ABSTRACT

Art education and art practice in Iran in the twenty-first century have become a front for demonstrating resistance and agency more than ever before. Taught at five universities in the capital and many more around the country, they facilitate critical voice and visibility for young women especially. This is in the public domain through exhibitions and in the private and intimate spheres for artistic experimentation (Honarbin-Holliday 2010: 140-70; 2008; 2007b: 22-4; 2007a: 6-7; 2005; 2004: 26-7). Art education is increasingly the intellectual and political project, the significant tool, adopted by many from the new generation of women in order to be present in the higher education system, to construct learner and artistic identities, to register ideas, and to reflect on individual and collective lived experiences. Cultural continuity and dialogue, relevant to the young women’s locale under the patriarchal theocracy and their citizenship of the world, are hence accessed and maintained, positing new perspectives in learning and knowledge. The creative act and the language of art are thus adopted to expand real and imagined worlds beyond borders.