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From self-portraits series: 'Besides myself'  2021, pigment ink-jet print 80.0x100.0cm courtesy of the artist..jpg

Beside Myself, 2022، Pigment ink-jet print، 70.0 x 100.0 cm.Courtesy of the artist.

Ramak Bamzar (born. 1980) is an Iranian-born visual artist and fine art photographer based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. 
Her work explores how cultural and religious norms can shape women's beliefs, values, and behaviours, and can influence their sense of self-worth and agency.

In her works, Bamzar also investigates the influence of the male gaze on women's beauty and fashion and its consequences on women's self-esteem and self-image. Women who do not conform to these restrictive standards of beauty may feel pressured to conform, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy, shame, and low self-esteem. 

Bamzar completed a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art– Photography in Tehran and her Master of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in 2022. 

Drawing on her background in painting and documentary photography, Bamzar's work is grounded in a commitment to truth and authenticity. Through a combination of fine art and staged photography, she examines the social and cultural pressures that shape our lives and the ways in which we navigate difficult circumstances.

Bamzar's practice is driven by a desire to foster understanding, empathy, and dialogue. She sees her art as a means of connecting with others and inspiring them to see the world in new and more compassionate ways.

Whether exploring the struggles faced by women or the broader human condition, Bamzar's work is characterised by a deep sensitivity to the complexities of the world around us. Through her art, she seeks to illuminate the beauty and resilience of the human spirit and to inspire others to embrace their own unique perspectives and experiences.








2022          Master of Fine Arts – The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University – Australia.
2003          Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) – Azad University of Art and Architecture – Tehran, Iran.



2023                Der Greif - Organisation for Contemporary Photography. Guest-Room. Munich, Germany.
2023             Collection of Moustachioed Women and Rhinoplastic Girls – DEBUT XIX, Blindside Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.

2023              Anonymouslyاز Iran – Culture Lab LIC. New York, USA.

2023             Blood and Pomegranate – Sol Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.
2022            Collection of Moustachioed Women and Rhinoplastic Girls – Head On Photo Festival. Sydney, Australia.

2022           Collection of Moustachioed Women and Rhinoplastic Girls – Graduation show, RMIT University. Australia.
2022            Woman, Life, Freedom – Black Cat Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.
2022            The Ties That Bind– Ladder Art Space. Melbourne, Australia.
2022            Leila, Monash Gallery of Art. Melbourne, Australia.
2022            Brightspace Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.
2021            Life in Lockdown Monash, gallery of Art, online. Melbourne, Australia.      
2019            About Women – Kapi Art Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.
2019            The John Dudley Portrait Prize – Cardinia Cultural Centre. Melbourne, Australia.
2019            Alchemy, Dandenong Ranges Open Studio. Melbourne, Australia.
2017            Iranian Wedding – Windowspace. Beeac, Australia (Solo).
2016            In Pain – Off the Kerb Gallery. Melbourne, Australia (Solo).
2015            Iranian Wedding – Head On International Photo Festival. Sydney Town Hall. (Solo).
2015            IPF Photo Prize – The Good Copy. Melbourne, Australia.
2004            Living Death Series. Dresden, Germany.
2003            Fajr International Theatre Festival (students). Tehran, Iran.


Selected awards and achievements

2023              Winner of the Art Edit Self-Represented Artist prize, Art Edit Magazine.
2022              Finalist – William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.
2022              Finalist – Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women.

2022              Highly commended– Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women.
2022              Semi-finalist – Head On International Photo Festival.
2022              Featured artist – Head On International Photo Festival.

2022              Featured artist – The Guardian. Head On photo festival 2022: from camel woes to sperm smugglers – in pictures.
2019              Honourable Mention – TOKYO International Foto awards.
2019              Finalist – John Dudley Portrait Prize. Melbourne.
2018              Featured image – 'Iranian Wedding', Dutch public broadcasting VPRO.
2015              Featured artist – Head On Photo Festival. Sydney.
2015              Finalist – IPF Photo Prize. Melbourne, Australia.

2016              Featured artist Art People Gallery. USA.
2016              Featured artist – SEE ME.
2016              Featured artist Dodho Magazine. Barcelona, Italy.

2015              Featured Photographer – Whim magazine.  Australia.
2015              Featured Artist – Photojournalism now.

2015              Featured Photographer –  Alt Life magazine.  Australia.
2003              Third place winner – Fajr International Theatre Festival. Tehran, Iran.




