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Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo -- his mural in Boston, his visit to DC
12/16/2016
The Art of Detente

Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo -- his mural in Boston, his visit to DC

In the works of muralist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, it's possible to imagine a new phase in U.S.-Iran relations.

11/05/2016
From Shiraz with Love

If you've seen contemporary Iranian artists, they're likely from Tehran. Check out these images from nine artists from Shiraz.

From Shiraz with Love is an exhibit of nine artists from Shiraz, Iran put together by Aftab Committee at Syra Art Gallery. A project of Epicenter (http://www...

Iranian muralist Mehdi Ghadyanloo in conversation with artist and activist Andy Shallal this Thursday night at NYU in DC...
10/18/2016
NYU Calendar

Iranian muralist Mehdi Ghadyanloo in conversation with artist and activist Andy Shallal this Thursday night at NYU in DC at 6:30 pm. Reception following. Info and RSVP here: https://events.nyu.edu/#event_id/116655/view/event

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Come to hear Iranian muralist Mehdi Ghadyanloo this Thursday during the day at the Atlantic Council -- with Barbara Slav...
10/17/2016
Beautifying Tehran One Wall at a Time

Come to hear Iranian muralist Mehdi Ghadyanloo this Thursday during the day at the Atlantic Council -- with Barbara Slavin and David Furchgott

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic shifts in economic and political influe...

10/12/2016
Night Raid in Bil'in

An American photographer takes a completely different look at the Israeli army's night raids in Palestine.

Night Raid in Bil'in is an exhibit of photographs by Richard Cahan . Filmed at the Gallery Al-Quds at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC on September 30, 2...

Mehdi Saeedi's amazing graphic art:
09/26/2016
Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge

Mehdi Saeedi's amazing graphic art:

by John Feffer Mehdi Saeedi turns words into art. The Iranian graphic artist has transformed Farsi script into posters, paintings, and other works. He has taken a traditional form, calligraphy, and…

08/02/2016
Forbidden Colors

An exhibition about a time when the four colors of the Palestinian flag were banned...

Forbidden Colors brings together 30 artists who explore the Israeli ban on the four colors of the Palestinian flag that lasted from 1980 to 1993. Filmed at t...

Art as Politics: call for entries to a national juried exhibition....
07/01/2016
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Art as Politics: call for entries to a national juried exhibition....

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The new music of resistance....
05/25/2016
The Music of Hopelessness - FPIF

The new music of resistance....

From the comfortable alt-rock of PJ Harvey to the hypnotic antagonism of Anohni, new protest music offers a relief from the official rhythms of war and peace.

05/10/2016
Heartbeat: Israelis and Palestinians Make Music Together

A new Epicenter video on Heartbeat, which brings together young Israeli and Palestinian musicians, and the controversy it has created in some quarters...

Aaron Shneyer describes Heartbeat, which brings together young Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Filmed in Washington, DC on April 20, 2016. A project of Ep...

U.S. and Iranian wrestlers square off in Times Square in New York City on May 19....
05/09/2016

U.S. and Iranian wrestlers square off in Times Square in New York City on May 19....

04/29/2016
She Who Tells a Story

Check out this short video about the new exhibition of photography by women from Iran and the Arab world, "She Who Tells a Story" -- an interview with the curator and striking images from the show...

Kathryn Wat, chief curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, discusses the new exhibition of photography by women from Iran and ...

04/23/2016
Zeina Hashem Beck on political poetry

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck talks about her poetry, what it means to be political, and the Split This Rock poetry festival.

Zeina Hashem Beck talks about her poetry, what it means to be political, and the Split This Rock poetry festival. Recorded in Washington, DC on April 14, 201...

04/21/2016
Amr Mounib and the Flowers of the Arab Spring

A beautiful exhibition of the flowers of Egypt and their connection to the Arab Spring....

Egyptian photographer Amr Mounib and curator Dagmar Painter discuss an exhibition of Mounib's photos of flowers and their connection to the Arab Spring. Film...

