FOMU presents Iranian artist Hannah Darabi’s (IR, 1981) collection of unique photographic and political books to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution.
By bringing together works published between 1979 and 1983, the short period at the end of the Shah’s regime and the beginning of the Islamic government when freedom of speech prevailed, Hannah Darabi takes us to the heart of the intense political period that breathed new life into Iranian photography.
Chowra Makaremi (FR/IR, 1980), tenured anthropologist and researcher, decrypts a period that is fundamental to an understanding of the country’s contemporary history. Hannah Darabi engages in a dialogue between the historical books and her personal artistic work, and offers an alternative reading of her collection using contemporary photographs of her home town, Tehran, and existing images, such as family pictures, media images and postcards.
Enghelab Street is a collaboration between the artist and LE BAL, Paris, where it was exhibited in January 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a book created by Hannah Darabi with contributions from Chowra Makaremi and co-edited by LE BAL and Spector Books.
Image: Hannah Darabi, Le BAL