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Aida Foroutan (Art Aware)
Art Aware is a non-profit-making blog that monitors all that’s interesting in the world of contemporary art, literature and culture in Iran and in the Iranian worldwide diaspora. It is a review and commentary of new exhibitions, events and developments in art media in Iran and in the West. I am a working artist and also an academic art historian.
Art Aware is a non-profit-making blog that monitors all that’s interesting in the world of contemporary art, literature and culture in Iran and in the Iranian worldwide diaspora. It is a review and commentary of new exhibitions, events and developments in art media in Iran and in the West. I am a working artist and also an academic art historian.
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Inspired by lingerie, Iranian artist in East Haddam explores perceptions of women worldwide
Which Pair Are Yours? (Coalition) Colored pencils, 2014, 12.5 x 15.5 inches, by Azita Moradkhani. This drawing is about women's vulnerability and, at the same time, their power. While lingerie has a powerful role in sexual enticement, it is also extremely d...

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"When it Dawned"
Iran opposition leader’s daughter held painting exhibition Narges Mousavi an Iranian artist and daughter of Mir Hossein Mousavi stands during her exhibition in “House of Free Designers” art gallery in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The daughter of Ira...

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“Subliminal”
Iranian-American Painter’s exhibition at SECCA provides visual revelations while highlighting hidden messages and nefarious political agendas “Shooting the Edge,” 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 213 x 274 cm, by Taha Heydari. Heydari’s work, in an exhibition title...

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Comics and Calligraphy: British-Iranian artist Jason Noushin – in conversation
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 w...

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Why Shirin Neshat complicates 'Aida' at the Salzburg Festival
With Anna Netrebko in the title role, Verdi's "Aida" gets a fresh staging at this year's Salzburg Festival. Iranian stage director and film artist Shirin Neshat told DW why she made "Aida" more complex than usual. Anna Netrebko will be Aida. Courtesy DW. by...

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This Creepy AI Artwork is Programmed to Learn and Adapt Itself
Who is the artist? The AI creators or the AI itself? The Machine Was a Ball and I Was a Cold Star Installation view, Adam de Neige in collaboration with Ivan Pesic, 2017.  Images courtesy of the artist and Creators - Vice. by Andrew Nunes ,  Creators - Vice...

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Refuge
I started having nightmares around the time we arrived in the first refugee hostel—missing limbs and phantom stranglers and dying parents were simply the price of sleep. Illustration by Ansellia Kulikku. Courtesy Guernica.   by Dina Nayeri,  Guernica ur fir...

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Beyond the veil: Bold art by Persian-Arab women
Suspended Territories exhibition Superheroes, mythical female figures in the desert: the Suspended Territories exhibition at Germany′s Marta Herford gallery showcases contemporary women's art from the Arab world, Iran and North Africa.  Courtesy Qantara. by...

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New York art museum seeks to counter Islamophobia
Saudi-Palestinian artist Dana Awartani says she wants museum visitors to walk walk with a different impression of Arabs and Muslims. Courtesy Al Jazeera Reported by Gabriel Elizondo ,  Al Jazeera News Home to some of the world's most famous art spaces, New ...

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Abraham in Flames, Truth, Justice & Memory: On Trials by Fire in the Art of Iran and America
Niloufar Talebi is a writer, award-winning translator, and multidisciplinary artist. She won a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship for her translations of Ahmad Shamlou’s poetry. Courtesy Jules Cisek and HuffPost. by  Omid Memarian ,...
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