Hanibal Srouji: Dreaming is a luxury these days

December 19, 2020 - Denise Marray

The artist discusses some of his favourite work and his struggle to find the 'bride side of the sinister'. 

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Paul Wadsworth

December 15, 2020 - Sophie Kazan

Paul Wadsworth's studio is situated in the cobbled yard of a historic country estate. "It's a place which seems to have its own time and pace."  I live on the moors so it's also a refuge from bad weather as surrounded by trees and well protected from the wind", he says in his usual mellow manner.


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Firouz Farman Farmaian virtually hosts Retrospective with VR event

October 21, 2020 - JDEED Team

Last Friday afternoon, artist Firouz Farman Farmaian virtually hosted his exhibition for his 2020 work retrospective. He created a virtual reality display which is currently on exhibit in Marrakech at the Palais Aziza hotel and spa.

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My Damavand, 100 paintings by Bijan Daneshmand

September 13, 2020 - Ahmad Rafat

دماوندِ من؛ نقاشی‌های بیژن دانشمند

دماوند، یکی از نمادهای طبیعی و تاریخی ایران، موضوعی است که بیژن داشنمند، هنرمند و بازیگر ایرانی- بریتانیایی، برای بیش از یکصد تابلوی خویش انتخاب کرده است.
بیژن دانشمند قبل از دماوند نیز به صورت سریال تابلو‌هایی در اندازه‌های گوناگون در مورد آنچه او نمادهای دیگر ایران می‌خواند مانند تاج و گل خشخاش تهیه کرده بود.


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Patrick Altes Podcast

August 21, 2020 - Bob Chaundy

Listen to a podcast about Patrick Altes' life and works including his latest virtual exhibition 'Legacy' on Considering Arts website.


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Artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian turns confinement into creativity with his first virtual exhibition

April 27, 2020 - Denise Marray

LONDON: When multidisciplinary artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian went into lockdown at his studio in Marbella, Spain, in March, he didn’t realize his time in confinement would be a period of intense creativity leading to his first ever participation in a VR exhibition.

Prior to isolation, Farmanfarmaian spent six months in the Draa Valley in South Morocco, working closely with local Amazigh artisans and painting in the deserted streets of abandoned ‘ghost’ villages — once populated by Berbers and, further back, by Jews.

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Patrick Altes: Creativity in a Time of Crisis

April 13, 2020 - Paul-Gordon Chandler

Interview with Patrick Altes

How has this pandemic affected you and your creative output? How are you adapting to the new realities?

The pandemic has had a huge impact on my ideas and the direction my art is going to take. It has confirmed the need to see the world as a hugely complex ecosystem with intricate interactions between all its components, as well as to re-position our place and role in it (are we similar to this all invasive and deadly virus to the world we inhabit?).

Paradoxically, my day to day life as a visual artist has not been hugely affected by the lockdown as working in the studio is not always very dissimilar to being in quarantine.

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DAY DREAMS Hossam Dirar: Artist Extraordinaire

April 7, 2020 - Ezz Al-Turkey

An exhibition of widely acclaimed Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar’s paintings was recently held at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo. The Cairo-born, Barcelona based, multidisciplinary artist titled his latest collection of paintings, Daydreams. eniGma’s Ezz Al-Turkey sat down with Dirar to discuss the inspirations for his art, his exciting artistic journey and the acclaim he has been receiving both in Egypt and abroad.

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Isolation life: 5 online art shows worth checking out

April 6, 2020 - Anna Seaman

As the lockdown period continues, our digital lives are increasingly enriched with more and more exhibitions becoming available online. Here is a round-up of a few offerings worth visiting.

Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms) was produced under the ongoing international lockdown and reflects on the idea of confinement, brought into the heart of the artist's own practice.

The title of the exhibition ‘‘Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms)” is taken from a Chet Baker track that expresses the idea of the internal voyage, where true creative freedom lies. His symbolic compositions, which convey movement and rhythm are rooted in ancient Persia but speak directly to these modern times.

In a statement, the artist said: “I here worked around a monochromatic palette reusing recuperated furniture fabric, transforming my post-tribal lost forms into new forms - in order to express sentiment of confinement. The feeling of the outside from the inside. The freedom of inner vitality so present in all Persian poetry."

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From Crude Oil to Canvas: Turning Iran's Black Gold into Art

March 17, 2020 - Tim Cornwell

Oil paints have been an artist’s staple since the Renaissance, and in tubes of paint for nearly 200 years - using mostly linseed oil, from the flax plant. But for Iranian artist Amin Roshan, crude oil would ultimately be his tool of choice.

Roshan was born in 1982 near the first oil well drilled in the Middle East, in the Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran. Though his family have worked in the oil industry for generations, including his grandfather, father, uncle, cousin and brother, Roshan broke with that tradition to become an artist.  

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Fire of Love by Amin Roshan

March 5, 2020 - Nour Saleh

How do the words oil and art connect?

When we think of oil in reference to the art world, we may tend to think of large corporations sponsoring costly exhibitions, and art institutions, for the sake of being able to showcase art, glossing over the notion of nature being disrupted to find its black gold. Due to oil being a controversial resource, it does not for many, make for good company with art. This last year, activists dressed up as ancient Greek warriors displayed a large Trojan horse within the grounds of the British Museum to protest the sponsorship deal with BP. Furthermore, at the National Gallery, protestors from Extinction Rebellion appeared semi-naked immersed in fake oil in objection to the Portrait Award being linked to the oil company. 

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Fire of Love

February 11, 2020 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn

Rossi & Rossi and Janet Rady Fine Art are delighted to announce: Fire of Love, Amin Roshan’s first solo exhibition in London.

It is not easy to say why I have chosen oil as a theme…The main reason may be its excessive impact and influence not only on my life and family but also on the geography of Iran - Amin Roshan

Amin Roshan is an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist whose output is deeply informed by his Bahktiari tribal heritage and his family’s involvement for many generations in the country’s oil industry. Roshan was born in the Naftoon district of Masjid-i-Sulamain in the Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran, where the first oil well in the Middle East was discovered. His formative years were shaped by the physical presence of oil in and around the streets where he grew up. The family re-located to Ahwaz, a city in the South West of Iran near the border with Iraq, when Amin was a child. Here he later trained in graphic design and so broke the family tradition of employment in the oil industry.

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Iranian artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian to create textile installation for Marrakech art fair

February 11, 2020 - AD Staff

The "post-tribal" exhibition is titled 'Memorandum of the Unknown Path'

Iranian multidisciplinary artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian has announced his upcoming "post-tribal" exhibition for Marrakech's Contemporary African Art Fair, opening on 21 February, 2020. The exhibition, Memorandum of the Unknown Path, which was nominated for the Jameel Prize 2021, is a site-specific installation that will fill the main halls of the Théâtre Royal de Marrakech.

An attempt to explore cross-cultural themes that are shared between Morocco and IranMemorandum of the Unknown Path will include various artworks, including Banners of the Unbanished, a series of textiles that combine traditional materials, such as Touareg raw camel wool, with "post-tribal symbols". The piece is meant to transform "tent elements" into a work of art, while conveying a message of urgent and universal unity. 

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Janet Rady at the London Art Fair

February 4, 2020 - Karim Emam

اختتمت الدورة الثانية والثلاثون من لندن آرت فيرLondon Art Fair، في الفترة من 22 حتى 26 من يناير 2020، والتي تتيح كل عام منصة لربط أفضل صالونات الفنون في العالم، وتعد فرصة لاقتناء أعمال معاصرة حديثة لفنانين مخضرمين وجدد، يحاولون إيجاد مساحة لهم في الساحة الفنية الدولية.

