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Omid Memarian

Omid Memarian is a journalist and has contributed extensively to the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and the Daily Beast, and has published Op-Ed pieces in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Time.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Politico and OpenDemocracy.

A World Peace Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2007-2009), he is the recipient of a “Human Rights Defender Award” (2005), the highest honor given by the Human Rights Watch. As an analyst, he has appeared on MSNBC, NBC, BBC, and Aljazeera amongst others.

Memarian is passionate about art and is an active observer of emerging international photographers and painters.

His own photos were included in an book compilation, “The Great Recession” (2008), published by UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the editor of Sketches of Iran (2013), a collection of 40 cartoons and essays.

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Latest posts by Omid Memarian

14 October 2018

For these Iranian twin-sister artists, collaboration is “like one person working with her other self”

"'Reincarnation' implies a new life. If we can make the audience wake up and realize the world around them and see the beauty in it, it is a huge success."

27 July 2018

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

11 April 2018

Confrontation and Disruption in a New Exhibition by Chinese-American Artist Xiaoze Xie

The Bridge

"Subjects with conflicts, struggles, and some intensity always compel me to paint, because I think they are important."

26 January 2018

Iranian Calligraphy Meets Comic Books and Western Pop Culture in Jason Noushin's Art

The Bridge

"Obviously, the influence of pop culture and traditional Persian calligraphy are at odds with each, but their combined visual impact is harmonious."

2 December 2017

Weaving Objects of Loss and Memory With Hayv Kahraman

Kahraman’s new work is a masterful exploration of the issues of identity, personal struggle, and human consciousness.

7 June 2017

Iranian Photographer Mehrdad Naraghi: “No Medium Can Ever Be ‘Finished'”

The Bridge

"No medium is ever “finished.” It is only an artist who can be finished."

22 December 2016

Iranian-American Designer in New York Leverages Fashion to Create Social Impact

The Bridge

An Iranian-American architect has created a brand inspired by cities to create “an awareness of place and leveraging fashion as a messaging tool to create social impact.”

25 November 2016

From Tehran to Manhattan, One Fashion Shoot at a Time

The Bridge

Had fashion photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh pursued his profession in Iran, he might well have been among those arrested in recent crackdowns. Luckily for him, he made it to New York.

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