MAGZOID - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | January 2023

The January 2023 issue of Magzoid Magazine features impressive cover artwork by Leanne Bishop, graphite pencils and charcoal on paper specialist. This edition features a number of talented artists and amazing artworks. Skim through Atlantis The Royal and The Veluwemeer Aqueduct. The Designer’s Corner showcases a collection of be-spoke watches and jewelry. Special coverage of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sanam Band concerts in Dubai is inside. Learn about Viva Magenta, Pantone’s colour of 2022, the minimalist movement and an inspiring story of 2 kids who achieved the black belt in taekwondo at 8 years old. Find some of the must-visit cafes, winter pop ups, garden eateries, glamping spots and activities in the UAE this season.

The January 2023 issue of Magzoid Magazine features impressive cover artwork by Leanne Bishop, graphite pencils and charcoal on paper specialist.

This edition features a number of talented artists and amazing artworks. Skim through Atlantis The Royal and The Veluwemeer Aqueduct. The Designer’s Corner showcases a collection of be-spoke watches and jewelry. Special coverage of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sanam Band concerts in Dubai is inside. Learn about Viva Magenta, Pantone’s colour of 2022, the minimalist movement and an inspiring story of 2 kids who achieved the black belt in taekwondo at 8 years old.

Find some of the must-visit cafes, winter pop ups, garden eateries, glamping spots and activities in the UAE this season.


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ARTIST STORIES | Inspire & Empower<br />

12-13<br />

36-37 46-47<br />

Event Coverage<br />

Catr<strong>in</strong> Welz-Ste<strong>in</strong> Gerardo Labarca Pardo Bro<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

54-55<br />

62-63<br />

20-21 Rahat Fateh Ali Khan<br />

Ramona Nordal<br />

Sarah Peguero<br />

23<br />

Ras Al Khaimah F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Festival<br />

(RAKFAF)<br />

28-29 Digital Artist<br />

18-19<br />

Cover Story<br />

30-31<br />

Recap of Major LIVE Art<br />

Activations by UAE-based<br />

artisans <strong>in</strong> 2022<br />

24-25<br />

Top w<strong>in</strong>ter pop ups you must not miss this season<br />

38-39 SANAM Band<br />

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Special Day<br />

14-15 International Day for Women 33 Ch<strong>in</strong>ese New Year<br />

53<br />

<strong>in</strong> Multilitirasim<br />

Artists <strong>in</strong> Focus<br />

Braille Month<br />

27 Viva Magenta<br />

42 Shaima Al Awadhi<br />

43 Sumayyah Al Suwaidi<br />

58-59 Editorial<br />

Special Feature 22 | 24-25 | 40-41 |<br />

44-45 | 50-52 | 66-67<br />

Art News 11 | 17 | 35 | 49 | 56-57 |<br />

60 | 65<br />

Featured Photographs 32 | 61<br />

Picture Story 16 | 48 | 64 | 74<br />

Art exhibitions and events 68-69<br />

Art Facts 70-71<br />

Featured Artworks 72-73<br />

Brand Logo 84<br />

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Designers Corner<br />

10 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

ART NEWS<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s sales reached $8 billion<br />

by <strong>the</strong> end of 2022<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s announced that it had<br />

good results <strong>in</strong> 2022, thanks<br />

to cont<strong>in</strong>ued <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

successful auctions <strong>in</strong> both F<strong>in</strong>e Art<br />

and <strong>Luxury</strong>. Three s<strong>in</strong>gle-owner collections<br />

total<strong>in</strong>g over $100 million were sold, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> company plans to expand its global<br />

audience even fur<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Asia’s market leader, So<strong>the</strong>by’s, is<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g a new location <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong <strong>in</strong><br />

2024. The new build<strong>in</strong>g will have a big<br />

exhibition space and will be a showcase for<br />

all of So<strong>the</strong>by’s services – from auctions to<br />

private sales to exhibitions of art and luxury<br />

collectibles. The new location will also have<br />

a sale calendar spread across <strong>the</strong> year,<br />

with live auctions hosted with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> same<br />

compound.<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s is announc<strong>in</strong>g that it will be<br />

mov<strong>in</strong>g to new premises <strong>in</strong> Shanghai <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong>. This follows a strong year for <strong>the</strong><br />

company, with auction sales of $1.1 billion.<br />

In 2022, So<strong>the</strong>by’s also opened a new<br />

office <strong>in</strong> Tokyo, staged its first auction <strong>in</strong><br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore for 15 years, and held <strong>the</strong> first<br />

major <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibition <strong>in</strong> Vietnam.<br />

The year also welcomed new appo<strong>in</strong>tments<br />

<strong>in</strong> Ma<strong>in</strong>land Ch<strong>in</strong>a, South Korea, and<br />

Thailand, as well as <strong>the</strong> recent expansion<br />

of So<strong>the</strong>by’s Buy Now <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong to<br />

enable collectors to acquire art and luxury<br />

collectibles via an <strong>in</strong>tuitive digital platform<br />

all-year round.<br />

The client base <strong>in</strong> Asia is expand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

rapidly, with record numbers of bidders<br />

bidd<strong>in</strong>g at So<strong>the</strong>by’s auctions. This year, <strong>the</strong><br />

number of under-40s bidd<strong>in</strong>g has tripled.<br />

Asian collectors are spend<strong>in</strong>g a lot more<br />

on average than collectors from o<strong>the</strong>r parts<br />

of <strong>the</strong> world. They’re also bidd<strong>in</strong>g more than<br />

people from o<strong>the</strong>r parts of <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

When So<strong>the</strong>by’s sold art <strong>in</strong> Asia, about<br />

one <strong>in</strong> three bidders was new to <strong>the</strong><br />

company. And, <strong>in</strong> So<strong>the</strong>by’s global sales,<br />

68% of new bidders were from countries <strong>in</strong><br />

Asia.<br />

This year, eight out of ten items sold at<br />

auction <strong>in</strong> Asia were bought by So<strong>the</strong>by’s.<br />

Next year, So<strong>the</strong>by’s will have a special<br />

celebration to mark its 50th anniversary <strong>in</strong><br />

Asia. They’ll hold a series of events and<br />

auctions across <strong>the</strong> region to make sure<br />

everyone can celebrate.<br />

In celebration of its 5th anniversary,<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s Dubai gallery has been host<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more exhibitions than ever before. This<br />

expansion is especially evident by <strong>the</strong><br />

number of buyers and bidders from <strong>the</strong><br />

Middle East who have made <strong>the</strong>ir first<br />

purchase at a So<strong>the</strong>by’s auction.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Afternoon Tea<br />

By Catr<strong>in</strong> Welz<br />

12 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Mix<strong>in</strong>g imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

with reality through<br />

digital art<br />

“In my art, I blur <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

and reality while explor<strong>in</strong>g womanhood <strong>in</strong> many<br />

different ways. I like to give my images a v<strong>in</strong>tage,<br />

e<strong>the</strong>real feel,” says Catr<strong>in</strong> Welz-Ste<strong>in</strong>.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Catr<strong>in</strong> was born <strong>in</strong> We<strong>in</strong>heim,<br />

Germany. She worked for different<br />

advertis<strong>in</strong>g firms <strong>in</strong> Germany<br />

and <strong>the</strong> US after complet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her graphic design studies at Darmstadt.<br />

Her trademark is her bizarre and sensual<br />

images that are both familiar and alien at<br />

<strong>the</strong> same time.<br />

Catr<strong>in</strong> started mak<strong>in</strong>g digital art <strong>in</strong> 2009.<br />

She does this by fus<strong>in</strong>g historical pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

oddities, and illustrations from fairytales.<br />

Catr<strong>in</strong>’s artwork is offered for sale globally<br />

and has been shown <strong>in</strong> Asia and Europe.<br />

“In my art, I blur <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation and reality while explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

womanhood <strong>in</strong> many different ways. I like<br />

to give my images a v<strong>in</strong>tage, e<strong>the</strong>real feel.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> creative process, I scan old<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, photographs, and illustrations,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g sure <strong>the</strong>y are <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> public doma<strong>in</strong>.<br />

I work digitally and transform <strong>the</strong> scans by<br />

first tear<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m apart. They are like puzzle<br />

pieces that I work toge<strong>the</strong>r until <strong>the</strong>y reveal<br />

a whole new mean<strong>in</strong>g and tell an unknown<br />

story,” says Catr<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Catr<strong>in</strong> Welz-Ste<strong>in</strong>’s imag<strong>in</strong>ative airy<br />

artwork offers <strong>the</strong> conventional portrait a<br />

new dimension. The artist <strong>in</strong>corporates<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage-<strong>in</strong>spired components <strong>in</strong>to all of<br />

her works while also add<strong>in</strong>g her unique<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation of <strong>the</strong> bizarre and surreal. This<br />

gives her collection a v<strong>in</strong>tage aes<strong>the</strong>tic.<br />

The art <strong>in</strong>itially resembles an oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that has been created gradually, layer<br />

by layer. Catr<strong>in</strong> does meticulously layer<br />

each component <strong>in</strong> her art, but she does<br />

so <strong>in</strong> a very contemporary manner. She<br />

methodically manipulates pieces of v<strong>in</strong>tage<br />

photographs, artwork, and illustrations <strong>in</strong><br />

Photoshop to produce her dist<strong>in</strong>ctive image.<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g at it, one is hard-pressed to<br />

consider it a collage, but <strong>in</strong>stead of look<strong>in</strong>g<br />

like a mash-up of favourite pictures, her<br />

“My art world” is<br />

“Otto Dix, Frida<br />

Kahlo, Picasso,<br />

Gustav Klimt,<br />

Magritte, and<br />

Boticelli,” says Catr<strong>in</strong><br />

Welz-Ste<strong>in</strong>.<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ished product is a smooth, unified whole.<br />

