Ali Mobasser

Stamps of a Revolution | 2017

In 1979, following the Islamic Revolution, many Iranians left their homeland in self and government-imposed exiles. My family also left in that year, settling in the United States. I was three years old.

The letters and packages, which began to arrive from Iran, became our connection to our loved ones and by the time I was seven my grandmother, who had noticed my interest, had taught me how to soak, peel and dry the stamps that arrived. At eight I was sent to London to live with my father and I would continue to collect the Iranian stamps for a further four years, stopping in 1989. That year significantly marked the end of the Iran Iraq war, Ayatollah Khomeini's death and me becoming a teenager.

As an adult I would rediscover my stamp collection and make photographs of them with the purpose of telling this personal story. The 107 photographs of stamps issued between 1979 and 1989 not only present a compelling account of the first ten years following the Islamic Revolution but are also a testament to a child growing up in exile.

In 2017 I was invited to Iran to exhibit this series, returning to my country for the first time after thirty-eight years.

Installation View

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