Tuesday, March 15, 2011
FROM THE STREETS OF TABRIZ: A WORD WITH IRANIAN STREET ARTIST ICY
Graffiti, in Tabriz? When you think about a place like Iran, you almost imagine another universe entirely, completely cut off from the one you're caught up in. But the more you see of the world, the more you realise we're all the same. ICY and his brother SOT grew up skating and listening to punk rock... in Iran for fuck's sake! From there, they graduated to street art. As you'd expect, their work's heavily influenced by their surroundings. But instead of a negative outlook, ICY and SOT tell a tale of hope, peace and redemption.
In 2009, ICY, SOT and three other Iranian street artists (FrZ, MAD, CK1) took part in 'From the Streets of Iran', shown at the Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles. But as you'll find out, ICY and SOT couldn't make it. They're both currently seeing out a one and a half year term of military service - required in Iran to get a passport. Still, that didn't stop Zack de la Rocha from showing up... We got in touch with ICY to find out more.
What are things like in Iran at the moment?
Everyone’s disappointed and angry about the current status. It’s very hard to protest or even think about it at the moment. I’m doing a very big risk by even answering your questions.
If you could say one thing to the authorities and protestors?
I have nothing to say to the authorities, but the people should never give up hope.
Click here for the full interview (Don't Panic Online)