Her e<strong>the</strong>real, fairytale-like artwork allures<br />

and <strong>in</strong>trigues with startl<strong>in</strong>g naivety and<br />

fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>ity.<br />

Catr<strong>in</strong> said <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>terview that “her art<br />

world” is “Otto Dix, Frida Kahlo, Picasso,<br />

Gustav Klimt, Magritte, and Boticelli.” It is<br />

easy to see those <strong>in</strong>fluences <strong>in</strong> her works.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




14 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


The International Day of<br />

Women <strong>in</strong> Multilateralism<br />

The General Conference of<br />

UNESCO adopted Resolution<br />

41 C/57 on November 23,<br />

2021, designat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>January</strong><br />

25 as <strong>the</strong> International Day of Women<br />

<strong>in</strong> Multilateralism. UNESCO launched<br />

<strong>the</strong> International Day of Women <strong>in</strong><br />

Multilateralism on <strong>January</strong> 25, 2022. This<br />

International Day was established by <strong>the</strong><br />

Gabonese Ambassador, HE Ms Rachel<br />

Annick Ogoula Akiko, and approved by <strong>the</strong><br />

UNESCO General Conference at its 41st<br />

session <strong>in</strong> November 2021.<br />

The goal of this day is to acknowledge<br />

<strong>the</strong> crucial part that women play <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

multilateral system’s efforts to advance<br />

human rights, world peace, and susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

development.<br />

The International Day of Women <strong>in</strong><br />

Multilateralism advocates for agreements<br />

and policies that are more genderresponsive<br />

that will benefit women and<br />

girls. It also advocates for more women to<br />

hold senior positions of decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that create and implement global agendas.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, it provides a global<br />

forum for dialogue between <strong>the</strong> current<br />

multilateral women leaders and <strong>the</strong><br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g generation of women who will<br />

hold positions of leadership <strong>in</strong> global<br />

governance. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> creation and<br />

adoption of <strong>the</strong> United Nations Charter <strong>in</strong><br />

1945, women have played a significant role<br />

<strong>in</strong> world governance. Without a number of<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g women, this ground-break<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Charter would not have been as <strong>in</strong>clusive<br />

as it is today, historians rem<strong>in</strong>d us.<br />

Today, more and more women<br />

have assumed senior positions <strong>in</strong> UN<br />

organisations, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> diplomatic missions<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir countries, and <strong>in</strong> a number of<br />

global <strong>in</strong>stitutions. In addition, <strong>the</strong>y have<br />

promoted human rights, peace, and gender<br />

equality by promot<strong>in</strong>g access to healthcare,<br />

education, and vot<strong>in</strong>g rights, among o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

The elim<strong>in</strong>ation of violence, harassment,<br />

and discrim<strong>in</strong>ation aga<strong>in</strong>st women and<br />

girls rema<strong>in</strong>s a top priority for <strong>the</strong> United<br />

Nations, especially <strong>in</strong> light of <strong>the</strong> rise <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>cidents that took place <strong>in</strong> COVID-19<br />

detention facilities around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

An International Day of Women <strong>in</strong><br />

Multilateralism is essential to both<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> crucial contributions<br />

made by female leaders dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

United Nations’ foundation and serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as <strong>in</strong>spiration for <strong>the</strong> next wave of female<br />

leaders. In <strong>the</strong> areas of <strong>in</strong>ternational politics,<br />

economics, and human rights, women are<br />

ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g power.<br />

But <strong>in</strong> many o<strong>the</strong>r areas of authority<br />

and decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g, women are still<br />

disproportionately underrepresented. In<br />

UN-led or co-led peacekeep<strong>in</strong>g processes,<br />

women make up only 23% of delegates.<br />

Gender-related elements were only<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> 28.6% of peace accords <strong>in</strong><br />

2020 (down from 37.1% <strong>in</strong> 2015).<br />

Such evidence is startl<strong>in</strong>g, especially<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce it has been shown that peace<br />

agreements are more successful and more<br />

long-last<strong>in</strong>g when women participate <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

negotiations and when <strong>the</strong>y are gendersensitive<br />

from <strong>the</strong> start.<br />

Director General of UNESCO Audrey<br />

Azoulay places a high premium on<br />

women’s leadership <strong>in</strong> multilateralism. She<br />

challenged <strong>the</strong> world community to create<br />

a new style of multilateral leadership to<br />

achieve gender equality alongside Iceland’s<br />

Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister, Katr<strong>in</strong> Jakobsdóttir. They<br />

stated that fem<strong>in</strong>ist leaders not only play a<br />

key role <strong>in</strong> achiev<strong>in</strong>g gender equality but<br />

also plan and create systemic change. They<br />

take <strong>the</strong> risk to <strong>in</strong>vent, teach, and create.<br />

Leaders <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fem<strong>in</strong>ist movement expose<br />

<strong>in</strong>justices and unfair opportunities. They are<br />

aware that discrim<strong>in</strong>ation and exclusion are<br />

<strong>the</strong> root causes of gender <strong>in</strong>equality and<br />

that only by remov<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se obstacles will<br />

significantly change be possible.<br />

The Director-General of UNESCO<br />

is reissu<strong>in</strong>g this call for a “collective<br />

reflection to address <strong>the</strong> specific<br />

challenges of women to guarantee <strong>the</strong>m<br />

a fair representation at all levels” <strong>in</strong> her<br />

message for International Day of Women<br />

<strong>in</strong> Multilateralism 2022. This calls for tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

multilaterally agreed measures and tackl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> underly<strong>in</strong>g causes of <strong>in</strong>equality.<br />

UNESCO is dedicated to offer<strong>in</strong>g a global<br />

forum that will broaden <strong>the</strong> perspectives of<br />

future generations of women and give <strong>the</strong>m<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to co-shape multilateral<br />

decisions that will affect gender equality<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fields of education, science, culture,<br />

communication, and <strong>in</strong>formation.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> day, UNESCO stands<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r with its <strong>in</strong>ternational partners to<br />

work towards <strong>the</strong> Susta<strong>in</strong>able Development<br />

Goals for gender equality and embodies<br />

this belief through <strong>the</strong> UN Secretary-<br />

General Antonio Guterres.<br />

“Today, women’s<br />

leadership is a<br />

cause. Tomorrow<br />

it must be a norm.<br />

This is how we<br />

will transform<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational peace<br />

and security,” says<br />

Antonio Guterres.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




16 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

ART NEWS<br />

CEO of Louis Vuitton and collector<br />

Bernard Arnault surpasses Elon Musk<br />

to become richest person <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

Elon Musk has been demoted to<br />

second place on Bloomberg’s<br />

list of <strong>the</strong> world’s richest people<br />

by Bernard Arnault, chairman of<br />

French luxury goods giant LVMH. Arnault is<br />

<strong>the</strong> first European to top <strong>the</strong> list. Accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Bloomberg Billionaires Index,<br />

Arnault’s wealth has <strong>in</strong>creased to $171<br />

billion from <strong>the</strong> Tesla CEO’s $164 billion<br />

fortune. Arnault had already displaced<br />

Musk as <strong>the</strong> top “Real Time Billionaire” on<br />

Forbes’ list. Musk’s net worth has tumbled<br />

by $107 billion this year, accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong><br />

Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Arnault’s<br />

wealth, which stems from his controll<strong>in</strong>g<br />

stake <strong>in</strong> LVMH, has suffered a more modest<br />

$7 billion decl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

The divergence is partly down to <strong>the</strong><br />

stock performance of <strong>the</strong> companies <strong>in</strong><br />

which <strong>the</strong> pair own shares. Musk’s purchase<br />

of Twitter hasn’t helped ei<strong>the</strong>r. Still, he is <strong>in</strong><br />

no imm<strong>in</strong>ent danger of fall<strong>in</strong>g fur<strong>the</strong>r down<br />

<strong>the</strong> list: His fortune rema<strong>in</strong>s comfortably<br />

bigger than that of Indian <strong>in</strong>dustrialist<br />

Gautam Adani ($125 billion) and Amazon<br />

founder Jeff Bezos ($116 billion), who rank<br />

third and fourth on Bloomberg’s list.<br />

While Tesla’s share price has plummeted<br />

54% this year, LVMH stock has held steady,<br />

supported by robust sales <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United<br />

States and Europe. The luxury market has<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>ed relatively steady, even as surg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>flation has led less-affluent shoppers to<br />

change <strong>the</strong>ir spend<strong>in</strong>g habits. LVMH has a<br />

market value of $386 billion.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> Roubaix <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> north of France<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1949, Arnault graduated from <strong>the</strong><br />

prestigious École Polytechnique, an<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g school <strong>in</strong> Paris. He began his<br />

career <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> family-owned construction<br />

company, Ferret-Sav<strong>in</strong>el, becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

chairman <strong>in</strong> 1978 after successive<br />

promotions.<br />

Six years later, he got w<strong>in</strong>d that <strong>the</strong><br />

French government was look<strong>in</strong>g for a new<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestor to take over Boussac Sa<strong>in</strong>t-Freres.<br />

The bankrupt textile group owned a key<br />

asset: Christian Dior, a celebrated French<br />

fashion house.<br />

Arnault bought control of <strong>the</strong> group,<br />

return<strong>in</strong>g it to profitability and embark<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

a strategy to develop <strong>the</strong> world’s lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

luxury goods company. “In <strong>the</strong> process,<br />

he re<strong>in</strong>vigorated Christian Dior as <strong>the</strong><br />

cornerstone of <strong>the</strong> new organization,”<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to a biography on <strong>the</strong> LVMH<br />

website. Arnault bought a controll<strong>in</strong>g stake<br />

<strong>in</strong> LVMH <strong>in</strong> 1989, two years after <strong>the</strong> group<br />

was formed by <strong>the</strong> merger of Louis Vuitton<br />

and Moët Hennessy. He has been chairman<br />

and CEO of <strong>the</strong> company ever s<strong>in</strong>ce.<br />

Although his own name may not be<br />

immediately recognizable to many, <strong>the</strong><br />

brands that Arnault has been <strong>in</strong>strumental<br />

<strong>in</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g — from Christian Dior to Dom<br />

