Review. International press loves to dismiss Dubai as a soulless place devoid of local culture and invested instead in yachts, luxury malls, camel racing, and cheap labor. Just a few miles from the touristy glitz, however, a strong and stable art scene lies in the industrial area of Al Quoz, where artists have been testing conventionsContinue reading
INTERIORS. Beirut fashion photographer Tarek Moukaddem’s converted shoe factory blends old world flavour with warehouse edge. “Both my work and my home are organized chaos, but there is harmony hidden within,” says, Tarek Moukaddem. In much the same way that the boundary pushing fashion photographer, draws out the sculptural beauty of unconventional faces from behindContinue reading
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. The New York-based online platform artnet opened its inaugural sale of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art earlier this month. In some ways this first thoughtfully curated sale plays it safe with lots by some surefire darlings of Middle Eastern art— including ‘Transparent Body’ a rare 2013 oil on panel from a particularly successful series byContinue reading
CATALOGUE TEXT: The ability to read Arabic is irrelevant when it comes to appreciating Wissam Shawkat’s work. While traditional calligraphy embellishes a text or verse, the pieces comprising Inside/Outside, the artist’s first show at XVA Gallery in Dubai, do not contain prescriptive written messages. When encountered out of context, it might not even occur toContinue 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.