Breaking the Cast of Censorship, Azadeh Gholizadeh


What becomes of a generation of emerging Iranian artists who all through establishment of their professional career are deprived of freely exhibiting their work either inside or outside of the country to avoid conflict with the government? “Breaking the Cast of Censorship“ is a talk by Azadeh Gholizadeh, in which she discusses censorship in general and further elaborates on the effects of self-censorship on her art practice and creative process. She dives deeper into the subject matter by introducing several artists from around the world who deal with suppressive circumstances in their work.

Azadeh Gholizadeh

Azadeh Gholizadeh, who was born in Tehran, Iran, is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and architect. She received her MA in architecture, and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works include paintings and sculptures.

Gholizadeh works with the idea of the veil as a physical and social construct that forms, not only one’s status and identity, but also a sense of social distancing from others. The metaphorical relationship between the veil and the canvas serves as a foundation for her to explore the process of unveiling personal facades through the deconstruction of painting.

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  • © Siamak Pourzand Foundation, 2014