Claudia Borgia


Iran 2012 - ongoing

Behind the veil, beyond prejudice.
Behind is a project started in 2012 with the aim of discovering a country known for its ancient splendor, but described as one of the most dangerous in the world after the Islamic Revolution, which in March 1979 transformed the country's monarchy into an Islamic Republic: Iran.
The project tells about daily life, the commemoration rites for Imam Hossein (martyr of Ashura), moments of prayer and private parties of
people, religious and non-religious, who seem to travel on parallel tracks. Currently around 65% of the Iranian population is under the age of 25. Born after the Islamic Revolution, many young people do not recognize themselves in those values. Full of desires and hopes, but with an attitude that seems sad and calm, this part of the population lives by pursuing their dreams: to love, sing, dance, write, parade and travel the world.
Today, after 36 years of closure, hatred, induced fear and sanctions that have effectively impoverished the middle class, Iran is recognized as the balance of global geopolitics. The US has begun to dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran up to opening the nuclear deal. The symbology of this agreement, however, is perhaps stronger than the practical consequences that it can generate and this is the first Iranians know: young people who dream, for example, of traveling the world or studying abroad but who continue to be unable to do so. allow because inflation, caused by sanctions, quadruples any cost. Furthermore, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader, is in fact a conservative and does not want the opening on nuclear power to create expectations in terms of political and cultural freedom.
On the other hand, young people who live according to the dictates of the Koran find happiness in Allah, in the devotion that will lead them to heaven, in family and in love. Young religious women, in particular, believe in the importance of re-reading the Koran and find equality in it, unlike a patriarchal interpretation that places them in a position of subordination. Perhaps the pursuit of happiness unites them all. Certainly the Iranians are welcoming and everyone is worried about the consequences that bad propaganda has on their image.

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