Pérignon — have become household<br />

names.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> past three decades, Arnault<br />

has turned LVMH <strong>in</strong>to a luxury goods<br />

powerhouse with 75 labels sell<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

spirits, fashion, lea<strong>the</strong>r goods, perfumes,<br />

cosmetics, watches, jewelery, luxury travel<br />

and hotel stays. He opened Ch<strong>in</strong>a’s first<br />

Louis Vuitton store <strong>in</strong> Beij<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 1992.<br />

In <strong>January</strong> 2021, <strong>the</strong> group completed its<br />

$15.8 billion takeover of iconic US jeweler<br />

Tiffany & Co, <strong>the</strong> luxury <strong>in</strong>dustry’s biggest<br />

ever acquisition.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



This is Me<br />

By Leanne Bishop<br />

18 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

The artist who br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

life to portraits<br />

“Through my creative self-expression, I aim to<br />

convey a story. Every portrait is unique and tells<br />

that story,” says Leanne.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pandemic, Leanne<br />

Bishop’s talent for draw<strong>in</strong>g was<br />

discovered <strong>in</strong> 2020, thanks to<br />

her <strong>in</strong>nate talent for all th<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

creative. Her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g resolve to<br />

produce images that capture an emotion<br />

or an event as genu<strong>in</strong>e as <strong>the</strong> memory or<br />

snapshot <strong>the</strong>y reflect was streng<strong>the</strong>ned<br />

by each new obstacle. Graphite pencils<br />

were Leanne’s first choice of medium, and<br />

she later switched to mostly charcoal on<br />

paper. Leanne creates works of unmatched<br />

depth and mystery, from quick draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

to elaborate projects for clients. She<br />

believes <strong>in</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g fun, soulful, and<br />

heal<strong>in</strong>g art. Her social media expertise<br />

forges connections with her followers with<br />

each pencil stroke or personalized video<br />

fade-<strong>in</strong> to encourage joyful, spiritual, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapeutic work.<br />

She has always cherished artistic<br />

expression. Leanne obta<strong>in</strong>ed a Bachelor of<br />

Science <strong>in</strong> Nurs<strong>in</strong>g from Thompson Rivers<br />

University after grow<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong> Kamloops,<br />

British Columbia. Later, she relocated to <strong>the</strong><br />

Fraser Valley to have a family and cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

her nurs<strong>in</strong>g work. A delightful family<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g session at our kitchen table <strong>in</strong> April<br />

2020 sparked her love of draw<strong>in</strong>g. “My<br />

aff<strong>in</strong>ity for creat<strong>in</strong>g hyper-realistic artwork<br />

grew from be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spired by my kids. Every<br />

time a project was revealed, <strong>the</strong>ir faces lit<br />

up, and <strong>the</strong>ir voices rose <strong>in</strong> excitement,”<br />

says Leanne. She was <strong>in</strong>spired to keep<br />

exercis<strong>in</strong>g her new skill by her sense<br />

of accomplishment after f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g each<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g. She aspires to give each portrait<br />

life and produce accurate, meticulous<br />

work that provides <strong>the</strong> viewer with a better<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g of reality.<br />

Leanne’s illustrations add delicate layers<br />

of visual narrative to <strong>the</strong> reference image<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than be<strong>in</strong>g perfect replicas. Although<br />

dynamic, <strong>the</strong> process is organic. Her<br />

preferred medium evolved from graphite<br />

pencils to compressed charcoal, with <strong>the</strong><br />

odd graphite and coloured pencil for f<strong>in</strong>er<br />

detail<strong>in</strong>g. She learned through trial and error<br />

that various tools, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong>tbrushes,<br />

sponges, and cotton swabs, can create<br />

multiple textures.<br />

Her journey <strong>in</strong> arts has paralleled every<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r element of her life; thus, she naturally<br />

sets objectives to <strong>in</strong>crease her knowledge<br />

and abilities. She has discovered that<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g hyper-realistic portraits is <strong>the</strong><br />

most challeng<strong>in</strong>g but satisfy<strong>in</strong>g artistic<br />

achievement.<br />

“Through my creative self-expression,<br />

I aim to convey a story. Every portrait is<br />

unique and tells that story,” says Leanne.<br />

She describes herself as an artist, still<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g her w<strong>in</strong>gs before she beg<strong>in</strong>s to<br />

fly. Regardless, <strong>in</strong> December 2021, she<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ished her first commission portrait. The<br />

‘Community Art Show Exhibition’ at her local<br />

museum featured her artwork from 2020 to<br />

2022.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

“My aff<strong>in</strong>ity for<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g hyper-realistic<br />

artwork grew from<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spired by my<br />

kids,” says Leanne<br />

Bishop.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g performance by<br />

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan leaves<br />

<strong>the</strong> crowd <strong>in</strong> awe!<br />

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took <strong>the</strong><br />

fans on a rollercoaster with his<br />

astonish<strong>in</strong>g vocals dur<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

concert at Coca-Cola Arena,<br />

Dubai, on 29th December 2022. Rahat<br />

Fateh Ali Khan is a Pakistani S<strong>in</strong>ger.<br />

He is <strong>the</strong> nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali<br />

Khan. Rahat performs pop, Qawwali and<br />

ghazals alongside o<strong>the</strong>r genres. He has<br />

an excellent reputation as a live performer,<br />

and his concerts are known for <strong>the</strong>ir high<br />

energy and passion. He is also popular<br />

as a playback s<strong>in</strong>ger <strong>in</strong> H<strong>in</strong>di c<strong>in</strong>ema and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Pakistan film <strong>in</strong>dustry. The lyrics of his<br />

songs are often devotional and spiritual <strong>in</strong><br />

nature, and <strong>the</strong> music is designed to evoke<br />

a sense of transcendence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> listeners.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> Rahat Fateh Ali Khan concert,<br />

<strong>the</strong> stage was occupied with a full band<br />

back<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>the</strong> s<strong>in</strong>ger. The band <strong>in</strong>cluded<br />

<strong>in</strong>struments such as harmonium, tabla,<br />

dholak, and various percussion <strong>in</strong>struments.<br />

The performance was backed up by<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gers and dancers and was a feast for<br />

<strong>the</strong> senses. With <strong>the</strong> powerful vocals of<br />

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and <strong>the</strong> energetic<br />

<strong>in</strong>strumentation of <strong>the</strong> band, <strong>the</strong> Coca-Cola<br />

Arena was rocked. Overall, <strong>the</strong> concert<br />

was a truly unforgettable and uplift<strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience, filled with powerful music,<br />

emotion, and spirituality.<br />

-events@magzoid.com<br />

20 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


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www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Eight years old<br />

young black belts<br />

Advay & Alisha were<br />

amongst <strong>the</strong> youngest<br />

to get <strong>the</strong> black belt<br />

at <strong>the</strong> taekwondo<br />

black belt ceremony event, which<br />

took place <strong>in</strong> Sofitel Jumeirah<br />

Beach Hotel and was hosted<br />

by The Phoenix Black Belt<br />

Academy.<br />

Advay Sureka, eight<br />

years old, study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> year<br />

4 at Emirates International<br />

Jumeirah, says<br />

that he is extremely<br />

happy to get <strong>the</strong><br />

black belt. He<br />

thanks his master<br />

Amal Graves, o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>in</strong>structors, his parents<br />

(Varsha Sureka<br />

& Manoj Sureka) and his school<br />

teacher Rachel Coll<strong>in</strong>s, for <strong>the</strong>ir support<br />

and motivation. He enjoys taekwondo<br />

because it gives him physical and mental<br />

strength and fitness.<br />

Alisha Fatima Memon, eight years old,<br />

study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> year 4 at Jumeirah English<br />

Speak<strong>in</strong>g School (JESS),<br />

daughter of Arsalan Memon<br />

& Murk Memon, says that<br />

taekwondo has taught her<br />

a lot of th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> her life.<br />

“I have learned to be<br />

strong and resilient <strong>in</strong><br />

my black belt journey,”<br />

mentions Alisha.<br />

“Congratulations to<br />

all <strong>the</strong> kids. Achiev<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this level of mastery <strong>in</strong> any<br />

martial art is a significant<br />

accomplishment and<br />

requires a great deal of dedication, hard<br />

work, and discipl<strong>in</strong>e,” says one of <strong>the</strong> parents<br />

– Varsha Sureka.<br />

Taekwondo is a martial art that orig<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

<strong>in</strong> Korea. The modern form of<br />

taekwondo began to take shape<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1940s and 1950s. Today,<br />

taekwondo is practised by<br />

millions of people worldwide<br />

and is recognized<br />

as one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

popular martial arts <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world. It is known<br />

for its fast and powerful<br />

techniques, which utilize kicks and punches<br />

delivered with precision and speed. In<br />

addition to its physical benefits, taekwondo<br />

also emphasizes mental and spiritual<br />

development, and practitioners often strive<br />

to cultivate discipl<strong>in</strong>e, focus, and respect<br />

through <strong>the</strong>ir tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.<br />

-events@magzoid.com<br />

22 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


Ras Al Khaimah F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Festival<br />

(RAKFAF) returns this February to celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> Emirate’s art, culture and heritage<br />

