On the eve of the fourth anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution which launched the Arab Spring, Tamasha meets artists who have worked over the past years to bring contemporary art out of the enclosed spaces of galleries and theatres and into the public space.
Iranian photographer Majid Saeedi discusses his work, in particular his recent award-winning project in Afghanistan, Life in War.
A profile of the New York-based Dark Matter collective, in which scientists, engineers and artists collaborate to create art.
A report featuring Mohammad Khalili’s recent exhibition of landscape paintings in the Azad gallery in Tehran.
Catherine Bray reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the penultimate film of the hit science fiction series directed by Francis Lawrence.
Director Suzanne Andrade speaks about putting together the experimental play Golem, based on a clay figure who comes to life, at the Young Vic Theatre.
Nick James reviews Birdman, an American dark comedy starring Michael Keaton and co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Leading Iranian film director and writer Bahram Beizai, now living in California, speaks about his adaptation for the stage of the ancient Zoroastrain text, Ardaviraf’s Report.
Nick James reviews Selma, a film about a seminal event in the career of Martin Luther King, which won first-time director Ava DeVurnay an Oscar nomination for best film.
Photographs and reflections by Yahya Deghanpour from his book The Day She Was Buried In The Garden, featuring photographs taken at a funeral of leading Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad.
Ahead of the 2015 Oscar Academy Awards, critic Morad Moazemi gives his predictions and opinions of the likely winners, including Birdman, Still Alice and The Theory of Everything.
Curators Simon Baker explains Tate Modern’s exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography in which photographers have attempted to look back at conflicts from the perspective of observers and participants at different times after the events.
A review of the Azerbaijani film Nabat, which tells the simple but affecting story of an elderly peasant woman who selflessly cares for her dying husband in wartime while grieving for her lost son.
Photographer Beatrice Minda talks her book Iran Interrupted, in which she gained rare access to private houses in Iran.
A look at episodic adventure video games, a recent genre which avoids violent action and blockbuster format in favour of storytelling – arguably becoming an art form.
A review of the Royal Academy exhibition, Rubens and his Legacy, which focuses primarily at the impact Rubens’s painting had on later artists, including Impressionists and British landscape artists.
Iranian-American Desiree Akhavan talks about film she both directed and starred in, the romantic New York- based comedy Appropriate Behaviour.
A report about the top ten living Iranian modern artists, based on a survey from the magazine Herfeh: Honarmand.
A special episode devoted to Moniro Ravanipour, an internationally acclaimed author living in Las Vegas whose writing blends realism, myth and superstition.
Filmed at her recent exhibition in New York, this report looks at the work of the artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, now in her 90s, who weds the geometric patterns and cut-glass mosaic techniques of her Iranian heritage with the rhythms of modern Western geometric abstraction.
Based on the retrospective exhibition Savage Beauty, a look at the extraordinary talent of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, whose imagination and staged catwalk shows set him out as a unique and visionary artist.
In his last interview before his recent death, one of Germany’s best-known postwar novelists, Günter Grass, he talks about his life and philosophy.
David Sexton reviews the film Still Alice, which follows the deterioration of an academic linguist who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
An assessment of the visual art of Iranian-American musician Shadi Yousefian.
Sepideh Farsi talks about her film The Red Rose, which deals with the aftermath of the Iranian elections of 2009 through a love affair between a middle-aged former revolutionary and a younger woman.
Artist and writer Cedar Lewisohn analyses the changing trends in street art and graffiti and at how and why the element of protest has made it popular in many countries, including Iran.
Literary critic Hussein Nushazar reviews the book Smoke.
Director Ayat Najafi speaks about his film No Land’s Song, a documentary about female singers in Iran.
Sight and Sound’s Geoff Andrew reviews the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Dheepan, directed by French director Jacques Audiard, won the Palme d'Or.
Iranian contemporary poet and artist, Abbas Safari, who is based in Los Angeles, talks about his work.
A special episode about the life and work of writer and historian Shahrokh Meskoob who spent much of his career re-examining Iran’s culture and history, primarily through its language and literary traditions.
