Thursday, September 1, 2011

Afghanistan Photo Exhibition at Sharq - September 10



invite you to attend an exhibition of photographs by


The Afghans: Pictures of Resilience, 2001 - 2011

Reception: 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Artist's Talk: 4:30 p.m.

Exhibition Continues: September 11 - 24 by appointment



PETER BUSSIAN is a photographer and filmmaker who has spent much of the last 25 years documenting refugees and other international development issues. He has worked in more than twenty countries and has been commissioned by aid organizations such as the UN, The International Rescue Committee, CARE, Action Contre La Faim and many others. His photographs have appeared in media outlets including the New York Times, Paris-Match, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Foreign Assistance in Focus, a photography book. He has received several awards of his work from the International Photography Awards (Lucies) and Interaction. Bussian also frequently works as a media advisor to international organizations such as the UN, NGOs and foreign governments. He received a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado and studied film at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, NM.

Peter Bussian first went to Afghanistan in May, 2001 when the Taliban gave him permission to "show the world the real Afghanistan." Over the past ten years, he has gone there every year to document the incredible resilience of the Afghan people, who have known nothing but war for thirty years. The photographs in this exhibition were taken in most provinces of Afghanistan as well as in the border region of Pakistan over this ten year period. Currently, he is developing a feature film project set in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Red Star, Crescent Moon: A Muslim – Jewish Love Story

SEPTEMBER 11, 2010: 4 to 6 p.m.

READING at 5 p.m.

Exhibition: Pilgrimage in Al Andalus – photos by Nahid

Please RSVP to SHARQ

Advance Praise For

Red Star, Crescent Moon

A Muslim - Jewish Love Story

A novel with deep historical roots, is filled with action, romance, and
intricate plotting, and at the same time a meditation on the meaning of
the past: how our cultural and personal histories both create and limit
our selves, as well as our reactions to other people and their cultures.
It is filled with suspense, a profound love story, and humor, all brought
out in Rosenstone's highly readable and elegant writing style.

-- Louis Breger, author Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision and
A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented

RedA Star, Cresccent Moon is not just about the kaleidoscope of
history and politics and pop culture: it’s about what being human means
in the face of terror. The novel’s historian hero says he got into
history for the stories. And the one true (as in universal and eternal)
story, it turns out, is about love.

-- Leslie Brody,
author Red Star Sister and The Life and Times of Jessica

Like all great love stories, it takes place at the dangerous intersection
of passion and and all that threatens to destroy it: not just the
religions of the subtitle but also ethnicity, culture, family, politics,
ideals, ambitions, individual memory, collective experience, and the
stranger than fiction course of current events.

-- James Goodman,
author Stories of Scottsboro and Blackout

Muslim versus Jew; East versus West. The weight of the past vs. the
promise of the present. It is no small feat to build a bridge, but in Red
Star, Crescent Moon, Robert Rosenstone has done just that. Playful,
fast-moving, yet deep, this novel is a love story for our times.
You'll want to read it and you'll want your friends to read it.

-- Aris Janigian,
author Riverbig and


I laughed! I cried! Part travel writing, part history lesson, part
slow-burn romance, this fictional memoir of improbable convergence makes
you ponder the intersection not only of different cultures, but also of
art and life, Hollywood and reality, autobiography and embellishment.
Funny and intense, suspenseful and satisfying, it's ultimately a story of
true love. Really.

--Martha Hodes, author The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love,
Race, and War in the 19th Century

Robert will also read from and sign

Red Star, Crescent Moon: A Muslim – Jewish Love Story

7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 23


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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Women in Diaspora 2008 Exhibit a Success!

Doris Bittar, Lidia Shaddow, and Nuha Sinno enjoy the exhibit.

Our next exhibit will be in Spring 2009. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sharq website makes its debut!

For more details on the upcoming May 17th exhibition, please see our new website at

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Tal Yizrael, “Volcano”, Reversal C print, 19x30,2007


Nahid Massoud and Robert Rosenstone

invite you to attend an art exhibition featuring the recent works of

Tal Yizrael


Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2007, 2 - 6 p.m.
Exhibition: May 5 - June 2, 2007 - by appointment

Bubblescapes is a series of unusually evocative altered photographic landscapes. In these works, artist Tal Yizrael creates a world that is seen, literally, through soap bubbles. She achieves a unique and wondrous effect by in the dark room placing bubbles over negatives or slides of images. For her, the darkroom is "a magic palette," the place where she produces a realm of shifting elements that emphasize the fleeing nature of the world. As she says, "I construct my landscapes, manipulate them, and maintain a dynamic dialogue with their ever-changing fragile substance."
Tal Yizrael earned a degree in photography and digital media from Hadassah College in Jerusalem and an MFA at Claremont Graduate University in California. She has exhibited her work in Israel and Taiwan and recently has been in shows at several Southern California venues including the Brand Art Center in Glendale