Thursday, May 10, 2018

Virtual tour of Jordan

Here is an excellent link to a series of virtual tours of Jordan.
I looked at it prior to the trip, and have just looked at again, and can really recommend it for people interested in this beautiful country

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Shirin Neshat exhibition in Qatar

A very powerful work by Shirin Neshat called "Our House is on Fire" at the Modern Art Museum in Qatar. Through portraits of those who lost their loved ones in the Egyptian 2011 revolution she shows the anguish of familes dealing with loss and the personal sacrifices made in the struggle for change.

Laundromat by Ai Wei Wei

One of the reasons for visiting Doha, Qatar was to see an exhibition by Ai Wei Wei.  Called Laundromat, it was an installation of items of clothing left behind  by refugees in a temporary camp during their attempts to enter Europe. On the walls were photos taken by the artist when he visited the camp. On the floor a print out of a newsfeed about the plight of refugees all over the world. A video recording the story of the camp at Idomemi. It was overwhelming due to the poignancy of the images and the feeling of being immersed in the story.

The mosque at Natanz

A simple but elegant mosque at Nantanz on the way from Isfahan to Tehran. A fragment of carpet on the floor  coincidentally echoed the features of the Mosque itself.

Palace in the park... Isfahan

Hasht Behesht palace set in a magnificent park. The decorations were delicate and subtle.

Mosque in Isfahan

I never tire of admiring the beautiful tile work in the Iranian mosques.

Persian Tiles

Just a few of the tiles on display at the museum near the Armemian Church in Isfahan.

Travelling from Isfahan

Returning to Tehran.