It is not a coincidence that Iran has so many photographers. When today’s Iranians want to express themselves, they use the tools given to them by history. The modern version of poetry is photography, of course. Images, photojournalism, documentary or art are visual poetry, if you will. With this exhibition, we want to introduce those who are shaping the image of Iran today. A very diverse mix of photographers, artists and filmmakers portraying a country still caught up in revolution and war, but also fast-changing beyond recognition. Iran is both a young and an old country at the same time. Thousands of years of history have come before the 1979 Islamic revolution. We start counting again from that year. Iran: year 38, is to be an exhibition celebrating the culture of visual poetry embraced by Iranians.
Anahita Ghabaian et Newsha Tavakolian
Exhibition curators: Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh and Newsha Tavakolian.
Texts: Anahita Ghabaian, Ghazal Golshiri and Newsha Tavakolian.
Publication: Iran, Année 38, Éditions Textuel/ ARTE Éditions, 2017.
Prints by Central Dupon Images, Paris.
Framing by Plasticollage, Circad and Central Dupon Images, Paris.
With support from the French Embassy in Iran and ARTE.
Alongside the exhibition, a documentary and web series on the Iranian photography scene, directed by Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa and produced by Terra Luna Films, Harbor Films and Darjeeling for ARTE, will be presented during the opening week.