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Part 3 brings ancient deities of fires, oil, and fevers into contemporary discussions of climate change. It centers the works of the Iranian American artist Morehshin Allahyari, whose sculptures replicate ancient deities—some of which have recently been destroyed by war and conflict in Iraq. This part considers the meaning of protection and magic held in sacred objects, such as sculptures, and natural phenomena, such as petroleum formation and fires. This part engages in theoretical-fictional narrativization found in the work of the Iranian theorist Reza Negarestani that tells contemporary histories of war, unrest, and ecological damage in relation to deep temporalities of subterranean geological formations.

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