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[...]

Where Art Thou Talent?

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Among a crowd of art enthusiasts and professionals, it is very easy to single out Taymour Grahne as a novice. That, of course, if you’re judging him by looks alone. He is after all, a fresh-faced 24-year-old. But on perusing the man’s list of credentials since embarking on the art world, you’ll be quick to realize Grahne is no newcomer – young blood he may b[...]

State of Art

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The “buy local” movement sweeping across the global food industry has agreeably spilled over to the art world as well, including the regional art scene, which has noticeably been nurturing homegrown talent more closely. A recent project by Dubai’s unique art and design space, Capsule Arts Studio, presents an interesting slant on the “foster the local arts” a[...]

A Cinematic Affair

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Born in 2007, AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) was established in 2007 as an independent grant-making initiative. AFAC facilitates individuals and organizations from the Arab region working in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation regionally and globally. [...]

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[...]

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