. A world where the outdoors at first glance bears no resemblance at all to their roots. Iranians in diaspora are known for their rapid and successful integration and even assimilation. But the paradox is that many of them, despite not having been born or raised in Iran, maintain strong cultural links with their country of origin and often have a strong sense of homesickness and uprootedness carried with them.

Ghafarian Rabe'I received the Stimuleringsfonds Talent Development Grant '22/'23 and is presented by Stimuleringsfonds during Dutch Design Week 2023.

With her brandnew webshop SHOP AFSANEH she wants to make her varied work accessible to public and communicate with her collectors.

- Group exhibition'The Power of Encounter'

19 to November 5, 2023

Amsterdam Museum

Amstel 51, Amsterdam

- Group exhibition'Qoqnoos - You Can't Burn Woman Made Of Fire'

8 April til 14 May, 2023

Melkweg Expo

Marnixstraat 409, Amsterdam.

- Group exhibition 'Resilence Rebels'

14 October 2023 til 24 March 2024

Museum Helmond/Kunsthal

- Stimuleringsfonds Presents: 'the rest is still unwritten'

21 till 29 October 2023

Dutch Design Week

Portiersloge, Torenallee 1, Eindhoven

For assignments you can contact me via mail@afsanehghafarianrabei.com . Copy my name and email address to avoid mistakes. I look forward to collaborating on your next artistic project.

Afsaneh and her photographs ©Lizzy Zaanen