Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Looters Target Myanmar Temple Treasures in Tourist Slump

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This photo taken on June 23, 2020 shows members of a police squad on patrol in a temple complex in Bagan, Mandalay Region. A squad of gun-toting police patrol Myanmar's sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to coronavirus restrictions. Ye Aung THU / AFP.
YANGON (AFP).- Two high-ranking officers were fired for having "failed their responsibilities" after a landslide in Myanmar killed at least 174 jade miners, the country's military said on Monday in a rare public sanctioning. Heavy monsoon rains on Thursday sent mud cascading down a hillside over workers scouring the land for the green gemstone in Hpakant in northern Kachin state. The victims were largely poor migrants who had travelled across the country to prospect in the treacherous open-cast mines, hoping to find valuable stones left behind by the big companies. It was the worst tragedy in living memory to hit the shadowy, multi-billion dollar industry dominated by firms linked to the military. [More

Museum or Mosque? (Or Christian Church) Top Turkey Court to Rule on Hagia Sophia

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This picture taken on July 2, 2020 shows the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul. Turkey's top court considered whether Istanbul's emblematic landmark and former cathedral Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West. Ozan KOSE / AFP. by Gokan Gunes with Raziye Akkoc in Ankara
ISTANBUL (AFP).- Turkey's top court considered Thursday whether Istanbul's emblematic landmark and former cathedral Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West. The sixth-century edifice -- a magnet for tourists worldwide with its stunning architecture -- has been a museum since 1935, open to believers of all faiths. Despite occasional protests outside the site by Islamic groups, often shouting, "Let the chains break and open Hagia Sophia" for Muslim prayers, authorities have so far kept the building as a museum. Hagia Sophia was first constructed as a cathedral in the Christian Byzantine Empire in the sixth century but was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. [More]

Monday, July 6, 2020

Anju Dodiya’s Worlds Lie Between the Real and Fantastic

THE HUNDU
By Pooja Savansukha
The artist’s ongoing show in Mumbai turns the gaze inwards
In her ongoing exhibition, Breathing on Mirrors, Anju Dodiya turns to German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke’s articulations of anxiety, introspection, and the process of creation that relate to her own preoccupations with the artistic process and human condition. The exhibition features Dodiya’s characteristic figurative paintings, rendered primarily on mattresses that are made of unbleached cotton fabric and stretched on padded boards, using watercolours and charcoal. In 2005, Dodiya was commissioned to create a large scale painting of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, a work that she realised on a double-bed. [More]