Book Review: Tamarind Mem

Tamarind Mem, a Canadian bestseller novel from 1997, written by Indian-born Anita Rau Badami is an infectious and unforgettable story of an extensively engaged childhood, family, identity, culture and its inherent oppression of women, narrated through genius storytelling. Meshed deep inside the heart of this story is an exceptionally precise narration of Indian culture in a way that is... Read more [...]

Exhibition Review: World Press Photo 2013

What gets reflected out of many photographs is the state of affairs where war remains the most powerful and critical institution in the world to make "peace". It is being carried out every day, in different geographies, and all we can deplore is the policy-making filled with hunger for power along with self-glorified interests. Alessio Romenzi's photographs from Syria, which won the first prize in general news stories category... Read more [...]

Art Review: BP Portrait Award 2013

In the works on display, the art of portrait painting stands out as enduringly-defined and honed as the sharply exploited oil or acrylic paints that capture every fragment of people's faces, bodies and postures through unflinching detail. What is very engaging about this exhibit is that each of the works is associated with a story personal to the artist or to the subject. Further, each work makes a statement: bold, modest, sentimental or philosophical, all of which... Read more [...]

Genesis by Sebastião Salgado: Exhibition Review

Genesis, an unfathomable eight-year long work, that took the Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado to 32 countries, explores the earth in the way it must have originated and the way its vast undiscovered stretches have remained untouched. It asks us, the humans, to question our view of this world and our relationship with this fragile planet that is powerful enough to create, sustain as well as destroy; but it is equally powerless when... Read more [...]

Documentary Review – Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain

A rich foreign corporate from Britain can fearlessly evict people out of their homes and demolish them, build roads and refineries, produce tonnes of toxic waste that leads to dead crops and unsafe drinking water, and terrorise people who speak out against them. All of this is possible in India; the film does not go into details, but it goes without saying... Read more [...]

40 Days by Dor Guez: Art Exhibition Review

The main exhibition room features stories of destruction of both Christian and Palestinian identities. On the walls, we have pictures of hate messages against Palestinian Christians in the form of vandalism of their ancestors' graves in a cemetery in Lod to the extent that skulls and bones are visible in open air. Through the medium of these photographs, which were presented to the Israeli police for investigation of the cemetery vandalism, the artist explains how these photographs captured the truth and a message of justice... Read more [...]

Focal Points: Art and Photography Exhibition Review

In the stillness of photography there is drama, deceit, laughter, construction and questioning of utopia, assertive self-acceptance, manipulation of stories and finally emboldening of the creative and transformative capacity of oneself. When the paradox of stillness yet questioning of perception is allowed to cultivate, photography turns into art and ceases to be barely still... Read more [...]

My Neighbourhood: An Israel-Palestine Documentary Review

If I were to rename this film, I would call it 'It is my home; I won't leave it', an uncompromising message used by Sheikh Jarrah's people to hold nonviolent demonstrations against the illegal occupation and forced-eviction from their own homes. But Bacha and Wingert-Jabi achieve much more than merely one-sided view of the conflict. As filmmakers, they exhibit an exemplary approach to examination of reality in the face of this decades-long political conflict by offering an equal stage to all perspectives... Read more [...]

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