Installation view from the Safar/voyage exhibition in Vancouver.


VANCOUVER
- Canada has now hosted one of the most important exhibitions of Arab, Iranian and Turkish art to hit the North American continent. On April 20, 2013, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia opened its doors to a seminal show curated by Dr Feri Daftari, which aimed to display a comprehensive scope of works stretching from the Arabian Peninsula to Turkey. Entitled “Safar” (perhaps to denote this cultural journey), it also showcases seventeen internationally recognised regional artists who explore the theme of travel and guide the viewer through maps and cities of Middle Eastern cities such as Cairo and Tehran. To think of works such as Rachmaoui’s maps, it is clear that the notional “re-mapping” of regions that have historically been perceived in a particular geography is an important part of engaging with current cultural discourse. The exhibition is therefore undoubtedly very timely and highly welcome.


Installation view from the Safar/voyage exhibition in Vancouver.


Particularly eye-catching was an intricate carpet by Nazgol Ansarinia whose detailed, prize-winning works have always been mesmerizing. Equally impressive was the glittering world map by Farhad Moshiri (from the collection of the discerning Mohammed Afkhami) - another timely reminder of the present global significance of Middle Eastern art.

For those of us in Europe who feel the need for an excuse to visit Vancouver, this exhibition provides the ultimate pretext. You have only until September 15th to view it!

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