Monday, April 8, 2013

Salon Radio April 8th presents Marla Mossman, Peace Caravan Project and dancer Anahid Sofian

Salon Radio April 8th, 2013
International Women Artists' Salon is thrilled to present Marla Mossman and her Peace Caravan Project for our feature interview and dancer Anahid Sofian for our Salon Solo {Radio} segment.

Jenny Green hosts, with presenter Heidi Russell.

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Peace Caravan Project by Marla Mossman

Mingsha Sand Dunes
Dunhuang, China

Photographer and artist, Marla Mossman, and the Peace Caravan Project are traveling from Jerusalem, Israel to X’ian, China by car, foot, horse, mule and camel to document places of historical and religious significance. In the quest to explore the Silk Road's heritage and its spirituality and the connection to Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam, Mossman has already taken six expeditions to photograph China, India, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Middle Eastern countries of Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Mossman’s photos capture the people along the journey in their daily lives and remind us that even though we have differences, we share similar loves, hopes and dreams. Her writings report the intimate moments she experiences with these people along the way. In her blog she shares graphic experiences, her soul-searching moments, sometime sleepless nights, and also the many joys she finds as she visits these historical places.

When the photographs are viewed as a collection, on the website, in the photography books, videos, and on display in the exhibitions and at the lectures; the Peace Caravan endeavors to inform and inspire others to achieve understanding, respect, and acceptance. This twenty first Century caravan traveling along the Silk Road, provides a network of individuals exchanging ideas, cultures, and traditions as they have for over 2,500 years.

Bridal Offering
Kierya, Xinjiang, China


Marla Mossman is an international artist and photographer who has traveled extensively documenting the human condition. 
Interested in arts and education she began her Peace Caravan Project in 1996 traveling solo from Israel to China along the ancient Silk Road. 
Mossman’s photographs of people’s traditions and culture help us see that we share similar loves, hopes and dreams.

Artist Statement

I walk on the same paths as the great Sages, Prophets, and Saints.
I am a woman traveling alone.
I am on a journey of religious, cultural, and inner discovery to find answers;

“Why is mankind still at war?”

In the media today, there are many images showing violence and hate. With my Peace Caravan project, 
I visit the places where beliefs originated and the ancient Silk Road captured my imagination to walk with the locals and 
document with video and photography the people who reside in the shadow of the religious and historical ruins that remain there today.

More than a conduit through which early civilizations exchanged goods and materials, ideas were also shared, influencing our fundamental religions. 
From the vast deserts of the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, to the Taklamakan and Gobi Deserts in China,
these intertwining trade routes are known collectively as the Silk Road.

Burkah Sellers
Herat, Afghanistan

More InfoThe Peace Caravan's mission is to inform and inspire others to achieve understanding, respect and acceptance. By photographing the wonderful religious and cultural heritage of the Silk Road nations, by nourishing international cooperation, the exchange of cultural values and the equality of all people, including women and children, a new appreciation and a new way to peace will reveal itself.


Marla Mossman

Click here for a video: Caravan Journey Along the Silk Road; Xinjiang China

Prayers in the Cave of the Prophet Abraham
Sanliurfa, Turkey

Salon Solo {Radio} Anahid Sofian

Anahid Sofian studied ballet with Mary Clare Sale, formerly of the NYC Ballet, and modern dance with Bella Lewitsky and Erich Hawkins.  She performed with the Richard Oliver Modern Dance Company in Los Angeles, and in New York participated in Tina Croll and James Cunningham's The Horses Mouth Greets the New Millennium at the Danspace Project of St. Mark's Church.  She also studied jazz with Luigi and Afro-Cuban with Sevilla Forte. Ms. Sofian was one of the pioneers in taking Oriental Dance out of the nightclub and onto the concert stage.  She has performed both as soloist and with her company in such mainstream venues as The Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, the United Nations, the Uris Theatre on Broadway and Carnegie Hall, and was the first oriental dancer to be accepted into the New York Dance Festival at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park .  She has also been hired to curate numerous performances including the Middle Eastern Festivals.


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1 comment:

  1. Fantastic interview with Marla Mossman! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the great work with women artists around the world.