SUFISM: Mystical Ecumenism
Travel through the heartlands of Sufism through the hypnotic images of Iason Athanasiadis.
Photography from Sufism's heartlands by Iason
The exhibition runs 5 February through 31 March at Harvard's Center for Government and International Studies (South Building)
Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, 02138
The Dunya Ensemble will perform music from Islam's mystical traditions at 18:30PM in the Tsai Auditorium
Opening reception sponsored by the ILEX Foundation
SUFISM: Mystical Ecumenism is a visual journey through Bilad ash-Sham, Khorassan and the Punjab chronicling the movement and rhythm of zikr, the ecstatic ceremony practiced by Sufi orders around the Muslim World.
Shot by photojournalist and 2008 Harvard Nieman fellow Iason Athanasiadis in present-day Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, it documents the extraordinary diversity of a mystical Islam gaining in popularity in the West but worryingly absent from media coverage of the world's most controversial religion.
Exploring the Other: Contemporary Iran Through the lens of Iason Athanasiadis
A photography exhibition by Iason Athanasiadis to foster a deeper understanding by American public on contemporary Iran. The exhibition is scheduled at CAFAM in Los Angeles January 25 through March 29, 2009. For more information about this program, please visit: www.sociarts.com/exploringtheother
Iason Athanasiadis Bio:
Writer, photographer and television producer, Iason Athanasiadis has been covering the Middle East, Central Asia and the southeast Mediterranean since 1999. He earned degrees in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University (BA) as well as Persian and Contemporary Iranian Studies at Tehran's School of International Studies (MA). In 2008, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and an Aristotle Onassis Foundation scholar.
Athanasiadis lived in Iran from 2004-2007, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Lebanon for the international media including the Times, the Christian Science Monitor, American Prospect, British Journalism Review and the South China Morning Post. He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq from Qatar for al-Jazeera, the 2004 Athens Olympics for BBC World and the 2006 Israeli-Hizbullah war in Lebanon as a freelancer.
At the same time, his photography has been featured in solo exhibitions in Germany, Greece and Iran, and his work published in Der Spiegel and the Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers and magazines.Athanasiadis is currently living in Istanbul. www.iason.ws
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