Haerizadeh’s Men Of Allah are influenced by Taaziye, an historic genre of theatre popularised in the Qajar dynasty (1794-1925). The plays often tell stories of the life of Mohammed, and are still performed during the Muharram observances which mourn the martyrdom of the Prophet’s decedents. In these photos Haerizadeh draws upon this religious ritual to stage scenes with the surreal dynamics of computer animation, displacing the sense of time, place, and gravitas, and conceiving the physical elements of theatre as technical illusion.

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