Name: Artist censored by the Iranian government for nudity

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectNudity , Political/Economic/Social Opinion


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Artist: Golnar Tabibzadeh

Confronting Bodies: Islamic Republic of Iran government

Date of Action: 2006

Specific Location: Tehran, Iran

Description of Artwork: Golnar Tabibzadeh, a 22-year-old Iranian artist, paints in the figurative style; many of her paintings depict nude men, women and children.

Description of Incident: The Islamic Republic of Iran has placed strict restrictions on the public depiction of scantily-clad bodies and nudity. The voluptuous, dark and tormented nudes in Tabibzadeh's paintings have been strongly criticized by Iranians for being too cynical and too sexual. As a result of the content of her paintings, Tabibzadeh’s works have been banned from being exhibited in Iran where the depiction of any nudity is prohibited.

Results of Incident: Tabibzadeh's paintings have been censored by the Iranian government and not allowed to be displayed in public areas around Iran.

Source: Toronto Star

Submitted By: National Coalition Against Censorship

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