3 weeks ago
Hey there! Since 10 days I am back from a marvelous travel to Iran and since a few days I am trying to get an overview of my output (photos, videos and notes I wrote). Although I have quite clear idea about my photo series taken there I’m still overwhelmed by all my impressions. How is Iran? Putting it into words is pretty hard … finding one image seems impossible for me. What image represents Iran according to my experiences? .
In my series I focused on the limitations of the public space, the permanent traffic, the significance of the entrance in Iran aswell as Muharram with its rituals associated with mainly Shia Muslims. Parts of that I am going to show in an exhibition starting on the 22th of November in Berlin and parts will be also published in a book by @raf.artprojects and @kaafinstitute in the future. .
On Instagram I decided to post a few portraits I did besides. Getting in touch with people especially if its beyond language has always been very interesting for me and parts of all previous travels. I love the way people look at you and act. There is always a communication as long as both parties are interested in each other even if there is no exchange of information. But there is a moment of connection. .
Some people I took portraits became friends, have been part of a trip, I meet randomly or stand for something bigger. .
As this young woman with its baby. She passed by on Imam street in Yazd. I saw her and asked here in farsi if I can take a picture of her with her baby. She seemed so above all things to me and radiated a calmness that was special in my eyes.
During Muharram women bring their little children to ritual locations in remembrance of Ali Asghar, the son of Iman Hussein. His son was martyred during the Battle of Karbala, and is commemorated in shia as the »personified quintessence of the innocent victim.«