Ali Mobasser

Stamps of a Revolution | 2017

In 1979, following the Islamic Revolution, many Iranians left their homeland in self and government-imposed exiles. My family also left in that year, settling in the United States. I was three years old.

The letters and packages, which began to arrive from Iran, became our connection to our loved ones and for me, my only physical connection to Iran. Seeing my interest in the stamps that accompanied them, my grandmother taught me how to soak, peel and dry the stamps that arrived. In 1985 I moved to London to live with my father's family but continued collecting until reaching adolescence.

The 107 photographs of stamps issued between 1979 and 1989 (collected between 1984 and 1989) not only present an account of the first ten years following the Islamic Revolution but represent my personal story of a child living in exile.

In 2017 I was invited to Iran to exhibit this series, returning to my country for the first time after thirty-eight years and thus taking the stamps back to their place of issue.

Installation View

Interview with It's Nice That

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