“Are we going to celebrate the last barrel of oil that leaves the region or are we going to despair?” Jalal BinThaneya’s photography relentlessly poses this same question from conflicting angles as he trawls cannibalized industrial landscapes of the United Arab Emirates for answers. Classifying himself as “an accidental artist,” BinThaneya fell into a seriousContinue reading
Hassan Hajjaj is probably the only artist to ever blow off Louis Vuitton’s invitation to collaborate. And it’s not because he doesn’t respect the label. In fact, it’s because he likes it a little too much. To understand why, we’ve got to take it back to the late 80s when Hajjaj, an immigrant from Larache,Continue reading
Can you buy art based on an algorithm for financial investment? “Sure, just like you can buy a car,” jokes Myrna Ayad, director of Art Dubai. “But that takes so much fun and enlightenment out of the process. Buying art can be financially beneficial, but I would much rather subscribe to buying art being beneficialContinue reading
“I want to show that women have been suppressed. Sewing helps me to articulate this problem.” Ghada Amer discusses embroidery, mainstream beauty and creating ceramics with her unfamiliar left hand. Images of suggestively-posed white women looted from men’s porn magazines are the starting point for Ghada Amer’s embroidery paintings on canvas. Needle and thread, traditionally consideredContinue reading
I am an American writer based in Boston. I have been working in the Middle East since 2004 and lived there for seven years. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. 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, fashion, and gender, though I also avidly follow the financial side of the market.