A Call for Peace
In tumultuous times as now, every step taken is reflective of actions that follow. And taking this responsibility very seriously is an architect, Mohammed Hassan Forouzanfar who raises a white flag across world heritage sites in Iran.
The year 2020 began with tensions escalating between Iran and the United States of America following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Following which Iran vowed to take ‘severe revenge’, to which the US President Donald Trump escalated tensions with a tweet that threatened to target 52 Iranian cultural and historical centers.
It was in response to this tweet, that Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar envisioned ‘peace’, a conceptual project, which follows the architect’s typical style and imagines white flags raised over UNESCO-listed and historic world heritage sites in Iran, highlighting the importance of these irreplaceable buildings and landscapes.
To convey his message, Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has adorned images of iconic architectural sites, such as the intricate Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, with white flags that appear to blow in the wind. making a subtle yet powerful message.
The flags highlight how important elements of a country’s history and culture can be caught in the crossfire between conflicting nations. in essence, ‘peace’ aims to express the significance of these sites and spread the message that losing them would be a tragedy not only to Iran but also for our shared human history.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has taken a stance on January 8, 2020, that, despite Iran launching more than a dozen missile strikes at two sites in Iraq less than 24 hours ago, he was comfortable with calling an end to the hostilities.