Reading Objects in the Contact Zone
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Helbig, Elahe: Transnational Encounters, in: Troelenberg, Eva-Maria, Schankweiler, Kerstin and Messner, Anna Sophia (Eds.): Reading Objects in the Contact Zone, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Vol. 9). https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.766.c10400

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Published 10.06.2021.


Elahe Helbig

Transnational Encounters

A Photograph of Mozaffar al-Din Mirza from an Italian Mission to Persia

Abstract The photograph of the Persian hereditary prince Mozaffar al-Din Mirza embodies a synthesis of distinct visual spheres interacting with one another in a transnational space of artistic creation. The politi­cally defined objective of Luigi Montabone commissioned to photograph the Italian diplomatic mission to Persia in 1862, the visual politics of the Persian sovereign and their encounter in the social space of the freshly proclaimed crown prince gives rise to a political iconography of power con­solidation and dynastic national identity. Yet, the subsequent reception of the photograph epitomizes the process of meaning construction in hetero­geneous social spaces.

Keywords Luigi Montabone, Qajar Iran, Temporal Semantic, Political Iconography, Transnational Encounter