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    “Before, During, After” is an exhibition of nine large-scale political and social commentary posters that represent the situation surrounding Ira… Read More
    “Before, During, After” is an exhibition of nine large-scale political and social commentary posters that represent the situation surrounding Iran’s tenth presidential election in June 2009. In my posters, I have created a design system that combines expressive typography in English, Farsi, and “Neginese”, a secret language, which I devised when I was thirteen. My goal is to make viewers aware of the social and political situation before, during, and after Iran’s election and to visually express my thoughts and reaction as an expatriate designer. Read Less
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BEFORE, DURING, AFTER, MFA Thesis Exhibition Invitation Poster 
April 8–22, 2011 University Gallery, University of Florida

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER, MFA Thesis Exhibition II 
April 8–22, 2011 University Gallery, University of Florida

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters
 




BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


In this poster, the arrangement of typography reflects and echoes the bouquet of flowers in the photograph, which was taken by Farhad Rajabali, the supporters of Mousavi are united and ready to vote for change.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


In this poster, the fingerprint is used as a symbol of voting in Iran. We mark our fingers to authenticate our votes. The black boxes, which hold the phrases in Farsi and Neginese, were borrowed from Barbara Kruger’s style of designing posters.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


The second series of posters represent the disappointment and repression the supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi felt right after the presidential election. The supporters did not expect to be beaten, arrested, or tortured, just because they had participated in peaceful protests asking for their voices to be heard. 

This poster is most interesting for its dramatic and sad mood. While it takes a great tragedy to cause Iranian men to cry, the photograph shows a Green Protestor covering his face as he cries. The photograph was taken by Farhad Rajabali.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


This poster shows the silhouette of three Green Protestors during the protests, which took place in June 2009. In spite of the simplicity, the images of the hand gestures can still illustrate the defiant.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


This poster was designed in response to the “quiet rally,” by the Green protestors that showed their disapproval of the government’s reaction to the fraudulent election. The photograph of this poster, which was taken by Farhad Rajabali, shows a young protestor whose face has been injured during the protest. He has covered his face with the green cloth in order to hide his identity from Basijis and the Riot Police. He is looking down, but one can feel the disappointment and the sorrow he feels about the situation. As an expressive type treatment, I used parts from the Farsi phrase in order to create barbed wires, which suggest the lack of freedom of speech that the Green Protestors had suffered. The phrases I chose for this poster were all pessimistic, expressing the anger, disappointment and shock that the supporter of Mir-Hossein Mousavi felt right after the presidential election.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


The third series of posters I designed represent the oppression and defeat that the supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi felt after Basijis started killing the innocent protestors. However, influenced by the revolutionary movements in North Africa and the Middle East, in early 2011, I decided to complete the series with positive thinking and a sense of hope that someday the people of Iran will gain the freedom they truly deserve.

The photograph in the poster above, which I captured myself, shows the hand of a young man filled with blood. I took many shots inside and outside the studio with natural and artificial lights in order to get the photograph, which I eventually chose for this poster. The gesture of the hand makes a strong statement; offering proof that although many protestors lost their lives, the movement is still alive and the protestors will bravely stand until they reach the freedom for which they are fighting. The black boxes around the wrist signify the lack of freedom. The wall as the background helps create a sense of texture, distress, and decay, similar to David Carson’s works.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters


This poster was designed for Neda Agha Soltan, a 26 years old woman, who was shot to death in the streets of Tehran during the protests on June 20, 2009. The photograph is a screen shot of the three-minute YouTube video, in which Neda Agha Soltan dies in front of the camera. The photograph of Neda is shocking and disturbing in terms of subject matter and image quality. This poster was dedicated to all the protestors who fought for their rights and lost their lives after the presidential election.

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 
Series of Nine Posters

Following the recent revolutionary activity in the Middle East, including in Iran, I decided to complete the series thinking positively and hoping that the people of Iran will someday gain the freedom they truly deserve. The figure in this poster shows a silhouette of a female protestor, holding her arm in the air, suggesting the power of the protestors and their willingness to fight until they reach victory. The photograph of the crowd contained within the woman’s silhouette was taken by Kian Amani, and represents a scene of the united protestors holding their hands up in the sign of victory.