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Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival to be held on January 26th

TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (ISNA)-Iran's 15th festival of environmental art focusing on campaign against war and militarization of the Persian Gulf will be commenced in Hormuz island on the 26th of January.

Forty foreign and Iranian artists will head to Hormuz island to help 30 regional artists hold the festival. Artists are to exhibit their art works independently or as group works.

Ahmad Nadalian known as the "environmental artist of the year" who has selected the invited artists said "during the last three decades, the war imposed to Iran in 1981, and finally the U.S. invasion on Iraq, millions of innocent people lost their lives in this region."

"This is a shame to hear western and U.S. politicians talk about another war. There are no artists or intellectuals who believe the presence of U.S. and western troops in the Persian Gulf would bring about democracy," he added.

Nadalian believes new Iranian art and in particular environmental art are able to remind the world of these hazards and injustices through an expressive language in media.

He regarding choosing the name of this festival, "Persian Gulf", noted the main goal was to stand against distorting the name of this gulf and the measure was successful. "Next to our art widely reflected in the media we hear the name of Persian Gulf."

He also explained the reason they have chosen Hormuz island to hold the festival was Flight No.655 which was attacked by the U.S. vessel near this island killing all its passengers and that the variety of the color in soil of this island makes it a paradise for environmental artists.

... Payvand News - 01/21/08 ... --

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