MAGZOID - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | December 2022

The December 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features impressive cover artwork by Kelly Eden, an artist who relishes the specifics of the color wheel and color theory. This edition includes a glimpse of the power of art, exclusive interviews with Indian pop sensation Armaan Malik and international designer Giulio Cappellini, and a special editorial on the flourishing art scene in the Emirates and commemorating Emirati artists. The National Library of Belarus and the National Museum of Qatar have been featured in Architectural Wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer’s corner, along with an exclusive story about Abu Dhabi Airports' newly launched logo.

The December 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features impressive cover artwork by Kelly Eden, an artist who relishes the specifics of the color wheel and color theory. This edition includes a glimpse of the power of art, exclusive interviews with Indian pop sensation Armaan Malik and international designer Giulio Cappellini, and a special editorial on the flourishing art scene in the Emirates and commemorating Emirati artists. The National Library of Belarus and the National Museum of Qatar have been featured in Architectural Wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer’s corner, along with an exclusive story about Abu Dhabi Airports' newly launched logo.


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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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you till we meet aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> next issue!<br />

edition takes you on a beautiful journey yet aga<strong>in</strong>. We extend our warmest<br />

season’s greet<strong>in</strong>gs to all our readers and hope for a wonderful new year!<br />

Editor<br />

Editor<br />

Saleha Khanam<br />

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Saleha Khanam<br />

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20-22 Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g Emirati Artist<br />

Mattar B<strong>in</strong> Lahej Khalil Abdul Wahid Faisal Abdulqader Abdul Qader Al Rais Fatma Lootah<br />

Special Days<br />

Maisoon Al Saleh Shaima Al Awadhi Moosa Sultan Al Halyan<br />

UAE 51st National Day Special Art Talks<br />

44 Christmas Day<br />

Art Advice<br />

18 A Lookback: UAE’s Glorious<br />

Emergence <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> Art World<br />

40 A look <strong>in</strong>to Art World’s conscious<br />

shifts towards an <strong>in</strong>clusive market<br />

54 A Case of <strong>the</strong> Night Owls<br />

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Special Feature 14 | 56 | 72<br />

Art News 11 | 23 | 45 | 61 | 65 | 76 | 81<br />

Featured Photographs 12 | 48<br />

Picture Story 60 | 64 | 82 | 90<br />

Art exhibitions and events 84-85<br />

Art Facts 86-87<br />

Featured Artworks 88-89<br />

Architectural Wonders 92-93<br />

Brand Logo 100<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

An art <strong>in</strong>stallation at <strong>the</strong> UN COP27<br />

Summit expresses viewpo<strong>in</strong>ts on <strong>the</strong> effects of<br />

climate change.<br />

Twenty draw<strong>in</strong>gs were created by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bristol-based illustrator and<br />

designer Jasm<strong>in</strong>e Thompson, 28,<br />

<strong>in</strong> advance of <strong>the</strong> UN’s COP27<br />

summit. Establish<strong>in</strong>g and operationaliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a loss and damage fund was <strong>the</strong> historic<br />

conclusion of <strong>the</strong> 27th Conference of <strong>the</strong><br />

Parties to <strong>the</strong> United Nations Framework<br />

Convention on Climate Change (COP27),<br />

held <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Egyptian beach city of Sharm<br />

el-Sheikh, on November 20.<br />

The Cabot Institute for <strong>the</strong> Environment<br />

at <strong>the</strong> University of Bristol hired Ms.<br />

Thompson, a Montpelier native. In addition<br />

to convey<strong>in</strong>g messages to <strong>the</strong>ir leaders at<br />

<strong>the</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>gs shared people’s<br />

experiences with climate change. The<br />

<strong>in</strong>tention was to express concerns through<br />

art to reach a global audience.<br />

Thompson drew on comments from<br />

attendees of public spaces at <strong>the</strong> COP26<br />

conference <strong>in</strong> Glasgow <strong>the</strong> previous<br />

year. Conservation, biodiversity, unified<br />

action, urgency, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>clusion of<br />

underrepresented perspectives are some of<br />

<strong>the</strong> subjects covered.<br />

The climate catastrophe is now<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g more personal, and everyone is<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g more aware of and concerned<br />

about its far-reach<strong>in</strong>g effects, accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

Ms. Thompson. She cont<strong>in</strong>ued, “I hope <strong>the</strong><br />

draw<strong>in</strong>gs speak to people of all ages and<br />

motivate people to consider <strong>the</strong> future and<br />

what we can do to start chang<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

today.”<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r Bristol artist who participated <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> project was Andy Council. A city filled<br />

with trees and greenery, people stroll<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

cycl<strong>in</strong>g, and structures with solar panels<br />

are how he imag<strong>in</strong>ed Bristol may appear <strong>in</strong><br />

2030. “A green transition must happen, so<br />

it was great be<strong>in</strong>g part of this project,” he<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ued.<br />

Dr. Alix Dietzel, a senior lecturer at <strong>the</strong><br />

University of Bristol, commissioned <strong>the</strong><br />

experiment. “Hope for a better future lies at<br />

<strong>the</strong> core of our idea,” he expressed.<br />

The artwork was on display <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

university’s Richmond Build<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

November 15 through November 18, <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

and shared on social media with <strong>the</strong> tagl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

“Every Voice Matters.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

The draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

shared<br />

people’s<br />

experiences<br />

with climate<br />

change.<br />

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UAE hosted <strong>the</strong> Premium<br />

Jewellery Expo <strong>2022</strong><br />

with 100+ exhibitors<br />

The premier edition of <strong>the</strong> Premium<br />

Jewellery Expo Dubai Expo<br />

launched on November 1–3, <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

at Festival City Arena, Dubai.<br />

The expo featured over 100+ companies<br />

exhibit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir unique craftsmanship <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

gem and jewellery <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

The gem and jewellery sector has grown<br />

significantly recently, with more companies<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g to expand <strong>the</strong>ir presence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Middle East market and get <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong><br />

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Expo Dubai <strong>2022</strong> is a premier jewellery<br />

exhibition and sem<strong>in</strong>ar featur<strong>in</strong>g over 100<br />

jewellery manufacturers, wholesalers,<br />

retailers, distributors, mach<strong>in</strong>ery, and<br />

technology providers. The three-day event<br />

brought toge<strong>the</strong>r a vast network of Gem<br />

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Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> presented a LIVE<br />

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The show opened for sale at <strong>the</strong> premium<br />

jewellery expo and conducted technical<br />

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Featured Exhibitors comprised of Jewel<br />

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Diamonds, Hybrid solutions, KVCF (The<br />

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Riddhi Corporations, Blue Diamond Gems<br />

and jewellery, Hady International, United<br />

gems, Yangon lucky jewellery, and Threestar<br />

jewels, who exhibited <strong>the</strong>ir products<br />

and services to <strong>the</strong> visitors.<br />


KVCF displayed <strong>the</strong> largest sapphire stone<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world for <strong>the</strong> first time <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> history<br />

of gem and jewellery exhibitions across<br />

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Check out <strong>the</strong>se 5 Pop-Ups for<br />

<strong>the</strong> W<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ter City<br />

The Mobility District, Surreal<br />

water feature, and Al Wasl<br />

Plaza will be transformed <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

wonderful world with a tower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tree, a letter-to-Santa station,<br />

typical chalet-style market stalls,<br />

p<strong>in</strong>e trees, and enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

carnival games.<br />

Time: 3 pm to 11 am<br />

Location: Expo City, Dubai<br />

Not A <strong>Space</strong><br />

Not A <strong>Space</strong> is a short-term<br />

w<strong>in</strong>ter desert cafés pop-up<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Al Faya desert with<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g mounta<strong>in</strong> scenery <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> background <strong>in</strong> Sharjah’s<br />

Meleiha neighbourhood.<br />

Includ<strong>in</strong>g F&B, <strong>the</strong> cafe offers<br />

regular live performances by<br />

DJs, musicians, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

artists, along with yoga classes.<br />

Time: 4 pm to 1cam<br />

Location: Al Faya Desert,<br />

Sharjah<br />

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Sonara Camp<br />

Sonara Camp offers a luxurious vacation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

deserts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, with two<br />

places to select from. This must-do event features<br />

a f<strong>in</strong>e-d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g set meal, top-notch enterta<strong>in</strong>ment,<br />

and a variety of activities like camel rid<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

falconry, live music, fire shows, and much more.<br />

Time: 4 pm onwards<br />

Venue: Dubai Desert Conservation and The Ritz-<br />

Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert<br />

Uncommon<br />

Uncommon is referred to as <strong>the</strong><br />

“mirror desert café” because of<br />

its enormous mirror wall, roll<strong>in</strong>g<br />

desert dunes, plush seats, and<br />

adorable coffees. This pop-up café<br />

<strong>in</strong> Sharjah should be added to your<br />

list of locations to dr<strong>in</strong>k coffee and<br />

take pictures for your Instagram<br />

feed.<br />

Time: 4pm to 1am<br />

Location: Al Faya Desert, Sharjah<br />

My <strong>Space</strong><br />

The <strong>Space</strong> is a family-friendly restaurant<br />

and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment venue <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

children’s play area. Take advantage<br />

of <strong>the</strong> fantastic wea<strong>the</strong>r to explore <strong>the</strong><br />

desert with camel rides, coffee, pastries,<br />

and a spectacular fire show.<br />

Time: 3pm to 1am<br />

Location: Nazwa, Sharjah<br />

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GRIEF<br />

By Kelly Eden<br />

16<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Meet <strong>the</strong><br />

Phoenix that<br />

arose from<br />

her Ashes<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

“Life simply has no room for <strong>the</strong> fluorescent washout of pure<br />

white or for <strong>the</strong> rough, impermanent tradition of canvas as a medium,” says<br />

Kelly.<br />

Kelly Eden has lived a life worthy<br />

of <strong>the</strong> art she aspires to create:<br />

dramatic, layered, vibrant, and<br />

unexpectedly mean<strong>in</strong>gful.<br />

When she was 17, she enrolled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Denver School of <strong>the</strong> Arts and fell <strong>in</strong> love<br />

with oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. She was only <strong>the</strong>re for a<br />

short time before graduat<strong>in</strong>g and mov<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

Rocky Mounta<strong>in</strong> College of Art and Design.<br />

There, she honed her skills as a pa<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

and, <strong>in</strong> some ways, as a model for her<br />

fellow artists, design<strong>in</strong>g a very effective<br />

social-media presence for herself. Her<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e presence was so compell<strong>in</strong>g that it<br />

quickly went viral, attract<strong>in</strong>g much attention<br />

to Kelly and her work.<br />

She graced magaz<strong>in</strong>e covers as an<br />

alternative model, generat<strong>in</strong>g a lot of<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “tattoo pastel” aes<strong>the</strong>tic she<br />

represented at <strong>the</strong> time. Several magaz<strong>in</strong>es<br />

spreads featured an <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g double<br />

feature with Kelly’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs alongside<br />

photographs of herself. She leveraged her<br />

artistic fame <strong>in</strong>to a role as an “<strong>in</strong>fluencer”<br />

and a successful YouTube personality. But<br />

after nearly ten years of that life, Kelly was<br />

compelled to quit because of <strong>the</strong> constant<br />

stress, self-doubt, and onl<strong>in</strong>e abuse she<br />

was receiv<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Eventually, with a new appreciation<br />

for <strong>the</strong>rapy, she began to rediscover her<br />

partially neglected first love: pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,”<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s Kelly. She now uses pa<strong>in</strong>t to shape<br />

<strong>the</strong> good and bad notions that have filled<br />

her life with self-compell<strong>in</strong>g significance.<br />

Kelly Eden has found some of her artistic<br />

purposes by revel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> specifics of <strong>the</strong><br />

color wheel and color <strong>the</strong>ory as someone<br />

who rejects bland, titanium white.<br />

“With a new<br />

appreciation for<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapy, she began<br />

to rediscover her<br />

partially neglected<br />

first love: pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,”<br />

says Kelly.<br />

“Life, as she sees it, simply has no<br />

room for <strong>the</strong> fluorescent washout of “pure”<br />

white—or for <strong>the</strong> rough, impermanent<br />

“tradition” of canvas as a medium,” says<br />

Kelly. Instead, she pa<strong>in</strong>ts on alum<strong>in</strong>um<br />

composite panels over a base of N5 grey,<br />

focus<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> complex relationships<br />

between <strong>the</strong> many colors she employs and<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g purities with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

She pa<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> a realistic, time-consum<strong>in</strong>g<br />

style, focus<strong>in</strong>g on light<strong>in</strong>g and context.<br />

Thematically, she has begun to concentrate<br />

on evocative portraits of imag<strong>in</strong>ed women<br />

who represent <strong>the</strong> “sa<strong>in</strong>ts” and “spirits” who<br />

have shaped her fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g life.<br />

Kelly had spent most of her life<br />

disconnected from religious thoughts and<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs. As a result, when she discovered a<br />

call<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> herself to pa<strong>in</strong>t figures called<br />

“Mo<strong>the</strong>r Lithium” or “Primordial Debt,” <strong>the</strong><br />

process gradually revealed to her a deep<br />

and unnamed l<strong>in</strong>k between her life path and<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g beyond.<br />

Kelly’s year’s highlights have been<br />

featured <strong>in</strong> NETFLIX’s “Amaz<strong>in</strong>g Interiors<br />

series,” be<strong>in</strong>g accepted <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

Salmagundi Club, and be<strong>in</strong>g an Artefex<br />

Featured Artist.<br />

Kelly’s artistic vision—both very<br />

specific <strong>in</strong> its imagery and very open <strong>in</strong><br />

its metaphors—has brought her strengths<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>to a mature solidity as a result of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se figures’ mixtures of <strong>the</strong> positive and<br />

<strong>the</strong> negative, <strong>the</strong> modern and <strong>the</strong> ancient.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Image Courtesy: Salama Al Nuaimi<br />

A Lookback: UAE’s Glorious<br />

Emergence <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> Art World<br />

The United Arab Emirates, especially<br />

its three largest emirates, have<br />

diversely embraced Art and are<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluenced by <strong>the</strong>ir respective<br />

rulers’ and patrons’ visions. Dubai has<br />

evolved <strong>in</strong>to a commercial art center,<br />

Abu Dhabi has <strong>in</strong>vested <strong>in</strong> large-scale<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational collaborations, and Sharjah<br />

has connected local artists to an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational art scene.<br />

The country has emerged as a global<br />

crossroads for <strong>the</strong> Arts primarily due to <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE’s unique position between East and<br />

West. Open immigration policies and an<br />

oil-fueled economic boom have enticed<br />

creative m<strong>in</strong>ds to <strong>the</strong> nation. Subsequently,<br />

collectors and museum professionals have<br />

followed <strong>in</strong> search of Art from <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

The UAE experienced a period of<br />

rapid artistic and cultural development <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> 2000s. After establish<strong>in</strong>g economic<br />

free zones, Christie’s opened <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

to hold Middle East’s first modern and<br />

contemporary art auction <strong>in</strong> 2006. The<br />

UAE’s burgeon<strong>in</strong>g art scene benefited from<br />

diverse perspectives and experiences as<br />

its expatriate population grew and galleries<br />

sprouted across <strong>the</strong> country.<br />

“This transformation has become an<br />

enabler for <strong>the</strong> UAE’s young people and a<br />

magnet for a cosmopolitan community of<br />

over 200 nationalities liv<strong>in</strong>g harmoniously<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r and contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> country’s<br />

strategic vision,” says Zaki Nusseibeh,<br />

Cultural Adviser to <strong>the</strong> President of <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Chancellor of UAE University.<br />

Events, Museums, and International<br />

Collaborations that champion UAE’s Art<br />

Scene<br />

The Arab World’s first universal museum,<br />

The Louvre Abu Dhabi was established <strong>in</strong><br />

2017 under a mutual agreement between<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE and France signed <strong>in</strong> March 2007.<br />

Described by <strong>the</strong> Louvre as “France’s<br />

largest cultural project abroad,” Louvre<br />

Paris authorized UAE to use <strong>the</strong> Louvre’s<br />

name until 2037. The Louvre Abu Dhabi<br />

is an architectural masterpiece that draws<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> UAE’s geography<br />

and history. Designed as a micro-city with<br />

55 detached rooms, visitors can wander<br />

through like an Arab med<strong>in</strong>a. The Louvre<br />

Abu Dhabi <strong>in</strong>tends to be a cultural meet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

place, both architecturally and culturally.<br />

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi boasts a<br />

collection of over 600 artifacts that tells<br />

stories of human creativity that transcend<br />

place and time. The gallery is divided<br />

<strong>in</strong>to 12 chronological chapters, reveal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

humanity’s common threads from prehistory<br />

to today.<br />

Art Dubai kicks off Dubai’s art season<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Mad<strong>in</strong>at Jumeirah Resort every<br />

March. In <strong>the</strong> past 16 years, Art Dubai has<br />

solidified its position as a significant catalyst<br />

for dialogues about work from <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

East and <strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g area (MENASA).<br />

With displays across its gallery sections,<br />

<strong>the</strong> fair facilitates mean<strong>in</strong>gful engagement<br />

with <strong>the</strong> region’s rich cultural heritage and<br />

contemporary artistic practices, extend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to territories encompass<strong>in</strong>g Sou<strong>the</strong>ast and<br />

Central Asia, <strong>the</strong> African cont<strong>in</strong>ent, and<br />

Lat<strong>in</strong> America.<br />


arts and top-notch enterta<strong>in</strong>ment<br />

shows. It is dedicated to creat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

host<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world’s best-perform<strong>in</strong>g arts<br />

events as it can accommodate events,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g conferences, galleries, opera,<br />

ballet, concerts, fashion displays, live<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, and orchestras.<br />

Culture plays an essential role <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

future scene of ART <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> last few decades, <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

scene <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE has seen a dramatic<br />

shift, marked by <strong>the</strong> rapid development of<br />

art <strong>in</strong>itiatives, <strong>in</strong>stitutions, auction houses,<br />

galleries, and creative hubs. The country’s<br />

annual art fair, biennale, and large-scale<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational collaborations have also<br />

ga<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong>ternational acclaim. However,<br />

amid this rapid development, a crucial<br />

question arises regard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> art scene’s<br />

The Sharjah Biennial was primarily a<br />

regional event organized <strong>in</strong> an exhibition<br />

center after Sheikh Dr. Sultan b<strong>in</strong><br />

Muhammad Al-Qasimi launched it <strong>in</strong> 1993.<br />

Artists from all over <strong>the</strong> world now attend<br />

<strong>the</strong> biennial and <strong>the</strong> March Meet<strong>in</strong>g, an<br />

annual ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g dedicated to creat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

dissem<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g Art. The foundation launched<br />

an onl<strong>in</strong>e research platform <strong>in</strong> 2017 and<br />

hosts year-long workshops. Today, <strong>the</strong><br />

biennial is well-known worldwide and hosts<br />

exhibitions all over <strong>the</strong> city, largely thanks<br />

to <strong>the</strong> leadership of his youngest daughter,<br />

Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi.<br />

The thriv<strong>in</strong>g Arts hub <strong>in</strong> Al Quoz’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustrial zone began <strong>in</strong> 2005 with a s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

gallery: The Third L<strong>in</strong>e. The Third L<strong>in</strong>e<br />

attracted collectors from near and far by<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g a voice to Middle Eastern artists.<br />

Because of its success, o<strong>the</strong>r galleries<br />

shifted to Al Quoz areas. The space<br />

remerged <strong>in</strong> 2007 as Alserkal Avenue,<br />

thanks to <strong>the</strong> patronage of developer<br />

Abdelmonem b<strong>in</strong> Eisa Alserkal.<br />

The Dubai Design District, or d3, is a<br />

neighborhood where creatives can “live,<br />

work, and play.” It is <strong>the</strong> emirate’s first<br />

creative cluster, hous<strong>in</strong>g everyth<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

design studios to hotels, luxury apartments,<br />

and restaurants. S<strong>in</strong>ce its birth <strong>in</strong> 2015, d3<br />

has nurtured talent across <strong>the</strong> region and<br />

attracted high-profile global corporations.<br />

“d3 is truly like no o<strong>the</strong>r creative community<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, hous<strong>in</strong>g global corporations,<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g SMEs, disruptive start-ups,<br />

and visionary entrepreneurs <strong>in</strong> a shared<br />

address,” states Khadija AlBastaki, <strong>the</strong><br />

Executive Director of d3.<br />

The Dubai Opera, located on <strong>the</strong><br />

city’s waterfront, is an impressive<br />

multi-use perform<strong>in</strong>g arts space and<br />

Dubai’s vibrant center for culture and<br />

<strong>the</strong> arts. Dubai Opera is a renowned<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational dest<strong>in</strong>ation for perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

connection to local communities and<br />

audiences and its critical acknowledgment<br />

and representation of earlier artistic<br />

histories with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emirates and <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> last two decades, <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

landscape of <strong>the</strong> Arab Gulf States has<br />

undergone a seismic shift and has<br />

contributed significantly to support<strong>in</strong>g its Art<br />

science. The cultural scene has benefited<br />

from <strong>the</strong> UAE’s unique federal political<br />

system, as <strong>in</strong>dividual semi-autonomous<br />

cities compete for cultural leadership<br />

status <strong>in</strong> tandem with efforts by <strong>the</strong> Federal<br />

