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Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Iran's artists urged to depict war
POW Mural
The 'army of artists' urged to portray the war with Iraq
By BBC Monitoring's Tom Mulligan

Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei has called on the country's artists to depict the eight year war against Iraq in all its dimensions - even if it takes 80 years.

In a speech shown on Iranian television, he said that now that the army of soldiers had done its task, it was time for the "army of artists" to do theirs.

The Ayatollah said artists should portray the thousands of events that took place in the war - which lasted from 1980 to 1988 - with a "precise vision" to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

In cities across Iran, wall murals depicting the "martyrs" of the war look down upon the population with messages from religious leaders.

Iranian cleric mural
The human soul must be free of binds to attain a lofty human status and freedom

Khomeyni mural
My dear Khomeini: we will never let down the banner you raised

Martyrs mural
The art of the men of God is martyrdom (Khomeini)

Wall mural
Khomeini looks down on the martyrs of the war

Father mural
My martyred father, no flower smells sweeter than you

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