The Arts in Tehran    





The Arts in Tehran

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The Secrets of Eve by Yasmin Sinai
I have known the work of the talented sculptor Yasmin Sinai for some years and have admired her sculptures and the interesting feelings that they bring to the viewer.  There is a strange sense of mixture of realism and fantasy which is pleasant yet often makes you wonder about the messages, the character, the ideas and hopes.  Yasmin Sinai's recent exhibition at the Shirin Gallery in Tehran featured the Secrets of Eve, whose curiosity in the Garden of Eden led to the fall from Paradise.  There are many angels and some charming figures and interesting painted boxes containing some of the characters. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/26/10.


Ojan Zargarbashi's deep penetrating eyes
The works of Ojan Zargarbashi at his recent exhibition at Silk Road Gallery in Tehran were some of the most impressive that I have seen for a long time.  Without escaping into abstraction as many do due to a lack of artistic ability, Mr Zargarbashi chooses the hard work of realism with a great and masterful sense of color bringing new people into the life of the viewer who look at you or look at themselves with a deep penetrating eye, sly smile, lost in some world unknown to us.  This makes the show most thrilling and it was truly worth the struggle though Tehran's notoriously ever more horrible traffic even on Fridays to see it. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/22/10


Shirin Malek Esmaili
When we go out of the house and brave the traffic on our Friday gallery hops, it is always good to find something out of the ordinary and unusual and I found this in the work of Shirin Malek Esmaili at the Mah gallery. She was born in 1981 in Berlin, trained at Tehran University and has been exhibiting for the last five years.  Some of her work has an honest realism, although some is rather surreal, and there are some unusual and novel subjects, many familiar to Tehranis.. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/16/10



Molavi Puppet Opera at Tehran's Ferdowsi Theater
We were delighted when our friend Touraj invited us to go to see Behrouz Gharibpour's puppet opera "Molavi" at Tehran Ferdowsi Theater which is opposite the Vahdat Hall (Roudaki) in center of Tehran. We were the guests of a young lady, one of the puppeteers, Mona Kiyanifar who had helped with others to make the puppets and their clothing at the workshop headed by Maryam Eghbali and Ali Pakdast -Syma Sayyah, Tehran 02/12/10



Sohrab Sepehri - A Window to Color
In mid-December we went to one of Tehran's most important exhibitions of the year. The Tehran Museum of Modern Art is holding a retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Sohrab Sepehri from their own collection and a few other collections. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/3/10



Born a Painter: Parvaneh Etemadi at Tehran's Mah Gallery
Without a doubt Parvaneh Etemadi is Iran's leading lady artist and has been so for many years. She is one of the rare artists in Iran I know who has been reinventing herself over and over again throughout her career. I have loved the intensity of her work, the great sense of beauty that I feel when I look at them and the thoughts that rush into my mind... -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/31/09


Tehran Art Scene: Interesting Works of Masoud Sadeddin at Homa Gallery
I was delighted simply because someone - man or woman - had changed the emphasis of their work to men. Life for any kind of women, let alone a modern one in Iran, has not been easy in the past few decades and yes, we did suffer and still do, but who says that men do not as well? -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/4/09


Mehdi Sahabi (1943-2009): A Translator and an Artist
Mehdi Sahabi was born in 1943 in Ghazvin and died last week in Paris. He was buried last Thursday at the artists plot in Beheshte Zahra. Many well known art and literary figures were present for his funeral. He was one of Iran's best known and respected translators and usually translated from French but also from Italian and English. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/21/09



Aun Gallery: The latest talk of the town in Tehran
Tehran is full of surprises these days, and one of these has been the opening of a new gallery, which must make many artists green with envy to be able to show their work there. Aun Gallery was designed and built by Ms. Afarin Neyssari, an architect who is one of the owners; although due to her busy schedule it took longer than intended. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/10/09


Reverse Painting on Glass
Recently I came across a most unusual book on Iranian art, which dealt with the subject of reverse painting on glass (poshteh shisheh). Like many kinds of art this may not appeal to everyone, yet it is no doubt an outstanding art book and those who are interested in true Iranian art and in particular glass art work should find it most informative and fascinating. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/18/09



Maryam Shirinlou: An inspiring and warm hearted painter
Maryam Shirinlou has for a long time been one of our favorite artists currently working in Iran. Born in Tehran, after the revolution she moved with her parents, first to France, and then to the US, where she trained in Art in California. She later moved back to Tehran and became interested in yoga and healing -Syma Sayyah & Paul Sanford, Tehran - 5/29/09



The Devil's Ship in Tehran
My cultural thirst for diversity has been fulfilled on and off by good films, concerts and on rare occasion theatre. So I was delighted that last Friday our friend Sharareh invited us and a few others to see The Devil's Ship, a play by the well known man of theatre in Iran Mr Attila Pessyani. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/22/09


A Poetry reading and music at the Mexican Cultural Center in Tehran
In Tehran, there has been a sniff of spring as the temperature is slowly rising, despite the sudden yet short lived rushes of cold wind, and we have been lucky in attending some cultural events, besides our less often but regular gallery hopping. One of the most interesting events that we attended last week was at the Mexican Cultural Center which is not far from our house, in one of the side streets off Africa Avenue -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/10/09


7th Sadegh Hedayat Literary Award
The 7th Sadegh Hedayat Literary Awards which were organized by the Hedayat office took place last week at the house of Mr Jahangir and Shideh Hedayat in Tehran, in the presence of the gem of Iran's lady of letters Mrs. Simin Behbahani and members of the Hedayat family. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/18/09


