12–1pm: Professor Reina Lewis, The politics of the veil: the politics of representation.
Hengameh Golestan’s photographs of disputes about veiling in Iran provide an indispensable lens through which to consider the politics that surround veiling in all its forms. This paper addresses the politics of representing women’s use/rejection/accommodation of veiling practices in different spatial and historical circumstances. The circumstances in which the documentary and fine art practices of artists such as Golestan can be commodified, commissioned, distributed and consumed are considered in tandem with the circumstances and exigencies that impact on the production and dissemination of academic research about women, veiling, and religiously related dress.
1–2pm: Artist Sandra Schaefer on the Set of 1978ff followed by Q&A with Louise Shelley
The Iranian Revolution in 1978/79 led to the toppling of the Shah regime. Shortly afterwards, the Islamic Republic of Iran was proclaimed. A broad base of leftists and workers, slum dwellers and peasants, members of the middle class—including feminists—and the clergy support the revolution, which was internationally also interpreted as anti-monarchic, anti-imperialist, nationalistic and/or religious.
In the video installation, on the set of 1978ff, I pursue the questions of why at this point in time political Islam played such an important role and why the foundation of the Islamic Republic was advocated by so many people with different political convictions and from different factions. I regard the Iranian Revolution not as a purely national event but expand the view to interconnections, perspectives and modes of reception in the neighboring countries, the Middle East and the Global North.
I reconstruct the Iranian Revolution both exemplarily and fragmentarily as an urban phenomenon based on its representation in film, television and photography. From the perspective of media production and reception, I am engaged along with further participants in a re-reading of the events. The focus is on processes of handing down and of translation into different contexts.
The two-channel installation, on the set of 1978ff, integrates contributions from West and East German television, BBC Persian, Time Magazine, pictures by photographers Hengameh and Kaveh Golestan, excerpts from the documentary Schah Matt by Thomas Giefer and Ulrich Tilgner, as well as sequences on the intellectual Ali Shariati. I interweave the historical material with interview passages, excerpts from staged public debates and text commentaries.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between filmmaker Sandra Schäfer and photographer Hengameh Golestan who was an important counterpart during the making of ‘on the set of 1978ff’. The conversation will be moderated by Louise Shelley.
2.15–3.15pm: Hengameh Golestan in conversation with Azadeh Fatehrad
3.15–4.15: Panel discussion: Professor Reina Lewis, Sandra Schaefer, Hengameh Golestan chaired by Louise Shelley and Azadeh Fatehrad.