Critical Writing Index

Video Art as a Rising Medium in Iranian Contemporary Art

by Susan Habib and Helia Darabi

Even though the new generation of Iranian artists are facing a variety of financial and political constraints -- limited access to information, scarcity of exhibiting venues and lack of established art markets -- the avant-garde cultural scene in Iran is now more active than ever. According to Habib and Darabi, two Iranian film scholars, the socio-political environment of post-revolutionary Iran is provoking experimental strategies against the mainstream culture, thus leading Iranian culture into an age of the avant-garde revolution. The subversive language of video art includes satire and irony, metaphor and symbolism, personal narration and self disclosure, in order to reflect the cultural and religious paradoxes structuring the contemporary Iranian society.

ITEM 2007.157 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Monologue under the White LightSamira Eskandarfar

MessagesJinoos Taghizadeh

SilenceSimin Keramati

My Video DiariesAmirali Ghasemi

Deepression, 15 knotsRozita Sharafjahan

Clothes for GabrielBehnam Kamrani

Odyssey-i, Masturpiece, What Has Befallen Us, Barbad?Barbad Golshiri

BordersFarshad Fadaian