A report about Iranian-French composer Alireza Farhang, one of Iran’s foremost experimental composers and musicians.
Nick James reviews What's the Time in Your World? a Paris based fantasy directed by Iranian critic and writer Safi Yazdanian.
An episode which looks at some of the art which emerged in Iran as a response to and consequence of the Iran-Iraq war, focusing particularly on architecture and poetry.
An examination of the phenomenon Game of Thrones, which began as a series of novels, but became both an international hit TV series and video games.
Director Sina Ataeian Dena talks about his film Paradise, which follows 25 year old schoolteacher Hanieh’s daily journey in Tehran, where she lives with her married sister and commutes long hours each day to get to work.
Jason Solomons reviews Inside Out, an imaginative new animation from Pixar studios, which explores the conflicts inside an 11 year old girl’s head as she grows up in middle America and moves with her family to a new part of the country.
The first of two programmes looking at the pioneering 19th C photographer Antoin Sevruguin who was born into a Russian family of Armenian-Georgian origin in Tehran. Sevrugin travelled across Iran, photographing landscapes, events and people.
The second of the two programmes about photographer Antoin Sevruguin.
The world premier in Duluth Minnesota of the ballet Kalileh, a classic Persian fable adapted from an 8th-century story by Iranian composer Hooshyar Khayam.
A review of the documentary The Salt of the Earth about legendary photographer Sebastião Salgado, co-directed by Wim Wenders and the photographer’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
Margy Kinmonth, the director of the documentary Hermitage Revealed speaks about making a film profiling one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, St Petersburg’s Hermitage.
Tim Robey reviews the British film 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney and directed by Andrew Haigh, which looks at the consequences to a 45 year marriage of a secret the husband had kept from his wife from before they met.
Episode featuring a ‘Best of’ Tamasha: Behnam Sadighi, Vivian Maier and The Day She Was Buried In The Garden,
A report about how the cinematic aesthetic has influenced video games.
On the 90th anniversary of the birth of Iraj Afshar, who founded Tehran University’s library and was a scholar or Iranian culture and history, we look back on Afshar’s achievements with Touraj Daryaei
Jason Solomons, who has recently written a biography of Woody Allen, reviews the Allen’s latest film, Irrational Man.
A profile of Kamran Diba. Cousin to the Shah’s wife Farah Diba, Kamran Diba is a well known Iranian architect who designed many important buildings in Iran in the years before the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Dave Calhoun reviews Nanni Moretti’s latest film Mia Madre. It features a film director trying to come to terms with her mother’s imminent death by continuing to work, despite her own mental breakdown while her brother has to pick up the pieces.
Alfred Yaghoubzade’s photographs of the Yazidi women whose fate that the hands of ISIS was so brutal during 2014’s crisis on Mount Sinjar in Iraq.
Critic Tim Robey and festival director Clare Stewart look at some of the films in this year’s London Film Festival, whose main theme was strong women in film and which opened with Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and written by Abi Morgan.
A review of the film The Idol, by two-time Oscar-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad, based on the true story of the boy from Gaza who won the Arab Idol talent contest.
A report about the latest exhibition, in Tokyo, by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang who lives in New York and is renowned for the use of special effects and bold techniques, including pyrotechnics, in his work.
Director Paul Simon adapts his own play in his film The Daughter, returning to a story he once staged in his native Australia.
Paris based Iranian comedian Kheiran talks about his first venture into film directing with his film Nous Trois ou Rien.
A review of the exhibition of the work of Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, which examines Calder’s ‘performing’ sculpture.
A retrospective of Belgian experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died suddenly in October. Akerman had been a leading voice in experimental and feminist cinema since the 1970s.
Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan speaks about his recent exhibition History Travels at Different Speeds.
An investigation into the growing phenomenon of tattooing. Cultural historian Matt Lodder helps to analyse to what extent tattooing can be regarded as art.
A review of the play A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes by American playwright Marcus Gardley, which the director adapted from Molière’s Tartuffe.
A special episode devoted to the life and work of writer and poet Reza Baraheni.