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Amak Mahmoodian : Masking Nostalgia

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Amak Mahmoodian lives in the UK but her work as a photographer places her firmly in Iran – better still, in Persia– just as Tony Ray-Jones’ or Dorothea Lange’s work situates them, respectively, in England and America. In Mahmoodian’s case, this was clear from her earlier Shenasnameh, a photobook with a polemical colouring that drew attention to the marginalised status of women in a theocratically-accented regime. Her latest work, Zanjir, also concerns itself with the question of identity but takes a longer perspective, looking back to the past to illuminate the present: Today               ...

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