A panel discussion around the potential impact of Iranian culture on Australia.
Hoda Afshar, photographer
Sofi Basseghi, photographer
Sanaz Fotouhi, writer and coordinator of Persian Film Festival
Brought to you by the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), RMIT School of Art and Garland Magazine.
Iran is about to be "re-discovered". The lifting of sanctions means that international exchanges will now be much easier. Arts and culture are revered in Iran, and we are now seeing the growing influence of Iranian artists in Australia. Many pursue a Western critique of Iran's restrictions on religious and sexual freedoms. Is there also a positive influence from Iran?
The film 99 Homes by US-born Ramin Bahrani showed how Iranian cinema can offer an important viewpoint on life in the West today. What can the culture, experiences, memories, skills and imaginations of Iranians contribute to Australian culture? And how can we foster this east-west exchange?