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In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art
Filled with vibrant examples of painting, photography, sculpture, video, and other media, this book reveals how Iran’s leading artists weave the country’s past into the fabric of its contemporary art.
By Linda Komaroff, with contributions by Hani Khafipour, Sheila Canby, Sheida Dayani, and Hamid Keshmirshekan
Designed by Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang, Green Dragon Office

2019 New York Book Show Awards, merit

Published 2018 | ISBN: 9783791357386

The past is a continuous and inescapable part of Iranian art and culture. This book beautifully demonstrates this notion with examples dating from the 1970s to the present—a time of turmoil and political upheaval. Featuring a dizzying variety of works—from paintings and photography to political cartoons and posters—this volume shows how contemporary artists appropriate and recontextualize myth and history to tell powerful new stories about life in Iran. This book also explores how pre-Modern artists first began to manipulate time by visually shifting the past into the present as demonstrated by Persian miniature painting, in particular illustrated versions of the Shahnama, or Book of Kings, the Iranian national epic. Statements from prominent contemporary artists consider the creative means by which they evoke the past to address present-day social and political concerns. Designed to promote fluid movement between historical and modern, this wide-ranging book offers a unique and important exploration of a country with a rich and complicated heritage