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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Surveillance
  • Description

    Black and white photograph set in Iran with groups of staged figures placed against a background of demonstrators. Lightjet print, AP2.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1990
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 51.5 centimetres
    • Length: 152.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This work uses three periods of the contemporary history of Iran to indicate both the role of the West and the clergy in Iranian politics.
    Tableau left:.1953. Represents the coup, backed by Britain and America against the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh (1882-1967). The two figures in front represent British and Americans (indicated by British and American flags in the form of handkerchiefs in their pockets).
    Tableau centre: 1982. Represents the early years of the Iran and Iraq war (1980-1988) and the full establishment of Ayatollah Khomeini (1902-1989).
    Tableau right: 1979. Represents the Iranian revolution.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2016-17 26 Nov – 2 Apr, London, BM, G34, Iranian Voices

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  • Department

    Middle East

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