Studio visit with Vian Sora

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“The Night and the Desert Know Me”

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Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Hers has been a life of two worlds coming together on canvas; her life in Louisville and her life in Iraq.

This artist has seen war and murder, so how is her story part of our Positively Kentuckiana?

As WHAS11's Rachel Platt found out, it's all about hope.

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A brand-new edition of Louisville Life, hosted by Candyce Clifft, talks with former WAVE-TV anchor Jackie Hays, a 17-time Best of Louisville award-winner. Next up is a profile on the League of Women Voters. Following that segment, we take a look back at the Iroquois Amphitheater, a WPA project built during the Great Depression. Next we interview Marta Maria Miranda, the new president and CEO of The Center for Women and Families, an organization that helps victims of intimate partner abuse or sexual violence. We end this edition of Louisville Life with Iraqi visual artist Vian Sora.

Catch this edition of Louisville Life on Saturday, March 26 at 7/6 pm CT on KET and again on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

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Born in Baghdad, Iraq, artist Vian Sora now lives and works in the United States, — right here in Louisville.

In this segment, Louisville Life learns about Ms. Sora's emotional and artistic journey in the wake of war and cultural upheaval.

Ms. Sora has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Al Mansour University, Baghdad.

In 2000 she became a member of Iraqi Artists Fine Art Society. She has also studied and worked with printmaking at the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art (IMOGA) in Turkey.

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Arabian Woman

Arabian Woman Magazine

A quinessential realisation which seems to elude most people is that human beings are spiritual at their core. Many of us are conscious of our ability to have pivotal epiphanies, which change the course and trajectory of our lives.

Sheetal Thomas speaks to two women who share their anecdotes from their journey towards and eventual contentment.

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By Boie Conrad Dublin

The paintings are at once beautiful and mysterious, the depicting scenes of ancient Mesopotamia and other Arabian imagery, all seemingly enveloped in a misty haze just like in a dream.

The works reflect a journey, a visual voyage of impressions from many years of traveling coupled by a passion for learning by the artist, about the the archaeology and architecture of Mesopotamia and the region in general.

"Vian Sora: Voyage Into Arabia" and exhibition by the Aspen, of over thirty painting done in mixed medium on canvas depicting scenes of old Mesopotamia, opened Sunday at the Dar El Cid Exhibition Halls in Jabriya. The exhibition will run until Wednesday, November 15, 2006.

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Inside Out

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Vian Sora has seen a lot. Yet her art still holds on to that nugget of hope that can be found even in the most desperate of times.

Too often the tortured artist is someone whose life has seen little adversity, the black-clad, skinny, suburban lad who is all 'woe-be-me, my art is about destruction and darkness', but then goes home to have dinner cooked by Mum and play video games.

Such artists haven't see half as much as Vian Sora has, and yet her art is energized with a light and hope that is sadly becoming less and less common in the world.

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Canvas Oct. 2007

Canvas Magazine

After showing in Baghdad, Ankara, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Dubai, Amman, Rome, Zurich and Paris, Iraqi painter Vian Sora returns to Aspen Gallery with her latest collection.

Weaving aspects of Arabian life with Contemporary imagery, her Expressionist works offer a glimpse of the mysteries of the past. The signature leather-like surfaces become backdrops for colours, shapes, shadows and symbols and draw one away from the normal burdens of modern life.

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Canvas Feb. 2007

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Hosted by the latest addition to the Kuwaiti art scene, Aspen Gallery, the Iraqi expressionist painter presented her sumptuous creations on canvas.

Her contemporary interpretations of the walls of long ago build a visual bridge between ancient and modern Iraq, using a mixture of materials including solids and oils that give a near-leather texture to her engraving and colouring.

For Sora, the history and heritage of Mesopotamia are now seemingly forgotten by those in distance lands. Through her work, she seeks to keep alive the colours, shapes, shadows and symbols of a unique culture.

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Hello Magazine

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Mondanité

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Top socialites and art students attend exhibtion depicting culture-rich artwork.

