People of the Underground
“People of the Underground” (2015-2016) is a series of conversations with underground artists, art critics, and advocates of freedom of expression. These conversations address the definition(s) of underground arts and culture in closed and open societies, contextual realities and challenges that may contribute to an artist’s decision to work underground. They also address the role that underground arts and culture may have in the emergence of more nuanced civic dynamics. This podcast series aims to explore alternative sub-cultures among Iranian youth as a response to limiting laws and punitive measures against free speech in Iran. It further aims to depict the role of Iranian artists, and their audiences, in challenging socio-political and legal obstacles, as well as certain cultural, traditional and religious norms that remain strong, and sometimes limiting, in modern Iran.