(Persia Digest) – “Omid” is the name of the photography exhibition by German artists Arash Zandieh and Shirin Abedi who are both of Iranian origin. The expo has just opened at the University of Göttingen in Germany.

Arash Zandieh and Shirin Abedi have both been brought up in Germany. They traveled to Iran separately as adults to get to know the land of their parents. In the exhibition called Omid or Hope, they have showcased portraits of Iranians and everyday scenes to the public.

Arash traveled to Iran following a serious accident and losing his job. On his trip, he realized that most Iranians welcomed him with open arms and were very hospitable and hopeful despite all their financial difficulties. Remembering, Arash says: “One night, I had traveled to a village near Tehran. An old lady invited me to her home made of wattle and daube. She received me generously and allowed me to stay the night.” Her portrait with a smiling face wearing a flowery scarf is on show at the exhibition.

Images of children are also seen here. For instance, a photo of a little vendor girl and her younger sister hangs on one of the walls.

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Shirin Abedi’s works are also featured here. Shirin traveled to Iran at the age of 20 and spent a year there working as a journalist. She gained valuable experiences during her time there. She shot the everyday lives of people and developed these in small size prints. In one of the images, children are seen sleeping next to one another; another image shows a girl’s graduation ceremony. A wedding photo can be seen in another frame.

The Omid exhibition will run until 27 June 2019 at the University of Göttingen. It is open to the public.

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