The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of sketchbooks. The library is a collective of thousands of sketchbooks sent in by artists from around the globe. Loving the creativity!
Her work ranges from photography to sculpture to installation, always stemming from her personal experiences and always emotionally autobiographical. She uses traditional fabrics and objects reworking them into collages that form various incarnations of the American and Iranian flag, exploring ideas of national belonging, as well as the conflicting role of flags as symbols of ideological and nationalistic violence.
She has produced an important series of works, both refined art and political statements; each of which is an encounter between the US flag and the emblems and materials of Rahbars native country, Iran. She uses real flags, installed vertically and horizontally, and sews a diverse range of materials onto them, while leaving the blue rectangle and its 50 stars untouched. These assemblages are composed of fine embroidered fabrics, bits of carpet, ornamental fringes, fragments of writing or whole texts, and, in some cases, yet more objects and images.
The Edge of Arabia team took part in The Art Dubai events this year by organizing a booksigning launch wre people got a chance to mingle with the artsist and get a copy of their books signed. I would have loved to be there but was not able, so here are some great images I found via Edge of Arabia
Ayad Alkadhi’s work focuses on cultural and political topics of Iraq and the Middle East. The work is mainly biographical and sometimes incorporates his painted image. His use of Arabic newspaper on mixed-media canvases, as well as his use of calligraphy, connects elements of traditional medium to contemporary art.
Born and raised in Baghdad, Alkadhi left Iraq for a better future after the first Gulf war. Alkadhi currently lives and works in New York City.
My work was part of a group exhibition hosted by Lam Art Gallery at Areej Art Cafe in Riyadh. The show was a fun mix of art, fashion, and food. Hoping to see more of this energy in Riyadh!
Zena el Khalil is a visual artist, writer and cultural activist; she holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. She currently lives in Beirut with her Jack Russell Terrier, Tapi, and she is a big fan of the colors pink, purple and gold.
“It is not portraits that Zena el Khalil creates with her clever, suggestive and realistic brush, but rather archetypes or allegories, modern icons that speak of women’s strength, pride, resistance, solidarity, even perhaps rebelliousness. Zena is fascinated by the place they’ve always held in society. If the visual elements brought together here are contradictory, it is simply because they reflect the contradictions and tensions of the modern era. These contradictions have to remain open like a crack, like a gash. Collecting, cutting-out, drawing, attaching, pinning-up, installing, laying-out and exposing are the various means she uses to give life to her mixed media work. In this space, gaps slip in, gaps that are often worrying, sometimes funny and almost acidic.” – Maya Ghandour Hert 2010
From the 6th of December, 2011 until the 5th of January, 2012
“‘Collage/Assemblage’ explores contemporary incarnations of the technique popularized by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso at the beginning of the 20th century. The show examines the technique’s impact on traditional media from a conceptual standpoint – its capacity to integrate an element of reality to a work of art through the introduction of external elements – as well as a visual one – its ability to breach limitations of texture and two dimensions.” via ATHR
Images via Oasis