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Photos: Saadabad Palace Complex in Tehran – Iran

Sadabad-Palace-6-iThe Saadabad Palace is a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran.

The complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah lived there in the 1920s. And his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi moved there in the 1970s.

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Photos: Centuries-old Windmills of Nashtifan in Iran

Windmills-Nashtifan-iran-iThese windmills were constructed during Safavid period in Khorasan, and took advantage of the famous Bad-e Sad-o Bist Ruz (Wind of 120 Days) which approaches 125 Miles per hour.

The wooden blades of these windmills turn the grinding stones in a room made of clay.

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Photos: Rostam and Esfandyar, tales from the Shahnameh at Tehran's City Theater Complex

Rostam-Esfandiar-iDirected by: Pari Saberi

The Esfandyar of legend is best known from the tragic story of a battle with Rostam, as described in Ferdowsi’s epic Shahnameh, or Book of Kings. It is one of the longest episodes in the epic, and one of its literary highlights.

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Paris - Iranian born artists at FIAC 2010 Contemporary Art Fair

Farhad-Moshiri-Toothpicker-2008-Huile-et-cristaux-sur-toile-montées-sur-carton-Oil-and-crystals-on-canvas-mounted-on-board-iTrue to Parisian form, Fiac, the international contemporary art fair, aims to impress. Hundreds of works, spread throughout the Tuilleries gardens, the Cour Carrée of the Louvre and the Grand Palais, promise to shock, amaze, frustrate and provoke.

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DUBAI & ABU DHABI - Charity Art Exhibition and Auction Gala

shirin-neshat-iNovember 5th & 6th 2010

Magic of Persia is privileged to host a spectacular Fundraising Gala in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, U.A.E.

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New York – Kimia Rahgozar to Exhibit in Agora Gallery

Kimia Rahgozar-i-2008-iAgora Gallery is please to present  Kimia Rahgozar in Altered States of Reality.  The exhibition is scheduled to run from October 29, 2010 through November 19, 2010.

Talented Iranian photographer Kimia Rahgozar  creates images featuring graceful, emblematic forms of humanity.

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Photos: Vafa Animal Shelter in Iran

vafa_shelter_pictures_63_20100408_1901111153-iFounded in 2004, the Vafa Animal Shelter is the first animal shelter in Iran, dedicated to providing help and shelter to injured and homeless animals in Iran. The Vafa shelter is a non-government charity organization relying solely on private donations and volunteers.

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Tehran: It Is Yours Take It - Calling All Artists

it_is_yours_take_it_tehran_iran_iTehran: Sunday Oct 3rd , and Monday Oct. 4th 2010

What we need :  We need art works on cardboard, carton, canvas or any light material. Maximum Size : 50×50cms

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San Francisco - Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor to Screen

Bad-Girls-Bahar-Sabzevari-iSunday June 13   2pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Exploring issues of identity, gender and social restrictions, Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor features interviews with some of the most important Iranian female artists living in and outside the Islamic Republic, including Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Malekeh Nayiny, and San Francisco- based artist Taravat Talepasand, who will be speaking about her artwork following the screening.

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San Francisco - Iranian-American Artist Ala Ebtekar Solo Show re-emergence at Gallery Paule Anglim

Ascension-iJune 16 – July 10, 2010

A multimedia artist at the crossroads of history and mythology.

Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to present re-emergence, an exhibition of new work by Iranian-American artist, Ala Ebtekar. From a broad practice rich with symbolism (embracing drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion, and photography), the artist will present works on paper and paintings, including paintings on photographs, paintings on book pages, and sculptural pieces.

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Iranian-Americans of Silicon Valley Open Studios

Nilou-Farzaneh-Woman-with-Oranges-iMay 1-16 (depending on studio)

“Hundreds of artists, thousands of stories, unlimited imagination…..”

Silicon Valley Open Studios is a chance  for general public, art enthusiasts, art collectors and investors, educators, and art students  to to visit artists in their studios. Here you’ll discover the tremendous diversity and wealth of artistic talent in this creative valley.

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Photography Exhibition - Document: Iranian-Americans In Los Angeles

Cristina-Freeman-iOpens Sunday June 6 to August 22, 2010
Fowler Museum, Los Angles

From October 2009 through January 2010, four documentary photographers – Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie focused their lenses on second-generation Iranian-Americans of Los Angeles, the world’s largest population of expatriate Iranians.

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Mehdi Razavi photograph “NO WAR” awarded at Italian competition

Mahdi-Razavi-prospec-iMehdi Razavi received the Angelo Molinari Foundation special prize granted to artists under the age of 29.

More than 4,000 photographs from 36 countries were submitted to the 2010 Francesco Forno, which was held on the themes of Free Time and The Man and the Sea.

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Public Lives Private Spaces - Tehran: New Art and Digital Media from Iran

sanaz-home-iAlphonse Berber Gallery
Berkeley, CA
30 March ~ 10 April 2010

As part of their year-long Islam Today program focusing on new media, politics and popular culture in the Muslim world, the Center for South Asia Studies, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley present an art exhibition highlighting new work by young Iranian artists.

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Introduction to


Too many images representing Iranians are created by and for news Media who are inevitably influenced by either stereotyped pre-conceptions or their governments and their agendas. is a response to a need by Iranians to re-define their own image, a sensibility which has manifested itself repeatedly in Iran’s art and cinema in the past 30 years, but is now becoming even more urgent.

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