Category archives: Art

The Nile’s New Wave | Karina Al Piaro

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When I first met Karina Al Piaro in the heart of Riyadh, she was wearing a grey, silk Abaya-style dress and had accented her look with a carefully selected treasured accessory, an oversized gold ring on her hand; this ring encapsulated her simplistic signature look. British-born but based in North Africa, predominantly Cairo, Al Piaro grew up around the Riv[...]

From a Distance with Tanya Traboulsi

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After years spent documenting Beirut’s alternative music scene, photographer Tanya Traboulsi reveals a more private side in her first solo show “From a Distance”. It’s a big night for Tanya Traboulsi. It’s the opening of her first solo exhibition in Beirut, and the friends and collaborators she’s worked with over the last five years are filing in to Art Fac[...]

Single Saudi Women | Wasma Mansour

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Saudi-born photographer Wasma Mansour laughs as the conversation turns to that very 21st century cliché I’ve been hesitating to mention. The phrase “unveiling the veil” is an orientalist’s wet dream, a smart piece of shorthand for a generation desperate to discuss the “representation” and “role” of women in the Middle East. It’s a kind of semantic myopia tha[...]

Maitha Demithan

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The UAE is a country filled with talent, ideas and creative people. Emarati artists have come a long way and have generated buzz throughout the UAE. In one of the Emirates, Maitha Demithan a talented young artist, who has participated in numerous exhibitions and won many awards, resides in her studio that was specially built to house her beautiful madness an[...]

A Modern Beethoven | Pete Eckert

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Blind photography is gaining ground in the world of contemporary art, with worldwide exhibits, and visually impaired artists with an eye for creativity, proving that losing sight is not synonymous with losing vision. The photographers rely on mental structuring to capture the fleeting moments of life, in effort to reflect their thoughts in a world where they[...]

In the Studio with Lina Amer

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In 2010, armed with a BA in Arabic language, 24-year old Saudi graphic designer, Lina Amer launched herself into the world of graphic design. “I entered the world of arts when I was 15 years old, but my real work started in 2010, when my taste in art started to thrive,” said Lina Amer whose ideas overflow with Arabic typography and iconic Arab creatives from[...]

RIGHT ON THE BALL | Rocking & Rolling with Kurt Perschke

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You probably saw it if you were in Abu Dhabi last year or in Taipei the year before that. And if you happen to be in England from June to July, you will likely see it dribble down the streets in time for the Cultural Olympiad. It is a 15-foot, inflated sphere that weighs 250 pounds and is always cloaked in red PVC fabric. It is Redball, the world famous scul[...]

Behind the Ego | Murakami Debuts in Doha

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Everybody was hovering around the star and visionary artist Takashi Murakami at his Middle Eastern debut show in Qatar Museum Authority’s Al-Riwaq. But, we wanted an even deeper look into the artist’s persona (perhaps he does have a big ego?). We wanted to know what it’s like to work with Takashi Murakami. What did it take to put this whole production tog[...]

On Top of the World | Farhad Moshiri in talk with Nik Nejad

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One of the most influential psychoanalysts of the 20th century, Erik H. Erikson (1902-1994) coined the term identity crisis. His legacy lies within his basic developmental premise that conflict is negotiated in the context of relationships and identity crisis is the confusion of roles, or the identity, which he identified in 1970 as “a subjective sense as we[...]

The Power of Persuasion | Mr. Brainwash

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Mr. Brainwash has a little Angelina Jolie thing going on. People either totally love him or just loathe the very sight of him. And this is the first thing I find myself asking him over the phone. He is in his Los Angeles studio and I’m in Beirut, and there is a whole 10-hour delay. He has just rolled out of bed, all fresh, excited, and Mr. Brainwashy, and I’[...]