“Facets of Iran” reflects the experiences of three people with distinct impressions of a shared place and time. Utilizing their combined tools of photography, film-making, anthropology, and material art, their work represents glimpses into the richness and diversity of Iranian people and their environment. Jon John Arias, Mike Marlowe & Paul King have stepped away from the de-humanising geopolitical headlines to present a Western audience with more nuanced and intimate perspectives of the Iranian people. The creators of “Facets of Iran” remain committed to respecting cultural differences as well as bridging connections to our shared humanity, and would like to express deep gratitude towards the people of Iran for their unrivaled warmth, hospitality, patience, and generosity. Inside Iran by Mike Marlowe The images in the “Facets of Iran” exhibition allow a look inside one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. There is no attempt to include cliché or to fight stereotypes, or even to create pretty pictures. The views are those that can be found by any visitor who is curious about the people and places of Iran. The exclusion of the classic tourist sites of Persia is deliberate. The intent is to bring to the viewer, as objectively as possible, the every days scenes that anyone would encounter during their own commute to work, or weekend break out of the city. I have used a subtle blend of color coupled with my standard practice of presenting a series of photographs that individually have layers of information in them and collectively show insights, but can also raise questions. This allows the viewer to place their own stereotypes and impressions over the series and either reinforce their views or be opened to new perspectives.
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