Ali Mobasser

Stamps of a Revolution | 2017

Following The Islamic Revolution of 1979, my family left Iran, 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. Seeing my interest in the stamps that accompanied the post, my grandmother taught me how to soak, peel and dry the stamps.

I moved to London in 1985 to live with my father's family and continued collecting until reaching my adolescence. I placed the album of stamps on my father’s bookshelf where it would remain for the next twenty-five years. As an artist (and a father) I would rediscover my stamp collection as a testament to my childhood in exile and decided to photograph them in this light.

In 2017 I was invited to Iran to exhibit this series, bringing the stamps back to their land of issue and myself returning after thirty-eight years.

Installation View

Interview with It's Nice That

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