Safar 5

Censorship, restrictive visa requirements and warlike conditions are no match for an artist who has something to say. That’s one of the underlying messages of Museum of Anthropology’s Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists brings together work from 16 artists from the Middle East and opens Saturday, April 20th, 2013. Indeed, those very same conditions can be inspiring. “Art is flourishing in Tehran,” sculptor Parviz Tanavoli said. Tanavoli, who divides his time between Vancouver, Dubai and his native Tehran, is one of the artists in the show.

Read More: Museum of Anthropology’s Safar/Voyage Showcases 16 Artists from the Middle East

See also: Local Artist Parviz Tanavoli’s Bronze Gleams in Safar/Voyage

and: Exhibition in Vancouver Highlights Diversity of the Middle East