In this short video film, the two members of Tehran Ratz – a dynamic duo of Iranian graffiti artists – discuss their efforts to use graffiti to challenge the legitimacy of the Iranian regime and to change international assumptions about their country’s people. They aim to give their illegal graffiti art an original Iranian identity.
“Like any undemocratic government trying to stifle dissent, the Ahmadinejad regime in Iran has tried to repress controversial artists. Given that those who display their art on the street for everyone to see have been particularly targeted, it comes as no surprise that the work of Tehran Ratz has been banned,” writes the producers of the video, Cultures of Resistance.
Two-thirds of Iranians are under 30 years, and 70 percent live in cities. This urban youth is in a creative dialogue with the artistic cultures of the world. In Tehran, the capital, underground culture is particularly rich.
More information about art and censorship in Iran
‘Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’ (2006)