Iran: Art and Discourse

One-day symposium on the production and distribution of visual art in Iran

October 26, 2013, 10AM – 6PM

725 Park Avenue, New York

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

Convened by curator and scholar Sandra Skurvida, the symposium features a keynote lecture by Tehran-based art historian and editor Hamid Keshmirshekan; “Art Practice and Dissemination in Contemporary Iran: Discourses and Mechanisms,” followed by three topical panel discussions:

On the discursive and the production and exchange of knowledge via text and media channels, with contributions by U.S.-based academics Shiva Balaghi (Brown University) and Babak Elahi (RIT), and Tehran-based writer and editor Sohrab Mahdavi.

On the curatorial strategies and institutional polices concerning contemporary art in Iran and the U.S., featuring presentations by New York-based curator (co-curator of Iran Modern) Fereshteh Daftari, independent curator from Tehran Azar Mahmoudian, and researcher from Venice Anna Vanzan.

On the artistic praxis and its implications in societies, featuring contributions by artist and producer from Tehran Sohrab Kashani, the transnational artists’ collective Slavs and Tatars, and anthropologist and media theorist Roxanne Varzi (University of California, Irvine), as well as the artwork by Tehran-based artist and writer Barbad Golshiri.

Copresented by Asia Society and the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

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