KAVEH GOLESTAN AT THE TATE MODERN

 

This series of portraits taken in the 1970's documents sex workers from the former red light district in Tehran, Iran. It gives a fascinating and slightly harrowing insight in to the inner-city ghetto where approximately 1,500 women lived and worked. During the Iranian revolution of 1979 the area was deliberately set alight. The authorities made no attempt to put out the fire and there are no records of how many women were killed. Under the newly formed Islamic Republic, the area was demolished in an act of cultural cleansing’ and today bears no reference to its past. Golestan’s images are among the last known records of the women of Shahr-e No.