Yossof & Zulaikha

An animated series using Miniatures belonging to the National Archives, Kabul, and based on the poem by Jami – Mawlana Nur-Al-Din’Abd al Rahman, Persian poet 1414 -1492 –

September 7, 2017, work in progress, we started the animation process with a great Afghan team. Some images very soon !

Story boarding :

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Atiq Rahimi at National Archives – Kabul

” An Afghan Cultural Identity ? ”

Exhibition at National Archives from April 25 till July 25, 2016.

A collaboration National Archives & Afghanculturemuseum.

With Atiq Rahimi, Bismillah Khusravi, Patrick Pleutin, Pascale Bastide

“My culture is genuinely plural. So, my cultural identity is defined by its interaction with the Indian, Persian-speaking, Arabic, Turkish and Chinese civilizations.

Seventy two nations shall hear from us their secrets. We chant the air of two hundred religions on a single note of flute.

The mixture of ethnic groups and cultures, the richness of this land is threatened by the wars, let us wish ardently the peace to protect this very unique wealth of ours” Atiq Rahimi

Afghanculturemuseum and National Archives – Kabul

Exhibition Archives-e-Millie Kabul – April 25 till July 25, 2016

Inspired by Mrs Masuma Nazari, Director of the museum, with Patrick Pleutin, Mohammad Mehdi Zafari, Pascale Bastide, and Students in Arts from Kabul University

“An Afghan cultural Identity ?”

This exhibition intends to guide the visitor through different media to a possible answer to that question, which could only be resolved by linking the past and the present.

From the entrance two embroidered textiles with the words “conservation” and “future” great the visitor, a path bordered by chalk works representing ideograms meant to whet the curiosity, leads him or her to the entrance of the museum.

In the first room put on large table, a hand-made painted book , an original piece of art, shows how documents of the past can seem as contemporary and seduce a young audience.

To invite the visitor to troll through all the galleries, poems are written with a flourish calligraphy on the 30 window desks presenting documents, miniatures and photographies.

In the first gallery, on the right hand side, two niches have been filled up with enlarged miniatures, representing a woman and a man to emphasize the delicacy of the drawing and the colour, moreover the scale of the personages creates an immediate feeling of otherness.

The third room welcomes a flat screen TV monitor, harmoniously integrated in the antique furniture of the National Archives. It presents the concept of the virtual Afghanculturemuseum whose the digital expression enables to mix 4.000 B.C. works of art with the contemporary daily life of the Afghan people.

In the  last room, under the watchful eyes of a young man of the 15th Century,  another enlarged miniature entitled “Timeless treasure”, a short film, after a text of Atiq Rahimi , composed of different types of images from The National Archives and enriched by live calligraphies, praise the different ethnic groups of Afghanistan, a delicate richness to be cherished.

All the glasses of the doors, as a magical gesture, have been decorated with white painted copies of flowers inspired by details of miniatures, turning the entire museum into an immense herbarium.

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Beautify Kabul – Artists Graffiti

‘Ordinary heroes’

“All people are living in fear so with this art, we can change the look of the city, and give a message of peace to the people and a message of acceptance of each other,” Maryam Kohi says.

“We want to shift the paradigm of heroism in Afghanistan,” Kabir Mokamel says. “It has always been heroes with guns or with swords, you know?

“So we want to celebrate the people that we see every day who are working on the street.”

“It’s time for Afghanistan and for the world to contribute something else other than weapons and war,” Mokamel says.

“We have been through war for the past 36 years, it’s really time to give art and artists a chance.”

From Jennifer Glasse’s Blog on Al Jazeera

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Mehdi Amini at French Institute Kabul

 

promo Mehdi AMINIAfghan cartoonist Mehdi Amini displays his skillful work entitled “Dirtied Taliban Hands” that offers social and political commentary on the role of women in Afghanistan and government policies toward the Taliban.

continue on : www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16084-afghan-cartoonist-exhibits-skill-political-critique

Zarif Design at Nikki Diana Marquardt Gallery Paris

From Thursday 8 till Sunday 11, May 2014

10 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris

Zolaykha Sherzad invites you to discover, exclusively in France, her new collection.

