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Oscar-nominated Film to Show in London as a Protest against Trump’s Muslim Ban

‘The Salesman’, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi will be screened free of charge in Trafalgar Square on 26th February (to coincide with the Oscars), in a move that marks President Trump’s contentious ban on Muslims entering America from Iran. Despite being Oscar-nominated this year, the director Asghar Farhadi felt unable to go to America for the ceremony even if a special exception was made for him and his team.

The director and star of the film, Taraneh Alidoosti, have decided to boycott the awards as a protest and would rather show the film in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square, feeling that the welcoming attitude displayed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and activist Lily Cole is more conducive to a collective solidarity, that flies in the face of what Farhadi termed a racist ban.

The Mayor welcomed the film to London, inviting citizens to ‘share in this celebration of London as an international hub of creativity, and a global beacon of openness and diversity.’

Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.