There Are No Homosexuals In Iran, An Important Series By Laurence Rasti
Laurence Rasti‘s serene documentary series shows the life of queer people in Iran – a community claimed by the former Iranian President as “non-existent”.
“This series of photographs questions the fragile nature of identity and gender concepts.”
At present in Iran, homosexuality is considered a crime punishable by death. Rasti’s series shows people who are marginalized for their sexuality in a subtle way, capturing their intimacy and alienation with tenderness. In the artist statement, the photographers says: “In Denizli, a small town in Turkey, hundreds of Iranian gay refugees have put their lives on pause while waiting to join a host country where they can freely live their sexualities. In this context of uncertainty, where anonymity is the best protection, this series of photographs questions the fragile nature of identity and gender concepts. It tries to give back to these people a face that their country has temporarily stolen.”