Expo/ Polish refugees in Isfahan

Two exhibitions, which will be organized in Tehran and Isfahan during October and November, will premiere a collection of photos of the Polish people who took refuge in the central Iranian city of Isfahan from the atrocities of the Soviets’ labor camps during World War II.

Watch the related photo series HERE.

This unique collection, which has never been presented or published before, has been prepared from the negatives discovered in the studio of Abolqasem Jala in Isfahan half a century after WWII by Parisa Damandan, a photographer and art historian who will curate the exhibitions, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute that is one of the organizers of the showcases announced in a press release.

The exhibitions titled “Lahestaniha [Poles], the Children of Isfahan Back in Iran after 75 Years” have been organized to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Polish refugees in Iran.

White Gallery at Tehran’s Sadabad Palace will host the exhibition from October 6 to 31. The exhibition will then open at the Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art on October 10 and will run through November 23.

The collection comprises photos depicting the Polish refugees in groups and singles in their daily life. Part of the collection also includes the portraits of the Poles Jala had taken at his atelier.

“After years spent in the steppes of Kazakhstan, the deserts of Turkmenistan and the taigas of Siberia, these Polish orphans found themselves in a fairy-tale oasis; Isfahan was like a paradise to them.”

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, an affiliate of Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, will organize the exhibitions with support from PGNiG, a Polish state-controlled oil and gas company, and the Embassy of Poland in Tehran.

Photo: A woman and two boys from the Polish people, which fled to the central Iranian city of Isfahan during WWII, pose in a photo by Iranian photographer Abolqasem Jala.

Watch the related photo series HERE.

Source: Tehran Times

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