All posts tagged: Iran

A whisper of a breeze – end of desert summer and a stroll to see some art

The desert summer is leaving us for another year and the air is beginning to feel cool (ish), the galleries are re-opening and Fat Nancy took a stroll around Al Quoz and found an exhibition that re-ignited an interest in calligraphy in contemporary art – Pouran Jinchi, The Third Line. It brought to mind other artists working in a very similar way and left an itching to get back to old notes and dig out some favourites – in particular fellow Iranians,  Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Golnaz Fathi and Mohamed Bozorgi (ref. images at the end of article). You may not read or understand Arabic, but there is a musicality to the pieces and something meditative about the repetitious nature of their making that draws the viewer in. It’s understood that even a native speaker would struggle to define any actual letters in most of the works – someone once described the effect as a kind of whispering, the paintings murmuring to the viewer. The message is almost inaudible and they hint towards meaning rather than explicitly …

Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Dubai

The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai is uniting Academy lecturers like American hip hop producer Just Blaze, electronic musician Derrick May, world renowned UK producer Gareth Jones, Grammy-nominated dance music guru Kenny Dope, and DJ Gerd Janson, with 32 of the region’s most prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs and producers, giving them the chance to immerse themselves in all things musical. The Academy itself is a closed event, featuring lectures, workshops and studio sessions, but it will culminate in 4 club nights featuring live performances from the attending lecturers. The grand finale on the 28th of September will see 17 participants, including Adil Omar, taking the stage at The Music Room for a collaboration. Akin to the birth a Middle East super group, This RBMA All-star jam session will brings together all the live musicians from Bass Camp including artists from 8 countries, covering a wide music spectrum from funk to rock to electronic music and a shade of everything in between. On the 26th of September, 360 in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in partnership …

Last chance to catch Mehdi Farhadian at Lawrie Shabibi

A Miracle for the Whole World is Mehdi Farhadian’s first solo exhibition in Dubai. In this new series of works Farhadian departs from his usual references to history and architecture and instead explores nature and man’s relationship to the natural forces that surround, using magical imagery to evoke a nostalgic longing for the past whilst hinting at a futuristic utopia. Large-scale mountain ranges, wide skies and forest scenes reference the artist’s childhood memories of Northern Iran, with the ever present protagonists appearing small and insignificant against these vast landscapes. Farhadian invites the viewer to contemplate a time bygone and to consider the universal and ever-present power of nature. Rocks and clouds, streams and woods, women and men, birds and beasts immerse themselves in Mother Nature appearing to enjoy the sensuality of the long grass, the deep forests and soothing waters; captivated by the majestic beauty of their surroundings.  And yet, looking at the works deep feelings of longing and sense of unease and ambiguity are ever-present. Is this a message of hope towards utopia or one of the …