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Aamookhtan Baraye Zistan

by Sohrab



Amookhtan Baraye Zistan (in parsi = learning for living) is a tribute to Maxim Gorky and the photo I have taken from cover of an old Persian publication of the Gorky book "My Childhood". this rare copy of the book I have found in Shafagh public library,Teheran.

Sohrab was born in Tehran in 1984. He was seven when the Iran-Iraq war ended. His name, from an old poem called 'Shahname', means 'rouge water', which can also mean 'blood'. He started a punk band with his brother and a friend, which lasted about two years before splitting. Sohrab was totally isolated in Iran, with little or no connection to what is happening there. Sohrab is, like so many, displaced within his own country and occupies a similar internal cultural isolation. This is suggested by Jon Wozencroft's imagery and artwork; looking in through shattered glass and an air of menace underneath the surface.


released January 19, 2013


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