Saturday, July 03, 2004

Tanavoli: Statues of "Nil" Contradict Western Understanding

Mehr News Agency English: "Statues of "Nil" Contradict Western Understanding: Iranian Sculptor
TEHRAN July 3 (MNA) -– The twist word of "nil" is derived from socio-political issues that Parviz Tanavoli, the Iranian sculptor, has applied in his works associated with mystery.
Tanavoli feels that his statues of "nil" are symbols and signs of life in the Iranian mysticism and do not bear any relationship with despair and hopelessness.

The 67-year-old Tanavoli, creating works entitled: "nil" which from the viewpoint of form, concept and style are purely Iranian, started his profession in early 1970's.

He said the concept of "nil" among the Westerners means absurdity and hopelessness, but contrary to this meaning, "nil" in my works does not convey the meaning of absurdity as it has substance and existence.

Tanavoli said, “Whatever has given rise to Western critics to pay due attention to these statues is the contradiction to "nil" in my works with its Western concepts. Because the "nil" statues have body, head, eye and curves, they therefore convey the concept of existence. According to this sculptor, the inner meaning of "nil" cannot be expressed as it derives from the secret of complexity of the art.

In 1960's, Tanavoli along with a number of his fellow artists, laid the foundations of "The School of Public Drinking Place."

He said though this school stems from the native and religious beliefs of the people, "nil" statues have turned into a global ideology.

Tanavoli has numerous "nil" works in his record, the biggest one is a stainless steel statue installed in front of a U.S. university in 1971.
Referring to the close affinity between poetry and sculpture, he said, “The visual arts including sculpture are a sort of poetry in which the sculptors use wood, paper, stone, bronze and other materials instead of words.

Poetry and sculpture are not separated from each other. Both of them are spirited, statue is spirit to the materials and poetry to the words.

Tanavoli, who has studied fine arts and sculpture in Iran and Italy, is active in other arts including, painting, ceramics and carpet. His most outstanding sculpture works, particularly in bronze are very prominent.

The works of this artist are currently installed in front of City Theater, Laleh Park, City Park, in museums and open areas in countries like South Korea, U.S., Austria and Germany."

Yahoo! News - Israel Troops Kill 9-Year-Old Palestinian

Yahoo! News - Israel Troops Kill 9-Year-Old Palestinian:

I am the father of a 9 year old boy. There is a dignity and a value to human life that a moral society must respect. Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster". this seems to be the case with the Likud Government. In the face of horrendous evil they become in response horrendously evil. If a nation abandons the rule of law then they are in point of fact nothing more than a terrorist state. My point is not to condemn a people but to remind them of what God demands. JBOC

"Israel Troops Kill 9-Year-Old Palestinian

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops shot and killed a 9-year-old Palestinian boy Saturday in the fifth day of an army operation meant to prevent militants from firing rockets at Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip (news - web sites).

Ehab Shatat was killed by machine gun fire, apparently from a tank-mounted gun, while standing near his home in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, Palestinian hospital and security officials said.
The army said it had fired warning shots at a Palestinian mob that approached soldiers in a threatening manner, but was not aware that anyone was hit. "

Hicham Aboutaam Convicted in Iranian Treasure Smuggling Case

THE ART NEWSPAPER - NEWS: "Aboutaam pleads guilty
Antiquities dealer admits misrepresenting the origins of a 700BC silver rhyton

By Martha Lufkin
Hicham Aboutaam, a prominent antiquities dealer, pled guilty in Manhattan federal court on 23 June to a misdemeanor charge of falsely representing that a c. 700 B.C. Iranian silver drinking vessel he imported into the United States came from Syria. He will be sentenced on 20 July.

The initial complaint of December 2003 had charged illegal importation, which is a felony. The one-count misdemeanor charge to which Mr Aboutaam pled guilty was filed on 14 June. The commercial invoice submitted to Customs had stated the country of origin as Syria. But Mr Aboutaam told the judge that the document with the false statement was used to avoid the normal delay associated with US Customs clearance of an Iranian object. Aboutaam, a principal in the dealer Phoenix Ancient Art, of Geneva and New York, was arrested in December 2003.

The silver rhyton, decorated with a griffin, is valued at close to $1 million, and remains in the custody of the US Department of Homeland Security. Under US sentencing guidelines, the misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of imprisonment of up to 6 months and a fine of from $100 to $5,000. At the time of arrest, the government�s complaint noted reports of two experts that the rhyton was consistent with objects from the Western Cave Treasure in Iran. Objects from the Cave, which was believed to contain many important artifacts from the 1st millennium BC, have been smuggled out of Iran and have ended up in art galleries, museums, auction houses and collections worldwide, the December complaint said. The New York Times reported that Paula Cussi, a collector and Metropolitan Museum trustee, bought the rhyton from Mr Aboutaam."