M<strong>in</strong>istry of Culture to position <strong>the</strong> UAE as a<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g country <strong>in</strong> that field.<br />

Today, <strong>the</strong>re is no doubt that <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

is widely regarded as one of <strong>the</strong> region’s<br />

premier Art and cultural dest<strong>in</strong>ations.<br />

-editorial@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g Emirati Artistry<br />

On <strong>December</strong> 2, 1971, <strong>the</strong> rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwa<strong>in</strong>, and Fujairah decided to unite<br />

under one nation, with Ras Al Khaimah jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a year later. The United Arab Emirates marks its 51st National Day on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 2, a joyous celebration of <strong>the</strong> unification of seven emirates and a marvelous annual spectacle across <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirates. The late His Highness Sheikh Zayed b<strong>in</strong> Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE’s Found<strong>in</strong>g Fa<strong>the</strong>r, led <strong>the</strong> efforts to unite <strong>the</strong><br />

emirates and became <strong>the</strong> first president. From parades and massive ceremonies to spectacular firework displays, <strong>the</strong><br />

annual occurrence is when Emiratis and expatriates jo<strong>in</strong> toge<strong>the</strong>r to celebrate.<br />

To commemorate <strong>the</strong> occasion, we would like to shed light on <strong>the</strong> brilliance of eight seasoned and upcom<strong>in</strong>g artists native<br />

to <strong>the</strong> land and commend <strong>the</strong>ir achievements.<br />

Mattar B<strong>in</strong> Lahej<br />

An accomplished Emirati pa<strong>in</strong>ter, sculptor,<br />

and photographer, Mattar is <strong>the</strong> founder<br />

of Marsam Mattar - <strong>the</strong> first gallery <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE managed by an artist. Mattar was also<br />

<strong>the</strong> calligrapher beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> unique facade<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Museum of <strong>the</strong> Future. The Artist’s<br />

most recent piece, Encyclopedia, will be on<br />

display <strong>in</strong> The Dubai Mall’s Waterfall Atrium<br />

until July 31.<br />

Khalil Abdul Wahid<br />

Khalil, an Emirati artist, born <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, had his first creative tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g from<br />

<strong>the</strong> late Hassan Sharif. He has participated <strong>in</strong> both regional and global group<br />

exhibitions. Abdul Wahid took part <strong>in</strong> “Portrait of a Nation,” one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

significant UAE contemporary art exhibitions to date, <strong>in</strong> 2016 as part of <strong>the</strong><br />

Abu Dhabi Festival.<br />

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Faisal Abdulqader<br />

A self-taught Emirati artist who emphasizes<br />

<strong>the</strong> more traditional side of <strong>the</strong> city through<br />

his oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, Faisal fell <strong>in</strong> love with art<br />

<strong>in</strong> his childhood. He nurtured this hobby<br />

by read<strong>in</strong>g art-related books, meet<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

and learn<strong>in</strong>g from different artists across<br />

<strong>the</strong> globe, and visit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational art<br />

museums.<br />

Abdul Qader Al Rais<br />

The Emirati Artist is considered one of <strong>the</strong> country’s most iconic pa<strong>in</strong>ters. Abdul Qader<br />

explores <strong>the</strong> landscapes and traditions of his homeland. Retrospectives of Abdul Qader’s<br />

extensive artistic career have been held at <strong>the</strong> Sharjah Art Museum and <strong>the</strong> Institut du<br />

Monde Arabe. The Artist’s landscape was recenlty seen as <strong>the</strong> backdrop of President<br />

Sheikh Mohamed’s address to <strong>the</strong> nation.<br />

Fatma Lootah<br />

A unique name <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, <strong>the</strong> UAE native,<br />

excels <strong>in</strong> abstract art as well as performance art.<br />

A household name <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art especially<br />

hailed for m<strong>in</strong>imiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> gap between <strong>the</strong> West<br />

and <strong>the</strong> East by portray<strong>in</strong>g her culture <strong>in</strong> her<br />

artwork.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Maisoon Al Saleh<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1988, Emirati artist and entrepreneur Maisoon Al Saleh works<br />

actively as an artist <strong>in</strong> Dubai and <strong>in</strong>ternationally.<br />

She has had 7 solo shows and has participated <strong>in</strong> around 100 art<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> 20 countries, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Emirati Expression at Emirates<br />

Palace <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi, ‘ART NOMADS: MADE IN THE EMIRATES’<br />

exhibition presented by Etihad Modern Art Gallery, and several o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong><br />

Europe and <strong>the</strong> United States. Maisoon will publish<strong>in</strong>g her first memoir<br />

book with a publisher based <strong>in</strong> New York by <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Shaima Al Awadhi<br />

An emerg<strong>in</strong>g Emirati artist born <strong>in</strong> 1990, she is a flexible<br />

artist whose strength lies <strong>in</strong> us<strong>in</strong>g mixed media, realistic<br />

portraits, landscapes, abstract pieces, and digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

She participated <strong>in</strong> Allianze Francais <strong>in</strong> Dubai and <strong>in</strong> Paris.<br />

Moosa Sultan Al Halyan<br />

An <strong>in</strong>credible artist, Moosa is specialized <strong>in</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g Official pictures of Sheikhs, Logo<br />

design<strong>in</strong>g for many reputed governmental organizations such as <strong>the</strong> Department of Land<br />

and Property <strong>in</strong> UAE.<br />

He has contributed to promot<strong>in</strong>g and preserv<strong>in</strong>g Arabic calligraphy by design<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

fonts for <strong>in</strong>stitutions. Over <strong>the</strong> years, Moosa has received many awards and accolades for<br />

his work.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Nigeria’s electrical crisis is addressed<br />

artistically by Akeem Adelake<br />

The exhibition of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs titled<br />

“Light Resolutions” by Akeem<br />

Adeleke, which addresses Nigeria’s<br />

hydra-headed electricity supply<br />

problem, could not have come at a better<br />

time. The exhibition held at <strong>the</strong> public<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g at Legacy Empire Gallery began<br />

on November 20, <strong>2022</strong>, and cont<strong>in</strong>ued<br />

through November 24, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Curator Ma<strong>the</strong>w Oyedele writes<br />

beautifully about <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me that strikes at<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart of Nigeria’s problem, ‘Darkness.’<br />

The Darkness that was orig<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>in</strong><br />

people’s m<strong>in</strong>ds and resulted physically <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> failure of <strong>the</strong> electricity supply.<br />

“Nigeria may be Africa’s colossus, but<br />

one of its most serious problems is erratic<br />

power supply,” writes Oyedele. “This lack<br />

of power has paralyzed economic activity<br />

and hampered economic development.<br />

Adeleke’s exploration of <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me of power<br />

outages cont<strong>in</strong>ues after <strong>the</strong> artist’s journey<br />

to <strong>in</strong>vestigate Nigeria’s electricity problem.”<br />

In this body of work, he explores <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>mes of epileptic electricity, resolution,<br />

class struggle, and human relationships.<br />

The first section is divided <strong>in</strong>to two parts.<br />

It delves <strong>in</strong>to Nigeria’s history, with <strong>the</strong><br />

artist metaphorically highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> failure<br />

of <strong>the</strong> electricity sector and its impact on<br />

<strong>the</strong> average citizen’s daily life through <strong>the</strong><br />

confrontation of light and Darkness.<br />

Each piece <strong>in</strong> this section expla<strong>in</strong>s<br />

how <strong>the</strong> struggle for electricity affects <strong>the</strong><br />

masses and <strong>the</strong> country’s overall economic<br />

development. Adeleke is <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> how<br />

we can solve problems as a country and<br />

what can serve as a catalyst for <strong>the</strong> energy<br />

sector’s future.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> third section, <strong>the</strong> artist <strong>in</strong>vestigates<br />

horses as metaphors for strength, forward<br />

movement, progress, and power. The<br />

audience is <strong>in</strong>vited to enter <strong>the</strong> space and<br />

share stories about social issues, solutions,<br />

human relationships, and psychology.<br />

When asked about his career as an artist,<br />

his <strong>the</strong>me, and what <strong>in</strong>spires him, exhibit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artist Akeem Adeleke says, “I want people<br />

to see beyond <strong>the</strong> images I pa<strong>in</strong>t. I can’t<br />

see past <strong>the</strong> horizon. Only <strong>the</strong> supreme God<br />

has <strong>the</strong> ability to see beyond <strong>the</strong> horizon.”<br />

“I tra<strong>in</strong>ed both as an apprentice <strong>in</strong> 1992<br />

and <strong>in</strong> school,” Adeleke says. He studied<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e art with a double major at <strong>the</strong> Federal<br />

College of Education, Abeokuta, Ogun<br />

State, graduat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2004. Philosophiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his career, Adeleke says, “Artists express<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> many ways – talk<strong>in</strong>g, writ<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

poetry, s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g, etc. I express myself<br />

through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

Akeem also says that he found that<br />

artists choose <strong>the</strong>mes as objects of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

thought and work, like <strong>the</strong> oceans, animals,<br />

or aspects of life. “I chose to make <strong>the</strong><br />

problems of Nigeria my country my <strong>the</strong>me<br />

– <strong>the</strong> problem of electricity.” The electricity<br />

problem <strong>in</strong> Nigeria, <strong>the</strong> artist says, “is a big<br />

problem I want to be a th<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> past. I<br />

am prophesy<strong>in</strong>g with my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>the</strong><br />

problem of Darkness shall come to pass <strong>in</strong><br />

Nigeria.”<br />

Akeem Adeleke, known for his meticulous<br />

depictions of Nigerian landscapes, is a<br />

futuristic artist with a vision and direction.<br />

His lum<strong>in</strong>ous and detailed landscapes<br />

express his vision for his country, even if<br />

<strong>the</strong>y contradict Nigerian reality.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



The Garden of Fork<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Paths<br />

By Lo Chang Peng<br />

24 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com

Lead<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

Reflections of Heart<br />

“The mean<strong>in</strong>g of layer does not only signify<br />

<strong>the</strong> issue of time, but also issues such as faith,<br />

culture, gender, race, and nationality,” says Lo.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

In 1983, Lo Chang Peng was born to<br />

his parents <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> small town of Chiayi,<br />

Taiwan. After graduat<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong><br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese Culture University and National<br />

Taiwan Normal University with an MFA<br />

<strong>in</strong> Western Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, he became known<br />

worldwide as a master of realism. He has<br />

received plenty of awards and accolades,<br />

such as <strong>the</strong> Art Renewal Centre People’s<br />

Choice Awards (2020), Purchase Aware,<br />

Honorable Mention, The Chi-mei cultivation<br />

Awards (2007), and <strong>the</strong> Kaohsiung Award<br />

(2008).<br />

Lo has been work<strong>in</strong>g as an artist <strong>in</strong><br />

worldwide <strong>in</strong>stitutions such as ARC Salon,<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s NY (2021), European museum<br />

of modern art, Barcelona, Spa<strong>in</strong> (2021),<br />

and Berl<strong>in</strong> (2021). He completed his Artist<br />

Residency <strong>in</strong> Berl<strong>in</strong>, Germany (2011), and<br />

El Segundo Museum of Arts <strong>in</strong> LA, USA<br />

(2013).<br />

Lo pa<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> layers which is a traditional<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g method. A technique used<br />

by Jan van Eyck, a great artist from <strong>the</strong><br />

Ne<strong>the</strong>rlands who lived <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fifteenth<br />

century. To elaborate, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

numerous layers is referred to as “pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> layers.” Here, <strong>the</strong> term “many layers”<br />

refers to multiple layers of oil pa<strong>in</strong>t on <strong>the</strong><br />

canvas ra<strong>the</strong>r than a large number of color<br />

gradations. Transparent and opaque areas<br />

between layers produce optical dye<strong>in</strong>g<br />

colors and light reflection, two dist<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

effects of light. He sees this trait as a potent<br />

allegory for <strong>the</strong> passage of time. The color<br />

layer resembles a rock formation that took<br />

years to build. Lo expla<strong>in</strong>s that “a long<br />

period of time has been congealed <strong>in</strong> one<br />

second as soon as <strong>the</strong> viewer looks at <strong>the</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> biggest challenges he faces<br />

is ‘time’ itself. The process of his artwork<br />

always consumes a lot of time; usually, it<br />

takes him months to complete. He has <strong>the</strong><br />

impression that everyone else is mov<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ahead while he rema<strong>in</strong>s stagnant. He sees<br />

<strong>the</strong> world advanc<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>dow,<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g him <strong>the</strong> belief that he is on a fast<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>. Only when he is read<strong>in</strong>g or travel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

does this feel<strong>in</strong>g go away. O<strong>the</strong>r than that,<br />

he has a dist<strong>in</strong>ct sense of time.<br />

“The concept of Life and Death also<br />

shows <strong>in</strong> my works,” expresses Lo. A body<br />

with two sides, life and death- one lives but<br />

endures constant tribulations while dy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with boundless <strong>in</strong>ner force. He believes<br />

that life’s force is revealed by death,<br />

but life cont<strong>in</strong>ually moves toward death.<br />

Lumiére stands for his revised perception<br />

of <strong>the</strong> nature of life and death. Amid<br />

“The concept of<br />

Life and Death also<br />

shows <strong>in</strong> my works,”<br />

expresses Lo<br />

those dist<strong>in</strong>ctions are all of his <strong>in</strong>ventions.<br />

Before our lives come to an end, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are a mystery game. After <strong>the</strong> untimely<br />

pass<strong>in</strong>g of his ex-wife, it took him some soul<br />

search<strong>in</strong>g before he started pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g aga<strong>in</strong><br />

as he wanted to share it with people—his<br />

redemption is Lumiére.<br />

“From now on, life and death, chaos and<br />

order, piousness and sacrilege, release and<br />

imprisonment, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>comprehensible gap<br />

exist between here and this shore and <strong>the</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r, all those differences are now merg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a s<strong>in</strong>gle. All my creations are <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

middle of those differences. They are a<br />

mysterious game before we reach <strong>the</strong> end<br />

of our lives,” says Lo<br />

The horrify<strong>in</strong>g anecdote of how our<br />

ideas are constructed from layers of “social<br />

notion.” An un<strong>in</strong>tentionally seen news image<br />

served as <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration for Children of<br />

Syria. The image of <strong>the</strong> lifeless bodies of<br />

Syrian children stacked up like a small hill<br />

stunned him. The sense of melancholy<br />

emanates from <strong>the</strong> photographs. Although<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir lives have been cut short, he could<br />

still sense power of life. Through his art,<br />

he demonstrates his concern for those<br />

deceased children. “The mean<strong>in</strong>g of layer<br />

does not only signify <strong>the</strong> issue of time, but<br />

also issues such as faith, culture, gender,<br />

race, and nationality,” says Lo.<br />

Lo’s recent exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude ‘From<br />

hyperrealism to reality - Lo Chang Peng<br />

Solo Exhibition’ (Taipei, 2020). He has<br />

also attended International Art Fairs held<br />

worldwide, such as <strong>in</strong> London, Tokyo,<br />

Osaka, Busan, Seoul, Moscow, S<strong>in</strong>gapore,<br />

Taipei, etc. Galleries, museums, and<br />

collectors worldwide have acquired his<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, such as ESMoA, <strong>the</strong> National<br />

Taiwan Museum of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts, Chi-met<br />

Museum, and Union Culture Foundation.<br />

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From October 12 to October 15,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, Abu Dhabi hosted <strong>the</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi International Boat Show<br />

which showcased <strong>the</strong> news of <strong>the</strong><br />

companies’ <strong>in</strong> uae and <strong>in</strong>ternationals related<br />

to sectors of Motor boats, Boats, and such,<br />

mov<strong>in</strong>g Abu Dhabi fur<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> spotlight<br />

as an excellent yacht<strong>in</strong>g dest<strong>in</strong>ation along<br />

with <strong>the</strong> aid of <strong>the</strong> show’s strategic partner,<br />

Abu Dhabi Maritime.<br />

The fourth edition of ADIBS was<br />

conducted <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi National Exhibition<br />

Centre’s (ADNEC) mar<strong>in</strong>a extended to <strong>the</strong><br />

new waterfront Mar<strong>in</strong>a Hall. The cutt<strong>in</strong>gedge<br />

location is one of <strong>the</strong> few venues<br />

that can simultaneously accommodate<br />

<strong>in</strong>door, outdoor, and maritime events. The<br />

majority of <strong>the</strong> mar<strong>in</strong>a will be taken up by<br />

<strong>the</strong> exhibition, and 40% more vessels will<br />

be <strong>in</strong> attendance than <strong>in</strong> previous years.<br />

The event has already earned a reputation<br />

as a beautiful day out for boat enthusiasts<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir families, cultivat<strong>in</strong>g a welcom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

environment where mar<strong>in</strong>e enthusiasts<br />

can see and learn about <strong>the</strong> most recent<br />

products <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> boat<strong>in</strong>g, fish<strong>in</strong>g, and water<br />

sports <strong>in</strong>dustries over an area measur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more than 40,000 square meters.<br />

Lead<strong>in</strong>g companies with various excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new debuts, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Sunreef Yachts<br />

and Falcon Tenders, were <strong>the</strong> exhibitors<br />

for <strong>the</strong> <strong>2022</strong> event. The occasion was a<br />

fantastic opportunity to highlight <strong>the</strong> area’s<br />

boat manufacturers and <strong>the</strong>ir most recent<br />

releases. E.V.O. Yachts unveiled <strong>the</strong>ir E.V.O.<br />

Yacht R4, and o<strong>the</strong>r yachts <strong>in</strong>cluded Gulf<br />

Craft, I Mar<strong>in</strong>e, and Gulf Master, <strong>the</strong> three<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent UAE-based manufacturers.<br />

Mayla Yachts and S.A.Y. Carbon Yachts of<br />

Germany were also presented with <strong>in</strong>-water<br />

demonstrations.<br />

Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> was delighted<br />

to support ADIBS <strong>2022</strong> as <strong>the</strong> <strong>Creative</strong><br />

<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> Partner for <strong>the</strong> event. Magzoid<br />

added more vibrancy to <strong>the</strong> phenomenal<br />

event with multiple strategic activations. One<br />

of <strong>the</strong> most prom<strong>in</strong>ent was <strong>the</strong> art <strong>in</strong>stallation,<br />

a 6 meters deep Tank. The tank was pa<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

with<strong>in</strong> 12 hours by Sally Moustafa, an acrylic<br />

abstract artist, who revealed that it was her<br />

first time pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g a giant canvas, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it <strong>the</strong> largest fish tank to be pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

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U.A.E. The tank was <strong>the</strong>n filled with water<br />

and 40 live fish provided by Emirates<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational agricultural advanced<br />

company.<br />

Along with <strong>the</strong> tank, <strong>the</strong>re were o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

unique activations by artists Alena<br />

Burakova, Natalia Lukomskaya, and Dr.<br />

Seema Bhatia. They jo<strong>in</strong>tly pa<strong>in</strong>ted a<br />

29-meter canvas wall, one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

extensive walls pa<strong>in</strong>ted at an exhibition <strong>in</strong><br />

U.A.E.<br />

The Navigation Hub, a 700 sqm area,<br />

activated by Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, displayed<br />

art from across <strong>the</strong> region with 28+ artists<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g different works of art and<br />

styles. The V.I.P.s entrance of <strong>the</strong> navigation<br />

hub was beautifully conceptualized and<br />

designed by Iryna Barsuk, Eiman Mohamed<br />

AlQubati, and Mona Moheb. The pillars<br />

showcased <strong>the</strong> story of Abu Dhabi with <strong>the</strong><br />

oceans on two pillars, <strong>the</strong> importance of <strong>the</strong><br />

desert, and <strong>the</strong> roots of <strong>the</strong> city on ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

The fourth pillar embraced <strong>the</strong> pride, and<br />

patriotic love one feels when one sees <strong>the</strong><br />

colors of U.A.E. soar<strong>in</strong>g high <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sky.<br />

