Category archives: Photography

Dignity

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Over 200 art lovers came together at Alaan Artspace, in Riyadh, on the night of Tuesday, June 3rd, to appreciate the fine art of Saudi photography, and to contribute to a worthy cause. Riyadh+Acumen, a volunteer chapter in support of Acumen, organized the 2nd DIGNITY exhibit, which was curated by Banafsajeel, a cultural plat- form facilitating the exchange [...]

In Conversartion with Talal Obeid

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Talal Obeid, a multidisciplinary designer born in Jahra, Kuwait, and currently living in rural North Carolina with three cats and a dog and his beautiful wife, is an entirely self-taught designer. “I don’t pride myself in my lack of academic credentials” says Obeid “but I do take pride in where my concentrated efforts took me without Academia’s help. I like [...]

The Turkish Recipe for Art

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Quick tip: if you’re interested in searching about the SALT institute in Turkey, don’t google, “Salt Turkey” unless you want a hundred and one ways to salt, brine, and cook a turkey. SALT is a not-for-profit art center based in Turkey whose mission is to explore cultural and historical issues and cultivate innovative programs for research and experimental t[...]

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[...]

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[...]

Out of Line with Jowhara AlSaud

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Growing up in Saudi Arabia in the ‘80s meant the era of the black marker, a time when the censorship of images took on a life of its own. Artist and photographer Jowhara AlSaud examines the notion of censorship and its effect on visual communication in her latest series “Out of Line”. Explaining her inspiration, AlSaud says, “While there is a lack of consis[...]