Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspůricos
Universidad Icesi Cali
This photographic series by German-Iranian Mahdi Ehsaei (b. 1989) shows a side of Iran, which is widely unknown even to Iranians: a minority of people who influenced the culture of a whole region by continuing their African heritage with their clothing style, their music, their dance and their oral traditions and rituals. Ehsaei set out to the Hormozgan Province in the Persian Gulf to shed some light on this part of Iran, which is home to the descendants of enslaved people and traders from Africa. The traditional and historical region with one of Iranís most ethnically diverse populations is framed with unique landscapes. In his book Ehsaei shows fascinating portraits which are not typical for the common picture of Iran. Afro-Iran reveals details documenting a centuries-long history of a community, which is often overlooked in Iranís history but which has even shaped the culture in Southern Iran.
Authors: Joobin Bekhrad, Mahdi Ehsaei, Nahid Mozaffari
Artists: Mahdi Ehsaei
Designed by Kehrer Design
23 x 28 cm
46 color ills.