In societies where freedom of speech is guaranteed by law, the role that satire plays in shaping society and popular culture is often overlooked. Much like the European and American postmodern movements that used absurdist humour to deal with the senseless losses of World War II, Parviz Khatibi dedicated his life and career to making sense of the injustice and hypocrisy of the world around him, at any cost. He used his art to reel in audiences and question important issues. Whether his work was enjoyed for its entertainment value, or read deeper between the lines, Khatibi’s varied and prolific body of work told stories of Iran to Iranians and questioned authority, often at the expense of his safety and wellbeing.
Satire is patriotism, and Parviz Khatibi loved his country enough to tell it the truth.
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