Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : How did Iran’s 1979 revolution impact their art?

Answer by Winston Chau
The 1979 Revolution changed the dynamics of the arts scene. The Revolution itself was documented by the photographer Abbas (born 1944), who had just returned to Iran for a project to examine changes in society brought by Iran’s oil boom. Caught in the moment, he recorded both the fervent demonstrations of the masses and the dealings of the higher level politicians.

After the takeover by the Islamic government, museums and galleries enjoyed less latitude than they had in previous years. Art of this period is dominated by Iran’s war with Iraq (1980–88), and the responses of many artists to its horrors. Sadegh Tirafkan (born 1965) completed a series of photographs in memory of the many friends who died in the war. The war also fostered a certain development in the graphic arts, as stark, powerful posters were created to galvanize national support and to commemorate the many lives lost. Tirafkan’s other photographs explore his relationship as an Iranian male with his country’s ancient past. The most recent is a series based in Persepolis.

The late 1990s has witnessed a spurt of artistic activity, with many artists like Farah Ossuli (born 1953) working in Iran now. She has chosen the medium of Persian miniature painting as the point of departure for her art. In her paintings, Ossuli replaces the spaces for text with fields of color and manipulates the scale of the figures, many of which are women. She appropriates the language of miniature painting, yet re-presents it in a contemporary idiom. Ossuli says the following about her work: “Miniaturists say that being a contemporary miniaturist means being a magician, someone who can do incredible things, be rigorous, work five years on a painting, or be able to draw a line that is invisible. But I want to make visible that which is unsaid, and I take only a reasonable pain in creating my works. So, I am definitely not a miniaturist.”

There are also a number of Iranians working outside the country, who represent the generation caught in the crossfire of the Revolution. Many are students who had left Iran to pursue a higher education in other countries and who were away during the Revolution and sometimes not permitted to return for many years. Shirazeh Houshiary (born 1955), who has settled in London, and Shirin Neshat (born 1957), who lives in New York, are two such artists. Houshiary’s early works are patinated metal sculptures based on Islamic geometric forms. Her more recent works are monochrome paintings, which appear to be blank canvases in white or black when viewed from a distance, but a complex web of intricately etched markings in graphite when viewed up close. These works are elusive and sometimes barely visible, suggesting a quest for the self in physical form. They encapsulate the essence of human presence—the breath. On a mystical level, Houshiary’s works can be interpreted as a metaphor for Divine light and man’s eternal search for union with the Divine.

Neshat’s work grapples with issues of exile and identity and reflects her attempts to cope with the changes in the country from which she felt so alienated. In the Women of Allah series (1997.129.8)and in her more recent video installations, poetic texts cover the body parts of women. Her works contain a strong poetic and lyrical element, although they address “forbidden” subjects such as Islam, revolution, women, femininity, and violence. It is the juxtaposition of conflicting and dissonant elements such as the veil and the gun that makes Neshat’s work so compelling. She is a master of video installation. One of her most recent works is inspired by the novel Women Without Men by Shahrnoush Parsipour and the story of the Tooba tree in the Holy Qur’an. Here, Neshat uses the tree as a metaphor for a spiritual longing for paradise and a quest for political power, drawing on her cultural heritage to create works that resonate with universal ideas such as loss, meaning, and memory.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Spiritually speaking, who is the all time spiritual hide and seek champion?

Answer by drasago
Bob Picowitz from New Jersey. Bet you haven’t found him yet either.

Answer by Selah
ehhhhhhhhh – you?

Answer by ____
BIN LADIN!’

where u at fool!

Answer by Been There Brilliantly DoneThat!
Spiritually speaking,..
God of course!

Answer by Zsolt H
Yes looking at the question the first thought would be, that the hiding champion should be God, but if we think about it, actually it is us.
God is out there, never changing, giving everything, but He is waiting for us to appear on the scene, recognize Him and accept His offering.
It is us humans who are hiding, as we are covered in our selfish egos, hiding our heads in the sand.
We need to make the changes, and become more like Him, as until we achieve similarity with Him we cannot sense Him.
So this is our task, and if you would like to learn how to achieve this similarity please follow the link below, and watch the included video about the “law of equivalence of form” too:
http://www.kabbalah.info/course/main/?utm_source=Yahoo!%2BAnswers&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=text-link&utm_campaign=semester-winter-2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgdTONPRduk&feature=channel_page

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Does the news make you feel depressed?

Or is it just me? It makes the world seem like such a bad place. Like there’s NOTHING good around us whatsoever.

Answer by [Che†]
Yes, always.

Answer by Matt Idk ツ
no..

Answer by foster the people
not really…..

Answer by Mwaxx Major..- suspended
Why is your avatar spot so fvckin bright yellow??????!

Answer by dangelo h
yes,sometimes the news is so depressing with so much going on the world.The world is a bad place and I wish there was a way to make the world better.

Answer by Chase
Nope. Because i don’t give a dam, next stop is Vietnam

Answer by ❤MARO❤
Not really. My mom told me it won’t do anything for the hungry if all you do is waste your time moping around. She said you can give charity and move on with your life.

Answer by ?
Yeah, it does! I used to be really into politics and current affairs, but now I choose to ignore it all. I like to imagine that the world is a happy place in which everyone likes each other, lol. I don’t own a TV, and I never go on news websites: I didn’t know that earthquake had happened in Japan until about a week after when someone told me.

Answer by Bri
Sometimes. There’s so many bad things going on. o:

Answer by Nory and Francis
It used to, and it also used to scare me, but I have just accepted that it’s reality. But then again, news corporations do tend to overexagerrate.

Answer by Alfonse
The people responsible for the news purposely gear it towards negative emotions because this stirs your fight or flight mechanisms and gets your adrenaline flowing. This spike in adrenaline can be addictive and this addiction is what sells advertisements to get more of an adrenaline fix by watching negative news.

There are many good things in this world, but good things do not stir up people’s adrenaline and in turn this does not sell news so the advertisers want negative, not positvie news.

The news is geared to make the world seem a terrible place, and there are bad things, but there are many good things. I read, I dont watch the crappy news.

Answer by Troubleshooter
Sometimes. It seems things get worse every day.

Answer by Lauren
The news is basically how the government keeps you anxious,
I wouldn’t pay mind if i were u.
CNN, NBC, FOX… it’s just a way to terrorize and intimidate.

Answer by Dude… Cyriously.
Yeah, that’s why I avoid it.

Answer by smile a little
sometimes..a lot of negativity

Answer by DarkKnight
Totally, I try to avoid the news as much as I can.
The media is like the biggest debbie downer, everything they report just tries to make you feel sad about something. I don’t want to know all the bad things going on, why can’t they tell me anything inspiring or happy?

Answer by Mischief Managed
Always.

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