Additionally, a significant number of art<br />

pieces were showcased across <strong>the</strong> hub.<br />

Each piece was designed carefully to<br />

showcase love, armor, calmness, life, and<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g that resonates with Abu Dhabi<br />

and its waters, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a royal artwork<br />

of Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, created with<br />

7000 crystals from Swarovski by Nadia<br />

Adamenko.<br />

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Meet<br />

Mohamed Khalid<br />


Khalid’s topic is <strong>the</strong> hunt for connection, or more specifically,<br />

knowledge of <strong>the</strong> systems that come toge<strong>the</strong>r to generate<br />

communication, from handwrit<strong>in</strong>g to social media algorithms<br />

to scraps of paper.<br />

Mohamed Khalid probes <strong>the</strong><br />

metaphorical possibilities<br />

of commonplace items’<br />

materiality. He explores <strong>the</strong><br />

ironies <strong>in</strong> his daily life by forg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>voices,<br />

play<strong>in</strong>g with stray kittens, creat<strong>in</strong>g fictitious<br />

journeys, and tak<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess pens. A<br />

random flânerie that <strong>in</strong>itially addresses<br />

philosophical and phenomenological issues<br />

turns <strong>in</strong>to a methodical formula that reveals<br />

<strong>the</strong> spatial, poetic l<strong>in</strong>kages between his<br />

topics and <strong>the</strong>ir frangible correlation to<br />

people.<br />

Khalid has previously participated<br />

<strong>in</strong> group exhibitions at Art Dubai,<br />

Warehouse421, and Yorkshire Sculpture<br />

Park. He is a graduate of <strong>the</strong> Salama b<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Hamdan Emerg<strong>in</strong>g Artists Fellowship<br />

(SEAF) and Campus Art Dubai 7.0<br />

programmes.<br />

He got <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration for his first<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutional solo show from actual <strong>in</strong>stances<br />

of missed communication, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a note<br />

left on his w<strong>in</strong>dshield, letters he never sent<br />

to his second-grade teacher, and an email<br />

exchange <strong>in</strong> which he tries to f<strong>in</strong>d miss<strong>in</strong>g<br />

items on a budget European bus.<br />

Khalid’s topic is <strong>the</strong> hunt for connection,<br />

or more specifically, knowledge of <strong>the</strong><br />

systems that come toge<strong>the</strong>r to generate<br />

communication, from handwrit<strong>in</strong>g to social<br />

media algorithms to scraps of paper. Then<br />

he pa<strong>in</strong>stak<strong>in</strong>gly captures <strong>the</strong>se moments<br />

with manual labor, as if reclaim<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> work<br />

or transferr<strong>in</strong>g it from <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stantaneous,<br />

<strong>in</strong>stantaneous realm of digital code or <strong>the</strong><br />

anonymous communication of those <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

city <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> analog, visible realm.<br />

Khalid uses modest motions that are<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by discovered objects while<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a conceptual register. Despite<br />

his proficiency with post-1960s techniques,<br />

he started his undergraduate tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> architecture ra<strong>the</strong>r than pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. His<br />

artwork and projects focus on his built<br />

environment and surround<strong>in</strong>gs, which he<br />

sees as be<strong>in</strong>g full of connections that could<br />

be made. The sun beh<strong>in</strong>d him is used to<br />

impr<strong>in</strong>t words on cyanotype paper; <strong>the</strong><br />

streets are full of stray cats that he holds<br />

<strong>in</strong> his hands, and <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>dshield that is<br />

gl<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sun serves as a noticeboard<br />

for communication.<br />

Because of <strong>the</strong> gig economy and <strong>the</strong><br />

uproot<strong>in</strong>g of some forms of labor, many<br />

of <strong>the</strong>se problems of disconnection<br />

have economic foundations. Dur<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

employment, Khalid created several<br />

cyanotype pr<strong>in</strong>ts, which are photographs<br />

that change color when exposed to<br />

sunlight. An encounter <strong>in</strong> which Khalid<br />

was left beh<strong>in</strong>d on an <strong>in</strong>expensive <strong>in</strong>ter-<br />

European bus <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>the</strong> lengthy<br />

composition Flixbus. He sought to retrieve<br />

<strong>the</strong> materials for months, but s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong><br />

drivers had temporary employment, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

needed to be a central database that<br />

<strong>in</strong>dicated who was travel<strong>in</strong>g which route.<br />

Algorithmic flaws, or <strong>in</strong>stances of<br />

everyday life that trip up <strong>the</strong> systems that<br />

have been developed to make sense of it,<br />

are also ready for exposure. In Replica of a<br />

Shadow, he recreated Instagram pictures<br />

that a friend had seen of shadows of people<br />

who appeared to be him and had shortish,<br />

“For those who take<br />

<strong>the</strong> time to see <strong>the</strong><br />

world through his<br />

eyes, it’s a beautiful<br />

representation,”<br />

says Mohamed Khalid<br />

bushy hair. He watched <strong>the</strong> sun rise and set<br />

to determ<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> best time of day to take<br />

photos that would show <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al and<br />

performed versions side by side.<br />

Although filled with regrettably lost<br />

chances and system flaws, <strong>the</strong> show<br />

is unexpectedly upbeat—almost like a<br />

fantasy come true. Time is repurposed<br />

from <strong>the</strong> monetary, quantifiable method<br />

of account<strong>in</strong>g for labor—Khalid clock<strong>in</strong>g<br />

off dur<strong>in</strong>g his lunch break; <strong>the</strong> Flixbus<br />

driver, paid hourly with no benefits—and<br />

transformed <strong>in</strong>to non-alienated labor,<br />

produced with <strong>the</strong> hands or <strong>in</strong> a social<br />

field. For those who take <strong>the</strong> time to see<br />

<strong>the</strong> world through his eyes, it’s a beautiful<br />

representation.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Meet<br />

Paola Sakr<br />

Paola is a strong<br />

proponent of ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation and simplicity<br />

and is passionate<br />

about research and<br />

experimentation.<br />

Designer Paola Sakr is a multitalented<br />

native of Lebanon.<br />

She earned a Product Design<br />

bachelor’s degree with honors<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Académie Libanaise des Beaux-<br />

Arts and opened Studio Paola Sakr <strong>in</strong> Beirut<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2016. She moved to Dubai <strong>in</strong> October<br />

2020, where she cont<strong>in</strong>ues her work.<br />

Paola is a strong proponent of ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation and simplicity and is passionate<br />

about research and experimentation. Her<br />

consistent use of material <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

experimentation <strong>in</strong> her projects frequently<br />

makes <strong>the</strong> medium <strong>the</strong> message.<br />

Her works were displayed across<br />

galleries <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East and Europe.<br />

She also received Maison & Objet’s “Ris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Talents Award” <strong>in</strong> September 2018. In<br />

addition to be<strong>in</strong>g a f<strong>in</strong>alist for <strong>the</strong> Créateurs<br />

Design Awards’ “Best Collaboration”<br />

category alongside Virgil Abloh x Baccarat<br />

and Workshop/APD x Arteriors, her most<br />

recent public collection, “Sundays” for<br />

Kvadrat, was longlisted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Dezeen<br />

Awards’ best homeware category.<br />

Her debut exhibition, Harvest Feast, is an<br />

<strong>in</strong>formative and artistic work that addresses<br />

a press<strong>in</strong>g issue <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE ra<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g a functional product.<br />

She recently unveiled a brand-new l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

of meditative blankets and throws, a project<br />

close to her heart. She exhibited Pipe<br />

Dreams, her most recent vase collection,<br />

at Dubai Design Week with <strong>the</strong> Italian<br />

design platform Isola. She is also primarily<br />

concentrat<strong>in</strong>g on new furniture l<strong>in</strong>es that<br />

will be released before <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

Paola is also enthusiastic about <strong>the</strong> “On<br />

Forag<strong>in</strong>g” exhibition because it marks her<br />

debut as a featured artist.<br />

Despite, if not precisely because of,<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE’s arid environment, Paola Sakr’s<br />

sculptures explore <strong>the</strong> paradoxes of nonseasonal<br />

food consumption and highlight<br />

<strong>the</strong> k<strong>in</strong>ds of seasonal produce that are<br />

possible and readily available <strong>the</strong>re. The<br />

sculpture, made up of about 100 colorful<br />

ceramic fruits and vegetables, functions as<br />

a physical <strong>in</strong>fographic. Sakr uses au<strong>the</strong>ntic<br />

produce to create plaster molds for cast<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> ceramic copies that will preserve each<br />

piece’s dist<strong>in</strong>ctive shape and <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

texture. White, brown, green, and p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

are <strong>the</strong> four pastel colors of all ceramic<br />

products, and <strong>the</strong>y each signify <strong>the</strong> season<br />

<strong>in</strong> which <strong>the</strong>y were harvested.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Meet Auguste Nomeikaite<br />

Auguste uses visual media to depict psychologically complex situations that are<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g to describe verbally and are frequently disregarded by <strong>the</strong> judicial<br />

system.<br />

Auguste Nomeikaite was born and<br />

brought up <strong>in</strong> Kauna, Lithuania.<br />

She came to <strong>the</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong> 2018 to<br />

study film at New York University<br />

Abu Dhabi. Her artistic works frequently<br />

address <strong>in</strong>timate abuse, collective<br />

identities, and susta<strong>in</strong>ability. Auguste is a<br />

participant <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>2022</strong> Jameel Arts Center<br />

Youth Assembly.<br />

She is an occasional writer, filmmaker,<br />

and photographer <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi, United<br />

Arab Emirates. At 8, she took out her<br />

fa<strong>the</strong>r’s po<strong>in</strong>t-and-shoot camera; ten years<br />

later, she relocated to <strong>the</strong> UAE to enroll<br />

<strong>in</strong> New York University Abu Dhabi’s B.A.<br />

programme <strong>in</strong> film and new media.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, she has become even<br />

more passionate about affective media,<br />

non-l<strong>in</strong>ear story structures, and abstract<br />

emotions. The fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e gaze’s fasc<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

weaves toge<strong>the</strong>r her artwork with disease,<br />

violent k<strong>in</strong>ds of affection, and ecology.<br />

Projects on domestic violence, emotional<br />

abuse <strong>in</strong> romantic relationships, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r emotionally charged topics have<br />

resulted from her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>terpersonal violence (IPV). To depict<br />

psychologically complex situations that<br />

are challeng<strong>in</strong>g to describe verbally and<br />

are frequently disregarded by <strong>the</strong> judicial<br />

system, Auguste uses visual media.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> Field, a picture series, offers<br />

strik<strong>in</strong>g looks <strong>in</strong>to agriculture’s evolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

nature <strong>in</strong> arid areas and <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Nomeikaite <strong>in</strong>troduces <strong>the</strong> audience to<br />

surpris<strong>in</strong>g strategies used at farms <strong>in</strong> dry<br />

environments that illustrate <strong>the</strong> nuanced<br />

relationship between technology and<br />

culture. These strategies are drawn from<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>sights and experiences ga<strong>the</strong>red over<br />

many research trips.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


ART TALK<br />

A look <strong>in</strong>to Art World’s<br />

conscious shifts towards<br />

an <strong>in</strong>clusive market<br />

The art world is a dynamic<br />

ecosystem that always rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong><br />

flux. Ideas and <strong>in</strong>spirations come<br />

and go, sometimes def<strong>in</strong>ed by time<br />

or events. The environment and <strong>the</strong> society<br />

<strong>in</strong> which <strong>the</strong> artist f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>the</strong>mselves def<strong>in</strong>es<br />

<strong>the</strong> art <strong>the</strong>y create. This rise and fall of <strong>the</strong><br />

trends <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world have seen some<br />

radical changes post-pandemic, which<br />

has led to a vital movement that has begun<br />

redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world of art - Inclusivity, and<br />

Diversity.<br />

Change is often <strong>the</strong> result of a new push<br />

and a new generation. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to 2021<br />

figures from Christie’s, a third of recent<br />

buyers were millennials. Inspir<strong>in</strong>g collectors<br />

to th<strong>in</strong>k from a new perspective, which<br />

evolved <strong>in</strong>to support<strong>in</strong>g local bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

through art and collect<strong>in</strong>g those that have a<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ct social impact <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir communities.<br />

The onset of <strong>the</strong> digital marketplace and<br />

exhibitions have encouraged collectors<br />

to pursue <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>terests from <strong>the</strong> safety<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir homes. This facility enables<br />

<strong>the</strong> participation of <strong>the</strong> broader public,<br />

who o<strong>the</strong>rwise would have been unable<br />

to partake <strong>in</strong> such communities. The<br />

technology has removed barriers to entry<br />

and provided a way for <strong>the</strong> market to<br />

become more transparent and accessible.<br />

An <strong>in</strong>clusive market translates to diverse<br />

communities of people hav<strong>in</strong>g access to<br />

avenues and people appreciat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

approach to art. Museums and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions are <strong>in</strong> a position to enable <strong>the</strong><br />

entrance of new creatives who wish to share<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir perspectives with <strong>the</strong> larger audience<br />

that <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>stitutions can provide.<br />

Auction house Christie’s, for example,<br />

streng<strong>the</strong>ned its efforts to <strong>in</strong>crease<br />

Diversity and representation <strong>in</strong> 2021 by<br />

appo<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g more women (<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g BIPOC)<br />

to executive roles and establish<strong>in</strong>g a 50/50<br />

gender balance of auctioneers.<br />

Tricia Heur<strong>in</strong>g, curator and coord<strong>in</strong>ator<br />

of <strong>the</strong> M<strong>in</strong>neapolis-based art collection for<br />

RBC Wealth Management–U.S., says she’s<br />

seen “more openness” <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world<br />

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ART TALK<br />

than ever. “The art world has always been<br />

a very exclusionary place,” says Heur<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

However, societal shifts over <strong>the</strong> past few<br />

years have helped change that. “In try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

dismantle structures and systems that have<br />

been oppressive—by really break<strong>in</strong>g open<br />

<strong>the</strong> art world <strong>in</strong> that way—<strong>the</strong>se shifts are<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g new markets, communities, and<br />

rules of engagement.”<br />

Noth<strong>in</strong>g plays a more significant role <strong>in</strong><br />

ensur<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>clusive market than social<br />

media. Artists can now share <strong>the</strong>ir work<br />

directly with <strong>the</strong>ir audience—a community<br />

with a specific <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> own<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

artwork and an artist to meet this demand.<br />

“There are artists who really don’t need<br />

gallery representation anymore because<br />

<strong>the</strong>y have 50,000 followers on Instagram<br />

and have a built-<strong>in</strong> audience of <strong>the</strong>ir own,”<br />

says Heur<strong>in</strong>g. “They share <strong>the</strong>ir process<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> year, <strong>the</strong>n offer <strong>the</strong>ir artwork<br />

when it’s available—and <strong>the</strong>ir own audience<br />

just purchases it directly from <strong>the</strong>m.”<br />

Millennials have already begun<br />

permanently impact<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> art world;<br />

galleries, auction houses, and art dealers<br />

must be aware of <strong>the</strong> shift<strong>in</strong>g expectations<br />

with<strong>in</strong> this demographic.<br />

Institutions are prepar<strong>in</strong>g to embrace<br />

<strong>the</strong> digital transformation of <strong>the</strong> art sphere<br />

and provide new and immersive ways for<br />

younger audiences to view and buy art<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e, whe<strong>the</strong>r through more significant<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>in</strong> social media channels or<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e view<strong>in</strong>g rooms.<br />

A direct and active connection with <strong>the</strong><br />

art world through onl<strong>in</strong>e platforms and a<br />

greater demand for new ways to view and<br />

purchase art have significantly heralded<br />

<strong>the</strong> shift of artwork to a more <strong>in</strong>clusive and<br />

active ecosystem.<br />

- editorial@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary Art<br />

Breath<strong>in</strong>g Life <strong>in</strong>to<br />

Notions with Art<br />

“What’s important to me as an artist is captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> histories and nuances of<br />

my context and share my connection to <strong>the</strong> land with my audience,” says Hashel.<br />

Emirati pa<strong>in</strong>ter and multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

artist Hashel Al Lamki’s art unpacks <strong>the</strong><br />

relationship between humank<strong>in</strong>d and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

habitat, <strong>the</strong> wild and constructed.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> shadow of <strong>the</strong> monumental<br />

Jebel Hafeet Mounta<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> Al A<strong>in</strong>, Hashel<br />

bore witness to <strong>the</strong> complex social and<br />

spatial dynamics that followed exponential<br />

development <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gulf. Al A<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

Bedou<strong>in</strong> culture, dist<strong>in</strong>ct social values,<br />

archaeological sites, and rugged terra<strong>in</strong><br />

starkly contrasted with <strong>the</strong> rapid <strong>in</strong>dustrial<br />

and architectural growth that Hashel<br />

observed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> neighbor<strong>in</strong>g Emirates.<br />

In 2011 Hashel received his BFA from<br />

Parsons School of Design, <strong>the</strong> New School,<br />

New York City. He contributed to several<br />

philanthropic collaborative projects <strong>in</strong><br />

Central and North America. Al Lamki<br />

worked <strong>in</strong> disaster-stricken Guatemala and<br />

Haiti and <strong>in</strong> low-<strong>in</strong>come communities <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

US. A focus on susta<strong>in</strong>able practices and<br />

social cohesion united his cultural projects.<br />

Upon return<strong>in</strong>g to Abu Dhabi <strong>in</strong> 2014,<br />

Hashel was awarded <strong>the</strong> Salama b<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Hamdan Emerg<strong>in</strong>g Artists Fellowship. Postfellowship,<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2018, he jo<strong>in</strong>ed forces with<br />

artists <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE that shared a common<br />

cause. Toge<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong>y established a<br />

community centered around contemporary<br />

art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emirates, Bait 15. The artistrun<br />

gallery space allowed local artists to<br />

engage <strong>in</strong> critical dialogue.<br />

Hashel Al Lamki has had <strong>the</strong> pleasure of<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> two <strong>in</strong>ternational events <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> last three months. The Lyon Biennale’s<br />

Manifesto of Fragility allowed him to<br />

broaden his practice. The challenge for<br />

Hashel was to create work <strong>in</strong> situ at Lyon’s<br />

Museum Guimet. Us<strong>in</strong>g new mediums such<br />

as pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, textile <strong>in</strong>stallation, sculpture,<br />

audio, and video added a new level of<br />

sophistication to <strong>the</strong> task. Rod<strong>in</strong>ia was an<br />

opportunity for him to th<strong>in</strong>k through and<br />

syn<strong>the</strong>size <strong>the</strong> connections he sees as an<br />

artist between <strong>the</strong> earth, its ecosystems,<br />

and humanity.<br />

The Emirati artist’s love of travel and<br />

immersion has been a constant source of<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration for him. Hashel’s goal as an artist<br />

is to capture <strong>the</strong> histories and nuances of<br />

<strong>the</strong> land through his lenses and context to<br />

establish a connection with his audience.<br />

Hashel applies this pr<strong>in</strong>ciple to his work by<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g natural pigments <strong>in</strong>digenous to <strong>the</strong><br />

MENA region.<br />

“Be<strong>in</strong>g an Emirati artist is no different<br />

from be<strong>in</strong>g an artist from any o<strong>the</strong>r place <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world. We are human, and we all share<br />

experiences, and much of my output is<br />

engaged with universal human connections<br />

and experiences,”says Hashel.<br />

As artists, <strong>the</strong>y go through critical<br />

reflection, attempt to understand and<br />

expand <strong>the</strong> technical aspects of art-mak<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and share <strong>the</strong>ir outcomes with <strong>the</strong> public.<br />

“What’s important to me as an artist is<br />

captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> histories and nuances of my<br />

context and share my connection to <strong>the</strong><br />

land with my audience,” says Hashel.<br />

“Hav<strong>in</strong>g a critical<br />

dialogue between<br />

what I produce<br />

and <strong>the</strong> responses it<br />

generates is at <strong>the</strong><br />

core of my studio<br />

practice,” says Hashel.<br />

This is expressed <strong>in</strong> Hashel’s use of<br />

natural pigments that are <strong>in</strong>digenous to <strong>the</strong><br />

MENA region.<br />

“Hav<strong>in</strong>g a critical dialogue between what<br />

I produce and <strong>the</strong> responses it generates<br />

is at <strong>the</strong> core of my studio practice,” says<br />

Hashel.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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The World<br />

Through Her Lens<br />

“Express<strong>in</strong>g myself through my Emarati culture,<br />

many of my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs depict patriotic <strong>the</strong>mes and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Emirati experience through a female lens,” says<br />

Roudhah.<br />

Abu Dhabi-based Emirati visual artist<br />

Roudhah Al Mazrouei was born <strong>in</strong> Al A<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong><br />

2003. From her younger years, Roudhah<br />

had an immense <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> art. S<strong>in</strong>ce 2016,<br />

she began hon<strong>in</strong>g her skills as a pa<strong>in</strong>ter.<br />

Roudhah specializes <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> medium of oil,<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g surrealistic methodologies.<br />

“Express<strong>in</strong>g myself through my Emarati<br />

culture, many of my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs depict<br />

patriotic <strong>the</strong>mes and <strong>the</strong> Emirati experience<br />

through a female lens,” says Roudhah.<br />

She expla<strong>in</strong>s that her studio work is<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluenced by many th<strong>in</strong>gs surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g her. It draws strongly on <strong>the</strong><br />

complexity of <strong>the</strong> deeply rooted culture<br />

referenced through her memories and<br />

endeavors.<br />

“I picture myself, an entity, a visual<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g, pass<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong>se experiences,<br />

survey<strong>in</strong>g and depict<strong>in</strong>g what my eyes<br />

witness,” expresses Roudhah.<br />

‘Ambience’ has always been at <strong>the</strong><br />

forefront of her visual understand<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r or not it was <strong>in</strong> her conscious m<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Her culture, <strong>the</strong> Emirati Culture’s history of<br />

civilization, nature, and ethics, <strong>in</strong>spires her<br />

to look <strong>in</strong>to how our identities have been<br />

created, constructed, and transmitted<br />

through her angle of fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>ity and her<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g’s reiteration.<br />

