Sajjad Arvand

Nationality: Iranian

Freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker. Originally from Shiraz, he was born while his father was fighting on the front lines of the Iran-Iraq war. He now lives and works in Iran.

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Places and objects carry personal memories within them, hidden messages that cannot be ignored. In a way they hold a poetics of emotions and memories. One event in particular, known as “war,” has dominated the Middle East for the past three decades: thirty-five years ago, the conflict between Iran and Iraq triggered events that are etched in the inner-most selves of the survivors, whose memories are preserved in the objects that belonged to those who are no longer with us. Many women, not knowing what happened to their children and husbands, live on in the silent grief that hangs over the homes of those who never came back.

Places and objects carry personal memories within them, hidden messages that cannot be ignored. In a way they hold a poetics of emotions and memories. One event in particular, known as “war,” has dominated the Middle East for the past three decades: thirty-five years ago, the conflict between Iran and Iraq triggered events that are etched in the inner-most selves of the survivors, whose memories are preserved in the objects that belonged to those who are no longer with us. Many women, not knowing what happened to their children and husbands, live on in the silent grief that hangs over the homes of those who never came back.

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