Iranian Photobooks: from Revolution to War

February 2017. Display at the Tate Modern, London (UK): Iranian Photobooks: from Revolution to War. I was honoured to present these “photobooks” published in Iran between 1979 and today, in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern. The display includes both leading independent photographers (e.g., Kaveh Golestan, Bahman Jalali, and Alfred Yaghoubzadeh) as well as state publications that use photos by the same photographers, but packaged differently to reflect political and national concerns. We find ourselves immersed in conflicting accounts of the 1979 Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, with this display offering a way to interpret them. In collaboration with my fellow curator Sarah Allen whose perspicacity I salute.


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