Against the Market
Shiva Balaghi undertakes a wide-ranging analysis of the work of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat through the prism of her performance in the international art markets. Through this, Balaghi charts the development of Neshat's practice and its critical reception. 'On the face of it', writes Balaghi, '...the market has played a...
Six Decades in the Making
In this report, Iranian artist <strong>Parviz Tanavoli</strong> discusses his first comprehensive US museum retrospective, <em>Parviz Tanavoli</em> at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, with one of the exhibit's curators, <strong>Dr. Shiva Balaghi</strong>.
Between Iran and Dubai
In this essay, Shiva Balaghi explores the idea of writing alternative histories of Iran using the Mohammed Afkhami collection as an archive. Here, the artist becomes the scribe, the artwork the document, and the collector the archivist. Taking Arlette Farge's notion that traces of the past present themselves in an...