Behind the veil, there are other veils

Iranian photographers reveal, yet still mask, aspects of life in their country

Critical Eye

April 08, 2007|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic

Given the resurgence of religious fundamentalism, perhaps it's not surprising that the veil has become a recurring motif in the contemporary art of Iran. As a woman's garment, it hints at the tension between concealment and display, between what must be hidden and what may be revealed. As a pictorial metaphor, it's a convenient shorthand for the process of masking and unmasking truth.

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