Roudhah was featured on Vogue Arabia,<br />

The National, Emirates TV, and many o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

local media channels for her work. She is a<br />

2020 Bil<strong>in</strong>gual International Baccalaureate<br />

Diploma graduate, where she specialized <strong>in</strong><br />

Visual Arts at <strong>the</strong> Higher Level. As of <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

she is a junior study<strong>in</strong>g Visual Arts and Art<br />

History at New York University Abu Dhabi.<br />

“Be<strong>in</strong>g an Emirati artist is an opportunity<br />

to portray my presence and perspective of<br />

<strong>the</strong> young female Emirati experience from a<br />

creative context,” expresses Roudhah.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“I picture myself, an<br />

entity, a visual be<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

pass<strong>in</strong>g through<br />

<strong>the</strong>se experiences,<br />

survey<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

depict<strong>in</strong>g what my<br />

eyes witness,” says<br />

Roudhah.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Christmas Day<br />

On <strong>December</strong> 25th of every year,<br />

people across <strong>the</strong> globe observe<br />

<strong>the</strong> celebration of Christmas.<br />

A day to spend with our loved<br />

ones cherish<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir roles.<br />

Many believe <strong>the</strong> annual celebration<br />

commemorates <strong>the</strong> birth of Jesus Christ,<br />

<strong>the</strong> spiritual leader of Christianity, and<br />

celebrates it religiously and culturally<br />

across <strong>the</strong> planet. Christmas is celebrated<br />

under different names <strong>in</strong> different cultures,<br />

but its pr<strong>in</strong>ciple rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong> same - a day<br />

to remember <strong>the</strong> birth of Jesus of Nazareth.<br />

The term “Christmas” is derived from <strong>the</strong><br />

Old English word “Cristes maesse,” (Christ’s<br />

Mass), which alludes to <strong>the</strong> Catholic custom<br />

of perform<strong>in</strong>g a particular mass service to<br />

commemorate Jesus.<br />

Santa Claus, a legendary character who<br />

traditionally serves as Christmas’s patron<br />

sa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United States and o<strong>the</strong>r nations,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs presents to kids across <strong>the</strong> world<br />

<strong>in</strong> his re<strong>in</strong>deer sleigh. But only <strong>the</strong> kids on<br />

<strong>the</strong> nice list; as <strong>the</strong> famous Christmas carol<br />

goes, “he’s gonna f<strong>in</strong>d out who’s naughty<br />

or nice.” His well-known image is based<br />

on customs related to Sa<strong>in</strong>t Nicholas, a<br />

Christian sa<strong>in</strong>t from <strong>the</strong> fourth century. In<br />

several European nations, Fa<strong>the</strong>r Christmas<br />

serves <strong>in</strong> this capacity.<br />

Santa Claus isn’t <strong>the</strong> only widely<br />

practiced Christmas custom; many people<br />

also enjoy <strong>the</strong> holiday season by watch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Christmas movies, s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g Christmas<br />

carols, decorat<strong>in</strong>g Christmas trees,<br />

exchang<strong>in</strong>g gifts, decorat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir homes,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>dulg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> popular Christmas foods.<br />

It is <strong>in</strong>deed <strong>the</strong> most beautiful time of <strong>the</strong><br />

year, and Dubai is one of <strong>the</strong> best cities for<br />

merry-mak<strong>in</strong>g with your loved ones. The<br />

day also rem<strong>in</strong>ds us to appreciate <strong>the</strong> world<br />

we live <strong>in</strong>, for be<strong>in</strong>g grateful for what you<br />

have is <strong>the</strong> greatest form of appreciation for<br />

your loved ones.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Lagos Art Fair Encourages Climate<br />

Change Awareness with Local Talent<br />

More than 120 musicians from<br />

40 different African nations<br />

were <strong>in</strong>vited to ART X <strong>in</strong> Lagos,<br />

<strong>the</strong> thriv<strong>in</strong>g commercial hub of<br />

Nigeria. The mission of ART X is to learn<br />

from <strong>the</strong> African people. The fair’s <strong>the</strong>me,<br />

“Who Will Ga<strong>the</strong>r Under <strong>the</strong> Baobab Tree?”<br />

sought to draw on African knowledge to<br />

solve political upheaval and climate change<br />

issues.<br />

For our spectacular seventh edition art<br />

fair, 31 lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational galleries were<br />

brought toge<strong>the</strong>r from around <strong>the</strong> world to<br />

showcase over 120 bold and dar<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

from Africa and its Diaspora. It was held<br />

at The Federal Palace for a weekend of<br />

contemplation and celebration.<br />

The founder, Tok<strong>in</strong>i Peterside-Schwebig,<br />

stated, “We wanted to harness <strong>the</strong> arts and<br />

creativity to address all <strong>the</strong> difficulties that<br />

we noticed <strong>in</strong> our society.”<br />

One such issue is climate change<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce flood<strong>in</strong>g has left ru<strong>in</strong>s far beyond<br />

<strong>the</strong> borders of <strong>the</strong> fair. Desertification has<br />

<strong>in</strong>tensified violence <strong>in</strong> Nigeria’s middle belt,<br />

which is rich <strong>in</strong> agriculture. The drought<br />

has exacerbated food <strong>in</strong>security throughout<br />

Africa.<br />

By identify<strong>in</strong>g answers that support <strong>the</strong><br />

African way of th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g, art now has <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunity to re<strong>in</strong>vent cultural identity. The<br />

seventh edition of <strong>the</strong> fair was held from<br />

November 4–6, <strong>2022</strong>. Afterward, world<br />

leaders from Africa and o<strong>the</strong>r cont<strong>in</strong>ents<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>red <strong>in</strong> Egypt for two weeks of UN<br />

negotiations to forge a global accord on<br />

combat<strong>in</strong>g climate change.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

“We wanted<br />

to harness<br />

<strong>the</strong> arts and<br />

creativity to<br />

address all<br />

<strong>the</strong> difficulties<br />

that we<br />

noticed <strong>in</strong> our<br />

society.”<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Our Mo<strong>the</strong>r Home<br />

By Lupo Sole<br />

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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Upside-Down World by Artist Lupo Sole<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

“It would be wonderful if art had more relevance <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> educational system and <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

of children, perhaps this would awaken sensitivities, creativity, and ano<strong>the</strong>r way of approach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

life. From that perspective, I th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>the</strong> future could be a little more hopeful,” says Lupo.<br />

Afigurative pa<strong>in</strong>ter who depicts life<br />

scenes, memories, contradictions,<br />

and thoughts <strong>in</strong> his work,<br />

Lupo Sol was born <strong>in</strong> 1973 <strong>in</strong><br />

Barakaldo, Vizcaya. He (Lupo) enjoys<br />

expressionism, and his style <strong>in</strong>corporates a<br />

variety of <strong>in</strong>fluences.<br />

Resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Alicante, Lupo grew<br />

up read<strong>in</strong>g comic books and draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

characters. His first encounter with oil<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t was when he was ten years old, but<br />

<strong>the</strong> experience was short-lived. He soon<br />

left <strong>the</strong> academy where he was enrolled<br />

after pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g some copies of traditional<br />

landscapes.<br />

Lupo later devoted himself to music,<br />

fanz<strong>in</strong>es, and surreal poetry. Until he moved<br />

to Madrid to work as a graphic and web<br />

designer, he only occasionally pa<strong>in</strong>ted a<br />

few pastel draw<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

He moved to Alicante to live with his<br />

partner, Vida, after a decade as a formal<br />

employee. There, he could resurrect his<br />

pictorial ve<strong>in</strong> and survive <strong>the</strong> dom<strong>in</strong>ant<br />

“normalcy,” devot<strong>in</strong>g himself to his art more<br />

than ever.<br />

In 2015, he had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> his first exhibition as part of<br />

an Asturias festival. His participation <strong>in</strong><br />

his exhibitions has been relatively limited<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, with him mak<strong>in</strong>g himself<br />

more known through social networks.<br />

Lupo identifies with <strong>the</strong> Stuckists, a<br />

movement that advocates for <strong>the</strong><br />

purest pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and art, and has<br />

participated <strong>in</strong> some of <strong>the</strong> group’s<br />

collective exhibitions.<br />

His fixation and clear pictorial<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence have been among <strong>the</strong><br />

expressionists of <strong>the</strong> twentieth<br />

century, particularly Kirchner,<br />

Chagall, Munch, and Ensor, to name a<br />

few. Still, he is constantly surprised by <strong>the</strong><br />

masters of <strong>the</strong> baroque, whose colors he<br />

attempts to <strong>in</strong>vestigate.<br />

The sarcastic tone evident <strong>in</strong> many of<br />

his works or draw<strong>in</strong>gs is derived from o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

sources, perhaps closer to Robert Crumb<br />

than to Otto Dix, George Grosz, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

artists who pa<strong>in</strong>ted on social issues.<br />

With all of this, he gradually built a career<br />

and a way of life for himself. He knows<br />

it’s complicated, but he wants to burn his<br />

cartridges and exhaust <strong>the</strong> possibilities,<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g and add<strong>in</strong>g color to an o<strong>the</strong>rwise<br />

gray world.<br />

Some exhibition projects <strong>in</strong> Siberia were<br />

abandoned due to <strong>the</strong> arrival of <strong>the</strong> global<br />

pandemic, which turned everyth<strong>in</strong>g upside<br />

down. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, none of his works have<br />

been<br />

exhibited, except<br />

for a<br />

small pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> a<br />

London gallery,<br />

courtesy of<br />

members of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Stuckism<br />

collective.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

hand, one of his<br />

works served<br />

as <strong>the</strong><br />

“I enjoy expressionism,<br />

and my style<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporates a variety<br />

of <strong>in</strong>fluences,” says<br />

Lupo.<br />

cover for <strong>the</strong> debut book of a young Iranian<br />

writer, and he has recently collaborated on<br />

<strong>the</strong> book of a Basque musician, which will<br />

be released <strong>in</strong> <strong>December</strong>.<br />

“I don’t believe <strong>in</strong> art as a tool for social<br />

change, at least <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se times we live <strong>in</strong>,”<br />

says Lupo. However, he believes art may<br />

enrich you and make you a better person<br />

on an <strong>in</strong>dividual level.<br />

“It would be wonderful if art had more<br />

relevance <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> educational system and<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g of children, perhaps this<br />

would awaken sensitivities, creativity, and<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r way of approach<strong>in</strong>g life. From that<br />

perspective, I th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>the</strong> future could be a<br />

little more hopeful,” concludes Lupo.<br />

Lupo, who only signs with <strong>the</strong> word ‘Sol’,<br />

does not lavish much on exhibitions or<br />

shows beyond <strong>the</strong> Internet, although he is<br />

still open to o<strong>the</strong>r stimuli. He th<strong>in</strong>ks that he<br />

still has a lot to tell and to shout, sometimes<br />

with anger, o<strong>the</strong>rs with love, but never with<br />

<strong>in</strong>difference.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Middle<br />

Eastern Health<br />

& Beauty<br />

Stamegna Retail Management, one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g FMCG conference<br />

organizers for buyers and suppliers<br />

cater<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> Food/Beverages<br />

and Health & Beauty sectors, held its most<br />

successful event <strong>in</strong> Dubai, <strong>the</strong> Grand<br />

Millennium, from November 6–7, <strong>2022</strong>. The<br />

event marked <strong>the</strong> end of a series of events<br />

successfully arranged throughout <strong>the</strong> year,<br />

keep<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Middle East market trends <strong>in</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

The Stamegna team managed to host<br />

both events simultaneously <strong>in</strong> a span of<br />

2 days. The diverse events hosted up to<br />

45 buyers from <strong>the</strong> top Middle Eastern<br />

retail groups and almost 25 suppliers from<br />

Europe, South America, Asia, and <strong>the</strong><br />

Middle East.<br />

Buyers such as Carrefour, Life<br />

Pharmacy, LuLu Group, and Sharjah Coop<br />

have attended <strong>the</strong> events s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>ir advent<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong> 2018. Every year, <strong>the</strong> list gets<br />

extended to accommodate <strong>the</strong> needs of <strong>the</strong><br />

suppliers.<br />

Stamegna Retail Management has been<br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g buyers with suppliers to support<br />

<strong>the</strong> roll-out of excit<strong>in</strong>g new consumer<br />

products <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> market. The unique aspect<br />

of <strong>the</strong> event lies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ideology that buyers<br />

and suppliers get toge<strong>the</strong>r for customized<br />

and prearranged face-to-face meet<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

based on product category matches, which<br />

provide scope for productive discussions.<br />

Accommodation and network<strong>in</strong>g are also<br />

taken care of by Stamegna. Suppliers<br />

-events@magzoid.com<br />


and buyers attend know<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

requirements will be taken care of, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it seamless and hassle-free. The meet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

attendees leave feel<strong>in</strong>g content with <strong>the</strong><br />

outcome of <strong>the</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>gs as Stamegna<br />

ensures <strong>the</strong>y deliver what <strong>the</strong>y had<br />

promised.<br />

Once aga<strong>in</strong>, Stamegna ends <strong>the</strong> year<br />

on a high note by announc<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>the</strong>y will<br />

return next year, <strong>in</strong> May 2023, with a bigger<br />

and better event.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Artist Spotlight<br />

50<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Artist Spotlight<br />

In his words: With <strong>the</strong> Indian pop-music artist<br />

Armaan Malik<br />

On <strong>the</strong> eve of his sold-out show<br />

at The Agenda for W<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

Music Fest on November 25th,<br />

Magzoid sat down with <strong>the</strong><br />

Pr<strong>in</strong>ce of Pop, Armaan Malik, on a breezy<br />

afternoon. With <strong>the</strong> beautiful scenery of<br />

Dubai’s Al Seef creek beh<strong>in</strong>d, and <strong>the</strong> soft<br />

sun rays peak<strong>in</strong>g out of <strong>the</strong> clouds, <strong>the</strong><br />

heartthrob sat <strong>in</strong> his comfy casual wear with<br />

a Dior m<strong>in</strong>i saddle bag hang<strong>in</strong>g to his left<br />

shoulder. Although on a rigorous schedule<br />

from his Next 2 You India Tour, <strong>the</strong> ‘You’<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ger seemed cheery as usual..<br />

Q. Was <strong>the</strong>re any moment when you<br />

felt like this was what you were meant<br />

to do? Did you always th<strong>in</strong>k that<br />

you were capable of everyth<strong>in</strong>g you<br />

accomplished?<br />

I always felt that I was capable of do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g happened at an age when I<br />

probably thought it wouldn’t occur. I always<br />

knew this was what I was meant to do. But<br />

I didn’t expect it to transpire so quickly and<br />

so early on <strong>in</strong> my career. I always pray that I<br />

am prepared for everyth<strong>in</strong>g com<strong>in</strong>g my way.<br />

Q. You are tra<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> classical Indian<br />

music, and you also produce your<br />

music. So when you go through <strong>the</strong><br />

process, does this impact or have a huge<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence? Do you impart elements of it<br />

to your production?<br />

Not necessarily. For me, Indian classical<br />

music is <strong>the</strong> base of s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g. The vocal<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g that I have is <strong>in</strong> classical music, but<br />

I only use it <strong>in</strong> my songs if I see <strong>the</strong> need for<br />

it. However, while s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong> tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g that<br />

I have done <strong>in</strong> Indian classical has always<br />

helped me become a better s<strong>in</strong>ger.<br />

Q. It’s evident you have a crazy schedule,<br />

so what <strong>in</strong>spires you to keep gr<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g?<br />

It is <strong>the</strong> love of my fans, <strong>the</strong> Armaanians,<br />

and my love for music that keeps me<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g. O<strong>the</strong>rwise, I don’t th<strong>in</strong>k I could<br />

make it every day. Every day is super tir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and exhaust<strong>in</strong>g. When I have music <strong>in</strong><br />

my life and <strong>the</strong> people I love around me,<br />

especially my fans-Armaanians whom I<br />

keep meet<strong>in</strong>g ei<strong>the</strong>r onl<strong>in</strong>e or offl<strong>in</strong>e, it gives<br />

me so much hope for life, enthusiasm, and<br />

encouragement to keep go<strong>in</strong>g on.<br />

Q. What is <strong>the</strong> craziest moment you have<br />

experienced as an Artist?<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>the</strong> craziest experience or <strong>the</strong><br />

most life-chang<strong>in</strong>g experience that I had<br />

was <strong>the</strong> moment a few months ago when<br />

I met Ed Sheeran at a concert backstage<br />

<strong>in</strong> Copenhagen. We had also collaborated<br />

on a song called ‘2 step’. To meet him<br />

<strong>in</strong> person and to be able to have a<br />

conversation with him was most def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

a dream come true moment for me as an<br />

artist.<br />

Q. You won MTV Europe Music Awards<br />

for <strong>the</strong> second time <strong>in</strong> a row, a fantastic<br />

moment for you and your fellow citizens.<br />

Do you believe Indian Music is ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

more global recognition? Are you<br />

consciously putt<strong>in</strong>g effort <strong>in</strong>to gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Indian music out <strong>the</strong>re?<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce I was a kid, I have always dreamed<br />

of tak<strong>in</strong>g Indian artists and Indian music<br />

globally. Such w<strong>in</strong>s as <strong>the</strong> MTV EMA<br />

awards for my songs ‘Control’ and ‘You’<br />

give me more and more hope. It <strong>in</strong>stills <strong>in</strong><br />

me <strong>the</strong> faith that this is achievable. S<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

people are positively respond<strong>in</strong>g to my<br />

music and me as a s<strong>in</strong>ger outside of India,<br />

it could mean that <strong>the</strong>re is a potential for<br />

Indian artists to break through globally and<br />

become household names outside of India<br />

and outside of <strong>the</strong> Indian diaspora. So, yes,<br />

it is someth<strong>in</strong>g I am conscious of, and it is a<br />

dream of m<strong>in</strong>e to see more and more Indian<br />

artists ga<strong>in</strong> exposure on a global scale.<br />

Q. Art, no matter its medium, helps<br />

unlock emotions and alter one’s mood,<br />

trigger memories, and act as a source of<br />

comfort and <strong>in</strong>spiration. What k<strong>in</strong>d of an<br />

Artist would you like to be known as <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> future?<br />

I would love to be remembered as a<br />

person who spreads love, happ<strong>in</strong>ess, and<br />

positivity. As an artist, def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g my artistry is<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to be very difficult for me because I<br />

s<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> so many different languages, many<br />

different emotions, and genres. Therefore,<br />

def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g my art would truly feel unfair to<br />

my heart because it is not def<strong>in</strong>able. It is<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g that is an <strong>in</strong>tangible emotion,<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g that makes people feel<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g without actually know<strong>in</strong>g what<br />

it is.<br />

Q. We have a fun question for you, what<br />

was your last google search?<br />

It was Germany versus Japan, as I’m<br />

a big German football fan. I mean, it’s<br />

impressive to see all <strong>the</strong> underdogs kill<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it right now, but I was a little sad to see<br />

Germany lose because it’s such a strong<br />

team o<strong>the</strong>rwise.<br />

Q. What quote resonates with you <strong>the</strong><br />

most?<br />

I write a lot of my quotes. There was this<br />

one quote I’d written when I was bullied <strong>in</strong><br />

school, “yes, you did beat me <strong>in</strong> school but<br />

I beat you <strong>in</strong> life.”<br />

Q. Lastly, what would you like to tell<br />

our readers, your fans- to anyone who<br />

aspires to be an artist?<br />

I want to tell all my Armaanians, and<br />

all <strong>the</strong> upcom<strong>in</strong>g artists who aspire to be<br />

musicians, artists, and s<strong>in</strong>gers please<br />

work on your art with all that you have.<br />

Give your 100% at anyth<strong>in</strong>g you desire to<br />

do. Make sure if you aspire to be a s<strong>in</strong>ger,<br />

<strong>the</strong>n learn s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g, practice, and become<br />

nearly perfect. While no one can become<br />

perfect, be <strong>the</strong> closest you can get to<br />

perfection. Make sure you do your absolute<br />

best when you’re asked to s<strong>in</strong>g and create.<br />

Obviously, it is vital to put your art out <strong>the</strong>re,<br />

put yourself out <strong>the</strong>re by post<strong>in</strong>g videos to<br />

promote yourself. There is noth<strong>in</strong>g wrong<br />

with do<strong>in</strong>g that, and it’s imperative <strong>in</strong> today’s<br />

time. Never<strong>the</strong>less, <strong>the</strong> core aspect is to<br />

work on your craft and art and hone it to<br />

perfection because <strong>the</strong>re’s no place for<br />

mediocrity <strong>in</strong> this world.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Pop Art<br />

