Archive for the ‘Art and Culture’ Category

Belly dancing; Celebrating cultures or contributing to colonization?

For me, as a foreign national visitor who seeks for authentic  Australian folk art the Illawarra folk festival was still in lack of indigenous art and music. But the 3 day festival was a host to international cuisines from Turkey, Bali, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and music bands from Europe, across Australia and … in different [...]

January 30, 2013 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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The Other’s Other; Installation Art Exhibition

The Other’s Other is the title of an art exhibition, held in Art Space, Sydney from 9th May until 17th July.. The Other’s Other was trying to elaborate upon fluidity of territorial borders and cultural identification through a project that explores some of historical and complexities of contemporary migration . Art works from Australia, Egyptian, [...]

May 25, 2012 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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A generation, from reality to pictures

Women and the Middle East are controversial enough key words to make a piece of art interesting for westerns. This time, there is a new representation of this by an Iranian female artist, Melika Shafahi born in 1984, Tehran.  Grown up there and studied photography at the university of Tehran and now is living in [...]

March 8, 2012 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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A “Separation” which brought united admirable critics

As per critics, in The Sun-Herald, Sydney Newspaper by Andrew L.Urban it is a rare achievement for a foreign language film to be nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar but it’s not hard to see why a Separation has that distinction, as well as numerous other nominations and awards not limited to Golden globe [...]

February 26, 2012 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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Bandage; a sense of relief

It was a cold winter evening, In a basement with a small fireplace on the corner in Tehran, the capital of the country where sounds of objections were heard in June 2009 and now in that dark basement you can see the sparkles of a generation born after Islamic revolution, you can listen to the [...]

February 17, 2012 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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Namard; Story of Three Successful Afghan Women

“Namard” is the name of the 35 minute documentary movie directed by Mustafa Kia, depicting social life of three well known and successful Afghan women. Following is my interview with Mustafa Kia, the Afghan documentary film maker and blogger of Kabulistan. He is university student in Political Science in Afghanistan with passion in art, both [...]

January 12, 2012 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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Spirit of Union

In the month December, when You can experience a nice cool weather in the UAE is full of events. Not just shopping festivals but social events and celebrating cultures. This year, UAE celebrated its 40th years of uniting during a three day weekend. 2nd December is called the National Day. This day is celebrated on [...]

December 4, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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The Heart of the Kavir

A crowd of many hundreds have gathered by the dried-up bed of the Zayanderud (life-giver river); the river has been dry for a long time due to an extended drought that has affected Iran in recent years. Now, despite the ongoing drought, the dam upriver has been opened for a few days so that the [...]

November 16, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan

Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan, is the title of a book foreword by Alice Walker. The title illustrates itself well, Meena is not just a brilliant student in the school, a kind sister at home and an impressive woman. She is a young woman who at the age of 20 started the first movement for women’s [...]

November 14, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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Zayande Rood celebrates Abangan

Abangan, is one among the 12 Iranian celebrations, held on 10th of Aban month, Aban day of Aban month in Persian calender which is on 1st November. This celebration is held in praise of Anahid or Anahita, the Goddess of flowing water similar to Afrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty in ancient Greece. In [...]

November 13, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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