Burnt Generation is an exhibition of contemporary Iranian photography – most of which has not previously been seen outside Iran. It was first shown at Somerset House in 2014 before embarking on a global tour which continues to this day.
The exhibition seeks to convey the impact of decades of political unrest and social upheaval upon the Iranian people. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to move to a place beyond cliché; a moment to forget the stereotypical images of Iran and enter the world’s of eight highly original and intellectually engaged image makers. Featuring documentary photography, portraiture and fine art photography, Burnt Generation has three central themes: the isolation, loneliness and desolation of youth; the common threads that unite the Nation in spite of everything; and the personal, political and social consequences of war.
Burnt Generation was curated by Fariba Farshad, Director of Candlestar.
“This show provides an insight into the bold, dynamic world of Iranian photography”The Financial Times
“This superb photographic exhibition at Somerset House, Burnt Generation, treats the dark and tragic side of Iranian modern history. Eight of Iran’s most prominent photographers have captured not just the zeitgeist but also more specific perspectives on the events that have shaped Iranian history in recent times. Somerset House’s minimalist, neo-classical setting is the perfect backdrop for this strong show, allowing the images to breathe and speak for themselves”Sotheby’s Online