Pujan Shakupa depicts his home country of Iran in a silent standstill in the series entitled Waiting for Mahdi. Having moved to Germany at a young age, Shakupa now frequently returns to Iran, documenting private moments and settings. Through Shakupa’s lens, Iranian culture is characterised by a disconnection between interiors and exteriors, as well as by a tendency towards melancholy. His images, which may seem staged, suggest an ambivalence often perceived in Iran’s culture and politics. Waiting for Mahdi sheds lights on the contradictions of a nation whose predominantly young population comes into conflict with an oppressive dictatorship.
To learn more about Pujan Shakupa and his project, read our interview with him.