Month: October 2017

Beyond Photography | Randa Mirza

Selections talks to six talented female photographers from the Arab world and Iran whose work spans the gulf between East and West, transcending language and culture to tell universal stories Each of the six women interviewed in this issue deals with this in their own way, some choosing to address the gulf between East and […]

Once Upon a Revolution

A New York history of artistic experimentation and enterprise comes to Abu Dhabi NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery continues its strong run of shows this October with Inventing Downtown New York: Artist-Run Galleries, 1952—1965. The show links nearly with latest exhibition, But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008. Like the latter, […]

The Mind’s Treasures

Expert on modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art Hala Khayat shares a selection of her favourite artworks with Selections and reflects on how and why certain works have taken root in her memory As an art specialist, I curate auctions with one mission: to present Middle Eastern art that is rare, hard to find and […]

The Path Through the Woods

Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, tells Selections how two related exhibitions reveal the themes, threads and gaps in the museum’s extensive collection Curated by Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and Laura Barlow, the museum’s Middle East curator, Summary, Part 2, is a fascinating follow-up to […]

Mona Khazindar quizzes Samia Halaby on activism, abstraction and being labelled as Arab

What is art to you? What does art mean in our society? Art to me is a cultural discipline within which I explore. In contemporary society it functions just as it always has from the beginning of recorded history; except that today, its methods and its content are more complex and more sophisticated. I am […]

Ramin Haerizadeh | Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde

Best of Dubai Selections explores the most interesting and inspiring exhibitions set to grace Dubai’s galleries this autumn Ramin Haerizadeh To Be or Not To Be, That Is the Question. And Though, It Troubles the Digestion* Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde September 13 to November 2 It’s unfair to say that it feels strange to […]

Hella Jongerius | Breathing Colour

Design Museum, London Beautiful colours made with high-end pigments, which result in colours that breathe with light —taking on new hues under different lighting conditions – Hella Jongerius, TL Mag, 2017 Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius explored the full potential of colour in an expansive exhibition where materials, reflections, shapes, and shadows formed a kaleidoscopic and […]


Ambika P3, London London’s edgier art fair for discovering new artists and galleries Sunday Art Fair has built a reputation as ‘the-go-to’ fair for discovering new talent due to its championing of younger and not so widely known international galleries in at times unusual places. Located right across Frieze, the fair is held annually at […]

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Special Projects

Somerset House, London 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair occurs for three days during Frieze Week and is in it its fifth edition this year. Located in central London at the historic Somerset House, booths are housed across its East and West wings in an intimate but continuous labyrinth through corridors. Initially set up as to […]

Why Are We Here Now | Rabih Mroué

BERLIN—“The furniture we buy at Ikea”, the speaker declares perched on a curved illuminated white stage, “is not made to be inherited, so at least this relieves you of sorrow”. The speaker, Hoda Barakat, Lebanese novelist and journalist, whose talk Short Cuts can be described as both biographical and humorous, as lyrical commentary on her […]