Remembering the Great Political Art of Siah Armajani

Siah Armajani’s “Room for Deportee” (2017), (image courtesy of the artist’s estate) Over tea in his reading room one afternoon, I drew a momentary blank on the exact year that Siah Armajani had emigrated to the US. “Seven years after,” he reminded me. He marked time with the 1953 coup that overthrew the Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh. It was in the context of his activism with Mossadegh’s National Front Party, which sought to establish constitutional democracy in Iran, that Armajani articulated his lifelong approach to art. That coup, the British Empire’s last regime change and the United States’s first, […]


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