By Matt Gondek<br />

52 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com

Deconstructive Pop Art<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

“My work is <strong>in</strong> response to what I consider our “modern day<br />

gods” (Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and o<strong>the</strong>r huge corporate<br />

characters), paired with my love of Punk Rock and <strong>the</strong> ethos<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d that such as anti-conformity and <strong>the</strong> tear<strong>in</strong>g down of<br />

those false deities,” says Matt.<br />

Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive<br />

Pop Artist, whose work is<br />

possessed with a punk rock<br />

spirit, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g rebellion<br />

and destruction. With a visceral pop<br />

color palette and a disarm<strong>in</strong>gly playful<br />

tone, he tears down cartoon idols, ak<strong>in</strong> to<br />

slaughter<strong>in</strong>g our modern-day gods. Born <strong>in</strong><br />

1982, his creative voice is rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 90s;<br />

as a true conduit of his generation and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

potentially po<strong>in</strong>tless search for mean<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and purpose amidst a cruel life <strong>in</strong> a flawed<br />

world. He boasts sold-out exhibitions <strong>in</strong><br />

his home of Los Angeles as well as <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York, Paris, and Hong Kong.<br />

“My work is <strong>in</strong> response to what I<br />

consider our “modern day gods” (Mickey<br />

Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and o<strong>the</strong>r huge<br />

corporate characters), paired with my love<br />

of Punk Rock and <strong>the</strong> ethos beh<strong>in</strong>d that<br />

such as anti-conformity and <strong>the</strong> tear<strong>in</strong>g<br />

down of those false deities,” says Matt.<br />

His most recent successes <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

<strong>the</strong> Tokyo Exhibition’s “Miss<strong>in</strong>g Person”<br />

exhibit, featur<strong>in</strong>g 15 new acrylic works from<br />

November 12 to <strong>December</strong> 2, toge<strong>the</strong>r with<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>gs and screen pr<strong>in</strong>ts. 300 uniquely<br />

“One of <strong>the</strong> many<br />

roles of <strong>the</strong> artist is<br />

to use <strong>the</strong>ir work to<br />

document current<br />

situations and culture,”<br />

Matt expresses.<br />

handmade Fight Club Baseball bats with<br />

spikes specially constructed and comb<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

with an NFT component released <strong>in</strong><br />

conjunction with MakersPlace.<br />

Matt also has his own podcast, Clean<br />

Break, revitaliz<strong>in</strong>g my Art and Bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

which is relaunch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> January 2023 where<br />

he also <strong>in</strong>terviews artists, galleries, and art<br />

collectors across <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

With all <strong>the</strong> voices across <strong>the</strong> globe<br />

demand<strong>in</strong>g for changes, he also advocates<br />

and believes art can be used as a tool to<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire o<strong>the</strong>rs to take action or to teach.<br />

“I th<strong>in</strong>k one of <strong>the</strong> many roles of <strong>the</strong> artist<br />

is to use <strong>the</strong>ir work to document current<br />

situations and culture,” Matt expresses.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



54 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


A Case of <strong>the</strong><br />

Night Owls<br />

Atale as old as time, human be<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir days as <strong>the</strong> sun rises<br />

and end <strong>the</strong>m as <strong>the</strong> moon rises.<br />

The concept of be<strong>in</strong>g social<br />

and productive by carry<strong>in</strong>g out one’s<br />

responsibilities and duties <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> morn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than at night is <strong>in</strong>gra<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> our<br />

animal tendencies, which are governed by<br />

<strong>the</strong> availability of sunlight. A fact we never<br />

questioned before; now, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> twentyfirst<br />

century, it is all <strong>the</strong> more important<br />

when <strong>the</strong> most significant concern that<br />

many millennials express is a lack of time<br />

to accomplish what <strong>the</strong>y have set out to<br />

achieve.<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong> fact that we have 24 hours<br />

to complete our tasks, some of us function<br />

best <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> morn<strong>in</strong>g, while o<strong>the</strong>rs perform<br />

best at night—<strong>the</strong> early birds and <strong>the</strong> night<br />

owls.<br />

Generally, early birds tend to go to bed<br />

early, wake up early, feel <strong>the</strong>ir best as <strong>the</strong><br />

day beg<strong>in</strong>s, have less energy as time goes<br />

by, and have a hard time function<strong>in</strong>g at<br />

night. In contrast, night owls tend to stay<br />

up late, enjoy sleep<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>, feel <strong>the</strong>ir best<br />

later <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> day, have more energy at night,<br />

feel tired after wak<strong>in</strong>g up early, and have<br />

difficulty stay<strong>in</strong>g alert dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> day.<br />

But <strong>the</strong> world functions only dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

daytime ra<strong>the</strong>r than at night. S<strong>in</strong>ce most<br />

of society is structured around a daytime<br />

schedule—9 to 5 workdays or daytime<br />

school and college classes—late risers<br />

might have a more challeng<strong>in</strong>g time hold<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a traditional job. Young night owls might<br />

even have trouble adjust<strong>in</strong>g to a fixed<br />

school schedule.<br />

Hence, one needs to understand a<br />

particular question about night owls.<br />

Have we, as a society, adapted to what<br />

works best for artists, writers, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

creative professionals as well? Instead of<br />

acclimat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to a structure that does<br />

not benefit <strong>the</strong>m or <strong>the</strong>ir creative process?<br />

Research suggests that one’s sleep<br />

schedule is def<strong>in</strong>ed by <strong>the</strong>ir genetics.<br />

Researchers at <strong>the</strong> University of Liege <strong>in</strong><br />

Belgium monitored 15 extreme night owls<br />

and 16 extreme early birds <strong>in</strong> a lab. The<br />

volunteers had <strong>the</strong>ir bra<strong>in</strong> activity measured<br />

an hour and a half after wak<strong>in</strong>g up and<br />

aga<strong>in</strong> 10.5 hours later. In <strong>the</strong> morn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

test, <strong>the</strong> early birds and <strong>the</strong> night owls<br />

performed nearly <strong>the</strong> same regard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

responsiveness. But after 10.5 hours, <strong>the</strong><br />

night owls showed faster reaction times and<br />

were more alert than <strong>the</strong> early birds.<br />

Interest<strong>in</strong>gly, it sheds light on <strong>the</strong> fact<br />

that, with time, <strong>the</strong> night owls’ rout<strong>in</strong>e began<br />

to benefit <strong>the</strong>m. Jump<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> same<br />

bandwagon, we can even enterta<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> idea<br />

that night owls are more productive at night,<br />

similar to early birds dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> day.<br />

So, does work<strong>in</strong>g late at night help<br />

people f<strong>in</strong>d creative solutions?<br />

Researchers at <strong>the</strong> Catholic University<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Sacred Heart <strong>in</strong> Miami found<br />

that even<strong>in</strong>g-oriented people are<br />

more creative than <strong>the</strong>ir morn<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

<strong>in</strong>termediate counterparts. As Professor<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a Giampietro expla<strong>in</strong>s, be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a<br />

nocturnal environment “may encourage <strong>the</strong><br />

development of a non-conventional spirit<br />

and of <strong>the</strong> ability to f<strong>in</strong>d alternative and<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al solutions.”<br />

Even<strong>in</strong>g types tend to be more<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative, and <strong>the</strong>ir unusual habits enable<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to f<strong>in</strong>d creative, non-conventional<br />

solutions.<br />

We are not allud<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> fact that night<br />

owls are better s<strong>in</strong>ce it’s not a skill that<br />

can be learned. But we must accept that<br />

it’s genetic, and learn how to f<strong>in</strong>d better<br />

solutions to accommodate <strong>the</strong>se skills<br />

when it matters. In this age, we must work<br />

towards lett<strong>in</strong>g ourselves create accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to our energy levels <strong>in</strong>stead of m<strong>in</strong>dlessly<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g age-old practices.<br />

We urge all creatives to pay attention to<br />

how <strong>the</strong>ir energy levels deplete or restore<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> day and adopt a schedule<br />

that makes <strong>the</strong>m present <strong>the</strong>ir best selves.<br />

Regardless of where you fit <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> box, at<br />

<strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> day, it matters most that you<br />

get <strong>the</strong> right amount of sleep to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><br />

good health and produce conscious output.<br />

Only <strong>the</strong>n can we proactively and m<strong>in</strong>dfully<br />

progress.<br />

- editorial@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Excit<strong>in</strong>g Glamp<strong>in</strong>g Spots <strong>in</strong> UAE<br />

Starlight Camp<br />

The elegant and spacious 30 square meter bubble tent used for Starlight Camp<strong>in</strong>g can accommodate two<br />

adults and comes equipped with a queen-size bed, a soft duvet, and o<strong>the</strong>r comforts. Additionally, it has a<br />

semi-transparent crystal roof, giv<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>the</strong> impression that you are rest<strong>in</strong>g right beneath <strong>the</strong> stars. Little ones<br />

are also accommodated at <strong>the</strong> camp.<br />

Location: Starlight Camp<strong>in</strong>g, Dubai Desert, Dubai<br />

RAK Glamp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

The RAK Glamp<strong>in</strong>g offers a variety of possibilities, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g places to pitch a tent. The classic Bedou<strong>in</strong> tents,<br />

which are essentially carpeted rooms with a refrigerator, bathrooms, and o<strong>the</strong>r amenities, are ano<strong>the</strong>r option.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> motel is owned and operated by animal lovers, pets are welcome.<br />

Location: Al Dahaisa Stables, Ras Al Khaimah<br />

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Terra Solis<br />

The exclusive oasis glamp<strong>in</strong>g site is launched by <strong>the</strong> renowned Tomorrowland music festival team. With a<br />

selection of restaurants, high-octane music programm<strong>in</strong>g, luxurious hous<strong>in</strong>g, and access to <strong>the</strong> pool, Terra Solis<br />

promises to enhance <strong>the</strong> desert glamp<strong>in</strong>g experience this w<strong>in</strong>ter.<br />

Location: Dubai Heritage Vision, Dubai<br />

Hatta Dome Park<br />

Hatta Dome Park offers an <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g glamp<strong>in</strong>g experience to try with 15 dome-shaped, permanent luxury tents<br />

boast<strong>in</strong>g panoramic w<strong>in</strong>dows that provide breathtak<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Hatta mounta<strong>in</strong> range. The tents <strong>in</strong>clude a<br />

full complement of amenities, such as a m<strong>in</strong>i-fridge, television, a private BBQ, and a fire pit on a sizable patio,<br />

among o<strong>the</strong>rs. Trampol<strong>in</strong>e jump<strong>in</strong>g, zipl<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, wall climb<strong>in</strong>g, paraglid<strong>in</strong>g, and o<strong>the</strong>r pursuits can keep you<br />

occupied.<br />

Location: Hatta Wadi Hub, Hatta<br />

Pura Eco Resort<br />

At Jubail Mangrove Park, Pura Eco Resort offers a sizable boardwalk through real mangroves as well as<br />

kayak<strong>in</strong>g, wildlife view<strong>in</strong>g, and o<strong>the</strong>r activities. It <strong>in</strong>cludes a spa, waterfront d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, and a roam<strong>in</strong>g green space<br />

for lengthy walks, kayak<strong>in</strong>g excursions, or yoga sessions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> early morn<strong>in</strong>g light. The large domes feature a<br />

plush bed, locally made art, and o<strong>the</strong>r sourced and sourced items.<br />

Location: Jubail Mangrove Park, Al Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



The Heart Wants<br />

What It Wants<br />

By Bala Nivetha<br />

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“To teach art has been a newfound passion - for <strong>the</strong><br />

past couple of years, and it feels even more joyful<br />

to transform <strong>the</strong> magic I know to o<strong>the</strong>rs as well.<br />

To see someone, enjoy <strong>the</strong> same th<strong>in</strong>g that I do is a<br />

bless<strong>in</strong>g,” says Bala<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

The Artist Bala Nivetha was born and<br />

brought up <strong>in</strong> Tamil Nadu, India.<br />

Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood, she has been<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> arts and crafts, which<br />

made her choose fashion design as her<br />

major <strong>in</strong> college, and she later graduated<br />

with her master’s <strong>in</strong> fashion design. Bala<br />

knew she always wanted to do someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creative. But life got <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> way when<br />

she took a break once she began busily<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g her husband’s bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

“Tak<strong>in</strong>g art as a profession started dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

my post-graduation days when I used to<br />

market and sell my handcrafted products,<br />

like personalized gifts and jewelry, via<br />

Facebook,” says Bala.<br />

The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and <strong>the</strong><br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g quarant<strong>in</strong>e period gave her <strong>the</strong><br />

moment to reflect, which reignited her<br />

passion for her art career, and <strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong><br />

Instagram platform allowed her to do just<br />

that.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> COVID-19 pandemic, Bala<br />

became an art educator, teach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her students art styles such as acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, mandalas, and res<strong>in</strong>. Her current<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> sculpture pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques led<br />

her to <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> her sessions.<br />

“To teach art has been a newfound<br />

passion - for <strong>the</strong> past couple of years,<br />

and it feels even more joyful to transform<br />

<strong>the</strong> magic I know to o<strong>the</strong>rs as well. To see<br />

someone, enjoy <strong>the</strong> same th<strong>in</strong>g that I do is<br />

a bless<strong>in</strong>g. Interact<strong>in</strong>g with new people and<br />

exchang<strong>in</strong>g ideas and perspectives on art<br />

is someth<strong>in</strong>g beautiful,” says Bala.<br />

She proudly states that her students<br />

range <strong>in</strong> age and country, with an<br />

estimated 2000+ pupils taught <strong>in</strong><br />

her offl<strong>in</strong>e and onl<strong>in</strong>e classes.<br />

“I also custom make decor<br />

pieces like Clocks, name boards,<br />

and mirrors with sculpture<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, res<strong>in</strong> & o<strong>the</strong>r mixed<br />

media,” says Bala.<br />

Bala strongly believes that “art is<br />

<strong>the</strong> freedom to explore.”<br />

Art is more about be<strong>in</strong>g not<br />

restricted, do<strong>in</strong>g what we feel is best<br />

on <strong>the</strong> canvas, irrespective of worry<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“Art is <strong>the</strong><br />

freedom to<br />

explore.”<br />

says Bala<br />

about <strong>the</strong> results. Bala enjoys creat<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

pieces and revamp<strong>in</strong>g old ones to give<br />

<strong>the</strong>m a new look. A day never ends for her<br />

without mak<strong>in</strong>g or th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g new. Art completes her day,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it merrier and giv<strong>in</strong>g her a feel<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

contentment.<br />

Bala hopes to create more art and impart<br />

her knowledge and experience <strong>in</strong> art to<br />

more people.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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14th DIFC Art Nights highlights<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability, artistic expression, and<br />

creativity<br />

The Habroush Art Foundation served<br />

as <strong>the</strong> advisor for <strong>the</strong> 14th DIFC<br />

Art Nights, <strong>the</strong>med ‘Susta<strong>in</strong>ability:<br />

Art for a Better World’ held on<br />

November 10th and 11th, <strong>2022</strong>. The event<br />

gave bus<strong>in</strong>ess executives and art lovers a<br />

chance to participate <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> conversation<br />

about susta<strong>in</strong>ability <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, which<br />

will cont<strong>in</strong>ue until next year when <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

hosts COP28.<br />

It featured artwork by local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational artists showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir artistic<br />

expressions. DIFC prioritizes ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

Dubai’s status as a major regional art hub<br />

and assist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> city’s artistic community.<br />

Panelists Meagan Kelly Horsman,<br />

Manag<strong>in</strong>g Director for Christie’s Middle<br />

East and North Africa, Gilles Dylan, CEO<br />

& President of Opera Gallery Group, and<br />

Sylva<strong>in</strong> P. Gaillard, Director of Opera<br />

Gallery, conducted a lively discussion on<br />

‘Art as an Investment’ at DIFC Art Nights.<br />

The panel stressed <strong>the</strong> consistent returns<br />

on <strong>in</strong>vestment (ROI) seen <strong>in</strong> art <strong>in</strong>vestments<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> discussion, po<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g out that if<br />

<strong>the</strong> correct art is bought at <strong>the</strong> right price,<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>vestment is likely to produce more<br />

reliable returns than <strong>the</strong> S&P 500. To reflect<br />

<strong>the</strong> young population of <strong>the</strong> Emirates, <strong>the</strong><br />

panel also explored <strong>in</strong>vestment trends for<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE to <strong>in</strong>vest <strong>in</strong> ultra-contemporary art.<br />

Visitors to DIFC Art Nights were exposed<br />

to various artistic mediums, from Deniz<br />

Sagdic’s mixed-media artwork made with<br />

recycled jeans and bottle caps to <strong>the</strong><br />

Metaverse where one can experience be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

transformed <strong>in</strong>to works of art.<br />

An exhibition by Claude and François-<br />

Xavier Lalanne was conducted by Christie’s<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g DIFC Art Nights. Opera Gallery<br />

featured museum-quality artwork and gave<br />

visitors’ gallery tours under <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me of<br />

‘exceptional works from modern masters<br />

and contemporary art.’<br />

- events@magzoid.com<br />

Scan barcode to view <strong>the</strong> video<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Artist Spotlight<br />

Giulio Cappell<strong>in</strong>i,<br />

an emblematic figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational design panorama.<br />

Giulio Cappell<strong>in</strong>i, <strong>the</strong> Milan-based<br />

architect is <strong>the</strong> founder of <strong>the</strong><br />

Cappell<strong>in</strong>i design studio, one of<br />

<strong>the</strong> world’s lead<strong>in</strong>g trendsetters.<br />

He is frequently sought out to serve as <strong>the</strong><br />

art director for several significant design<br />

brands and to give lectures all over <strong>the</strong><br />

world s<strong>in</strong>ce he has a spirit and goals that<br />

are constantly evolv<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Collaborations with his brand have given<br />

rise to several well-known names, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Marcel<br />

Wanders, <strong>the</strong> Bouroullec bro<strong>the</strong>rs, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Nendo bro<strong>the</strong>rs, to name a few. The<br />

work of Giulio Cappell<strong>in</strong>i encompasses a<br />

wide range of furniture components. The<br />

recognizable Bong and Gong tables, <strong>the</strong><br />

Break table series, and <strong>the</strong> Luxor cab<strong>in</strong>et<br />

units are among <strong>the</strong> most cherished.<br />

How has <strong>the</strong> concept of design changed<br />

over <strong>the</strong> years accord<strong>in</strong>g to you?<br />

Design changed a lot over <strong>the</strong> years: <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> past, you were asked to create a s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

product, and now you must build a family of<br />

products that have to live well toge<strong>the</strong>r and<br />

<strong>in</strong> different architectural environments.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r big change is <strong>the</strong> market<br />

you work for, if expanded from a local to<br />

an <strong>in</strong>ternational scale, you must create<br />

products that you can also sell all over <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

Could you share your experience<br />

and motivation beh<strong>in</strong>d your project -<br />

Cappell<strong>in</strong>i Love?<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k that we can f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g raw<br />

materials everywhere from around <strong>the</strong><br />

world, it’s not true that to do a good design<br />

you have to use rich materials. Cappell<strong>in</strong>i<br />

Love is about that, we started by do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

some prototypes <strong>in</strong> Africa us<strong>in</strong>g local raw<br />

or waste materials that you can f<strong>in</strong>d on <strong>the</strong><br />

street.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r concept of Cappell<strong>in</strong>i Love is<br />

to use <strong>the</strong> local craftmanship and artisanal<br />

way of work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> some fragile countries<br />

(Perú, for example).<br />

As a seasoned talent scout, what do you<br />

look for <strong>in</strong> a creative person?<br />

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Artist Spotlight<br />

There is not one right way to discover<br />

new talent, but I can say that <strong>in</strong> my op<strong>in</strong>ion,<br />

<strong>the</strong> most important th<strong>in</strong>g is to look at <strong>the</strong><br />

sensibility and <strong>the</strong> approach towards <strong>the</strong><br />

design of <strong>the</strong>se people. It’s also important<br />

to respect <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividuality of each designer<br />

because <strong>the</strong> approach to design is<br />

absolutely subjective; sometimes we start a<br />

collaboration, and sometimes we don’t.<br />

When I say <strong>the</strong> word design, which<br />

emotions do you relate to it?<br />

Well, design is my life. I th<strong>in</strong>k it’s not<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g for a few people, you can f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

it everywhere and <strong>in</strong> everyth<strong>in</strong>g. The job<br />

of <strong>the</strong> designer is to create someth<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

gives beauty and makes people’s lives<br />

better.<br />

What is <strong>the</strong> future of design? What<br />

aspects of <strong>the</strong> design can future<br />

designers focus on to equip <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

better? Can you pa<strong>in</strong>t a bigger picture?<br />

I consider that <strong>the</strong> biggest difference<br />

from <strong>the</strong> past is that now you must create<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g more globally, you can’t<br />

just design a chair, a table or whatever,<br />

you have to consider also what is go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on outside and give answers to people’s<br />

needs.<br />

For example, today we want a cozier<br />

space, but <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past, we had mostly<br />

square objects, white strong lights and so<br />

on. Now we have more rounded and soft<br />

objects, and warm lights, not only <strong>in</strong> our<br />

homes but <strong>in</strong> our offices too.<br />

You have always collaborated with <strong>the</strong><br />

Istituto Marangoni, as Ambassador and<br />

Art Director of <strong>the</strong> Design Campus, and<br />

now as a mentor for <strong>the</strong> Dubai school.<br />

What was your first impression after<br />

see<strong>in</strong>g projects from students of Interior<br />

Design, Product Design and Visual<br />

Design dur<strong>in</strong>g your first mentor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience?<br />

