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Conceptual artist Eric Parnes on neo-orientalism, Middle Eastern culture and the relationship between America and Iran



"I do think it's important for people to see that there was connectivity between Iran and the United States. My hope is of course that by seeing that and the fact that there is this embassy that still exists, that it sort of builds hope to the possibility that there will be any return to communications between the two parties. I think it is a stepping stone in that sense."



Iranian American artist Eric Parnes believes that the concept behi ...

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I think being Persian and being American is no different than being Irish and being American, or being Jewish and being American, and so on and so forth. Many if not most Americans have some consciousness of some "old country" from which their ancestors originated or emigrated from. And that consciousness is not totally lost even after a few generations. Having a foot in each world is quite normal.