AARAN, a Chic and Superb Real Gallery in Tehran
The Aaran Gallery, which opened last month right in the center of Tehran not far from the 7th Tir Square metro station is Tehran's newest hot news and ongoing sensation. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/11/08



  Oldooz Robatian: An Intense, Deep and Attentive Young Artist
Last Friday, after a long time, I came across the work of a young lady whose work touched me for its insightfulness and the devotion rendered towards its creation. We were at the Golestan gallery where we saw works by the talented young lady artist Oldooz Robatian. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/28/08

Remembering Iranian Artist Iraj Zand
The whole of the Iranian art scene was in shock two years ago when we learned that Iraj Zand had passed away after a short illness. When we went to see the exhibition at the Golestan gallery which was to be his last, I asked about Iraj and was told that he was in hospital. So sadly and so suddenly he left this world, his art, and his wife Sayyeh and his son Mani. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/25/08



Hadi Farahani - An Insightful Cartoonist
Hadi Farahani is an accomplished and internationally known graphic artist. His works have been published in many North American publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. Mr Farahani was educated in Tehran at the School of Visual Arts and at Tehran University, but for many years he has been living on the west coast of Canada. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/11/08


A Unique Exhibition in Tehran by Artist Bita Ghezelayagh
Besides this most interesting, innovative and refreshing exhibition in many respects, Bita, who was born in Italy in 1965, has worked as an architect and an interior decorative artist, stage manager and dress designer for three films as well as running a home and being a mother to two very young children, Jahan and Kiana. At the same time she has been working for a major exhibition in London -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/6/08


Ramin Parvin's paintings at Tehran's Mehrva Gallery
Ramin Parvin is the first winner of Mehrva Gallery small scale competition run this year. About 50 artists presented their work, and 12 were chosen to display their paintings at the gallery for six days. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/1/08



Sara Mobayen: A talented young photographer
Sara Mobayen is a talented young lady who has taken some magnificent pictures of the children she has come across in the eastern part of Iran near the border with Afghanistan. We went to her exhibition "Dust and Dream" at the Golestan gallery where we met the famous Mrs Lili Golestan who has helped and encouraged so much young talent since she started her gallery over 20 years ago -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/2/08


The Color of Love: An Exhibition for a great cause in Tehran
Mahak and Mrs. Ferial Salahsour, the art collector and manager of the Day Art Gallery have come up with a wonderful idea of staging an art show for which all the art works have been donated by the artists for fund raising for Mahak and all the money raised will benefit the needy children with cancer in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/24/08


Kambiz Derambakhsh: A Peace Loving and Poetical Cartoonist
Kambiz Derambakhsh is a cartoonist whose work delights the viewers while at the same time makes them think. A native of Shiraz, the city of love and poetry in central Iran, he is one of Iran's most prominent caricaturists. He told me that an artist's duty is to "sooth and relieve the suffering of the people's souls" and what you see is like a medicine for that. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/30/08


100 delicious Italian recipes with 100 Iranian artists drawings
Once in a while one comes across people who truly enjoy what they do and knowingly or unknowingly set high standards to be lessons to others. One such lady is Mrs Felicetta Ferraro who as the cultural attaché of the Italian embassy in Tehran has been doing this for the past 8 years. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/28/08


A Friday Afternoon full of life at Artists Forum
Last Friday, for an official function, I had to go to the Artists Forum (Khaneh Honarmandan) in Iranshahr Street in the middle of Tehran. It was a lovely spring day full of sunshine and a nice gentle breeze to enlighten one's heart. But what made me even more pleased that afternoon was that the Artists Forum, which is usually closed on Fridays, was full of life, activities and people from all sorts and backgrounds, men, women, old, young. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/15/08


Inner Eye: The photographs of Riccardo Zipoli at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Last month we were invited to attend the opening of one of the major artistic events of the year, a photographic exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The event was organized by the new director of the TMCA, Dr Sadeghi and Mr Toscano, the Italian Ambassador in Tehran with the relentless efforts of the Italian cultural attaché in Tehran, Ms. Felicetta Ferraro. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 3/18/08


Mohsen Namjoo - A man who has redefined Iranian Music and taken it to the 21st century
There are times in one's life when we think that nothing new will happen, at least in some ways. So it was an absolutely wonderful and delightful pleasure when I recently came to love, appreciate and feel a young artist. In my opinion, he is the most important thing that has happened to the Iranian music scene in a very long time. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/14/08



The Sixth Sadegh Hedayat Award Ceremony in Tehran
Last week on the anniversary of his birthday, the 6th Sadegh Hedayat award was held at a private ceremony at the house of his nephew and head of Sadegh Hedayat office, Mr. Jahangir Hedayat. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/3/08


Mahdokht Khanboluki: A lovely princess with chic silence
One of the best things that happened to me toward the end of the year was to come to know a lady painter who just paints for the love of it. I had seen an example of her work in the restaurant at the Artists Forum and asked for her contact details, and last month I went to meet Ms Mahdokht Khanboluki at her house and was impressed with the warmth of her works. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/5/08



ILLA and a unique Persian Garden in Geneva
ILLA (named after a heroine in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh - The Epic of kings) is an organisation that was founded in 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland, to promote Iranian Art and Artists. Their most long term and biggest project is to build a Persian Garden in the City of Geneva and the group has been working on this for the past year and a half. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/24/08


Portraits of Ahmad Shamlou
Recently we had the opportunity to see some interesting watercolor portraits of Iran's most well known modern poet, the late Mr Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000) by Mr Hossein Bahmanpour who is from Shiraz. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/7/08