Private party on Thursday, May 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm (RSVP)

Hours:  Thursday and Friday from 12:00am to 10:00pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12:00am to 6:00pm

Contact: zarifparis@gmail.com & mobile: 00 33 6 61 71 75 18

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Du jeudi 8 au dimanche 11 mai 2014

10 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris

10 rues

Zolaykha Sherzad vous invite à découvrir, en exclusivité en France, sa nouvelle collection

Soirée privée le jeudi 8 mai de 18h à 22h (RSVP) Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt

Horaires : jeudi et vendredi de 12h à 22h

samedi et dimanche de 12h à 18h

 Contact :  zarifparis@gmail.com & mobile : 00 33 6 61 71 75 18

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Conversations with Zarlasht

 

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This episode of “Conversations With Zarlasht” is about Shekeb Yaghi, a Hip Hop/rap singer who also studies at the American university of Afghanistan and works in a construction company, Shekeb also talks about the future of Rap/Hip Hop music.

http://www.filmannex.com/webtv/zarlashtsarmast/movie/conversations-with-zarlasht-3/40822

 

Afghan Rock Nights, Switzerland

In January 2014, FOCUS invites two rock bands White Page and Ariana Delawari in Switzerland during SOFA KABUL artistic exchange


Dates & Venues

10.01.14  Reitschule, Bern

11.01.14 Rote Fabrik, Zürich

17.01.14  Case à chocs,Neuchâtel

18.01.14  Rocking-chair, Vevey

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Elyas Alavi : Exhibition at French Institute Kabul

Elyas Alavi is a painter and a performer.

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This is a work I did here in Afghanistan. It’s called ” A journey with my grandma’s scarf to her homeland” . It’s with 2 photos on the wall. In one of the photos, my grandma’s scarf is on a rock in a very snowy mountain near my grandma’s place.

She died in exile (in Iran) last year. However I put the scarf inside ice to melt in the gallery. In a way to show her soul is back to her homeland and melt there….

Portrait : Abdul Qasem Foushanji

Abul Qasem Foushanji – aka Dark Artery – born in 1987 (Afghanistan) is an Afghan freelance artist. His creates mostly Abstract artworks in mediums of painting/illustration, sound, and mixed media.

Along with his family, he spent 18 years of his life in Iran.

For about four years, during his childhood, he learned Realism painting from his Armenian master but after that he never went through any academy for arts.

He was graduated from high school in Tehran in 2004, and it was the same year that he came back to his origin, Afghanistan.

As Metal music has been a part of his life, and it was all a new life experience in India, Qasem started painting in the field of Modern Art in his second year of staying in that country (2007).

At that time his art (mostly paintings and drawings at that time) were more linked to the theme of “weakness and the failure of human body”.

After coming back from India, he continued working on paintings more concentrated, and was selected as one of Top10 artists for the 2nd Afghan Contemporary Art Prize.

Since then, his works have been on several group exhibitions in Kabul, while recently chosen to exhibit for dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany as well as for its Kabul exhibition.

Qasem often reflects the unclean and dark aspects of life, believing “most of the people ignore such aspects, because it is not beautiful, but showing it more can help to create solutions.”

He is currently focused on creating more multimedia works. He also plays bass and writes the lyrics for Afghanistan’s only Metal band District Unknown. The artists that he is inspired by are Björk, Mogwai, Clyfford Still, and Salvador Dali.

 

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Portrait : Zolaykha Sherzad

Zolaykha Sherzad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where she lived until the age of ten. When the Soviets invaded in 1979, Zolaykha and her family were forced to flee and settled as political refugees in Switzerland.

Trained as an architect, Zolaykha received her Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology.

In 2000, she founded School of Hope, a non-profit organization that has successfully rebuilt and supported primary and secondary schools in rural Afghanistan.

In 2004, she started Zarif Design (Zarif means “precious” in Farsi) to help revive the Afghan artistic culture.

Today Zarif Design employs 50 Afghan women and men who, from their homes and one workshops in the old city of Kabul, revive traditional Afghan textiles and create strikingly unique and magnificently finished jackets and coats.

 

 

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Are you ready to get your hands on beautiful, handmade clothing? Email zarif@zarifdesign.com, view the contact information or visit http://www.farandwidecollective.com/collections/jackets to purchase something now.

 

 

 

The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery at Kabul

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Stupa , H 2,80m , W of the base 2,06m

 

Scientific publication by Zafar Paiman, Director of excavations. Volume 1 , Collège de France Publications

Written primarily in French and Dari but with a good summary in English.

This is the final report of the Afghan excavations at Tepe Narenj , started and entirely directed by the author.

