Art in the light of Islamic Revolution (7)
As a reminder, we reviewed some of the aspects of the art of the Islamic Revolution. The spiritual and religious art thrived simultaneously with the emergence of the Islamic Revolution.
The climate emerging among people and artists caused formation of issues in spiritual thought along the developments in society. Thinkers were faced novel issues such as definition of art, relationship of art and religion, art and society, tradition and modernity in art, surface and meaning in art and so on.
One might say that the course of art after Saffavid era began with westoxification and culminated during the Pahlavi era. The art of the Islamic Revolution, in turn, started with negation of westoxification and return to the roots of the Islamic and Iranian culture.
Obviously, the art of revolution should be at the service of the revolution. The goal of the Islamic Republic is to attain the ideals of Islam which secures the material and spiritual needs of humanity. Therefore, the art of revolution is as broad as the material and spiritual life of man. Hence, it encompasses every level in society, government, economy, politics, sport, family, etc. Wherever, there is an oppressed the art of revolution is present as a duty to stand against the oppressor. The artist of the Islamic Revolution believes that wherever the divine values are trampled upon it should be present to manifest and preserve them through artistic methods.
Although the art of revolution has been discussed and dealt with throughout the years after the Islamic Revolution, the most important goal of this art is to help train human being. In view of this, the art of Islamic Revolution is somehow continuing the path of the divine messengers and wise men.
The art of revolution, whose audio and visual products have the capability to educate people to reach perfection in their divine journey. Imam Khomeini in a message described martyred artists as the superior artists. He continued that the artist of the Islamic Revolution is like a traveler who attains intuition and intends to transfer what he has sensed to others via audio-visual beauties.
There is an important principle in the Islamic art based on which the artist doesn't create a work of art to satisfy himself but to guide the spectator or audience to the main Creator and Source of all beauties, the Almighty God. In view of this, the artist tries to satisfy the Creator. This is in contrast to the concept of art for art's sake in which the obscenest works are created as works of art.
Thus, in the past many artists used to leave no trace of themselves in the artistic work. They wouldn't even write their names at the end of the work. Thus, the faithful artist seeks the divine satisfaction and expects the divine reward for his art.