You are Not Alone!: An exhibition by Mina Momeni
Mina Momeni is one of Iran's most promising young women artist photographers who combines intellect, sorrow and the art of her time through her photographs of ladies. At her latest exhibition at the Elahe Gallery we met her and had a chance to talk to her. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/28/07

  Through Afghan Eyes
Fardin Waezi is one of the most outstanding photojournalists working in Afghanistan. Born in Kabul 26 years ago, he started photography with a box camera along with his father when he was only seven years old. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 12/17/07

Tehran Art Scene: Ahmad Morshedloo's images of people
The first time I came across Ahmad Morshedloo's work was over 3 years ago at the Arya Gallery where he held an exhibition of his paintings. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/14/07

  The Communism of Snails
In the madness of all the big cities that many of us live these days, it is such a treat to come across or experience simple joy. Last Friday was just such a different day for us. First, as it was our Friday afternoon custom, we went to several galleries and our vision was smothered or burdened with what was on display, although the pleasure was more than the pain, until finally we came downtown and went to my yoga friend Sussan -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/26/07
  Hafiz is my dream
Farah Ossouli was born in 1953 in Zanjan. She studied graphic design at the University of Tehran and was a student of the well known miniature painter Mahmoud Farschian. She has always been interested in the works of Hafiz, and for the past four years she has been on a journey exploring the work of Hafiz. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 11/8/07
  Tapestry and Weaving Exhibition at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center
The Niavaran Cultural Center gallery is one of my favorite places in Tehran. I like its design and the great sense of space that one finds there. Recently they have had a couple of interesting as well as unusual exhibitions there. Last week we went to the group exhibition of Tapestry and Weaving works by Nasrin Kayhan (Shaghaghi), Leyla Samari and Shahrzad Gharavi and their students and colleagues. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/1/07

Laden Broujerdy - a fresh touch to watercolor
During the past few months, the Tehran art scene has been almost nonexistent except for the Golestan gallery and the Momayez gallery at the Artists Forum. Many galleries were closed for the summer. Then came Ramadan and again many stayed closed. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/30/07


Ten thousand years of Iran Culture
Iran, because of its geographical location and strategic position has a heritage dating back many thousands of years, but you have to be one of the most intrepid tourists to go and discover some of the artefacts that are in the museums in Tehran, although there are many hidden jewels in such places. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 9/27/07


Peaceful and Passionate paintings at the House of Artists in Tehran
Recently I have become disappointed with so-called more formal women activist groups, which it seems for some has become a means to recognition and that famous 15 minutes of fame." Some have the temerity to claim to be the only means of women struggle for justice. One can only laugh at such naivety since in a country as complex as Iran, it is simply preposterous that any person or any one group could possibly be the only channel for anything, let alone the defender of women and their rights. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/14/07


The Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra in Tehran
For the first time in years a foreign orchestra played in Tehran this week and they received a rapturous welcome. After a visit to Germany last year by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra played a concert in the Vahdat hall. Although it was not well publicized, we were lucky to get some good seats. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 8/31/07


Ahoo Hamedi - A gentle and firm young painter
The first time I came across Ahoo Hamedi’s work was when I was at a friend’s gallery and I saw some works had been wrapped up, and I was told that they were on their way to Europe. I found them interesting so when I heard that she had an exhibition at the Homa Gallery we made sure to go there. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/24/07



Arman Yaghoubpour: A promising painter
Arman Yaghoubpour is a young artist who is heading towards the path of becoming quite a minimalist artist. Recently he had an exhibition at the Banafshe gallery which is managed by Mrs Elahe Raeesdana, herself a very good painter. This gallery has always supported many known and unknown artists to stage their work. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/3/07


Sofia Mahmoudi - a lyrical and passionate minimalist writer
Sofia Mahmoudi is a lady who writes for fun, yet her writing is anything but fun. Her short stories definitely have a very strong feminine sense and speak of women’s suffering and pain -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/11/07


Mahroo Asghari - An inspiring and promising young artist
Mahroo Asghari's recent exhibition at the Elahe gallery was a delight to go to as, unlike some of the exhibitions one comes across these days in Tehran, it was most inspiring. Mahroo Asghari's paintings were most striking and forceful, even if not enchanting, they were very bold and strong. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/7/07



Fatemeh Emdadian - A passionate and outstanding artist and a great sculptor
Fatemeh Emdadian is to me one of Iran’s best sculptors, and it was a great pleasure to learn about and go to see her recent exhibition at the Hoor Art Gallery. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/4/07



Ata Hasheminejad - a charming and interesting artist
Ata Hasheminejad is an artist with flair and gentleness. He has been painting for over twenty years but he paints mostly for the love of it. Although he studied painting at university he now works in advertising, and is mainly involved in making commercials. Recently he had an exhibition at the Golestan gallery in Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/31/07



Great works of wonderful lady photographers
I am sure everyone who reads payvand knows about the hassles and hardships that many women activists in Iran have suffered, especially in the past few months. However, I would like to share with you the works of several women photographers, young, daring, motivated, modern, independent and courageous and also very successful, commercially and artistically, in what they do. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/17/07


Dare at Mah Gallery
Recently at the Mah Gallery we saw the work of two young artists from Isfahan whose work was very interesting. They were Maryam Amini and Shanita Zakerameli. The works were so diverse and as different as one could imagine. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/14/07



Five Photographers at Silk Road Gallery
The Silk Road gallery is without the doubt one of top places in Tehran for exhibitions of photography. One main reason is that it is solely devoted to photography and works of photographers. Last week we went to a special event at Silk Road where they were exhibiting some of the award-winning and most commercially successful photographers in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/15/07



