The Guardian Interviews Iranian Artists Living and Working Abroad

March 10th, 2016

Shirin Neshat, via The GuardianAn article in The Guardian this week sees a group of Iranian artists living abroad discussing what their national heritage means for their art, both in terms of their own practice, and the expectations that many have for their work’s content as a result, often dealing with subtle demands to acquiesce towards ideological expectations.  “The problem now about working in the US is that you are faced with this duality, with this dilemma,” says artist Nicky Nodjoumi.  “Either you are truly an artist without the notion of being from Iran; but at the same time if you are Iranian you have to show some symbol of identity in order to be accepted in the art scene. Not as a universal artist but as an Iranian artist.”

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