Author: Corinne Martin

From Iran to Dubai

Selections sits down with Mohammad Afkhami to discuss his impressive collection of Iranian art Dubai serves as a crucial gathering place for curators, artists, scholars, gallerists and collectors working on Iranian art. Mohamad Afkhami has played a critical role in bringing Iranian art to Dubai, building up an impressive and extensive collection containing almost 400 […]

Perpetual Time

Kurt Klaus is the inventor of the innovative autonomous IWC perpetual calendar mechanism. He is best known for his Da Vinci wristwatch, which combines a perpetual calendar and chronograph movement Brought to life by Kurt Klaus, the Da Vinci watch was derived from a sketch of a fortress by Leonardo Da Vinci. This creative contribution […]

Stitched Wounds

Palestinian artist Steve Sabella discusses his new book, Parachute Paradox, in which he explores the concept of liberating the imagination In Parachute Paradox, Berlin-based Palestinian artist Steve Sabella discusses life in Jerusalem, the occupation of Palestine and ultimately reaching liberation of the imagination. For Sabella, art is the path to liberation, and recently writing has […]

Transcribed Stories

Farzad Kohan records the stories of immigrants from the Middle East who have resettled in America and Europe in his latest show, ‘Migration Stories’ at Ayyam Gallery Your canvases are unframed, unstretched, and loosely hanging on the wall. Why did you choose this format? The canvases are free, they are not bound by any borders. […]

Vivid Purity

Selections takes a look back at the life and art of Willy Aractingi, whose work carries characteristics of the primitive art movement, yet retains a unique character all of its own Willy Aractingi described himself as a naive primitive artist. Aractingi’s painting style is full of colours and humour and is reminiscent of his predecessors […]

Illuminating Design

RIYADH Riyadh is set to host the third edition of Saudi Design Week this October, with a focus on illumination Saudi Design Week (SDW) is back for its third edition this year and is being hosted by the creative team of Oasis Magazine in collaboration with the King Faisal Foundation for Research and Islamic Studies. SDW founders […]

Bridging Ideological Borders

SAN FRANCISCO A group of 15 young artists from Saudi Arabia are travelling across the United States from east to west, aiming to foster dialogue and improve U.S.-Saudi relations Despite stories of religious intolerance and conflict, a bold group of Saudi artists has set out on a journey to discover the diversity and people of […]

The Fruits of Friendship

Many of the works in Mohammed Al-Sharekh’s collection were created by life-long friends, filling his house with shared stories and happy memories Mohammed Al-Sharekh, Kuwaiti chairman of the Sakhr Software Company, is the man responsible for introducing the Arabic language into the world of computers and technology. He tells Selections how his love of literature […]

Let’s Talk About The Weather

Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis unites 17 local and international artists showcasing works examining climate change and ecological disaster at The Sursock Museum. Humans have radically altered the natural environment over the last hundred years creating an era of planetary climate change affecting weather patterns and biodiversity. […]

A Dialogue with the Past

Iranian artist Reza Aramesh is in constant dialogue with artists from the past, using traditional media to address contemporary topics Iranian-born, London-based contemporary artist Reza Aramesh confronts violence and oppression around the world, and examines how mass media portrays conflicts and their consequences through his politically charged sculptures, photographs, installations and performances. Aramesh is currently […]