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The Afghans: Pictures of Resilience, 2001-2011

Event Details
Sep 10 2011 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Free to the public.
SHARQ Gallery
537 Arbramar Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
info 310.459.6041
an exhibition of photographs by Peter Bussian at Sharq Gallery
Nahid Massoud and Robert Rosenstone invite you to view "The Afghans"—a new exhibit at the Sharq Gallery, opening Saturday, September 10, 3-6 pm, and continuing Sept. 11-Oct. 6 by appointment. Info.

Women's Voices Now Benefit Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, January 24, 2011]—The Levantine Cultural Center, in participation with Women's Voices Now, will present the Women's Voices Now Benefit Party on February 4, 2011 8pm-midnight at the Bradford Stewart Studio, 5872 Smiley Dr., Culver City, 90232. This important night will introduce Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival—giving voice to women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim women living as minorities around the globe—taking place March 17-19 at the LA Film School.

Rania Matar

Rania MatarRania MatarBorn and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. Trained as an architect at AUB and at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she worked as an architect before studying photography at the New England School of Photography, and at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Mexico with Magnum photographer Constantine Manos. She currently works full-time as a photographer, and started teaching photography to teenage girls in refugee camps in Lebanon, with the assistance of non-governmental organizations, and to teenage refugees in Boston with the assistance of Children's Hospital.

Matar's work focuses mainly on women and girls. Her previous work has focused on the Middle East on women and children, and her projects—which examined the Palestinian refugee camps, the veil and its meanings, the aftermath of war, and the Forgotten Christians: the Christians of the Middle East—intend to give a voice to people who have been forgotten or misunderstood. In Boston, where she lives, she photographs her four children at all stages of their lives, and is currently working on a new body of work "A Girl and her Room," photographing teenage girls from different backgrounds.

A Photographer’s Quandary

Shirana Shahbazi at the Hammer MuseumShirana Shahbazi at the Hammer MuseumBy Catherine Batr

Levantine Center's Grand Opening Event with "Shoot an Iraqi" Artist/Writer Wafaa Bila

Event Details
Feb 27 2009 7:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 at the door includes a drink
Or $18 gets you an autographed copy
Beer/wine cash bar
*** Grand Opening Event ***
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035

Wafaa Bilal at Levantine CenterWafaa Bilal at Levantine CenterJoin us Fri. Feb. 27 when we inaugurate our new space with guest artist/writer Wafaa Bilal, co-author of Shoot An Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun (with Kari Lydersen, from City Lights 2009). Also featuring Baghdadism, a new exhibit of drawings by Faris Al-Saffar. This evening is cosponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

“History simply refuses to leave some people alone. The Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal grew up under Saddam Hussein, survived two wars, was forced to live for periods at refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and finally escaped to the U.S. in 1992 to study art.

Exploring the Other: Contemporary Iran through the lens of Iason Athanasiadis

Event Details
Jan 25 2009 - Mar 29 2009
Regular museum admission rates apply
Craft & Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA, 90036
Cross Streets: Wilshire Blvd / Curson Ave
This groundbreaking and highly relevant exhibit takes the focus off Iran’s politicians and realigns it squarely on the country and its people. Exploring the Other challenges the conventional media narrative of Iran by offering rare and candid insight into this enigmatic country from the perspective of an embedded international journalist and photographer. Internationally recognized correspondent and 2008 Nieman Fellow Iason Athanasiadis, who has spent more time than almost any other Western journalist living and working in post-revolutionary Iran, shares his extraordinary experience in this must-see exhibit.

Artist Talk: Shirana Shahbazi

Event Details
Dec 20 2008 4:00pm
Free to the Public
UCLA Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA, 90024

Join Shirana Shahbazi for a talk about her exhibition and residency at the Hammer Museum.

For more information, visit the museum's website:



Iraqi Marshlands Then and Now: Photographs by Nik Wheeler

Event Details
Dec 14 2008 - Mar 22 2009
Free to the Public
Fowler Museum at UCLA
UCLA North Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cross Streets: Sunset Blvd / Westwood Drive
Commonly known as “Marsh Arabs,” the people of the Iraqi marsh region lived on islands in remarkable buildings crafted from local reeds gathered from the marsh, creating the beautiful vernacular architecture captured in Nik Wheeler’s photographs from the mid-1970s. The tribulations of the Gulf Wars threatened this way of life, but efforts are now underway to rehabilitate a portion of the marshlands, and recent photographs by Mudhafar Salim show some of the early results.