The Question of Identity vis-à-vis Exoticism in Contemporary Iranian Art

  title={The Question of Identity vis-{\`a}-vis Exoticism in Contemporary Iranian Art},
  author={Hamid Keshmirshekan},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={489 - 512}
This essay explores two primary concerns in the art and artistic practice of contemporary Iran, namely “identity” (i.e. local, historical, imagined and collective identity and also self-identity) and “exoticism” (which appears inevitably related to the first), both of which (identity and exoticism) involve challenges relating to the “self” and “other” and the issue of “expectation”. It suggests that these issues see broader contextual socio-political parallels. The first apprehension relates to… 

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