Tehran Art Scene: Soraya Amanpour
Soraya Amanpour is an artist with class. Every year or so, this elegant and lovely lady stages an exhibition of the fruits of her joy. Jewellery making, whether it is a modern necklace, an unusual and classy brooch or an eye catching pair of earrings, is her hobby. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/7/07


Tehran Art Scene: Samila Amir-Ebrahimi's Exhibition at Golestan Gallery
Samila Amir-Ebrahimi is a well known artist who started painting from an early age. She studied art in Paris and Oakland and has taught Art at Tehran University. Besides her painting she has done some sculptures as well. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/2/07


The 5th Sadegh Hedayat Literary Award
Sadegh Hedayat is in my opinion the most important modern Iranian writer, an author who is read by both old and young, and by past, present and future generations. It was an absolute delight, therefore, to be invited to the Fifth Annual Sadegh Hedayat Award at the Khaneh Honarmandan (Artists Forum) -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/1/07


Tehran Art Scene: An exhibition by Aisling Haghshenas
Aisling Haghshenas is an artist who leads a life of one. She is a most independent young lady who at the same time always has time to care for her family and those whom she loves. As well as being an artist she is a devotee to animal rights in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/26/07



Painting is my Life: Ali Chitsaz, A Story Telling Painter
I was deeply taken by the works of Mr. Ali Chitsaz; I found his work most daring, cool to the deep point of cynicism yet warm and caring. The characters in his paintings each had a life and one could sit and wonder about what led them to this point. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/29/07



Tehran Art Scene: Omid Masoumi
Once in a while, on our gallery outings, we come across a most interesting artist, good enough to follow and keep an eye out for in years to come. On average we go to two or three galleries every week, most of them on Fridays as Tehran traffic discourages most art lovers’ inclination to go to many galleries during the week. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/25/07



Tehran Art Scene: Golnar Tabibzadeh and Mansour Tabibzadeh
We know of a few fathers and daughters who both are artists. Last month we went to the famous Khaneh Honarmandan (Artists' Forum) and saw the work of Mr. Mansour Tabibzadeh which we found very interesting. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 1/17/07


Mahmoud Pakzad's "Old Tehran"
Imagine a Tehran with not so many people, a few cars, wide empty streets and open fields bordering the road from the city centre to Tajrish, such that you could easily see the mountains in three directions if you stood on the boot of a car. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/5/06



Ane Mohammad Tatari - Turkoman Magic
This Turkoman painter who was born in Gonbad-Kavous, where people use a lot of red color because he said they mainly live on a plain, has a most intriguing and interesting way of blending modernity and tradition. He said that he is very dedicated to his tribe and country and his work is a representation of his affiliation and affection. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/24/06



A String Quartet In Tehran
So when I learnt that the Italian Embassy in Tehran, with the hard work of the cultural attaché Mrs. Ferraro, in cooperation with the Iranian Music Society had organized a concert by a String Quartet at one of the small salons at the Vahadat (Roudaki) Hall, I made sure that we made it to one of the two performances. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/16/06


Effat Roozbeh - Positively A Great Lady Who Paints
This lovely lady does yoga and enjoys the poetry of Hafez. When I asked her what is her favorite color she said "all colors, I love all colors". She told me that she considers herself very lucky and fortunate. Someone so positive and full of life and hope is a rare and valuable thing in Tehran. So, when I asked her to give our readers a message she said to me: "treasure your moments and live well because life is beautiful". -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/13/06


Tehran's Women Cultural Center Holds Ceremony in honor of Ms Shahla Lahiji
Last Monday evening, we were invited by Markazz Farhangi Zanan (Women Cultural Center - Zanestan ) to attend a ceremony in honor of Ms. Shahla Lahiji's recent achievement of winning the First IPA Publishers' Freedom Prize 2006. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/9/06



Ali Asghar Massoumi's Nostalgia Exhibition
Ali Asghar Massoumi's recent exhibition at the Day gallery was very well received even though no pictures had been sold up to the time we were there. This was probably due to the very high prices that the artist had insisted on. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/8/06



Demonstrations in front of British Embassy in Tehran: Mehdi Ghasemi, winner of Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism award
The winners of the Third Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Award were announced on Friday October 27 in Tehran. This year, Mehdi Ghasemi won the award in the Best Picture Story category with his photos from demonstrations in front of the British Embassy in Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/1/06


The Best Years Of Our Lives: Photos by Kian Amani
Amani has captured young couples sitting intimately at a park in Tehran. A series of pictures show how a couple is approached and questioned by police and then taken away. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/30/06


Third Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Awards
The results of the Third Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Award have been announced. This year the awarding committee was unable to obtain permission from Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to publish the photographs which had reached the final in a catalog, as in previous years. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/28/06


Sa'di - A True Persian Heritage
When we got married last year, for my dowry I asked for five roses and a complete book of Sa’adi. Since childhood, listening to radio on Friday nights to a program called Moshaere,[1] I became familiar with poetry, poems and poets. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/25/06


Hossein Nilchian's Persepolis Images
Recently we went to the Silk Road Gallery which solely promotes and exhibits photographic works. Silk Road is one of the rare galleries in Tehran which has devoted itself to such ventures. The manager, Kiarash was as always very kind and welcoming. We went there to have a look at the works of Hossein Nilchian. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/9/06


September Art in Tehran
The weather shows some sign of cooling down these days with a breeze here and there and for a week now we have not turned the coolers on. However the art scene these days is rather lukewarm. Many Tehran galleries are not open and some have decided to delay their opening until after the end of Ramadan (a holy month for praying and fasting), the last week in October. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/2/06

