Beware of Artists by Eva Defeses

They may show you who you really are

The fact that an artist like the Spanish photographer MIEDHO would have been burnt at the steak in the glorious times of the Spanish Inquisition is enough to make me curious about his works. The fact that in 2010 an artist like MIEDHO still faces a negative reaction from the public because of his “dark”, “gothic” works is troubling. Haven’t we been able yet to see through the stereotypes? Haven’t we learned that art should be loved for art’s sake and that the purpose of art is art itself?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, indeed. For I see true Beauty in the photographies of this young Spanish artist who breaks all rules but the artistic ones. MIEDHO’s photographies show an ellaborate research work, a solid pictorial knolwedge as well as a bewildering sense of creating beauty by mixing colours and textures.

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THE BOOK OF WHISPERS by Varujan Vosganian

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Translated by Alistair Ian Blyth

The Book of Whispers begins in a picturesque register, on a lane of the Armenian quarter of Focşani in the 1950s, among the steam of freshly roasted coffee and the scents of grandmother Armenuhi’s larder, among the old books and photographs of grandfather Garabet. But the reader is not left to savour the intimacy of this hearth and home and nor is he invited to chat with the merry folk who in peacetime spin stories about Ara the Fair and Tigran the Great. Varujan Vosganian’s “old Armenians from childhood” have no delectable tales to tell, but rather events that are thoroughly disturbing. In narrating these events, they attempt to disburden themselves of a trauma – their own and that of their forbears.

The history of the 1915 genocide against the Armenians, the history of the interminable convoys of those banished into the Circles of Death, into the Deir ez Zor Desert, the secret history of Armenian freemasonry in Romania, of General Dro’s army, the history of the Armenians who followed the path of exile in the Stalinist period – all these and many other biographically filtered histories are to be found illustrated in the pages of this unsettling book.

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Source: Ha’aretz / Israel

“Cartea soaptelor” (“The Book of Whispers”) by Varujan Vosganian, Poirom, 528 pages

No one expected Varujan Vosganian to write the best novel in Romanian literature. He was, after all, the finance minister of Romania until not very long ago. He is an economist and mathematician by profession, a talented rhetorician, a brilliant intellectual, president of the Armenians Union of Romania and vice president of the Romanian Writers’ Union. Although he has written poetry in the past, this book (which has not been translated as yet into English) is entirely different. From the first page of his first prose work, “The Book of Whispers,” the unbelievable happens and the surprise is clear and powerful: This is a classic, a true literary celebration.

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Niram Art Awards 2010 & Literary Contest “Eminescu – as seen by the Spanish”

Niram Art Awards

Niram Art Awards

Niram Art Publishing House together with Niram Art Magazine announce the finalization of the Literary Contest (Novel) entitled “Eminescu – as seen by the Spanish” and the Ceremony of the Niram Art Awards 2010.

From all the works about the great poet Mihai Eminescu that were submitted to the contest, the jury selected, in a second phase, 10 novels. Out of these, the winning novel will receive the Niram Art Novel Award of the amount of 6000 Euros, as well as the Niram Art Trofy – sculpture by the artist Bogdan Ater and the publishing of the literary work.

The Jury consisted of: Horia Barna (dir. ICR Madrid and Editor of Niram Art Publishing House), Fabianni Belemuski (Director of Niram Art Magazine), Eva Defeses (journalist, Defeses Fine Arts PR Agency), Thomas Abraham (Niram Art Publishing House) and artist Ruben Dario (owner of Niram Art Magazine).

The Niram Art 2010 Awards Ceremony will take place in May, in Madrid and will also include Awards for outstanding activity in Poetry and Fine Arts.