Amirali Ghasemi, from the series 'Party'

Amirali Ghasemi, from the series 'Party'

Amirali Ghasemi
Born Tehran, Iran, 1980. Lives Tehran
From the series 'Party'
2005
Digital c-print
Museum no. E.355-2010
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

Amirali Ghasemi studied Graphic Design at Azad University, Tehran and in 1998 founded Parkingallery, an independent project space, art collective and graphic design studio. In 2002 he launched Parkingallery.com, an online platform for Iranian artists.

In the series 'Party', 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.