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In Pursuit of Tolerance

January 20, 2020 - Miriam Dunn

A major new exhibition of work by Patrick Altes, an award-winning Algerian-born visual artist of French and Spanish descent who lives in the UK, is currently under way at the Gerald Moore Gallery, London, titled ‘Tolerance’. Curated by Middle Eastern Art specialist Janet Rady and supported by both the United Nations Association and the Arts Council, the ‘of our time’ show highlights several topical themes, ranging from the treatment of refugees and identity issues amongst the displaced and the diaspora, to negative cultural stereotypes in a nationalistic climate, as he explain to ArtScoops.

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In Conversation With Patrick Altes: The French-Algerian Artist Advocates‘Tolerance’ In His Latest UK Solo

December 18, 2019 - Nahla Al-Ageli

Patrick Altes is a UK-based French-Algerian artist with a highly nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the word ‘Tolerance’, the title for his latest solo exhibition currently taking place at Gerald Moore Gallery in South East London. Mostly, he uses the word in the geopolitical context to refer to the types of relationships that can be forged between different peoples, nations and civilisations; and, also, looking at the concept as an ethical value to be cultivated, akin to compassion and empathy or the golden rule to treat others as one would wish to be treated.

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Patrick Altes

December 9, 2019 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn

Born in colonised Algeria and having lived in many countries - including South Africa under apartheid – before settling in Britain in 2006, international artist Patrick Altes’s work is deeply informed by his own personal history and the diasporic experiences that have both defined his identity and fuelled his artistic exploration.

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November 29, 2019 - Jackson Sinnenberg

'My Iran' — A Show Of Photography And Video By 6 Women — Contrasts Memory And Reality

What or where is home? Is it a place or a people, a feeling or a memory, a reality or a fantasy?

Those questions are at the heart of My Iran: Six Women Photographers, an exhibition on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., through Feb. 9, 2020. All the photos were collected separately by the Sackler Gallery, one of the Smithsonian Institution's Asian art museums, and came together only for this showing. Much of the photographers' work has been displayed previously in Europe but rarely in the United States.

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Beyond realism: Iran's photographers recreate images of nation

November 27, 2019 - Scheherezade Faramarzi

When carrying a camera in public became risky, many Iranian photographers turned to conceptual forms of image capturing. 

Staged photography, a genre characterised by technical, decorative and theatrical innovations, became a popular option for a growing number of photojournalists and aspiring photographers in Iran following the 2009 post-election protests.

Triggered by the disputed re-election of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009, millions took to the streets in protests that led to dozens being killed and thousands arrested. Anyone with a camera became a target of a violent crackdown by authorities seeking to prevent photos of the unrest reaching the world.

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Patrick Altes - Tolerance

November 20, 2019 - Bob Chaundy - Considering Art

This new exhibition by Patrick Altes, a leading light in the emerging French-Algerian art movement, is something of a ‘cri de coeur’. As the title spells out, each work, be it digital print, painting, sculpture or installation, engenders a plea for understanding in a world beset by seemingly insoluble problems and dissension.  

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Identifying As Migrants

November 20, 2019 - Hugh Sullivan

An open forum discussion at A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab in Kings Road, St Leonards on 30th October entitled Tolerance, Migration, Identity featured three panellists with truly global experience of migration issues. 

Patrick Altes, a visual artist whose show Tolerance (previewed in HIP Issue 138) adorned the studio walls, was born in Algeria in 1958 but left for France aged four with his parents as pieds noirs refugees at the conclusion of the War of Independence. Brought up in the Paris suburbs, he spent two formative years immediately after school teaching black students in apartheid South Africa, and several in Ecuador before settling in England with a post at the University of Brighton. 

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'Every Iran is different': The female photographers seeing their country with fresh eyes

November 6, 2019 - Umar A Farooq

Iranian women artists are exploring their identity by reframing memories in a new US exhibition.

Patrick Altes urges tolerance at Wave of Dreams gallery

October 30, 2019 - Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

A Wave of Dreams gallery is making its mark with its programming of innovative artists in St Leonards. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was intrigued when she walked into its latest show, Tolerance by international artist Patrick Altes. The images are seemingly primitive, simple figures, but the work is complex as he digs deep into his personal history. 

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Empathy in artform

October 25, 2019 - Mark Cantrell


A new exhibition by international artist Patrick Altes explores migration and our sense of collective identity to urge tolerance and respect.

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Major New Patrick Altes Exhibition Deals with Migration

October 4, 2019 - Naila Scargill

Major new exhibition Tolerance by international artist Patrick Altes at Gerald Moore Gallery confronts negative cultural stereotypes and advocates for tolerance and respect in times of angst, division and separatism.

A leading light in the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement, Altes’s first-hand experience of unjust, brutal and discriminatory societies fuelled a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable which has become a thematic concern visible in all his creative work. With perilous journeys depositing migrants on European and now, British shores, Altes turns his attention to the harrowing circumstances that increasingly accompany migration and resettlement. 

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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 -

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

May 7, 2019 - Lux Life Magazine

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. Akhavanjam’s industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained.

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Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale despite US sanctions

April 26, 2019 - Tim Cornwell

Complications around shipping and insurance have not stopped artists and curators from the country to make their presence felt at this year's edition

Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale this year despite newly aggressive US sanctions that have driven down the country’s currency and raised new hurdles for curators.

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

April 20, 2019 - Payvand News

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.  Akhavanjam's industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained. Both works contain three visible figures, melded seemingly effortlessly into each other.

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Iranian artist Masoud Akhavanjam to present two works alongside the Venice Biennale

April 16, 2019 - Katherine Keener

Alongside the Venice Biennale, the GAA Foundation will present their exhibition ‘Personal Structures: open borders.’ The exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge, from May 11th through November 24th and will boast European and non-European artists. The exhibition will call the Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora, and the Giardini Marinaress home for the duration of the Biennale.

Among the artists who will show their works during ‘Personal Structures’ is Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam. Known for his elegant works in stainless steel, Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale sculptures at the Giardini Marinaress. Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis, made out of Akhavanjam’s go-to material, glean in the light resembling mercury if it could be moulded. Each work is highly symbolic for Akhavanjam and serves a greater purpose: to ask those who witness them to do good.

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What Depictions of Nefertiti Say about the Way Society Views Gender and Race

February 19, 2019

In his 2018 solo exhibition “Nefertiti” at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo, Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar debuted a series of oil paintings that return the ancient monarch to Egypt—and a symbol to her humanity. In his paintings, Nefertiti is pictured with legs, arms, and even wings, offering a rendering of Nefertiti as a divine leader who is both formidable and familiar. These paintings explode with color, and commingle modern and ancient fashions—off-the-shoulder tops, sweetheart dresses, and ankh necklaces—that remake Nefertiti and her hallmark crown for a new world.

Freedom in Art

February 10, 2019 - Carmel Harrison

Barcelona-based Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar chats exclusively to Emirates Woman about how the freedom and emancipation of women all over the world is the most important message in his artwork.


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Hossam Dirar

January 18, 2019 - SELECTIONS Arts

Hossam Dirar was born in Cairo in 1978 and he continues to live and work in the city. He obtained a BA from Helwan University’s Fine Arts Faculty of Applied Arts, graduating with honours, and he was awarded the best graduation project amongst all entries. His later studies included graphic design, painting, printmaking, mixed media, product design, photography, multimedia and pottery. 

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Art For Keeping Art

December 17, 2018 - Leila Afshar and Leila Behtalab - Sazandegi Newspaper

Hijacked by Fereydoun Ave

December 4, 2018

“Here we have hijacked the September issue of Selections Magazine with approximately 126 pages of images from some 64 Iranian artists who are content to connect to the world through their images: visual dialogue.”

Curator’s statement : Artist’s statements have always been for me a defensive move: a justification.


November 13, 2018 - Hajo

Der ägyptische Künstler Hossam Dirar rückt in seiner aktuellen Ausstellung „Nefertiti“ die Frau in den Vordergrund. Nicht als Objekt der Begierde, sondern als Subjekt mit politischer und gesellschaftlicher Wichtigkeit. Aufhänger für die Sammlung einer Reihe von aktuellen Gemälden ist dem Titel nach Nofretete, wie sie hierzulande genannt wird.


