This object is currently on display in room 302 as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions. See our image rights statement.

 

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

1979

  • Work on this object began.

2019

2020

Photograph, Untitled, from the series Witness '79, 1979

This is a Photograph. It was photographed by Hengameh Golestan.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

It is dated 1979. Its medium is digital print on paper. It is a part of the department.


Hengameh Golestan started photographing the day-to-day lives of women and children in her native Tehran as a teenager, but during the 1979 revolution she transitioned to documenting her country’s unrest. She captured these images “as documents of demonstrations of women against . . . the compulsory veiling of women . . . in all public spaces.” These protests continued for several days and attracted hundreds of thousands of women. The images have attracted renewed attention in the wake of current protests against the mandatory covering of women in Iran.

It is credited Courtesy of Hengameh Golestan and Archaeology of the Final Decade.

Its dimensions are

Frame H x W: 47.9 × 63.2 cm (18 7/8 × 24 7/8 in.)

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