Portfolio: Aydin Matlabi




Born in Iran and raised in Montreal, Aydin Matlabi holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Photography from Concordia University. His work investigates a wide range of topics linked to identity politics, from queer subculture to landscapes in the aftermath of conflicts in war zones in the Middle East. Aydin was a featured artist in the 2011 edition of The Scotia Bank Photo Festival. Noteworthy exhibitions following his exhibit at Les Territoires in 2010 include Came Like Water, Like Wind I Go at Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery in April 2011, as well as at Toronto’s Queen’s Gallery in May 2011 and Landscape, Revolution, People at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2013.


Artist Statement


Aydin Matlabi uses photography in two ways, as both a medium of expression and as a tool for investigating the contemporary world. During his earlier trips, captivated by the beauty of the landscapes, he composed a series of portraits taken with the consent of his subjects. His Western education enabled him to draw inspiration from the conventions of portrait photography and of nineteenth-century realist painting. This influence is especially apparent in his choice of subjects and scenes from everyday life. In 2009, he was one of the few photographers from the West or the Iranian diaspora to document the social-environmental Green Movement that arose following the disputed reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “Searching for a narrative and a source of balance, in a chaotic society, I was confronted with the controversial election fraud that shook the Iranian nation. I witnessed brutality, injustice and the censorship of human rights, and in its shadow the power of the masses, reaching for freedom” the artist recounts.