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Portraits of Iran is a photographic series exploring the paradoxes of life in Iran where many citizens navigate between a culture of tradition and a globally connected, technology-driven modern world. Exploring tensions between the reality lived by many and the strictures of the regime and Islamic law, the photographs humanise what is a highly-educated but often frustrated population, of which little is known or understood outside of Iran.

This work unfolds against a backdrop of a falling birth rate and a struggling economy, decades of international sanctions, and mismanagement and corruption that have inflicted significant damage on a rich and fascinating culture.

This exhibition examines such themes as poverty in the face of economic sanctions, the Afghan refugee community, being gay in the Islamic Republic, and scaling the digital firewall to form digital identities and connect to the outside world.

There will be a panel discussion as part of the exhibition on 15 April 2019, 18.00 – 19.30. Find out more information and register for tickets here.

Portraits of Iran is an exhibition of photography by Dr Brian Kavanagh, Lecturer in Digital Innovation at King's College London and is supported by the university’s Culture team and the Department of Digital Humanities, part of Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's.



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Bush House Arcade
Arcade at Bush House, South Wing, Strand WC2B 4PJ