Thursday, March 28, 2013

Detroit Institute of Arts presents extraordinary work of Iranian American Artist

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Detroit Institute of Arts presents extraordinary work of Iranian American Artist Shirin Neshat Exhibition includes video installations, photographs dealing with gender, politics and identity

March 28, 2013, 2013 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents Shirin Neshat, a mid-career retrospective of Iranian American artist Shirin Neshat, April 7–July 7. Neshat is known for her exceptional photography, films and video installations that deal with issues of gender, politics and identity.

This exhibition is the first major showing of Neshat’s work in more than 10 years and is free with museum admission. Shirin Neshat is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Marjorie & Maxwell Jospey Foundation.

Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran, in 1957 and grew up during a relatively progressive time in that country’s history for women and the arts. Shortly after she came to the United States for her studies, Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution brought a conservative regime to power. As restrictions on expression, dissent, and the activities of women increased in her homeland, Neshat explored the relationship between the personal and the political, and the individual and the nation. She has spent most of her adult life in the United States.

The photography and video installations represent 20 years of Neshat’s work. Her richly complex images integrate issues related to Iranian politics and history, images of Muslim women and references to Iranian literature. Her art explores the spaces between her personal aspirations, extraordinary life story, and socio-political situation in Iran, and, by extension, the Muslim world. Though deeply rooted in her Iranian background, Neshat’s work also incorporates universal themes of empowerment, loss, sacrifice, and the human desire for expression.

“The Detroit Institute of Arts is thrilled and privileged to present this comprehensive exhibition of Shirin Neshat’s art, which shows many of her photographs and videos together for the first time,” said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “When I first viewed her work in 2000, I was particularly entranced by the serenity and stark beauty of what I saw, qualities that pervade Neshat’s work even as she engages with the demanding issues of power, gender and social values.”

Shirin Neshat includes Neshat’s early video installations Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999) and Fervor (2000), which explore gender roles in Iran and other conservative Muslim cultures. In Turbulent, Neshat addresses Iranian laws imposed after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 that prohibited women from singing in public. Rapture is a nonverbal, visual poem where groups of men and women occupy separate realms, alternating their observations of each other. In Fervor, Neshat quietly and powerfully examines cultural attitudes about desire and sexuality in traditional Muslim cultures.

Also included are Tooba (2002) and her recent video installation Women Without Men (2011). Tooba was Neshat’s first work made after September 11, 2001. Living and working as an Iranian in New York City at that time, she struggled to process the tragedy that took place on her doorstep. The resultant tide of U.S. policies and anti-Muslim sentiment caused her to question whether she and other Muslims were fully accepted in their adopted home. In Tooba, Neshat shifted her focus from Iranian gender politics to the human desire for sanctuary.

Women Without Men was adapted from a novel written by Shahrnush Parsipur. The three video installations included in the exhibition (there are five, total), follow three female characters: Munis, an aspiring political activist; Mahdokht, a would-be mother; and Zarin, a prostitute. Their stories are set against the social and political backdrop of 1950s Iran. Neshat researched the period extensively to achieve realistic detail, from the decor of a brothel to demonstrations on the streets of Tehran. But as in the novel, Neshat creates disjointed timelines and imaginary, surreal elements to convey the emotional and psychological turmoil of the characters.

Neshat was drawn not only to the novel but also to the novelist. When Women Without Men was first published in 1989, Iranian authorities imprisoned Shahrnush Parsipur for writing openly about women’s sexuality and discontent. Parsipur’s novel and Neshat’s film remain banned in Iran.

Two series of photographs are also in the exhibition: Women of Allah (1993–97) and The Book of Kings. Women of Allah examines the status of women in Iran after its shift from secular to conservative religious rule. The Book of Kings asks who possesses political power? A larger-than-life dictator? The overwhelming masses of ordinary people? Only a dedicated few? Or does power circulate between them all?

