Ascension

November 29, 2017

I born in Tehran 1985 during the Iran-Iraq war. What I remember from those days is the warning alarm and running to the shelter with my parents and five minutes after that sound of Iraqi Jets and explosion.

I remember my father was smiling and me whenever a bombing attack happens. Also he was trying to calm me down, but deep inside, he was worried and even fearful like all of us.running to the shelter was my first act of survival.

 

 

Most of these aircraft were The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic fighter aircraft. In 1971, the United States sold a group of McDonnell Douglas RF-4 Phantoms to Iran plus 

The Ascension series is a body of work that expresses my childhood memories of war. Growing up in an environment that demonized Western culture while simultaneously using fighter plane technology made in the USA. Western weapons intentionally sold to facilitate a destructive war between two Middle Eastern states. This is one of the paradoxes of Iranian life. A shape American fight jet with Islamic patterns is a metaphor for this paradox. A destructive technology can destroy houses, and school at the same time can protect them. The question is how to own this technology. Those jets that have Iranian flag has no treat on me, but the one without the Iranian flag might bomb us. The problem is ownership and it distinguished by decoration of the object.


 

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