Mar 21, 2014

Silk Road Exhibition – Centre For Creative Practices

When some friends asked me to join them for an exhibition launch on Wednesday night I found my knackered self, clutching a cuppa, buried in the sofa. A quick text revealed the destination to be the Centre For Creative Practices, a close neighbour of ILS HQ. I know town’s on my doorstep, but I was glad to be staying local. The short stroll woke me up! And the CFCP is always a joy to visit.

Upon arrival, the place, a rather cool cellar-like Georgian basement on Pembroke St, was already fairly lively. I located a glass of red & found my friend by the canapes. Exotic pastry envelopes with strawberry, creme fraiche & pistachio. Munch! The Silk Road Exhibition, a showcase of photography & artwork, is running as part of the Silk Road Film Festival. A celebration of Silk Road voyages.

The exhibition is designed to introduce Asian & Middle Eastern art, culture & imagery & brings to life many of the countries along the legendary Silk Road route. Indeed, the crowd at CFCP was a melting pot of cultures & an indication of Dublin’s changing ethnic flavour. Photography includes several Irish artists, who have travelled the Middle East, with rich images of life steeped in Silk Road history.

Paintings feature works by artists from Iran, Yemen & Ireland. I particularly liked pieces by Michelle Boyle, Maliheh Zafarnezhad & Farnoosh Rahimi. The exhibition is a sea of colour & texture, allowing the observer to immerse in Silk Road culture. The gallery was officially opened by well-known actress Aisling O’Sullivan & there was a good talk by photographer & exhibition curator Fares Fares.

The Centre For Creative Practices is running the show until next Thursday & is screening a film (Ningen, Japenese) on Saturday afternoon at 5 pm, as part of the Silk Road Film Festival. I got chatting to Iranian film director, Mahmoud Kalari, a charismatic man who’s groundbreaking work is highly influential in Middle Eastern cinema. He told me his next project is a one continuous shot film. How cool.

Kalari is hosting a Cinematography Masterclass at The Screen cinema on Townsend Street from midday on Saturday, featuring break-downs of his Academy Award winning films. The Silk Road Film Festival runs until March 25th, with events including – Bahar Cultural Event, The Adventures of Mirzabalad & Dragonfly’s Pond. No better way to herald Persian New Year Nowruz, Festival of Spring.

Silk Road Exhibition – until Thursday 27th. Free entry. Curated by Fares Fares & Nasrin Saadat.

Centre For Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 / www.cfcp.ie / www.silkroadfilmfestival.com

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