Since I was forced to leave Iran and to live in exile, I have been amazed by the fact that the Iranian authors and artists have not had a chance to appear in the spotlight of the mainstream media.
According to unofficial estimations (it’s almost impossible to get a precise figure), 4-6 million Iranian immigrants are living outside Iran, mainly in the US and Europe. The main immigration started nearly thirty years ago, after the Islamic Revolution, many of which have been very successful in business.
Iranian expatriates always feel a nostalgia about their Iran and try to carry it with them. For most of them, what represents Iran is the photos of Iranian ancient monuments such as Persepolis and Pasargad, Iranian delicious and unique cuisine and Iranian dance and pop music.
The second and third generation of these expats are growing up, many of which can’t read and write in Persian or Farsi, but this doesn’t mean that their passion for knowing more about their homeland is less than their parents. There is a language barrier, and the fact that Iranian cultural creativity has not received the attention it deserves from the parents. It seems that the most important part of the nationhood has been overlooked, though: The culture of Iran, today.
There are many authors and artists living in Iran or abroad who have been continuously contributing to the cultural heritage of the world. Many of these works are available to read in English or other languages, or to see in museums, galleries, on the silver screen, in your local DVD store, or online.
Many of these works amount to masterpieces, they are brilliant, and they deserve the support of their compatriots. In this competitive world, we, these writers and artists compatriots, are their only chances for letting the world know about the real Iranian heritage, the true art that is alive today, as alive as the classical Persian literature is, and much more important than Persepolis for the world today.
In this small website I will try to introduce the best of Iranian contemporary art and literature, according to my judgment. But I will need your help in spreading the word, contributing to this website, and most importantly, ordering and supporting the works represented here.
If you wish to leave a message or suggest a work that you think deserves to be represented here, please leave me a message here.