Category Archive: Art and Literature

Dec 09

Objectivity and Stereotypes

Zhiwar Jawhar The society in which we live has been shaped by fairy tales and historical, mythical, and religious stories. These fairy tales and stories reinforce stereotypes, and these stereotypes often substantiate and even engender inequality; gender inequality is just one such example. In these sort of stories, the common theme that one often finds …

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Dec 04

Prominent Kurdish novelist Bayan Salman wins an award

Bayan Salman, the Kurdish novelist, poet and essayist won Andesha’s prestigious award for Novelist of the Year. Salman was awarded this prize during Andesha’s fourth Festival of literature in the city of Sulaymania, Kurdistan. Andesha is an institute for both publication and translation, and it hosts yearly festivals to both exhibit and introduce new books …

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Dec 04

‘Curse’ A focus on artist Gailan Abdullah’s Video-Performance

The duration of the Gailan Abdullah’s video performance is three minutes and fifteen seconds, and it is broadcast on two different screens. In the video performance ‘Curse’, which was produced in Paris in 2014, Gailan Abdullah aims to capture a dualism within ideology – to be more precise, religious ideology. This is seen in the …

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Dec 03

Feminist art presentation at a traditional tea house in Kurdistan

Rozhgar Mustafa is not only an artist, but a feminist and a conceptual artist, whose vision of the world is one in which women are accepted as equal human beings. Through her art she conveys important messages about the status of women in Kurdish society. One of her recent art projects amongst other things, capture …

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Nov 24

BIRTHDAY

Miran Abraham   It was still dark when she woke me up that very morning. Fear was showing on her face. She was restless whilst walking back and forth in the room. With one sharp tug she pulled the red satin curtains down and put them in a backpack, a backpack she had previously positioned …

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Nov 02

The Hassar and the Dogs of my Father

Zhiwar Jawhar The Hassar and the Dogs of my Father is a well-known Kurdish novel by Sherzad Hassan, written in 1996 and translated into Persian and Swedish. Its overarching themes are dictatorship and patriarchy, particularly focusing on Kurdish society – themes that are, however, relevant everywhere, freedom is curtailed and women are subordinated to men. …

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Oct 27

POETRY IS NOT A CRIME: KURDISH POETRY

HARD BALL PRESS – Publishing Working Class Stories BOOK PARTY & DISCUSSION Dr. Hiva Panahi Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1-4 pm 256 W. 38th St., UAW Conference Rooms, Manhattan ALL ARE WELCOME REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED RSVP: info@hardballpress.com, 917-428-1352 Foreign Land The heart became a museum The only one who comes to visit Is loneliness …

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Oct 16

Secrets of the Snow

New Book: “Secrets of the Snow” Dr. Hiva Panahi’s debut English translation of her celebrated collection of poetry Please join us to congratulate Dr. Hiva Panahi! The debut English translation of her celebrated collection of poetry, Secrets of the Snow,  published this October by Hard Ball Press in New York City. SECRETS OF THE SNOW …

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Oct 16

Beyond the Mirror

Statement By Shillan Jabbar Painting is meditation before it is art. Through painting, I make a spiritual connection with my inner soul and nature. This kind of meditation gives a feeling that we are all connected with our happiness, suffering, and struggles. My paintings are my inner voice; the voice that speaks through the dancing …

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Oct 16

Your Love Changes My Guise (Poem by Lazo Azad)

by Lazo Azad (2008)   I shut my eyes Flap my wings And I replenish darkness with colour air thickens Love revamps it’s guise A gentle breeze blows Blood and prayer cover the skies A mirage immersed in the sand Our memoirs pierce me like a dagger   Your eyes turn into a spark as …

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Oct 16

Why has the Iranian women’s movement failed?

By Ava Homa Since the 1910-era Constitutional Revolution, women in Iran have struggled to achieve gender equality, to no avail. In the 1930s, women had 14 magazines discussing their rights, and by the 1970s had gained some freedom of education and occupation. But these small achievements were taken away when Ruhollah Khomeini usurped power in …

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Oct 14

STREAM TO OCEAN: ON THE POEMS OF NAZAND BEGIKHANI

By Richard McKane, British poet and translator   Time flows or runs through Nazand Begikhani’s poems: the stream of her childhood becomes the mighty river Tigris then she finds herself washed up in exile on the Atlantic ocean, or by the banks of the Loire. But she is not prepared to just float with the …

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Oct 08

My Personal and professional journey into Art, revolution and exile.

By Rebwar Saed Throughout my adult life, personal and professional developments have always been tightly bound together and have in many ways informed each other. During my years at high school, I illustrated a monthly journal, which was displayed for everyone to read. It contained poetry, literature and contributions from the sciences. One of my teachers was …

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Sep 12

My Mother Pictured Amongst Tobacco Leaves

Your picture in the greenness of the tobacco leaves reflecting the light of the Orient you bend among the endless lines of the staring tobacco plants like doubt after conviction you pick up the leaves lay them in the Charoga[1] hanging at your neck and carry them to the Ber Heywan[2]   Piles of sad …

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Sep 04

“I am Baran”

By Baran This is the first time I have ever written about myself. It feels harder than doing any other form of writing, but the companion who usually reassures me and shares the burden with me is my cloth doll. He has been my friend for over twenty-five years and is familiar with all the …

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Sep 04

The Outbreak

By Karwan Omar Dancing is a spiritual expression in white space. Corporal play in everlasting dreams. From the first moment of dancing and flying, we live a life whose mysteries we cannot sense or enjoy. A free body and an adventurous soul preserve us from laxity, regression, stagnancy, darkness, and fear and prevent us from …

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