FEATURE. At the end of an overscheduled Wednesday in the midst of Berlin Art Week, Her Excellency Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis-Kanoo arrives breathless to our interview. The din of dealers hobnobbing with artists and collectors over espressos in a packed hotel lobby adds a degree of timeliness to our discussion. “There is something I must tell you,”Continue reading
“We need to change the notion that a woman is a man’s property. We need to disassociate the idea that there is any honor in murder. The shame is on the murderer himself, not on the woman,” says Sheikha Lulu M. Al Sabah. The outspoken Kuwaiti is at the forefront of driving this change. SheContinue reading
Architecture. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and demographically, the majority of the Muslim population is made up of young people. “You’d expect then,” suggests L.E.FT Architects Principal Makram el Kadi, “that when it comes to the architecture of Islam, which is the mosque, you would see much more experimentation and forward thinking.Continue reading
Interview. Redemptive Narratives and Migrating Patterns, Samira Abbassy’s second solo at XVA Gallery in Dubai, is made up of early works on paper dating from Departed Lover in 2002, to recent diptychs on gesso panel and paper. I reached the artist in New York during a ferocious electric storm that made the phone line crackle unpredictably asContinue reading
I am an American writer and editor based in Dubai. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and my publications center around art and culture from the region. I am particularly interested in relationships between Middle Eastern art and current events, human rights, and gender, though I also avidly follow the financial side of the market.