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February 04 2014

08:05

Shot in the Dark

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

The year is 1975, and the place is the Iranian capital Tehran. Within the walls of the Shahr-e No citadel was a place only women lived, and where only men were allowed to visit – the city’s red light district. Our tour guide is Irani documentary photographer Kaveh Golestan who spent two years in the area compiling his series, Prostitute, which is being exhibited for the first time in this complete set since 1978 in Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel. The series remains an important record of the Shahr-e No, or New City, as it was eradicated by the Ayatollah following the revolution in 1979, falling foul of the new regime’s strict Islamic rule.

Golestan is considered an important figure in photography if somewhat overlooked in Western circles; in particular his work covering the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s was judged particularly noteworthy. The Prostitute photographs appeared in an Iranian national newspaper of the day along with three essays, highlighting the poor working conditions of the women, but the story did not have a happy ending for either the artist or the women he photographed. The area was set on fire before it was demolished, and some of those who survived the blaze were rounded up and shot in the summer of 1980. Golestan himself was killed by a landmine while working for the BBC in Iraq in 2003, aged 52. Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel is being exhibited at Foam in Amsterdam from 21 March to 4 May.

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Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

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January 31 2014

17:45

This Rock Climbing Gym Resembles A Big Rock

Why would your climbing gym look like anything else?

In the rural mountains near Polur, Iran, a tiny village at the base of the region's highest peak, Mount Damavand, a new mountain is emerging. Inspired by how tectonic forces move the Earth's crust, Tehran-based New Wave Architecture is building a rock climbing gym that in itself resembles a huge boulder.

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January 27 2014

16:22

Top of the World’s Weirdest Tower

Focus sur le recensement des tours les plus étranges et loufoques du monde, sorties de l’imaginaire des architectes. Entre le Klimwand Climbing Tower, les tours San Gimignano ou encore l’Hôtel Ryugyong en Corée du Nord, voici une sélection en images à découvrir dans la suite de l’article.

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Klimwand Climbing Tower, Wunderland Kalkar, Allemagne.

Un château d’eau en maïs, Rochester, Minnesota.

L’Hôtel Ryugyong, Pyongyang, Corée du Nord.

Puffer Fish Tower, Chine.

La maison de Nikolai Sutyagin, Arkhangelsk, Russie.

Les tours Pigeon, Libye, Iran et Egypte.

La tour de Zizkov Télévision, Prague.

La tour Genex, Belgrade, Serbie.

La tour de Pise, Italie.

Les tours San Gimignano, Italie.

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January 22 2014

17:32

Most Beautiful Villages Around The World

Focus sur les plus beaux villages visibles à travers le monde, du Mali au Tibet en passant par l’Iran. Cette sélection de photographies a été faite par différents photographes aux quatre coins du monde où les couleurs et les architectures se font écho ou contrastent selon les niveaux de vie de chacun.

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Popeye Village à Malte, par Mosin.

Village au Niger, Mali, par Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Mountain Village en Iran, par Mohammadreza Momeni.

Village africain, par Michael Poliza.

Village au Tibet, par Coolbie Re.

Gàsadalur Village aux Iles Féroé, par Gareth Codd.

Fort Bourtange aux Pays-Bas, par Jan Koster.

Village dans le Sud-Ouest de l’Angleterre, par Bob Small.

Village caché dans le Sud de la Chine, par Christian Ortiz.

Hobbiton Village, lieu du tournage du Seigneur des Anneaux en Nouvelle-Zélande, par Weta Workshop.

Village de La Spezia en Italie, par James Brandon.

Hallstatt en Autriche, photographe inconnu.

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October 03 2013

15:21

Iranian censorship as art by Phillip Toledano

Iranian censorship as art by Phillip Toledano

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 in Melbourne, and is a collection of photographs of original, censored packaging from Iran.

You’ll notice that the women on the packages (from pool toys to tights) have been deleted with thick, black marker. ‘The censor becomes an artist. And the censored figure becomes a portrait. A portrait not of a person, but of absence. Of suppression. A portrait of a point of view,’ says Toledano. ‘The censor, whose job it is to erase, becomes the person who makes us look.’

