Tehran exhibit honors martyred Iranian divers

November 2, 2018

TEHRAN -- A joint exhibition of paintings and sculptures commemorating the names and memoirs of martyred Iranian divers has opened in Tehran’s Shalman Gallery.

A selection of seven sculptures by Peyman Tahmasbi Arashlu and 20 paintings by Bujan Rahimi has been put on view in the exhibit named “The Fish Never Die”.

175 Iranian divers were buried alive in scattered mass graves in Iraq during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

The skeletons of the divers were unearthed by an excavation team in early June, 2015 by an excavation team led by Brigadier General Mir Feisal Baqerzadeh. Most of the skeletons were discovered handcuffed with wire with no sign of execution on their bodies.

The divers were members of a shock troop squad, which crossed the Arvand River to overrun Umm al Rassas, a nearby island on the Shatt-al-Arab waterway, during the Operation Karbala-4 on December 25, 1986. However, they were captured by Iraqi forces.

Tahmasbi says that his sculptures are shaped in the form of fish to depict the love towards the martyrs and show the hate of the violence that has caused the death of the fish.

The works are designed in a way to remind visitors that the martyrs are like the fish that will never die and are alive all throughout time, Tahmasbi has said.

The joint exhibit that opened on Friday will be running until Wednesday at the gallery located at 27 Kavusi Alley, West Rudbar St., off Mirdamad Blvd.

Photo: A poster for “The Fish Never Die” exhibit in Tehran’s Shalman Gallery.


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