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In The Name of Iran (in Persian)

A book reading by Parastou Forouhar, Artist and Author

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Duration: 54:35

Parastou Forouhar, a well-known artist and human rights activist, was born in Tehran in 1962. After her studies in fine arts at the University of Tehran, she moved to Germany in 1991 where she completed a post-graduate study at the School of Art in Offenbach. She received various scholarships and her work was shown in international venues such as Museum of Modern Art Arnehm, National Gallery in Berlin, Belvedere in Vienna, Santral Istanbul, Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, and Brooklyn Museum in NY. In November 1998, Parastou’s mother and father, Parvaneh Eskandari-Forouhar and Dariush Forouhar, both among leading opposition figures in Iran, were brutally assassinated in their home  in Tehran by the agents of the state secret service. This tragic event has continued to haunt Parastou reverberating in her life and art work.  In 2011 Parastou wrote a book in German language about her ongoing campaign for justice related to the case of her parents’ murder: Das Land in dem meiner Eltern umgebracht wurden - Liebeserklärung an den Iran. Her new book in Persian is titled Read in the Name of Iran, published in 2012 and distributed by Forough Books.

Center for Near Eastern Studies