With more and more tourists visiting Iran every day, Ajam and See You In Iran have teamed up to bring you a travel series to Iran’s diverse cities. This first installation focuses on the vibrant urban life of Tehran, Iran’s largest city and capital.
Celebrated from Eastern Anatolia to the western parts of China, diverse communities claim Nowruz as their own New Year’s holiday. While many recognize that Nowruz, which coincides with the Spring Equinox, has roots in Zoroastrianism, very few know how Zoroastrians celebrate this holiday in parts of Iran today.
These types of documentary ventures, both filmic and photographic, identify a racialized community as their subject, visibly recognizable by their visual characteristics. Despite this clear reliance on race, there is rarely much attention given to the issue of race itself. Instead, most tend to emphasize successful assimilation predicated on nationalist sentiments and champion the diversity of these communities. By ignoring race and its relationship to photography, we overlook crucial elements that have structured similar stories in the past.
The poetry of Forough Farrokhzad is written in the gender neutral Persian language and offers multiple interpretations of gender and subjectivity. Editor of Danish queer feminist magazine Friktion, Nazila Kivi, and poet and translator Shadi Angelina Bazeghi sat down to discuss the challenges of translating Farrokhzad to Danish in the latter’s Danish introduction to Farrokhzad and the queering potential of poetry that transcends language, time and traditional gender roles.