Bahereh Khodadoost is an Iranian-American artist. She is also host Sienna Mae Heath’s mother. The present-day revolution in Iran is led by the chant “woman, life, freedom” or “zan, zendegi, azadi.” Bahereh and Sienna consider what these words evoke in a sociopolitical context in Iran, and here in the US, and what womanhood, liberty, and life mean at their core. Bahereh also shares more of her experience of leaving Iran in 1979 and what it was like to study at an American university during the hostage crisis. On this episode of Leaving the Left for Liberty, they explore the power of the pen, the voice, and art as a whole when they fly in the face of the censoriousness of the Islamic regime (which is technically leftist). As a clay artist, painter, and poet, Bahereh believes: “The beat of the world is in the hands of the artists.”
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