“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
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 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.