Women, Art, Freedom

Artists and Street Politics in Iran

Pamela Karimi

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Artists' vital role in shaping nonviolent resistance in Iran

Women, Art, Freedom offers an insightful look at the 2022 Woman, Life, Freedom uprising in Iran, ignited by Mahsa Jina Amini's murder under the "morality police" for violating hijab rules. Beyond its feminist undertones and the remarkable courage of the young protesters, what sets this uprising apart from previous ones is the abundant and diverse art it has inspired. This book, rather than merely analyzing the artworks that garnered attention on social media platforms, brings to light lesser-known grassroots artistic movements that played a crucial role within their immediate local communities. Engaging with primarily Iran-based artists, the book uncovers the role artists played in shaping guerrilla interventions and street occupations and in articulating distinct forms of peaceful civil disobedience. In addition, by drawing on a broad spectrum of historical and theoretical sources, this book further reveals the origins and inspirations of Iran’s protest art. Finally, focusing mainly on the interconnections between the public sphere, women's bodies, and feminist viewpoints, Women, Art, Freedom underscores the vital role of artists in championing global justice and equality.

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Format: Monograph - ebook

288 pages

Illustrated, full colour

ISBN: 9789461665638

Publication: September 30, 2024

Languages: English

Pamela Karimi is a professor of history of art and architecture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her expertise lies primarily in the art, architecture and visual culture of the modern and contemporary Middle East. She is the author of 'Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era' and 'Alternative Iran: Contemporary Art and Critical Spatial Practice'.