International sanctions hurt Iranian artists

International sanctions and a dire economic situation have hit Iranian artists hard. With extreme inflation and rising cost of living, it is increasingly unaffordable to be an artist in the nation's capital.
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Iranian artists have been badly affected by the country’s dire economic situation. A combination of harsh international sanctions and a series of ineffective government economic policies have put local artists under considerable pressure. It is estimated that Iran experienced inflation levels of 50% in 2012, causing high rent prices and high cost of living. Unlike other professions, artists’ wages have not increased and as a result, many are struggling to cope with a volatile market and unaffordable studio prices.

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