My first experience with Marangoni’s<br />

Dubai campus was very <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g, I was<br />

surprised by <strong>the</strong> quality of <strong>the</strong> projects that<br />

I saw, especially when I th<strong>in</strong>k that <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

students at <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong>ir careers.<br />

High quality not only <strong>in</strong> terms of products<br />

but also <strong>in</strong> terms of concept., I always say<br />

that we don’t need new products on <strong>the</strong><br />

market, we need new ideas, and I was<br />

genu<strong>in</strong>ely surprised by <strong>the</strong> ideas and <strong>the</strong><br />

way of work<strong>in</strong>g that Marangoni’s Dubai<br />

students showed <strong>in</strong> our first meet<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

What does it mean for you to be<br />

appo<strong>in</strong>ted as Mentor for <strong>the</strong> Design<br />

Courses at Istituto Marangoni Dubai?<br />

What is <strong>the</strong> secret to creat<strong>in</strong>g Future<br />

Designers?<br />

To be a mentor means to try to give my<br />

experience to <strong>the</strong> students and to guide<br />

<strong>the</strong>m appropriately because to make a<br />

good project you must know well what has<br />

already been done.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r important aspect of my work is to<br />

ensure that young designers are passionate<br />

and professional, <strong>the</strong>y must learn about <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ory beh<strong>in</strong>d design and also how to relate<br />

with a company.<br />

In your perspective, how much ‘beauty’ is<br />

<strong>the</strong> most crucial facet of creativity?<br />

Well, <strong>the</strong>re is no creativity without beauty<br />

but we can’t live without it. Liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a<br />

beautiful place makes your life so much<br />

better than liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a horrible place.<br />

After many years of experience, where<br />

would you lean <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Quantity versus<br />

Quality debate?<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k Quality is more important. Every<br />

month you see thousands of projects<br />

and products but after a while, you will<br />

remember only a few of <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

How do you balance Style and Comfort <strong>in</strong><br />

your designs?<br />

Comfort <strong>in</strong> design is essential, you must<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d a balance between comfort and style.<br />

You can create <strong>the</strong> most beautiful chair <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world but if it’s uncomfortable it makes<br />

no sense.<br />

Please help us settle a debate. Is Design<br />

Art, or is Art, Design?<br />

I th<strong>in</strong>k that <strong>the</strong> contam<strong>in</strong>ation between<br />

<strong>the</strong> two is very strong, <strong>in</strong> terms of shape,<br />

colors and so on. Surely when we th<strong>in</strong>k of<br />

art, we th<strong>in</strong>k mostly of unique pieces, and<br />

when we th<strong>in</strong>k of design we th<strong>in</strong>k ma<strong>in</strong>ly<br />

of mass-production products. That said, a<br />

design product can be beautiful and get<br />

closer to a piece of art but, on <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

side, a piece of art could be <strong>in</strong>spired by a<br />

design product.<br />

The important th<strong>in</strong>g is to try to<br />

understand <strong>the</strong> difference between a<br />

unique piece and a product that we<br />

produce <strong>in</strong> quantity because we can’t<br />

replicate <strong>the</strong> spirit and <strong>the</strong> uniqueness <strong>in</strong><br />

mass-production products.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Intermix, <strong>the</strong> Art and Fashion showcase,<br />

highlights <strong>in</strong>dustry change <strong>in</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

The Intermix residency program’s<br />

open studio exhibition at JAX,<br />

<strong>the</strong> art district <strong>in</strong> Riyadh, featured<br />

various works by regional and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary and textile<br />

artists who are redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g ideas of art and<br />

fashion. The Visual Arts Commission and<br />

Fashion Commission’s first multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

residency, Intermix, aims to provide<br />

opportunities for designers and visual<br />

artists to exchange creative experiences<br />

and practices throughout a three-month<br />

program through <strong>in</strong>novation, transformation,<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>ability lenses.<br />

A total of 13 artists, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Chakir<br />

Hani, Elham Dawsari, Huda Beydoun, Malik<br />

Thomas Jalil Kydd, Mashail Faqeeh, Sara<br />

Abdu, Shaima Saleh, and Anthony “Qwan”<br />

Liguer Laubhouet, have pieces on display<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> exhibition, which runs from<br />

November 9 to 10.<br />

To generate new memories and<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>gs of identity and belong<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

street artist Noor Ebrahim converted an<br />

empty vessel <strong>in</strong>to a “SPACECRAFT” <strong>in</strong>side<br />

<strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of a studio space. Her work<br />

questions <strong>the</strong> notion of heterotopia by<br />

It aims to<br />

provide<br />

opportunities<br />

for designers<br />

and visual<br />

artists to<br />

exchange<br />

creative<br />

experiences<br />

and practices<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g it new significance through varied<br />

colored yarn hues. The artwork stands on<br />

its own and <strong>in</strong>vites viewers to <strong>in</strong>teract with it<br />

by stand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>side it and explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> area<br />

beneath its sculptural form.<br />

“My entire body of work uses psychedelic<br />

hues. This was <strong>in</strong>tended to <strong>in</strong>spire joy or<br />

happ<strong>in</strong>ess: When you enter this bubble or<br />

pocket, all you feel is happ<strong>in</strong>ess. These<br />

colors convey it to me,” Ebrahim said.<br />

The audience is greeted by sand streaks,<br />

remnants of ano<strong>the</strong>r Hana AlMilli piece, as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y enter <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> showcase room, along<br />

with an audio performance selected by<br />

resident Sara Abdu. The diamond shape<br />

that appears <strong>in</strong> most weav<strong>in</strong>g patterns from<br />

her diverse background is <strong>in</strong>corporated<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> textile art of Saudi textile artist<br />

AlMilli. The textile object is buried <strong>in</strong> soil<br />

from <strong>the</strong> JAX neighborhood and blended<br />

with hibiscus, lavender, and o<strong>the</strong>r herbs.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> mixture gradually dyes <strong>the</strong> cloth <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> com<strong>in</strong>g days, it will rise <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fabric’s<br />

creases.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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Colors from <strong>the</strong> heart<br />

embroiled <strong>in</strong> emotions<br />

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“Every pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g of m<strong>in</strong>e has a story, and it aims to<br />

trigger feel<strong>in</strong>gs, emotions, and memories deep <strong>in</strong>side<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart and m<strong>in</strong>d of <strong>the</strong> viewer,” says Dr. Dodi.<br />

Dr. Dodi Mossafer, <strong>in</strong> his words,<br />

is a proud Egyptian American<br />

artist, a pa<strong>in</strong>ter who considers<br />

himself a self-taught artist. Born<br />

<strong>in</strong> Egypt, he came to <strong>the</strong> U.S. on his own<br />

at <strong>the</strong> young age of 19 to attend college.<br />

After complet<strong>in</strong>g his college education, he<br />

pursued a bus<strong>in</strong>ess and academic career<br />

and stayed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> U.S. for almost 20 years.<br />

Dr. Dodi never imag<strong>in</strong>ed he would be a<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ter when he was younger. The teacher<br />

of <strong>the</strong> only art class he took <strong>in</strong> college failed<br />

him— with <strong>the</strong> lowest grade he had ever<br />

received. He remembers that <strong>the</strong> professor<br />

was very critical of him, tell<strong>in</strong>g him he had<br />

no tolerance or appreciation for Art. Dr.<br />

Dodi surprised himself ten years later when<br />

he began pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, as he <strong>in</strong>itially agreed<br />

with <strong>the</strong> professor.<br />

“I create most of my artwork from pure<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation that is free of limitations or<br />

constra<strong>in</strong>ts, “ says Dodi.<br />

After f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g his first abstract<br />

expressionism pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2012, he never<br />

halted. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, four hundred fifty<br />

artworks have been produced by him <strong>in</strong><br />

different styles and techniques us<strong>in</strong>g oil,<br />

acrylic, markers, and pastels on canvas,<br />

l<strong>in</strong>en, and paper.<br />

“Every pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g of m<strong>in</strong>e has a story, and<br />

it aims to trigger feel<strong>in</strong>gs, emotions, and<br />

memories deep <strong>in</strong>side <strong>the</strong> heart and m<strong>in</strong>d<br />

of <strong>the</strong> viewer,” says Dr. Dodi.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> early years of his journey as<br />

an artist, Dr. Dodi was hesitant to display<br />

or share his artwork. He struggled with <strong>the</strong><br />

idea that perhaps it wasn’t worth shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and only pa<strong>in</strong>ted to express his emotions<br />

and feel<strong>in</strong>gs. Plung<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to an unknown<br />

world that he gets to create and shape<br />

without any rules or limitations. Near<strong>in</strong>g<br />

2018, he gradually began shar<strong>in</strong>g some<br />

early pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs with friends and family.<br />

“I was quite surprised that many of <strong>the</strong>m<br />

liked my work and appreciated it. I got more<br />

encouraged and created a social media<br />

profile on Instagram a year later,” says Dr.<br />

Dodi.<br />

He began shar<strong>in</strong>g his old and ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artwork on his social media profile. Dr.<br />

Dodi recollects it as an overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience, as he witnessed that many from<br />

across <strong>the</strong> world admired his work.<br />

As a pa<strong>in</strong>ter, he appreciates nature and<br />

traditional artwork, although he tends to<br />

feel limited by its style and techniques.<br />

“I also appreciate <strong>the</strong> beauty of human<br />

figures. Therefore, sometimes I make<br />

a conscious choice to be free of any<br />

restrictions whenever I need to,” says Dr.<br />

Dodi. His artwork is highly <strong>in</strong>fluenced by<br />

nature, environment, and/or outside triggers<br />

<strong>the</strong>n he takes it through a personal journey<br />

of deep imag<strong>in</strong>ation and reflection while<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g an emotional connection with <strong>the</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to show <strong>the</strong> world. Every time he<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts, he confesses that he too patiently<br />

waits for what materializes on his canvas.<br />

“I usually do not know what my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

looks like or what it will be till after I am<br />

done with it,” expla<strong>in</strong>s Dr. Dodi.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g process is like a journey <strong>in</strong><br />

which he does not know <strong>the</strong> dest<strong>in</strong>ation until<br />

he gets <strong>the</strong>re. Usually, it takes him more<br />

than one session to pa<strong>in</strong>t, as he needs time<br />

to reflect and feel his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g while build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a deep connection to my work. He works<br />

on multiple pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs simultaneously to<br />

allow his creative process and emotions to<br />

harmonize with <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

He truly feels that every pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g was<br />

meant to be created <strong>in</strong> a certa<strong>in</strong> way, while<br />

he is only a tool to br<strong>in</strong>g it to life and <strong>in</strong>to our<br />

universe. It isn’t uncommon for him to be<br />

so immersed <strong>in</strong> his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that he could<br />

spend an entire weekend pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g day and<br />

night <strong>in</strong> isolation.<br />

Dr. Dodi gets asked many times what his<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs means, but he refra<strong>in</strong>s from giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his op<strong>in</strong>ion. He believes that <strong>the</strong> viewer<br />

should draw <strong>the</strong>ir own conclusions; and<br />

also tends to avoid sketch<strong>in</strong>g his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>in</strong> advance if needed, so l<strong>in</strong>es and<br />

boundaries can’t limit his artistry. He also<br />

admits that gett<strong>in</strong>g paid to pa<strong>in</strong>t someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

specific is difficult. “I need to pa<strong>in</strong>t what I<br />

feel <strong>the</strong>n if it is sold that is great and if not<br />

<strong>the</strong>n I will wait till it has <strong>the</strong> appropriate<br />

person to appreciate it,” expla<strong>in</strong>s Dr Dodi.<br />

“Art is a journey of emotional creativity,”<br />

says Dr. Dodi.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“Art is a journey of<br />

emotional creativity,”<br />

says Dr. Dodi.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Powered by Danube, Celebrated<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>rhood and Honoured Brands with<br />

a Spectacular Award Night at The Ritz-<br />

Carlton, DIFC<br />

While <strong>the</strong> world was<br />

enthusiastically watch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

open<strong>in</strong>g ceremony of <strong>the</strong> FIFA<br />

World Cup on Sunday, Dubai<br />

was up for a different game as it celebrated<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rhood <strong>in</strong> a spectacular even<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

paid tribute to all <strong>the</strong> mo<strong>the</strong>rs through <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

‘Wonder Mom Awards <strong>2022</strong>’ night. The<br />

remarkable event was organized by Gulf<br />

Time Media LLC (GTM) and powered by<br />

Danube. It was held <strong>in</strong> The Ritz-Carlton,<br />

DIFC, and was attended by 450+ people<br />

from diverse backgrounds across <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Joe Mohan hosted <strong>the</strong> event and kept<br />

<strong>the</strong> audience <strong>in</strong>trigued throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

event. This award night was one of a k<strong>in</strong>d,<br />

empower<strong>in</strong>g mo<strong>the</strong>rs from all walks of life.<br />

The em<strong>in</strong>ent personalities who graced<br />

<strong>the</strong> occasion were Sheikh Majid Rashid<br />

Al Mualla, CEO of Majestic Investments,<br />

Dr. Kabir, COO of Majestic Investments,<br />

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Khalifa Al<br />

Khalifa, Pr<strong>in</strong>cess of Bahra<strong>in</strong>, H.E. Juma<br />

Madani, H.E. Munira Alblooshi, Kanika<br />

Kapoor, Bollywood S<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g Sensation,<br />

Dipika Kakkar Ibrahim, an Indian Actress,<br />

Ms. Shabnam Kassam, Director of Danube<br />

Welfare and Ms. Sameera Sajan.<br />

The award night was a humble attempt<br />

by Gulf Time Media LLC (GTM) to recognize<br />

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<strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>stak<strong>in</strong>g efforts taken by mo<strong>the</strong>rs <strong>in</strong><br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir t<strong>in</strong>y tots and br<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

various brands that have made parent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

easy—thanks to <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>novative products<br />

and services! It celebrated and empowered<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE who have achieved<br />

remarkable milestones on <strong>the</strong> professional<br />

front while effortlessly pull<strong>in</strong>g off <strong>the</strong> role<br />

of be<strong>in</strong>g a mo<strong>the</strong>r. It gave <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong> due<br />

recognition <strong>the</strong>y earnestly deserved.<br />

The magnificent award night added a<br />

fea<strong>the</strong>r to <strong>the</strong> organizers’ cap as <strong>the</strong>y set<br />

<strong>the</strong> ‘L<strong>in</strong>coln World Record’ for present<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> most awards <strong>in</strong> one night. There were<br />

35+ mo<strong>the</strong>rhood categories from different<br />

spheres of life, and a w<strong>in</strong>ner was selected<br />

from every type. For brands, <strong>the</strong>re were<br />

more than 30+ categories from which<br />

w<strong>in</strong>ners were selected.<br />

Apart from honor<strong>in</strong>g mo<strong>the</strong>rs from various<br />

categories, it also presented an opportunity<br />

for mo<strong>the</strong>rs to walk <strong>the</strong> ramp irrespective<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir age. There were two fashion ramp<br />

walks, one on Ethnic Wear by ‘The Old<br />

Story,’ and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r on Modern Wear by<br />

‘PriyaFashions.’<br />

Wonder Mom <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> is a lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>rhood magaz<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE with its<br />

headquarters <strong>in</strong> Dubai and has celebrities,<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluencers, and mompreneurs as its<br />

cover face. With its premium engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

content, expert <strong>in</strong>puts, and latest news,<br />

<strong>the</strong> magaz<strong>in</strong>e focuses on all <strong>the</strong> pre & post<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rhood and parent<strong>in</strong>g issues that help<br />

<strong>the</strong> present as well as aspir<strong>in</strong>g mo<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Digital Artist<br />

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F<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g your rhythm <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fast-paced<br />

world as a Designer<br />

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“You’ll love your work and o<strong>the</strong>rs will appreciate<br />

it because you found your niche, developed a<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style, and stick to it,” says Stephanie<br />

Designer Stephanie has always<br />

been <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> alternate<br />

realities. She became a digital<br />

designer s<strong>in</strong>ce she has always<br />

had a preference for us<strong>in</strong>g unconventional<br />

technologies.; pencils <strong>in</strong>stead of pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

brushes. Her draw<strong>in</strong>gs tend to have p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

skies, flam<strong>in</strong>g orange hair, purple eyes, and<br />

greenish sk<strong>in</strong> tones. She enjoys br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

out <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ner child, who likes to pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong><br />

sky white, <strong>the</strong> clouds blue, and <strong>the</strong> walls<br />

colorful. She enjoys push<strong>in</strong>g limits and<br />

motivat<strong>in</strong>g not only her clients but also<br />

established and aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists to draw<br />

from <strong>the</strong>ir souls—to connect with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

emotions and <strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs that give <strong>the</strong>m<br />

energy and let those th<strong>in</strong>gs show <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

work. S<strong>in</strong>ce most of us look far and wide<br />

for <strong>in</strong>spiration, <strong>in</strong> reality, it may be found<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> grounded version of oneself,<br />

it’s crucial to be able to discover that<br />

motivation.<br />

“You’ll love your work and o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

will appreciate it because you found<br />

your niche, developed a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

style, and stick to it. It <strong>in</strong>volves<br />

gett<strong>in</strong>g back up, do<strong>in</strong>g new th<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

always learn<strong>in</strong>g, and mak<strong>in</strong>g sure<br />

your community is safe, confident,<br />

and close-knit. Hav<strong>in</strong>g a strong group<br />

of artistic or creatively oriented pals can<br />

help you go somewhere, and you’ll also<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d yourself through assist<strong>in</strong>g o<strong>the</strong>rs <strong>in</strong><br />

do<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> same,” says Stephanie.<br />

She also emphasizes<br />

social issues, mental<br />

health awareness,<br />

and environmentally<br />

friendly lifestyle.<br />

By feel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

sentiments,<br />

she <strong>in</strong>spires<br />

everyone around<br />

her to fight<br />

for a better,<br />

physically,<br />

emotionally,<br />

and cognitively healthy liv<strong>in</strong>g. If words are<br />

<strong>in</strong>adequate, apply<strong>in</strong>g crayon to canvas is a<br />

lovely way to f<strong>in</strong>d a small space <strong>in</strong> your soul<br />

that will care for you.<br />

Her world has always revolved around<br />

animation. In real life, she is a highly<br />

energetic person. She’s funny and<br />

vivacious, and a lot of her energy comes<br />

from my profession. She usually leads an<br />

unfiltered, open, and free life. Adults <strong>in</strong> suits<br />

are more <strong>in</strong>trigued by animation.<br />

Never stop learn<strong>in</strong>g is her one piece<br />

of advice to everyone, artist or not. She<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s that it’s not all that we know. We<br />

will always f<strong>in</strong>d a method to solve problems,<br />

so we won’t fall beh<strong>in</strong>d. If such were <strong>the</strong><br />

case, traditional artists would no longer be<br />

<strong>in</strong> vogue, but <strong>the</strong>y now use<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir skills to pa<strong>in</strong>t live<br />

at events, wedd<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r occasions.<br />

“Utilize every chance to<br />

establish a community<br />

and br<strong>in</strong>g it up along<br />

with you,” Stephanie<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s. This <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

pric<strong>in</strong>g guidel<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

quotations, provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“Utilize every<br />

chance to establish<br />

a community and<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g it up along<br />

with you,”<br />

says Stephanie<br />

and receiv<strong>in</strong>g feedback, and most<br />

importantly, hav<strong>in</strong>g each o<strong>the</strong>r’s backs.<br />

She believes that artists, whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent contractors or employed on<br />

a regular basis, need to establish a set of<br />

rules to better safeguard <strong>the</strong>ir rights to fair<br />

treatment. They should not be compared<br />

if someone else does it for a lower price<br />

because that is cheap, disrespectful, and<br />

most importantly, it reveals <strong>the</strong> client’s<br />

character. They also deserve to be paid on<br />

time and at a fair rate.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> hardest occupations out<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is be<strong>in</strong>g a designer because <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are responsible for all aspects of <strong>the</strong> job,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g ideation, market<strong>in</strong>g, payroll, and<br />

delivery. But Stephanie is content with it.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Best places to enjoy your<br />

