Author: Danna Lorch

Walking Down Syria’s Darkening Road

Tamman Azzam’s latest solo show abandons hopeful colours for the grim black-and-white truth about the present reality in Syria In Dubai, a peaceful enclave with a blossoming contemporary art scene, it’s all too easy to forget the steadily worsening conflict affecting so many civilians’ lives in nearby Syria. Syrian artist Tammam Azzam brought a hard […]

New Kid on the Block

A new venture based in Doha, AlBahie seeks to become the premier auction house in the region AlBahie, Qatar’s first homegrown auction house, has opened its doors at a permanent location in Doha’s Katara Cultural Village. While prestigious international auction houses including Sotheby’s have run sales in Doha since 2009, proving the collector base is […]

The Storyteller: A Few Words in Honour of Leila Alaoui

Selections remembers the brave and talented French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui, killed by Al Qaeda in Burkina Faso in January while working on a human rights project with Amnesty International Leila Alaoui was a storyteller. From behind the lens, the French-Moroccan photographer had a quiet yet sure-footed gift for offering her often marginalised subjects the chance […]

Under the Hammer

Selections takes a look at this season’s auction highlights The South African Sale Bonham’s, London, March 16 If the Armory Show’s 2016 focus on contemporary African art is any indication, work from Africa and the African diaspora is not only trending, but picking up steam as a sustainable investment. Lovers of the Rainbow Nation and […]

Nature of the Future

Zaha Hadid’s retrospective in Dubai allowed visitors to touch the works on show, making for a unique visitor experience Dubai It’s rare to be invited to touch and physically experience design pieces in a gallery setting. Yet visitors to Zaha Hadid’s retrospective at Leila Heller’s new Dubai space from January 18 to February 29 were […]

Dubai Dates

Selections preview some of this season’s most intriguing exhibitions in Dubai Dubai Mea Culpa Carbon 12 March 14 to May 1 Ghazel returns for a second solo show at Carbon 12. Curated by historian Valerie Behiery, it sets out to school a Dubai audience on reinterpreted geography. The Iranian artist, who left her home country […]

The World Meets Here

French art dealer and gallerist Stéphane Custot establishes a permanent presence in Alserkal Avenue Dubai This March, Custot Gallery will open its doors in Dubai as part of Alserkal Avenue’s ambitious expansion. The space debuts with The World Meets Here, a group exhibition including a 1966 pinstripe maze by Frank Stella, a Robert Indiana sculpture […]

A Stitch in Time

New York-based Turkish artist Sermin Kardestuncer shows new works after a hiatus of more than a decade at Dubai’s XVA Gallery Dubai Sermin Kardestuncer believes that titles are too prescriptive, and consequently her first solo show at XVA Gallery is unnamed, as are the distinctive multimedia works it encompasses. The New York-based Turkish artist’s highly […]

Seeing Triple

Dubai’s Cuadro Gallery ran three distinct solo shows simultaneously this winter, presenting a trio of artistic visions of the UAE Dubai This winter, Cuadro Gallery presented three simultaneous yet distinct solo shows from the next generation of Emirati artists — Nasir Nasrallah, Ammar Al Attar and Zeinab Al Hashemi. The three bodies of work, on show from […]

Capturing Moments of Transition

Photographer Rania Matar works with girls and women to capture moments of physical and mental change between one state of being and another DUBAI Rania Matar is entranced by the liminal moments that girls and women experience over the course of the life cycle, from the foal-like first confidence of puberty and contrasting sharp-edged insecurity, […]