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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 […]

The Mind’s Treasures

Expert on modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art Hala Khayat shares a selection of her favourite artworks with Selections and reflects on how and why certain works have taken root in her memory As an art specialist, I curate auctions with one mission: to present Middle Eastern art that is rare, hard to find and […]

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 […]

My Mother, The Modernist

As part of Art Dubai’s Rewind series, Maneli Keykavoussi tells Myrna Ayad about the courage and conviction of her mother Farideh Lashai, a warrior who never compromised on her beliefs In 2013, Art Dubai’s Projects were dedicated to the memory of Iranian-born artist Farideh Lashai (1964-2013). Following major exhibitions at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary […]

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 […]

My mother, who followed her dreams

Brigitte Caland reflects on the passion and sacrifice of her mother, Huguette Caland, whose relationship with art was always passionate, though not always easy. She spoke to Myrna Ayad as part of a series called Rewind, produced by Art Dubai, in which family members share their thoughts on the life and personality of a Modern […]

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 […]