A REVOLUTION THROUGH IMAGES
IN 1979, POSTERS, LEAFLETS, PHOTO BOOKS, POLITICAL TEXTS, THEORETICAL AND CRITICAL WORKS INVADED THE IRANIAN STREETS AND TESTIFIED TO AN INTENSE INTELLECTUAL UPHEAVAL.
During a short period of political instability corresponding to the end of the Shah's reign and the beginnings of the Islamic government, a new wind blew on Iranian society: students, political opponents, intellectuals, workers, publishers, photographers' collectives, graphic designers took a stand to think about a new relationship with society.
How does this visual profusion take place? What messages, speeches is it the vector of? What are its influences and references? How can we think of this iconoclastic production, which will play an essential role in building a political consciousness during this "springtime of freedom"? How does the future Islamic republic finally appropriate these visual and rhetorical codes?
Hannah Darabi, artist photographer. The artist's book occupies a privileged place among the different forms of representation she explores.
Sorour Kasmaï is a novelist, translator and editor. She founded and directed the collection « Horizons persans » dédiée aux littératures iraniennes et afghanes. Her latest novel Un jour avant la fin du monde was published in 2015 by Robert Laffont Publishing.
Morad Montazami is the director of Zamân Books Publishing, which aims to develop transnational studies on Arab, Asian and African modernities. In 2014, he was one of the curators of the exhibition Unedited History: IRAN 1960-2014 presented at the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and at the MAXXI in Rome.