Iran “Faith is a tool of control for the powerful and intimate shelter for enlightened souls”

 

Photographer Ciro Battiloro is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  From his project ‘Iran. Life, Death and Prayer’To see Ciro’s body of work click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

In Iran, life, death and prayer are interconnected and define the time and space of everyday life.
Public life is a reaction to moral strictness, imposed by the State, while the private sphere represents the natural attitude of the Persian character.

 

"...vodka (from Turkmenistan), drunk in great secrecy, smells of freedom."

 

In some way, life splits into fiction and authenticity: once you step through the doorway, everything can change… gravity becomes warmth and irony, tears become smiles, and a sip of vodka (from Turkmenistan), drunk in great secrecy, smells of freedom.

Faith is everywhere, its mark is sewn into this country’s flag. Faith is pathos and pain, and at the same time an obvious mise en scène. Faith is a tool of control for the powerful and intimate shelter for enlightened souls.

 

"The goal of censorship is to entrap people in a state of infancy without allowing them to grow up, forgetting, however, that infancy carries an energy which is difficult to contain."

 

The only music that’s allowed in Iran is the bitter moaning of crying: crying for the martyrdom of Karbalā’, for the victims that the war against Iraq delivered to every family, crying because suffering  is imposed as the only way towards purification. The goal of censorship is to entrap people in a state of infancy without allowing them to grow up, forgetting, however, that infancy carries an energy which is difficult to contain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Ciro Battiloro

 

 

 

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