Sunday, April 27, 2008

'Seventh-Day Lovers'; another exhibition cancelled...

Sooneh Hera is an Iranian born photographer which exhibition is cancelled for the second time within 6 months.
In respond to the remarks made by Iranian mullah’s sock-puppet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran is homo-free, "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like you do in your country (USA). In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon.", she decided to made some pictures of her homosexual friends from Iran.

In order not to reveal her friends identities, she portrayed them with the masks of Mohammed and Ali.
Of course, religious groups such as the Dutch SGP (which didn't allow women to become members of their political party until 2006, and in fact more conservative than than the AKP party) and some Muslim groups showed their 'sensitivities' regarding homosexuality related to Islam, her exhibition in 2007 was cancelled (peer pressure?)

'Practice of the homosexual nature is undesirable. Our guideline in this matter is the Bible." These are the words of the above mentioned religious Dutch Member of Parliament (SGP), adding that if homosexuality were allowed the Bible might have mentioned 'Adam and Ewald' instead of Adam and Eve.
According Sooneh: 'Religion always wants to control human sexuality, most prominently with a compelling taboo on homosexuality. The three major religions always fiercely opposed any deviant form of sexual practice: even today, within the Muslim world homosexuality is a capital offence, with Turkey as a sole exemption.

I have tried to show a recognisable beauty of homosexuals, but also an alienating beauty that to many may be unimagined, or dishonorable."
Prosit, Mr. President of Iran!
Note: I, for myself, will not questiniong the comments written here. The guest, the person who make a comment is King and will have the Last word. But....but sometimes I will get into it..

A common enemy that is called hate

‘Those who accused Dink of being a Turkish agent made him a hero' On Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, who was murdered by a teenage Turkish nationalist on Jan. 19, 2007, Sarafian noted a particular irony. For years, many in the Armenian diaspora accused Dink of being a Turkish agent for his views that development of empathy between the two communities was not served by genocide polemics. Now that he is dead, those same critics of Dink when he was alive have turned him into a hero'.

“As a historian, my duty is to objectively seek the truth. In the 1990s, I conducted research in Turkey,” he said. However, he and Kaiser had encountered serious obstacles during his studies in the Prime Ministry archives, claiming that they were eventually barred from entering it. The Turkish press was manipulating the exchanges with Turkish History Foundation Chairman Yusuf Halaçoğlu, he said. “Upon Halaçoğlu's invitation to work together, I proposed to center our studies in Elazığ. I asked for a list of Armenians deported from the province. If these people were exiled to somewhere and then continued their lives, there must be records. After this request, Halaçoğlu invited me to Ankara and also told a reporter on CNN-Türk, ‘Sarafian knows well that such incidents never took place under the Ottomans.' After this statement, I decided to put a stop to the decision to work together. Halaçoğlu, with that statement, showed his stance. As a historian, it is impossible to conduct an objective study.”

“We have lived like enemies until now. From now on, we must work for peace,” said Sarafian, adding that the only thing separating Turks from Armenians was religion'.

Read this interestıng article here.

Day Opening - April 27

"Girl with the pearl earring" by Johannes Vermeer.