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Painterly Abode

November 1, 2018 - Ayesha Shaikh

Old-world charm abounds in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat studio of Franco-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar. Ayesha Shaikh discovers how the space fuels his creativity.

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Art For The Ages

November 1, 2018 - Thomas Barrie

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, an artist living and working in Cap-Ferrat, has found a new form of expression through the work of ex-resident Jean Cocteau.

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LACMA’s Islamic Art Curator on How Her Ambitious New Exhibition Reveals Another Side of Iran

October 19, 2018 - Nilina Mason-Campbell

The new exhibit “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” is the culmination of four years of work by LACMA’s Islamic art curator, Linda Komaroff. Assembling some 125 works of art, from photography to painting,and from posters to political cartoons, the striking show explores an intriguing and scholarly theme: the creative use of anachronism within Iranian art, showing both how tradition animates the present and how reference to the past can be a vehicle for subversive commentary today.

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September 26, 2018 - Safiyyah S

After the previous success of their past exhibitions inspired by poet, artist, and writer, Kahlil Gibran and his best selling book, The Prophet, we had the pleasure of visiting their recent exhibition at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street.

The exhibition, which also celebrates the 95th publishing anniversary of ‘The Prophet’ this year, attracted a considerable number of guests and we had a rather pleasant evening viewing an array of art pieces and socialising with other art enthusiasts. We have heard of Kahlil Gibran and some of his work but, have never ‘discovered’ him fully which after attending the exhibition, find we are cheating ourselves from finding a poet whose spirit is immortalised and continuing to inspire many other artists.

Vanderbilt exhibit 'I AM' combats stereotypes of Middle Eastern women

September 18, 2018 - Melinda Baker

Last month, in a speech at the opening reception for Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery’s latest exhibition, “I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest To Build Peace,” participating Bahraini artist Sheikha Lulwa Al Khalifa succinctly refuted some common stereotypes about women in her country:  ”Our women are educated. They are empowered. They occupy top positions in both the private and public sectors. They are ministers, ambassadors, CEOs, educators, entrepreneurs. (They) represent half our work force and ... are paid equally to men. They vote. They dress however they want and they drive ... and yes, sadly, we have the same lame women driver jokes that you have here."

Rectifying Western misconceptions about Middle Eastern women, particularly Arab and Iranian women, is essential to the vision behind “I AM,” which aims to build bridges of understanding, respect and connection between the regions.  The exhibition features work by 31 acclaimed established and emerging Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries, including women of both Christian and Muslim faiths whose art tells the truth about who they really are, how they actually live and what they are doing to help build a more harmonious world.

‘I AM’ exhibit opening draws capacity crowd to Fine Arts Gallery

September 4, 2018 - Nicholas Moore

More than 200 attendees filled the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery for the opening reception of I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest to Build Peace on Aug. 30. The event was hosted by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.

“We fail to leave an impact on the world unless we broadly engage the many ways that people are experiencing it. Vanderbilt and Nashville are uniquely positioned as a beacon for driving global understanding,” Zeppos told the crowd. “We welcome all voices and all ways that lead to learning.”

Other special guests included The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, founding president of CARAVAN, and featured Bahranian artist Sheikha Lulwa Al-Khalifa.

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s mesmerising art opening on Cap Ferrat

September 1, 2018 - LUX

Last week saw the private view and opening of French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s latest exhibition. LUX Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai was entranced.

The mesmerising Villa Santo Sospir on Cap Ferrat in the south of France, once home to Jean Cocteau, played host to Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s private view of his Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau exhibition; LUX was privileged to be invited.

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Mythical Encounters

September 1, 2018 - Shalaka Paradkar

'Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau' a solo exhibition with Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar at Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, connects the common vision of two artists from disparate eras, writes Shalaka Paradkar.

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Sotheby’s Hosts Mideastern Art Show Inspired by Kahlil Gibran

August 26, 2018 - Tara Biglari

Earlier this month, crowds of attendees, young and old, gathered at the plush premises of Sotheby’s London to view the works of 38 acclaimed Middle Eastern contemporary artists.

The weeklong exhibition, titled ‘Kahlil Gibran: A Guide for Our Times,’ was part of an ongoing international peace-building mission by the art non-profit Caravan. Created to address the discord that exists between the cultures of the Middle East and the West, Caravan regularly puts on events to promote mutual understanding.

Khalil Gibran’s writings bring inspiration to London exhibition

August 19, 2018 - Karen Dabrowska

LONDON - More than 500 visitors packed Sotheby’s north galleries on the opening of “A Guide for Our Times,” an exhibition of the works of 38 artists inspired by the writings — especially “The Prophet” — of Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883-1931).

“The Prophet” is divided into chapters dealing with topics of life, including love, marriage, children, joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, freedom, passion, friendship, good and evil, religion and death. Each painting was accompanied by a brief biography of the artist, an artist’s statement and the quote from Gibran, mostly from “The Prophet,” that inspired the work.

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Middle Eastern art exhibition celebrates life and work of Kahlil Gibran

August 17, 2018 - Denise Murray

LONDON: What is it about the work of the famed Lebanese poet, writer and artist Kahlil Gibran that touches the hearts of so many people across the world today, decades on from his death in 1931? An exhibition of art inspired by his writings held this month at Sotheby’s in London provided an opportunity to consider that question

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August 16, 2018 - Tatomir Ion-Marius

Pe data de 8 august a.c. la casa de licitaţii Sotheby’s din Londra s-a ţinut o seară culturală CARAVAN în jurul expoziţiei lor de artă ce promovează pacea, şi a inclus lucrările a 38 de artişti din Orientul Mijlociu inspiraţi de mesajul universal al păcii şi al armoniei care se regăsesc în poezia, scrierile şi arta poetului-artist născut în Liban Kahlil Gibran, autorul celei mai bine vândute cărţi ”Profetul.”

Remarci au fost împărtăşite de către E.S. Rami Mortada, ambasadorul Republicii Liban în Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii şi Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, preşedintele fondator al ONG-ului CARAVAN, urmate de muzică performată de celebrul instrumentist de oud Joseph Tawadros.

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CARAVAN's peacebuilding exhibition at Sotheby's in London

August 15, 2018

Bahrain Arts Magazine was invited to an art exhibition featuring 38 premier Middle Eastern contemporary artists inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s message of peace and harmony held at Sotheby’s in London - 6-10 August 2018.

Kahlil Gibran - A Guide for Our Times is a strategic East-West peace-building exhibition inspired by the beloved Lebanese born poet-artist Kahlil Gibran’s universal message of peace and harmony found in his poetry, writings and art, and perhaps best seen in his best-selling book The Prophet, which celebrates its 95th publishing anniversary this year. The exhibition is organized by CARAVAN, an international peace-building arts NGO, and co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker. Of the 38 artists exhibited, 14 were from Bahrain.

Below is a profile of each of the Bahraini artists and the piece of work exhibited.

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Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, the artist working wonders on the edge of the Mediterranean

August 14, 2018

The Cap Ferrat-based artist is working on a new show responding to the work of the polymath Jean Cocteau

The Mediterranean coast of France has a long and storied history of playing host to artists. Cézanne painted at L’Estaque, and later Picasso and Braque were captivated by the area’s rugged landscape and classical heritage. Andre Dérain and the Fauves found inspiration for their vivid canvases in the shimmering heat of the Mediterranean at Collioure, as did Matisse at Nice. Marc Chagall called Saint-Paul-de-Vence home for 30 years.

The French artist, poet, filmmaker and all-round polymath Jean Cocteau became a part of this tradition in 1950, when he visited a friend, Francine Weisweiller, at the villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. He intended on a two-week stay, yet 12 years later, he was still returning to the villa, to bedeck it with mosaics, frescos and a tapestry. Everything from floor to ceiling was adorned with his works, and the villa Santo Sospir became known as La villa tatouée.

