Meet Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist, who is risking it all for her murals


«Αν ένα ρεύμα γίνει και πάλι ποταμός αλλά τα ψάρια έχουν πεθάνει, δεν υπάρχει επιστροφή γι’ αυτό που έφυγε».

Η Σαμσιά Χασάνι μέσα από την τέχνη της θέλει να δείξει ότι οι γυναίκες επέστρεψαν δυναμικά στην αφγανική κοινωνία


‘Freedom is not that we remove our burqas and hijabs, freedom is having peace. Even if she removes her cover, if she still can’t study and work, what good is it?

The ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the US are never far from the headlines. The possibility of their return to power elicits plenty of questions, none of which seem to have an answer. But there are particular queries to be had for those working in creative industries, and especially for women. After all, even the arts couldn’t escape the wrath of the fundamentalist political movement, which once restricted the sector with harsh punishments.

But not all Afghans are against the Taliban’s return, at least not outright. Shamsia Hassani, 31, thought to be Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist and co-founder of Berang Arts, a group that promotes contemporary arts in Afghanistan, says she does Continue reading

Serbian art, the art recognizable by its uniqueness


Serbian painting have followed all the world’s trends from medieval to modern times, but it still managed to develop an authentic form of its own


Serbian painting was developed within architecture and a tradition of decorating walls in churches built by Serbian nobles and kings over a century ago. It originates from Byzantine art that however originated from rich Hellenic heritage.

Between two worlds, the East and the West, Serbian painting was influenced by both sides and it turned into the art recognizable by its uniqueness and grandeur. This art was inseparably connected to history, culture and literature of Serbia in the Middle ages. Continue reading

Why did you want to tell me? … Socrates



In ancient Greece Socrates had a great reputation for wisdom. One day someone came to meet the great philosopher, and said:

– Do you know what I just heard about your friend?

A moment, – answered Socrates – before you tell me, I would like to give you a test, that of the three sieves.

– The three sieves?

Yes, -continued Socrates- before telling anything about the others, it is good to take the time to filter what is meant. I call it the test of the three sieves. The first sieve is the truth. Have you checked if what you are going to tell me is true?

– No, I just heard it.

– Very well. So you do not know if it’s true. We continue with the second sieve, that of goodness. What do you want to tell me about my friend, is it a good thing?

– Oh no! Conversely.

– Then, -asked Socrates- you want to tell me bad things about him and you’re not even sure they’re true. Maybe you can still pass the third sieve test, the utility test. Is it useful for me to know what you are going to tell me about this friend?

– Not seriously.

– So, “Socrates concluded,” what you were going to tell me is neither true nor good nor useful; …

Why did you want to tell me? …


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