Mahe-Mehr Art Institute in Tehran
At a time when most people are hesitant to start a new business or expand an ongoing one, when business people in all fields complain of low sales and despondency, except maybe those involved in the food industry, I find it delightful that a few dedicated and courageous people have the daring to forgo the barriers of fear and the necessary financial risk that such endeavor entails. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/21/06

Good Time with Iranian Cinema
Last week, I watched three films in a row. The first was I'm Taraneh 15. It was so good. The film was work of Mr Rasoul Sader-Amlie and Taraneh Alidoust played her part most beautifully. It was engaging, interesting as it showed so many issues that prevails in our towns and in our lives here in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/1/06


Tehran Art Scene: Karim Nasr at Artists' Forum
In April, I had a meeting at the Khaneh Honmandann (Tehran Artist Forum). I was there early so I took the opportunity to visit the Morteza Momayez Gallery on the ground floor. There I saw the works of Mr Karim Nasr -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/24/06


April Art in Tehran: Dr Mojgan Zare at Golestan
At the Golestan Gallery (42 Kamasaie St, Darrous, Tel. 22541589) I saw the works of a lady doctor, Dr Mojan Zare, who by training and profession is a radiologist and paints most profoundly. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/18/06



Tehran Art Scene: Homayoun Mosavie at Haft Samar
At Haft Samar gallery I usually find some artists, unknown to me, who have depth and are intense artists. This time I saw the print works of Homayoun Mosavie. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/12/06




Tehran Art Scene: Azadeh Razaghdoost at Golestan Gallery
The Tehran art scene is waking up and some galleries have opened once again after the long new year break. The first exhibition that I visited was the Golestan gallery, which was the first gallery in Tehran to open on Fridays so those who wished to see the show on opening night did not have to endure the awful Tehran terrific. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/10/06


A lady who never sat idle: Mokarrameh Ghanbari 1928-2005
Recently many of us have read that Meryl Streep is going to portray an Iranian lady painter, that most of us had not even heard of, in a forthcoming film. So who is this lady that Hollywood has found so interesting? Mokarrameh Ghanbari, who was born in 1928 in Mazadaran, a region in the north of Iran, reminds us more of our mothers or grandmothers than a painter. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/1/06

Tehran's Winter Art Report: Two very interesting yet different artists
I discovered the works of Shahab Mousavizadeh who had an exhibition at Artists' Forum Morteza Momayez gallery a while ago. He is a well established artist both in Iran and in Germany where he has been living for many years. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/1/06



Tehran's Winter Art Report: Mohammad-Hossein Emad
Recently, we stopped by at the Morteza Momayez Gallery at the Artists' Forum House (Khaneh Honarmandan) and visited my friend Ms Azita Sharaf-Jahan the head of the gallery. We were very impressed with the wooden installations and sculptures of Mohammad-Hossein Emad. I found his work original and very moving. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/30/06


Tehran: Gallery Outing with Nassrin
The last couple of months have been rather busy ones for me. My good friend Nassrin was here on an unexpected trip and we were all happy to see her. We both like art and going to exhibitions and so on a couple of Fridays during her stay, we went to a few gallery openings. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/17/06


Iason Athanasiadis photos at Tehran's Artists Forum: Asia Minor Photographs
The Artists Forum first exhibition on the eve of the New Year (2006) was a photo exhibition of a multi-talented Greek-British whiz-kid, Iason Athanasiadis who speaks, reads and writes very good Persian as well as Arabic, which he studied at Oxford. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/10/06


Tehran Art Scene: Ali Akbar Sadeghi, A Great Artist with Intriguing Originality
Life, for me, is a serious process of learning and once one has left stages of acquiring material things and the domain of having, it is indeed a pleasure to find out and to discover something new, even if it is about someone or something that you knew before. Recently I had such a lovely encounter; it was a person's work that I discovered. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/28/05

  Tehran Art Report: Watercolors by Farideh Mansouri
Farideh Mansouri is what I would call a delicate artist. Her work was to be seen at the Banafshe gallery. I was almost as impressed with the invitation card as much as with the works that we saw on display! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/20/05
  5th Golshiri Literary Award Ceremony
The 5th Golshiri Award-giving ceremony took place recently at Niavaran Cultural Center. Opening the ceremony, Mrs. Farzaneh Taheri-Golshiri, the president and founder of Houshang Golshiri Cultural Foundation2 gave a short report of the foundation’s activities during the year, after remembering the loss of some Iranian literary figures, Mr Karim Emami, Mr Manuchere Atashie, Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jafar Pooyandeh. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/16/05

Tehran Art Report: Shahram Ebrahimi's Contemporary Primitive Cosmetic Jewelry
The other day, there we were, an English child psychologist, an Italian language professor and myself, a management consultant, chatting over afternoon tea about art here, child abuse cases, life experiences, world and home politics and the best recipe for this and that. I just felt that the place of my "Viking" friend was truly empty! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/9/05


Morteza Momayez, prominent Iranian artist was buried today: Yet Another Great Loss!
When I was riding in the one of the many buses which were provided to go to Kordan, a young lady journalist said to me: "It is a great pity that many young people learn about our great names, which are part of our modern heritage, only after they die and leave us". -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/30/05


Tehran Art Report: The interesting works of Alireza Mir-Asadola
I was delighted to walk down to the lower saloon to observe the works of Alireza Mir-Asadola. I found them quite interesting in a corny way, and I may even use the word delightful. I think it takes a lot of hard work to make something ugly look so nice and interesting. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/25/05


Koran Artistic Exhibition in Tehran
The Niavaran Creative Art Center, formerly known as the Cultural Center is always a delight to visit. It is located in the front of the Niavaran Palace, part of which in itself is beautifully designed and can be enjoyed easily. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/18/05


