Author: Selections Magazine

Hanaa Malallah on equality, male mentors and Iraq from the outside

On identity, Iraq and individuality Nada Shabout interviews Hanaa Malallah 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 […]

Design in Motion theme for Saudi Design Week

Cutting edge ideas and innovative concepts were to the fore at the latest edition of Saudi Design Week, which took place from October 5 to 8 at the APEX Convention Center in Riyadh. The event, which was held under the banner ‘Design in Motion’, brought more than 60 international exhibitors from major brands and other […]

ON MARGINALISATION, ACTIVISM AND FEMINISM

Nayla Tamraz interviews Etel Adnan, Lamia Joreige and Tagreed Darghouth Louise Bourgeois was once asked, “Do you see the art world as a men’s world?” and she answered, “Yes, it is a world where men and women try to satisfy men’s power.” Therefore, she noted the fact that women are not much represented and recognised […]

Ahmed Alsoudani and Encountering The Grotesque in War and Conflict

‘Paint drips and blots are a recurring motif of many of the works on view. Intercepting the composition with this painterly mark-making, Alsoudani adds further complication to his disordered scenes, while highlighting the role of the human hand in the creation of violence.’ Iraqi-American artist Ahmed Alsoudani has long engaged with the politics of painting […]

Frieze London | Frieze Masters 2017 in pictures

Frieze London 2017 The 15th edition of Frieze London takes place from 5–8 October, with a Preview Day on Wednesday, 4 October. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists, enhanced by a curated non-profit programme of artist commissions, films and talks. New for 2017, […]

Jerusalem Dissected at the Palestinian Museum

The inaugural exhibition at the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit explores Jerusalem in all its complexity and contradictions When the Palestinian Museum opened in May 2016, its inauguration was characterised by empty rooms and silent halls. Fifteen months on, its first exhibition features the work of 48 artists from Palestine and elsewhere, exploring contemporary Jerusalem. Curated […]

An Eye on the Future

Brussels-based collector Alain Servais is not only an art expert but a visionary. In Who’s still workin’ on this masterpiece? the Servais family collection is explored in all its thought-provoking complexity. “What is it that motivates a collector? Sometimes, I say that a collector may be nothing more than a pair of eyes that sees […]

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 […]