Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan
nearly the complete exhibition in Nafas Art Magazine
7 June - 4 October 2009
Curator: Jemima Montagu
* 1978 Quetta, Pakistan. His family is from Hazarajat, Afghanistan.
* 1974 London, UK.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
* 1924 Qazvin, Iran.
* 1963 Tehran, Iran.
* 1944 Tehran, Iran.
* 1972 Faisalabad, Pakistan.
* 1972 Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Nusra Latif Qureshi
* 1973 Lahore, Pakistan.
* 1967 Kabul, Afghanistan.
* 1984 Kandahar, Afghanistan.
He who knows himself and others
Here will also see,
That the East and West, like brothers,
Parted ne'er shall be.
Thoughtfully to float for ever
'Tween two worlds, be man's endeavour!
So between the East and West
To revolve, be my behest!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: West-Östlicher Divan (1819)
The exhibition will present recent works by ten artists from three countries, better known in the West for stereotypes of terrorism and Islamic extremism than for their rich artistic heritage and vibrant contemporary cultures.
East-West Divan meditates upon links between the artistic traditions in Venice and the Persian artistic heritage shared by these countries, revealing the tightly knotted relationship between East and West - both in life and the imagination.
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