Author archives: Oasis

In Conversation with Bouchra Benhalima

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Bouchra Benhalima, is a 27-year old Art Director of Digital Art and Lifestyle at Boubouteatime. Currently Living in Paris, Bouchra travels around the world in search of inspiration. Occupation: Visual Artist, Designer Founder & Art Director of Boubouteatime Art and Lifestyle Label, and casual / chic brand Museast (www.museast.com). Tell us about your j[...]

Jameel Prize 3: Celebrating Islamic Art

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The Jameel Prize began in 2009 as a partnership between the V&A and the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, aimed to raise awareness of the merging between contemporary art and Islamic design traditions, and hoping to foster debate about Islamic art and culture as a whole. With £25,000 on the line as the prize purse, it’s no wonder that there were [...]

Mr. Brandman, bring me a dream!

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I first met Badeeh Abla in 2009. I was actually applying for a freelance writing position at his company. At the time, I was cutting my teeth in this incredibly lucrative publishing field, as any other unassuming journalist would tell you, and was looking for some additional income. I instantly hated him. I remember stepping out of his offices in Downtown Be[...]

Underground Art

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An art program was launched last year to shape London’s cultural landscape where you wouldn’t expect at first, but where it will make a world of a difference to the millions of people that will pass through it every single day: the new Crossrail subway line currently in construction. We are creatures blessed to live beneath an infinite sky and unimagined he[...]

Painting Life: One Pixel At A Time

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Hal Lasko is probably the most famous 98-year-old who joyfully spends more than 10 hours per day just clicking at a mouse. While many members of his age group idly sit in front of a window, Hal paints on Windows 95—the computer. Hal is also legally blind. He is affectionately known as “Grandpa” or the “Pixel Art- ist,” to millions, after a vide[...]

In Conversation with Yusef Al Ahmad

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Who is Yusef Alahmad - tell us a little bit about yourself I grew up in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia. I attained a BFA in Graphic Design & Fine Arts from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. After that I moved to San Francisco, California for a MFA degree in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University. Right now, I am a part time student and a ful[...]

Magical Mystery Tour

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On a typically wet and dreary day in London, I arrived, umbrella in hand, at the doorstep of Afsoon’s Ladbroke Grove studio, and rang the buzzer. Seconds later, I was greeted by a grinning woman with mid-length jet black hair, a red neckerchief, psychedelic Doc Martens, and a quaint, super-cool jumper which read Ginsberg is God on the front, and somewhat les[...]

She Rose to the Challenge

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Labeling oneself a “longtime advocate of Middle Eastern arts” suddenly appears to be in vogue. It’s unnerving that this label is, more often than not, being used as a tool for self-glorification and even as an indicator of wealth and social status – kind of like doing charity work for the glitz and glamor aspect of it. Yet, with a bit of digging, it isn’t so[...]

Comic Relief

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Comedians and comedy professionals, they say, are among the brightest folks to have ever walked the earth. Now let’s not over exaggerate things, as comedy is not exactly brain surgery, but that does not change the fact that an exercise in comedy does entail excessive brain activity. Comedy – writing and/or performing comedy – is a cutthroat profession that y[...]

MOMO, The Arts & The Bank

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This Beirut Art Fair, from September 17 to 24 2013, we stepped into a bubble gum. Beirut’s Momo at the Souks, its restaurant and bar areas, had been covered by made to measure inflatables, the main installation of the Beirut Art Week. The installation allows visitors to push the boundaries of contemporary design, the viewer have been able to experiment a new[...]