A collection of notes from the Iranian diaspora.
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Sonic Journey Through Iran — another cool project to support on Kickstarter. Creating a sample library of Iranian music, by Iranian musicians, who actually get paid for their labor. Cheers to that!

"Iran Air," by Hiatus ft. Shura = London Iranians + family photo nostalgia + dreamy electronic music.

Magic of Persia events and exhibition in LA & NYC in the coming months. Save the date!
Call for artists — Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2015. Deadline Oct 24, 2014!
RIP to the Lioness of the Persian Ghazal, Simin Behbahani. From her classic poem, “Dobareh Misaazamet Vatan.” 

RIP to the Lioness of the Persian Ghazal, Simin Behbahani. From her classic poem, “Dobareh Misaazamet Vatan.” 

“A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor and a stubborn question mark, “Fifi Howls From Happiness” registers, by turns, as a celebration, an excavation and an increasingly urgent rescue mission. The movie was directed by Mitra Farahani, an Iranian filmmaker who lives in Paris. In 2010, she discovered that the long-disappeared Mr. Mohassess, a septuagenarian, had been living in a hotel in Rome for decades. She grabbed a digital video camera and — with his insistent, sometimes humorously bossy input on how she should proceed — began shooting, recording his reminiscences of his life in and out of Iran and sharing images of his art.”

—   New York Times review of Mitra Farahani’s “Fifi Howls from Happiness,” playing now in New York & Los Angeles. 

World Premiere of RED ROSE by Sepideh Farsi at TIFF 2014

World premiere of RED ROSE by Sepideh Farsi at TIFF 2014.

Synopsis: A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from the police, in this fascinating drama that blends scripted scenes with on-the-ground footage from Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution.

Ramin Karimloo, on banjo, with Sergio Ortega on guitar, performs “Bring Him Home” from the musical “Les Misérables,” now at the Imperial Theater. For the New York Times. 

farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."

farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."

Oh how I miss the deliciousness featured here! The Star offers a look at our beloved Iranian Plaza in Toronto. 

Munchies Guide to food in Tehran, preview of a forthcoming episode from Vice. Gelareh clearly has the best job ever. 

SHIVA AHMADI VIDEO INSTALLATION AT ASIA SOCIETY (NYC)

From Leila Heller: 

Asia Society Museum has invited the artist Shiva Ahmadi to create a new work as part of its ongoing In Focus series. Ahmadi’s practice is informed by the tradition of miniature painting. Her jewel-like compositions feature allegorical narratives that serve as a critique of contemporary political conflicts and the abuses of power that accompany them. For this exhibition the artist will present Lotus, a new single-channel animation, commissioned by Asia Society and based on two traditional Buddhas from the Asia Society Museum Collection. This new work will be Ahmadi’s first significant animation to date and marks an important shift in her practice. The animation is based on the artist’s 2013 triptych painting Lotus. The artist appropriates the image of the Buddha as the representation of a wise, forgiving deity to illustrate the devolution of a pure and well-intentioned ruler into an irresponsible and corrupt despot under the influence of absolute power. Bombs, grenades, and other explosives evocative of the accessories of war slowly infiltrate the narrative, and serve as a metaphor for the volatile political atmosphere of our contemporary time. This narrative springs from the artist’s own experience of war, political corruption, and global instability, first encountered during her childhood in Iran in the 1970s and later as an adult in the 1990s.
 
Shiva Ahmadi was born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and works in Northville, Michigan. She received a BA in painting from Azad University in 1998 and MFA degrees from Wayne State University in 2003 and the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in 2005. She also participated in a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2003. Since then, the artist has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Shiva Ahmadi: In Focus is Ahmadi’s first solo museum exhibition in New York.

One to Follow: document IRAN

For the latest on Iranian photography, check out this great blog curated by talented Iranian American photographer Ramin Talaie. 

In 'Manuscripts,' A Barred Filmmaker Considers Dissident Art

A pop-up Shahnameh? Yes! And a beautiful one at that. Support this innovative project at http://www.fictionvillestudio.com/shahnamehpopup/