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.

A Baha’i Iranian artist addresses persecution in paintings

Safajoo left Iran in 2012 and later settled in the United States; in 2016. (IranWire) November 28, 2020 Maryam Safajoo, an artist, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1986, uses her work to depict the many forms of persecution faced by the Baha'i religious minority in Iran. Safajoo, a Baha'i herself, now lives in Champaign, Illinois, [...]

By |November 28th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Woman|

Kambuzia Partovi, Iranian film writer-director, dies of COVID-19

Partovi died in Tehran's Dey hospital aged 64, the Farabi Foundation said in a message of condolence on its website. (AFP) November 24, 2020 Movie director Kambuzia Partovi, who scripted the only Iranian film to win a Golden Lion in Venice, died on Tuesday of the novel coronavirus, the Islamic republic’s film body [...]

By |November 24th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian actress Reyhaneh Parsa threatened in Turkey

Iranian actress Reyhaneh Parsa, undated. (Supplied) November 10, 2020 In an exclusive interview with Radio Farda, a young Iranian actress revealed that Iranian intelligence agents have threatened her with possible arrest and extradition 22-year-old Reyhaneh Parsa, a rising star in Iranian cinema, theater, and television in the past two years, left her homeland [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

Female Iranian filmmaker jailed since 2018 sentenced to 10 years in prison

Iranian filmmaker Maryam Ebrahimvand, undated. (VOA) November 9, 2020 An Iranian filmmaker jailed since 2018 for her work and criticism of the government has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after going on a hunger strike and attempting suicide in recent months in response to her predicament, according to a knowledgeable source. [...]

By |November 9th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Woman|

Iran’s #MeToo movement makes waves in Toronto as calls mount for festival to cut ties with celebrated artist

Aydin Aghdashloo, an internationally acclaimed artist with ties to the ruling elite, faces accusations of sexual misconduct over a 30-year span. (Social Media) By Shanifa Nasser November 05, 2020 Accusations of sexual assault against one of Iran's most celebrated visual artists are making waves in Toronto's Iranian community — with many saying they represent [...]

By |November 5th, 2020|Arts, North America, Woman|

Iranian drag queen Amir Vashtani’s life gets documentary treatment

A scene of an Iranian movie "Khoraman" directed by Arash Eshaghi. (Supplied) October 31, 2020 The life story of a man who built his entire life and world on dancing in women's clothing is getting the cinematic treatment. Although it is not illegal to dance in Iran the vague laws around "indecent" acts [...]

By |October 31st, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Shajarian’s memorial destroyed in Mashhad

Mohammad Reza Shajarian memorial carved in Mashhad Mellat Park. (Twitter) October 28, 2020 The trunk of a tree in Mashhad Mellat Park, on which a young artist had carved a portrait of the late legendary vocalist, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, has been cut down. A local journalist, Farzaneh Ebrahimzadeh, posted photos of the trunk on [...]

By |October 28th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

A #MeToo awakening stirs in Iran

Aydin Aghdashloo, an internationally acclaimed artist with ties to the ruling elite, faces accusations of sexual misconduct over a 30-year span. (Social Media) By Farnaz Fassihi October 24, 2020 Three years into the global #MeToo movement, women who say they have been sexually assaulted are improbably going public in the Islamic Republic of [...]

By |October 24th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Woman|

Iranian musicians help out in secret on Israeli singer’s new record

Liraz Charhi created the album by using encrypted instant-messaging apps and by wiring money through third countries. (Record cover) By Oliver Holmes October 17, 2020 An Israeli singer of Persian heritage is set to release an album she made by working in secret with Iranian musicians, her long-held aspiration for artistic collaboration despite bitter [...]

By |October 17th, 2020|Arts, Isreal|

Legendary Iranian singer Shajarian buried beside epic ancient poet

The master of classical Iranian music Mohammad Reza Shajarian. (ISNA) October 10, 2020 Legendary Iranian signer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian was buried on Saturday alongside the tomb of the ancient poet Abul Qasem Ferdowsi in the northeast of the country, state news agency IRNA reported. A national treasure in his homeland, the “Ostad” – master [...]

By |October 10th, 2020|Arts, Iran|