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Photograph - Parties


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Iran (photographed)

  • Date:

    2005 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ghasemi, Amirali, born 1980 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital c-type print

  • Credit Line:

    Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Amirali Ghasemi lives and works in Tehran, where he trained as a graphic designer. The series Parties shows young Iranians socialising in private homes, their faces and other exposed flesh blocked out to protect their identities and also to call attention to the subversive nature of their actions under the current regime. Ghasemi states that depending on their contexts, his works 'are interpreted very differently and associated with subjects such as censorship, women's rights, the hijab, and Islam'.

Physical description

A colour photograph depicting people dancing; their faces and limbs are devoid of detail, the shapes blocked out in white.

Place of Origin

Iran (photographed)


2005 (photographed)


Ghasemi, Amirali, born 1980 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Digital c-type print

Marks and inscriptions

Signed 2/5 2006
Ink, lower right verso


Height: 100 cm paper, Width: 76 cm paper, Height: 102 cm frame, Width: 78.2 cm frame, Depth: 4 cm frame

Descriptive line

Photograph, from the series 'Parties', digital c-type print, by Amirali Ghasemi, Iran, 2005

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Light from the Middle East: New Photography

Labels and date

Ghasemi alters what look like ordinary, spontaneous snapshots by blocking out exposed areas of flesh. By pre-emptively censoring his own images, he protects the identity of individuals photographed at unsanctioned private parties. The work evokes the censorship of imported magazines in Iran, where skirts are lengthened and women’s bodies are covered with strokes of black marker.

(Marta Weiss) [September 2012]


Photographic paper


C-type colour photography; Digital imaging; Photography

Subjects depicted

Dancers; Parties




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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