The exponential growth of new forms of media in the early years of the 21st Century has perhaps defined our generation like nothing else, and in the context of the contemporary art world, the likes of Instagram and Facebook are becoming increasingly valuable tools for identifying emerging talent. Given the worldwide use of the internet, it could also be argued that the art world has undergone something of a democratization process in recent times, whereby non-Western artists, traditionally marginalised by the markets and institutions of the West, are able to share and promote their works more successfully than ever before.
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Guest contributor Paniz Musawi Natanzi provides an academic insight into the way in which gender influences female artists in contemporary Tehran. Through this examination, she also looks at how feminist scholarship and journalism can avoid repeating colonialist narratives, when looking at Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art. Read more...