22
Jul

The Iranian American Identity—or is it Identities?

Art review by Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times

 “The exhibition “Document: Iranian–Americans in L.A.” (Fowler Museum, UCLA, through 8/22) marks the emergence of a sense of Iranian American identity, even as it threatens to explode any attempt to actually define it. . . . That Iranian Americans are coming into their own in an environment in which multiplicity is a given reveals how ideas about ethnicity have expanded since the emergence of identity politics in the 1960s. While it’s still politically important for minorities to find ways of defining and representing themselves, adherence to a monolithic cultural essence is thankfully no longer required.”

 

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