Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat's dark kohl-lined eyes are immediately recognizable. The Hirshhorn Museum's retrospective in Washington, just steps from Congress, coincides with a diplomatic push to seal a nuclear deal with Iran that has revived interest in relations between Tehran and the West. The non-linear narrative of the exhibit provides a glimpse not just at Neshat's art and life, but also the trajectory of Iran in modern times, from the 1953 coup through the 1979 Islamic Revolution to the recent Green Movement. Although the self-described secular Muslim, insists her exile is "self-imposed," her work is so controversial in Iran that it has yet to be shown there publicly, and she has not returned since 1996.
7 November, 2017 A year after his election win, Donald Trump's woes are mounting Where were you when Donald Trump won the presidency? The election of a real estate mogul and TV star to the White House a year ago is deemed a historic moment for supporters and critics alike. Finally, America had the outsider it needed to smash the establishment – or a uniquely […]
12 November, 2017 U.S. to promote 'universal access' to fossil fuels at climate talks By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes to promote wider use of fossil fuels at a global meeting on climate change next week, a White House official said, reflecting the gaping divide between Washington and the rest of the ...
19 October, 2016 Iraqi artist warns of ‘scenario of destruction’ Acclaimed Iraqi artist Dia Al-Azzawi, who exhibits almost 550 of his works in Qatar this week, says his country faces a bleak future and the assault on Mosul is "a scenario of destruction". "I am the cry, who will give voice to me?" showcases paintings, sculptures and drawings for the […]
15 September, 2016 Ai Weiwei: ‘One voice’ for refugees in new expo Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei Thursday unveiled thousands of mobile phone pictures of refugees at his newest exhibition, saying it aimed to speak with "one voice" for those who have fled to Europe's shores. It also includes sculptured marble lifebuoys and a marble surveillance […]