Report From The Second Annual Kaveh Golestan Photo Journalism Award
The Second Kaveh Golestan award ceremony took place last Saturday evening at Khaneh Honarmandan (Artist's Forum). The saloon was full and by 5:30 when the official ceremony started there were no seats left and many were standing all around, among them many renowned photojournalists, young photographers and many well known faces in the art and cultural arenas in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/8/05


Haleh Anvari's lovely house in Tehran
Fereshteh means angel in Persian. It is also the name of one of the most well-known areas in Elahieh in the northern part of Tehran. There used to be many large houses here with big gardens where the well off Tehrani used to live. These days many of the lovely houses have been knocked down and replaced by large, ugly, impersonal high-rise apartment blocks, crowding the lovely narrow alleys and side streets. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/18/05


Simin Behbahani: The lovely, the great, the fascinating Lioness Lady of Iranian Letters
Simin Behbahani is without doubt the most intriguing lady of letters in Iran. Not only she is talented, hard working and beautiful, but there are two characteristics that I admire most about her. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/10/05


Tehran Summer Art Report: Fatemeh Shahroudi
I went to see the paintings of Ms Fatemeh Shahroudi there recently, in a terrible heat wave that could easily induce you to stay home for three months! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/1/05


Tehran's Election Time Art Report (II)
Another place I visited recently was Elahe Gallery here a new group called Halgheh meaning Ring or Circle was exhibiting their paintings. The group is made of four young lady artists: Sanaz Alavi, Azadeh Sherkat, Leila Sanaie-Pour and Elahm Bayati. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/13/05


Tehran's Election Time Art Report (I)
Mohamand Sharifi Tehrani is a young artist whom I first met at a party a few months ago where there were many works of Iranian modern artists on the walls. I was so pleasantly surprised that he knew the works and the painters so well. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/11/05


Tehran’s Art Scene: Maryam Tabatabie, a very determined lady artist
Maryam Tabatabie is a young painter with a difference. Like many other young artists, she is working hard and has very great potential. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/7/05


Spanish Guitar in Tehran
The month of May was a good one for those of us who live in Tehran, despite the very changeable weather and temperature. Last week of May I and a few Friends went to a Spanish Guitar concert at Roudaki hall, Vahdatt. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/3/05


Haleh Anvari’s photographs and video art: Chador (Veil) finds a different meaning
What was so eye catching was the fact that in the past few years when one hears the word chador one immediately thinks of something thick and black, which is not typical and is only worn by women of a more orthodox religious background. Here we realized that the chador, although it may cover women from head to toe, can be jolly bright and interesting. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/6/05


Master pieces of Persian painting at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) once in a while does something truly great and very Persian. This time the new exhibition of masterpieces of Persian Paintings may be considered a great achievement. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/24/05


Riccardo Zipoli's Photos of Iran at Tehran’s Silk Road Gallery
Last week at the invitation of the Italian Embassy Cultural Center and The Silk Road Gallery, I went to the opening of the exhibition of most interesting photographs by the well known and distinguished scholar Professor Riccardo Zipoli. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/18/05


Tehran Art Scene: Farshid Mesghali
Last Friday with a few friends we went to see the very interesting and bright colored works of Farshid Mesghali at Tehran’s Golestan gallery. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/10/05


Tehran Art Scene: Ali Nedaie
Ali Nedaie was the most interesting artist last week whose large works were on display at the Aria gallery. I found his works most striking. He has been a member of artistic Group 30+ since its formation five years ago. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/2/05


Tehran Art Scene: Vadjihe Fakour
Vadjihe Fakour’s works are on display at Elahe gallery. She is another easy going lady! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/29/05


Tehran Art Scene: Maryam Khatami
Last week in Tehran was steaming hot and the temperature got as high as thirty degrees. Despite the heat, I managed to go to several galleries, and overall I must admit I was not disappointed. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/27/05


Tehran Art scene: Parviz Kalantari
Last Friday I started my new season’s work by going to the Golestan Gallery. A small yet diverse repertoire of the well known Iranian artist Mr. Parviz Kalantari was on display at the gallery. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/26/05


Art in winter in Tehran
Elahe gallery is a very nice spacious gallery which can give artists a chance to stage many different art forms there. This was definitely true for Shahnaz Zehtab's recent show of her Installations and Paintings which made a very good use of this possibility. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/30/05


Works of Golnaz Ghadiri at Abtin gallery and Nina Rahshenas at Golestan gallery
A few weeks ago I was walking with a friend along north Valiassar Avenue. Before reaching Modaress-Chamran expressway, we dropped by at Abtin gallery which is located in a little alley. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/28/05


Third Sadegh Hedayat Short Story Award
On the anniversary of Sadegh Hedayat's birthday last month, the Hedayat office in Tehran, in collaboration with the Sokhan website and the Iran Artists' Forum (Khaneh Honarmandan Iran), staged the Third Sadegh Hedayat Short Story Award. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/21/05


A couple of concerts in Tehran
It is cold and the pollution is terrible yet still there are some positive events that take place here in Tehran that make you get out of the house and challenge the horrendous evening or afternoon traffic in the hope of finding something to enlighten our lives. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/3/05


A New Museum In Tehran: Home Of Modern Art
Tehran is full of activities, despite the terrible pollution and of course the dreadful, horrendous and never ceasing to amaze traffic. Yet, there are many good events happening in middle of all this mess. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/25/05