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Kahlil Gibran: Poet, Painter, Prophet

August 12, 2018 - Paula Marvelly

A guide for our times

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. 
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”
Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”

THUS SPAKE GIBRAN KAHLIL GIBRAN through the voice of Almustafa, the chosen and beloved one, in his timeless and seminal masterpiece, The Prophet. Similar to William Blake and Carl Gustav Jung, who both wrote and painted with equal dexterity and accomplishment about the interior journey, the Lebanese mystic is one of those rare souls who effortlessly created a corpus of work unmatched in modern times.

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Egyptian Artists Featured in Kahlil Gibran-Themed London Exhibition

August 7, 2018 - CairoScene Team

This summer in London, Sotheby’s art space will be holding Kahlil Gibran: Guide for our Times—a Kahlil Gibran-themed exhibition on August 6 until August 10. The exhibition features 38 artists across the Middle East, including nine Egyptians, and promoting peace and tolerance.

The event, in collaboration with Caravan—an Egyptian Chicago-based art-focused peacebuilding initiative—and curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker, aims to highlight how Kahlil Gibran can act as a symbol of peace between the East and the West. Caravan released an exhibition statement saying that the theme was “inspired by the universal message of peace and harmony found in Kahlil Gibran’s poetry, writing, and art.”

Egyptian and Arab artists featured in Sotheby’s Kahlil Gibran-themed exhibition

August 6, 2018 - Soha Elsirgany

Sotheby’s gallery in London is opening a group exhibition titled Kahlil Gibran: Guide for our Times on 6 August, featuring nine Egyptian artists, along with 38 others from across the Middle East.

The exhibition runs until 10 August, and is organised in collaboration with Caravan, an Egyptian initiative based in Chicago that curates touring exhibitions that promote peace and tolerance.

The show is co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker and is in partnership with The Arab British Centre.

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A Show Of Female Middle Eastern Artists Travels To Nashville

August 6, 2018 - IRENE PROMODH

Having just finished a two-month show in Seattle, CARAVAN takes group exhibition I AM to the Tennessee city as it continues to blaze the trail with its all-women show of Middle Eastern art.

CARAVAN, a global peace-building arts non-profit with Egyptian origin, has shaken up the Middle East with its exhibitions and international tours that have encouraged dialogue between the Middle East and the West to promote greater intercultural understanding. Founded by Paul-Gordon Chandler in 2009, the organisation has earned a reputation as a flag-bearer of peace for its efforts to break down stereotypes and bring communities together. Its success at Art Bahrain Across Borders earlier this year was marked by a Khalil Gibran-inspired exhibition that featured works by 18 Bahraini and international artists on the subject of peacebuilding. 

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Lebanon's most famous son: Why Kahlil Gibran's words are still prophetic today

August 4, 2018 - Nick Leech

The publishing star's spiritual message of love, peace and understanding is a century old - a series of artworks inspired by his work exemplify why he will never be forgotten 

The works embedded throughout this article all draw directly from Kahlil Gibran's works and are from the exhibition A Guide for Our Times...

This week and next sees separate events in London celebrating the life and work of one of Lebanon’s most famous sons, Kahlil Gibran, an artist and author whose enduring reputation rests on his most famous work, The Prophet. The book of lyrical spiritual guidance has earned Gibran a global following since it was first published in 1923.

Ninety-five years later, Gibran’s influence continues to hold sway: last Wednesday, a new theatrical musical received its premiere at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century New York and Beirut, The Broken Wings is a tragic tale of migration, dislocation and thwarted love, with the plot based on a poetic 1912 novel of the same name, which was written in Arabic before Gibran achieved international recognition.

An exhibition, Kahlil Gibran: A Guide for Our Times, also opens at Sotheby’s Mayfair galleries next Monday, and features works by 38 artists, each of whom have responded in some way to Gibran’s work.

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A glimpse of Persian culture in London

August 4, 2018 - Antonia Filmer

Neda Dana-Haeri is very passionate about her Persian cultural heritage; she remembers her father used to quote excerpts from Ferdowsi’s The Book of Kings from memory, she describes the Book of Kings as the nationalistic epic of pre-islamic Iran. Coming from an academic family Neda studied psychology at University College London; she expected herself to be a serious professional and for years pursued a career as a marketing consultant, until the “Simorgh” plucked her from the business world and cast her into the infinity of the colour turquoise. Simorgh(Phoenix), who perpetually inspires Neda, translates from Persian as 30 birds and is the symbol of eternal rebirth and the complete circle of life.


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Celebrating Kahlil Gibran at New Bond Street

August 1, 2018 - Roxane Zand

Londoners and visitors to London have rich pickings this summer for Middle East-related cultural offerings. Aside from the Frieze Sculpture Park which features Dubai’s Third Line Galleryshowing a wonderful work by Rana Begum, KAHLIL GIBRAN: A Guide for Our Times is an exhibition that will be held at Sotheby's between 6-10 August 2018, highlighting 38 premier and emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East inspired by the universal message of peace and harmony found in Kahlil Gibran’s poetry, writing and art. Gibran’s best-selling book The Prophet, celebrates its 95th publishing anniversary this year, and Sotheby’s having recently sold a collection of 33 letters by Gibran, makes this a particularly apt moment to hold this show.

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The Art Market Masters

August 1, 2018 - Annie Shaw

While the art world enjoys a moment with virtual reality and contemporary African inspiration, it’s still the big names making the big bucks

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Kahlil Gibran: A Universal Philosophy Timelessly Impacted

July 23, 2018 - Anna Brady

In the monochromatic artwork of Ghada Khunji, she has depicted the character of Almitra, the female protagonist in Kahlil Gibran’s seminal text The Prophet who appears alongside the male prophet Almustafa. As a seer of divine vision, Almitra is cast in Khunji’s work as a holy spirit floating inches from the ground with her arms outstretched and wearing flowing robes with a halo of flowers.

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Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar and the Legacy of Jean Cocteau

July 11, 2018 - THOMAS BARRIE

The Cap-Ferrat-based artist is opening a new show at the villa Santo Sospir, building on the legacy of one of the twentieth century’s greatest polymaths.

n 1950, the French artist and poet Jean Cocteau visited the villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to stay with his new friend Francine Weisweiller. He was there, he told friends, for a short holiday, following the successful release of the film adaptation of his novel Les Enfants Terribles. Seized by a sudden boredom in the house, and commenting “Idleness tires me, and dries me out”, he asked Francine’s permission to draw the head of Apollo on the wall above the fireplace.

Twelve years later, he was still decorating the house. Yard upon yard of paintings and drawings had joined the initial charcoal depiction of the sun god, as had mosaics and ceiling frescoes and a tapestry. Cocteau indelibly stamped his mark on the villa overlooking the sea; even now, the house is known as la villa tatouée, and remains a shrine to the artist.

Now, French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is following in his footsteps. After a successful exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London in June, the artist has returned to his roots to open a solo exhibition at the villa, entitled Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau. A resident of Cap-Ferrat, with his own studio in town, Behnam-Bakhtiar felt a link with Cocteau that spanned the decades, thanks to what he calls “a shared vision of humanity”.

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جبران خليل جبران بطل معرض لندني في أغسطس

June 22, 2018

لندن: عبير مشخص تستضيف العاصمة البريطانية في شهر أغسطس المقبل معرضا متنقلا يدور حول الأديب اللبناني الراحل جبران خليل جبران، وذلك بمقر دار سوذبيز بلندن. وتقيم المعرض مؤسسة «كارافان» الفنية التي كونها قس أميركي مهتم بأعمال جبران.

