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Article Image - Shine a Light
In another life, Ahd Kamel might have been a lawyer. She might have been an animation artist. Or she might have stayed right home in Jeddah. But in this life, Ahd is a filmmaker and actor, readying herself for the world stage.
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Article Image - Painting By Lumens
It can be argued that in the end art is really the process of capturing the products of light, on paper or canvas. But in a promising yet much overlooked field, some artists even ‘paint’ with light itself.
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Article Image - Opposites Attract
Much about Ahmed Mater’s world seems to reconcile opposing states of being. Somehow, the artist finds space for religion and science, anatomy and spirituality, technology and tradition, violence and morality, swarming multitudes and empty plots of land.
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Article Image - Surreal State
Palestinians on the moon. A nation contained in a high-rise. Visual artist Larissa Sansour uses (science) fiction to comment upon the global travesty that is the world’s longest ongoing conflict.
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Article Image - Goodwill Hunting
Echo is a new non-profit organisation created to be an all-purpose infrastructure for contemporary Iraqi art. This notable initiative has an ambitious, much needed mission as Bespoke ascertains from its founder, Rijin Sahakian.
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Article Image - Coup d'Art
Exhibiting a 7 million USD masterpiece in a war zone may have seemed like an impossible feat but ultimately, Picasso’s ‘Buste de Femme’ artwork did make it all the way to Ramallah this summer. Bespoke exposes this extraordinary story.
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Article Image - Art for Thought
This year, the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious international art events in the world, featured an outstanding representation of the Arab world in five national pavilions as well as a special Pan-Arab exhibition as a collateral event.
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Article Image - Parallel Worlds
Zakaria Ramhani’s vibrant and mesmerising paintings cleverly turn simple but colourful modern calligraphy into the creation of isolated and expressive human figures. But with one of his pieces fetching 30,000 USD at Christie’s April, 2010 auction in Dubai, he is now commanding prices that put him in the top ten global artists under 30.
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Article Image - Out of the Box
Khaled Takreti’s vibrant works offer a visual insight into the cherished memories of his past. Here, Bespoke talks to the Syrian artist about his inspiration and style.
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Article Image - Beggars and Kings
Born in 1972, Syrian-born artist Sabhan Adam’s art is introspective and breaks from the norm of most Middle Eastern portraiture. Challenging superficial notions of beauty and ugliness by conveying the unsightly but adorning his subjects in finery, his work is instantly recognisable.
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It takes a certain optimism to build a city in the middle of a desert. In fact, Kuwait's rapid urbanisation during the late 1970s represents a landmark in Middle East architecture, as seen in the pages of Modern Architecture of Kuwait, a book by Roberto Fabbri and Ricardo Camancho.
Ralph Masri’s path has been stellar. In just his first year at Central Saint Martins, he won the Swarovski Award. Two years later he became the youngest designer to ever be nominated for a UK Jewellery Award. Then after a stint at Pomellato, he went solo and already Queen Rania, Jessica Alba, and Gigi Hadid are fans.
Henry Dakak Jr. is a designer with a singular vision. His beautifully made creations, whether furniture, functional objects or jewellery, exemplify a judicious mix of modernity and antiquity, and bely a delicate attention to detail.
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