The Artist’s Forum Garden in Tehran
Every time I go to Tehran Artists' Forum place I see that they are working on fixing the forum's garden. The other day I was early for a meeting so I took the time and walked through the garden. I liked it so much that later that afternoon I went back with my new digital camera and took a few pictures which I share with you. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/23/04


Yesterday & Today at Tehran’s Saless Gallery
Last month was rather a busy one for me and I was lucky enough to have the time and the chance to visit several galleries. I share one of my joys here with you! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/16/04


Gardens of Iran: Ancient Wisdom, New Vision: A New Exhibition at TMCA
Regular readers of Payvand know that my little pieces are a very personal account of what I do, see, observe and experience mainly in Tehran where I live. In the recent weeks, so many people have asked me if I had seen the Persian Gardens exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art that I felt it was indeed a real must, so I went to see this exhibition last week -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/1/04


Fakhradin Fakhraddini: The Iranian Karsh
Fakhradin Fakhraddini is a very well known Iranian Photographer and many, and without much exaggeration, have called him the Joseph Karsh of Iran. I had the honor to be invited to the opening of his latest photo exhibition at one of the most favorite galleries in Tehran, the Niavaran Cultural Center Exhibition House where many of his portraits of famous Iranians are on show -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/19/04


Tehran Art Expo 2004
Among the many events that have been happening in our Tehran, perhaps the most important and significant one this month is the first Tehran Art Expo (2004) which started two weeks ago in Roudaki Hall. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/15/04


Susann Hashemiyan brings East and West together in her art to tell a new Story
What can I say? I found her work most provocative! I was impressed with this young lady, who has studied textile design and has been practicing drawing/painting for the past 12 years. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/28/04


Tehran's Art Scene: Afshan Ketabchi and Andy Warhol's "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes"
Recently I had the opportunity to see the works of another provocative artist, again a lady, in Tehran’s Golestan gallery. I was astounded when I walked into the gallery last week to see the works of Afshan Ketabchi whose motto for the show was a line from Andy Warhol everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/24/04


There is so much music that takes place in Tehran!
My dose of musical pleasures has been quite high these last few weeks. First I had the pleasure to hear Mr. AmirYall Arjoumand in Bam when we met them after the ceremony where he, Ms. Assadi, Mr. Ghafarian and others had performed in Arke Bam, on the eve of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, in the presence of the mayor, Mr. Bagheri-Zadeh. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/17/04


I finally got to see the Iranian film Marmolak (The Lizard)!
My friend Rana called before lunch to see if I could go with her in the afternoon to see the film, as she knew I was busy for the evening. I guess by now you all know about the recent successful film Marmolak (the Lizard) which is being screened in the Iranian cinemas. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/19/04


The works of Maryam Kazerouni at Tehran’s Golestan gallery
Once in a while when I go to see exhibitions at one of the many art galleries in Tehran, I find a new gem which makes all that driving and finding the time truly worthwhile. This was indeed the case when I recently visited Golestan gallery and saw the works of an artist, Maryam Kazerouni, whom I did not know previously. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/17/04


Nahid Arian’s Exhibition at Tehran's Golestan Gallery
I recently paid a visit to the Golestan gallery where the works of Nahid Arian were on display. Nahid is an Iranian artist living in Paris. This delightful lady has a wonderful way of presenting simple still life into something very grand and majestic. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/12/04


Kamran Behrouz: The Iranian Bosch?
When I saw the works of Kamran Behrouz, I immediately thought of a bright, cool Iranian, a descendent of Dali school. I was rather impressed with the works of this young artist that were on display for the first time at Elahe Gallery earlier this month. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/1/04

  Hamid Reza Jahani and his "Kalagh-ha"
Jahani’s works were almost all about crows, what we call Kalagh in Persian. He seemed to me to be a normal jolly young man; he is in his early thirties and teaches art, like so many other artists like himself privately and at art colleges, to make ends meet while he pursues his passion for painting. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/15/04

A new booklet series on art published in Iran
A wonderful new collection of petite books on art has been out recently. It is a wonderful gift to those who care about modern art and schools of art, or for those who may wish to learn more on some of the subjects in this series. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/12/04


The Two Ladies
I went to see the works of two ladies at Haft-Samar gallery a couple of weeks ago. The style of the two artists, Fariba Shapourian and Afsaneh Nazeri, were quite different, and I wondered why they had put up a joint show together? Yet, I guess this in itself had a rather nice charm to it. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/12/04


Sadegh Hedayat's Annual Literary Award Ceremony
Sadegh Hedayat’s birthday on 17th was celebrated by some of the big literary names in a small ceremony at khaneh honarmandan (the house of the artists) in downtown Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/26/04


A new wonderful book called Bam
A new book called Bam was published in Iran last week. The book is the work of Iran's very good and hard working photographer and photojournalist Mr. Jasem Ghasbanpour. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/25/04


It isn’t that bad with all this jazz: Cultural Events in Tehran (7 Days, 7 events)
You may find it hard to believe, but life in Tehran can be so busy, and not always very bad either. Too many events take place, many exhibitions here and there, concerts, a ceremony for this and for that; overall lots of good, interesting and at time enjoyable events happen in Tehran. Here are samples of a few things that I had the privilege to attend or go to in the past month or so. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/6/04


Amin Nourani’s portraits of Sadegh Hedayat
It was a privilege to observe Amin Nourani’s portraits of Sadegh Hedayat at Elaheh Gallery. I was involved with several events last year for Sadegh Hedayat’s centenary celebration, both in Iran and abroad. I wanted to go and see this exhibition very eagerly. I am pleased to say that my enthusiasm was well founded! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/30/04


