Press Release for ‘Liminal’ an exhibition by Katayoun Dowlatshahi


Press Release / 25th January 2010


University of Portsmouth

Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth


One of only a handful of artists worldwide who employ a process called ‘Carbon Photography’ will be exhibiting her work at the University of Portsmouth next week.

‘Liminal’ is a contemporary art exhibition by Iranian-born artist Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi who uses the 19th century pigment transfer technique onto glass and paper to create experimental light drawings.

Her work explores the intrinsic nature of light and shadow as a metaphor of the landscape and architecture of her homeland in Iran.

Katayoun, who will give a public talk about her work on Wednesday 17th February at 2pm , said: “There is ephemeral beauty in the world we inhabit; a ‘liminal’ state almost too subtle or faint to knowingly experience and sometimes so overwhelming that we become immersed by the experience, unable to define it. By working with glass and sunlight I have tried to reveal the hidden ephemera.”

Other works in the exhibition are produced from double exposures onto 6 x 6 roll film and have a more formal relationship with the landscape.  Katayoun said that they are by the nature of their production artificial landscapes, self reflexive and evocative and represent an experiential and personal journey. 

The exhibition, which includes a selection of photographic art, drawing, architectural glass and ‘time based media,’ will go on display at The University’s SPACE gallery from 15th February. 

In addition to her gallery work, Katayoun has a significant portfolio of clients and commissions in Public Art, working with leading developers, engineers and art consultants to produce significant architectural glass facades and ‘floorscapes’, such as those in Exeter and Leicester City Centres; currently she is working on projects in Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Canterbury City and Gloucester Docks.

Katayoun’s artworks are often created in a series, for example, Internal Realms: External Spaces produced whilst “Artist in Residence” at Durham Cathedral, which subsequently toured America at Fotoseptiembre, an International Biennale of Photographic Art.

“I am delighted to bring this exhibition to the University of Portsmouth with whom I have a strong relationship not only as an exhibitor of earlier works but also as a Trustee of Art Space who have worked with the university to help develop students creative professional practice”.

Katayoun is a successful international public and gallery artist who trained in Edinburgh, Winchester and Barcelona. 

The ‘Liminal’ exhibition is in SPACE gallery at the University of Portsmouth from 15th February and runs until 5th March and the opening hours are 10am – 4pm on weekdays.  The Preview is Friday 12th February at 4-7pm and Katayoun will be giving a public talk about her work at 2pm on Wednesday 17th February.  All are welcome and admission is free.



Note to Editors


Katayoun Dowlatshahi has worked on a variety of exciting projects across the UK. Other recent works include an extensive glass commission on elevations for Causeway Lane, St. Peters and Shires Walk in Highcross, Leicester City Centre.  She completed a ‘six month fellowship’ at the University of Gloucester in collaboration with the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and a winter residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the U.S.

Recent exhibitions include the series Tracing Light, which she created for her Doctoral Research. Essentially abstract, these works reflect hidden and complex landscapes of light. She employs a 19th Century technique called Carbon photography, a beautiful and versatile method of pigment transfer, used to create unique drawings of light from direct sun light without the aid of a camera.

Katayoun is a Trustee of Axis and Art Space. Axis is the best online resource for information about contemporary art. The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch. Art Space’s primary mission is to promote and develop contemporary visual arts by supporting emerging and professional artists’ practice through the provision of affordable studios, facilities and an extended network of support and participation to professional artists in the wider community. 

Exhibition details UOP:,105422,en.html


For further information contact:

Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi 023 9236 0895 mob 07944  731081

1 Balcarres Mansions, 5 Eastern Villas Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 OSU. or


Denise Callender, University of Portsmouth Promotions Manager, 023 9284 5197 mob 07969 973703,

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