CounterCurrent Festival presents 79.89.09
CounterCurrent Festival presents 79.89.09, an investigation around the convergences of Poland and Iran’s economic, cultural and political histories through such disparate elements as the monobrow, modernity, citizen diplomacy, and the Beach Boys.
This unique presentation takes on the two major geopolitical narratives of the 20th and 21st century - Communism and political Islam - through the lens of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and Poland’s Solidarnośc (Solidarity) movement in the 1980s. The Iranian Revolution triggered revolutionary Islam - advancing a metaphysical agenda, the success of which can only be measured in the afterlife. Yet in establishing the “look” of its theocratic regime, Iran has borrowed much of its visual propaganda from the anti-religious Russian Revolution: giant murals of Khomeini akin to Stalin, martyrs idolized like Soviet laborers.