Embroidery on polyester velvet
This velvet banners are inspired by the flags displayed in Iran during annual Ashura festivities, when the Shiite population mourns the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. Iman Raad works with craftspeople in the city of Mashhad, who adopt and transform his drawings into decorated embroidered banners that celebrate and mourn life and death in all its form. Raad’s practice is informed by a belief in the central role of vernacular art forms to the wider history of art.
Image courtesy QAGOMA
Photos by Natasha Harth, C. Callistemon, and B. Wagner