MIMESIS Munich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts

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Bavand Behpoor

Bavand Behpoor, M.A.

Former Doctoral Student

Thesis Title

The History of Mimetic Functions in Iranian Contemporary Art.


The research studies the history of mimetic functions shaping Iranian contemporary art after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Receiving influences from local and global sources, this art has rarely been studied from a visual cultures viewpoint or taken as a part of a greater image production system developed after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. It is mainly represented as emerging from a cultural vacuum resulting from political circumstances. The study takes into account the different (rather incompatible) cultural functions this art plays in different cultural contexts. By considering mimesis a productive element in the development of art, the research tries to write a history of mimesis in Iranian contemporary art while situating it within a broader art history.