RAKFAF is back aga<strong>in</strong> with yet<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r enrich<strong>in</strong>g, immersive<br />

cultural heritage and art festival<br />

for local and <strong>in</strong>ternational visitors<br />

alike. Held annually under <strong>the</strong> patronage<br />

of His Highness Sheikh Saud b<strong>in</strong> Saqr Al<br />

Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE Supreme Council Member, this fusion<br />

of ancient and modern art festival is one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> largest outdoor exhibitions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirates not to be missed!<br />

Hosted at <strong>the</strong> Al Jazeera Al Hamra<br />

Heritage Village, <strong>the</strong> excit<strong>in</strong>g 11th edition of<br />

RAKFAF will commence from February 3rd<br />

until February 28th, <strong>2023</strong>. RAKFAF is a<br />

community festival designed to display<br />

<strong>the</strong> talent of local and emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists,<br />

photographers, and filmmakers, as artists<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world jo<strong>in</strong> hands to celebrate<br />

art, create opportunities for cultural<br />

exchange, and support <strong>the</strong> creative and<br />

artistic sectors of <strong>the</strong> emirate.<br />

For this year, <strong>the</strong> Festival has its <strong>the</strong>me<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> Arabian Almond, which has<br />

its white-p<strong>in</strong>k bloom dom<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> peak of<br />

Jebel Jais from <strong>January</strong> to April. Native to<br />

Turkey, Iran, and <strong>the</strong> Arabian Pen<strong>in</strong>sula, <strong>the</strong><br />

wood of <strong>the</strong> shrub was traditionally used to<br />

make small tribal axes and its small bitter<br />

almond edible once cooked. The Arabian<br />

Almond reflects both <strong>the</strong> heritage of Ras Al<br />

Khaimah and <strong>the</strong> region’s <strong>in</strong>teraction and<br />

dependence on <strong>the</strong> natural environment,<br />

two of <strong>the</strong> many sub-<strong>the</strong>mes explored <strong>in</strong><br />

this year’s art submissions. In collaboration<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Festival’s valued cultural partners,<br />

it will feature six special exhibitions that will<br />

identify and understand ‘nature’ at its core.<br />

-events@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Top w<strong>in</strong>ter pop ups you must<br />

not miss this season<br />

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

Myspace cafe is a modern cafe<br />

located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Al Madam area<br />

of Sharjah which is a 40- m<strong>in</strong>ute<br />

drive from Downtown Dubai. It<br />

is <strong>the</strong> perfect place for people<br />

to come and enjoy delicious<br />

food, dr<strong>in</strong>ks and music. The<br />

cafe has a relaxed atmosphere,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>the</strong> perfect spot for<br />

socializ<strong>in</strong>g and catch<strong>in</strong>g up<br />

with friends.<br />

Location: Al Madam area,<br />

Sharjah<br />

SYRUP<br />

Syrup is a popular dessert spot<br />

located <strong>in</strong> Ras Al-Khaimah.<br />

The shop serves up a variety of<br />

freshly made ice cream, gelato,<br />

sorbets, and o<strong>the</strong>r sweet treats.<br />

You can also f<strong>in</strong>d a range of<br />

cakes, cupcakes, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

desserts on <strong>the</strong> menu. All of<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>gredients used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

creations are sourced locally,<br />

and everyth<strong>in</strong>g is made fresh<br />

to order. Syrup is a perfect<br />

spot to satisfy your sweet tooth<br />

crav<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Location: Jebel Jais - Opposite<br />

to Jais Sledder, Ras Al-Khaimah<br />

24 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Klock Café<br />

Klock Café Dubai is a great place to grab a<br />

delicious cup of coffee and a snack. They<br />

also offer a variety of desserts, and breakfast<br />

and lunch options. Klock Cafe is situated<br />

approximately 30-m<strong>in</strong>utes drive from Dubai,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it a great place to meet with friends<br />

or just to relax. The staff is friendly and<br />

attentive, and <strong>the</strong> atmosphere is pleasant<br />

and <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g. The decor is modern yet warm<br />

and <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g. They also have a wide selection<br />

of teas and coffees to choose from, as well<br />

as some unique specialty dr<strong>in</strong>ks.<br />


The Uncommon<br />

The Uncommon is a modern, vibrant<br />

restaurant located <strong>in</strong> Sharjah desert. The<br />

cafe offers a contemporary menu of classic<br />

dishes from around <strong>the</strong> world, from classic<br />

burgers and sandwiches to fresh salads,<br />

juices, and smoothies. Guests can enjoy<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir meals <strong>in</strong> a relaxed atmosphere with<br />

friendly and attentive service.<br />

Location: Al Faya desert, Sharjah<br />

Few<br />

This stunn<strong>in</strong>g and colourful pop -up has<br />

jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong> ranks of desert pop-ups <strong>in</strong> Al<br />

Faya, Sharjah. Fueled by coffee, grab some<br />

of your mates, get ready for a fun road trip<br />

and head over to <strong>the</strong> pop-up for a cup of<br />

java and a few tasty desserts.. Make sure<br />

you have your Apple Pay and credit card<br />

at <strong>the</strong> ready though, as <strong>the</strong>y do not accept<br />

cash.<br />

Location: Al Faya desert, Sharjah<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




26 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

PANTONE’S COLOUR OF THE YEAR <strong>2023</strong><br />

Viva Magenta<br />

“An unconventional shade for an unconventional time.”<br />

Introduc<strong>in</strong>g Pantone’s Colour for <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

Viva Magenta, or Pantone 18-1750. Viva<br />

Magenta is “a shade rooted <strong>in</strong> nature,<br />

descend<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> red family, and<br />

expressive of a new signal of strength.”<br />

Pantone, <strong>the</strong> colour and design company,<br />

has selected <strong>the</strong> colour of <strong>the</strong> year every<br />

year s<strong>in</strong>ce 2000. In order to determ<strong>in</strong>e its<br />

decision, Pantone researches current trends<br />

<strong>in</strong> fashion, home design, film, technology,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r areas. It is also meant to reflect<br />

<strong>the</strong> culture and portray its mood.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Pantone, Viva Magenta<br />

is a pulsat<strong>in</strong>g colour whose vibrancy<br />

encourages a joyful and optimistic<br />

celebration while creat<strong>in</strong>g a fresh story.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> company’s statement, words like<br />

“brave,” “fearless,” and “empower<strong>in</strong>g” recur<br />

often.<br />

“In this age of technology, we look to<br />

draw <strong>in</strong>spiration from nature and what is<br />

real,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive<br />

director of <strong>the</strong> Pantone Color Institute.<br />

Though <strong>the</strong> brilliant colour represents<br />

technological progress, Pantone says<br />

its pick was <strong>in</strong>spired by nature. The hue<br />

resembles coch<strong>in</strong>eal, a natural red dye<br />

derived from a t<strong>in</strong>y <strong>in</strong>sect.<br />

In her description of <strong>the</strong> colour’s name,<br />

Leatrice says it is a happy, brilliant shade<br />

that <strong>in</strong>spires hope. She asserts that if you’re<br />

wear<strong>in</strong>g this hue, <strong>the</strong>re is no way you can<br />

enter a room without draw<strong>in</strong>g attention<br />

to yourself. It’s a bold move. It embraces<br />

everyone with <strong>the</strong> same rebellious attitude<br />

and is funny and <strong>in</strong>clusive.<br />

The “Magentaverse” appears to<br />

have arrived already. With <strong>the</strong> help of<br />

partnerships with bus<strong>in</strong>esses like Motorola,<br />

Spoonflower, and Cariuma, Pantone has<br />

made various products <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> chosen<br />

colour, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g skate shoes, wallpaper,<br />

and telephones. In addition, <strong>the</strong> art gallery<br />

ARTECHOUSE offers a whole magenta<br />

experience beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g at Miami’s Art Basel<br />

and extend<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> general public.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Digital Artist<br />

Frog<br />

By Fillip Isgro<br />

28 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Compos<strong>in</strong>g chaos <strong>in</strong>to art<br />

with technology<br />

“Truly this is <strong>the</strong> start of a century of symbiosis between man<br />

and mach<strong>in</strong>e. It’s only <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g. I’m excited to see where<br />

it all goes <strong>in</strong> my lifetime,” says Fillip.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Fillip Isgro’s preferred art medium<br />

utilizes mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ely tuned artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

models to create awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artworks. Coupled with traditional digital<br />

art techniques, his <strong>in</strong>struments and<br />

conventional digital art methods enable him<br />

to <strong>in</strong>fluence and be <strong>in</strong>fluenced by his work.<br />

“It’s a f<strong>in</strong>e dance between me and <strong>the</strong><br />

mach<strong>in</strong>e. Constantly push<strong>in</strong>g and be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pushed by what happens,” he says. “It’s<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g when I set <strong>the</strong> stage for magic to<br />

happen, and someth<strong>in</strong>g different happens<br />

altoge<strong>the</strong>r. It makes my <strong>in</strong>ner wonder run<br />

wild with ideas. I’m not really sure what I’m<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to get, and I th<strong>in</strong>k that’s exactly why<br />

my process is what it is.”<br />

Fillip’s artistic philosophy is based on<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea that one must master <strong>the</strong> s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

constant <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cosmos, chaos, to properly<br />

produce engag<strong>in</strong>g and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art.<br />

