The phenomenon of drag has existed for centuries. However, it seems that today, it is enjoying the biggest popularity and acceptance in Western culture. In itself, drag encompasses several different forms of art.
Primarily a performative art form, drag uses fashion, accessories, flamboyant makeup and over-the-top wigs to transform a person into a performer, who rebels against fixed gender roles while playing with sexuality. Apart from larger-than-life outfits and makeovers, drag queens employ dancing, singing or lip-synching and pantomime to create awe-inspiring shows for the viewers.
The performers can imitate different celebrities, or create their own unique look and stage…
Japanese calligraphy is an essential part of the country’s culture. Children in Japan learn calligraphy in school, and apply it on numerous occasions in everyday life. In the beginning, Japanese calligraphy styles were mostly adopted from China. However, over time calligraphy masters developed their own unique style of beautiful writing, which is used in Japan to this day. Unlike its Chinese counterpart, Japanese calligraphy places the biggest emphasis on the order of strokes that compose the characters.
Cuban art closely followed the turbulent history of Cuba. As political and social conditions changed, so did the art and culture of the country. Incredibly versatile and diverse, Cuban art encompasses colonial iconography, European Cubism and Impressionism, Mexican muralism, and African and North American elements. The beginnings of the Cuban rich artistic legacy can be traced back to its colonial-era and modern Prerevolutionary art movements.
Bushidō or the “Way of the Warrior” is the code of chivalrous behaviour followed by Japanese Samurai. The name comes from the Japanese word for a warrior — bushi. Most of these principles are adopted from Confucianism and the Chinese philosophy of living. Over time bushido became the basis of Japanese ethics that was thought to the entire society. Bushido code had an influence on many areas of life in Japan, from art and philosophy to Japanese tea ceremonies and craftsmanship.
Feminist art developed simultaneously with the feminist movement. Its origins can be traced back to the 1960s and the 2nd wave of feminism. Feminist art was inspired by the works of proto-feminist artists like Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois, whose pieces focused on topics of domesticity, the female body and the life of women. Feminist artists aimed to rewrite male-dominated art history and the tradition of seeing women as objects for male pleasure. Battle for gender equality and equal opportunities, led by the feminist art movement helped female artists gain grander recognition, in a male-dominated world of art.
The world has a lot of environmental challenges. Pollution, waste, overconsumption, climate change are just some of the problems affecting our planet and urging people to rethink their lifestyle and artists to rethink their art. As a result, more and more artists are creating environmental art that raises awareness and offers answers to some of the environmental issues we are facing today. However, despite the recent surge of environmental artworks, it’s fair to say that environmental art has a long tradition that can be traced back to the 1960s and the rise of Land art.
Many people unfamiliar with the Arab culture, think that hijab and abaya are the only traditional Arabic garments women wear. Contrary to popular opinion, different Arab nations and different regions have their own preferred dress and headscarf types. The versatility of Arab dresses is often the source of confusion. In this blog post, we’ll highlight some elements of the traditional Arab garments, worn in different parts of the Arabic world.
Calligraphy has a special status in China, as the Chinese culture is devoted to the power of the written word. Those who had mastered the art of calligraphy would often take up the dominant positions in the government. In the past, the emperors used engraving pronouncements on mountain sides and stones to affirm their authority. Over time, the changes in the materials, tools and government requirements, caused calligraphy to transform. Old styles were pushed aside as new, more modern styles appeared. Eventually, 5 separate scripts developed and are still being used today, each featuring its singularities. …
The tea ceremony has a special place in Japanese culture. Preparing and drinking tea is a meditative process that brings tranquillity, and balance to participators, by allowing them to forget about the daily problems and immerse themselves into the way of the tea.
The ceremony also allows guests to enjoy the traditional Japanese hospitality and get to know the Japanese philosophy of living. …
Calligraphy, the art of beautiful handwriting was carefully nurtured in many parts of the world. In the Middle East, Arabic calligraphy found its way into every part of human life. It has moved beyond paper and incorporated itself into many different art forms and materials. Apart from religious texts and Quranic quotes, Arabic calligraphers also created a variety of nonreligious scripts like poems or aphorisms. And calligraphy letters were also frequently used as decoration for glass, metal and other household items.