On The Road to Change

June 3, 2018 - Irene Promodh

CARAVAN takes group exhibition I AM to Seattle as it continues to blaze the trail with its all-women show of Middle Eastern art, writes Irene Promodh.

Hanibal Srouji and the dream therapy

May 23, 2018

Although she carries scars of war, the work of Hanibal Srouji is therapeutic. It repairs the Lebanese, softens the trauma anchored in them and illustrates a part of dream that each carries in itself. In short, the art of Hanibal has a psychoanalytic dimension. Discover his dream world in the exhibition 'Let us Dream', held at the Janine Rubeiz Gallery, from May 30 to July 7. The artist tells us about it. 

An Interview With The Artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar

May 23, 2018

The French-Iranian artist, Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is one of the first artists to showcase Iran through eastern eyes and to challenge the negative constructs of the western gaze, Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s practice aims to change the perceptions and cemented beliefs about Iran and Iranians that persist in the West. The exhibition draws on thousands of years of Iranian culture, weaving ancient Persian motifs, patterns and landscapes into large-scale mixed media paintings, to explore Iranian identity in the 21st century. Descended from the ancient nomadic Bakhtiari tribe, Sassan’s large scale paintings recall the Zagros Mountains in South West Iran that are still home to the tribe, amongst other subjects.

Through exploring his Persian heritage and his dedicated practice of Kundalini meditation, Sassan has used his art as cathartic release, leading him to explore ideas around existentialism, human compassion and wellbeing. Oneness Wholeness will be Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s first UK exhibition since The Real Me, his debut in London in 2014.

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‘I AM’ focuses on peacebuilding through the arts

May 15, 2018 - Movers and Makers

“I AM” – a visual art exhibition celebrating the contributions of Middle Eastern women to the quest for world harmony and peace – is on display through May 27 at Christ Church Cathedral. It is free and open to the public.

The Cincinnati stop is part of a 16-month U.S. tour.

The Whole Spectrum

May 1, 2018 - KARA KAZANOFF

A commanding use of colour and a unique ability to weave together European and Persian traditions were in evidence at a recent exhibition of paintings by Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar.

The most immediately visible characteristic of Oneness Wholeness, presented at the Saatchi Gallery in London, was the strong use of colour. A rainbow of faded pinks, deep-bodied purples, intensely saturated turquoises and greens, Islamic-tile blues, sunset reds, oranges, and light, lemony yellows covered every inch of the gallery space. It took a moment to adjust to the sight, like seeing the bright light of day after being indoors.

Once past the initial sweep of the senses, it became clear that this use of colour was intended to balance very different painting traditions. Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s work has been influenced by the history of European painting – particularly Impressionism – as well as Persian conventions which connect mysticism, meditation and formal repetition. He aims for a holistic approach that is highly ambitious. When it works, it works beautifully.

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Camille Zakharia’s Photographic Foray into the Voids of Bahrain

April 27, 2018 - Sawsan Khalf

It was a sultry December morning when I first came across Lebanese photographer Camille Zakharia’s mercilessly stark photographs of Bahraini compounds as part of a collection titled ‘Birds of a Feather.’ With all the photographs taken under cloudless morning skies in neighborhoods scarcely distinguishable from one another—and therefore also from Adliya, the art-and-restaurant district housing the now defunct Al Riwaq Art Space where the exhibit was being shown — the immediate effect was disorienting: what was inside the photographs closely resembled what lay outside them.

Gallery Girl meets Katia Boyadjian

April 11, 2018 - Lizzy Vartanian Collier

Normandy based artist Katia Boyadjian was born into a long line of photographers. Her father Angelo had a studio in Cairo where she was born and lived for two years before settling in Paris following the events that occurred in Suez in 1956. With experience as both a muse and an artist, her artwork fuses paint and photography and touches on her roots in the Middle East and Armenia. Gallery Girl spoke with Boyadjian to talk about her upbringing, artistic practice and influences.

Egypt’s King Farouk Patek Watch Sets Middle East Auction Record

March 26, 2018 - Claudia Carpenter

Oneness Wholeness, Tree of Life, by Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar in 2017, sold for $15,000 (estimate: $12,000-$18,000). Bakhtiar, who was born in 1984, will exhibit his new series, “Oneness Wholeness,” at London’s Saatchi Gallery in May.

Layering Over the Wounds of Algeria in Contemporary Pied-Noir Art

March 1, 2018 - Amy L. Hubbell

France’s former French citizens of Algeria, the Pieds-Noirs, include one of Europe’s largest diaspora communities in the twentieth century. This diverse group of people settled in Algeria during the colonial years, and after one-hundred and thirty years of French colonial rule, Algeria fought for and won its independence in 1962. The seven-year war was traumatic for both the Algerians and the French living in the colony, and nearly one million people crossed the Mediterranean during and after the war to make a new home in France.

Patrick Altes was born in 1957 in Algeria after the war had begun. Altes’ wounds are not physical, and because of his age at the time of independence, he does not have a sense of proprietorship of this country. Instead, his experience of Algeria has been largely through the scope of independence, and he feels no right to mourn his homeland.

Emerging Egyptian artist gives Orientalism new look

February 18, 2018 - Salwa Samir

The latest exhibition of works by Hossam Dirar, one of the Middle East's most promising artists today, pays homage to 19th-century Cairo through his re-interpretation of Orientalist paintings. “Le Caire 1801,” which opened at the Soma Art Gallery in Cairo on Feb. 4, features works in which Dirar has added his own touch of striking colors, among them shades of red and blue, to the older works depicting Western artists’ images of Egypt.

Building bridges

January 12, 2018 - Isa Jones

Artist Helen Zughaib is aware of how she gets labeled.

Despite living in the states for over three decades, she finds the phrase “Arab-American” still comes up in interviews, news releases and discussions.

“I was characterized, like it or not, as an Arab-American artist,” said Zughaib, who lives in Washington, D.C., but was born in Lebanon. “That’s who I am. I’m constantly blending East and West and trying to open this dialogue and make these small increments towards each other.”

Zughaib is one of 31 artists whose work will be displayed at the Center for the Arts as part of the “I Am” exhibit. The exhibit is the project of Caravan, a creation of Paul-Gordon Chandler, an American Episcopal priest.

I AM: New art exhibit showcases the brilliant work of contemporary Middle Eastern women

January 12, 2018 - Kelsey Dayton

There are so many misconceptions people who have never been there have about the Middle East and what it’s like to live there, said Emy diGrappa of the Wyoming Humanities Council. There are even more when it comes to what it’s like to be a woman in the area.

On Friday, people have a chance to gain a deeper insight into life in the Middle East from people who actually live there thanks to “I AM,” an exhibit featuring work from 31 contemporary Middle Eastern artists. The artists are all women and represent 12 different countries.

Bahraini art comes to London’s Saatchi Gallery

December 17, 2017 - Denise Marray

LONDON: In a world of instant global communication, rapid urbanization and identikit cities competing to build high and sweep away the traces of the past, how do you hold onto your cultural identity while embracing change? A recent ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) exhibition at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London, featuring the works of 15 artists from Bahrain, gave some insights into dealing with this challenge.

Infinite Truths

December 12, 2017 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn

To start with a blank canvas is to start with nothing – to step into the space of an empty void. Though bounded by the canvas edges in two dimensions – the picture plane – this space has the potential to open into infinite illusory dimensions through the agency of diagrammatic line. As lines meet, repeat, converge and diverge, hinging back and forth around a set of angles, the sublime mathematical beauty of Geometry opens into the magical space of the soul as it unfolds all the way to infinity, dancing an endless set of relations that always differ, performing a miraculous form of repetition that repeats only to produce difference and diversity, following in effect the principle of evolution of organic life.

Inspired by the Middle East: Art show wows London crowd

October 17, 2017 - Denise Marray

LONDON: Middle Eastern influences were the binding element in the work of four artists displayed at the Janet Rady Fine Art exhibition held at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London last week.

