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The Loss of Our Identity #1 (Boy)

Sadegh Tirafkan

Arts of the Islamic World

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.

Tirafkan belongs to a group of contemporary Muslim artists whose work is increasingly sought by collectors and museums in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. The Brooklyn Museum is proud to present this work as the first contemporary addition to its Arts of the Islamic World collection.
MEDIUM Chromogenic photograph
DATES 2007
DIMENSIONS 43 x 35 in. (109.2 x 88.9 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2008.51
EDITION Edition: 5/6
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1913-1914, Museum Collection Fund, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Sadegh Tirafkan
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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. © Sadegh Tirafkan
IMAGE overall, 2008.51_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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