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Dialogue with Nature: 21st Environmental Art Festival in Iran - Persian Gulf- Genaveh

Report by Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt, March 2009

Last month (March 2009)  an environmental art festival was held in the western part of Persian Gulf. The festival has been held during Noruz holidays (Iranian New Year) in in Genaveh. One goal is to promote environmental art and education.   Participants at the Festival made  works using beach sand and rocks.

Work by Ahmadianfar

Work by Nourabadi

Collabrative work by Mahmoud Maktabi and Tara Godarzi

Work by Azri

Work by Mahmoud Maktabi

Collaborative work by Hesam and Mahmoud

During the festival I made presented my recent cylinder seal swhich show birds, fish and futus.  I printed these cylinder seals along the beach. 

During the fistival we organized a workshop and realized a collection of goddess. In this collaborative project, we use nanotechnology and made sand sculptors more solid.

According to many scientists, Nanotechnology is the science and technology of very small things. It is an exciting area of science and engineering that occurs at the atomic and molecular level. There are many different views of precisely what is included in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is being applied to a wide variety of fields, including electronics, optics, information technology, materials, homeland security, and medicine.  However here we use this new science in the field of art.  We were very exited to see combination of old myths, belief and new science.

ANAHITA or (NAHID) is the name of goddess of fertility. In ancient Persia it was believed that She is the source of all waters, upon the earth, fertility, purifying, the seed of all males. During the Islamic period Sufis mostly showed interest in the female beloved. In Sufi poetry, which is a highly technical language of love, woman is a symbol of Divine realities. The beauty of the beautiful face is a mirror in which we can observe the beauty of the Divine. However in recent decades feminism is an important issue. The reflection of this global movement can be seen in contemporary art.

I hide these goddess is some location related to the belief on goddess of fertility. One of the location was the temple of Anahita (Goddess of Water) in Bishapour.



I hide some goddess in Bishpour cave.


A historic site from Achamenide time (550 BC) known as Grave of Girl

I also hided a goddess near this grave  


A model of Girl Grave made by local people

This is a natural rock near this historic site. Local people believe that it shows a goddess. They also believe that water flow from her navel. She is source of water and life. I was very excited to discover these.

Because I represented this belief in my previous works. 

I carved this goddess in Italy near Florence


During the festival we met kind people and enjoyed local music.


I cut this advertise of festival and dedicated to artist as a memory of festival.

Participating artists


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