MARDOMI-NEJAD VS. THE GREENS
Iran’s Political Struggle Captured in Election Posters
By Arang Keshavarzian (Associate Professor, MEIS) and Greta Scharnweber (Associate Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center)
Iran’s hotly contested 2009 presidential elections and its tumultuous aftermath have been a source for numerous op-eds, policy speeches, and activist events from Tehran to New York and everywhere in between. The mass protests and violence that followed the announcement of Ahmadinejad’ s victory overtook the several weeks of campaigning that preceded the June 12 elections that brought 85% of the electorate to the ballot boxes. One of the vehicles for expressing the platforms of the candidates as well as inspiring voters were the colorful and ever-present election posters. While previous elections also included banners and posters as means for citizens to demonstrate their political views and candidates to disseminate their messages, Iran’s 10th presidential election saw an increase in significance and volume of visual and symbolic methods. Moreover, these posters hearken back to core themes or symbols of the Islamic revolution while also foreshadowing the deep cleavages exposed in the election and the conflicts in its aftermath.