setareh shahbazi was born in tehran, iran in 1978 and moved to germany in 1985. from 1997 to 2003 she studied scenography and media arts at the staatliche hochschule für gestaltung in karlsruhe. supported by a scholarship from the daad, she spent one year in beirut in 2003, where she worked on the project oh, no, no... – the crystal series in cooperation with the arab image foundation. she has had solo exhibitions at karlsruher kunstverein in 2004, galerie sfeir-semler, hamburg and montgomery, berlin in 2006, the contemporary arts forum, santa barbara in 2008 and at 98weeks, beirut in 2010. setareh shahbazi has participated in various group shows, including jostari dar salighe va ehsass at asar galerie tehran, whenever it starts, it is the right time! at frankfurter kunstverein, rainbow at galerie sfeir-semler beirut, j’en rêve at fondation cartier in paris and iranian pool at rooseum in malmö. she lives and works in berlin, travels regularly to beirut and tehran and dreams of moving to la one day.