Shirin Neshat Explores Power, Identity and Societal Roles in the Islamic World 

"Ghada and Sayed", taken from the "Our House is on Fire" series, 2013. Digital C-print and ink.

“Ghada and Sayed”, taken from the “Our House is on Fire” series, 2013. Digital C-print and ink.

An exhibition of Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat’s works at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC wrapped up last month after garnering much acclaim. Running from May 18th – September 20th, 2015, the exhibit, entitled Facing History, featured a handful of Ms. Neshat’s iconic pieces in both photographic and video form and integrating snippets of Iranian history and perceptions of the Islamic world throughout.

Based in New York, Ms. Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1957 and lived there until she left to the US for art school during the Iranian Revolution, settling in Los Angeles for the duration of her academic career.

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Cuban-American Photographer Abelardo Morell Blends Photography with Surrealism in Exploration of Traditional Techniques and Subjects 

Boston-based photographer Abelardo Morell is a true jack of all photographic trades – and a master of every single one.

"View of Central Park Looking North - Fall, 2008"

“View of Central Park Looking North – Fall, 2008”

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Morell immigrated to the United States as a young adult, where he attended both Bowdoin College and Yale School of Art. A quick scan of his resumé reveals a lifetime of artistic achievements in the form of multiple exhibitions and awards from a multitude of international institutions. Continue reading

Trending in Japan: Fireflies in Photography and Installations, Featuring Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama 

At least four Japanese artists have been internationally acknowledged for their work recently – threein the past month alone. In addition to their shared heritage, Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama also share a passion for a certain curious, effulgent insect that has captivated almost every child at one point or another: the lambent firefly.

While little personal information is available on Mr. Cyan, he seems to be an amateur on the local Japanese photography scene, having only surfaced with the publication of his firefly photos this past year.

"Last Dance of the Fireflies", Yume Cyan

“Last Dance of the Fireflies”, Yume Cyan

His photos were taken in the forests surrounding Nagoya, a central Japanese city that is said to be named for its peaceful – nagoyaka (なごやか) – aura. Leaving his shutter open for nearly 30 seconds, Mr. Cyan has created a short series of magical photographs featuring fireflies at dusk. Continue reading

Yemeni Photographer Ibi Ibrahim to be Featured at Art14 London Art Fair, February 28th – March 2nd, 2014 

"Forgotten Queen" from the Sitara Series

“Forgotten Queen” from the Sitara Series

Yemeni photographer Ibi Ibrahim is to be featured in the upcoming Art14 annual global art fair in London, UK.

At only 26 years old, Mr. Ibrahim has built up an extensive repertoire of photographic pieces focused issues that are treated as significant taboos in the Arab and greater Islamic world, making his work a point of controversy for some.  Such taboos include issues pertaining to religion, identity, homosexuality, gender identity and equality, and women’s empowerment, among others. Continue reading

Italian-Senegalese Artist Maïmouna Guerresi Blends Sculpture and Photography in her Explorations of the Female Condition, Spirituality and Identity 

"Genitilla al-Wilada" and "Mother Minaret"

“Genitilla al-Wilada” and “Mother Minaret”

Known informally as the “Sufi Frida Kahlo”, Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italian artist who is most known for her blending of different mediums, primarily sculpture video, installation pieces and photography.

Originally born in Italy, Mr. Guerresi converted to Islam after an inspirational trip to Senegal in the early 1990s, joining the Murid community there. Continue reading

Martin Klimas’ Exploding Flowers and “Sonic” Exhibition on September 18th, 2013 at the Foley Gallery in NY, USA 

"Flower 6", Rapid Bloom

“Flower 6”, Rapid Bloom

German photographer Martin Klimas has recently produced two remarkable sets of photographs that are particularly worthy of mention, one of which will be featured in an exhibition opening tomorrow, September 18th, 2013. Based in Düsseldorf, Mr. Klimas has made a name for himself for his use of high-speed photography, capturing moments of intense action in an image.  Continue reading

Iranian and Arab Female Photographers On Display in Upcoming Photography Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, USA: “She Who Tells a Story” 

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, USA is opening yet another magnificent photography exhibition this week.

"Hiba, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut 2010" from "A Girl and Her Room" by Rania Matar

“Hiba, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut 2010” from “A Girl and Her Room” by Rania Matar

Entitled “She Who Tells a Story” – the literal translation of the word rawia, Arabic for the feminine form of a storyteller – the exhibition consists of works submitted solely by female photographers hailing from the Arab world, Iran and beyond. Continue reading

Frantisek Drtikol, Renowned Czech Photographer, Remembered in Lane Collection Exhibition at the MFA Boston 

“Nude”

František Drtikol is one of many fine photographers featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA entitled “An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection”. Born in the city of Příbram in what is now the Czech Republic in 1883, Drtikol was one of the first Czech photographers to attain widespread international praise for his photographs. Continue reading

Wooden Camera Photography is Alive and Well in Afghanistan 

An incredible short video put together by the Afghan Box Camera Project features the work of Mr. Qalam Nabi, one of two final remaining wooden box photographers remaining in operation in Kabul, Afghanistan. While the art of wooden camera photography is indeed alive in Afghanistan, it is not necessarily well, as the title indicates; that said, the art remains one that is seldom seen anywhere else on the planet.

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Timothy Archibald’s Personal Photographic Essay on Autism, Featuring His Son, Eli 

AutismIn early 2010, photographer Timothy Archibald published a set of photographs featuring a delicate young boy in a series of portraits portraying varying degrees of implied vulnerability. The boy is Archibald’s autistic son, and the essay was dedicated to highlighting the constraints of the condition. Continue reading