Short Reviews

on Iranian

Contemporary Art

Artists’ Views

Simin Keramati

It is simplistic to ignore the impact of fear on Iranian contemporary art. A fear resulted from war, repression, a totalitarianism ideology, censorship and so on. The fear which the more you try to ignore, the bolder it becomes.
In the opening chapter of his book “Art and Fear”, Paul Virilio refers to Boudlaire’s phrase: “I am the wound and the knife”. Even though Baudelaire has stated this at the dawn of Industrial modernity, the sentence itself can be exposed to the body of Iranian contemporary art dividing it into two parts. First, when the artist surfs the daily waves of fear that rules our today’s society, to be “stabilized in the global market of art”. And second, when the artist stares into the realm of fear and slaps their honest creation into the face of today’s art history. Consider the first one as the wound and the second one as the knife, or consider it vice versa.
Here, I am talking about the artists and their art; in other words, both sides mentioned above exist in the conscience of each one of our contemporary artists. Yet, one artist resists the first, and the other resists the latter one. An ongoing battle flowing within the cloak of our contemporary art.

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