Chaos is unavoidable, he expresses,<br />

yet allow<strong>in</strong>g ideas and abstract thoughts<br />

to flow can produce unexpected gems that<br />

both <strong>the</strong> author and <strong>the</strong> observer will f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

enjoyable. Mach<strong>in</strong>e Delusions concentrates<br />

on <strong>the</strong>se ideas when compos<strong>in</strong>g pieces.<br />

Allow<strong>in</strong>g chaos to direct more of <strong>the</strong><br />

process appears to be an addictive<br />

“It’s a f<strong>in</strong>e dance<br />

between me and<br />

<strong>the</strong> mach<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Constantly push<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and be<strong>in</strong>g pushed<br />

by what happens,”<br />

says Fillip.<br />

strategy <strong>in</strong> an age of total control via how<br />

<strong>the</strong> world perceives us on social media, <strong>the</strong><br />

music we listen to, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividuals we<br />

choose to have access to our digital and<br />

physical lives.<br />

Fillip resides <strong>in</strong> Toronto, Canada, and<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to fur<strong>the</strong>r his skill by learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge tools at <strong>the</strong> fr<strong>in</strong>ge of <strong>the</strong><br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry. His process is everevolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as, week by week, <strong>the</strong> landscape<br />

changes and new tools become obsolete<br />

overnight. To understand Fillip’s ability and<br />

ease with technology, we as onlookers must<br />

realize that, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> end, all that prevails is<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic eye of human <strong>in</strong>fluence and <strong>the</strong><br />

power of a good idea itself.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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32 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


Ch<strong>in</strong>ese New Year<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese New Year commences on<br />

<strong>the</strong> new moon that rises between<br />

<strong>January</strong> 21 and February 20.<br />

Also known as <strong>the</strong> “Lunar New<br />

Year,” it is a yearly 15-day celebration<br />

<strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a and by <strong>the</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>ese population<br />

worldwide. The colorful festivities cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

until <strong>the</strong> next full moon. Also referred to as<br />

<strong>the</strong> “Spr<strong>in</strong>g Festival,” each new year has<br />

an animal to which it will be affiliated, which<br />

repeats every 12 years.<br />

In earlier days, gods and ancestors<br />

were historically honored on this occasion.<br />

Regional practices and traditions for<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> New Year differ significantly<br />

across Ch<strong>in</strong>a. The even<strong>in</strong>g before Ch<strong>in</strong>ese<br />

New Year’s Day is generally seen as a<br />

chance for Ch<strong>in</strong>ese families to ga<strong>the</strong>r for<br />

<strong>the</strong> traditional reunion supper. Every family<br />

is also expected to perform a thorough<br />

clean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> order to remove any bad luck<br />

and make room for new good luck.<br />

The year <strong>2023</strong> observes <strong>the</strong> Year<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Water Rabbit. The rabbit, <strong>in</strong><br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese mythology, represents luck<br />

and perseverance. Hence, everyone is<br />

predicted to have a wonderful time <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Year of <strong>the</strong> Rabbit, and most are expected<br />

to have an auspicious year ahead!<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




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ART NEWS<br />

Orlando Museum of Art celebrates“Don’t Ask Me<br />

Where I’m From” exhibition open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

The Orlando Museum of Art hosted<br />

a reception to mark <strong>the</strong> debut of<br />

an exhibition featur<strong>in</strong>g secondgeneration<br />

immigrant artists. The<br />

celebration was attended by more than 400<br />

guests, many of whom were <strong>in</strong>ternational.<br />

The show, which explores <strong>the</strong> effects of<br />

migration on second-generation artists,<br />

was collaboratively developed by <strong>the</strong> Aga<br />

Khan Museum and Luciano Benetton’s<br />

Fondazione Imago Mundi. For more than<br />

three years, <strong>the</strong> museum collaborated<br />

closely with <strong>the</strong> Ismaili Council of Florida to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g this collection of colorful artworks to<br />

Orlando. There are 15 artists represented<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> exhibition, represent<strong>in</strong>g 25 different<br />

nations.<br />

The District 42 representative for <strong>the</strong><br />

Florida State House, Anna V. Eskamani,<br />

highlighted <strong>the</strong> exhibition’s significance:<br />

“Exhibitions like <strong>the</strong>se show <strong>the</strong> world who<br />

Orlando is. It reveals our identity to <strong>the</strong><br />

outside world that we are part of. All our<br />

experiences matter and that it is up to us<br />

to def<strong>in</strong>e who we are <strong>in</strong> light of <strong>the</strong> diversity<br />

that makes up our backgrounds.<br />

Orlando’s mayor, Buddy Dyer,<br />

acknowledges <strong>the</strong> value of variety and<br />

considers it to be one of <strong>the</strong> city’s greatest<br />

assets, say<strong>in</strong>g, “We have cultures and<br />

traditions that pretty well represent every<br />

country <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. Orlando should be as<br />

fair and <strong>in</strong>clusive as it possibly can be. Due<br />

to this, <strong>the</strong> show is extremely significant and<br />

a perfect fit for <strong>the</strong> Orlando Museum.”<br />

The Orlando Museum of Art and <strong>the</strong><br />

Ismaili Council of Florida have just entered<br />

<strong>in</strong>to this new cooperation. The ma<strong>in</strong><br />

objective of this exhibition is to foster<br />

constructive <strong>in</strong>teractions between various<br />

groups and contribute to <strong>the</strong> community’s<br />

values of civic engagement, <strong>in</strong>tellectual<br />

curiosity, and services.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> Orlando Museum of Art, <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is<br />

presently on display. On March 20, <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

<strong>the</strong> display will end.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

The show, which explores <strong>the</strong> effects<br />

of migration on second-generation<br />

artists, was collaboratively developed<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Aga Khan Museum and Luciano<br />

Benetton’s Fondazione Imago Mundi.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Angel<br />

By Gerardo Labarca<br />

36 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

An artist whose style<br />

evolved around respect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his subjects’ proportions<br />

“The one th<strong>in</strong>g that has rema<strong>in</strong>ed constant throughout my<br />

work is <strong>the</strong> importance of my subject’s gaze. For me, <strong>the</strong> eyes<br />

truly are <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> soul,” says Gerardo.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> Venezuela <strong>in</strong> 1971,<br />

Gerardo Labarca began pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and draw<strong>in</strong>g people close and<br />

important to him from his early<br />

childhood.<br />

“This was only a hobby, yet my family<br />

was constantly impressed and surprised<br />

by how closely I captured my subject’s<br />

resemblance. This need to express myself<br />

artistically stayed with me throughout my<br />

adult life,” says Gerardo.<br />

In 1993, at 21, Gerardo Labarca<br />

immigrated to Montreal alone to beg<strong>in</strong><br />

his first great adventure <strong>in</strong> life. To support<br />

himself f<strong>in</strong>ancially, he began work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

restaurants, at <strong>the</strong> bottom, wash<strong>in</strong>g dishes.<br />

As he learned his way <strong>in</strong> society, he slowly<br />

moved his way up from one position to<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r, work<strong>in</strong>g hard over <strong>the</strong> years<br />

until, eventually, he was runn<strong>in</strong>g a 5-star<br />

restaurant.<br />

“25 years of my life were spent dedicated<br />

to master<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> restaurant <strong>in</strong>dustry <strong>in</strong><br />

Montreal - a difficult, unforgiv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Understandably, I didn’t have much time to<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t,” rem<strong>in</strong>isces Gerardo.<br />

Gerardo recollects that leav<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess was <strong>the</strong> hardest decision he has<br />

ever taken. As a restauranter, his need to<br />

artistically express himself was satiated.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> creative director and owner of <strong>the</strong><br />

Mezcia, named one of <strong>the</strong> best restaurants<br />

<strong>in</strong> Canada, he knew that his artistic side<br />

still lives <strong>in</strong> him. He realized that he had<br />

chosen this path due to necessity ra<strong>the</strong>r<br />

than passion.<br />

“Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> last year that I had Mezcia, I<br />

hung up a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g I made specifically for<br />

<strong>the</strong> d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room. This pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g attracted a lot<br />

of attention, lead<strong>in</strong>g to many clients offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to acquire it, each client was surprised that<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist was <strong>the</strong> owner of <strong>the</strong> restaurant. It<br />

was at this po<strong>in</strong>t that I started to consider<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g professionally. But know<strong>in</strong>g myself,<br />

know<strong>in</strong>g that I don’t take half-measures,<br />

I knew I couldn’t do both. I need to throw<br />

myself <strong>in</strong> 100%, so I took a huge risk and<br />

embarked on ano<strong>the</strong>r great challenge,<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r adventure.” says Gerardo.<br />

Gerardo Labarca’s first pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as a fulltime<br />

artist was a portrait of Charlie Chapl<strong>in</strong>.<br />

As someone who considered Chapl<strong>in</strong> a true<br />

genius and his all-time <strong>in</strong>spiration, Gerardo<br />

knew that this pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g would def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong><br />

type of artist he wished to become.<br />

“I used this work as a test<strong>in</strong>g ground<br />

for ideas that had been trapped <strong>in</strong>side me<br />

all <strong>the</strong>se years. I applied layer after layer<br />

after layer, almost subconsciously, try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

capture what this mythical person meant<br />

to me. To this day, this work rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong> my<br />

private collection, a rem<strong>in</strong>der of my humble<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs.”<br />

Today, he ma<strong>in</strong>ly works with acrylics but<br />

has a flexible approach to us<strong>in</strong>g different<br />

mediums to achieve <strong>the</strong> depth and texture<br />

he desires. As an artist, his style evolved<br />

around respect<strong>in</strong>g his subjects’ proportions.<br />

From larger to smaller and more<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent brushstrokes, he began to<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduce more complex sources of details<br />

around his subject.<br />

“The one th<strong>in</strong>g that has rema<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

constant throughout my work is <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of my subject’s gaze. For me,<br />

<strong>the</strong> eyes truly are <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> soul. I<br />

search for subjects that speak through <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

eyes and dedicate countless hours try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

capture what <strong>the</strong>y communicate. The details<br />

I add are my projection and <strong>in</strong>terpretation of<br />

what I imag<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong>y are feel<strong>in</strong>g. I immerse<br />

myself entirely <strong>in</strong> my subject when I pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

“The details I add<br />

are my projection and<br />

<strong>in</strong>terpretation of what<br />

I imag<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g,” says Gerardo<br />

