Momentography of a failure [Kurdistan] focuses on geopolitical landscape of border between Iran and Irag.
The Kurds, who share a unique language and whose mountainous territory spans in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, have a long history of oppression and fierce armed struggle in these countries.
After the collapse of the Ottoman and Qajar empires and the subsequent B/ordering of these modern states, Iraq, Iran and Turkey each agreed to oppose the creation of an independent Kurdistan and making them one of the largest stateless minority group in the world.
Among Kurdish–Turkish conflict, Iraqi-Kurdish conflict, and Kurdish–Syrian conflict, Kurdish–Iranian conflict is an ongoing long-running, separatist dispute between the Kurdish opposition in Western Iran and the governments of Iran since 1918.
The proclamation issued by Iranian government which declared Kurdistan as a non-safe economic zone, caused lack of financial investment and unemployment in the region. As a result, for people living in Kurdistan, there is no other way than smuggling to earn a living.
Momentography of a failure [Kurdistan] tries to depict geo economical aspect of the ongoing conflict in the Kurdish region of Iran. In the last years, Zagros Mountains has witnessed the increasing number of workers (Couriers) shot, arrested or blackmailed by Iranian border guards. Despite all these risks Thousands of villagers of young and old age risk their lives for approximately $8 dollars for each journey. Couriers make several trips daily, carrying on their backs or on mules goods such as electronics, clothing, cigarettes or illegal items such as alcohol and satellites which is banned in Iran.
© 2018 Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh, 52 Pages, 4 Colors.
The way of dissemination the news during the demos and the its representation has changed dramatically after the mobile telephone cameras and shifted the role of the average citizen as observer to ‘recorder’. The June 2009 election protests in Iran was the birthplace of citizen journalism. Later on with the Arab spring and occupy wall street the phenomenon became a world wide discourse and it has changed the way of access to news. Citizen photojournalism draws the notion of the individual eye-witness and enables people to understand themselves as participating agents in the making of history.
Momentography of a failure [Tehran]
deals with urban scenes of political resistance in Tehran, such as Revolution street ( Khiaban-e-Enghelabe) and Freedom square (Meydan-e-azadi).
It oscillates between collective and individual memories of a Space or an event with showing multiple camera perspectives: Stills of found footages filmed between 2009-2018 demonstrations, Stills of found footages filmed during 1979 Islamic revolution and stills from films that Authors filmed after 2010.
© 2018 Yashar Sabunchi, Mehrad Amin kazemi, Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh, 116 Pages, 4 Colors.
© 2018 Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh, 28 Pages.