The Department of Art History applauds Hoda Nedaeifar, who recently completed her Ph.D. in Art History.
Dr. Nedaeifar described her dissertation as follows:
My dissertation is entitled Iranian Documentary Photography of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and Its Artistic Legacies: Discursivity, Institutionalization, and Transfer in the Photographic Medium. In this research project, I explored the development of documentary photography during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, and the impact of those documentary practices on art photography in postwar Iran (1988-2013). Through examining the operation of institutions in charge of image production and their printed materials, including photobooks in the 1980s in Iran, I traced visual representations of war memory across the work of the next generation of Iranian art photographers as they responded to the subject matter of the Iran-Iraq war and its legacy. I demonstrated that through innovative artistic strategies, these responses subvert the official narrative of war while displaying and producing transformations in the collective memory of the war across the generations.
Photo Credit: Gohar Dashti, "Untitled," 2008, Staged Photography, 70 x 105 cm, © Gohar Dashti."