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.

GhalamDAR (“the writer” in Farsi) is an emerging urban fine artist (born 1994, Tehran, Iran), working since 2006. He is an active member of Calligraffiti community and called between the four most recognized Iranian street artists who are making their own mark by Art Radar Journal, and between the 12 artists crucial to the world of Iranian street art by The Huffington Post.


  • English
  • Farsi
  • © Siamak Pourzand Foundation, 2014