Titled 'Legends of Baghdad', this art exhibition took place at Showcase in Jumeirah and disiplayed colorful art work in a contemporary impressionist style depicting Islamic Designs, mosques, veiled women and Arabic Calligraphy.

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Dar El Cid

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Aspen Gallery presents "Prophecy", an exhibition of new works by Vian Sora.

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Bazaar

Bazaar magazine

When observing my paintings, at first, one will notice the influence of ancient Mesopotamian and Arabian imagery. While presented in an impressionist contemporary style, my works reflect a journey. It is a visual voyage of impressions from many years of traveling, coupled with passion for learning particularly the archaeology and architecture of Mesopotamia and the region in general.

My works attempt to present to other cultures, far away from the East, a means to interact and communicate between distant civilizations. The work is spontaneous and sometimes mythical in content as I try to capture the essence of the moment when I see something for the first time. The colors of Baghdad, arches, mystical figures and ancient ruins, are noticeable influences within my paintings, which are portrayed through my deep respect for the civilizations of the past with the hope to develop a discourse to the present.

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Iraq Museum Project

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Iraqi expressionist painter Vian Sora was born in Baghdad. Prior to 2003 she spent endless days at the Iraqi National Museum and at archaeological sites throughout Iraq.

Her paintings here bridge the ancient and modern Iraq, using a mixture of materials including solids and oils that creates a near-leather texture for engraving and coloring. She creates on canvas a contemporary interpretation of the walls of long ago.

To Sora, the history and heritage of Mesopotamia are now seemingly forgotten by those in distant lands, and she seeks to keep alive the colors, shapes, shadows and symbols of a culture that is critical for all humanity.

She has had one-person shows in Baghdad, Sulaimania, Ankara, Istanbul, and Copenhagen, and has been featured in group shows and art festivals in the Middle East and Europe, including Baghdad, Beirut, Istanbul, Sharjah, Amman, Rome, Zurich and Paris.

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Note: Vian Sora's new solo show, "Voyage Into Arabia," opens November 11, 2006, at the Aspen Gallery, Kuwait - Dar El Cid

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Click on the video above to listen to an interview about the Iraq Museum Project and artist Vian Sora.

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Iraqi expressionist painter Vian Sora was born in Baghdad in 1976. Prior to the war, she spent endless days at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad and at archaeological sites throughout Iraq.

Her paintings in this exhibition bridge the ancient and modern Iraq by using a mixture of materials including solids and oils that creates a near-leather texture for engraving and coloring. She creates on canvas a present-day interpretation of the walls of long ago, on which were engraved the historical record of one civilization after another.

To Sora, the history and heritage of Mesopotamia are now seemingly forgotten by those in distant lands, and she seeks to keep alive the colors, shapes, shadows and symbols of a culture that is critical for all humanity.

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Art Daily

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BAGHDAD, IRAQ.- Iraq Museum International presents new work by Vian Sora, an Iraqi artist who challenges the forces that separate Mesopotamia yesterday from Iraq today. The solo online exhibition entitled, "Vian Sora: A Woman In Time," just went on view, and marks the beginning of an initiative in community cultural development that is unique in the world of archaeological studies.

It is the first in a series at Iraq Museum International in which modern artists explore the cultural tragedies faced by Iraq since the fall of Baghdad in 2003. Lack of reconstruction funding for a cultural infrastructure in Iraq has led to cultural isolation, historical rootlessness, deteriorating community identity, erosion of cultural identity, destruction of human heritage, and lost knowledge.

Driven by creative urgency, artists such as Sora are developing new strategies to address uncommunicated cultural heritage. Series curator John Simmons calls it, "Contemporary art at the service of humankind."

