All posts filed under: In Conversation With

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 […]

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 […]

Iran from the Inside Out | Gohar Dashti

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 […]

Reclaiming Women’s Bodies | Sama Alshaibi

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 […]

The Beauty of Growing Up | Rania Matar

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 Rania Matar, a Lebanese-American photographer, explains how her relationship with her two daughters led to a fascination with girls and women growing up and navigating […]

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 […]

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 […]

On the Power of Bearing Witness

Lebanese artist and writer Zena el Khalil discusses her new exhibition at Beit Beirut and why remembering is key to reconciliation A few years back, Zena el Khalil was a fixture on the Beirut exhibition scene, displaying colourful, pop-art inspired paintings and sculptures that explored Lebanon’s history of war and violence and its ongoing political […]