Salar Niknafs. Australian Contemporary Artist. Melbourne. Tehran. Iran. salarniknafs. sniknafs. Niknafs. Iranian. Contemporary Art

Salar Niknafs is a media artist, creative producer and researcher, working across a variety of media ranging from photography and video to sound and musical composition. In his art he primarily engages with experimental and documentary aesthetic forms, while his research explores concepts and methods at the intersection of art and science in an attempt to act as a mediator between the two.


Salar completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Materials Science at The University of Wollongong for which he was awarded a Discovery Grant from the Australian Research Council. His thesis studied patterns that self-organise during solidification of metallic systems and analysed the impact of physical parameters that determine such formations. Before that he received his Masters through an ARC Grant and began his education at the University of Tehran. Salar’s work is presented internationally in the context of conferences, workshops, music venues and exhibitions including Life Framer Rome, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert  Exhibition and Incinerator Art Award for Social Change.


Salar currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Awards and Grants


2017   Winner - Best Landscape, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF),
           Melbourne, Australia.

2017   Finalist - Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Australia.

2016   First Prize - Brunswick Street Gallery Prize, Click 16, Melbourne, Australia.

2016   Finalist - Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Judged by

           Professor Susan Best.

2016   Finalist - Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change, Judged by Dr Vincent

           Alessi, Hannah Mathews and Jason Smith.

2016   Finalist - Stanthorpe Art Prize, Judged by Ron Ramsey and Dr Kyla


2016   Finalist - CLIP Awards, Perth Centre for Photography, Judged by Cristina De

           Middel, Marie Bonnal and Dr Christopher Crouch.

2008-2012   Recipient of Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, Led by

                    Professor Rian Dippenaar, Amount $80,000.

2008-2012   Recipient of Research Top-Up Grant, University of Wollongong,

                    Amount $10,000.

2009   First Prize - Materials Australia Jules Byrnes Award, NSW, Australia.

2006-2008   Recipient of Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, Led by

                    Professor Rian Dippenaar, Amount $46,000.

2006   Third Prize Winner, Interface Photography Exhibition, University of




Solo Exhibitions


2017   'In Absence', solo exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2007   'Nostalgia' solo photography exhibition, University of Wollongong, Australia.



Recent Group Exhibitions


2017   'Of Kin and Kind' group photographic exhibition, The Victorian Archives

           Centre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2017   Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Australia.

2016   Life Framer Rome, 2nd Edition of Life Framer Photography Exhibition,

           Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy.

2016   Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award Finalists Exhibition,

           Gold Coast Art Centre, Australia.

2016   Incinerator Art Award for Social Change, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne,


2016   PCP Collective, Perth Centre for Photography (PCP), Perth, Australia.

2016   'Structures' Photography Exhibition, LoosenArt, Via San Domenico 52,

           Cagliari, Italy.

2016   CLIP Awards Finalists Exhibition, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth,


2016   CLICK 16 Annual Photography Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery,

           Melbourne, Australia.

2016   IPF Photo Prize, Independent Photography Festival, The Good Copy,

           Melbourne, Australia.

2016   1st LoosenArt Exhibition Collective, LAB-A, Via San Domenico 52, Cagliari,


2016   Stanthorpe Art Festival Finalists Exhibition. Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery,


2016   'Tehran, the invisible city', Published online in Capture Magazine.

2016   BSG SmallWorks Prize 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2015   CCP Salon group exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Photography,

           Melbourne, Australia.



2017   FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, Rio De Janeiro & Sao

           Paulo, Brazil.

2017   SPE Media Festival and National Conference, The Society for Photographic

           Education, Orlando, FL, USA.

2016   6th BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Bilbao,


2016   Future Landscapes: 3rd Borders International Art & Architecture Festival,

           Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and Venice Art House, Venice, Italy.

2016   Emerging Art Australia, InnerSpace Gallery, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia.

2016   Oxygen: Fragmented Cities, Jorge Jurado Art Studio, Bogotá, Colombia.

2016   Labyrinth: Experimental Art, Architecture, and Design Festival, Bahcesehir

           University of Rome, Rome, Italy.

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