Shadifarin Ghadirian was born in 1974, in Tehran, Iran. Ghadirian studied for her BA in photography at Azad University, Tehran. Her work is intimately linked to her identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran. Nonetheless, her art also deals with issues relevant to women living in other parts of the world. She questions the role of women in society and explores ideas of censorship, religion, modernity, and the status of women.

Ghadirian's profile in the western art world is increasing rapidly. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe, and the U.S.A. She has also been featured in print and electronic media (including the New York Times, Photography Now, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC and others). Her work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

Recent solo exhibitions include shows at: Aeroplastics Contemporary, Belgium, 2009; FCG Duesseldorf, Germany, 2009; Co2 Gallery, Rom, 2009; Boudin Lebon Gallery, 2009; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, 2008.

Recent Group exhibitions include: 'UNVEILED: NEW ART FROM THE MIDDLE EAST', the Saatchi Gallery, London, 2009; 'Masques of Shahrzad', Mall Gallery, London, 2009; '165 years of Iranian Photography', Du Quai Branly Museum, Paris, 2009. 

Shadafarin Ghadirian lives and works in Iran.