Meet An Artist - Hojat Amani (Part 2)

October 5, 2017 - Deepa Gopal Sunil

This is the second part of the amazing Iranian artist, Hojat Amani's interview. To read the first part click HERE.


Two Exhibitions on Arab Art Challenge Stereotypes to Build Bridges

October 4, 2017 - Kate Oczypok

For many Americans, the Middle East is often more associated with conflict and complexity than culture and creativity. But two powerful exhibitions of Arab art at the American University Museum are designed to dispel misconceptions and build bridges.

I AM: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by CARAVAN” spotlights female artists from a dozen Middle Eastern countries as they confront issues of culture, religion and social dynamics in a rapidly changing world, both at home and abroad.

This exhibit of female Middle Eastern artists’ work aims to challenge stereotypes

September 29, 2017 - Vanessa H. Larson

“I so much believe in the positive contributions that women are making in the Middle East,” says Janet Rady, curator of “I Am,” a recently opened exhibit at the American University Museum featuring works by 31 female artists with roots in 12 countries in the region.

Meet An Artist - Hojat Amani

September 26, 2017 - Deepa Gopal Sunil

Hojat Amani: I took up visual arts as a major. Of course my family did not want me to do so, because they considered the arts as an extra-curricular activity.

Caravan to the Dark Side of the Moon

September 16, 2017 - Anna Seaman

“The differences between the Muslim and Christian faiths is as slim as the sliver of a crescent moon. The dark side of the moon is what we have in common,” Reverend Paul-Gordon Chandler tells me during a trans-Atlantic Skype conversation.

CANVAS - Arts Scene London

September 11, 2017 - CANVAS

In a visual celebration of women in the arts, Janet Rady has curated a powerful show of women, by women.

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What if zoo animals roam free in Dubai? – in pictures

September 7, 2017 -

What would the world be like if we weren’t dependent on oil? Photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt imagines a deserted Dubai in which the wealthy have fled, leaving giraffes and zebras to wander the alien landscapes

Two Arab Art Shows At American University Explore Conflict, Identity, And Community

September 4, 2017 - Staff

Thirty-one artists were invited to create an original still art work for I AM: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by CARAVAN. Also opening on September 5th at the American University Museum, the exhibition will explore the experiences of women in the Middle East.

Caravan – An Interview With Rev Paul Gordon Chandler On Arts Peacebuilding

August 20, 2017 - Rev Jonathan Evens - Artlyst

CARAVAN is the international intercultural and interreligious peacebuilding arts NGO which has brought I AM, an art exhibition showcasing the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women, to London. In this interview Rev Jonathan Evens speaks to the President and Founder of CARAVAN, Rev Paul-Gordon Chandler, about its work and use of the Arts. Paul-Gordon is an author, interfaith advocate, social entrepreneur, art curator and a U.S. Episcopal priest who has lived and worked in the Middle East for many years.

Comics and calligraphy : British-Iranian artist Jason Noushin – in conversation

August 5, 2017 - Lisa Pollman - Art Radar

Diaspora artist bursts onto international art scene with found paper and Persian script mash-ups. 

Multidisciplinary artist Jason Noushin employs antiquarian paper, discontinued bank notes and vintage comic book leaves alongside calligraphy to emerge with works examining socio-political narratives. 

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I AM: A peace-building exhibition

August 4, 2017 - Anna Seaman

Where the dove, a formally Christian symbol, has become a universally accepted image of peace, Hanaa Malallah has reclaimed the hoopoe, a bird that appears in many Islamic religious texts, as a metaphor for the struggle to survive.

Malallah reluctantly left her homeland of Iraq after decades of war threatened her survival and is now based in London. Her 2015 work - I Have Learnt Something You Did Not Know – is one of 31 pieces on show in the St Martin In The Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square in an exhibition aimed at peacebuilding by connecting east and west.

Glimpse of life by female Middle Eastern artists showcased in I AM exhibition

July 25, 2017 - Kerry McQueeney

An exhibition has travelled from Jordan to the UK to show the diversity and real lives of women in the Middle East, breaking down misconceptions through the work of contemporary female artist

Islamic Women Explore Their Identities In London Exhibition

July 23, 2017 - Edward Lucie-Smith

There happens to be quite a spectrum of feminist and what one might (maybe tactlessly) call ethnic exhibitions on view in London right now.


July 20, 2017 - Janet Rady

Middle Eastern art specialist Janet Rady gives her rundown of how Christine Macel represented artists from the region in the Biennale’s main show

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Canvas Listings

July 20, 2017 - Canvas

After a stint in Amman’s Caravan exhibition space, I AM, an exhibition of 31 Middle Eastern contemporary women artists from 12 countries, including powerful works by Raeda Saadeh (Palestine), Alia Ali (Yemen), Ghada Khunji (Bahrain), Helen Zughaib (Lebanon) and Maitha Demithan (UAE), moves to London.

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July 20, 2017 - Canvas


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‘Punching holes in the darkness’ : Leading Middle East female artists light up London

July 19, 2017 - Denize Marray

A powerful exhibition of the work of 31 contemporary female artists from 12 Middle Eastern countries is now showing in London.


July 5, 2017 - Kayhan Life

On show in Venice this year is the work of Masoud Akhavanjam. Of the Iranian-born artists represented at the Venice Biennale, he is the only one still to be living and working in Iran. His sculpture “Ballerina,” which took 18 months to complete and is made of a fusion of stainless steel and bronze, occupies the second floor of the exhibition “Personal Structures: Open Borders” at Venice’s Palazzo Bembo.


July 1, 2017 - Carlo Lamagna

Exiled artists in the West are, now more than ever, relevant to contemporary expressions and the creative zeitgeist.  Read about the work of Mahmood Sabzi here.

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LONDON EYES: Middle Eastern Female Artists Take Centre Stage in the UK's Vibrant Art Scene This Summer

July 1, 2017 - Harpers Bazaar Arabia - Lizzy Vartanian

This summer contemporary women artists from the Middle East gear up to assert themselves through a series of exhibitions at the forefront of London's vibrant art scene. I Am exhibition is among those leading the charge........

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June 23, 2017

Mainstream Beckons: Janet Rady, specialist in Middle Eastern contemporary art and guest curator of the ‘I AM’ exhibition, envisages a new era for Arab art in which marginalisation is largely a thing of the past



May 26, 2017

A new prize aimed at artists of Iranian descent has been launched in Monaco and is one of the only international prizes to focus specifically on Iran and has few selection criteria.

The judging panel includes the Janet Rady Fine Art director and curator Janet Rady.


Path to peace: 12 women photographers in “I AM” at Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman

May 25, 2017 - Lisa Pollman

Female photographers participating in multidisciplinary exhibition seek to transcend stereotypes.

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May 2, 2017

Firouz Farman Farmaian's Organics (2016) series has been published for the first time in ZH Magazine. The article describes Farman Farmaian's compositions as possessing 'a vivacious and spontaneous energy, as well as a deeply symbolic quality, which speaks to a multiplicity of currents in politics, art and philosophy.'



April 12, 2017 - VOA News Farsi

The exhibition focuses on combining visual arts and poetry and Persian literature.


April 11, 2017 - Widewalls Editorial

Dirar’s work in painting is refined and takes more of a classic approach, using oil paint in expressive strokes and warm colorsto depict women in their feminine power.


March 29, 2017 - Harper's Bazaar

Online art portals and auctions are one of the fastest areas of growth, and one young company exploring this is Beirut-based Artscoops.

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March 21, 2017 - BLOUIN ARTINFO

'The Ocean Can Be Yours', an exhibition curated by Janet Rady is currently on view at the Gerald Moore Gallery, Eltham College, London, through April 29, 2017.


March 19, 2017 - Corrie Parsonson

What would language look like as visual art? Four Iranian artists provide answers to that question in an exhibition that runs through April 29 at the Gerald Moore Gallery in southeast London.


