In Iran there are no homosexuals
“In Iran we do not have homosexuals, as in your country,” then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the United States in 2007. This statement prompted the Swiss photographer with Iranian parents Laurence Rasi to photograph Iranian gay refugees in the Turkish city of Denizli. In poetic images she portrays men and women not as victims of political oppression, but rather documents their current situation. With their lives on pause, having fled from Iran and waiting for the opportunity to live somewhere where they don’t have to hide their sexuality. The result is a penetrating series of partly anonymous portraits about identity and gender.
Laurence Rasti (1990)
Swiss photographer Laurence Rasti, born of Iranian parents, searches for her subjects in her own mixed cultural background. Identity is central to her projects. She was educated at the prestigious art academy ECAL in Lausanne. Her project ‘In Iran there are no Homosexuals’, which is shown at BredaPhoto, has been exhibited worldwide and has been successfully published in book form. She lives and works in Geneva.