Press TV: Tribute to Qobad Shiva

SIx Weeks of Iranian Art - شش هفته با هنر ایران

The festival program includes four visual arts exhibitions, four musical performances and screening of a selection of the best Iranian short films and documentaries.

The program also includes interactive workshops, screen-play readings, story-telling and networking events as well as a dusk-to-dawn continuous projection of short films and selected art works for the public.

The Mystic Train exhibition of the festival will exhibit paintings, photographs, sculptures and graphic designs created by eight Iranian women.

Ronak Kordestani (painter), Mansoureh Feyzi (sculptor), Leila Miri (graphic artist), Adeleh Farzindar (sculptor), Kimia Rahgozar (photographer) and Maryam Enayati (graphic artist) are the artists whose works will be showcased in the Mystic Train section of the festival.

Visitors will also get the chance to see works by a number of veteran Iranian artists at an exhibition called The Backdrop to the Future.

The show will display works by Mohsen Vaziri-Moqaddam (painter and sculptor), Qobad Shiva (graphic artist), Hamid Jebelli (photographer) and Edman Ayvazian (painter), as visual art masters who have influenced contemporary Iranian and international art and inspired and nurtured generations of younger artists.

The 2012 Six Weeks of Iranian Art festival will also pay tribute to Qobad Shiva for his lifetime achievements in introducing Iranian art to the world.

The renowned Iranian graphic designer, Shiva, graduated in 1966 from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran and practiced graphic art for several years before getting his MA from Pratt University, New York, in 1980.

Shiva established the graphic art departments of the Iranian Radio and Television in 1968. He was also a co-founder of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society, a member of the Society of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and a jury member of Iran’s graphic arts Biennale.

Shiva has held numerous exhibitions of his paintings, photographs and graphic artworks in Iran and other countries including the UK, France and the US.

The 2012 Six Weeks of Iranian Art festival will kick off on September 21st at Toronto’s Queen Gallery.

The event will be held on the theme of ‘Art of the minute- Minute of the Art’ as a reflection on the creative process.

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