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The Loss of Our Identity #1 (Boy)

Sadegh Tirafkan

Arts of the Islamic World

On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
Sadegh Tirafkan explores the layering of traditional and modern Iranian culture and the conflicts between Iranian and western culture in his photographs, collages, and video installations. In this photograph, the first portrait in a series entitled The Loss of Our Identity, the artist presents the viewer with a portrait of an Iranian youth in a white T-shirt with headphones, both attributes of western culture. His eyes, however, are hidden beneath a superimposed “curtain” created from a reproduction of a battle scene illustrated in a Qajar period Persian lithographed book. The image seems to question the deterioration of traditional Iranian culture in the face of an increasingly superficial world driven by new media.
MEDIUM Chromogenic photograph
DATES 2007
DIMENSIONS 43 x 35 in. (109.2 x 88.9 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1913-1914, Museum Collection Fund, by exchange
PROVENANCE 2008, purchased from Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY by the Brooklyn Museum.
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MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
CAPTION Sadegh Tirafkan (Iranian, 1965–2013). The Loss of Our Identity #1 (Boy), 2007. Chromogenic photograph, 43 x 35 in. (109.2 x 88.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1913-1914, Museum Collection Fund, by exchange, 2008.51. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008.51_PS6.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 5/6
IMAGE overall, 2008.51_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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