Category archives: Art

Creating An Arts Hub

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Born in Dubai, Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, developed a vision for Alserkal Avenue arts district which hosts contemporary art spaces in the region. UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai awarded Alserkal family with Patron of the Arts award by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in 2012 and 2013 for their contribution to the arts. In[...]

In Conversation with Artist Ayad Alkadi

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Born in Baghdad, Ayad Alkadhi’s work translates cultural and political issues of Iraq and the Middle East into art on canvas. Ayad grew up between Baghdad, London and Abu Dhabi. “Both my parents are doctors. My grandfather, Dr Jamil Said was a professor of literature (he was a member of the selecting committee for King Faisal’s International Prize for Litera[...]

Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition on 22 April (running until 20 July) on Saadiyat Island showcasing important works of art from the Louvre Abu Dhabi permanent collection, some of which have never been seen or revealed before. Almost 130 art works will be shown in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District’s art and exhibition centre, and w[...]

Eastern Winds: In Conversation with Jawaher Al Sudairy

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Meet Jawaher Al Sudairy, the second in a personality-filled family of five children, a previous consultant, a current graduate student at the prestigious Columbia University studying Urban Policy and Planning, and film producer. Al Sudairy credits her mother and cites her as the biggest influence, introducing her and her siblings to different forms of art[...]

Rolling in the Deep with Zena Holloway

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Nothing about Zena Holloway borders on the ordinary, with the exception of having a husband whom she’s raising three tiny tots with. Everything from what she does for a living to her career path to her modus operandi is off the beaten track. An underwater photographer and film director, Holloway’s work takes your breath away – and hers for that matter – bein[...]

Cutting Edge with Artist Ibrahim Abusmar

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“Art – to me - is a medium to express important messages in life. I hope to be able to discuss through my art social and economic issues as well as some of society’s misguided behaviors. And sometimes I create art because it is fun.” Born in Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait in 1976, Ibrahim Abumsmar fell in love with the sport of swimming and quickly became an[...]

Force Majeure: The Sweeping Powers of Shadia & Raja Alem

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In Saudi art and cultural circles, siblings Shadia and Raja Alem are currently the toast of the town. The former a visual artist, the latter a published author, together they form Saudi Arabia’s first and foremost contemporary art duet. In a region where artistic collaboration is still in its embryonic stage and art collectives remain few and far between – t[...]

A Star is Born

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It’s not everyday that we get to live our dreams and passions, when exploring them might even help lead us to the stars, and maybe, just maybe, those that shine and twinkle in Hollywood. That’s what Saudi film producer, Mohammed Al Turki, has done – he lived out a dream and reached the stars. Al Turki’s first project, “The Imperialists Are Still Alive”, was[...]

Back to the Drawing Board | An hour in the life of Jane Gemayel

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An hour was not enough to truly grasp the intensity of Jane Gemayel’s drawings that rule the heart and baffle the mind. Emotions you did not know you had will start to come in a quiet succession of gasps and sighs... and I gasped and sighed a lot. Jane knows, in fact “Alice” (in Wonderland her alter ego) knows better; how emotions can rush to the surface [...]

Beautiful Schizophrenia: Talking to Zena el Khalil

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Sticky from the heat, Zena el Khalil’s apartment shimmers like a mirage before me; the open door is framed by a cascade of pink lights, while the scent of cardamom-laced coffee wafts invitingly down the crumbling staircase and mingles with the traffic fumes outside. Beirut-based artist and writer Zena el Khalil seems to personify all the confusion and won[...]