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Keshmirshekan, Hamid (2023) 'History Haunting the Present: Re-Interpreting the Truth in Contemporary Art of Iran.' Arts, 12 (2). p. 45.

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Abstract

This article examines the notions of history and memory with references to the works of contemporary artists from Iran. It interrogates the theme of challenging the present through the re-interpretation of history and investigates how artists respond to social, cultural and political conditions by creating a multi-faceted aesthetics of resistance. While looking at the broader subject of history and memory in contemporary Iran, the article scrutinises the works of artists who have been involved in themes such as the embodiment of cultural memory, concern for truth, historical record and intellectual reference to history to reflect the present. I adopt a hauntological interpretation when reading works of artists as it corresponds to their recurring references to the past to invoke an unsettling view of an imagined future.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: history; traumatic memory; contemporary art; cultural resistance; hauntology; participant history; Iranian political system
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre for Iranian Studies
ISSN: 20760752
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.3390/arts12020045
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2023 17:09
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/39066

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