Mastering the Curtains

The result of a four-year research project by artist Els Vanden Meersch touching on two perspectives in Iran, one public, the other hidden. The first approach focuses on the content and implementation in the public space of the popular and politicised form of street theatre, Tazi’yeh. The second explores the secretive world of the Sufis and their difficulties within the current political policy. These seeming opposites share common ground in Iranian collective memory via social and spiritual resistance. Reflections on religion, private and public, transparency and control, are mediated through a series of images, from which the social potential of secular mysticism emerges.

92 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, English
Publisher Art Paper Editions
ISBN 9789490800611

Text – photography: Els Vanden Meersch
Design: Desirée De Winter
By the occasion of KRASJ3, Ninove (Curated by Hans Theys)