A Media Artist's Response To Failing Diplomacy

When BriAnna Olson's pacifist views were confronted by an adamant American couple, she decided to heed their challenge and head to Tehran-- the epicenter of the Axis of Evil nation.

Amongst a landscape of failed diplomacy and media smear campaigns, she and fellow artist Michael Pope found a society far more alive and hospitable than they'd ever been led to believe.

Like jesters of a modern-day Magellan, they've returned with stories and insights to a culture few American's have seen first hand.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day 3: Tehran - Golestan & Galleries

We went to the Golestan Palace, a place worthy of its tourist trappings.
The entire place is the shiniest thing I have ever seen, and boy do I like shiny things.
Afterwards, we went to a couple small gallery openings.
Rest assured that the art scene here is no better or worse than the one in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
[Photos: Golestan Palace, piece by Bita Fayazi, piece by Farideh Lashai, piece by Koroosh Shishegaran]

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