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Shirin Season – Berlinale 2013 and The Louvre with Kiarostami

Shirin Neshat was one of the International Jury for 2013 Berlinale (the 63rd International Film Festival in Berlin) alongside actor/director Tim Robbins in February. This is a great year for Neshat, partly because she is taking part in an historic new season at the newly opened Islamic Arts Department of the world-renowned Paris Museum The … Continue reading

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Record, Reframe, Resist

V & A Museum in tandem with their current contemporary photography show Light from the Middle East are hosting a rather interesting free Late evening event.  The Victoria and Albert, for those who don’t know is named after Queen Victoria (b.1819) and her German husband and for several reasons, the title of this new show … Continue reading

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A Secular Spirituality

On today’s show 13.30 GMT, we talk to curator Arianne Levene about Lost in Paradise a group show looking at different and more secular spiritualities amongst certain artists hailing from Asia and the Middle East we hear from electronic musician Hassan K (performing London Nov 16th and 17th see our events page) and classical performer … Continue reading

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Today’s Show – Artist Mitra Tabrizian

An interview with the longstanding British-Iranian artist Mitra Tabrizian on the eve of her new solo show at Wapping Project Space, London: Another Country. Tabrizian, who is also a prolific writer on topics such as the mechanics of looking, ways of seeing and representation, explores in this series issues such as post-colonial theory, corporate culture … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Photography – 12th & 18th December

Omid Salehi “My Car is My Love” series Highlights of a conversation between writer Malu Halasa with curator Rose Issa at the National Portrait Gallery December 2011. “Documentary portrayals of reality can threaten the preferred narratives of authoritarian religious regimes […] and can also thwart Western misconceptions.”  From the pamphlet by Malu Halasa Alternative Histories … Continue reading

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Photographic Record of Destruction & State Formation, Monday 14th November

Somehow the story of the birth of Israel has been narrated into another story. In advance of this month’s UN’s International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People, Jewish- born researcher and visual theorist Ariella Azoulay brings over 200 photographs from the Israeli state archives to display with her accompanying text, a text which reframes the  … Continue reading

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Sara Shamsawari – Britain Retold

Photographer Sara Shamsawari exhibits a selection from her series in City Hall entrance until January 4th. The exhibition is a series of engaging portraits around the symbolism of the union jack with all its connotations. The photos are accompanied by statements and both promote a questioning of our ideas  of what it means to be … Continue reading