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Iraq Museum International Presents Vian Sora: A Woman in Time

Iraq Museum International (http://www.baghdadmuseum.org) presents new work by Vian Sora, an Iraqi artist who challenges the forces that separate Mesopotamia yesterday from Iraq today. The solo online exhibition entitled, "Vian Sora: A Woman In Time," goes on view Monday, August 14, 2006, and marks the beginning of an initiative in community cultural development that is unique in the world of archaeological studies. It is the first in a series at Iraq Museum International in which modern artists explore the cultural tragedies faced by Iraq since the fall of Baghdad in 2003.

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Hürriyet

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27 yaşında genç bir sanatçı Vian Sora. Bağdat doğumlu. Sadece kadın sanatçı olmak değil, hayatta kalabilmiş olmak da kolay değil Irak'ta. Sora da çocukluğundan beri ülkesindeki savaşlara ve sosyal kargaşaya tanıklık etti. Sanat onun için her zaman bir kaçış oldu.

Son savaşta Bağdat bombalanırken, karanlıkta oturup resim yapmaya devam etti. İki yakın arkadaşını ve birçok akrabasını kaybetti, resimleri yağmalandı. Yine de resme sığındı. Bir süredir çalışmalarını İstanbul'da sürdürüyor. 15 Ekim'de Tarih Vakfı Tarihi Darphane Binaları'nda açılacak sergisinden sonra ‘‘Asla terk edemem’’ dediği ülkesine dönecek.

‘‘Elektrik olmadığı için savaş sırasında bazı resimlerimi karanlıkta yaptım. Şanslıymışım ki renkler birbirine karışmadı. Savaşın ortasında yaşadığınız zaman bazen kendi can güvenliğinizden bile emin olamıyorsunuz. Böyle bir ortamda sanatı düşünmek çok zordu. Ama ben resim yapmaktan hiçbir zaman vazgeçmedim.’’

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Savaş ve sonrasındaki gelişmelerin yaşandığı günlerde Darphane Binası'nda 'Nehir, Şehir, Misafirat' adlı açılan sergide Vian Sora'nın savaşa ait resimlerinin yanısıra, Irak'ın tarihi ve günümüze ait resimlerini de görmek mümkün. Sora, Irak'ta yaşanan savaşın başta Bağdat olmak üzere bir çok şehri enkaz ve harabe haline getirdiğini ancak Irak halkının geleceğe ait umut ışıklarını taşıdığını söylüyor. Çünkü artık O (Saddam) yok. Elbette onun yerini birilerinin alması da Vian'ı ürkütmüyor değil. Zaten resimlerinde bu ümit ile tedirginliği bir arada görmek mümkün.

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‘Bağdat’ın sokaklarından ateş, kubbelerinden mavilik getirdim...’ Ülkesi işgal edilmiş bir sanatçı, özgürlük türkülerinden başka ne söyler? Önceki akşam, fırçasına özgürlük türküleri söyleten bir ressamın, savaşın ortasından kurtarıp geldiği resimlerini gördük. Iraklı ressam Vian Sora, Bağdat’tan, işgalin canlı bir tanığı olarak İstanbul’a geldi.

İşgal öncesinde, bombardıman altında ve işgal sonrasında yaptığı tablolar, renklerin diliyle bir halkın korkularını, acılardan kaçıp masalsı bir dünyaya sığınma özlemini yansıtıyor. Bağdat’ın ve bütün o coğrafyanın bitmeyen hikâyesi onun anlattığı... Renklerin sıcağında buluşan dün ve bugün... “Bağdat’ın iki rengi vardır”, diyor genç kadın, “Biri toprak, diğeri mavi kubbeler... Yalnız Bağdat’ın mı? Bütün Mezopotamya’nın rengi, toprak ve mavi... Bağdat’ın toprağı kana ve ateşe bulanmış; ayakta kalan mavi kubbeleri ise özgürlüğün, bir gün ‘taş çatlasa gelecek özgürlüğün’ türküsünü söyler gibi göğe bakıyor şimdi. Bu yüzden Sora’nın tablolarında iki ana renk var: Toprağın sarısı ve kızılı ile kubbelerin mavisi...

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