October 23, 2013

“Iran: Art and Discourse”

University of Pennsylvania
Barbad Golshiri, The Distribution of the Sacred System, 2010. Courtesy the artist.

The symposium examines political economies of contemporary art within Iran and abroad—its production and distribution, the mechanisms of circulation in Iran and the United States, and how ideologies and their attendant policies shape transfer of knowledge and praxis from one context to another.


Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Melissa Chiu, Director of Asia Society; Monroe Price, Director of Center for Global Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; and Sandra Skurvida, Symposium’s Convener

Keynote: Hamid Keshmirshekan (Tehran), “Art Practice and Dissemination in Contemporary Iran: Discourses and Mechanisms”


Panel on the Discursive Text:

Shiva Balaghi (Brown University), “Exhibiting the West in Iran and Iran in the West”
Babak Elahi (Rochester Institute of Technology), “The Critic as Activist: Cultural Commentary in Iran’s Digital Transnational Aesthetic Sphere”
Sohrab Mahdavi (Tehran Avenue), “Artistic Statement: An Instrument to Get Closer or Become Ethereal”


Panel on the Curatorial:

Fereshteh Daftari (Guest Curator, Iran Modern, Asia Society, New York City), “Introducing Modern and Contemporary Art by Iranian Artists: A Curatorial Report”
Azar Mahmoudian (independent curator, Tehran), “Politics of Display: Reflections on International Exhibitions of Iranian Art”
Anna Vanzan (University of Milan), “Posht-e Pardeh, Behind the Painting: Women Gallerists in Contemporary Iran”


Panel on Art Praxis:

Roxanne Varzi (University of California, Irvine), “Facing the Future: The Artistic and Diasporic Afterlife of the Iran-Iraq War”
Slavs and Tatars (Artists Collective, Eurasia), “The Transliterative Tease”
Sohrab Kashani (Artist and Producer, Tehran), “Alternative(s) in Tehran: Art Space and Practices”

Endnote: Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)

Admission to the event is free. To reserve seats, please rsvp to [email protected]

The print edition of the poster image by Barbad Golshiri is available in exchange for a contribution to Reporters Without Borders, as part of the exhibition SubRosa: The Language of Resistance at Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa. To acquire a print, please contact USFCAM curator Noel Smith, [email protected].

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