Behnam Sadighi’s ongoing series The Last Day looks at the immigration of Iranian youths to distant countries, aspiring to find a better situation and lead a successful life. They leave their own country, not to experience new things, but as a form of evacuation, like those who are flood-stricken and forced to seek refuge in a foreign land. This is a daily experience, visiting young students who are desperately trying to leave their country; some wishing to pursue their educational goals and others seeking permanent residency abroad. This project presents their last portraits, taken before they leave their motherland, as a memory for them to hold of a land that they may never see again.
Images and text courtesy of the artist.
Behnam Sadighi, “The Last Day, 2010–” in mohit.art NOTES #6 (October 2023); published on www.mohit.art, September 14, 2023.