[Tæmbr] is a website and printed magazine that offers a platform about art, culture, and visual history of Iran shaped by Iranian women in today’s world.

Tæmbr, pronounced /tamr/ is the IPA phonetic transcription of تمبر, which means postage stamp in Farsi.

Plan and Details
This page is to share a brief and initial concept proposal for a new endeavor by our studio. All images and interiview texts are used for concept review and owned by their respective artists, creators, and writers. Please email us if you’re interested in learning more and partnering with us in making this publication a reality.

Our goal with this publication is to shed light on untold history of Iran. Using print and digital platforms we give voice to the people and events that have not been commemorated by Iran’s official governments. More importantly it focuses on representing women and creating a podium for empowering and inspiring emerging creative minds.

Using this platform, the contributors and editors interrogate Iran’s art and cultural history through art objects and projects by Iranian female artists and creatives in various fields of visual communication, fine arts, creative writing and etc.

[Tæmbr] started following Sara Jamshidi’s graduating project at the Royal College of Art, Project M—telling Iran’s history through its postage stamps from Monarchies and Mullahs to Mardom. The project has been recognized by critics and received a grant from Magic of Persia foundation. Through Project M, Sara explores Iran’s cultural and political history through its official postage stamps.

She was intrigued about stamps as a medium of visual communication not just for mailing parcels and as collectible items, but the rich context around the subjects represented on the stamps. Stamps convey stories and document history. A complete set of stamps of a country should be a sufficient archive to tell the country’s history. This is not the case for Iran. Throughout history, Iran’s governments used stamps to impose an identity on the people inside the country, as well as broadcast it abroad as a collective image.

Stamps are the starting point for [Tæmbr] magazine. They offer a viewfinder or a lens that offer overarching themes for each issue of the magazine, ranging from country’s collective identity, its history, and visual iconography to human rights in today’s world.

[Tæmbr] as a printed magazine and website, offers a platform that gives materiality to each of these abstract subjects by featuring projects and people that interrogate the subjects in various fields.

Each printed issue will be mailed with a set of postage stamps by Iranian Independent Stamp Committee.

Printed Issues
Contents cover a broad range from interviews, non-fiction, fiction, visual essays, campaigns, projects and artworks, and proposed stamps by Independent Iranian Stamp Committee commemorating people and events covered in each issue.

There will we writings, interviews, and featured projects about each theme in the printed magazine, with shorter essays featured more dominantly on the website. Although the main focus is on Iranian women contributors include experts from on related subjects from any nationality and gender.

We are planning for only four volumes for the printed magazine, taking an audience with prominent Iranian figures and exploring the extents of each subject, giving the guest more of an ediotrial role instead of merely interviewing them.

The over-arching themes for the printed magazine include collective identity, Iran’s history, visual iconography of Iran and women and human rights. 

The images used here are merely for proposal of the concept for the publication and their rights are held by respective artists and photographers.