C+ Issue Launch

What Is to Be Done چه باید کرد: Censorship and Transformative Art
May 1, 2012
ICI Curatorial Hub

This program is presented by ArteEast in collaboration with Independent Curators International

The removal of work at the 2011 Sharjah Biennial was met with outrage and indignation amongst the arts community in the Middle East and beyond but often ignored the sensitive cultural context in which the work was situated. One year after these events, the Spring 2012 issue of ArteZine considers censorship in Iran as a signal of change rather than simply a method of suppressing art. In the context of potential transformation in the Middle East and beyond, C+ (guest edited by Sandra Skurvida) invites readers to view censorship through the transformative possibilities for art in restricted environments and includes contributions by Media Farzin, Barbad Golshiri, Sohrab Kashani, Sohrab Mahdavi, Negar Mottahedeh, Anahita Razmi, Slavs and Tatars, Katayoun Vaziri, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (for the full issue click here).

In conjunction with the launch of the Spring 2012 ArteZine, we deepen our discussion of the conditions of censorship in transnational contexts and feature issue contributors speaking on value and power within censorship that reveals the transformative possibilities for art in restricted environments. The panel features writer and curator Media Farzin and professor and author of Displaced Allegories: Post-revolutionary Iranian Cinema, Negar Mottahedeh, with a response by co-editor of e-flux journal Brian Kuan Wood; moderated by ArteEast Artistic Director Barrak Alzaid and Sandra Skurvida.

Photo Credit: Bahman Ali Irawani, Urban Jealousy, 2008. Courtesy of Parkingallery and Roaming Biennial of Tehran

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Media Farzin

Media Farzin is a New York-based critic and art historian, and PhD candidate at the City University of New York.  Her research looks at language-based art in the 1970s in relation to performance. She received her BFA in Painting from Tehran University, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. She was curator, with Laleh Khorramian, of Turning Points (Neiman Gallery, 2004), and with Jon Hendricks and Marianne Bech, of Fluxus Scores and Instructions (Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, 2008). An ongoing art project with artist Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, on cultural diplomacy and its modernist artifacts, was shown at the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). She is the author of monographic essays on Anton Vidokle, Pouran Jinchi, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfamaian and Kamrooz Aram. She was a contributor to in 2003-04, and has more recently written for Bidoun, Canvas, Afterimage and Art-Agenda online. She is a lecturer at the City College of New York, and instructor at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Negar Mottahedeh

Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies at Duke University currently teaching as Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Her work has been published in Camera Obscura, Signs, Iranian Studies, Radical History Review, MERIP, The Drama Review, Early Popular Visual Culture, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2008, Duke University Press published her book on Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema entitled Displaced Allegories. Her first book, Representing the Unpresentable, on visual history and reform in Iran from the 19th century to the present was published in 2008 by Syracuse University Press. A perceptive theorist of Iranian visual culture, Professor Mottahedeh writes and speaks about culture, innovation and digital technologies. Her current research and writing on the uses of social media in uprisings for civil liberties and equality around the world, supplement her engagement as blogger and activist. She tweets as negaratduke.

Barrak Alzaid

Barrak Alzaid (b. 1985 Kuwait, MA Performance Studies, NYU) is a writer, curator, and artist, and is the Artistic Director of ArteEast. In this role he has developed and launched a residency initiative, curates a monthly artist talk series, and is the chief editor of the ArteEast online quarterly magazine (which features literary and contemporary art journals as well as a gallery). Recent installation and performance work include Seera Kartooniya [Bushwick Open Studios, 2010] and Diwaniya with Fatima Al Qadiri and Aziz Alqatami [Gwangju Design Biennial 2011]. Curatorial work includes antinormanybody [Kleio Projects, 2011] and Anti-Artist Talks [Performa 11, New York]. His article, “Fatwas and Fags: Violence and the Discursive Production of Abject Bodies” is available in The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. He is a contributor to Jadaliyya and Ibraaz.

Sandra Skurvida

Sandra Skurvida is an independent curator and scholar based in New York City. Her research and curatorial projects are determined by the specific socio-political conditions: OtherIS (2011-ongoing) is a curatorial platform of video art relating to the US-sanctioned countries; Avant-Guide to NYC (apexart, 2009) redressed historical referents of art in the city within the present; Custom Car Commandos (Art in General, 2009) cross-sectioned the auto industry in crisis with the image industry; Soap Box Event by Pia Lindman (Federal Hall National Memorial, 2008) practiced performance of free speech; among numerous other projects since 1995, when she curated the Third Annual Exhibition of Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, Lithuania (1995) in the post–Soviet conditions at the emergence of global networks.

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