I would like to show the lost calmness of humans in modernism. I desire to show the world why and how mankind has moved away from peace of mind. I try to transfer to the viewer the atmosphere and the mood of these unique architectures in Iran and several other locations I have traveled to lately.
- Behnam Khoshbaten
My name is Behnam Khoshbaten; I was Born in Ardebil, IRAN, in 1978. I studied my pre-university education in Ardabil (the historical city in north-western Iran), then at Urmia University, where I started the arts field, and I see it as my primary profession.
From the early years of high school, I focused on understanding art and dealing with all kinds of mediums. During my university studies, I understood the importance of art to show whatever cannot be expressed by writing or other communication ways.
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THE FORM OF LIGHT - SASHA SOBOL
Nudity can be many things. For me, it is vulnerability, strength, gracefulness, and freedom. Most of all, it is human.
THE OTHER SIDE OF SAN DIEGO MIGUEL 'CHROMATIC' VALENCIA
"THIS PROJECT WAS PHOTOGRAPHED TO PRESERVE THE CULTURE AND COMMUNITY. IT COULD ONLY BE CREATED WITH FULL COLLABORATION WITH THESE PEOPLE, AND I THANK THEM FOR TRUSTING ME. THE PROJECT WAS CREATED WITH THE JOINED MISSION OF NOT LETTING THE COMMUNITY BE FORGOTTEN AND PRESENTING THESE NEIGHBORHOODS' REAL, AUTHENTIC LIVES." - MIGUEL 'CHROMATIC' VALENCIA
The Memory Floor - GEOFFREY ANSEL AGRONS
After over four years in the San Francisco Bay area, I returned to the east coast in 2015 to assist in the care of my aging parents. Unfortunately, their physical and cognitive decline proceeded to advance inexorably. Separately, each spent the end of their lives in facilities dedicated to caring for residents with dementia, most commonly the Alzheimer's type. They received excellent support from a dedicated and compassionate staff, and each, in turn, entered hospice until their death.
THE DISAPPEARING SOUL: SELF PORTRAITS IN THE TIME OF COVID
I was fifty years old when I first exhibited a self-portrait. The image was part of a black and white portrait series of breast cancer survivors inspired by my own battle with the disease and the resulting mastectomy.
MOTHER The Wind Is Blowing
Mother is a documentary that chronicles the final six years of my mother's life, her struggle with hoarding, and my grieving process. " - Leon Syfrit
GHAZAL ABBASI: DANCE OF SORROW
I'm an enthusiastic fine art and conceptual photographer. All images were taken in Shiraz, Iran.
BARBARA PEACOCK: AMERICAN BEDROOM Reflections on the Nature of Life
Cai and Claire - Ages 28 & 29. Bliss, Idaho 'Dismantle and rebuild (the urge to destroy is a creative urge, a natural reset) build a home in you, a home in me. Together home is always growing, always being redefined-dismantled, and rebuilt. We see each other; we make space for each other. And here, we are always safe inside.'
NILANGANA BANERJEE: 2 series The 'Selves' | The Lullaby
The series Selves aims to artistically represent the psychological conflicts we face when we weigh ourselves based on socially determined of what is ideal and where we stand with the distorted and one-size that fits all defined.
An Exclusive Interview With Jennifer Carlos
2SERIES: DAUGHTERS OF GOD, REFUGEES CAMP IN THE PARIS AREA
DONNA BASSIN MY OWN WITNESS: RUPTURE AND REPAIR
"We can't control what events happen to us, but we can control how we choose to meet them. More than twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with Scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease, and given five years to live. Instead of letting the darkness of that diagnosis and its possible outcome rule me, I chose to focus on the present moment.
US NAVY PLANS LAUNCH OF MIDEAST DRONE FORCE ALONGSIDE ALLIES
The U.S. Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet announced the launch of a new joint fleet of unmanned drones with allied nations to patrol vast swaths of the region’s volatile waters as tensions simmer with Iran.
DIGITAL WARFARE TECH AT SEA HELPING US FOES EVADE SANCTIONS
Technology to hide a ship’s location previously available only to the world’s militaries is spreading fast through the global maritime industry as governments from Iran to Venezuela — and the rogue shipping companies they depend on to move their petroleum products — look for stealthier ways to circumvent U.S. sanctions.
Iran's Water Crisis
Climate change has exposed decades of policy failures, igniting protests
Social identity determines women's status in society. In the context of family, religion, economy, patriarchy, misogyny, gender discrimination, etc., determine Iranian women's status in society. To keep the concept of a woman's identity alive, a change in Iranian society is required.
Praise for the Pomegranate
The ancient fruit with modern influence
IRAN: WHERE EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE, But Not So Easy
Do you fancy a beer? No problem, we’ll call our smuggler.Do you want to go on Facebook? No problem, just download a VPN app.Do you want to exchange currency? No problem, but don’t use an ATM, you will get a much better rate on the black market….
Why Iranians Continue to Seek Refuge in Australia
Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2010. Her novel The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (see WLT, Spring 2020, 96), originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia’s 2018 Stella Prize for Fiction and the 2020 International Booker Prize. Here she recalls her refugee journey from Iran to Christmas Island and reveals why Iranians continue migrating to Australia, despite the absence of war.
The Origins of 'Paradise'
Reading and writing about Iran could not prepare me for what I saw there.
The iconic '80s aviation action classic returns to thrill a new generation
Can you believe it’s been 34 years since we first saw Tom Cruise catapult off a carrier deck and up into the danger zone as Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun? That jet-propelled ode to air-to-air combat in the jet age is without question one of the most iconic films of the 1980s—so much so that in 2015 the Library of Congress deemed it to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” enough to be archived in the National Film Registry! It was also the highest-grossing film of 1986, which probably has more to do with why Paramount Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have been trying for a decade to get a sequel off the deck—and now they have.
BASS OF TOMORROW
Blurring the line between artist and luthier, Parizad Hatcher brings creativeness and know-how to her stunning basses. Hywel Davies investigates