Articles tagged with: Arab

Tara Aghdashloo
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on : Tuesday, 30 Jul, 2013

Presenting the Nation’s Art

Venice—the city, the name—is art. It is stunning, drenched in water, history and everything that makes our modern life seem dull and artificial. That is why the International Venice Biennale, the oldest, biggest art affair in the world, is the embodiment of this chasm. While each pavilion, curator and artist uses the Biennale to flex their muscles and stretch the scale and boundaries of contemporary art, the city remains a romantic anchor—a museum in itself. And every year, there are a f...

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Nat Muller
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on : Thursday, 25 Jul, 2013

Aesthetics of Prudence and Distraction?

Strong works of art, even if generated by a specific locale or concern, communicate meaning on multiple levels and transcend geopolitical boundaries. Artworks that operate on a surface level only—or, worse, that are placed in a curatorial context that only invites one-dimensional interpretation—remain anecdotal, a curiosity to the viewer. Unfortunately, however, the latter is the case for the disappointing first participation of Bahrain in the Venice Art Biennale, as it is for the Iraqi ...

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Nat Muller
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on : Saturday, 20 Jul, 2013

Between Politics and Poetics

The 55th Venice Bienniale saw an increased participation from Arab pavilions, with Gulf States such as Kuwait and Bahrain showing for the first time. Much critical ink has been...

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James Denselow
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on : Friday, 14 Jun, 2013

Memories of Spring

In assembling Writing Revolution, journalist Matthew Cassel and the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Layla Al-Zubaidi embarked on the ambitious task of compressing the huge transfo...

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Nat Muller
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on : Monday, 15 Apr, 2013

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Lebanese artist Walid Raad rose to international acclaim in the early 2000s with The Atlas Group, established in Lebanon in 1999 with Raad as its only known member. The Atlas Group...

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Rachel Halliburton
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on : Saturday, 6 Apr, 2013

Fun, Fearless Filmmakers

Last year’s Doha Tribeca film festival marked a tipping point for female Arab directors. From Rafea: Solar Mama, a sparky documentary about a Jordanian woman who trains to be a s...

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Mehrunisa Qayyum
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on : Wednesday, 20 Mar, 2013

MENA Enterprise

“Invest in whichever sector that could serve the young generation ... in the service sectors, like education, healthcare and coffee. We’re talking about frontier markets ... Ir...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Wednesday, 6 Mar, 2013

Arab Facebook Tribunal

The media scene was monolithic under Tunisia’s old government, while the public arena was characterized by the absence of politics. A news booth in Tunisia three years ago looked...

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Ati Metwaly
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on : Tuesday, 29 Jan, 2013

Jews of Egypt

There is no census that would give us the exact number of Jewish people living in Egypt today. We do know, however, that during the British Mandate and under King Fuad I of Egypt, ...

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Caryle Murphy
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on : Tuesday, 18 Dec, 2012

The Future of Print

Love of newspapers has a long history in the Middle East, where news publications first began appearing in the early nineteenth century, sometimes as government gazettes for pu...

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