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Museum of Patriotism


Museum of Patriotism It is customary of governments and states almost all over the world, to take advantage of all possible means to evoke public emotions towards the motherland in order to keep the society and country together united. Encouragement of nationalist and patriotic feelings has always been a powerful means for governments to defend their power, borders, values and probably their people. Each country’s flag is usually the easiest, cheapest and the most superficial means at hand to hook the country’s unity on. For people in any country, their flag could serve as an indication of independence, national self-esteem, and love for motherland. The flag: a means to remind people of both the ideals and ends unfulfilled and sometimes another excuse to encourage the rebuilding and development of a ruined land. This colorful piece of cloth is supposed to carry with it all the dreams, ambitions, hopes and wishes of a nation. We are supposed to stare at it and remember all the sacrifices and courageous acts of the nation throughout its history. For this reason alone is the flag reproduced and depicted in various sizes and colors on different objects. The flag is installed in streets, squares, roads and any possible place in a country. It is exhibited in public spaces for people to be reminded of where they live and which values they should esteem. On the one hand, there is an ever-growing endeavor for exhibiting the unified collective identity and on the other the society is eager to hang on to some symbol. Both of these turn the city into a Museum of Patriotism. A Museum with an ever-free entrance for the public. However… under the cover of development, cities are actually changing every other moment. Time does change everything. People can now really witness city views changing from one day to the next: the vivid picture today, is the pale picture of tomorrow. Even things are displaced. New layers are added to cities leading to a metamorphosis: one can observe ever new arrangements and juxtapositions of metal, stone and ornaments. As a consequence of such transformations, concepts mingle and produce new meanings which are sometimes even contradictory. Words, signs, names, numbers and etc….they come and go, fitting themselves into a flat perspective within our frame. The city is always shedding skin but it never abandons the old one completely; rather, each new layer emerges on top of the previous one, blends into the old ones; layers are born on one another and die in the same way. This is a common disease of cities. This is a compensation paid in silence by the citizens. The city is besieged with this imposed lunacy and its identity is given to it in the abyss between two ruins. Now, to distinguish between mirage and an ideal image if not impossible, is an extremely difficult task. The heritage of past generations turns into a mended trust for the future. Hoofar Haghighi – summer 2017

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Arya Abolhasani

Farzaneh Ghadyanloo

Mahshad Mohajer

Hoofar Haghighi