Month: September 2017

Mona Khazindar asks Boushra Almutawakel about audience, the essence of art and the Arab Spring

What is art to you? What does art mean in our society? Art is many things to me. It’s storytelling, making a statement. It’s the language of the soul. It’s a way to connect, a universal language that transcends borders and differences. It’s a feeling or thought that must come to form (whether in a […]

Mona Khazindar and Maysaloun Faraj talk origins, politics and symbolism

What is art to you? Art for me is many things. In no particular order, it is: courage, commitment, perseverance; a bridge between thought and manifestation, where the need to “know” and the passion to “do” is paramount; precision; a striving for perfection; a visual exploration of ideas and issues that shape our time with […]

Hayv Kahraman talks distance, violence and the male gaze

On identity, Iraq and individuality Nada Shabout interviews Hayv Kahraman There is no doubt that, at best, the notion of identity at large is fraught with various challenges and complications. Yet history has shown us that humanity is not capable of surpassing it because of the need to belong and identify. At the moment, to claim […]

The Middle East Meets the Global South

Poetics, Politics, Places, curated by Dr. Nayla Tamraz, will bring the work of seven Arab artists to Argentina as part of BienalSur, the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America From September to December, the first edition of BienalSur, the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America, is bringing an ambitious […]

The Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now – James A. Baldwin The second edition of Future Nows 2017 → ∞ took place in Berlin last week bringing together over 100 international artists in a four-day event of live encounters. Located in the grandeur spaces […]

What to expect at the Saudi Design Week 2017

Date: October 5-8, 2017 Location: APEX Convention Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Oasis Magazine and the Saudi Design Week team are launching their fourth annual design event devoted to exhibiting innovative product design, and supporting national and international designers. It brings the masters in the creative industries together with emerging talents, giving them a communal space […]

A New Design Fair is Born

The first edition of the Beirut Design Fair attracted over 16,000 visitors and seems well on its way to cementing Beirut’s status as a regional design destination The first edition of the Beirut Design Fair wrapped up on Sunday after a successful inaugural year. After a well-attended opening, the fair attracted a total of 16,700 […]

A Survey of Regional Talent at the Beirut Art Fair

The eighth edition of Lebanon’s four-day art fair featured a diverse selection of works across its classical booths and Revealing, a new section dedicated to work by emerging regional artists The eighth edition of the Beirut Art Fair saw the annual four-day commercial fair come into its own. After a few years disrupted by security […]

Arab Art and the Human Body

A group show featuring works from Sharjah’s Barjeel Art Foundation Collection explores desire, love and the human form Beloved Bodies II is entering its final month at Sharjah’s Maraya Arts Centre. Curated by Mandy Merzaban from the Barjeel Art Foundation, this show takes Roland Barthes term “beloved body” and looks at the object of a […]

Mona Saudi | Sculptures and Works on Paper 1995-2017

As the new season gets underway, Selections reflects on the late-running summer shows and previews some upcoming autumn exhibitions that are not to be missed Mona Saudi: Sculptures and Works on Paper 1995-2017 SALEH BARAKAT GALLERY September 15 to November 4 Mona Saudi is a veteran sculpture, poet and artist whose work has consistently engaged […]