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.

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer reportedly detained after posting romantic Instagram photos

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy. (Social Media) May 20, 2020 Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy has been detained, his brother said on May 18. Japalaghy reportedly said in a video posted before his arrest that he had been summoned by security officials just days after he posted photos and [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

A tribute fit for a king: Shadow theatre reworking of Persian epic goes digital

For the past 12 years, Hamid Rahmanian has devoted his creative energies to bringing the Shahmaneh to new audiences. (IranWire) By Hannah Somerville May 16, 2020 The great Persian poet Abolgasem Ferdowsi died 1,000 years ago today. Like many of the best-known quotes attributed to Ferdowsi, these lines issue forth from his literary magnum [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Coronavirus returns long-banned drive-in movies to Iran

Men wearing protective suits disinfect cars against coronavirus while people enter a new drive-in cinema for watching a movie on a car parking area in Tehran, May 1, 2020. (AP) May 6, 2020 The new coronavirus pandemic has brought back something unseen in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution: a drive-in movie theater. [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian turns confinement into creativity with his first virtual exhibition

Firouz Farmanfarmaian left Iran aged four when his family moved to Spain because of the revolution. (Supplied) By Denise Marray April 28, 2020 When multidisciplinary artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian went into lockdown at his studio in Marbella, Spain, in March, he didn’t realize his time in confinement would be a period of intense creativity [...]

By |April 28th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Iran appeals court upholds novelist’s jail sentence for publishing work abroad

Hamid Namjoo, Iranian novelist and literary critic. (Twitter) By Maryam Sinaiee April 28, 2020 A court of appeals has upheld a one-year jail sentence for a novelist for publishing a novel in France two years ago to avoid censorship in Iran, and publishing articles in a Netherlands-based website. According to an announcement by his [...]

By |April 28th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Legendary Iranian photographer on pictures that make you feel better

Reza Deghati and his wife emailed this photo, titled "Trust," to their friends. (IranWire) By Niloufar Rostami April 23, 2020 Reza Deghati, a prominent Iranian photographer, has been emailing friends and colleagues a series of photographs since the coronavirus outbreak in Iran in early March as a way to tell them that the world [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian-American artist celebrates the heroes of the war against coronavirus

Donna Nezhad celebrates these professionals’ commitment and sacrifices. (IranWire) April 18, 2020 An Iranian-American artist has paid tribute to medical staff caring for coronavirus patients with her "Soldiers of the Corona Front" cartoon series. Iranian-American painter, cartoonist, and teacher Donna Nezhad was moved to create the series after hearing the sometimes shocking stories [...]

By |April 18th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Powerful light installation by Iranian-American Nanda Sharif-pour at Soho Lofts on Las Vegas Boulevard

In Sharif-pour’s installation, the poem is presented in its original Farsi with an English translation on the exterior of the Soho Lofts on the Las Vegas Boulevard. (ArtfixDaily) April 06, 2020 The bright lights of Las Vegas’ Strip may have gone dark, but art remains a beacon of light in Sin City. As [...]

By |April 6th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei awaits a prison sentence in quarantine

The documentarian has been sentenced to a year in prison. He wonders if he were there now, amid the coronavirus, how would he spend his time? (Supplied) By Mehrdad Oskouei April 4, 2020 Three days before the announcement of the coronavirus coming to the city of Qom in Iran, I organized a one-day documentary-film [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

New year message of a writer whose wife and daughter were killed by the Revolutionary Guards

Iranians light candles for victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 as they protest in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, 11 January 2020. (EPA-EFE) March 23, 2020 Hamed Esmaeilion is a dentist and writer in Canada whose wife, Parisa, and 10-year-old daughter Reera perished on January 8 when the Revolutionary Guards shot [...]

By |March 23rd, 2020|Arts, North America|