Christmas, and New Years <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

Toshi<br />

Enjoy this holiday season with a private Christmas Eve d<strong>in</strong>ner at Toshi, live enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, children’s gift-giv<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> opportunity to see Santa Claus. Make this season special while tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Palm Jumeirah’s atmosphere<br />

and breathtak<strong>in</strong>g sights.<br />

Location: Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights<br />

Fogueira Restaurants & Lounge<br />

With <strong>the</strong> unrivalled views of A<strong>in</strong> Dubai, JBR, and Mar<strong>in</strong>a, <strong>the</strong> Christmas Eve d<strong>in</strong>ner served at Fogueira are for<br />

those look<strong>in</strong>g for an excit<strong>in</strong>g Christmas Eve filled with delectable food, atmosphere, and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment.<br />

Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Mar<strong>in</strong>a<br />

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Cordelia<br />

D<strong>in</strong>e at Cordelia with loved ones and friends on <strong>the</strong> eve of Christmas. Enjoy a wide selection of holiday<br />

favourites from <strong>the</strong> venue’s outstand<strong>in</strong>g buffet, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g classic roast turkey d<strong>in</strong>ners delivered with <strong>the</strong> right<br />

sides and a beautiful array of decadent, sweet treats.<br />

Location: St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah<br />

Raia<br />

At Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, enjoy a festive buffet <strong>in</strong> Palm Kitchen to commemorate a fantastic day. Raia offers<br />

a splendid Christmas Eve d<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong> a chic sett<strong>in</strong>g with a lively Arabesque ambience. A family supper <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> chic<br />

and energetic lounge will be one you won’t soon forget.<br />

Location: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, <strong>the</strong> Palm, Palm Jumeirah<br />

Sloane’s<br />

Start <strong>the</strong> Christmas Eve festivities off right with a fantastic holiday d<strong>in</strong>ner buffet at Sloane’s. Toge<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>in</strong>dulge,<br />

dr<strong>in</strong>k, and rejoice as <strong>the</strong> live cul<strong>in</strong>ary stations sate everyone’s appetites, foot-tapp<strong>in</strong>g music was provided by a<br />

live DJ, and Santa’s grotto was not to be missed.<br />

Location: Grosvenor House, A <strong>Luxury</strong> Collection Hotel, Dubai, Dubai Mar<strong>in</strong>a<br />

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Expressionism<br />

“My pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs do not stem from a specific idea or <strong>the</strong>me; I consciously avoid<br />

focus<strong>in</strong>g on specific questions or particular answers, and <strong>in</strong>stead, I create new<br />

pictures which generate unknown questions,” says Nikolas.<br />

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In 1988, <strong>the</strong> artist Nikolas Antoniou was<br />

born <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> qua<strong>in</strong>t town of Larnaca,<br />

Cyprus. Nikolas obta<strong>in</strong>ed his degree <strong>in</strong><br />

2012 from <strong>the</strong> Department of F<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

Applied Arts at <strong>the</strong> University of Western<br />

Macedonia <strong>in</strong> Greece. While study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>re,<br />

he closely collaborated with professors and<br />

artists Harris Kondosphyris and Manolis<br />

Polymeri.<br />

If you were to look through Nikolas’s<br />

compositions, <strong>the</strong> human figure is<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent <strong>in</strong> majority of his pieces. Figures<br />

and portraits appear and disappear <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

canvas at various areas. The works by<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist attempt to discuss <strong>the</strong> spiritual<br />

realm of man and <strong>the</strong> different existential<br />

concerns he has with strong l<strong>in</strong>es, vibrant<br />

colors, and emotionally charged figures.<br />

In his most recent pieces, Antoniou<br />

briefly disengages from <strong>the</strong> person <strong>in</strong><br />

order to focus, reconsider, and explore<br />

<strong>the</strong> significance of <strong>the</strong> background. In<br />

actuality, <strong>the</strong> dynamic and emotional charge<br />

generated by <strong>the</strong> abstract pa<strong>in</strong>ted surface<br />

made <strong>the</strong> figure <strong>the</strong> work’s hero. This<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction and dependence are now up to<br />

<strong>the</strong> viewer to manage s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> figure is no<br />

longer <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

“My pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs do not stem from a specific<br />

idea or <strong>the</strong>me; I consciously avoid focus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on specific questions or particular answers,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>stead, I create new pictures which<br />

generate unknown questions,” says Nikolas.<br />

Thus, without giv<strong>in</strong>g it much thought,<br />

a pa<strong>in</strong>ter creates hazy spaces, objects<br />

that seem out of place <strong>in</strong> time and<br />

space, alongside o<strong>the</strong>r th<strong>in</strong>gs that seem<br />

disconnected and figures that are lost <strong>in</strong> a<br />

highly detailed environment.<br />

“Objects and figures, lost <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>tensely<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>terly environment, coexist and <strong>in</strong>teract,<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong>ir existence,” expla<strong>in</strong>s<br />

Antoniou.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> end, <strong>the</strong>se elements coexist and<br />

<strong>in</strong>teract, giv<strong>in</strong>g each object a purpose,<br />

tell<strong>in</strong>g a tale, and express<strong>in</strong>g a sentiment.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“Objects and figures,<br />

lost <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>tensely<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>terly environment,<br />

coexist and <strong>in</strong>teract,<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

existence,”<br />

says Nikolas.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Abu Dhabi Art <strong>2022</strong> purchases signal <strong>the</strong><br />

comeback of <strong>the</strong> U.A.E Art Market<br />

The fair hosted its largest edition,<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g a matur<strong>in</strong>g crop of<br />

local collectors. Even before <strong>the</strong><br />

pandemic hit art fair attendance,<br />

<strong>the</strong> halls at Abu Dhabi Art were sparsely<br />

populated with visitors, leav<strong>in</strong>g many<br />

dealers to wonder if <strong>the</strong> market <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

capital had dried up.<br />

However, at <strong>the</strong> 14th edition of <strong>the</strong> fair<br />

this year, crowds of visitors from <strong>the</strong> region<br />

and beyond crowded <strong>the</strong> fairgrounds on all<br />

days. “It’s <strong>the</strong> best edition <strong>in</strong> a long time!”<br />

exclaimed Sunny Rahbar, a longtime Dubaibased<br />

dealer.<br />

The fair, which returned to Manarat<br />

Al Saadiyat from November 16 to 20,<br />

became a bridge to <strong>in</strong>ternational collectors<br />

for gallerists from nearby countries<br />

experienc<strong>in</strong>g socioeconomic and political<br />

upheaval.<br />

This year’s fair, organized once aga<strong>in</strong> by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Department of Culture and Tourism—<br />

Abu Dhabi, featured 80 galleries from 28<br />

countries, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g 33 new galleries from<br />

Colombia, France, Tunisia, Italy, Nigeria,<br />

South Korea, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, and <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE.<br />

Turkish galleries <strong>in</strong>creased <strong>the</strong>ir presence<br />

<strong>in</strong> response to <strong>the</strong> challeng<strong>in</strong>g market<br />

conditions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir home country. In October<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, <strong>the</strong> Turkish lira’s <strong>in</strong>flation rate reached<br />

83 percent, a 24-year high. Dirimart, an<br />

Istanbul-based 20-year-old gallery, said<br />

<strong>the</strong>y haven’t had to adjust <strong>the</strong>ir prices due<br />

to <strong>in</strong>flation but admit that some Turkish<br />

collectors are hesitant to buy. “The UAE is a<br />

good place to develop right now,” director<br />

Levent Ozmen said.<br />

A work by prom<strong>in</strong>ent Turkish artist<br />

Fahrelnissa Zeid was sold by <strong>the</strong> gallery to<br />

an Abu Dhabi-based collector for more than<br />

$100,000.<br />

Prices ranged from $3,000 <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emerge<br />

section to $5 million to $8 million at Galeria<br />

La Cometa for a museum-quality pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

by Cuban master Wilfredo Lam.<br />

“At this fair, people take <strong>the</strong>ir time; it is<br />

not a fair where people are buy<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

ears and try<strong>in</strong>g to get <strong>the</strong> next th<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

will make <strong>the</strong>m money,” echoed fair director<br />

Dyala Nusseibeh.<br />

Abu Dhabi is a transformed city,<br />

brimm<strong>in</strong>g with world-class museums such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> Louvre Abu Dhabi, newcomers such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Zayed<br />

National Museum, teamLab Phenomena<br />

Abu Dhabi, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terfaith Abrahamic<br />

Family House. The presence of <strong>in</strong>stitutions,<br />

art galleries, and fairs, as well as regular<br />

exposure to such pivotal works of art at new<br />

museums, has <strong>in</strong>spired younger residents<br />

to appreciate and collect art.<br />

“They grew up with museums, art fairs,<br />

and galleries and are now eager to buy,”<br />

Nusseibeh said, stress<strong>in</strong>g how <strong>the</strong> boutique<br />

fair is ultimately for <strong>the</strong> benefit of <strong>the</strong><br />

“community and <strong>the</strong> wider public.” And <strong>the</strong><br />

royal family supports such aims. “They are<br />

very supportive of galleries,” Nusseibeh<br />

added. “For <strong>the</strong>m, it matters that <strong>the</strong>y have<br />

come and <strong>in</strong>vested <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi.”<br />

For a fair that started <strong>in</strong> 2009 with a<br />

handful of blue-chip galleries like Gagosian<br />

and David Zwirner eager to sell to Abu<br />

Dhabi’s Nahyan royal family, Abu Dhabi Art<br />

has evolved <strong>in</strong>to a dist<strong>in</strong>ctly regional event<br />

focus<strong>in</strong>g on artists and galleries from <strong>the</strong><br />

Gulf and broader Middle East.<br />

However, <strong>the</strong> fair has <strong>in</strong>cluded a more<br />

diverse mix of galleries and artists over <strong>the</strong><br />

last two years. This year’s fair is <strong>in</strong>credibly<br />

multicultural, with an <strong>in</strong>creased showcase<br />

of art from North and Sub-Saharan Africa,<br />

Turkey, and Iran.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

76 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com


Abu Dhabi Air Expo <strong>2022</strong> ends on a<br />

high note<br />

The 10th edition of <strong>the</strong> Abu Dhabi<br />

Air Expo’s successful conclusion<br />

streng<strong>the</strong>ned <strong>the</strong> Emirate of Abu<br />

Dhabi’s position as a significant<br />

regional hub for aviation. Twenty thousand<br />

attendees, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g owners, operators,<br />

suppliers, and media members from<br />

domestic and <strong>in</strong>ternational aerospace firms,<br />

attended <strong>the</strong> excit<strong>in</strong>g conference panels<br />

and browsed <strong>the</strong> exhibition throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

three-day event.<br />

The official airl<strong>in</strong>e sponsor, Etihad,<br />

welcomed visitors to its chalet, where it<br />

presented an Airbus A321 aircraft on static<br />

and its susta<strong>in</strong>ability <strong>in</strong>itiatives, charter<br />

services, and medical evacuation skills.<br />

Panelists from Etihad significantly<br />

contributed to <strong>the</strong> conference agenda<br />

by discuss<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ability, workforce<br />

concerns, and <strong>the</strong> post-pandemic aviation<br />

picture.<br />

Em<strong>in</strong>ent figures from <strong>the</strong> aviation<br />

community, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Joscha Kremers,<br />

Chief Aviation Transportation & Logistics<br />

Section - United Nations, Mr Badr Al Olama,<br />

Executive Director of Mubadala, who<br />

moderated <strong>the</strong> panel on <strong>the</strong> future growth<br />

and developments <strong>in</strong> aviation, and Mr<br />

Kashish Kohli, Group Chief F<strong>in</strong>ancial Officer<br />

- SANAD, jo<strong>in</strong>ed Etihad at <strong>the</strong> premier<br />

conference. The first day’s sem<strong>in</strong>ars, which<br />

supported diversity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sector, focused<br />

on <strong>the</strong> potential for women <strong>in</strong> aviation and<br />

welcomed Ms. Merhat Sultan, <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

Eastern Women <strong>in</strong> Aviation president.<br />

The United Arab Emirates Air Force’s<br />

aerobatics demonstration team, Al Fursan,<br />

and local skydivers who dropped <strong>in</strong> on<br />

National UAE Flag Day and displayed <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirates’ red, white, and green on <strong>the</strong>ir silks<br />

provided breathtak<strong>in</strong>g air displays for <strong>the</strong><br />

audience.<br />

Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, as one of <strong>the</strong> official<br />

media partners , organized an art exhibition<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> venue with artists Naeel Arhaj and<br />

Hajar Mohammed.<br />

The Abu Dhabi Air Expo <strong>in</strong>tends to<br />

promote Abu Dhabi’s growth as an aviation<br />

center. The follow<strong>in</strong>g exhibition and<br />

conference are planned for March 2–4,<br />

2024.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

Scan barcode to view <strong>the</strong> video<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Visual<br />

Emotionism<br />

By Simona<br />

78 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> www.magzoid.com

“S<strong>in</strong>ce women represent <strong>the</strong> highest, purest level of feel<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>y have always<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested me when I pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong>m,” says Simona.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Simona Constant<strong>in</strong> is a formally<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>ed dental medic<strong>in</strong>e doctor<br />

and former orthodontist. Grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up with a natural talent for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g several art competitions <strong>in</strong><br />

her childhood, she used her draw<strong>in</strong>g skills<br />

<strong>in</strong> anatomy courses dur<strong>in</strong>g her medical<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, always be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ed to showcase<br />

her natural talents. Whatever she pursued,<br />

she always returned to her first love and<br />

passion. After years of practic<strong>in</strong>g Art <strong>in</strong><br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r form <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> orthodontics field, she<br />

decided to pursue her art career, becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a portrait artist liv<strong>in</strong>g and work<strong>in</strong>g between<br />

Germany and Spa<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Tak<strong>in</strong>g Instagram by storm and grow<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

remarkable follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a short time allowed<br />

Simona to share her <strong>in</strong>spiration and works<br />

with a vast community of artists across <strong>the</strong><br />

globe and reach prom<strong>in</strong>ent collectors who<br />

were fasc<strong>in</strong>ated with her artworks.<br />

She was always <strong>in</strong>trigued by faces<br />

and <strong>the</strong> emotions beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>m, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

portraits <strong>in</strong> her signature style. Her body<br />

of work revolves around energy and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong>trospection, and she portrays and<br />

explores that through <strong>the</strong> women she<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts. Her large-scale canvases express<br />

emotions, and she manages to capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> viewer’s sight through her unique style,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g him emerge <strong>in</strong> ano<strong>the</strong>r world.<br />

“Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g women has always fasc<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

me because <strong>the</strong>y are <strong>the</strong> highest, purest<br />

level of emotion. My canvases have<br />

become a spiritual playground and my<br />

current goal is to focus on <strong>in</strong>vestigat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> deepest <strong>in</strong>ner levels of our be<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and channell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m through all of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

women, animals, objects and entities that<br />

are juxtaposed, creat<strong>in</strong>g immersive stories<br />

for <strong>the</strong> observer and <strong>the</strong>refore challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to a deeper <strong>in</strong>trospection.”<br />

Simona exhibited <strong>in</strong> Vienna, Monaco,<br />

Madrid, and Qatar, to name a few, and<br />

her works have been published <strong>in</strong> several<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational art magaz<strong>in</strong>es. She is currently<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g on future exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Europe<br />

and collaborations with galleries and <strong>the</strong><br />

luxury goods <strong>in</strong>dustry. Her commission<br />

with <strong>the</strong> late Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed<br />

Al Ashmawi and his beloved mo<strong>the</strong>r, Mrs.<br />

Elly Al Ashmawi is currently <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir private<br />

collection <strong>in</strong> Marbella, where she had <strong>the</strong><br />

pleasure to <strong>in</strong>stall it herself.<br />

Additionally, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> USA, her portraits<br />

are part of <strong>the</strong> private collections of The<br />

Ackerberg Group and <strong>the</strong> award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

author and film producer Deirdre Allen<br />

Timmons. Simona’s works are to be found<br />

<strong>in</strong> permanent private collections across <strong>the</strong><br />

USA and Europe.<br />

Simona is work<strong>in</strong>g on her new collection,<br />

which will be available to collectors through<br />

direct commission and selected galleries.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“My canvases<br />

have become<br />

a spiritual<br />

playground,”<br />

says Simona<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Middle Eastern Art high <strong>in</strong> demand,<br />

signaled by Christie’s sales surpass<strong>in</strong>g $3 million<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Christie’s, a live<br />

auction and onl<strong>in</strong>e sale of<br />

contemporary and modern art<br />

from <strong>the</strong> MENA region generated<br />

more than $3 million last week, with several<br />

sales exceed<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>itial projections by a<br />

significant marg<strong>in</strong>, <strong>in</strong>dicat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> demand<br />

for artwork from <strong>the</strong> Middle East is on <strong>the</strong><br />

rise. The onl<strong>in</strong>e auction ran for three weeks,<br />

with <strong>the</strong> live auction tak<strong>in</strong>g place last<br />

Wednesday <strong>in</strong> London.<br />

The 1948 seascape Les falaises-la baie,<br />

a Marsa Matrouh (esquisse), which <strong>the</strong> artist<br />

gifted to his niece Queen Farida <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> late<br />

1940s, was one of two pieces by Egyptian<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ter Mahmoud Said that was up for bid<br />

at <strong>the</strong> live auction. The picture sold for more<br />

than $180,000, although its estimated value<br />

ranges from $80,000 to $115,000.<br />

Le Nil a Louxor (Chadouf), a 1919 piece<br />

by Said, earned close to $70,000.<br />

Ali Banisadr’s Broken Land, <strong>the</strong> auction’s<br />

top lot, went for $477,000 as opposed to<br />

<strong>the</strong> low estimate of $286,000. The sale of<br />

Angelus II-I by Kamal Boullata for about<br />

$29,000 set a new auction record for <strong>the</strong><br />

Palest<strong>in</strong>ian artist.<br />

The collection also conta<strong>in</strong>ed pieces by<br />

Egyptian-Armenian artist Chant Avedissian,<br />

Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman, and Saudi<br />

artist Ahmed Mater. Many of <strong>the</strong>se pieces<br />

were displayed <strong>in</strong> September at a Christie’s<br />

Dubai exhibition while a carefully chosen<br />

assortment were displayed dur<strong>in</strong>g Christie’s<br />

London Frieze Week.<br />

The w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g bidders <strong>in</strong>cluded private<br />

collectors and <strong>in</strong>stitutions from 15 countries,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> UAE, <strong>the</strong> US, <strong>the</strong> UK, and<br />

France. The exhibitions are likely to<br />

have helped <strong>the</strong> works ga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

exposure and boost auction results.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Christie’s, 25% of those<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> auction were brand-new<br />

customers.<br />

The autumn auction has been held for<br />

six years; this is <strong>the</strong> first live event s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

2019. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Sikorski, <strong>the</strong> numerous<br />

sales from this year’s lot exceeded orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

projections, which shows a cont<strong>in</strong>ually<br />

<strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> more contemporary<br />

and modern regional art.<br />

“This year, Christie’s showcased<br />

a quality of artwork represent<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

diversity and orig<strong>in</strong>ality of <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

East,” said Dr. Ridha Moumni, deputy<br />

chairman of Christie’s Middle East. “We<br />

are delighted with <strong>the</strong> success of <strong>the</strong><br />

sale and <strong>the</strong> acquisitions by private<br />

collectors and <strong>in</strong>stitutions from <strong>the</strong><br />

curated selection that <strong>in</strong>cluded significant<br />

works from Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi<br />

Arabia, and <strong>the</strong> Maghreb. We will ensure<br />

significant upcom<strong>in</strong>g sales of modern and<br />

contemporary artworks and develop <strong>the</strong><br />

category to meet <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

region’s art regionally and <strong>in</strong>ternationally.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />




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ART NEWS<br />

Dubai’s Museum of <strong>the</strong> Future<br />

to extend <strong>the</strong> hours of operation<br />

Due to <strong>the</strong> overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong><br />

tickets for <strong>the</strong> Sheikh Zayed Road<br />

landmark, <strong>the</strong> Museum of <strong>the</strong><br />

Future is expand<strong>in</strong>g its operat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hours. From November 30th, <strong>the</strong> website<br />

has begun to offer more visitation times,<br />

available until 7:30 p.m. In <strong>the</strong> past, <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al<br />

time slot was at 4.30.<br />

The Museum of <strong>the</strong> Future, an<br />

architectural wonder, has swiftly ga<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

popularity among tourists. The Vice<br />

President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh<br />

Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid, had his poetry,<br />

written <strong>in</strong> Arabic calligraphy by Emirati artist<br />

Mattar b<strong>in</strong> Lahej, carved onto <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g’s<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive facade. The museum’s <strong>in</strong>terior<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es a deep sense of heritage with<br />

a forward-look<strong>in</strong>g vision <strong>in</strong> its spaces and<br />

exhibitions.<br />

MOTF has several exhibitions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

museum that comb<strong>in</strong>e various components,<br />

such as an immersive <strong>the</strong>atre and <strong>the</strong>med<br />

attractions. Each exhibition is built to look<br />

like an <strong>in</strong>teractive set from a future movie.<br />

The displays must be seen <strong>in</strong> a specified<br />

order over a predeterm<strong>in</strong>ed time.<br />

Visitors may check out exhibitions like<br />

Tomorrow Today, a dynamic showcase for<br />

<strong>the</strong> most forward-th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ventors of today,<br />

and Future Heroes, a magical playground<br />

where kids can explore, play, and learn<br />

via three major activities called Imag<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

