Not quite the royal treatment: Queen’s birthday mocked in Tehran exhibition

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An exhibition of satirical cartoons opened in Tehran on Tuesday, ridiculing a British Embassy event in held in Iran in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.

Director of Hozeh Honari Visual Arts Centre Kourosh Zarei explained that the title, ‘Keep Calm, I am the Queen,’ was a “reaction of revolutionary cartoonists towards the ceremony,” which charged guests £ 2500 pounds (US$3182) to attend. He accused the British embassy of perpetuating colonialist attitudes in the region.

Summarising the sentiments of the exhibition, Zarei asked “she’s not our Queen – so why would they want to hold this ceremony here with Iranians’ money? Hold it in your own country and pay for it with your own money.”

Artworks included a less-than-flattering depiction of the Queen entering a missile containing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump, as well as the Union Jack with devil’s pitchforks and fox tails hidden behind it – symbolising the “old fox” of Britain.

The exhibition will run until June 26.

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