2023           Interview by Rosa Ellen, 'DEBUT XIX', Blindside Gallery – The art show, national radio. Australia.

2023          Interview by Jasmin Penman, 'Voices of Resistance: Iranian artists using art to amplify calls for freedom' – ARTS hub.

2023           Article by Erin Irwin, 'I AM WOMAN' – Art Edit Magazine. No. 35.

2023            Article by De blik van Blancquaert (in Dutch). De Morgen newspaper, Belgium.

2023           Article 'Women Looking at Women: photographers you should know'. Head On Foundation. Sydney.

2022    Article by Celina Lei 'More than a singular image: Womanhood through the work of four photographers.' ARTS hub.
2021            Article by Peyman Jamali,  'A good starting point', SBS Australia. 

2021             Interview by Peyman Jamali (in Persian), 'Confronting a religion that has become a patriarchal culture'. SBS Persian.
2022             Interview by Jahan Rezakhanlou, 'Woman, Life, Freedom',  3CR Radio. Melbourne
2019             Interview by Adriana Alvarez, Hillscene magazine – No. 34.
2017             Article by Anna Sande – 'Iranian wedding, Extreme Theatre'

2016             Interview'Storytelling; Things that are Important.' Barcelona, Italy.
2016             Article 'I Was Taught to Be Ashamed of My Sexuality' – Edge of Humanity Magazine.
2015             Interview by Tanysha Jane EZRA magazine, Australia.
2015              Article by John McDonald – The Sydney Morning Herald.

Other Professional Activities 

2022         Panelist: Stories that Stir: Self-Reflection. Head On Photo Festival. Sydney, Australia.
2022         Panelist: Narratives of womanhood. Head On Photo Festival. Sydney
, Australia.

2021         Panelist: Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women. BRIGHTSPACER Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.
2020         Host – The Persian and the Poet Podcast, collaborating with Cameron Semmens.

2019         Panellist – Being an Artist is a Job, Victorian Certificate of Education, Melbourne, Australia.
2015         Panellist – Imagining Iran: contemporary Iranian image-makers, Australian Centre for Photography.

رامک بام‌زر (متولد ۱۳۵۸)  هنرمند تجسمی و عکاس هنرهای زیبا متولد ایران است که در ملبورن استرالیا ساکن است. تمرینات خلاقانه او به بررسی این موضوع می‌پردازد که چگونه هنجارهای فرهنگی و مذهبی می‌توانند باورها، ارزش‌ها و رفتار زنان را شکل دهند و بر احساس ارزشمندی و عاملیت زنان تأثیر بگذارند.

بام‌زر همچنین در آثار خود به بررسی تأثیر نگاه مردانه بر زیبایی و مد زنان و پیامدهای آن بر عزت نفس و خودانگاره زنان می پردازد. زنانی که با این استانداردهای محدود کننده زیبایی مطابقت ندارند، ممکن است برای انطباق تحت فشار قرار بگیرند، که می تواند منجر به احساس بی کفایتی، شرم و عزت نفس پایین شود.

بام‌زر مدرک لیسانس خود را در رشته عکاسی از دانشگاه آزاد هنر و معماری در تهران دریافت کرد و در سال ۲۰۲۲ با مدرک کارشناسی ارشد هنرهای زیبا از دانشگاه سلطنتی ملبورن فارغ التحصیل شد.

آثار بام‌زر با تکیه بر پیشینه او در عکاسی مستند و نقاشی، مبتنی بر تعهد به حقیقت و اصالت است. او از طریق ترکیبی از هنرهای زیبا و عکاسی صحنه‌ای، فشارهای اجتماعی و فرهنگی را که زندگی ما را شکل می‌دهند و راه‌هایی که در آن شرایط دشوار را طی می‌کنیم، بررسی می‌کند.

تمرین او با میل به پرورش تفاهم، همدلی و گفتگو هدایت می شود. او هنر خود را وسیله ای برای برقراری ارتباط با دیگران و الهام بخشیدن به آنها برای دیدن جهان به شیوه های جدید و دلسوزانه تر می بیند.

مشخصه آثار بام زر، چه در کاوش در مبارزات پیش روی زنان و چه در شرایط گسترده‌تر انسانی، حساسیت عمیقی نسبت به پیچیدگی‌های جهان پیرامون ماست. او از طریق هنر خود به دنبال روشن کردن زیبایی و انعطاف پذیری روح انسان و الهام بخشیدن به دیگران برای پذیرش دیدگاه ها و تجربیات منحصر به فرد خود است.

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