“It is the society which fashions us in its image, fills us with religious, political, and moral beliefs that control our actions.” —Emile Durkheim
This project was the beginning of my other long term projects and is about the fears and the effects of the Islamic revolution in Iran as well as the impact of eight years of war that will be felt for generations to come.
I was born on July 21, 1987 in Tabriz, Iran. Being young in Iran means limitations: limitations in which religion effects politics, art, culture, diversion, economy, education, clothing, speech, behavior, femininity, masculinity, relationships and life. As my friends often say, “We are the generation after revolution and after war.” The impression of these events on our lives and souls will always be visible.
In this personal project, I am searching for evidence of the growing complexity and depression in my generation. Using photography helped me get close to people and their lives, to achieve a better understanding of those around me. As I discovered, the search for my own identity inevitably involved me with my society.
During my quest, I found some resemblances among my peers. And I also found fear—fear of the future, fear of annihilation, fear of sexuality, fear of loneliness and the fear of not being happy. These fears take control of each individual’s life and identity, in ways both unique to every person and universal.