Trump’s Visa Ban Threatens Plans of Artists and Arts Institutions

Artists are among those being denied entry to the United States after President Trump signed an executive order last Friday barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries, forcing arts institutions to cancel programming, Rachel Donadio of the New York Times reports.

When the order, which bans people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for ninety days and blocks entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, went into effect on January 27, it sparked a global outcry. People were left stranded at airports around the world and several were detained at international airports in the US or forced to return to the country they departed from. Massive protests occured across the nation.

For the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the ban may disrupt exhibition programming, archaeological excavations, and research projects in the Middle East. Director Thomas P. Campbell said, “Scholarly exchanges and international collaborations are key to our ongoing work, and we are very concerned that a number of programs we have in place could be threatened, just at a time when the world needs more, not less, exchange and mutual understanding.”

A representative of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art also expressed concern about being able to continue their research and work with artists and curators from the Middle East as well as borrowing pieces for an upcoming exhibition of Iranian art, given the current restrictions in place. Many artists working in the US are also afraid to leave the country. New York–based Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan plans to skip an exhibition opening of his work in Toronto due to fear that he won’t be allowed to return.

As a result of the ban, the Oscar ceremony, which is set to celebrate last year’s films on February 26, will take place without Asghar Farhadi, who directed the Academy Award–nominated film The Salesman (2016), and Taraneh Alidoosti, who starred in it. Marcel Mettelsiefen, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Watani: My Homeland, will also be unable to go to the ceremony. Other artists such as Hussein Hassan, the Kurdish director of Reseba—The Dark Wind, which is scheduled to premiere in Miami in February, are withdrawing their visa applications in protest.

Farhadi said that he denounces “the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to legally enter the United States of America and hope that the current situation will not give rise to further divide between nations.”

Several artists who were awarded residencies and fellowships in the US will be unable to complete them. Philip Himberg, director of the Sundance Institute Theater Program, said that the ban could shut down a workshop exchange between countries from the Middle East and North Africa. Since it launched in 2012, more than sixty people from Arab countries have participated.

Jonathan Ginsburg, an immigration lawyer in Virginia who specializes in securing visas for artists, said that the polarizing order is up for interpretation. “The flip side is that we may not appreciate just how broadly worded these things are until someone decides to interpret them more aggressively.” Until then, cultural institutions may have to make contingency plans for any upcoming programs involving loans and collaborations with Middle Eastern countries.


Lori Malépart-Traversy

Animation director / Réalisatrice de films d'animation (Montréal, Canada)

"The Clitoris", short animation film by Lori Malépart-Traversy.
In 3'16, this young Quebecer of 25 years succeeds the feat of telling the fate of the clitoris, from its unknown anatomy to its history unrecognized. All with delicacy, scientific precision and humor!
The short film was drawn with gouache on paper. It has already been presented at several festivals, and has received several awards.

For the complete video, meet in 2017 when she finishes touring the festivals!



Underwater Pavilions is artist Doug Aitken’s large-scale installation opening to the public December 4, 2016, on Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California, 22 miles from Los Angeles. Produced by Parley for the Oceans and presented in partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), the work consists of three temporary underwater sculptures, floating beneath the ocean’s surface that swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers swim through and experience.

Geometric in design, the sculptures create underwater spaces synthesizing art and science as they are constructed with carefully researched materials and will be moored to the ocean floor. Part of each structure is mirrored to reflect the underwater seascape and create a kaleidoscopic observatory for the viewer, while other surfaces are rough and rock-like. The environments created by the sculptures will constantly change with the currents and the time of day, focusing the attention of the viewer on the rhythm of the ocean and its life cycles.

Underwater Pavilions engages the living ocean ecosystem as the viewer swims into and through the sculptures, which create reflective abstractions. The work operates as an observatory for ocean life, creating a variety of converging perceptual encounters. The sculptures will continuously change due to the natural and manmade conditions of the ocean, creating a living presence and unique relationship with the viewer. Both aesthetic and scientific, Underwater Pavilions puts the local marine environment and the global challenges around ocean conversation in dialogue with the history of art, inviting the viewer to write a contemporary narrative of the ocean and to participate in its protection.

2017, keep finding what really matters .. Merry entry into this new year at all!

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Le jeu d'échecs de Charles Blackman, 1956 tempera et huile sur tableau de composition
106,7 x 121,9 cm.
Estimé entre 1 million et 1,2 million de dollars.

Sotheby's Australia presented 102 lots of significant Australian art valued between $ 6.7 million and $ 9.2 million and was expected to generate a strong buyer interest at the auction on November 23, 2016 at the InterContinental Sydney .
--- is expected to record a new world auction record was sold at $ 1.8 million.

Helen Marten: an artist who thinks differently from the rest of us

Marten’s playful and inventive way with language and things won the Turner Prize over Andrea Hamilton’s bottom, while Michael Dean’s installation was a pile-up of too many elements.

Safet Zec

painter and engraver 

Safet Zec was born in Rogatica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1943. After completing Art High School in Sarajevo, he continued his studies in Belgrade where he graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1969. In 1972 he obtained his postgraduate diploma. He went on to become an exponent of the recent art style known as “Poetic Realism”. Since 1992 he’s been in Italy and since 1998 he has his studio in Venice near San Francesco della Vigna’s church. Exhibitions in his country and all over Europe are many.

Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse
32 rue de la Monnaie
59800 Lille

Call 03 28 36 84 00 & 03 28 36 84 01

Métro ligne 1 : station Rihour ou Gare Lille-Flandres
Lundi de 14h à 18h
Du mercredi au dimanche de 10h à 18h
Fermé les 25/12 et le 01/01.
5 euros / 4 euros
Exposition + collections permanentes : 7 euros / 6 euros


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FROM 19.10.2016 TO 12.02.2017


This exhibition traces the origins and development of Abstract Art on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1940s to 1960s, through masterpieces from two museums founded by the American collectors Solomon R. and Peggy Guggenheim.

Abstract Art is a concept used in many different contexts. This exhibition focuses on its true meaning, how and why it arose and how it spread in the United States and Europe. The artworks tell that story as well as the stories of their unusual collectors, each of whom in turn contributed to the recognition of this artistic movement.

Abstraction is an exciting standpoint adopted by the artist, a direct way to give expression to feelings and visions. It is related to colour, gestures, materials and a philosophy of life.

For the visitor, viewing this style of art demands a particular mode of entering into the works in order to see them with “empathy”. This is the reason for the specific mise-en-scène, a decor with colourful fabrics intended to take the visitor away from the hustle and bustle of today’s society and place him or her within an ethereal setting, face to face with the masterpieces.


19.10.2016 – 12.02.2017
Open from 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday through Sunday, including public holidays, and on Monday 31.10.2016, 26.12.2016 and 02.01.2017.

Open late every Wednesday evening until 21:00.


ING Art Center
Mont des Arts/Kunstberg
Place Royale/Koningsplein 6
B-1000 Brussels
Tel.: 02 547 22 92

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