Episode 5: Challenges of Underground Art Performances in Iran
The fifth session of Siamak Pourzand Foundation’s Legal Salon podcast series focuses on the challenges of underground art performances in contemporary Iran. Considering the legal and non-legal impediments, discussed in previous episodes of this podcast series, various artists are denied the permission required to legally stage their arts. Therefore, many artists, musicians in particular, decide to go underground. Nevertheless, performing underground also comes with its own set of challenges and risks. If caught by the Islamic Republic authorities while performing underground, these artists and organizers may face serious legal and security consequences. An alternative choice for artists who cannot stage their arts legally in Iran is to leave the country and try their chances elsewhere. This choice also comes with a different set of challenges. Session explores the aforementioned challenges with specific legal references and examples. Further, guest experts of this podcast session discuss some of the general hurdles in the way of Iranian artists who choose to/ are forced to leave the country.