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September 17 2013

17:07

Meow: Iran plans to send cat into space

Iran is reportedly planning on furthering its space program by sending a Persian cat into space. Skeptics, you may come forth.
11:11

Twitter and Facebook are blocked again in Iran, ‘technical glitch’ blamed for brief access

Iiran 520x520 Twitter and Facebook are blocked again in Iran, technical glitch blamed for brief accessnternet users in Iran were able to log into Twitter and Facebook using domestic carriers for the first time in four years yesterday, in what many saw as a liberation of censorship — however, the party’s over now as the sites are blocked again.

The Hindu reports that access to social networks was quickly blocked just hours after reports of new-found Internet freedom rained in, and many linked the move with a new era under the tenure of recently-elected President Hasan Rouhan.

Mehr, a news agency with links to the government, quoted communications official Abdolsamad Khoramabadi as saying temporary access was down to a “technical failure regarding some Internet service providers.”

So it’s back to the drawing board for Internet fans in Iran, who will look to VPN software to get past the censorship.

➤ Blocks on Facebook, Twitter back in Iran [The Hindu]

Image via Thinkstock

September 10 2013

05:48
A Facebook ban in Iran isn’t stopping government ministers from using the social network
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Facebook has been banned in Iran since the country’s 2009 election. However, the entire Cabinet has now opened Facebook pages which can be viewed by a proxy server, the Associated... Keep reading →

August 23 2013

12:26

Written Room

L’artiste iranienne Parastou Forouhar, aujourd’hui vivant en Allemagne, crée des installations in situ, investissant l’espace d’inscriptions en Farsi. En s’appropriant murs et sols qu’elle orne de sa langue natale, l’artiste construit un pont entre les deux cultures qui l’habitent. Un magnifique projet à découvrir.

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August 19 2013

22:00

Collecting Melbourne: portraits of locals by Andrey Varela

Collecting Melbourne: portraits of locals by Andrey Varela

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 reaction, I began to document the characters who interested and inspired me on a daily basis. My goal is to eventually take this project completely overseas, and I recently carried out my first visit to Iran for this exact purpose.

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May 24 2013

07:30

Iranian poster designs by Omid Nemalhabib

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Iranian graphic designer Omid Nemalhabib from Studio Tehran got in contact with me a few weeks ago to present his latest poster designs. The posters he designed feature various events, concerts, art exhibitions etc. He explains that most of his designs are based on research and passion, on Persian typography and the use of photography combined with experimental techniques.

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May 10 2013

07:00

Apartment No. 1 by AbCT

This apartment block in the Iranian town of Mahallat was constructed using the otherwise useless offcuts from local stonecutting businesses. (more...)

March 25 2013

21:00

Stunning photographs of Iran

Stunning photographs of Iran

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.

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August 13 2012

20:30

Infographic: Google Visualizes The World’s Terrifying Arms Trade

Remember the old nuclear bomb projections? The Soviet Union nuked the US. The US nuked the Soviet Union. Of course, the Soviet Union saw the US nukes coming their way, so they, for some odd reason, just nuked the whole world. Then the US nuked the world back.

Those were always unsettling, but at least they were theoretical. This Mapping Arms Data visualization, created by Google using information from the UN Statistics Division’s Commodity Trade Statistics Database (CoMtraDe), is entirely real. It depicts the personal arms (from pistols to machine guns) that every country in the world has imported and exported over nearly the last 20 years. And the US looks to lead the pack, with nearly $1 billion in imports and $600 million in exports snaking their glowing, pulsating tendrils into every spot on the globe.

The effect is only exacerbated by the fully explorable, 3-D interface. China is a global export hub--sending $50 million in weaponry around the globe, but they don’t hold a candle to Italy, which exported more than six times that amount in 2010. Indeed, however small a country may be on the globe, their large, laser-like arcs of light expelled by weaponry balance out any possible misconceptions. The glowing visual may be eye-burning overkill, but it’s also darned effective at calling out small land masses that would sneak by if all we did was paint them in a different color.