Design, and Build.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

MOTF has several<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> museum that<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>e various<br />

components, such<br />

as an immersive<br />

<strong>the</strong>atre and <strong>the</strong>med<br />

attractions.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for<br />

Perrot<strong>in</strong> Gallery<br />

DIFC welcomed <strong>the</strong> first Perrot<strong>in</strong> gallery <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East with a celebratory gallery tour. Perrot<strong>in</strong> gallery is showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> works of some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> world’s most iconic and renowned artists, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami and Canadian sculptor and<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ter, Jason Boyd K<strong>in</strong>sella Keith Har<strong>in</strong>g, Damien Hirst, Donna Huanca, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara and Lee Ufan, among o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

When: Until 28th January <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: DIFC, Dubai<br />

Dwell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gap by<br />

Shaikha Al Mazrou<br />

Dwell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gap is Al Mazrou second solo<br />

at <strong>the</strong> gallery after her st<strong>in</strong>t at Frieze Sculpture<br />

<strong>2022</strong> <strong>in</strong> Regent’s Park, London, with her<br />

major new artwork Red Stack. The exhibition<br />

represents seven new steel sculptures that<br />

are partially <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> properties and<br />

possibilities of folded and creased paper,<br />

transmuted <strong>in</strong>to sta<strong>in</strong>less steel.<br />

When: Until 5th January 2023<br />

Where: Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai<br />

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Impressionism: Pathways<br />

to Modernity<br />

Featur<strong>in</strong>g pioneer<strong>in</strong>g works by Manet, Degas, and<br />

Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Cézanne, <strong>the</strong> exhibition<br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs toge<strong>the</strong>r more than 150 masterpieces alongside<br />

etch<strong>in</strong>gs, costumes, film and photography mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> most significant Impressionist exhibitions<br />

ever to be held outside France.<br />

Dates: Until February 5, 2023<br />

Venue: Louvre Abu Dhabi<br />


Pop South Asia: Artistic<br />

Explorations <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Popular<br />

This exhibition, a collaboration between <strong>the</strong> Sharjah Art Foundation and<br />

New Delhi’s Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, <strong>in</strong>cludes over 100 works by<br />

artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> diaspora.<br />

Dates: Until <strong>December</strong> 11, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Venue: Sharjah Art Foundation<br />

Quoz Arts Fest<br />

An annual event that transforms Al Quoz’s <strong>in</strong>dustrial<br />

district <strong>in</strong>to a vibrant celebration of <strong>the</strong> arts and<br />

creativity of <strong>the</strong> neighborhood, with Alserkal Avenue<br />

serv<strong>in</strong>g as its focal po<strong>in</strong>t. Comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g modern art,<br />

performance, live music, and food to <strong>in</strong>spire and<br />

engage.<br />

Dates: 28th and 29th Jan, 2023<br />

Venue: Louvre Abu Dhabi<br />

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Bob Ross encouraged <strong>the</strong> young<br />

viewer by pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g only <strong>in</strong> gray for<br />

an entire episode after a fan once<br />

approached <strong>the</strong> artist and said that<br />

due to his disability, he could not<br />

be a pa<strong>in</strong>ter.<br />

The Statue of David was<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>ally commissioned<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1464 by <strong>the</strong> Opera del<br />

Duomo to Agost<strong>in</strong>o di Duccio<br />

predat<strong>in</strong>g Michelangelo.<br />

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New Jersey features a spoon museum that<br />

houses over 5,400 spoons from all over <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Each spoon commemorates a unique occasion.<br />

Art competitions were once part of <strong>the</strong><br />

Olympics. Medals were awarded for<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, music, architecture,<br />

and literature between 1912 and 1948.<br />

Fauvism movement only lasted 6 years Th early<br />

20th century movement, favored bright colors<br />

and brushstrokes over realism <strong>in</strong> traditional<br />

impressionist work.<br />

In V<strong>in</strong>cent Van Gogh ‘Olive Trees;<br />

(1889), <strong>the</strong> artist did not hide a<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g of a bug between <strong>the</strong><br />

trees, but <strong>the</strong> grasshopper was<br />

real and stuck <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t for 128<br />

years.<br />

In 2020, Artemisia Gentileschi was<br />

identified as <strong>the</strong> actual creator of <strong>the</strong><br />

magnificent pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g called “David<br />

and Goliath”. Dur<strong>in</strong>g restoration,<br />

it was discovered that she hid her<br />

name on <strong>the</strong> hilt of David’s sword<br />

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Mustafa Ezzy<br />

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The National Library,<br />

M<strong>in</strong>sk, Belarus<br />

The National Library of Belarus, situated <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> nation’s capital of<br />

M<strong>in</strong>sk, is <strong>the</strong> official copyright library <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Republic of Belarus. The<br />

primary structure, f<strong>in</strong>ished <strong>in</strong> January 2006, has an unusual shape<br />

called a rhombicuboctahedron, an Archimedean solid with eight<br />

triangular and eighteen square sides. The 22-story structure, which<br />

conta<strong>in</strong>s a meet<strong>in</strong>g room with 500 seats, was created by architects<br />

Mihail V<strong>in</strong>ogradov and Viktor Kramarenko. It has a capacity for<br />

2,000 readers. Integrate with <strong>the</strong> façade; <strong>the</strong>re are 4646 RGB colorchang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

LED fixtures, 1349 controllers, 54 splitters, a channel<br />

splitter, a converter, and a computer that directs <strong>the</strong> light shows with<br />

<strong>the</strong> aid of custom-designed software.<br />

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The new museum, devoted to Qatar’s history, was designed to<br />

symbolize <strong>the</strong> fluidity and eternal dimension of <strong>the</strong> desert. The team<br />

created a 350-meter-long structure with a succession of massive,<br />

<strong>in</strong>ward-curv<strong>in</strong>g disks, us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> desert rose as <strong>in</strong>spiration. The disks<br />

cut through one ano<strong>the</strong>r to create a structure formed of <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

geometrical gaps.<br />

High-performance glass fiber-re<strong>in</strong>forced concrete serves as <strong>the</strong><br />

build<strong>in</strong>g’s exterior sk<strong>in</strong> and is <strong>the</strong> same sand color <strong>in</strong>side and out.<br />

With 11 galleries, <strong>the</strong> museum offers a s<strong>in</strong>gular experience for<br />

view<strong>in</strong>g art and mov<strong>in</strong>g between exhibition rooms. The museum’s<br />

permanent exhibitions will concentrate on Qatar’s environmental,<br />

cultural, and political history.<br />

National Museum of<br />

Qatar<br />

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The DIVAS’ DREAM 18 karat<br />

rose gold r<strong>in</strong>g with malachite<br />

<strong>in</strong>serts and pavé diamonds<br />

pays homage to <strong>the</strong> most<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g divas with Roman<br />

character sophistication.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Bilarabi<br />

Bil Arabi’s “Hob/ Love” Heart<br />

pendant necklace is set on a<br />

delicate 18-karat yellow gold<br />

cha<strong>in</strong> with a heart-shaped gold<br />

pendant spells out “Love” <strong>in</strong><br />

Arabic with a bright enamel<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ish.<br />

www.bilarabi.ae<br />

Boucheron<br />

The Boucheron Serpent<br />

Bohème Malachite R<strong>in</strong>g has<br />

been crafted with 18kt yellow<br />

gold. It features two citr<strong>in</strong>e<br />

stones encrusted <strong>in</strong> a motif and<br />

a textured band.<br />

www.boucheron.com<br />

Dior<br />

Victoire de Castellane re<strong>in</strong>terprets<br />

Monsieur Dior’s lucky star <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

form of a w<strong>in</strong>d rose with an eightpo<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

star design with <strong>the</strong> Rose<br />

Des Vents Bracelet.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

Sylvia Toledano<br />

The Sylvia Toledano Cascade<br />

Drop Earr<strong>in</strong>gs have been crafted<br />

from gold plated brass and pale<br />

onyx, p<strong>in</strong>k quartz, green onyx<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g a modern design.<br />

www.sylviatoledano.com<br />

Anabela Chan<br />

The Paraiba Opal Ocean R<strong>in</strong>gs is a 18k white<br />

gold and rhodium vermeil, laboratory-grown and<br />

created gemstones <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g opals, sky blue<br />

sp<strong>in</strong>els, paraiba tourmal<strong>in</strong>es, royal blue sapphires<br />

and simulated white diamonds<br />

www.anabelachan.com<br />

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Chaumet<br />

Jeux de Liens Harmony large<br />

model pendant <strong>in</strong> rose gold, is<br />

set with malachite and brilliantcut<br />

diamonds. A universal symbol<br />

of unity and perfection, <strong>the</strong> circle<br />

is an expression of eternity.<br />

www.chaumet.com<br />


Marli<br />

Cleo Jazz Diamond Statement<br />

Necklace <strong>in</strong> 18 Karat Yellow<br />

Gold fuses <strong>in</strong>novative and<br />

revolutionary design featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

graphic l<strong>in</strong>es, enrich<strong>in</strong>g color<br />

and brilliant diamonds reflect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

New York City’s architecture.<br />

www.marl<strong>in</strong>ewyork.com<br />

Buccellati<br />

The Opera Tulle sautoir<br />

is composed of 7 double<br />

layered logo elements<br />

where each logo element<br />

has a green enamel<br />

background topped with<br />

radial tulle and center<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

yellow gold rosette set with<br />

a diamond.<br />

www.buccellati.com<br />

Harry W<strong>in</strong>ston<br />

The Ca<strong>the</strong>dral Emerald and Diamond<br />

Necklace is a 5 pear-shaped Colombian<br />

emeralds, baguette, and marquise set<br />

<strong>in</strong> plat<strong>in</strong>um and 18K yellow gold.<br />

www.harryw<strong>in</strong>ston.com<br />

Veschetti<br />

Anima is a 18 karat yellow Gold<br />

Necklace featur<strong>in</strong>g Zambian Emerald<br />

with a cabochon cut Zambian Emeralds<br />

and Brilliant-cut Diamonds.<br />

www.veschetti-jewels.com<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>o<br />

The Vlogo Signature<br />

earr<strong>in</strong>gs are created with<br />

metal <strong>in</strong> 18K gold tone<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ish, and Swarovski<br />

crystals, and has a<br />

butterfly fasten<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

www.valent<strong>in</strong>o.com<br />

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The 600-piece limited edition TAG Heuer<br />

Carrera Red Dial Limited is a show-stopper<br />

with a sunray-brushed red dial that really<br />

stands out aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> steel case. It exhibits<br />

great fortitude <strong>in</strong> its 39mm steel case,<br />

domed sapphire crystal, pr<strong>in</strong>ted Heuer<br />

<strong>in</strong>signia, and Carrera model designation on<br />

a black alligator strap.<br />

www.tagheuer.com<br />

TISSOT<br />

For classic watches, CARSON<br />

PREMIUM LADY offers a unique fusion of<br />

understatement and elegance. The dial is<br />

pla<strong>in</strong> and has a recess <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> centre. The<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction between <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ner spiral f<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

and <strong>the</strong> outward sat<strong>in</strong>ated sunray f<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

creates a sense of depth.<br />

www.tissotwatches.com<br />


With a mechanical manufacture movement,<br />

automatic w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g, chronograph, 40<br />

mm alum<strong>in</strong>um case, black rubber bezel<br />

engraved with BVLGARI BVLGARI, red dial,<br />

and black rubber band, Bulgari Alum<strong>in</strong>ium<br />

Ducati Special Edition withstands water up<br />

to 100 meters.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />


The SuperSport, <strong>the</strong> compressor dive<br />

watch, dazzles with its dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style,<br />

au<strong>the</strong>ntic super compressor functionality,<br />

premium hardware, and flawless f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>tricately hand-brushed sta<strong>in</strong>less steel<br />

case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal<br />

enclose <strong>the</strong> multi-layer dial and accurate<br />

Swiss movement.<br />

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The MEMORIS SUPERLIGHT is unique <strong>in</strong><br />

that <strong>the</strong> chronograph is separate from <strong>the</strong><br />

automated mechanism mak<strong>in</strong>g it a visual<br />

treat. The grade 5 titanium case is polished<br />

and non-corrosive with a sat<strong>in</strong>-effect f<strong>in</strong>ish,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it particularly comfortable on <strong>the</strong><br />

wrist.<br />

www.louismo<strong>in</strong>et.com<br />


Lady Arpels Féerie Rouge watch’s<br />

retrograde mechanism makes read<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

time a delight. With fairy’s magic wand, she<br />

draws <strong>the</strong> hours, while one of her graceful<br />

w<strong>in</strong>gs po<strong>in</strong>ts out <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>utes as she<br />

watches over <strong>the</strong> passage of time.<br />

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The Medusa Inf<strong>in</strong>ite Watch is a classy<br />

timepiece with a two-hands system and<br />

a three-dimensional Medusa set between<br />

two crystals. The <strong>in</strong>ner dial has a lug<br />

Greca pattern, and <strong>the</strong> case is framed<br />

by engraved Versace letters at <strong>the</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

A lea<strong>the</strong>r wristband with croc emboss<strong>in</strong>g<br />

completes <strong>the</strong> fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e ensemble.<br />

www.versace.com<br />


The silicone strap and red-tone bezel<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Oversized Lennox Red-Tone<br />

Silicone watch provide long-last<strong>in</strong>g<br />

comfort while also creat<strong>in</strong>g a stylish<br />

contrast. The tachymeter and<br />

chronograph mechanism comes<br />

<strong>in</strong> handy for measur<strong>in</strong>g time over<br />

distance.<br />

www.michaelkors.global<br />

MB&F<br />


The HM6 Sapphire Vision appears to be<br />

from outer space, as it provides <strong>in</strong>sight <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> mechanical work<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong> watch. It<br />

rests on your wrist like a little spacecraft,<br />

dom<strong>in</strong>ated by a one-m<strong>in</strong>ute fly<strong>in</strong>g tourbillon<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> center, and has one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate and <strong>in</strong>sane sapphire crystals yet<br />

produced.<br />

www.mbandf.com<br />

Roger Dubuis<br />

Roger Dubuis’s VELVET PINK GOLD<br />

has a p<strong>in</strong>k gold case with bezel<br />

and lugs set with round diamonds<br />

Sapphire crystal with antireflective<br />

coat<strong>in</strong>g P<strong>in</strong>k gold open case back<br />

along with sapphire crystal and<br />

Gubel<strong>in</strong> metalization.<br />

www.rogerdubuis.com<br />

William Wood Watches<br />

From its valiant collection’s Bronze Ruby<br />

is an automatic div<strong>in</strong>g watch fitted with a<br />

Seiko mechanical movement and a choice<br />

of upcycled fire material straps. With<br />

brushed bronze case, it has an alum<strong>in</strong>ium<br />

rotat<strong>in</strong>g bezel, laser engraved caseback<br />

r<strong>in</strong>g and open exhibition glass caseback.<br />

www.williamwoodwatches.com<br />

Cartier<br />

The Santos-Dumont watch is a small model<br />

and high autonomy quartz movement<br />

made <strong>in</strong> an 18K rose gold case, bezel set<br />

with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds and beaded<br />

crown set with one brilliant-cut diamond.<br />

It has a silver sat<strong>in</strong>-brushed dial with a<br />

sunray effect, with sh<strong>in</strong>y alligator lea<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong><br />

Burgundy.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

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The Serpent<strong>in</strong>e m<strong>in</strong>i tote bag is made<br />

of durable yet supple ivory opal<br />

Metropolitan calf lea<strong>the</strong>r and features<br />

a very structured vertical body with<br />

jewelry-<strong>in</strong>spired accents that evoke <strong>the</strong><br />

serpent’s serpent<strong>in</strong>e movements.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Gentle Monster<br />

The Bandoneon.S WC6 sunglasses<br />

from Gentle Monster’s BOLD collection,<br />

a collection <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> stars <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

galaxy, feature <strong>the</strong> signature BOLD<br />

symbol on <strong>the</strong> temples is a delicate,<br />

eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g detail that showcases<br />

Gentle Monster’s unique aes<strong>the</strong>tic.<br />

www.gentlemonster.com<br />

Versace<br />

A sophisticated gift idea, <strong>the</strong> Medusa<br />

Gold snow globe is crafted from<br />

exceptional porcela<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong> gold-tone<br />

base boasts a matte motif of <strong>the</strong><br />

mythical woman framed with a Barocco<br />

border.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

Dior<br />

Macrocannage Zipped Cardigan<br />

showcases <strong>the</strong> iconic Macrocannage<br />

motif. Crafted <strong>in</strong> white technical wool<br />

and cashmere knit, it boasts a zipped<br />

silhouette completed by a ribbed high<br />

collar, cuffs and hem.www.santabrands.com<br />

Dior<br />

The D-Bobby bucket hat is crafted <strong>in</strong><br />

a white and gold-tone cotton blend, it<br />

is enhanced by a tonal embroidered<br />

band featur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ‘CHRISTIAN DIOR<br />

PARIS’ signature.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

Dior<br />

Maria Grazia Chiuri br<strong>in</strong>gs a fresh update to <strong>the</strong><br />

iconic Saddle Bag with <strong>the</strong> Cornely-effect Dior<br />

Jard<strong>in</strong> d’Hiver motif enhanced by a gold-tone<br />

metallic thread.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

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Gucci<br />

Gucci’s first Haute Perfumery l<strong>in</strong>e, The<br />

Alchemist’s Garden unfolds with<strong>in</strong> an<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ed laboratory filled with curious<br />

jars and mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g scents.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />

Emporia Armani<br />

Made from technical fabric, <strong>the</strong> long<br />

technical-fabric puffer jacket is def<strong>in</strong>ed by<br />

envelop<strong>in</strong>g volumes and a unique, heatsealed,<br />

quilted motif for added depth.<br />

www.armani.com<br />

Burberry<br />

Sports-<strong>in</strong>spired sneakers elevated <strong>in</strong><br />

Italian-tanned quilted lea<strong>the</strong>r – a modern<br />

<strong>in</strong>terpretation of our Burberry Check.<br />

The streaml<strong>in</strong>ed style is detailed with<br />

concealed lace loops and our logo at<br />

<strong>the</strong> heel.<br />

www.burberry.com<br />

Agonist<br />

No 10 White Oud by Agonist is a Woody<br />

Floral Musk fragrance for men and women<br />

that is described as a fragrance where <strong>the</strong><br />

dark meets <strong>the</strong> white.<br />

www.agonistperfumes.com<br />

Elie Saab<br />

The Bead Embroidered Midi Dress is a<br />

capricious silk and tulle midi dress <strong>in</strong> optic<br />

white, which plays with depth and lucidity.<br />

www.eliesaab.com<br />

Louis Vuitton<br />

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Abu Dhabi Airports, part of <strong>the</strong><br />

hold<strong>in</strong>g company ADQ, has<br />

unveiled a new corporate brand<br />

identity. It plays a significant<br />

role <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi’s economic vision by<br />

manag<strong>in</strong>g five vital airports <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emirate<br />

of Abu Dhabi and <strong>the</strong> ancillary bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

that support <strong>the</strong>m. Established <strong>in</strong> 2006,<br />

it leads <strong>the</strong> development of <strong>the</strong> Emirate’s<br />

aviation <strong>in</strong>frastructure. ADAirports operates<br />

five Emirate airports, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Abu Dhabi<br />

and Al A<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational airports, Al Bateen<br />

Executive Airport, Sir Bani Yas, and Delma<br />

Island airports.<br />

The three components of <strong>the</strong> brandmark<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration are People & Partners (<strong>the</strong><br />

Human Element) at <strong>the</strong> bottom and Future<br />

Growth (<strong>the</strong> Sky’s <strong>the</strong> Limit) at <strong>the</strong> top. The<br />

stroke <strong>in</strong> between, which also denotes <strong>the</strong><br />

takeoff and land<strong>in</strong>g, is <strong>in</strong>spired by form and<br />

flow. Toge<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong>y culm<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>in</strong>to a strong<br />

unit.<br />

The new corporate identity supports <strong>the</strong><br />

airport operator’s future expansion goals.<br />

As ADAirports gears up for its next phase<br />

of expansion, <strong>the</strong> redesigned brand is<br />

supported by a dedication to offer<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

world-class airport ecosystem to customers<br />

and partners. This commitment is driven by<br />

an ambitious mission to def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> future of<br />

airport experiences.<br />

The company said that it was <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by Abu Dhabi’s <strong>in</strong>novative leadership,<br />

economic foresight, and status as one of<br />

<strong>the</strong> most popular tourist dest<strong>in</strong>ations <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

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