Arts & Culture

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

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A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

On the Couch with Ben Gerrard

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Who is Ben… Ben Gerrard is a 34 year-old… Arts Review He graduated ‘class-underdog’ from NIDA in 2006 and has since carved out a fascinating niche career as a comedian and character-actor in both theatre and… What would you do differently to what you do… I wish I’d realised sooner that perception and reality are not the… On the Couch… Read More »

Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years

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Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. The Conversation Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the… Aboriginal Australians co… Read More »

When nations fall their artists rise

Iraqi artist - Al Jazeera

Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s works. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News On an ethereally sunny and surreal day in Doha, in the company of a dear Qatari artist friend, we walked into Qatar Museum Gallery Alriwaq, now exhibiting an awe-inspiring retrospective of the pre-eminent Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. In two complementary… When nations fall their… Read More »

We need artists — but artists need to be able to live

Art - Irish Examiner

An Arts Council conference tomorrow highlights the importance of the arts to society and the issue of funding, says Sheila Pratschke Irish Examiner LAST year, the centenary of 1916, the discussion of the role of the arts in our country had a new focus. The artists of Ireland worked… We need artists — but artists… Read More »

The mysterious masked women of Iran

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The face mask worn by many Bandari women is probably the most striking of all their unusual attire. Rodolfo Contreras BBC News A jumble of cultures The people in Hormozagan… The mysterious masked… Read More »

Is Humanism Really Humane?

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This is the tenth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on the question of violence. Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe The New York Times This conversation is with Cary Wolfe, who is the director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University and the founding editor of the Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press. Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism”… Is Humanism Really… Read More »

In Meluku, East Of Eden

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The story of spices is the story of temptation—and human civilisation’s rise and fall. A string of fabled, fragrant islands forms its kernel. Amitav Ghosh Outlook At my writing desk, as in my kitchen, I find it impossible to escape the lure of spices. Their flavours enliven many of… In Meluku, East… Read More »

South Africa: Countdown for Matric Results

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Pretoria — The wait is almost over for the Class of 2016 as Matric learners will tomorrow find out their fate as the National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC) results are set to be released. AllAfrica This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the… South Africa: Countdown… Read More »

The Absence Of Silence: Poetry In The Age Of Trump

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Art is dying. But don’t point to the academic whose guild churns out self-ref/verential drivel. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller Ignore the publishers pumping said drivel into the oxygen tank. And don’t blame the… The Absence Of… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

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The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

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This attack is on the culture of tolerance, on the pluralism of Muslim countries that is represented in Istanbul. Hamid Dabashi Al  Jazeera News I have now blissfully forgotten how many times I have visited Istanbul, or why is it I feel so much at home there. Last time I was… Istanbul was our… Read More »

Patricia Cornelius is a courageous Australian playwright – why is she so neglected?

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One of our best dissenting, provocative voices has become collateral damage in a war between economics and art Wesley Enoch The Guardian Patricia Cornelius jokes that her son will make a packet when she is dead. She is one of the most awarded playwrights in the… Patricia Cornelius is… Read More »

Tolkien’s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

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For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien’s stories. Simon Tolkien BBC News My grandfather, JRR Tolkien, died when I was 14. He remains vivid to… Tolkien’s grandson on… Read More »