Foto Exhibition, November 1016, Fatamorgana Gallery, Berlin
One of many reasons the Islamic Revolution in Iran of 1979 was so successful, was the effective use of Propaganda in the Form of radio, graffiti and many more. Even today, revolutionary and post revolutionary propaganda graffitis in full fledged pop colours can be found all over Iran. Some of them have faded away, some of them are being refurbished on a regular basis. Most of them stem from the 8 year Iran/Irak war, with fallen soldiers stylized as Martyrs. As opposed to many other countries where graffiti is an underground artform used as means of protest, usually illegal, the post revolutionary regime has occupied this artform for national propaganda. As opposed to many other countries where you get arrested when you spray Graffity on a public wall, in Iran you will get arrested if you destroy the graffiti the Government sprayed on a public wall.