Labarca.<br />

<strong>the</strong>m, listen to <strong>the</strong>ir music, read about <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

life, look<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>the</strong>ir art. It is only <strong>the</strong>n that I<br />

can fully be satisfied with my work.”<br />

Us<strong>in</strong>g social media as an <strong>in</strong>valuable tool<br />

to share this work, Gerardo worked hard to<br />

def<strong>in</strong>e his place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> artistic community.<br />

“Art has been democratized and is<br />

accessible to everyone,” concludes<br />

Gerardo. “I th<strong>in</strong>k artists have a responsibility<br />

to share <strong>the</strong>ir unique vision and po<strong>in</strong>t of<br />

view <strong>in</strong> a time that desperately needs<br />

it. I hope my art and career cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

grow steadily so that I can ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> this<br />

lifestyle that I f<strong>in</strong>ally chose, settled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

countryside, surrounded by nature and<br />

tranquillity after <strong>the</strong> constant drone of <strong>the</strong><br />

restaurant bus<strong>in</strong>ess – to cont<strong>in</strong>ue pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g new techniques, new ways to<br />

transmit my feel<strong>in</strong>gs through my portraits.”<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



SANAM band rocks Dubai with<br />

special renditions of classic<br />

favorites!<br />

The Indian pop-rock band performed<br />

on 23rd December 2022 at<br />

Sheikh Rashid Hall Dubai World<br />

Trade Centre. Organized by Vivrit<br />

Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment and managed by Milestone<br />

Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, <strong>the</strong> concert witnessed<br />

a huge turnout as fans were eager to<br />

experience <strong>the</strong> touch<strong>in</strong>g melodies of <strong>the</strong><br />

band’s modern recreation of classical<br />

Bollywood hits.<br />

SANAM consists of Sanam Puri (lead<br />

vocalist/composer), Samar Puri (lyricist/<br />

lead guitar/ composer), Venky S or Venkat<br />

Subramaniyam (bass guitar) and Keshav<br />

Dhanraj (Drums/lead music arranger).<br />

The fans sang along and swayed as <strong>the</strong><br />

band took <strong>the</strong> audience on a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

journey of musical extravaganza. The<br />

unique and unforgettable concert took<br />

everyone back to <strong>the</strong> golden era of<br />

classical Bollywood hits.<br />

-events@magzoid.com<br />

38 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


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www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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with opulent amenities and <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g activities. The campground, which has 300 metres of beachfront, is ideal<br />

for staycations, families, romantic trips, and ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>gs of friends.<br />

Located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> centre of Ras Al Khaimah, 15 m<strong>in</strong>utes by car from <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational airport of Ras Al Khaimah and<br />

50 m<strong>in</strong>utes by car from Dubai International Airport.<br />

Location: Ras Al-Khaimah<br />

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The Dunes<br />

In addition to offer<strong>in</strong>g o<strong>the</strong>r activities like dune buggy safaris, overnight camp<strong>in</strong>g safaris, organis<strong>in</strong>g private and<br />

corporate events <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert like gala d<strong>in</strong>ners, team build<strong>in</strong>g activities, wedd<strong>in</strong>gs, and much more, The Dunes<br />

Camp<strong>in</strong>g & Safari LLC is one of <strong>the</strong> emerg<strong>in</strong>g Overnight Camp<strong>in</strong>g Properties <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates.<br />

Location: Ras Al-Khaimah<br />

Bedou<strong>in</strong> Oasis<br />

The only true Bedou<strong>in</strong> camp <strong>in</strong> Ras al-Khaimah is <strong>the</strong> Bedou<strong>in</strong> Oasis Camp. Located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> middle of two<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g dunes, deep with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert, guests may completely escape <strong>the</strong> outside world. Bedou<strong>in</strong> Oasis<br />

provides a variety of experiences, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g camp<strong>in</strong>g overnight, d<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert, camel treks, desert safaris,<br />

quad bike excursions, sand board<strong>in</strong>g, belly danc<strong>in</strong>g, and o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Location: Ras Al-Khaimah<br />

The Retreat<br />

Comb<strong>in</strong>ed with m<strong>in</strong>dfulness and meditation to create a simple hideaway, The Retreat, an ideal location to<br />

unw<strong>in</strong>d and rejuvenate while also hav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> chance to step out of your regular rout<strong>in</strong>e and connect with your<br />

deepest. You can engage <strong>in</strong> a variety of outdoor activities to experience an energetic, excit<strong>in</strong>g retreat, or you<br />

can simply enjoy <strong>the</strong> solitude and nature to read, meditate, or perhaps even learn <strong>the</strong> Art of Do<strong>in</strong>g Noth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Location: Rugaylat Road, Al Bidya, Fujairah<br />

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Shaima Al Awadhi<br />

An up-and-com<strong>in</strong>g Emirati artist, Shaima<br />

Al Awadhi, was born <strong>in</strong> 1990. She is a<br />

versatile artist who is receptive to a wide<br />

range of methods and genres, but her<br />

strengths lie <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> use of mixed media,<br />

realistic portraits, landscapes, and abstract<br />

works, as well as digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

She sees narrative as a type of art.<br />

It allows us <strong>the</strong> chance to picture what<br />

is on our m<strong>in</strong>ds and how we want to<br />

communicate with our audience through <strong>the</strong><br />

canvas and o<strong>the</strong>r visual mediums.<br />

In addition to be<strong>in</strong>g shortlisted for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award,<br />

Shaima was chosen as one of <strong>the</strong> top 5 art<br />

students <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world for GCSE studies and<br />

participated <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 50 Artist for 50th UAE<br />

National Day celebration with Dubai Culture<br />

& Authority as well as <strong>the</strong> Alliance Française<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai and Paris.<br />

As an Emirati artist, she considers herself<br />

fortunate to be sponsored by numerous<br />

organisations and people who encourage<br />

her to reach her full potential.<br />

As His Highness Shaikh Mohammed<br />

b<strong>in</strong> Rashid once observed, “The<br />

word impossible does not exist <strong>in</strong> our<br />

vocabulary,” <strong>the</strong> development of this nation<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a global centre for <strong>the</strong> arts and design,<br />

which is still <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>spires us as<br />

artists to challenge ourselves and broaden<br />

our horizons.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Sumayyah Al Suwaidi<br />

Abu Dhabi-based Emirati artist<br />

Sumayyah Al Suwaidi is a multiple awardw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

talent. In 1996, she discovered<br />

her love for digital art, and <strong>in</strong> 2001, she<br />

debuted her first collection, which was<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluenced by <strong>the</strong> late Sheikh Zayed<br />

B<strong>in</strong> Sultan Al Nahyan. She starts each<br />

piece with a sketch or a straightforward<br />

snapshot and <strong>the</strong>n adds textures, colours,<br />

and contrasts to create works that are<br />

one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d and priceless. Her debut<br />

exhibition, which featured several of <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE’s pioneer<strong>in</strong>g artists, took place <strong>in</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi <strong>in</strong> 2003. She soon started display<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her artwork <strong>in</strong> galleries across <strong>the</strong> UAE,<br />

London, <strong>the</strong> USA, Ch<strong>in</strong>a, France, Germany,<br />

Switzerland, Morocco, and Kuwait, among<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r places.<br />

Her work was <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> an auction by<br />

Christie’s <strong>in</strong> 2012 as part of <strong>the</strong> Modern and<br />

Contemporary Arab, Iranian, and Turkish<br />

Art Part II, and it was displayed <strong>in</strong> 2013 as<br />

a part of <strong>the</strong> Three Generations exhibition at<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s Galleries <strong>in</strong> London.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Activities you must try this<br />

season<br />

Jais Sledder<br />

Sitt<strong>in</strong>g peacefully on a low-ly<strong>in</strong>g track is <strong>the</strong> Jais Sledder.<br />

Hurtl<strong>in</strong>g down <strong>the</strong> Hajar mounta<strong>in</strong> range at up to 40 kph<br />

while swerv<strong>in</strong>g through gorgeous vistas and tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

sights of <strong>the</strong> breathtak<strong>in</strong>g coastl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

1,840 thrill<strong>in</strong>g meters of hairp<strong>in</strong> curves and undulat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waves are covered <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> course of <strong>the</strong> ride, which lasts for<br />

around eight m<strong>in</strong>utes. The sleds are made to comfortably<br />

accommodate two persons, one <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> front and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> back. Each sledder has access to <strong>the</strong> brak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

system, and you are securely fastened with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sled.<br />

Location: Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hajar Mounta<strong>in</strong>s,<br />

Oman<br />

Jais Flight<br />

The longest zipl<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world is called Jais Flight.<br />

At sp<strong>in</strong>e-t<strong>in</strong>gl<strong>in</strong>g speeds of up to 160 kmph, soar past<br />

craggy mounta<strong>in</strong> peaks and swoop through deep<br />

rav<strong>in</strong>es. Your sensation of superhero enchantment will<br />

last a lifetime after three m<strong>in</strong>utes of heart-pound<strong>in</strong>g<br />

adventure 1680 meters over <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf.<br />

A 9-tonne glass-bottomed platform with a glass bottom<br />

that resembles a hover<strong>in</strong>g bird of prey hang<strong>in</strong>g 80<br />

meters above <strong>the</strong> earth is reached by <strong>the</strong> fastest fly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

section. Your f<strong>in</strong>al flight will be a far shorter and more<br />

leisurely 1 km zipl<strong>in</strong>e from this po<strong>in</strong>t, which will eventually<br />

get you to solid ground at <strong>the</strong> base of <strong>the</strong> mounta<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

Location: Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hajar<br />

Mounta<strong>in</strong>s, Oman<br />

Jubail Mangrove Park<br />

The park and mangrove walk’s concentration is on<br />

protect<strong>in</strong>g and preserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> natural environment<br />

and all <strong>the</strong> species associated with it, while also<br />

focus<strong>in</strong>g on cultural and biological <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

about <strong>the</strong> trees, which have been <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> area “s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

