Heja Rahiminia

After Qasem - 2020

Omnipresent images of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who was recently killed by the United States in Iraq. Posters and murals by which the government intends to stifle our cities. The government tells us that Qassem Soleimani, who gunned down protesters during the November demonstrations, is the guarantor of the security and peace of the Iranian people and has now been martyred on the way to his homeland, while the city walls and the situation of the people are a sign of instability and insecurity. The city is full of poverty. The people are, however, so preoccupied and worried about their daily life and livelihood, and only in this short-time period have they experienced such great shocks that they usually pass these writings off as an ugly joke. Indeed, from the point of view of the people and this camera, the severe revenge promised by the Revolutionary Guards is taken every day from the people who have to bear the ever-present face of Qassem Soleimani; the government has taken heavy revenge on the people and it continues taking heavy revenge on them. The people must pay the price for the regime's adventures by repression, costs, corruption and missile attacks. This collection of photographs is intended to highlight this contrast. The people standing right next to Soleimani's painted picture are stuck up to their waists in the rubbish for a piece of bread. Photo of Qassem Soleimani directly on the electric platform, which was made in such a way that the girls of the revolution cannot walk on it and yell for freedom, and on one of these platforms someone advertises the sale of his kidney, i.e. part of his body out of poverty. Next to the picture of Haj Qasim, he installs Soleimani and the government and mocks them strangely. On another photo there is a man struggling and drug addicted, showing no sign of life, and over his head is written We are all Qasim Soleimani. An elderly florist who, with a motherly feeling, spreads the image of Soleimani on the floor of the street next to the slogan of death to America so that she may take bread home at the corner of Enghelab Street, in one of the richest countries in the region and the world. He and others like him and his age and other photos, each of them having their own story to tell. The fierce revenge they have promised is incredibly hard to take from people every day.