Parties (Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography)
- Art Funded
- Rose Issa
This is an Art Fund initiative for the British Museum and V&A and the broad aim is to create a world-class capsule collection of major names and emerging talents in photography from the Middle East (whether living in the region or in diaspora), from 1900 to today. The Art Fund has given the two museums grants over £150,000 for the collection and additional support for the tour of the collection. The Parties series shows young Iranians socialising in private homes, their faces and other exposed flesh blocked out to protect their identities and also to call attention to the subversive nature of their actions under the current regime. Ghasemi states that depending on their contexts, his works are interpreted very differently and associated with subjects such as censorship, womens rights, the hijab, and Islam. The vendor has donated a further photograph to the collection through the Art Fund.