Curated by Dr Pedram Khosronejad (Western Sydney University), this exhibition traced the unexplored history of African slaves in Iran during the Qajar dynasty and looked at the unique relationship between photography and slavery in Iran from the 1840s to the 1930s.
23 September - 14 November 2019
Level 5 Main Library
Dr Pedram Khosronejad
The photographs in this exhibition are drawn from government and personal archives throughout Iran, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Photography, Race and Slavery: African Sitters of Qajar Era Iran is the first exhibition organised in Australia that traces the history of Africans enslaved in Iran using photographs of the Qajar (1796-1925) and early Pahlavi periods (1925-1979).
This exhibition was presented as part of the UNSW Library Exhibitions Program and the Silk Roads @ UNSW Research Network Seminar Series in collaboration with the Religion and Society Cluster of Western Sydney University.
See the exhibition catalogue for essays and the list of works featured.
Photography, Race and Slavery: African Sitters of Qajar Era Iran was opened by Professor Timothy O'Leary and Scientia Professor Louise Edwards. Dr Pedram Khosronejad delivered an opening night seminar.
Event was held on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.