"Women and Culture" calendar published in Iran
A day-timer calendar (for Iranian year 1383) titled "Women and Culture" has been published in Iran. This calendar, which is dedicated to the Iranian women, includes 27 pictures of many well-known Iranian women. The pictures are taken by the talented Iranian photographer Maryam Zandi. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/26/04


My Artist of the Month
I was shocked with pleasure and admiration when I went to see the works by Ahmad Morshedloo at Arya gallery last week. The paintings were awesomely wonderful. Most modern, drastically real and yes, I can use the word fantastic. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/21/04


Interesting events in Tehran: Gangs of New York
You would not believe this! A couple of nights ago we decided to go to cinema. The nearest theatre to us is Cinema Farhang; and they were showing Gangs of New York! I had my camera with me, so I took a couple of pictures that you can see here. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/16/04


Iran: Houshang Golshiri Annual Literary Award for 2003
Houshang Golshiri Annual Literary Award, which is given by Golshiri Foundation, took place on December 19, 2003 at the wonderful Niavaran Cultural Center. This prize, that have followed up since its launch about four years ago, is becoming the most distinguished in comparison to other such awards. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/6/04


December Art Scene in Tehran
Shohreh Mehran is one of my favorite Iranian artists ever. Her new show at Golestan gallery is something that I had been looking forward to for a long time. She is a kind of artist that I find has passion and dares to be out in the open, and yet be graceful; and at times even she plays a trick or two on the viewer to show how ‘shaytoun’ (naughty) she can be. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/1/04


Male Artists in Tehran
It is true more women work as painters these days. It is also true that since women in this society face more challenges, their work becomes more interesting, as individuals and as a group, to observe and note the development of their work within newfound self-expressions. Nevertheless, no doubt, there are many talented men artists who are just as good and appealing to observe, at least as individuals, in the art scene here. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 12/18/03


Music at Tehran’s Golestan Palace
Last week we went to a concert in Golestan Palace right in the heart of the city centre. Golestan palace has been done up, destroyed and done up again many times in its history. It is known as the residence of many Ghajar kings, and its location is very interesting as it is almost next door to the main entrance of Tehran Grand Bazaar. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/6/03


Tehran Art Scene
It is interesting that, whether we are talking about painting, graphic works or even sculpture, the male/female ratio is increasing higher for women artists. It is widely believed that since emotional oppression has been stronger on women, they need to find an outlet to express themselves. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/17/03


Tehran's Music and Art Scene
In the midst of all that is and that is not "happening" here in the good old Tehran and under the rays of hot sun and within smog of all kinds of pollution, a lot of normal things are taking place. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/1/03


Let's Remember Iran's Literary Treasures
Not many people know what Taher is or where it is and why it is so well known in a certain circle. Taher is an Emamzadeh with a small but very pleasant looking graveyard in North West of Tehran near Karaj. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/17/03


Tehran Art Scene
Recently many young artists have been doing installation work but the one that I went to recently was different in a sense that it was a Performance Art and installation work. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/23/03


European Cultural Centers in Tehran
There are many European cultural centers in Tehran belonging to different embassies many of them are involved in language teachings here. Among these one shines with destination in my book as they truly do a lot of hard work in promoting culture. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/16/03


Tehran's Art Scene
Tehran art scene has been flourishing as ever, and this week I really did myself a favor going to many exhibitions and even two Iranians films and here is the account what I saw. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/22/03


Kaveh left us 40 days ago
Today is Kaveh’s 40th day, as tradition has it some family and friends drove up to his final resting place in Afjeh, a village up the hill in Lavasanak, on east of Tehran. His last home is on some solitary grounds where the air is always clean and sun shines across lovely hills all around. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 5/13/03


We all lost a friend; his name is Kaveh Golestan
There is nothing one can say to ease the pain. They know we love them and our hearts are with them, and when I sent an e-mail stating this the reply I got from Kaveh's dear sister was this: do not stand at my grave and weep... -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/18/03


"The Wondrous World of Sadegh Hedayat" Iranian Writer, Critic, Intellectual
Who would have thought that a conference on Sadegh Hedayat could be enjoyable, interesting, informative and enlightening all at the same time. The finale of major world events for Hedayat's centenary took place in Oxford England last month. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/15/03


A beautiful day in Tehran, topped with Parviz Tanavoli's exhibition at Modern Art Museum (photos)
There are rare days that Tehran looks so lovely and beautiful that one can forgive all its shortcomings in one go. Last Thursday was on those days. The sky was truly blue and vividly bright all day. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 3/4/03


Sadegh Hedayat Centenary Celebration in Tehran
I had to get myself to Tehran's House of Artists last Monday night, despite the fact that Tehran's normally bad traffic jam was even more terrible and moved even slower due to a sudden snow fall since earlier that morning. The ceremony was to start at 7:00 pm. it was to celebrate Sadegh Hedayat's Centenary in Tehran on his birthday. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/19/03


Fridays Are Art Days in Tehran
These days many art galleries have their openings on Friday afternoons, and many art lovers and friends of artists go there with lovely flower baskets to say hello, wish them luck and/or buy some of the art works. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 1/9/03


What is happening at the Modern Art Museum in Tehran
At long last I managed to find a find time to go and see the latest exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition, which started on 1st of October and will go on until 25th November, is called "NEW ART", or what one might call Installation Plus, with very large and interesting posters. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/13/02


The clap is back – Iranian Pop concert

I am just coming from a pop concert, not too far from my home. I was so touched I don't think it is relevant who the singer was. The concert took place at an exhibition centre. The hall was not full because of lack of publicity. There is always a danger with such events. They can not advertise it long in advance unless it is sponsored by "them".   Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/22/02 (