Facing the Future

The Artistic and Diasporic Afterlife of the Iran-Iraq War

in Anthropology of the Middle East
Roxanne Varzi University of California, Irvine rvarzi@uci.edu

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How do the cultural and emotional after-effects of the Iran-Iraq War influence artistic production among Iranian artists living outside of Iran? How do Iranian diaspora self-portraits act as socio-political memoirs? This article addresses these questions by looking at some examples of diaspora artists who through their art somehow remain political 'subjects' of contemporary Iran, even as they grapple with the complexities of 'being away' - if that is ever really possible.

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