Greek Unesco's World Heritage Momuments
MOHA Research Center in cooperation with the Greek Delegation of UNESCO inaugurated on Saturday April 16, 2016 the photo exhibition "GREEK UNESCO'S WORLD HERITAGE MONUMENTS", in the house of Mohammed Ali Pasha Kavala, Greece which lasted until June 12, 2016.
Kavala, 16 April - 12 June, 2016
Exhibition - Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam
The exhibition was hosted by the Mohammed Ali’s Research Centre in Imaret, Kavala, until the 30th of November, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and the Greek National Commission for Unesco.
The exhibition was inaugurated on November 7th 20015 at 19:00 by the representative of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman Dr Mohammed Said Al-Mamari.
The exhibition of graphic and textual illustrations is surveying the practice of religious tolerance in the contemporay Omanian society and is accompanied by a short documentary entitled "Religious Tolerance in Oman" by the award-winning German director Wolfgang Ettlich.
The exhibition can also be visited online at www.islam-in-oman.com and its material has been translated so far into 13 languages including Greek.
Oman, which is widely known in the West through the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor, even from the time he served as imamate (religious state) has been always hosting believers and followers of many different religious identities. Fundamental state laws are protecting the free choice and religious exercise of all social groups.
Contemporary Oman has developed an exemplary modern infrastructure in health, education, communications and transport while women occupy high government positions and diplomatic posts.
The Ministry of Religious Endowments and Religious Affairs curries the responsibility for the various religious communities in the country. Its Minister Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salimi, has a clear vision for the world and his own personal mission:
“We have three population groups on earth: the first, consisting of Christians, Jews and Muslims, who believe in one God and a holy book; the second, atheists, who have lost all confidence in religion; and the third group, representing a variety of religious and spiritual ideas. We endeavor to maintain a constructive and genuine dialogue with scholars and representatives of all these groups. The aim of exchange is to reflect on the foundations of our thinking, a common morality and a common sense of justice. For only when we are aware of these similarities and these form a basis for our actions, while accepting cultural differences, will we and our children enjoy a peaceful future.”
The exhibition was hosted in many European countries and travels currently to New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore.
Whispering Reeds in Woven Gardens - Irini Gonou, invited artist
“Whispering Reeds in Woven Gardens” is an exhibition of the visual artist Irini Gonou composed of seven in situ ritual installations integrating the restorative elements of the Islamic garden with the protective power of the written word in Arabic script. “As a jannah or a bustan the Islamic garden and its archetype of paradise is nature in its tamed state and the serenity and harmony this provides. The arrangement and structure of my woven gardens - with articulated fields of plant-imbued fabrics irrigated with water-like indigo blue areas - are a reference to the Islamic garden paradigm. In the sequel, cotton, linen or silk cloths are dyed naturally with roots, barks, leaves or flowers and filled with their protective qualities. I explore the concept that in many traditional societies and cultures cloth is believed to be a living thing, it records life. And, as a storyteller narrates, filled with signs and permeated with plants, it can be a messenger emitting healing and protective essences.
In Islamic culture script is considered to have magical force and the written word provides supernatural protection. My whispering reeds - which are both ornamental amulets and writing implements - are inscribed in Arabic with the verses of the Syrian poet Adonis, offering in this way their protection through art”.
The exhibition was hosted at the Mohammed Ali Museum in Kavala, Greece.
You can watch the video here. For further information about the artist you can visit the link.
ROAMING IMAGES. CROSSROADS OF GREEK AND MUSLIM CULTURES THROUGH THE EYES OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS.
In the framework of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.
In collaboration with the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.
With the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s initiative “Cultural Crossroads”.
Roaming Images included a series of events, such as symposia, workshops and exhibitions, that took place in 8 cities around the Middle East, in collaboration with local institutions. The results from all those activities were presented in Thessaloniki, at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and at the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation.
PARADOX, PAINTING INSTALLATION BY VASILIS ZOGRAFOS MOHAMMED ALI MUSEUM, KAVALA
Exhibition of the painter V. Zografos.
Third project of contemporary art program held by the Institute, in the museum of Mohamed Ali Pasha.
The works were installed so as to use the house of Mohamed Ali as a unique shell that brings the works in constant dialogue with the past ultimately creating a new present.
EXHIBITION OF RARE PHOTOS AND PERSONAL ITEMS OF THE POET K.P. KAVAFIS
A rare collection of photos and personal items of the poet was exhibited.
EL PECADO SALVA, INSTALLATION BY MARIOS ELEFTERIADIS ART ATHINA, ATHENS
The Research Center Mohammed Ali in Art Athina -the international art fair of Athens, presented a specially conceived installation by Greek artist Marios Eleftheriadis.
WOMEN BY KOSTAS KARAKITSOS
Exhibition of ceramics in Imaret.
MOTHER BY DIMOSTHENIS SOTIROUDIS
Exhibition of works by sculptor Dimosthenis Sotiroudis in Imaret.
BREAKING WALLS. BUILDING NETWORKS. MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Workshop and exhibition of contemporary artists from Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. In collaboration with the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki and Athens).
BIDOUN VIDEO PROJECT MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Video art works by Arab artists, curated by Bidoun. In collaboration with Bidoun Projects, Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki and Athens).
CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART WORKSHOP
The workshop included discussions on the possibilities of showing contemporary art in a historical monument, as well as presentation of works by the participating artists from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece.
A unique gathering of ceramic artists from the Balkan area, in which they have the chance to exchange ideas and experience. The final outcome is exhibited in the gardens of the house of Mohamed Ali.
INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR OF ATHENS
Ιnstallation view, work by Marios Eleftheriadis.
- Piano concert in memoriam of the Greek composer I. Papaioannou.
- Cairo Symphonic Orchestra, Verdi concert.
- Pianoconcertby I.Vakarelis.
- Traditional Greek and Arabic music concert.
- Cello violin and piano concert on contemporary Arabic music.
THEATER AND CINEMA
Screening of French movies during the Francophone celebration
Theatrical reading from G. Himonas works by the actress R.Pitaki
Theatrical performances in collaboration with the Philippi Festival