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Without Prejudice

At the 2017 Istanbul Biennial, Mahmoud Khaled proposed a future in which private actions are protected from public scrutiny. The day after Mahmoud Khaled left Istanbul following the unveiling of his new commission at this year’s biennial, he saw the news that police in Cairo had arrested seven concert-goers for raising a rainbow flag during […]

Upwardly mobile

The Belgian art historian and curator Michel Dewilde has worked extensively with artists from the Middle East and Central Asia since the early 1990s. Here, he tells Anne Heard about his passion for movement, while sharing his views on commissioned works and art in public spaces You are currently working on the Triennial for visual […]

A Surrealism of Sorts

A key fixture on Cairo’s art and socio-political scene from the late 1930s through the 1940s, Art and Liberty is the subject of a fascinating book and well-received show currently on tour. Selections caught up with co-curator and author Sam Bardaouil to find out more about this often-overlooked movement A snippet of conversation at a […]

The Power of The Pen | Letters from the Past

Ranging from declarations of love and outpourings of grief to observations on sales, or the lack of them, our collection of letters from and to artists offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the private world of a creative force While artists will always express themselves first and foremost through their work, what they say […]

Abdulraheem on Hassan | My brother, my friend, my teacher

Hassan was my friend more than my younger brother. We shared everything, told each other everything, we never kept secrets from each other. We respected each other’s opinions; of course, we had different opinions, but at the end of the day, we stuck together. I felt he was unique from when he was about 10 […]

The Power of the Pen | Selections issue #43

Ranging from declarations of love and outpourings of grief to observations on sales, or the lack of them, our collection of letters from and to artists offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the private world of a creative force While artists will always express themselves first and foremost through their work, what they say […]

Back to basics | RCR Arquitectes

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, the talented trio at RCR Arquitectes, will undoubtedly look back on 2017 as a landmark year, having clinched the coveted Pritzker Prize and received widespread praise for Muraba Residences, the Spanish firm’s first Dubai project. Selections caught up with Aranda to find out more about RCR’s ethos, philosophy […]

Illuminating Central Asia

A series of works by the prolific photographer Max Penson documenting rapid, regional change comes to Dubai Two images, just 10 years apart, illustrate Uzbekistan’s rapid development in the first half of the 20th century. The first, from the late 1930s, shows a trio of females in traditional costumes frowning, perhaps understandably, at distant sunlight; […]

Reminiscences on the Silk Road

In a recent exhibition of works at Tabari Artspace, Mohamed Abla looks back to the fairytales and folklore depicting this famed trade route in its heyday Uplifting and jovial, an exhibition by Mohamed Abla at Tabari Artspace went some way to reaffirming the idea that an artist’s personality can shine through his work. Abla, of […]

AFAC | 10 Years Later – How to Tell When the Rebels Have Won | Beit Beirut

Curated by Rasha Salti, this group exhibition marks 10 years since the founding of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), a grant-making institution that has helped to fund over 1000 projects spanning film, photography, music, visual arts, performing arts, literature and cultural research and training. AFAC’s group exhibition at Beit Beirut includes the […]