Photo by Bahar Aslani
Poster Designed by Arghavan Khosravi
A Journey Inside
Opening: November 13, 2015 7-10PM
Show runs until November 28, 2015
Bridgeport Art Center
1200 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
A Journey Inside exhibition opening at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago
Over the past 14 months, Panos photographer Hossein Fatemi, currently based in the United States, has been overseeing a training and photography project
with eight young Iranian photographers who have set out to document the current challenges confronting Iran’s complex and vibrant society.
A Journey Inside, is a social documentation project on Iran, carried out through the sensitive lens of young Iranian photographers who sought to narrate parts of current challenges of Iran's complex and
dynamic society. Such work of documentation represents an active field looking, an inquiry with a humane agenda. In their unique investigation of
Iran's social issues, the young photographers have adopted a compassionate look. They have avoided the cliché exotic and contemptuous depiction of the society as a suppressed and perplexed community.
Instead, they have attempted to reveal the real dynamics of their society: While truthfully mirroring their society's ills, they have sought to reflect the dynamics of resistance, the way people
wrestle and cope with those problems, and how life's strong imperative colors even the toughest of their experiences. These photographs and videos
pursue community-engagement inside the country to mobilize the social and human capitals inside Iran to help remedy the society's ills, while outside the
country they pursue the diminution of prejudice look against Iranians.
"A Journey Inside" was carried out over fourteen months of training and work, under supervision of Panos Pictures. The photographers: four men and four women, were chosen from different parts of the
country. They are emerging talents and after completion of this period of work, they will be teachers and advocates of this look inside their own
community. In addition, they will be competent to pursue their carrier and expand their network in the international field of photo and video documentation.
The project team is comprised of Hossein Fatemi,
Maryam Athari Ali Kaveh and Alireza Ghoreishi;
And the photographers: Bahar Aslani, Negin Kiani, Zahra Ostadzadeh, Mahya Rastegar Hamid Akhlaghi
Hossein Heidarpour, Ali Tajik, Saeed Zaidi.