Remembrance: Flashmob in Paris in Support of 2-Year Anniversary of #IranElection

Persianesque Staff

Arranged by United4Iran and Move4Iran–two non-profit organizations focusing on human rights issues in Iran–a flashmob dedicated to all the lives lost and all the courageous Iranians who stood up for their rights during the 2009 #IranElection, took place in a Paris, France metro station on June 12, 2011, to mark two year anniversary of Iran’s disputed election.

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Shoja Azari & Shahram Karimi: Pop Up Exhibition at Tripoli Gallery in NY

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A solo exhibition of collaborative work by video artist and filmmaker Shoja Azari and painter Shahram Karimi will be on view at LTMH Gallery’s pop-up exhibition at Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, in Southampton, NY from July 29 – August 15, 2011.

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Reign of the Shah: Traffic Presents Bilal Aquil

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In his first solo exhibition, Reign of the Shah, inspired by the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), UK-born artist, Bilal Aquil narrates a story of the assassination of a Shah of the Imperial Court and the subsequent battles that follow to avenge his death and establish the power of the new Shah.

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My Persian Nights: UKIFF Presents Iranian Films

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UKIFF, the 2nd London Iranian FIlm Festival, aims to bring the “finest Iranian cinema to London.”

And from now until the London Iranian Film Festival which will take place in November 2011, UKIFF will be hosting a series of special screenings, bimonthly.

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Philanthropy: eBay Founder, Pierre Omidyar Donates $3 Million to Louvre to Promote Persian Art

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With his recent $3 million donation to the Louvre for “research and educational projects on Persian art” Iranian billionaire and philanthropist, Pierre Morad Omidyar, continues to make us proud.

A fund is planned to be created in his mother’s name:  Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar, who got her doctorate in linguistics at the Sorbonne and is the founder and president of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

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Breakfast in Tehran: Women in Contemporary Iran

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On view at Frameless Gallery in London, UK from June 13-26, 2011 and co-curated by Aras Amiri and David Gleeson, the exhibition Breakfast in Tehran is a collaboration between Amiri, Gleeson, Janet Rady of Janet Rady Fine Art (JRFA), and Tehran’s Azad Gallery.

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Art Scene: Interview with Iranian Artist, Hojat Amani

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

Hailing from Luristan, Iran, Hojat Amani (b.1978) is best known for his fantastical photo montages that juxtapose images of people, angle wings, and more traditional Iranian motifs and designs.

Drawing inspiration from history, the universality of angels as a symbol and religious pilgrimages, Amani’s aesthetically futuristic interpretation of angels are wrought with vivacious personality, yet also leave room for subtle contemplation and self-reflection on morality and the universal language that symbols, even when embodied by humans, have.

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Next Foodnetwork Star: Interview with Persian Contestant, Penny Davidi

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

Hey Persian foodies! The food (network) gods have heard your prayers…Your wish is coming true! You (and the rest of America) are finally about to see a Persian chef on TV!

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Iranian Artists Abroad: Q+A with Shaqayeq Arabi

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

Shaqayeq Arabi is a painter, sculptor and installation artist with a career spanning over two decades.

Born in Tehran, she  studied graphic design at Al Zahra University, eventually moving to Paris, where she earned her MFA at the Sorbonne.

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Gone too Soon: Iranian Fashion Legend Bijan Dies

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Nearly 2 weeks after his 67th birthday on April 4th, world-renowned Iranian fashion designer Bijan Pakzad died Saturday after he suffered a stroke on Thursday night. 

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Call for Submissions: 2nd London Iranian Film Festival

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The 2nd London Iranian Film Festival is calling for film submissions, Trailer Contest submissions, and Poster Contest submissions.

The Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian films in the UK, providing a valuable opportunity for both filmmakers and London audiences with a cultural awareness platform unlike any other.

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Art Exhibit at the V&A: Jameel Prize 2011

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At this year’s Art Dubai, the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011.

Ten artists and designers have been shortlisted for this year’s prize, which is awarded every two years.

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“Paradise Lost: Persia from Above” Interview with Aerial Photography Pioneer, Georg Gerster

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Pioneer of aerial photography, Georg Gerster, reveals Iran as never seen before, in his exhibition of 1970s pictures entitled: “Paradise Lost: Persia from Above” at the Wilmotte Gallery from April 8 – May 20, 2011.

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Art Exhibit: Roya Farassat, A Mirror Has Two Faces

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A Mirror Has Two Faces, will present Roya Farassat’s large-scale steel sculptures, exhibited alongside intimate paintings and works on paper.

Born and raised in Iran, Farassat’s work has been largely influenced by a culture and tradition that she feels embraces a distorted sense of reality.

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