Golnar Tabibzadeh (visual artist)
Region: Middle East
Subject: Nudity Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Artist: Golnar Tabibzadeh (b. 1984)
Confronting Bodies: Islamic Republic of Iran government
Dates of Action: 2006
Location: Tehran, Iran
Description of Artwork: Golnar Tabibzadeh, a 22-year-old Iranian artist, paints in the figurative style; many of her paintings depict nude men, women and children.
The Incident: The Islamic Republic of Iran has placed strict restrictions on the public depiction of scantily-clad bodies and nudity. The voluptuous, dark and tormented nudes in Tabibzadeh's paintings have been strongly criticized by Iranians for being too cynical and too sexual. As a result of the content of her paintings, Tabibzadeh’s works have been banned from being exhibited in Iran where the depiction of any nudity is prohibited.
Results of Incident: Tabibzadeh's paintings have been censored by the Iranian government and not allowed to be displayed in public areas around Iran.
Source: Toronto Star www.thestar.com