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Iranian artists catch foreign galleries’ attention with nudity, sexuality


While artists in Iran aren’t allowed to show nudes – at least not in public – they’re finding that portraying naked or overtly sexual women is helping them get into galleries abroad. Our Observer, an Iranian artist who has worked in European art galleries, has watched this become a growing trend. Read more...
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“Painting on death” in war-torn Syria


As the war in Syria drags on, its citizens must cope with the so-called new normal of violence, shortages, air raids and lack of basic amenities. This is the story of one Syrian artist, who uses old artillery shells and casings to create something beautiful in the besieged suburb of Douma. Read more...
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Nailed testicles, giant phalluses: The shock tactics of Russian protest art

 
Muscovites were treated to a surreal sight on Sunday: a naked man who had nailed his testicles to the cobblestones in Red Square, in protest at what he sees as apathy in contemporary Russian society. In Russia, where modern art is rarely political, a handful of artists are resorting to ever more shocking methods in order to be heard. Read more...
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Syrian artists find refuge in Lebanese mountain retreat

 
Like all refugees that are forced to leave their war-torn countries, Syrian artists have had to put their careers on hold. However, a Lebanon-based patron has provided these painters, sculptors, and multimedia artists access to her Ottoman-era building to enable them to continue their work. This provides a unique opportunity for them to re-launch their careers. Read more...
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‘Fear no more the heat of the sun’: Shakespeare in S. Sudan

 
An improbable sight can be witnessed in Juba these days: South-Sudanese actors dressed in traditional garb reciting Shakespeare in Juba Arabic. They are part of South Sudan Theatre Company, which has been fighting tooth and nail to help the art of theatre thrive in a difficult environment. Read more...
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What is this naked man chasing after?

 
Run, Li Binyuan, run! Sometimes Li runs while carrying a giant crucifix, sometimes a blow-up doll — but always in his birthday suit. Read more...

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Welcome to Woodstock, a Cape Town neighbourhood beautified by street art

 
A giant cat wrapped around a window, a multi-coloured rhinoceros, a peacock bearing the names of neighbourhood children on each of its feathers… These giant works of art and many more decorate the streets of Woodstock, just east of Cape Town. And they’ve given new life to this suburb’s rundown walls. Read more...
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Syrian activists fight Assad regime with spray paint and stencils

 
Following examples set in other Arab Spring countries like Tunisia and Egypt, Syrian activists have taken to arming themselves with cans of spray paint and stencils to peacefully protest against embattled President Bashar al-Assad’s regime via a very public and artistic medium – graffiti. Read more…

Cairo’s street artists turn concrete walls into works of art

 
Even though anti-government protests have, for the moment, tapered in Egypt, the capital Cairo remains dissected by military barricades. Forced to live in communities disjointed by massive walls, a group of street artists have armed themselves with brushes and paint in an effort to transform the oppressive symbols into works of art. Read more...
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