A piece on the new exhibit of photography from the Middle East at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
04/17/2016
Iranian Women Tell Their Stories Through Photographs

A piece on the new exhibit of photography from the Middle East at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

by Sanam Emami A veiled Iranian woman fixes her viewers with a fierce gaze. She shouts a muted song, and we can’t help but stare back. This portrait is part of the landmark exhibition “She Who Tell…

Epicenter's cover photo
04/17/2016

Epicenter's cover photo

04/15/2016
3arabi Song || A Poem by Zeina Hashem Beck, Featuring the Fayha Choir

A collaboration between poet Zeina Hashem Beck and the Fayha Choir. Epicenter interview with Zeina Hashem Beck coming up soon!

A poem for Tripoli, Lebanon, and many other Arab cities, featuring the Fayha Choir. Performed at the 2016 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

Mitchell Plitnick and John Feffer at the aftershow discussion After the War at Mosaic Theater
04/12/2016

Mitchell Plitnick and John Feffer at the aftershow discussion After the War at Mosaic Theater

Split This Rock starts this week with its poetry of resistance and witness and beauty...
04/11/2016
2016 Poetry Festival | Biennial Festivals | Programs | Split This Rock

Split This Rock starts this week with its poetry of resistance and witness and beauty...

Pre-registration for Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016 is now CLOSED. Registration is available on site at the Human Rights Campaign on April 14, 15, and 16. See schedule or mobile app for specific times. For assistance, contact Tiana Trutna at [email protected] or 202-787-5210.

What ever happened to all those priceless valuables looted from the National Museum in Baghdad?
04/06/2016
Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile

What ever happened to all those priceless valuables looted from the National Museum in Baghdad?

by John Feffer In the initial aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, looters swept through the National Museum in Baghdad and carted off 15,000 items of incalculable value. Some of these items wer…

04/05/2016
Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, Part 3

Michael Rakowitz puts his project on the looting of artifacts from the Iraq National Museum into the context of his earlier work and the larger framework of museum acquisitions.

In the third part of this interview about "The invisible enemy should not exist," Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz puts the project in the context of h...

04/04/2016
Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, Part 2

Michael Rakowitz talks about his relationship with the former director of the Iraq National Museum, and how Donny George Youkhanna supported his project on looted Iraqi artworks.

In the second part of this interview about his project "The invisible enemy should not exist," Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz discusses Donny George ...

04/04/2016
Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, Part 1

Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz comments on reproductions of items looted from the Iraq National Museum in his exhibit, The Invisible Enemy Should No Exist.

Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz talks about his project "The invisible enemy should not exist." Interview recorded at the George Mason University Scho...

03/25/2016
Sholeh Wolpe on poetry and Iran

Iranian American poet Sholeh Wolpe talks about the importance of poetry in Iran.

Sholeh Wolpe is an Iranian American poet, translator, and playwright. Her books include Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths and the collection The Forbidden: Po...

03/21/2016
Dunya Mikhail reads "A Half-Burned Page on Al-Mutanabbi Street"

Dunya Mikhail reads her poem "A Half-Burned Page on Al-Mutanabbi Street" in both Arabic and English.

Dunya Mikhail, a poet born in Iraq, reads her poem "A Half-Burned Page on Al-Mutanabbi Street" in Arabic and English. Filmed in Washington, DC on March 3, 20...

03/17/2016
Dunya Mikhail talks about poetry, Al-Mutanabbi Street, and the Islamic State

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq. She talks about her poetry, the book-buyers street in Baghdad, and the impact of the Islamic State on culture.

Dunya Mikhail, a poet born in Iraq, talks about her poetry, Al-Mutanabbi Street, and the impact of the Islamic State on culture. Filmed in Washington, DC on ...

03/16/2016
Kareem James Abu-Zeid reads "Nothing Left to Lose"

Kareem James Abu-Zeid reads Najwan Darwish's poem "Nothing Left to Lose," which he translated from the Arabic....

ar 11, 2016 Egyptian American translator Kareem James Abu-Zeid reads the poem "Nothing Left to Lose" by Najwan Darwish. Filmed in Washington, DC on March 3, ...

03/15/2016
Classical Calligraphy by Nawaf Soliman

A short guided tour of a new exhibition on Arabic calligraphy at Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, DC

Dagmar Painter, the curator of the Gallary Al-Quds at the Jerusalam Fund in Washington, DC, gives a short tour of an exhibit on classical calligraphy. Record...

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