This section is updated with news, updates, and articles that explore the rich culture and heritage of Iran.

It has been set up separately to assist researchers and people who are interested in Iranian Art as a page for direct access to such important topic.

First Iranian-American woman to win Oscar turns to Iran-themed films

Rayka Zehtabchi, right, and Melissa Berton accept the award for best documentary short subject for "Period. End of Sentence." at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP) February 28, 2019 The first Iranian-American woman to win an Oscar, Rayka Zehtabchi, says she wants to build on Sunday’s [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|

Iran: Meybod celebrates becoming world city for Zilou

The country's handicrafts exports reached $190 million in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year. (Supplied) February 20, 2019 On Monday, Meybod celebrated becoming a world city for Zilou, a traditional type of floor covering commonly woven across the central Iranian city and its outskirts. City of Meybod in central [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s millennials see windows to the outside world closing

Ashkan Gomrokian in the Tehran skate park where he trains most days. (Bloomberg) By Ladane Nasseri February 7, 2019 Ashkan Gomrokian is a young man who’s easy to find. Most afternoons he’s in the skate park in downtown Tehran, perfecting his crooked kickflip and lipslide. The commonplace scene would’ve been considered deviant in Iran [...]

By |February 7th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Israeli-Iranian folk singer Maureen Nehedar: “the soundtrack of our lives”

Israeli-Iranian folk singer Maureen Nehedar's recent concert in New York "unlocked emotions that had been lodged in the subconscious of so many people in the room." (Ofra Panzer) February 6, 2019 Israeli-Iranian folk singer Maureen Nehedar not only challenges the ongoing practice of child marriage in Iran, she helps give a voice to [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Arts, Isreal, Woman|

‘A silent act of resistance’: the hidden tattoo studios of Tehran

Tattoo artist Mohammed (left) works in his backroom studio in south Tehran. (The Guardian) By Renate van der Zee February 5, 2019 Mohammed’s tattoo studio is hidden in a back room behind a clothes shop in the poorer, southern part of Tehran. Photos of Al Pacino, Che Guevara and the Eiffel Tower adorn the [...]

By |February 5th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Overlooked no more: Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian poet who broke barriers of sex and society

Forough Farrokhzad near Tehran circa 1966. She was one of Iran’s pre-eminent mid-20th-century writers, both reviled and revered for her poems. (Supplied) By Amir-Hussein Radjy February 2, 2019 When a radio interviewer suggested to the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad that her verses could be characterized as “feminine,” she rejected the notion. “What is important [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Arts, Iran, Woman|

How Iran’s greatest director makes art of moral ambiguity

Farhadi in Tehran, near the mountains north of the city. (The New York Times) By Giles Harvey February 2, 2019 Asghar Farhadi, the most successful director in the history of Iranian cinema, may have little interest in global politics, but global politics are interested in him. On Jan. 27, 2017, less than a [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Victims of acid attacks organize an art exhibition

Victims and their portraits, Victims of Acid Attacks Exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2019. (IranWire) January 30, 2019 The curved and quivering lines of faces with closed or ruined eyes, on display at a new Tehran exhibition called Identity, tell the stories of acid attacks victims and how their traumas have changed their lives. The [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Satirist Keyomars Marzban to be tried in Iran under hardline judge Salavati

Keyomars Marzban, 26-year-old satirist was arrested by the IRGC on August 26, 2018, about a year after returning to Iran to visit his ailing grandmother. (CHRI) January 29, 2019 Iranian satirist Keyomars Marzban, who has been detained in Iran since August 2018, is due to face trial for the charges of "propaganda against the state" [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

The Iranian Film Festival enters its 23rd year with a diverse glimpse of Iran’s film scene

3 Faces continues in that tradition, mixing documentary and narrative filmmaking with powerful results. (Supplied) By Alan Zilberman January 28, 2019 Now that the partial government shutdown has passed the month mark, it is easier to take stock of its impact on our community. Obviously, the people hardest hit are the employees and contractors [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|