Six Pillars Broadcast: Artist Soheila Sokhanvari
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Six Pillars Broadcast: Artist Soheila Sokhanvari

Once a practising scientist, Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari discusses her multi-media painting and sculptural work at Wysing Arts Centre, inspired by vintage family photographs in crude oil, gold and egg tempera. Soheila Sokhanvari’s work draws on personal histories, expressed in photographs and expired passports, exploring identity and trauma, often with the backdrop of past political … Continue reading

Six Pillars Broadcast – Music by Asnam L. Masrah, Palestine
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Six Pillars Broadcast – Music by Asnam L. Masrah, Palestine

July 12th – the sweetest vocals from Ramallah by singer /songwriter Asnam L. Masrah, أصنام المسرح, with her series of solo home-made recordings and electronica collaborations with Muqata’a (Boycott). Interview below.  In Arabic her lyrics: Complex questions and cloudy mysteries emptiness judging consequences errors Should I write about our present society? or should I go … Continue reading

Six Pillars Broadcast – Not Just My Hijab
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Six Pillars Broadcast – Not Just My Hijab

Wed 28th June  – Not Just My Hijab Four very different women recount their complex relationships with their own hijabs, not the static, monolithic contentious ‘thing’ it is usually perceived as, but rather something intensely personal. Guest produced by Kerning Cultures,, edited from the original for ResonanceFM by Fari Bradley. Broadcast Times Six Pillars broadcasts … Continue reading

Six Pillars Broadcast- Tunisia at Venice Bienniale
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Six Pillars Broadcast- Tunisia at Venice Bienniale

“The Absence of Paths” Lina Lazaar, curator of the Tunisian Pavilion at Venice Biennial, the first since 1958, explains to Fari Bradley The Absence of Paths, and how come there are no artworks as such, but 30 Tunisians, including dancers and ‘performers’ who were once would-be migrants out of Tunisia, in the pavilion at the … Continue reading

Dancing in Istanbul
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Dancing in Istanbul

“Finally we didn’t have a place to go, so we just danced outside. […] We grew up in the Romani neighbourhood, in the Romani culture.” Sulukule Mon Amour from !f istanbul Sulukule (literally: “Water tower”) is a historic settlement in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is an area within the area of Istanbul’s … Continue reading

Six Pillars Broadcast – Zoroastrians Iran to India
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Six Pillars Broadcast – Zoroastrians Iran to India

“Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago.” (BBC) This week a guest slot from Polite Conversations a serial podcast presented and produced by Eiynah Mohammed Smith in Canada. Mohammed Smith speaks here to a former priest of the Zoroastrian … Continue reading

Currently Watching….Anahita Abbasi
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Currently Watching….Anahita Abbasi

This contemporary classical piece “Zavaya” was written for the Omnibus Ensemble in 2012 by Austrian-Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi. It premiered within a new program at the Tongyeong International Music Festival, South Korea in March 2012. Zavaya  is a term for geometric angles in the Persian language.  Thus the music in this piece is an imaginary … Continue reading