Episode 4: Underground Urban and Street in Contemporary Iran
In the fourth episode of Siamak Pourzand Foundation’s People of the Underground podcast series, GhalamDAR, a young Iranian urban and street artist, speaks about graffiti and urban arts in today’s Iran. GhalmDAR speaks about graffiti arts in Iran, as a political movement that emerged during the Islamic Revolution of 1979 as a way to resist state agenda . He further explains that in his generation, graffiti evolved to become more western, which in his opinion is not necessarily positive as artists do not use local, cultural, Iranian and Eastern symbols in this form of art. GhalamDAR also explains that in today’s Iran “resistance” graffiti is more symbolic, and less stereotypical, than one may think. However, given Iran’s security environment, graffiti cannot grow due to the physical repression that it faces. Further, censorship aside, the Islamic Republic is working hard to divert street arts away from its natural course, and to make it a form of art that the state can better use for its ideological aims.