diwans.org is a participatory web project proposing an intercultural dialogue through artistic responses.

People around the world are invited to produce audio-visual creations inspired by the Diwan poetry of Persian poet Hafez and German writer Goethe and send their own creative interpretations. 
diwans.org is an artwork authored by everyone.
You can become part of diwans.org, an interactive audio-visual poetry bundle, by sending your own artistic response. Based on the Surrealist principle of artistic response, this site is thus an ever-growing project that will expand creation after creation.
As soon as your creation is uploaded, your interpretation will be part of this audio-visual intercultural dialogue;your name and website will be featured together with already participating internationally reknowned artists.
Becoming part of diwans.org is easy:
You can let yourself be inspired by one of the poems of Hafez and Goethe and take it as point of departure for a new creation or you can download an already existing creation from the site and let it inspire you in making your own creation as an artistic response.
You can then submit your creation through the PARTICIPATE button, found in the ‘EXPLORE’ and‘DIALOGUE’ pages on the diwans.org website.
We are looking forward to your creation, and meanwhile invite you to explore and discover the diwans.orguniverse, which reflects in a poetic mode a creative dialogue between different cultures.
For questions: Please don’t hesitate to contact us on: contact@diwans.org
A project initiated by Marc Colpaert and Laurent Van Lancker
Artistic Co-direction : Susanne Weck // Production : Polymorfilms (Mieke De Wulf) // Web programming and design : La Villa Hermosa // Assistance : Stijn Van Asch en Wim De Winter
diwans.org is funded by the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF) / F?d?ration Wallonie Bruxelles (FWB) / Flemish Literature Fund (VFL) / Katharina Mommsen // supporting partners : Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, BOZAR Music, BOZAR Cinema.

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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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