I hope this letter finds our readers in good health and spirits. Selections is eager to share its eventful summer with you. I personally find this September issue to be a landmark in the history of the magazine. The topic we chose to address is Women — a Dialogue in Generations of Arab Women.
To start, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the participation of Professor of Literature and History of Art at the University of Saint Joseph Nayla Tamraz, who participated in conversation with artists Etel Adnan, Tagreed Darghouth and Lamia Joreige; as well as the first woman and Saudi national to be appointed Director General of the Institue du monde arabe in Paris Mona Khazindar, who conversed with artists Samia Halaby, Maysaloun Faraj and Boushra Almoutawakel. Last but not least, I thank Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History and Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, for entering into dialogue with Hanaa Malallah, Rheim AlKadhi and Hayv Kahraman. These interviews centring around three generations of women are dynamic and insightful, each special in its
Director of Art Dubai Myrna Ayad collaborates with Selections on a notable feature entitled Rewind. She chose to have a conversation with the daughters of two renowned artists: Brigitte Caland, daughter of Huguette Caland, and Maneli Keykavoussi, daughter of Farideh Lashai. We also had the pleasure of discussing books and writing with celebrated Lebanese artist Laure Ghorayeb. We found it interesting to see what this artist, who is also a poet and a journalist, reads to get inspired. What kind of mind comes up with such fascinating characters? Speaking of fascinating minds, discover Etel Adnan’s sketchbook with an insider look at her most intimate notes and sketches, which I am particularly fond of.
We also have a fascinating section curated by Hala Khayat, who shared with us some of her favourite artworks, and a feature on contemporary photography featuring interviews with six talented artists from the Arab
world and Iran.
We hope you find this issue inspirational. Selections is proud to be presenting the thoughts and work all of these exceptional women. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.