Read about Super Sohrab and how the US/European sanctions on Iran are hurting Iranian art and culture at home and abroad. From Saeed Kamali Dehghan in the Guardian:
"Sanctions have directly affected Iranian artists," Kashani told the Guardian in a phone interview. "There are certain materials artists here can’t find, there are paints they can’t buy and digital equipment they can no longer access."
In the past few years, as the US and its European allies have tightened their grip on Iran, squeezing its economic and international movement, Kashani said several artists have been forced to abandon their work.
Iranian government officials, meanwhile, appear to be able to travel more easily. In September, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, attended a Q&A session in New York held by the Asia Society. “There are sculptors who are unable to work because they can’t find the materials and some have instead turned to video art,” he said.
Monroe Price, the director of Centre for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, said he was disappointed not to have the two important figures attend the conference.
"In our work on information flows in Iran, we continuously search for zones of creativity. Each zone has a specialised interaction between citizen and state, between creativity and control. Each zone has a different relationship between the outside and the in, the diaspora and the home," he said.
"We think it’s important for a larger public to see these processes so they have a more educated sense of Iran as a society, different from the monotone portrayal that usually abounds."
Read the entire piece here.