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Viewing Iran and Its Complexities Through the Eyes of Visual Artists

September 26, 2019 - Anna Diamond

Compelling works from six female photographers tell stories of revolution, displacement and longing for home.

The snowflakes, the ones unimpeded by the decorative umbrellas, fall on the women’s heads, sticking to their knit beanies and scarves and catching on their uncovered hair. The women’s mouths are open, as they raise their voices against Ayatollah Khomeini’s new decree. It is the last day they will be able to walk the streets of Tehran without a hijab—and they, along with 100,000 others who joined the protest, are there to be heard.

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Advice Art Girls Would Give To Their Teenage Selves

August 26, 2019 - Lizzy Vartanian

What would you tell 16-year-old you?

We all probably have a million and one things we wish we could tell the younger versions of ourselves to prepare them for the big bad world. I would personally tell myself to relax and be kind to myself, something so simple that would have made the transition through my teen years into my twenties SO much easier. But what about our favourite art girls? Even the most successful women in the world probably have a word or two of advice that they’d like to give their younger self. We reached out to some of our art girl gang, and here’s what they’d tell their teenage selves.

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At the Sackler Gallery, a rarely seen view of Iran by six women photographers

August 14, 2019 - Vanessa H Larson

Forty years after the Iranian Revolution, U.S. media coverage of Iran is still so overwhelmingly focused on the country’s fraught relationship with the United States that certain images have become tropes. Stock photographs of chador-clad women; shown in profile, their faces almost invisible as they walk past anti-American street murals, are published with ludicrous frequency.

A new exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, “My Iran: Six Women Photographers,” aims to challenge the stereotype of voiceless Iranian women, presenting a more nuanced view of the country through the work of some of its most talented contemporary photographers.

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Sheikha Alzayzia's mishmash of ancient and modern

July 15, 2019 - Denise Murray

Inside the Emirati artist's inaugural solo exhibition in London 'I met a traveller from an antique land'. 

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An Emirati Artist Journeys to London

July 4, 2019 - Roxane Zand

I met a traveller from an antique land solo art exhibition by Emirati artist Sheikha Alyazia Bint Nahyan Al Nahyan, opened recently at Pi Artworks London, UK in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, H.E Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi the Assistant Undersecretary for the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the UAE Ambassador H.E. Mansoor Abulhoul, Mr. Abdullah Al Kaabi, the Cultural Attaché at the UAE Embassy IN UK along with other VIP's, diplomats, officials and art enthusiasts. The art works will be on display from 25 June to 7 July 2019.

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Emirati artist Sheikha Alyazia’s first UK solo exhibition opens in London

June 26, 2019

I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land connects cultures and time periods through art and poetry

Emirati artist Sheikha Alyazia bint Nahyan Al Nahyan’s first ever solo exhibition in the UK opened on Tuesday, representing another milestone for the UAE’s cultural outreach programme outside of the Gulf.

I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land, curated by Janet Rady, is a collection of 23 art pieces, which exemplify Sheikha Alyazia’s love of connecting cultures and time periods together, and is on show at Pi Artworks in London’s Fitzrovia until July 7.

Depicting Decisions And Dilemmas

May 7, 2019 - Artscoops

Masoud Akhavanjam’s two large-scale, stainless steel structures on show at the Venice Biennale explore the choices we all face in life and their far-reaching consequences.

Life’s age-old contradictions and the push and pull that conflicts produce have long been a source of fascination to the Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam, regularly finding their way into his work. Yet somehow, the two large-scale, stainless steel structures he has created for the forthcoming Venice Biennale, aptly titled Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis, take the deep, searching questions he likes to ask to a new level.

The sculptures form part of the GAA Foundation’s Personal Structures Open Borders exhibition and will be on show at Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa, from May 5 to November 29.

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Interview with Sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam

May 7, 2019 - Beren Dere

Masoud Akhavanjam stepped into a life that was intertwined with art when he was born. Studied in Iran, Germany, and the US, then he stepped into the professional life as head of R&D in an industrial factory. The advantage of having a global vision and his ability to use industrial materials led Masoud Akhavanjam to become a sculptor who uses stainless steel to make sculptures.

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Masoud Akhavanjam. Dilemma Of Man & Metamorphosis

May 7, 2019 - Arte.it

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. 

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Iranian artist Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

May 7, 2019 - Artfix Daily

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The sculptures, Dilemma of Manand Metamorphosiswill be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. 

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