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Political Wall Writing as Activism
Political Wall Writing as Activism is a discussion on my new video-recorded performance, Death to… (2018), that explores the practice of wall writing, a rare manifestation of political dissent in Iran, in the absence of formal channels of democratic protest. In an effort to contextualize this practice, I will first situate it within its distinct historical background and analyze the dominant rhetoric surrounding it, then compare and contrast the coordinates of this type of activism versus the narrative I offer in the video, and finally discuss the shift from language to performativity, before positioning this discourse within its grand narrative.
Keywords: Activism, Censorship, Iran-US Relations, Cultural Clash, Language Barrier