Tonight’s Six Pillars Show – Abraaj Group Art Prize
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Tonight’s Six Pillars Show – Abraaj Group Art Prize

A discussion about this year’s prize and a focus on one of the works with AGAP 2013 curator Murtaza Vali, winning artist Rayyane Tabet and sound artist/broadcaster Fari Bradley at Art Dubai 2013. This programme was organised by The Abraaj Group Art Prize. Eavesdropper/ Falgoosh Radio was created by sound artists Chris Weaver and Fari … Continue reading

Friday’s Radio Show – Arab Women in Film
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Friday’s Radio Show – Arab Women in Film

Bird’s Eye View film festival returns with Arab women film makers in the lens for 2013. With events such as Fashion Loves Film, Sound and Silents, Shorts and Docs focus, the next is the much highlighted Bushra El-Turk’s live score for ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ at Barbican, April 5th. The featured films and music cover … Continue reading

Today’s Show – Humans on Film
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Today’s Show – Humans on Film

For today’s Six Pillars to Persia, we focus on three films from London’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Camera/Woman, Morocco, Rafea: Solar Mamma, Jordan and My Afghanistan, Life in the Forbidden Zone. From solar panels to features compiled of mobile phone footage the films cover a wide range of topics and film formats, see the synopsis … Continue reading

Tonight’s Radio Show – Magic of Persia
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Tonight’s Radio Show – Magic of Persia

Shirley Elghanian, director of Magic of Persia a charity based in London, UK visits the studio to discuss the Magic of Persia Contemporary Arts Prize (MOPCAP) with curator Alexandra Terry. This momentous prize takes two years to produce each time, involving new and established Iranian artists from all over the world taking part in the … Continue reading

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Afghani City Scars and Crude Oil Silk Screens

Piers Secunda is confident when he talks about about his sculpted paintings, for which he uses extremely thick paint as a sculpting medium. And this is not the only art process he subverts. By taking crude oil as the basis of his silk screen prints of early oil drilling in 1930’s USA, he willingly conflates … 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