Related Activities

Lecture Series
GLOBAL IMAGINARIES│Individual Realities This free lecture series offers a platform for artists and their communities to enter into a conversation about socially engaged art. The “imaginary” is a sociological term meaning the unspoken understanding between individuals in a society who adapt the same ethical, cultural and political frameworks. The “global imaginary” expands on this idea to describe the social networks emerging between people around the world, assisted by innovations in technology. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. To register for any lecture, visit and click on “Lectures/Events.

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Arjun Appadurai
Anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University, discusses art and artists whose work aims to raise social awareness by focusing on issues of identity and cultural production.

Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Shirin Neshat
Shirin Neshat’s work oscillates between the personal and universal, transcending preconceptions of culture, nationality, ethnicity and gender. She talks about her work as it relates to the global imaginary and about her work in the exhibition.

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Alfredo Jaar
Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar investigates ways that art can be used as a tool to awaken consciousness about social and global conditions that advance justice and how his multimedia installations solicit empathetic responses.

Sunday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Shirin Ebadi and a Conversation between Shirin Neshat and Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi discusses her pioneering efforts to support democracy and human rights in Iran for the past 50 years. Her lecture is followed by a conversation about art and justice between Shirin Neshat and Ebadi, moderated by Hamid Dabashi, a sociologist of culture.

Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Esther Shalev-Gerz
Esther Shalev-Gerz, born in Lithuania, educated in Israel, and now living in Paris, uses photographs, videos, and multimedia installations to investigate the relationships between cultural memory, citizenship, and public space.

Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Celebrated for his complex installations that include absurdist parables, Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock makes paintings that address his roots as a black artist. His newest efforts show domestic settings that are set on end by a satirical take on life.

Exhibition Tour
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Tour the exhibition with organizing curator Rebecca Hart and DIA interpreter Swarupa Anila. They will introduce the exhibition and be available in the galleries to answer questions.

Iranian Film Series
Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels about her family life as a rebellious young woman in and out of Iran, both before and after Khomeini’s rule, have been adapted into a magical, daringly honest animated movie. The visual style perfectly matches the irrepressible spirit of Marjane, who as a teenager rebels at the restrictions of living in a theocracy while also wrestling with adolescence, American pop culture and first love, ultimately embarking on a search for her true place in the world. In French with English subtitles.

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Secret Ballot
A soldier is unhappy to discover that he’s obliged to obey the orders of a young female election agent charged with collecting votes in a remote region, by accompanying her on her rounds with jeep and rifle. Not happy with taking orders from a woman, the young man is deeply stressed by the events of the day, and yet, as they get to know each other, they grudgingly begin to form a bond of respect. Only when the election is over does the soldier uncover the most surprising fact of all. In Persian with English subtitles.

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
A Separation
A Separation is a family drama that morphs into a gripping legal thriller. Married couple Simin and Nader obtain coveted visas to leave Iran for a life in the United States, where Simin hopes to provide a more promising future for their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader isn’t comfortable abandoning his sick father. To help him care for the old man, Nader hires a deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband; almost immediately there are complications, culminating in an incident that challenges perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame, what really happened, and what the legal and moral implications may be. Academy Award®, Best Foreign Language Film. In Persian with English subtitles.

Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Women Without Men
Set in Iran in 1953 during the period of political turmoil that resulted in the overthrow of Iran’s Mossadegh government and the establishment of the shah’s dictatorship, Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men interweaves the stories of four loosely connected Iranian women and their relationships with the men in their lives. Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, Neshat brings an extraordinary sense of design, emotional control and political insight to her storytelling, resulting in a rich, haunting and powerful sense of time and place

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges of fraudulently impersonating the well-known Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and the nature of existence, in which the real people from the case portray themselves on screen. In Persian with English subtitles. (98 min.)

