Hope all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Here’s some videos and reading for you to persue as you come down from the tryoptophan. Be sure to discuss in the comment section below.
Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.
Like the endtimes, this is much belated. But the November issue of Dazed & Confused Magazine has a feature on Gulf Futurism as encompassed, encased and embodied by Fatima Al Qadiri and I.
Women bursting into spontaneous dance, grimaces wrought in lurid sequins and three kitschy doors leading nowhere – there’s no doubt that Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s latest solo show at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde fires off in myriad directions to make its point. Any Resemblance to Actual Persons, Living or Dead, is Purely Coincidental is an exhibition that pushes the viewer to join the finely charged dots in each work.
Al-Monitor met on the sidelines of Paris’ fashion week with Leila Yavari — an Iranian-American former political science Ph.D. student at Berkley turned fashion model, turned fashion director for StyleBop.com. The stunning young woman was born in Iran in 1978. A year later, she left with her family during the revolution that toppled the Shah and gave birth to the Islamic Republic. She talked about her trip back to Iran as young adult and her Persian heritage, which informed both her professional choices and esthetics. She would love for Iran to be known beyond the news, as an art-loving country.
“I witnessed cultural terrorism personally in 1996, when I was taken in front of my university just because I was wearing black and I have some rings. I didn’t even have piercing back then,” Daeibes said.
Global fashion expert Asil Attar, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, will be the opening keynote speaker at the second annual Arabian Business Women’s Forum, currently underway at Jumeirah Emirates Hotel in Dubai.