March 6, 2017

Patrick Altes writes for Curating the Contemporary



February 18, 2017 - Sabine B Vogel

In March the 3. Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB) will open – another artfair in the Middle East? Alistair Hicks, former Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank for nearly 20 years, will be involved in the exhibtion programm. Click here to read more.


February 16, 2017 - Lizzy Vartanian Collier

The ocean can be yours. Can it? Visas, passports and border control may argue otherwise. Air travel is a modern phenomenon, the first commercial flight crossed the skies in 1914, before then however, voyages traversed oceans by ship. Who owns the sea? This is a question that our ancestors have been arguing about for centuries and it is unlikely that an answer will be agreed upon soon. The title of a contemporary exhibition of artwork by four Iranian artists at Gerald Moore Gallery purports to claim that the ocean can in fact, be ours.


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February 15, 2017 - Corrie Parsonson

The U.S.-based British-Iranian artist Jason Noushin has a fondness for birds, Persian calligraphy and poetry. In his most recent works, he manages to combine the three, producing life-like birds covered with words. A brace – modelled in wire, paint, ink, plaster, barbed wire and encaustic – is currently part of a group show of Iranian art in London. For more, click here.


February 12, 2017 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn

If the dichotomy between what is visible and what is hidden grounds Iranian philosophical thought, then the convergence of visual art and poetry can only be one of its strongest vehicles. The Ocean Can Be Yours, an exhibition by Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College, curated by Janet Rady, presents Persian visual art and linguistic practices via the interpretation of international poetry through an Iranian lens.

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February 12, 2017 - Alserkalavenue

The Anthropocene brings together several photographic series that Richard Allenby-Pratt has created during his 16 years’ exploration of the UAE. At the core of his visual representation of the local nature is the notion of Anthropocene - a recent designation to describe the geological Epoch of man. The landscape of the UAE that for a long time remained almost entirely in its 'natural' state, recently has undergone a dramatic change. With the arrival of oil wealth fueling an unprecedented economic boom, exponential development has left barely any corner of the country untouched.

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February 8, 2017 - Khalil Itani

Watch the video of the exhibition here.


January 30, 2017 - Susan Dunne

This year's UConn Reads book is "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America," a rallying cry for inclusion and tolerance written in 2012 by Eboo Patel, the president of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that promotes interfaith cooperation.

The Benton Museum, on the university's Storrs campus, mounts an exhibit every year to complement the UConn Reads selection. "Sacred Ground," this year's exhibit, focuses on Muslim artists in America and elsewhere in the world.

Read more here.


November 13, 2016 - Joobin Bekhrad

Joobin Bekhrad, An award-winning writer,the founder and Editor of REORIENT in conversation with Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar. to find out more click here.



October 24, 2016

The Iranian artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian tackles the sensitive themes of exile and identity in a collection of works currently on show at the Shirin Gallery, New York, while also embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Read more on Artscoops.


July 25, 2016

A group of artists, including Malekeh Nayiny, are tapping into memories to present a different view of Iran, including Persian pop and psychedelia. Rahul Verma finds out what inspires them in this article on BBC Culture.


June 20, 2016

Emergeast's Co-Founders Dima Kader and Nikki Meftah speak to Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar in an exclusive interview published on Buro 24/7.


June 2, 2016

Patrick Altes' work has been recently reviewed. Click here to download and read the review.


May 27, 2016

BAAB's founder, and director of Art Select, Kaneka Subberwal sat down with artnet News to discuss the Bahrain Art Across Borders project.


May 27, 2016

Unforgettable Bahrain Art Across Border (BAAB) private launch reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday 25th May. Browse the photo album.


May 5, 2016

In this editorial by Myrna Ayad featuring Fereydoun Ave, Artsy takes a look at the Iranians helping bring their country’s cultural scene back to its former glory.


May 2, 2016

In this article, The Art Newspaper talks about Blue Gold, an exhibition at Etemad Gallery in Tehran featuring Armin Amirian and Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar, and which took on 'one of the biggest issues now facing modern Iran: a drought dating back at least seven years, with water tables falling perilously in parched regions and fabled rivers running dry.'


March 29, 2016

Read the full interview with Bijan Daneshmand, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


March 8, 2016

Malekeh Nayiny is taking part in the group exhibition Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, a unique presentation of art inspired by the popular music of pre-revolutionary Iran and Anatolia. The exhibition opens on 23 April until 4 June 2016 at Vane, Newcastle, England. Download the Press Release.


March 2, 2016

Read the full interview with Hossam Dirar, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


February 15, 2016

Campaign Magazine states in The Iran Report Art and Iran, that one of the main roles of artist Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar is to show the world the true nature of Iran. Read the full article.


February 14, 2016

Patrick Altès is featured in the Francophone Africa research cluster, where he explains the genesis of his new work, Les Riches Heures, selected by the FIAC.


February 13, 2016

Check out Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar in the ArtInternational Istanbul 2015 Programme.


February 12, 2016

Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar's work is featured in Unlocking the Enigma of Iran, an article in The Business of Fashion.


February 11, 2016

Discover who Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar is and what he believes in, in this article by in ReOrient.


February 10, 2016

Gimme Some Truth, originally published in the ReOrient, was re-featured on


February 9, 2016

Read Man on a Mission, featuring Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar in Harper’s Bazaar Art.


January 30, 2016

Read the full interview with Igor & Marina, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


January 26, 2016

Le collage photographique : la mise en scène du réel is an article in Agenda Culturel, featuring Camille Zakharia and elaborating on the artist's practice and his different techniques.


January 20, 2016

Patrick Altes is at the top of the list of 16 Algerian contemporary artists to know now, an article in Art Radar.


January 8, 2016

Hossam Dirar was featured in this article, in Al Beit Magazine, highlighting Dirar's first solo exhibition in Egypt, and his shown work, which focuses on the Bike and, at times, the Woman as subject matter.


December 15, 2015

In this article in Al Watan, Patrick Altes talks about his work featured in "Parenthèse…", an exhibition part of the 7th International Festival of Contemporary Art at the MaMA (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain) in Algiers.


December 5, 2015

Patrick Altes was featured in London exhibit explores Algerian identity, an article in The Arab Weekly exploring what it means to be Algerian and talking to artists including Patrick Altes.


December 2, 2015

Igor & Marina's works have been published in Pambianco and Pambianco Beauty magazines, and featured on their respective covers. Visit Igor & Marina's artist page.


December 1, 2015

Read the full interview with Nasser Al Aswadi, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


November 30, 2015

In Laila Shawa: mother of Arabic revolution art article by Hafsa Elazzaoui in Mvslim, JRFA artist Laila Shawa is portrayed as revolutionary and one of the first female contemporary artists to raise awareness for her country’s situation through her works. Visit Laila Shawa's artist page.


November 7, 2015

In this BBC interview featuring Janet Rady Fine Art artist Patrick Altès, curator Toufik Douib talks about Algerianism Part I, a group exhibition and a collaboration between Toufik Douib and Patrick Altès.


November 5, 2015

Janet Rady Fine Art artist Hojat Amani was mentioned in The Art Newspaper's article "Iran’s artists begin to shine on London stage". Visit Hojat Amani's Artist Page.


November 1, 2015

The Culture Trip takes a deeper look at Janet Rady Fine Art as part of the top London galleries influencing the growth of Middle Eastern artists. Read the article here.


October 29, 2015

Read the full interview with Paul Wadsworth, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


October 9, 2015

Read Larry's List's interview with advertising mogul and cultural entrepreneur Tariq Al Jaidah about his thoughts on the beneficial value ArtBahrain will have on the Middle Eastern art scene and what needs to be done to help continue the region’s art market growth.


October 3, 2015

As Head of Development and in charge of the ArtBahrain Talks programme, Janet Rady shares her thoughts on the fair in this interview with art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


September 13, 2015 - May Mansour

Staff writer May Mansour delves into an interview with Dirar; a contemporary artist with deep philosophical visions and an unexpected feminist streak.


