There Are No Homosexuals in Iran

2014 — 2016

September 24, 2007 at Columbia University, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “In Iran, we do not have homosexuals like in your country.”

While today some Occidental countries accept gays and lesbians marriages, in Iran, homosexuality is still punishable by death. This sanction prohibits homosexuals to live their sexuality. Their only options are to choose transsexuality, practice tolerated by law but considered as pathological or to flee.

In Denizli, a city in Turkey, hundreds of gay refugees Iranian transit: they put their lives on pause waiting to join one day, a host country where they can freely live their sexualities. In this context of uncertainty where anonymity is the best protection, this work questions the fragile identity and gender concepts. It tries to give back to those people a face that their country has temporarily stolen.

Edition Patrick Frey, N° 238,
First Edition 2017, Second Edition 2018

Artist: Laurence Rasti
Designer: Laurence Rasti, Neo Neo

Hardcover, 156 Pages, 53 Images, 19 × 25 cm
ISBN: 978-3-906803-38-8
English / Farsi