Urban Iran Collection Shows Sociopolitical Graffiti, Essays & Photography

By: Christopher DeLuca - Published: • References: markbattypublisher and brainpickings.org
Urban Iran is a curated collection of the country's graffiti, and the anthology works to paint the movement within a sociopolitical context. Released by the influential Mark Batty Publisher and drawing on the images of Karan Rashid and Sina Araghi, the compendium of photographs strikes at how Iranians see themselves.

Concerning this idea of representing the self-image within Urban Iran, Mark Batty Publisher states that the book "documents how the Western media gaze influences how much of the world views Iran, but also how this gaze impacts how Iranians see themselves, especially in the realm of the creative arts."

The essays that accompany the images in Urban Iran set the stage for the images within a social context and illustrate the resistance against the status quo.