August 29, 2015

Read here the full interview with Camille Zakharia, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


August 27, 2015

As summer is a time when Mayfair and St James's welcome a large number of Middle Eastern visitors, Mayfair Times picks the best exhibitions and galleries that reference that part of the world, featuring Janet Rady Fine Art.

Read about Janet Rady Fine Art in this August 2015 issue.


August 4, 2015

The Boy Jihadi is a fiction piece by Youssef Rakha, featuring work by Janet Rady Fine Art artist Sabah Arbilli. Rakha is a novelist, poet, reporter, and photographer born in Cairo.

Read the article here and visit Arbilli's artist page to view more of his work.


July 31, 2015

Read here the full interview with Amin Roshan, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


July 8, 2015

In this interview, Dubai-based art collector and Iranian-born entrepreneur Ramin Salsali reveals his thoughts on the current state of Middle-Eastern’s art scene, including Janet Rady Fine Art artist Amin Roshan, as well as the importance of art collecting patronage in United Arab Emirates (UAE).


June 30, 2015

Read here the full interview with Hanibal Srouji, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


May 31, 2015

Read here the full interview with Neda Dana-Haeri, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


April 28, 2015

Read here the full interview with Sabah Arbilli, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


March 29, 2015

Read here the full interview with Richard Allenby-Pratt, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.


February 27, 2015

'Rady has become one of the world’s premier Middle East art experts.' [al-Araby]


On 24 February 2015, Al-Araby al-Jadeed published Journeying into contemporary Middle Eastern art with Janet Rady, an inspiring article by Ahmad K Minkara about Janet Rady.

Minkara writes about his encounter and conversation with Janet Rady, and how after studying and living in the Middle East for years, Rady has dedicated her life to the art of the region.

Minkara introduces the reader to Rady's biography, her thirst for Islamic art and the successful pursuit of her passion, going through her life-changing visits and career path.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed English is a news and current affairs website focused on the Arab world with the aim to provide in-depth and informative coverage and put forward views and voices to promote a progressive discourse and counter autocratic and sectarian narratives that threaten to dominate the region.





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February 27, 2015

Janet Rady Fine Art artist Hojat Amani on angel's wings, calligraphy and Iranian art today - an INTERVIEW by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman in Art Radar.


February 24, 2015

The Part 3 report of the ManotoTV on the 2015 Edinburgh Iranian Festival features judge Janet Rady who was also a speaker at the Perception Opening Night of the festival, which took place on Saturday 7th February 2015 at the Summerhall.

The ManotoTV is an international free-to-air Persian-language general entertainment channel based in London and its programs include documentaries, films, series, news and reports.

Watch the report here and check out the Edinburgh Iranian Festival's new website on this link.


January 29, 2015

In this interview, art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman talks to Janet Rady Fine Art artist Khaled Akil, an inspiring conversation which enlightens on Akil's background, practice and the meaning behind his works.





January 29, 2015

In this February – March 2015 Environment issue of The Middle East in London, the cover features Atefeh Khas' work.

The issue tackles subjects such as Water resources in the Middle East, Wars, depleted uranium and soil pollution, Iran’s looming water crisis, Cultural heritage and the environment, Can desalination provide a sustainable source of water?, The Nile Basin and hydrosolidarity, Nanotechnology, PLUS Reviews and events in London.

Click here to view the full cover.


January 6, 2015

Photography from the MENA region is in vogue with curators around the world. But how is it faring in the global art market?'

In this January-February 2015 issue of Harper's BAZAAR ART, Simon Bowcock talks to industry professionals such as Janet Rady to find out.

Read the powerful article and find out the answer here.


December 4, 2014

In this inspiring article, Patrick Altes and Dr. Natalya Vince discuss Altes' residency at the University of Portsmouth, where he worked in the School of Languages and Area Studies for ten months in 2012-13 and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust’s Artist in Residence scheme.

"Patrick Altes’s brings a new perspective to this public debate. Through art, he succeeds in challenging both pied-noir nostalgia about ‘French Algeria’ and academic and popular preconceptions – and indeed misgivings – about what a pied-noir voice might represent."

To know more about Patrick Altes, visit his artist page here.






November 25, 2014

'Each piece she completes is a chance to look at a particular event with completely fresh eyes'

In the new issue 'Contemporary Art' of The Middle East in London, December 2014 - January 2015, Janet Rady and Lisa Pollman discuss the life and works of multimedia artist Soheila Sokhanvari.

The article sheds light on Sokhanvari, taking the reader on an inspiring journey through the Iranian artist's art genre, techniques, unsual materials and backgroud.


August 20, 2014

London-based online auction site The Auction Room has announced it will hold a second online auction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art on October 1, 2014.

The second sale follows The Auction Room’s inaugural online auction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art in 2013 which was a great success realizing a total of £235,348.

For more information please click here.


June 21, 2014 - Michèle Laird

An Andy Warhol self-portrait for more than $30 million, or an inflatable dolphin by Jeff Koons for $5 million? While the sale of these works at Art Basel grab the headlines, found many original works of art for under CHF5,000 ($5,603).

Many galleries the world over use Basel as a launching pad for young artists at entry level prices, since art fairs are often the only chance for exposure outside their home countries. They flock to Art Basel, and its four satellite fairs, Liste, Scope, Solo Project and Volta.
Given the faraway places from which many galleries come, geopolitics remain surprisingly present, even in art. 

Read more here


June 12, 2014

After his successful participation in the Oran Biennale, Zapruder, an Italian social and political magazine is featuring Patrick Altes' “A Story of Revolutions” series with “Pied Noir Cowboy” as a cover in its Movimenti Nei Mediterraneo edition of April 2014.

To see the issue, click here.

And JadMag, edited by Tadween Publishing is featuring “Garden of Eden”  in The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution.


June 11, 2014

We are proud to announce that Amin Roshan has been chosen out of all Middle Eastern artists to have his work 'To Follow Reza Shah, 2013' featured on the front cover of the June - July 2014 issue of The Middle East in London


June 11, 2014 - Ziad Salah

Rencontré dans l’immense salle de la Médiathèque d’Oran qui a abrité la 3ème Biennale, Patrick ALTES, peintre français, a aimablement répondu à nos questions. En premier lieu, il nous a parlé des cinq toiles qu’il a exposées lors de cette manifestation artistique.


To read more click here.


May 20, 2014


"What shapes your sense of belonging? French-Algerian artist Patrick Altes attempts to reconcile his identity with the troubled history of his birthplace, finds Stephen Clarke…"

To find the full story click here


May 17, 2014 - THE CULTURIST

To read about Richard Allenby-Pratt's project on consumption featured in The Culturist, click here.


April 21, 2014 - Zoltan Somheygi

'From the regional to the Global Market: MENASA artists in western galleries' is an interview with Janet Rady and nine other gallerists about MENASA contemporary practice, their representation in western galleries and also their reception in the global markets.

To read the full story, please click here.


February 9, 2014 - Arash Khalatbari

Janet Rady Fine Art artist, Amin Roshan, finds a creative method by using Crude oil in his paintings.

To find the full story, click on the link.


January 10, 2014

"And amongst the sultans I stood out..." History is made with unveiling of National day Sculpture on the Corniche, Doha, Qatar



September 24, 2013 - Manoto TV

Interview with Janet Rady about the Auction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art. Please click here to watch the video.



May 5, 2013 - Canvas Magazine

We are pleased to announce that Pedram Baldari's work is in the collection of the renowned Curator, HE Sheika Maisa Al-Qassemi's colletion.

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September 1, 2010 - Dr Christa Paula

Want to know more about us?  Read acclaimed writer and curator Dr Crista Paula’s interview with Janet Rady in the September 2010 issue of The Middle East in London.