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Iraqi artist shows 'ugly faces' of IS using old shoes


An Iraqi artist has transformed worn-out shoes and trash into works of art to illustrate the 'ugliness' of Islamic State group. Using old footwear salvaged from local shoemakers, Akeel Khreef has created ugly-looking 'shoe faces' to decorate an entire wall of his house. The mural is set to go on display in a London gallery this summer. Read more...
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Graffiti artist calls on religions – and Parisians – to 'Coexist'


In the past week, the word “Coexist” has appeared on walls all over Paris. These graffiti messages are in homage to Combo, a street artist who was attacked in the French capital on January 30 while hanging up a poster advocating coexistence between the world’s religions. Combo’s goal is to use art to both incite reflection and combat stereotypes. Read more...
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Artists trade acid for roses in support of Iranian women


In the past few weeks, four women have been the victims of acid attacks in Ispahan, a town in the centre of Iran. Each time, these attacks have been carried out by helmeted men on motorcycles. A group of artists decided to accost women in the same way except, this time, instead of acid, they stopped them to give them roses. Read more...
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Hong Kong becomes a canvas for protest art


The Hong Kong protests may have quietened down over the past few days, but protesters have left behind an array of street art. From homemade pro-democracy banners, to the widespread use of umbrellas as symbols of solidarity, protest art is everywhere.
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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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