June 15, 2009

The Post-Election Campaign

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With the crisis in Iran playing out as much on the international media stage, Iran has entered what could be called the “post-election” campaign.   

In that regard, one mission of the reformers — here, with a hat-tip to Warhol and Fairey, perhaps — is to re-introduce Mousavi as the most iconic and contemporary figure possible.

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In this instance, the green bow identified with Mr. Mousavi’s candidacy is blown up to enormous size and passed around the huge crowd demonstrating in Tehran. The scale elevates the symbol, usually worn on the wrist, to something the entire country might try on.

(updated 10 pm EST)


(update 4pm EST – June 16) A screen grab from a Tehran street demonstration today (via BBC). Proposing a rightful place.

(image: Behrouz Mehri -AFP/Getty Images. caption: Iranian opposition demonstrators carry portraits of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tehran on June 15, 2009. Opposition supporters defied a ban to stage a mass rally in Tehran in protest at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s landslide election win, as Iran faced a growing international backlash over the validity of the election and the subsequent crackdown on opposition protests. image 2: credit: The New York Times. from the slideshow: Opposition Defies Protest Ban in Tehran.)

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