Burnt Generation – contemporary Iranian photography

Burnt Generation – contemporary Iranian photography

Burnt Generation was the first of a series of major photography events that Candlestar will produce in the lead up to the opening of the inaugural edition of Photo London.

‘Many commentators have said that some of the most exciting photography in the world today is being made in Iran,’ says Candlestar Director Fariba Farshad, who has curated Burnt Generation, Candlestar’s new exhibition of Iranian Photography. We hope that this exciting exhibition will confirm this view… ‘ Burnt Generation, which was on display at Somerset House from 10 April to 1 June 2014, brought together work by eight contemporary photographers that had rarely been seen outside Iran.  The photographers were Azadeh Akhlaghi; Gohar Dashti; Shadi Ghadirian; Babak Kazemi; Abbas Kowsari; Ali Nadjian/Ramyar Manouchehrzadeh; Newsha Tavakolian and Sadegh Tirafkan. By presenting rarely-seen work by these photographers, Burnt Generation presented an opportunity to move to a place beyond cliché; a moment to forget the stereotypical images of Iran and enter the distinctive personal, cultural histories of these highly original and intellectually engaged image makers.

The exhibition garnered wide spread press interest, both national and global. Please see below for press coverage to date. The Guardian has featured an article about Newsha Tavakolian and her work, read the article online here.  The British Journal of Photography has also written an article about the exhibition which you can also read online. The Financial Times has also reviewed Burnt Generation which you can access here.

You may have access to the exhibition leaflet here: Burnt Generation Leaflet

The works exhibited in Burnt Generation are available for purchase. For further information on the artists and their work, please contact info@candlestar.co.uk.