Aesthetic Taste in Public and Private Spaces in Contemporary Tabriz, Iran

The aim of this paper is to study people's aesthetic taste in public and private space in Tabriz, Iran with a focus on figurative objects. The study is twofold. Firstly, in theoretical part it discusses everyday aesthetics and the notion of public/private in everyday life from anthropological angel. Secondly it investigates the possible contradictions between the public and private space and the material policies constraint figurative objects in the public realm in Tabriz, Iran as an Islamic city. The data gathered by field study in Valiasr district which is a middle and upper class neighborhood. Findings suggest a huge gap between people's aesthetic taste in their private space and what is known as urban beautification in the public space in Tabriz city, Iran. And demonstrate that feminine representations play an important role in creating this gap. The elegant and beauty of women faces and figures is pleasant for most of people and these representations are abundant in private spaces while women figures especially sexual parts of their body are still taboo in public space and the government avoids this figures.

Everyday Aesthetic, Public\Private Dichotomy, Material Policies, Art

The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Maryam Farihizadeh Farihizadeh
    • Student, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran East Azerbaijan, Iran
    • I graduated in Master of Art Research in Tabriz Islamic Art University. I'm interested in everyday aesthetics and contradictions people experience in their daily life specially in Islamic countries like Iran. My master thesis was about everyday aesthetic too. As I just graduated (in 2018), I don't have any official affiliation yet but I'm focusing on my studies independently and ofcourse with a help of my very dear thesis master Dr Vahid Askarpour who is co writer of the article too.