What We Choose To Overlook
Lida Abdul is an Afghan video and performance artist born in 1973 in Kabul. Forced to flee Afghanistan following the Russian invasion and the war that followed, Abdul lived as a refugee in Germany and India before settling in the US, where she has been based now for over two...
LACMA’s Art of the Middle East
'I had something of an epiphany after visiting the British Museum's <em>Word Into Art </em>exhibition in 2006, witnessing the curatorial trajectory that curator Venetia Porter had followed in curating works from modern and contemporary Middle Eastern epoch', explained Linda Komaroff, Los Angeles County Museum of Art's curator of Islamic Art,...
Nostalgia for the Future
Ala Ebtekar is an Iranian-American artist whose practice explores the juncture between history and myth. Forging a multi-faceted project that melds Persian mythology, science, philosophy and pop culture together, his work returns us to the past as a way of envisioning the future. Currently Visiting professor at Stanford University, Ebtekar...
Engaging with a wide range of media, and executed across numerous networks and locations, Shezad Dawood’s work questions set parameters, both practical and conceptual. Pop culture, Sufism and structural filmmaking are just some of the elements that are regularly cited in his far-reaching practice. Dawood also explores ideas about mutability...
New Vocabularies for New Challenges
Newsha Tavakolian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1981 and is a self-taught photographer whose recent body of work bridges the worlds of documentary and art. Tavakolian began her professional career as a photojournalist aged 16 and has since had her work published in such esteemed international titles as <em>National...</em>
Wafaa Bilal is celebrated for his politically inclined performance pieces that employ interactive technologies. Born in Iraq in 1966<strong>,</strong> Bilal left his country of birth in 1991 amidst the turmoil of the first Gulf War and spent the next two years in refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia<strong>,</strong> before...
Talinn Grigor, Building Iran
<em>Building Iran: Modernism, Architecture, and National Heritage </em>is a remarkable account of Iranian modern history. Architecture played a crucial part in this history: it was a major political tool in re-appropriating Iranian cultural heritage alongside secular reforms during the Pahlavi monarchic rule of Reza Shah (1925-41) and his son Mohammad...