Dear 1979, Meet 1989

79.89.09 looks at two key modern moments – the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and Poland’s Solidarnosc movement in the 1980s – as a narrative strategy to read the recent past. Standing squarely as bookends to the two major geopolitical narratives of the last and current century – the communist project in the 20th and revolutionary Islam in the 21st – these two moments are explored through a print edition, an archive, a mirror mosaic, contributions to two consecutive issues of 032c, and a lecture touching on themes as disparate as monobrows, monotheism, The Beach Boys, and apostasy.

The lecture has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Triumph Gallery, Moscow; opening lecture of the 2009-2010 Studium Generale at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; Zurich’s Corner College; the Bruce High Quality Foundation University’s Edifying series, New York; Nordic Embassies, Berlin; SPACE Studios, London; Belleville Biennale, Paris; ARGOS centre for art and media, Brussels; 10th Sharjah Biennial and NAK, Aachen.

For ARGOS’ Salon5 one day event, we invited Agata Jastrzabek to tell us about Sarmatism, Ryszard Antolak to speak about Wojtek the bear and the Polish refugees in Iran during World War II and screened Khosrow Sinai’s ’Lost Requiem’ followed by tasting of Persian and Polish delights.

Read Tehran 1979: Paper, Participation, Politics contribution to 032c.
Read Poland 1989: In Praise of the Normal, Methodical and Slow contribution to 032c.
The publication 79.89.09 covers several topics discussed in the lecture.

Photo credits: 1st and 2nd photo by Kolya Zverkov, 11th by Maria Stauber,14th, 15th and 16th by Sven Goyvaerts.

Between 79.89.09
A limited edition print, Between 79.89.09 portrays a dervish’s exasperation at having to choose between East and West. The cover slip features a photograph of a Qaderi Kurdish dervish by Kaveh Golestan.
Screenprint with hand-written word unique to each edition. Offset print on slip case. 26 x 26 cm. Edition of 100. Signed and numbered.
"Tehran 1979: Paper, Participation, Politics".
The first installment: a photo-essay on Iran 1979 for 032c (issue 17).
"Poland 1989: In Praise of the Normal, Methodical and Slow".
The second installment: a photo-essay on Poland’s Solidarnosc for 032c (issue 18).
Part of Passion of an Ornithologist curated by Adam Budak at BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz.
Dear 1979, Meet 1989 as a part of Przyjaźń Narodów: Lahestan Nesfeh-Jahan at Gdańska Galeria Miejska.
The publication 79.89.09 covers several topics discussed in the lecture.

Afteur Pasteur

Towarzystwo Szubrawców

Qit Qat Qlub


Mirrors for Princes (Book)

Mirrors for Princes (Show)

Love Letters

Ezan Çılgıŋŋŋŋŋları

The Naughty Nasals (Show)

Naughty Nasals (Book)


Tranny Tease (pour Marcel)


Kitab Kebab

Long Legged Linguistics

Friendship of Nations (Book)


Never Give Up The Fruit

Molla Nasreddin the antimodern

Khhhhhhh (Show)

Khhhhhhh (Book)

Reverse Joy

Régions d’être

Not Moscow, Not Mecca (Show)

Not Moscow, Not Mecca (Book)


Mystical Protest


The Age of the Antimodern

Molla Nasreddin

Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz

Dear 1979, Meet 1989

79.89.09 (Publication)

A Monobrow Manifesto

When in Rome

Love Me, Love Me Not (Installations)

Love Me, Love Me Not (Book)

Idź na Wschód!

Hymns of No Resistance

Resist Resisting God

Kidnapping Mountains (Show)

Kidnapping Mountains (Book)

Rebuilding the Pantheon

A Thirteenth Month Against Time (Book)


Drafting Defeat: 10th century Roadmaps, 21st century Disasters