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 I had started to collect the stamps that accompanied them.

As an adult I would rediscover my stamp collection and make photographs of them as a series of objects to tell 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 is 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.

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