Italian photographer hold Ashura photo exhibition in Rome

photographer in RomeAn Italian photographer held a photo exhibition of Iran's Ashura mourning ceremonies in Rom. Ms. Claudia Borja who had traveled to Iran last year, during month of Muharram, portrayed parts of Iran's Ashura mourning rituals in this exhibition. "By holding this exhibition I hope to introduce Imam Hussain and the event of Ashra to Italians. I would like people of my country to know the concept of martyrdom in Islam and the many sacrifices that Imam Hussain made for justice and against oppression," Borja said.

"Ashura mourning ceremonies in Iran affected me so much that I cried for Imam Hussain like Iranian mourners," she added, while speaking about her travel to Iran. More than 40 photos are put on display in this exhibition. Claudia Borja: Ashura mourning ceremonies in Iran affected me so much that I cried for Imam Hussain like Iranian mourners.

TEHRAN – Rome’s Antropomorpha Photo Studio is displaying a collection of photos by the Italian photographer in Rome Claudia Borgia on the rituals of Ashura in an exhibition, which opened last Sunday. Borgia journeyed across Iran and Iraq during the mourning season of Muharram in 2012 and 2013 to take the pictures for her collection entitled “Ashura”.

She captured over 5000 photos of people attending the mourning ceremonies in Kashan, Nushabad, Tehran and some other Iranian cities. The mourning rituals are organized annually by Shia Muslims during the first ten days of the lunar month of Muharram each year to commemorate Imam Hussian (AS) and his companions.

Imam Hussein (AS) rose up against the tyranny of the Umayyad dynasty in 680, resulting in the Imam and his companions being martyred on Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram. The exhibit, which runs until May 28, also provides a brief history about Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar year Muharram on which Imam Hussein and his companions were martyred in 680.

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