If you aren’t at this year’s Rencontres d’Arles, you will miss the highly anticipated exhibit of Iranian photographers work curated by Anahita Ghabaian and Newsha Tavakolian. The exhibition focuses on many aspects of life in Iran, but the one common thread is that the starting point is 1979.
The curators explain the theme behind the exhibition, “These men and women, of all ages, use both photojournalism and staged images as an author would write non-fiction. They transform the unspeakable into images that express nostalgia, regrets, breaks, doubts and hope, thus showing the face of a new Iran. We have chosen a wide selection of work in order to offer our viewers a suitably wide panorama of Iran, as it is now, in its 38th year since the Islamic revolution.
The Islamic revolution and the Iran-Iraq war which followed—both events that played a formative role in the modern history of our country—are, of course, present. Nevertheless, they are not shown in isolation or exclusion but in concert with themes that are of interest to many of our fellow citizens: identity, authority, the environmental crisis and aspirations for a different world.”
Iran has been an invaluable source for poetry and this exhibition shows that it’s also a cradle for impressive photography. If you can’t make it to Arles to view the show, don’t worry, Éditions Textuel/ARTE Éditions published a book that will be released this month.
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