Elahe Zivardar

Elahe Zivardar, aka Ellie Shakiba, is an Iranian artist, architect, videographer, photographer and documentary maker who was imprisoned by the Australian government in Nauru from 2013-2019. She was accepted as a refugee by the US in 2019 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. During her detention in Nauru she was highly active in using photography and video to document the horrific treatment and conditions endured by people seeking asylum and imprisoned offshore, she also used her skills to highlight the impact of Australia’s border regime on the local population. Many of her photos and videos were used widely during the #KidsOffNauru campaign. Elahe has continued to advocate for the freedom of the remaining detainees through her art, including her ‘Border-Industrial Complex’ series of paintings and documentary film projects.

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