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Attorney Joumana Kayrouz Launches Foundation to Help Families & Children in Need; Will be Focus of 5-week Satellite TV Special in Lebanon

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Attorney Joumana Kayrouz Launches Foundation to Help Families & Children in Need; Will be Focus of 5-week Satellite TV Special in Lebanon

Metro-Detroit, MI, IL. – Prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz announced the launching of the Joumana Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation with a initial $50,000 endowment.

Named in honor of herself and her two daughters, Stephanie and Nathalie, the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation will underwrite a special TV program in Lebanon that will showcase the challenges of needy people there and provide them with support.

The show will be broadcast on Lebanon’s popular OTV ( and worldwide during the Easter holiday season beginning March 31, the traditional date for the celebration of Easter among Catholics, through Sunday May 5, the date of the Orthodox Easter.

“I have been very fortunate and my legal business has been very successful, thanks to God’s blessings. I have always sought to share my successes with individuals, especially families and children who are in need,” Ms. Kayrouz said in announcing the creation of the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation.

“The foundation will strive to help people in need, especially those seeking to overcome medical challenges. We are starting in Lebanon, but I hope to move forward and expand that outside of Lebanon to also include Metro-Detroit.”

Over the years, in founding the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz PLLC, Ms. Kayrouz has been a major source of charitable donations to worthy causes, including but not limited last year donating $50,000 to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the hospital's founding.

Kayrouz said she was inspired to create the foundation during a visit to Lebanon this past December with Randa Berri, the Second Lady of Lebanon and the wife of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri. Berri is also the head of the Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped, and during the visit, the two discussed their mutual concern for the plight of disabled victims, especially children. Kayrouz donated $50,000 to Berri’s charitable work and announced plans to build an Eye Center through Berri’s own foundation.

The Foundation’s Vice President is Elie Farah, who represents the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation in Lebanon, is supervising the production of the OTV Satellite TV special to be called “Oxygen.”

“We’re very excited that the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation will be able to underwrite this project. Our purpose is to bring public attention to the needs of families and especially children in Lebanon and to also bring them some relief through the generosity of the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation,” Farah explained.

Farah said that the show has already identified 10 families who each has a special need. Each week, the stories and challenges of two of the families will be showcased in the one-hour TV show that will be broadcast throughout the world beginning with the show’s March 31 premiere.

Farah said the cases involved children and people who have been diagnosed with cancer, who are near blind, who are disabled in many different ways, and families who are in need of financial support.

“There are so many people who need help and we hope that we can raise awareness to inspire others to follow our lead and reach out to help people,” Farah said. “In one case, a little girl is nearly blind and we have been working with the hospital to help restore her eye sight. It is a very emotional experience.”

Ms. Kayrouz emphasized that the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation will seek to help people regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin. Among those whose stories will be shared in the TV Program Oxygen include Christians, Muslims, Lebanese and Syrians.

For more information on the Foundation, visit


Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP) Becomes a Jordanian National Society

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The Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP) Becomes a Jordanian National Society

MUNICH- The Arab Intellectual Property for Intellectual Property (ASIP)/ Munich announces that it has submitted an application to the Jordanian Ministry of Culture to conduct the required procedures based on which its registered branch at the Ministry was dissolved.

This decision was concluded due to the decision of the Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS), which is registered at the Jordanian Ministry of Interior, to amend its name to become the Arab Society for Intellectual Property that will resume the activity which the branch completely practiced as a national Jordanian society.

As the legal requirements don’t permit the existence of two societies holding the same name; the branch waivered its name for the purpose of establishing the national society under the same name and as an amendment of the current one.

The Society that is registered in Munich/ Germany since 1987 is the existing umbrella since that date that coordinates between the Society’s activities, branches, and associated societies on a world level.

The activities of the Society in Jordan and all Arab countries and throughout the world are being conducted normally and increasingly in a manner that serves the development of the Intellectual Property profession.

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP)/ the largest company in this field in the world continues to provide its full support through its 80 offices spread all around the globe and it provides all the necessary resources to the Society, its branches and associated societies.