Title: There are No Homosexuals in Iran
Author: Laurence Rasti
Publisher: Edition Patrick Frey
Screenprinted Hard Cover
800 Copies, 2 editions
Part of the selection «The Best Photo Books of 2017» of the New York Times Magazine
Speaking at Columbia University on September 24, 2007, Iranian president at the time Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proclaimed: “In Iran, we do not have homosexuals like in your country.” In Denizli, a town in Turkey, hundreds of gay Iranians are stuck in a transit zone, their lives on hold, hoping against hope to be welcomed into a host country someday where they can start afresh and come out of the closet. Set in this state of limbo, where anonymity is the best protection, my photographs explore the sensitive concepts of identity and gender and seek to restore to each of these men the face their country stole from them.