Started in 2005, right after the victory of the ultra-conservative new elected president Mahmud Ahmadinejad, this is the first photo project of my career. Until 2009, the year of the 30th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, I visited Iran over ten times. Unfortunately, at that point, the Iranian government decided that I wasn’t welcome anymore in the country: I was accused of espionage.
With each day passing, my perception of this country moved further away from the negative and stereotypical idea often represents by the western media. Therefore, I decided to renew my gaze and observe from different perspectives and points of view: anthropological, social, and aesthetic. For this, I used a panoramic camera, a tool entirely new to me.
I traveled throughout the country to capture daily stories of this complex and variegated society to offer a vision that includes the regime’s rhetoric without forgetting the Iranians’ sentiments and deep frustrations.
Iran is not fundamentalism and propaganda only, but a multifaceted and welcoming nation populated by many ethnic groups and minorities opposed and oppressed by the theocratic regime. People claim their rights and recognize the limits of their current society despite often remaining victims of it, like the young people who look at the West as a model for inspiration.