Of course, there are huge shortcomings with the reporting. The project admits that some military trades will circumvent gun checkpoints, some countries don’t account for all weapons coming over their borders and, in the cases of China, Iran and North Korea, especially, the reporting is far short of reliable (PFD). You could buy a midrange car for more than North Korea said they imported in weapons last year. Then again, the country is known for throwing bad military photoshops and parades full of fake missile launchers--and also doing plenty of covert trade in weapons and luxury items for the ruling regime.

But before the mass amounts we spend on personal weaponry get you too upset, do try to put it all into perspective. The US imported a billion dollars in guns in 2010, sure, but that’s less than the price of half a dozen F-22 jets.

Wait a second…actually have no idea if that makes me feel better or worse.

See it here.

May 29 2012

00:15
Photographs of Iran’s female ninjas by Caren Firouz
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April 26 2012

09:00

Persian Calligraphy by Mohammad Ehsai































Iranian born Mohammad Ehsai is an artist and educator classically trained in traditional Persian Calligraphy who was influenced by contemporary art movements and culture, turning his own calligraphy work into a more abstract direction.  

March 22 2012

15:13

Iran Develops Fancy Concrete To Protect Nuke Sites From Getting Bombed

Iran has joined the concrete arms race. According to Press TV, an Iranian state-run news network, the country developed new “ultra-high performance concrete” that counts “among the toughest and most rigid building materials in the world.”

The concrete is made of quartz powder and "special fibers" that can "withstand higher pressure with increased rigidity," the article says. This is supposedly intended for non-violent purposes:


Due to its combination, the new Iranian-made concrete is an excellent building material with peaceful applications like the construction of safer bridges, dams, tunnels, increasing the strength of sewage pipes, and even absorbing pollution.

But then the article chimes in with a warning, in case the game wasn’t clear enough:


…[L]ike any dual-use technologies that carry both civilian and military applications, the UHPC can also be used to protect underground facilities from bombardment, which could pose a real headache for military endeavors into Iran.

So just kidding! It’s totally for violent purposes. Iran is essentially telling Israel and the U.S.: Don’t bomb us, it won’t even work anyway! Especially not with this awesome new stuff we have. You’re better off continuing to negotiate with us.

A little context: The United States, Israel, and other allies have been bobbing and weaving with Iran over its nuclear ambitions for years now. In the latest round, Israel signaled, alarmingly, that it might preemptively attack Iran’s nuclear sites (which, also alarmingly, have been disappearing into underground bunkers). That was in February. Now suddenly comes news that Iran has invented an advanced type of concrete that forms a sort of supernatural energy shield around said sites.

Without knowing the scientific particulars here--what the “special fibers” are, for instance--we have no way of knowing if the concrete is as indestructible as Iran claims. But we do know that the nation loves posturing about its technological advances perhaps even more than we do. If, as some believe, the ramp-up with Iran is nothing but a series of feints and counterfeints, all with the goal of gaining diplomatic leverage, then it won’t be long before we hear of a supernatural missile that can penetrate Iran’s supernatural concrete.

This is what diplomacy is, in the high-tech era: two countries glowering and wiggling their fancy weapons at each other like a couple teenagers playing Magic at the lunch table.

[H/t Archinect]

[Image: Travis Manley/Shutterstock]

November 11 2011

08:30

Silver Cypress II The Second Iranian Graphic Designers Society Annual Exhibition

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Silver Cypress II is the Second Iranian Graphic Designers Society Annual Exhibition. The visual identity of the event combines three portraits of the great Iranian poets, Sa’adi, Ferdowsi and Hafiz who used word ‘Cypress’ in their poems in different styles. The identity was designed by Majid Abbasi. via icograda.org

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November 03 2011

08:30

August 29 2011

09:12

Fantasy illustrations by Soheil Danesh

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Amazing fantasy illustrations by Soheil Danesh from Tehran, Iran. Enjoy :)

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