Shirin Kavin (- Winiger, *1984) is a self-taught artist. She lived and worked in Vienna and Berlin over the past years and has recently moved back to her hometown Zurich.

Her background is diversified. She worked as a body-piercer, trained oriental dancing and acquired the skills of make-up artistry in theatre, fashion and film. It was her constant fascination for the human being, her interest in anatomical structures and mental states, that lead her to fine art photography. With an exceedingly sensitive and equally uncompromising imagery, the artist constantly devotes herself to examining human existence, including physical, philosophical and spiritual questions.
“It is the soul becoming flesh – and vice versa.”

Shirin herself is a curious soul. An observer that enjoys the peace that comes through silence. Driven by the search for the raw aesthetics of nature – like the beauty of a newborn baby, right after birth, before the first wash – which she finds deeply touching.

Shirin Kavin is constantly evolving in her art and remains hungry to learn new skills. Recently she began working with video as well as on sculptural objects and cross-media installations; while during the pandemic spring 20, she has started a very personal public diary, as a link between her encoded art and herself, titled Lucky Socks.

She is also a loving mother of two sons.



Selected Exhibitions

Räume der Gegenwart, Videoscreening, Kinopavillon, Künstlerhaus Salzburg (A) / about
Schmiedepolis – Cubes, Group Exhibition, Kunstraum Pro Arte, Hallein (A)
Virginity Purity Innocence Youth, Solo Exhibition, Herr Leutner, Vienna (A) photos/info
PhotoVienna, Showcase, Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna (A) about
Kunstschaffen Walk of Art, Beamboard Naschmarkt/Längenfeldg., Vienna (A) view pic
Art Walk im MQ, Group Exhibition, Museumsquartier Ovalhalle, Vienna (A) about
Ready, Media Art Culture Festival, Group Exhibition, Schmiede, Hallein (A) about
ltd Exposition, Group Exhibition, Galerie Kiosk Tabak, Zürich (CH) / about

Humans, Group Exhibition, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt (A) / photos and press
Humans, Group Exhibition, Galerie Prisma, Bozen (I) / photos and press
Kunstbar, Group Exhibition, Galerie Kiosk Tabak, Zürich (CH) / about
Re-turn, Media Art Culture Festival, Group Exhibition, Schmiede, Hallein (A)

Duprass, Group Exhibition, Kunstraum Pro Arte, Hallein (A) / about
Panama Plus, Group Exhibition, Festival, Ampere Muffatwerk, München (DE)
Discontent, Media Art Culture Festival, Group Exhibition, Schmiede, Hallein (A)




Lucky Socks
a personal Diary
Shirin Kavin 2020 – 2021

(coming up this summer)
Catalogue, English
Softcover, 12x21cm

Selected Works
Shirin Kavin 2020
preview PDF

Catalogue, English
Softcover, 64p. A4

Virginity Purity innocence Youth
Shirin Kavin 2015 – 2016
preview PDF
Text by Tina Teufel
Catalogue, German
Softcover, 48p. 21x28cm

Curated by Thomas Riess
preview PDF
Exhibition catalogue. 77p. A4
2013, Kunstverein Kärnten
ISBN 978-3-200-03055-8

Père & Mère
Curated by Yves Haddad
review / order
Artbook, softcover, 347p., A4
2011, Èditions de La Martinière
ISBN 978-2-7324-4917-3

i saw the sun. she kissed the moon.
Shirin Kavin 2010 – 2011
preview PDF
Catalogue, English
Softcover, 52p. 21x28cm
edition hardcover, 32p. 30x30cm



2018 Shots Magazine, No 139, Spring Issue, Print Photomagazine, Saint Paul (MN) / about
2017 A5 Magazine, Issue 9, Print Artzine, London (UK) / about
2017 WOTISART? Magazine, Issue 9, Print Artzine, London (UK) / about
2017 Average Art Magazine, Issue 16, Print Artzine, London (UK) / about
2017 Inland, Issue 2/Neither, Print Artzine, London (UK) / about
2016 Forge. Art Magazine, Issue 12/Patience p.47-50, Online Artmagazine, New York (NY) / read online
2016 Art Reveal Magazine, Issue 18 p.64-69, Online a. Print Artmagazine, London (UK) ISBN 9781367386563 / read online
2011 Le Pater et La Mater, Libération Le Mag, Online a. Print Newspaper -Cover, Paris (FR) / view cover
2010 Doze Mag, Issue 3/Junkland p.24-31, Online Artmagazine, Madrid (E) / read online
2009 Der Greif, Poster Edition, Print Photomagazine, Augsburg (DE) / about
2008 Caldo de Cultivo, Me, Myself and i 2.0, Print Artmagazine, Bogotá (COL) / view cover


Shirin Kavin s artwork published under Creative Commons License BY-NC-SA 4.0 seen at: e.g. / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / sanctosis / Flucht – Migration – Theater: Dokumente und Positionen