<strong>the</strong> early days of <strong>the</strong> emirates.”<br />

Location: Al Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab<br />

Emirates<br />

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Cruzebay<br />

Experience <strong>the</strong> beauty of surf<strong>in</strong>g. From tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g to<br />

rentals, pick your poison and glide above <strong>the</strong> water<br />

this summer. Efoil, Underwater scooters, Paddle boats<br />

& more are available for anyone look<strong>in</strong>g to beat <strong>the</strong><br />

summer out <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cool waters of <strong>the</strong> sea.<br />

Additionally, you have this wonderful opportunity to<br />

explore watersports!<br />

Location: Efoil Cruzebay Dubai, Jumeirah, Duai<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Smash Room<br />

The Smash Room is an idea that reduces stress,<br />

makes you feel good, and adds a fun <strong>the</strong>rapeutic<br />

element to this activity. Anybody can go <strong>the</strong>re<br />

and destroy everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>y see, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g plates,<br />

vases, electronics, and more. Hell, you can even<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g a box of personal belong<strong>in</strong>gs from you or an<br />

ex. You can go to <strong>the</strong> Smash Room and shatter,<br />

break, stomp, tear, and yell <strong>in</strong>stead of smash<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your phone, punch<strong>in</strong>g a hole <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> wall, or flipp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a table. The Smash Room is a k<strong>in</strong>d of kickass<br />

alternative to a spa day that you need when you’re<br />

about to combust.<br />

Location: 195 Umm Suqeim Street, Warehouse<br />

Number 1, Beside Grand Auto Express, Dubai -<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

WildPa<strong>in</strong>t House<br />

To construct your masterpiece, pick one of six<br />

options. Sp<strong>in</strong> art, splat art, neon, graffiti, pour, and<br />

sw<strong>in</strong>g are all available. There are various price po<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

for each art session. The moment your artwork is<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ished is <strong>the</strong> best. Your art can be transported and<br />

framed at home. So at Wild Pa<strong>in</strong>t House, let your<br />

creative side run wild with pa<strong>in</strong>t. There is no better<br />

way to relieve tension than this.<br />

Location: Al Quoz Industrial Area 1, Al Quoz<br />

Industrial Area, Dubai<br />

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An attempt to use abstract art to address<br />

fundamental questions about <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

and contemporary society<br />

“Reality depends more on <strong>the</strong> artist’s ability to communicate ideas or emotions ra<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong><br />

simple or complex representation of what is visually perceived,” say <strong>the</strong> Pardo Bro<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Javier and Miguel Ángel Pardo<br />

Ordóñez were born <strong>in</strong> Madrid, 1977.<br />

After graduat<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> Faculty of<br />

F<strong>in</strong>e Arts <strong>in</strong> Madrid, <strong>the</strong>y specialized<br />

<strong>in</strong> “Plastic Arts” six years later (2004),<br />

<strong>the</strong>y obta<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong> degree of Doctor Cum<br />

Laude <strong>in</strong> F<strong>in</strong>e Arts from <strong>the</strong> Complutense<br />

University of Madrid <strong>in</strong> 2009. Currently,<br />

teach<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>the</strong> Faculty of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts of<br />

Madrid, UCM.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> Faculty of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts, <strong>the</strong>ir pictorial<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g took place under an artistic<br />

philosophy marked by <strong>the</strong> teach<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ter and teacher Florencio Gal<strong>in</strong>do, as<br />

well as created <strong>the</strong> opportunity to connect<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Spanish realism of <strong>the</strong> time, such<br />

as José Hernández and Antonio López<br />

García, among o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

“From <strong>the</strong> first day we were accepted<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> Faculty of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts, <strong>the</strong> Faculty<br />

showed us a vision of art that we were<br />

completely unaware of, “ say <strong>the</strong> Pardo<br />

Bro<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>ir beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>the</strong> Pardo<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>rs have been faithful to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of this spirit, identify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves with this form of expression.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se years, <strong>the</strong>y needed to learn<br />

<strong>the</strong> properties of <strong>the</strong> Spanish pictorial<br />

tradition, with Velázquez as its greatest<br />

exponent. Also, to appreciate <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of this <strong>in</strong>heritance left by <strong>the</strong><br />

master of ‘The Great Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.’<br />

The Pardo bro<strong>the</strong>rs studied<br />

contemporary 20th-century Spanish and<br />

American art. They were lured by <strong>the</strong><br />

work of artists such as Pancho Cossío,<br />

Antoni Clavé, Lucio Muñoz,<br />

De Koon<strong>in</strong>g, and Jim D<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

among o<strong>the</strong>rs. Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se<br />

years characterized by<br />

pictorial discoveries and<br />

contagions,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y<br />

reaffirmed<br />

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

Faculty as a place of essential learn<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

experience, becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ideal space for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir pictorial research and tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Reality depends more on <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s ability to communicate ideas<br />

or emotions ra<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong> simple or<br />

complex representation of what is visually<br />

perceived,” say <strong>the</strong> Pardo Bro<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Their real discovery was of abstract<br />

realism <strong>in</strong>fluenced by Weyth to Barceló.<br />

“Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is <strong>the</strong><br />

material that reveals<br />

all its mysteries and<br />

its encounters with<br />

palpable, physical, and<br />

sensitive reality,” said<br />

Pardo bro<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

They describe that “this reality does not<br />

exist <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> work of art, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> support, <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g; what exists is our reality that<br />

of each one of us. It is its greatness and<br />

its mystery. Mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> body visible, its<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporeal essence”.<br />

In art, reality is much more complex<br />

and subjective than what is conventionally<br />

understood by assimilat<strong>in</strong>g it only with<br />

figuration. In <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> Pardo<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>rs, reality is only <strong>the</strong> start<strong>in</strong>g<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t, whereby <strong>the</strong>y can express and<br />

materialize specific <strong>in</strong>tangible<br />

values such as emotion,<br />

mystery, environment, or<br />

atmosphere, concepts that<br />

cannot be felt or touched<br />

but can be “pa<strong>in</strong>ted”. They<br />

show us <strong>the</strong> difference between th<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

that belong to a reason and th<strong>in</strong>gs that<br />

really belong to senses; <strong>in</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r words,<br />

<strong>the</strong> difference between th<strong>in</strong>gs that are and<br />

<strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs that are really seen. Therefore,<br />

abstraction becomes <strong>the</strong> ideal path toward<br />

research<strong>in</strong>g, analyz<strong>in</strong>g, and study<strong>in</strong>g such<br />

<strong>in</strong>tangible values.<br />

“Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is <strong>the</strong> material that reveals<br />

all its mysteries and its encounters with<br />

palpable, physical, and sensitive reality.<br />

Deep<strong>in</strong>g as deeply as possible <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

matter of nature, or ra<strong>the</strong>r to “emerge” from<br />

this matter, is for us, a real plastic discovery.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> most personal heart of th<strong>in</strong>gs to<br />

capture a visible reality. Incessant research<br />

for <strong>the</strong> sense of <strong>the</strong> presence of th<strong>in</strong>gs,” say<br />

Pardo bro<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, <strong>the</strong> mean<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

iconographic subjects of <strong>the</strong> work try to<br />

answer fundamental questions about <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dividual and today’s society.<br />

“Our idea or thought is based precisely<br />

on <strong>the</strong> fact that life itself and our profession<br />

are <strong>the</strong> cause and mean<strong>in</strong>g of our pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

This is how we write our life. Our works do<br />

not stop be<strong>in</strong>g written reflections that reflect<br />

a small, unimportant world but are essential<br />

for us because it is what you are liv<strong>in</strong>g. At<br />

least, it is <strong>the</strong> life you choose that identifies<br />

you as an <strong>in</strong>dividual”.<br />

Their attitude towards <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

always non-conformist and, with a certa<strong>in</strong><br />

rebelliousness, becomes a constant whose<br />

argument is to give evidence of <strong>the</strong> loss<br />

of values and “conflicts” <strong>in</strong> our society,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g a mark forever on <strong>the</strong> epidermis of<br />

<strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g (regrets, testimonies, padlocks<br />

that suggest certa<strong>in</strong> prohibitions, graffiti<br />

that suggest that <strong>the</strong> artist is a “man of <strong>the</strong><br />

cloth”). The work of <strong>the</strong> Pardo bro<strong>the</strong>rs is far<br />

from be<strong>in</strong>g a “friendly” pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g where <strong>the</strong><br />

surfaces speak for <strong>the</strong>mselves.<br />

“These surfaces disclose to us that<br />

beauty can be discovered <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> most<br />

personal realities closest to <strong>the</strong> artist,” <strong>the</strong>y<br />

conclude.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

UAE faces, <strong>in</strong>creased demand for<br />

African art has people’s grow<strong>in</strong>g curiosity<br />

In a recent week-long exhibition titled<br />

“Break<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Mold,” eleven emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists from <strong>the</strong> Democratic Republic<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Congo displayed <strong>the</strong>ir work <strong>in</strong> a<br />

warehouse close to Alserkal Avenue, Dubai’s<br />

arts quarter. The artists, who were all former<br />

students of <strong>the</strong> Academy of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts <strong>in</strong><br />

K<strong>in</strong>shasa, <strong>the</strong> DRC’s capital, attempted<br />

to break free from <strong>the</strong> restrictions of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

academic background; this is implied by <strong>the</strong><br />

title.<br />

A featured artist was <strong>the</strong> photographer<br />

Arlette Bashizi. Her “Re-construction” series<br />

of self-portraits challenges stereotypes<br />

and assumptions about black, African<br />

(particularly Congolese) women.<br />

Multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary artist Chris Shongo gave<br />

