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Corinne Martin | April 16, 2014

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Manal Al Dowayan And Her Recent Solo Show “Crash”

April 14, 2014 | 44

Saudi artist Manal Al Dowayan’s latest exhibition, “Crash”, which opened the first day of Art Week this year, goes against the grain of what we expect to see at a DIFC opening during Art Dubai. But this is precisely Manal Al Dowayan. She is a strong character and has a distinct voice. She is a […]

Abdulnasser Gharem’s Solo Show, The Awakening

April 6, 2014 | 80

It was a cool spring evening in Dubai and the opening reception of Abdulnasser Gharem at Ayyam Gallery was but a few minutes away. Ascending the escalator leading up to DIFC, I braced myself for a special experience. Certainly I will be stirred in the same way I did the first time I saw Abdulnasser’s […]

My Work With Pepsi for Mawaheb Fundraiser

March 30, 2014 | 11

I recently took part in a campaign organized by Pepsi to raise money for an organization called Mawaheb for Beautiful People as part of Art Beat Dubai. Mawaheb for Beautiful People supports the development of young adults with special needs using art as a tool to bridge the gap between each individual in the society. […]

My Top Twenty List: Art Dubai 2014

March 25, 2014 | 53

Art Dubai completed its eighth edition this year and with a big boom!  The energy at the fair was strongly felt and is a reflection of Dubai’s booming economy, yet many of the works are priced under $100,000. It’s the availability of price points that makes this fair a destination for important local collectors and […]

Iraqi Artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji at Beirut Exhibition Center

March 9, 2014 | 80

It was an unusually warm Thursday evening for March in Beirut. As I walked up the steps of Beirut Exhibition Center, a calming energy swept over me. It wasn’t the usual superficial buzz that goes around art openings. As I entered the space, the oversized figures that filled the room demanded my attention and drew me […]

Fatima Mortada “Labyrinth” Exhibition, Mark Hachem Gallery Beirut

March 4, 2014 | 8

Born in Lebanon, 1980 Fatima Mortada spent a number of years in Beirut and studied fine arts at the Lebanese University where she graduated with first class honors. In 2009 Mortada moved to London to pursue her higher education at the University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art where she obtained her MA fine Art […]

Corinne Martin: Wearable Art

February 24, 2014 | 58

Born in France and raised in Lebanon, Corinne was then educated in the United States and graduated with a BA in Graphic Communications and a BA in Art History. Her work includes sculptures featured in U.S. art exhibitions such as “Proper Hygiene”, “Candy From Strangers”, and “Crime Scenes”. In 2007 Corinne Martin returned to her roots in the Middle East where she began […]

Interview: Lara Zankoul Talks About Her Dreamy World

February 9, 2014 | 67

I recently had the chance to meet with Lebanese conceptual photographer Lara Zankoul at a trendy cafe in Beirut Souks where we talked about her upcoming solo show at Ayyam Gallery and about life in Beirut. [Q] Can you tell us about your latest series, “The Unseen”? [A] Yes with living in Lebanon and being […]

Iraqi Artist Jaber Alwan ‘Phases’ At Beirut Exhibition Center

February 2, 2014 | 3

I made a special visit to Beirut Exhibition Center to check out the latest show by Iraqi artist Jaber Alwan. Upon entering the space, one can really see at first glance that the centerpiece theme of Jaber’s work are women. And this he says, “I am not the first one to paint women. Women are […]

Mona Nahleh: Temporal Totems at Art On 56th Gallery

January 23, 2014 | 3

A conversation with Mona Nahleh during the opening night of her exhibition at Art on 56th Gallery. What I prepared for this exhibition is paintings made of sculpted heads that are made of wood and stone created by craftsmen. The thought behind it is questioning why man likes to carve a replica of himself. It’s […]

Interview: Rima Najdi Walks Beirut As A Fake Suicide Bomber

January 20, 2014 | 84

I had the chance to have a talk with performance artist Rima Najdi who recently wore a fake suicide bomber costume and walked the streets of Beirut to see how people would react. Rima Najdi, AKA Madame Bomba, is a Lebanese artist based in Berlin. Over the holidays, she returned to Beirut and had the chance […]

Interview: Egyptian Artist Magdi Mostafa, Mathaf Installation

January 9, 2014 | 9

Mathaf’s Project Space is dedicated to emerging artists and their work. The first project in this experimental space features the sound installation of Magdi Mostafa, “Sound Element.” Here, Egyptian artist Magdi Mostafa continues exploring the dialogue between sound and space. Mostafa’s work evokes personal and shared memories, recalling different images and emotions to be experimented by the visitors. […]

Interview: Doctor Abdellah Karroum Director of Mathaf

December 29, 2013 | 32

I recently went on a visit to Doha and had the chance to sit down with the Director of Mathaf, Doctor Abdellah Karroum. We had a great conversation about art in the Middle East and about his ideas for Mathaf in 2014. [Q] As the director of Mathaf you are introducing people of the region […]

Interview: Curator Francesco Bonami on Damien Hirst and Art in The Middle East

December 15, 2013 | 44

I had the chance to visit Doha and sit down with the internationally renowned writer, critic and curator, Francesco Bonami to talk about art in the Middle East, and curating ‘Relics’, Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition, which took place in Qatar as part of a series of cultural initiatives organized by Qatar Museum Authority. [Q] What was your experience […]