Oh boy. This is probably the last thing Pharrell wanted when he released the song, Happy. Six young people – both men and women – were arrested in Tehran, Iran, for dancing and singing to the song. Iran’s national TV station even aired the confessions made by the group, saying they were ‘deceived into making the video‘.
Even though Facebook is illegal in Iran (though 4 million Iranians use it) and a lot of men and women now even date before marriage, the Iranian government still requires women to dress ‘modestly, which includes always wearing a veil. If they remove their veils in public, they can receive 70 lashes or 60 days […]
Phillip Toledano is one of the coolest conceptual artists around. Some of his photographic collections include the fascinating Phonesex, Kim Jong Phil and the moving Days with my Father exhibition that captured the relationship between Toledano and his father over three years. His latest exhibition The Absent Portrait is showing at the Edmund Pearce Gallery […]
I’ve been taking portraits of people on the streets in Melbourne for almost two years now, since making the move from the United Kingdom. Upon arrival, I couldn’t believe how open-minded and friendly people were. I had never experienced such a welcoming environment that was so conducive to creative expression and collaboration. As a natural […]
Iranian scientist Ali Razeghi claims he can predict the future using a time machine device that creates a print-out with details of a person’s life. Supposedly, the machine predicts details within 5 to 8 years in advance with 98 percent accuracy. Razeghi states that the time machine uses complex algorithms which took him ten years […]
These gorgeous photographs give unique insight into Iran and its relationship to the rest of the world. The photographs of the landscape are stunning, and this series gives a new perspective on life in the beautiful, albeit troubled, country of Iran.
To this day, Iranian women still face discrimination, with restrictions in women’s rights right down to what they wear. Taking up ninjitsu, or the art of the ninja, has been one increasingly popular avenue for self-expression.
The Iranian film, A Separation, winner of the Academy Award this year for Best Foreign Language film, completely blew me away. What a perfect film. I looked online for any writing on the film and found this interesting piece by an Indian film critic, Jai Arjun Singh, who offers a unique perspective, different from those […]
The upside of the recent unrest in Iran is that it has shown a more dynamic and complex image of Iran than the West is used to. Unbeknownst to many Americans, the Iranian population is one of the most educated and progressive in the Middle East, and though they endure countless strictures from their theocratic […]