Tepe Narenj is the name given to a rocky spur located in the Southern part of Kabul. It was entirely covered by Islamic graves when the dig begun. The ancient remains hidden under  these graves are now entirely cleared and preserved. Two nearby places could also be excavated, smaller than the main dig, but yielding impressive results. All the excavated buildings belong to the latest period of a huge mahasanghika monastery dating back to the 2nd or 3rd  c. A.D., now entirely covered by multiple layers of graves belonging to one of the most important and revered Islamic cemeteries in Kabul, where it is now impossible to conduct archaeological excavations. They were filled with colossal clay statues.
The stratigraphic analysis and the coins demonstrate that most of these buildings and statues were made after 870 A.D., i.e. at after the first Arab raids against Kabul. This volume contains the description and the fullest possible illustration of the finds (buildings, sculptures, ceramics, coins). Volume II will contain the historical and art comments.

To buy this volume :
http://www.deboccard.com/index.php?id_lang=3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait : Chabname Zariab

I’m a writer and hopefully a movie maker very soon.

 

Born in Afghanistan,  I left my home country, with my mother and my older sister, at the age of 8.

I grew up in a very literary family. I studied law and Real Estate.

Great cinema enthusiast, I participated in a contest which was worth to me being the prize-winner of Ile de France within the framework of Youth Award at Cannes Festival in 2008.

Subsequently, I wrote a script for a feature-length film, “Second State” which is currently under development.

“The Afghan pianist,” my first novel has received several Awards including the Mediterranean Award for Students.

Today I live and work in Paris.

Wajma at Anonymous Film Festival – Romania

Barmak Akram’s movie “Wajma” (“A love story of Afghanistan”)  the winning film for the Best Screenplay at Sundance Festival (USA)  is in the running for the trophy Anonymous 2013.

Anonimul International Independent Film Festival takes place at St. George, in the Danube Delta Romania, between 9th and 18th August 2013

Atiq Rahimi “The Patience Stone” next screenings San Francisco International Film Festival

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The Patience Stone

A woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, only whispering of her fear for their two young daughters’ lives. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, she gives voice to previously unuttered thoughts and memories without regard for anyone’s reaction. In a mesmerizing performance, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani portrays a woman who, under the most extreme circumstances, discovers the core of her identity. | Read More

Tribeca  Screening Times

FRI 4/26 8:30 PM SVA Theater 2 Beatrice BUY TICKETS
SAT 4/27 6:00 PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 1 BUY TICKETS

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Screening Times

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas April 28, April 29, 2013 Both at 6:30 pm

To buy tickets go to :

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Monacopolis – Architecture, Urbanism et Urbanisation in Monaco

 

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The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco directed by Marie-Claude Beaud presents MONACOPOLIS – Architecture, Urbanism et Urbanisation in Monaco, Realisations et Projects – 1858–2012MONACOPOLIS is on view in the two NMNM venues—Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber.The exhibition is curated by Nathalie Rosticher-Giordano—Chief Curator of the NMNM. The collective Martino Gamper and Åbäke (London) is responsible for the exhibition’s sets and graphic design (signs, visual identity and publication).
Villa Paloma explores, inter alia, Eugène Beaudoin’s urban development proposals of the 1940s, Le Corbusier’s mysterious sketch, and the idea mooted by a surprising stranger, Henry Bulgheroni. After the Second World War, in a context aligned with the European issue of reconstruction, Monaco also had above all to deal with the total saturation of its territory. There duly appeared for Monaco various new urban planning solutions, in a period replete with visionaries. Starting in the 1960s, we thus discover utopian proposals such as La Venise monégasque, Yona Friedman’s transparent and suspended bridge-city, Archigram’s Features Monte-Carlo, a rejection of deliberately buried architecture but offering a masterly response to  exaggeratedly multi-faceted specifications, Paul Maymont’s Thalassopolis, a city that could be extended ad infinitum over the water, Edouard Albert’s L’Ile artificielle and the Quartier Marin, designed together with Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and Manfredi Nicoletti’s La Ville satellite and theMarinarium. More recently, Jean Nouvel came up with a Centre de l’homme et de la mer, and Emilio Ambasz devised Public Park and Residencies. Real urban development is reinstated in the exhibition thanks to a sizeable collection of illustrative material and filmed reports, emphasizing the ceaseless energy of the works begun in the 1960s, which have never been interrupted since.

A publication will be released in late February 2013. Nothing less than a trove of references filling some 600 pages, it will include a comprehensive iconography, for the most part hitherto unpublished, and essays broaching the notions of heritage, vacationing, and urban planning and development, written by historians, architects, urban planners, and philosophers.

MONACOPOLIS – Architecture, Urbanism et Urbanisation
in Monaco, Realisations et Projects – 1858-2012
Villa Paloma: January 19–May 12, 2013
Villa Sauber: January 19–December 30, 2013Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Villa Paloma
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 MonacoVilla Sauber
17, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 MonacoT +377 98 98 20 95
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