Art Bureau unveils Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year longlist

March 15, 2021 - 18:31

TEHRAN – The Art Bureau of the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization announced its longlist of nominees for the title of Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year.

Poet Afshin Ala is on the list that features 14 artists and cultural figures.

In a press release published on Monday, the Art Bureau said that Ala has been selected for “his timely literary response to events in society and creating the poetry book ‘Sarbaznameh’ (‘Book of Soldiers’) in mourning for General Qassem Soleimani.”

Tehran-based French writer and illustrator Claire Joubert is also among the nominees. She has received the nomination for the books created based on stories from the Holy Quran, including “The Woven Shoes” and “Small Drops”.

Director and screenwriter Jalil Saman has been nominated for his trilogy “Gift of Darkness”, “Butterfly” and “Breath” on the Islamic Revolution and the popular TV series “The Antique”.

Author and storyteller Mohammadreza Sarshar has received a nomination for having written 143 books for children and young adults.

Director and screenwriter Siavash Sarmadi was selected for his 8-episode documentary, “Syria: A Report on a Major Crisis”.

The list also features graphic artists Mikail Barati and Mohammadreza Doostmohammadi, photographer Ali Haddadi, animators Mohammadreza Hesai and Hossein Saffarzadegan, producer Mohammadreza Shafah, authors Zeinab Erfanian and Vahid Yaminpur, painter Abdolhamid Qadirian, and poet Ali-Mohammad Moaddab.

Five figures will be selected from the nominees as finalists, and the winner will be announced the Islamic Revolution Art Week in April.

The art week is organized every year to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of documentarian Morteza Avini who was killed by a landmine in 1993 during his last trip to the former Iran-Iraq war zone in southwestern Iran while making a documentary about soldiers who were still listed as missing in action.

Photo: This combination photo shows pictures of artists and literati nominated the Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year title.

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