Creatives

Bibi Zogbé: The Flower Painter

Bibi Zogbé: The Flower Painter

Except for a rare self-portrait, Bibi Zogbé painted flowers—exuberant and confident, as well as modern and symbolic, her paintings reflect her life between her native Lebanon and three decades in Argentina.
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Andrew Nemr Taps Into Story

Andrew Nemr Taps Into Story

Telling stories about life journeys may not be what most people think tap dancers do, but that is where Andrew Nemr taps his way into a deeper root of the art.
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FirstLook: Beni Isguen, Algeria

FirstLook: Beni Isguen, Algeria

As a young college student in the 1980s, George Steinmetz hitchhiked in the desert lands of north-central Algeria along the Sahara. In 2009 he revisited the region, now as a world-renowned photojournalist working on a book about the world’s extreme deserts and the human adaptations and settlements in them.
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Art of Islamic Patterns: A Southeast Asian Rosette

Art of Islamic Patterns: A Southeast Asian Rosette

Cursive, vegetal, biomorphic forms predominate in patterns in Malaysia, Indonesia and parts of Thailand. This final installment in our series is based on the geometry of leaves and petals.
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Art of Islamic Patterns: A Moorish Star

Art of Islamic Patterns: A Moorish Star

On a wall overlooking a garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, this 12-pointed star vibrates with strapwork and ornamentation, but its basic geometry can be drawn using only one-eighth of the pattern. That becomes. template that, flipped and inverted seven times, produces the rest of the star.
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FirstLook: Hair Washing at Home

FirstLook: Hair Washing at Home

In 2021 a photography project took me 1.900 kilometers down the Tigris River through Turkey. Syria and Iraq. By the time we reached the city of Kut, in central Iraq. I had been camping along the riverbanks for nearly two months, mostly in the company of men, with the occasional night hosted by a local family. Here Kut, at the home of a fisherman's family. I was able to have some precious time with other women. I was also able to join their weekly ritual of washing one another's hair. 
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Kingdom of Art

Kingdom of Art

In less than a decade, Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the world's fastest-growing centers of contemporary art. Both for Saudi artists and international creatives invited to exhibit, install, screen, teach and produce, more than 100 new events sponsored by more than two dozen new arts organizations now offer opportunities across the country. Artists such as Dana Awartani, whose neoclassically symmetrical installation "Where the Dwellers Lay" (above) nestled at the outdoor exhibition Desert X AlUla 2022, and dozens of others are showing at recently opened, large-scale venues, including Riyadh's JAX District, Jiddah's Hayy Jameel cultural center and Red Sea Film Festival, and Dhahran's cultural center, Ithra.
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FirstLook: Deep Descent

FirstLook: Deep Descent

In 2011 I moved to the United Arab Emirates. and I joined a group of cave explorers. After Several weeks of training, we traveled to Oman's Eastern Hajar Mountains, some 150 kilometers south of the capital, Muscat.
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New Screens in Arab Cinema

New Screens in Arab Cinema

Since the 1970s, independent filmmakers have been a rare breed throughout the Arabic-speaking world. But as a rising number of film festivals and streaming platforms open, opportunities for both artistic expression and viewing experiences are growing faster than ever.
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