Mehr News Agency English - Iran’s Bam Citadel Inscribed on World Heritage List

Mehr News Agency English: "Iran’s Bam Citadel Inscribed on World Heritage List
TEHRAN July 3 (MNA) -- The rich archaeological remains of Iran’s Bam Citadel was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List during the 28th session of the organization’s World Heritage Committee on Friday in the Chinese city of Suzhou.

Bam Citadel was also inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The citadel was seriously damaged in a December 26, 2003 earthquake.

Situated in the desert on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau, Bam Citadel developed as a silk and cotton trade crossroads. Its origins can be traced to the Achaemenid period (6th-4th century B.C.) reaching its heyday from the 7th to 11th centuries.

The citadel contains 38 watchtowers, governmental quarters, and a mosque dating back to 8th or 9th century, one of the oldest in Iran.

Archaeologists have also discovered remains of ancient settlements and irrigation systems, dating at least to the Parthian-Hellenistic period, 2nd century B.C.

It bears an exceptional testimony to the use of the mud layer technique (Chineh) combined with mud bricks (Khesht).

Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Culture, Mounir Bouchenaki, reiterated the commitment of UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura to continue efforts to salvage the ancient citadel.

The ancient site of Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, had been added to the list during the first round of the session on Thursday.

Persepolis, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Takht-e Suleiman, and Naqsh-e Jahan Square are the other Iranian ancient sites, which have been registered on the list in recent years.

In addition to Bam Citadel, 12 other new cultural sites were also listed by the 21-member World Heritage Committee in this session. This brings to 788 the number of listed sites (611 cultural sites, 154 natural sites and 23 mixed sites).

Rafsanjani accuses US of censorship, urges public trial for Saddam

: "Iran's Rafsanjani accuses US of censorship, urges public trial for Saddam

TEHRAN, July 2 (AFP) - Influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday the trial of Saddam Hussein should be totally public and denounced the fact that the Iran-Iraq war was not among the main charges against the ousted Iraqi leader.

"Saddam's trial must be completely public. It is necessary to let Saddam express himself, that the Americans express themselves, that we ourselves can express ourselves and that people say what they have to say," Rafsanjani told
Friday prayers carried by state radio.

"Saddam's extraordinary crimes must be exposed but from the first words pronounced by Saddam the Americans imposed censorship and broadcast only what they wanted," he said, branding it "shame for the United States".

Rafsanjani, head of Iran's top political arbitration body and still one of Iran's most powerful figures, condemned the absence from the main charges of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war in which one million people died.

"I ask the Iraqi judge why Saddam's crimes against Iran have not been raised," said Rafsanjani, adding that 100,000 Iranian fighters suffered from Iraqi chemical weapons.

"If the Iraqi court refuses to include (Saddam's responsibility) in the unleashing of the war against Iran, it means it is on an order from the Americans.

"Why does the war against Kuwait, which only lasted several months, figure among the major charges while the war against Iran which lasted eight years has been omitted?" he asked.

Saddam, toppled last year by a US-led invasion, appeared on Thursday before the court in Baghdad which is to judge him for crimes against humanity.

The ousted president remained defiant. He justified the invasion he ordered against Kuwait, refused to sign legal documents and called US President George W. Bush the real villain."

Makhmalbaf Family to show 8 Films at Delhi film fest

Iran legend, Asias best in Delhi film fest - bollywood news : "The curtain is set to rise on a new edition of the world's only film festival dedicated to Asian cinema.
The Osian Cinefan film festival begins in the capital July 16 with a bouquet of 90 of the best films from the region.

'There are three power centres of cinema in the world today -- Europe, America and Asia,' said Aruna Vasudev, head of the festival and editor of the Asian cinema quarterly magazine Cinemaya.

The festival this year has a very special segment of films from Iran's Makhmalbaf family, headed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf who started the cinema revolution in Iran and is now a global legend.

Makhmalbaf will be in Delhi with his wife and three children for the festival.

'The presence of the Makhmalbaf family at the festival is a fantastic achievement for us. That family has revolutionised cinema in the world and we are truly honoured to have them with us,' Vasudev, often called the Grand Lady of Asian Cinema, told IANS.

Eight films made by each of the family members would be shown at the festival. "

Likud lobbies America for war with Iran

Israel expresses concerns to White House about Iran nukes: "White House-AP -- Israel continues to voice its concerns abut Iran's nuclear program.
At a meeting with National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Israeli Foreign Minitser Silvan Shalom said his government is worried that it could be a target of such weapons. Shalom said Iranians have stated more than once that a missile directed toward Israel would destroy the Jewish state.
The International Atomic Agency is scheduled to meet in September and Shalom is hoping it will decide to move the Iranian case to the U-N Security Council, which has been critical of Iran."