Arts

Raising awareness of Iraqi protests through art

The Halifax Iraqi community is coming together on Saturday to hold Art for Peace, an exhibition of international art at the Canada Games Centre. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of what’s happening right now in Iraq, and to raise money for the injured. “It’s very difficult to all of us,” says Aseel Mohammed Ali, the organizer ...

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Artists assemble! How collectives took over the art world

They’re principled, they’re powerful and they make the art world jumpy. As the Turner prize is split four ways, we look at how collectives are shaking things up ast week, the four artists shortlisted for the Turner prize turned themselves into a four-strong collective in order to win as a group – a move that caused controversy in the press, ...

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Fresh breeze of change in Gulf art scene

Shaikha Hoor Al Qasimi’s inspiring journey to becoming a leading voice of global art Braving the cold late October winds that announced to New Yorkers about winter’s imminent arrival, the guests bundled up in woollens as they poured into the large auditorium of the Asia Society to hear a group of award-winning ‘game changers’ from Asia — all women candidates ...

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Mobile Museum of Art opens ‘FOR CHILDREN 2020’ exhibit

 The Mobile Museum of Art revealed their “FOR CHILDREN 2020” exhibit Saturday. The event featured a kid-friendly, Winter Wonderland-themed opening party, only open to Mobile Museum of Art members, with art activities provided by the Museum School, face painting, a bouncy house and food trucks. “FOR CHILDREN 2020” will feature more immersive installations, interactive elements like a giant Lite Brite, ...

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On the Frontier, the Lubumbashi Biennial Makes Art From Obstacles

The global mushrooming of fairs has reached Congo’s remote but resilient mining hub, where politics find its way into artists’ work. LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo — This hot, dry metropolis may seem an unlikely art center. It is a thousand miles from the capital, Kinshasa, on the southern edge of an enormous, unwieldy country typically associated with wars and ...

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Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman

KALAHAN DENG The release of an Uzbek action movie has been blocked for using images of US actor Morgan Freeman in its advertising, even though he doesn’t appear in the film. The movie, called Daydi (Rogue), was due to be shown in cinemas this week until Uzbekistan’s film licensing body stepped in. It says that while Freeman features prominently on ...

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US police threaten to punish drink drivers with Justin Bieber

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Minnesota police force has threatened to punish drink drivers with Justin Bieber’s dance moves if they get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Police in Wyoming, Minnesota, tweeted on Sunday that drink drivers would be forced to watch Bieber’s Super Bowl advert “the entire way to jail”. The pop star is seen performing celebratory end zone ...

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Film highlights Fiji’s baffling rate of albinism

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Fiji is a popular destination for travellers in search of tropical beaches and sunshine, but many visitors would be unaware the country struggles with an unusually high rate of albinism. A new film has highlighted the issue, writes Ben Collins. Christine Nestel called Fiji’s largest television station to ask if she could use footage from a ...

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Junaid Jamshed: Pakistan’s pop icon turned preacher

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The story of Junaid Jamshed’s public life begins with one air crash and ends with another. The August 1988 air crash in Bahawalpur that killed Pakistan’s military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq was widely hailed in Pakistan as the end of an era when religious obscurantism reigned supreme. Though the roots of obscurantism turned out to be ...

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Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel prize winner, gives up green card over Trump

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Africa’s first Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Wole Soyinka, has spoken for the first time since he said in October that he would cut up his green card if Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. While the writer and poet would not elaborate on whether or not he had torn up his green ...

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