Let's Gossip about Bara Boux Founder: HRH Princess Reema

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HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud is the stereotypical Saudi woman, which ironically makes her the anti-thesis of the Western stereotype of the Saudi woman. She’s assertive. She’s intelligent. And she’s independent. She’s the ideal role model for any inspiring entrepreneur. And she does it all, while still being one of the most liked individuals among t[...]

Dar En Art with Karim Hamdi

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In the Spring of 2006, Paris native Karim Hamdi founded Dar En Art. Karim was always passionate about design but it was only after working in an advertising agency and later getting married to a Frenchwoman, of Moroccan descent, that the concept of Dar En Art truly materialized. How did you decide to create Dar en Art? The Paris shop of Dar en Art was crea[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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