Contemporary Iranian Photography
To mark the arrival of the Persian New Year, Burnt Generation will present contemporary Iranian photography – the majority of which has not previously been seen outside of Iran – by eight highly original and intellectually engaged image makers. The exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to move to a place beyond cliché; a moment to forget the stereotypical images of Iran and enter the worlds of the eight artists who have lived and worked there. They include: Azadeh Akhlaghi; Gohar Dashti; Shadi Ghadirian; Babak Kazemi; Abbas Kowsari; Ali and Ramyar; Newsha Tavakolian; Sadegh Tirafkan.
As Martin Barnes, Senior Curator at the V&A, says “some of the most exciting photography being made today is coming from Iran” and the range will reflect reality for modern Iranian society, whether it be coping with the consequences of constant conflict to civilians caught in the middle, conforming to class ideals or colourful celebrations of Shiite rituals.
Burnt Generation will be produced by Candlestar with Somerset House. A cultural consultancy based at Somerset House, Candlestar is a key contributor to the growing creative community of Somerset House.
Burnt Generation is curated by Candlestar Director, Fariba Farshad, who explains that her aim was not only to present work from as wide a perspective as possible but also to show work that takes a sideways look at both public and personal histories: “The selected artists work in various ways. Some make documentary photography, others portraiture, others still fine art, conceptual work but their subjects are caught in the web of history be it personal, historical or geopolitical.
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