Congolese women <strong>the</strong> status of Egyptian<br />

queen Nefertiti, to whom he traced <strong>the</strong><br />

ancestry of African women, <strong>in</strong> his work<br />

“Nefercongo.” The group support<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Congolese art, Yetu Management, which<br />

recently built a gallery <strong>in</strong> K<strong>in</strong>shasa, organized<br />

<strong>the</strong> exhibition.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> most recent Abu Dhabi Art fair,<br />

some African artists were compet<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong><br />

first time, demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> UAE’s ris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> African art. For <strong>in</strong>stance, Kavita<br />

Chellaram’s Kó, an art space <strong>in</strong> Lagos,<br />

Nigeria, participated physically for <strong>the</strong> first<br />

time <strong>in</strong> 2021 after participat<strong>in</strong>g onl<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> 2020.<br />

The Afriart Gallery, situated <strong>in</strong> Kampala,<br />

Uganda, participated for <strong>the</strong> second time<br />

and displayed works by <strong>the</strong> Ugandan artists<br />

Mona Taha and Sanaa Gateja, with prices<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from $4,000 to $30,000.<br />

A more durable <strong>in</strong>stitution <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE art<br />

scene is <strong>the</strong> Efie Gallery, founded by <strong>the</strong><br />

Ghanaian family Valent<strong>in</strong>a, Kwame, and Kobi<br />

M<strong>in</strong>tah. It recently celebrated its one year<br />

anniversary at Al-Khayat Art Avenue <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> year s<strong>in</strong>ce it first opened, Efie<br />

Gallery has hosted seven exhibitions,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> first solo show <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city for<br />

renowned Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui and<br />

a collaboration exhibition with UK auction<br />

house Christie’s that featured El Anatsui’s<br />

work alongside quickly ris<strong>in</strong>g Ghanaian<br />

artists Isshaq Ismail and Yaw Owusu.<br />

The development of Efie Gallery has<br />

been <strong>in</strong>fluenced by <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g demand for<br />

African art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational art market.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to a recent edition of ArtTactic’s<br />

Modern and Contemporary African Artist<br />

Market Report, which looks at auction sales<br />

between 2016 and 2021, African art has<br />

grown <strong>in</strong> popularity, with sales <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

by 44 percent <strong>in</strong> 2021, from $50 million <strong>in</strong><br />

2020 to $72 million last year. Additionally,<br />

contemporary art galleries around <strong>the</strong> world<br />

are becom<strong>in</strong>g more eager to exhibit pieces<br />

from <strong>the</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>ent.<br />

The<br />

development of<br />

Efie Gallery has<br />

been <strong>in</strong>fluenced<br />

by <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

demand for<br />

African art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

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

market.<br />

Next, <strong>the</strong> Efie Gallery will host The Art of<br />

Advocacy, a display of pictures by Ethiopian<br />

photographer Aida Muluneh, which will be<br />

on view from <strong>January</strong> 12 through February<br />

24.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



7 most paradisal garden<br />

eateries to unw<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> <strong>January</strong><br />

Bounty Beets<br />

Bounty Beets features a stunn<strong>in</strong>g outdoor d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g area with tall palm trees and an upbeat environment for<br />

everyone to unw<strong>in</strong>d. It is <strong>in</strong>credibly well-liked among Dubai’s health-conscious population. From almond waffles<br />

with yogurt and berry compote to chia pudd<strong>in</strong>g topped with fruit and coconut, <strong>the</strong>re is someth<strong>in</strong>g for everyone.<br />

Location: Le Meridien M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi Beach Resort & Mar<strong>in</strong>a, Dubai<br />

Ula<br />

Nestled on <strong>the</strong> Palm Jumeirah’s beautiful dunes, with a view of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf’s sparkl<strong>in</strong>g seas Ula is a step<br />

away from absolute bliss. The natural, earthy, grounded seaside restaurant is all-pervasive, deliver<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

p<strong>in</strong>nacle of leisure and a vacation feel from day to night.<br />

Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai<br />

50 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


SEVA<br />

With cobblestone paths, wooden log tables, and colorful furnish<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>the</strong> cafe, and wellness<br />

center—a Wi-Fi free area—is a stunn<strong>in</strong>g plant-based café set with<strong>in</strong> a serene, zen-like garden.<br />

At Seva, you may converse with people, read a book, come up with ideas, or daydream while<br />

<strong>in</strong>dulg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> plant-based cuis<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Location: Jumeirah 1, Dubai<br />

Café Beirut<br />

Café Beirut, also known as Kahwet Beirut, provides magnificent views of <strong>the</strong> Burj Khalifa. In an atmosphere with<br />

a v<strong>in</strong>tage feel, <strong>the</strong> café serves delectable Lebanese cuis<strong>in</strong>e. The cafe is <strong>in</strong>tended to br<strong>in</strong>g back memories of <strong>the</strong><br />

1950s when Beirut was at its peak.<br />

Location: Al Murooj Complex, Downtown Dubai<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Kulture House<br />

A multi-room café called Kulture House features a variety of rattan seats, vibrant poofs, stools, a few cozy<br />

booths, and a big communal table with cushions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> majlis style. It has a Marrakech rooftop d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g ambiance<br />

and is welcom<strong>in</strong>g and cheerful. Along with a café, <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g also has a retail store, a florist, a coffee shop,<br />

and an art gallery.<br />

Location: Jumeirah 1, Dubai<br />

The Farm, Al Barari<br />

The Farm is a breathtak<strong>in</strong>g botanical oasis with waterfalls, lovely plants, and an open-sided deck from where<br />

you can savor <strong>the</strong> delicious meal that takes you away from <strong>the</strong> hustle and bustle of <strong>the</strong> city.<br />

Location: Al Barari, Dubai<br />

Arabian Tea House<br />

The Arabian Tea House opens to a bouga<strong>in</strong>villea-decked spacious courtyard. With <strong>the</strong> Sun-dappled beneath<br />

large trees, <strong>the</strong> stunn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terior is <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> shades of azure and white, with rattan and wood and capacious<br />

armchairs with plump cushions; soft organza awn<strong>in</strong>gs waft <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> breeze for a relax<strong>in</strong>g time.<br />

Location: Bastakiya, Dubai<br />

52 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


National Braille<br />

Literacy Month<br />

National Braille Literacy Month<br />

is observed <strong>in</strong> <strong>January</strong> to<br />

honor those who are legally<br />

bl<strong>in</strong>d or visually impaired, raise<br />

awareness, and educate <strong>the</strong>m about <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of Braille. As advancements<br />

<strong>in</strong> audio technology are made, Braille is<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g less and less popular as time<br />

goes on. But its significance is still relevant<br />

today, particularly <strong>in</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess and <strong>the</strong><br />

classroom.<br />

Apart from commemorat<strong>in</strong>g Braille’s<br />

legacy, it also marks <strong>the</strong> birthday of <strong>the</strong><br />

founder, Louis Braille. S<strong>in</strong>ce its <strong>in</strong>vention,<br />

many <strong>in</strong>dividuals have benefited from <strong>the</strong><br />

Braille system. Braille is more accessible<br />

and relevant <strong>in</strong> today’s technologically<br />

sophisticated culture due to its<br />

implementation <strong>in</strong>to computers and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

digital devices.<br />

The most common types of low vision<br />

are:<br />

Central vision loss:<br />

A bl<strong>in</strong>d spot found <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> center of<br />

vision.<br />

Peripheral vision loss:<br />

When a person is not able to see<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g above or below <strong>the</strong> eye<br />

levels, though <strong>the</strong> central vision<br />

doesn’t alter.<br />

Night bl<strong>in</strong>dness:<br />

When a person has problems <strong>in</strong> see<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> poorly lit places like c<strong>in</strong>ema halls,<br />

roads with no street lamps etc.<br />

Blurred vision:<br />

A situation when objects both far and<br />

near are out of focus.<br />

Hazy vision:<br />

The area of vision seems to be<br />

covered with a film.<br />

Some common causes of low vision<br />

are:<br />

• Age-related macular degeneration<br />

• Diabetes<br />

• Glaucoma<br />

• Eye cancer<br />

• Alb<strong>in</strong>ism<br />

• Bra<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>jury<br />

• Inherited eye disorders like ret<strong>in</strong>itis<br />

pigmentosa<br />

Five facts about Braille Literacy<br />

Month:<br />

1. Braille was not <strong>the</strong> first system<br />

of raised letters. Prior to <strong>the</strong><br />

development of Braille, alternative<br />

written communication tools for <strong>the</strong><br />

bl<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>cluded bent wire letters,<br />

wood letters, and a grid of pricks.<br />

2. Braille isn’t thought of as a<br />

language. But nearly every<br />

language, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Spanish,<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese, and French, has its own<br />

set of codes. Additionally, music<br />

and math employ different codes.<br />

3. The cod<strong>in</strong>g system is generally<br />

made up of six dots. There are 63<br />

different ways to organize <strong>the</strong>se sixdot<br />

Braille cells, which are set up<br />

as two columns of three dots.<br />

4. Braille is also used on feet! Have<br />

you ever noticed those large yellow<br />

sidewalks or store ends? The Braille<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is for your feet.<br />

5. Both contractual and uncontracted<br />

Braille are available. Contracted<br />

Braille shortens frequent words<br />

(such as do not and don’t) while<br />

uncontracted Braille writes out<br />

every word.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Braid Tails<br />

By Ramona Nordal<br />

54 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Mix<strong>in</strong>g traditional<br />

with <strong>the</strong><br />

unconventional<br />

to produce oddly<br />

familiar artworks<br />

“The random collaboration of old and new is important to me because this is how<br />

I see <strong>the</strong> new generation. It is <strong>the</strong> mixture of traditional and unconventional that<br />

attracts us and takes us on a fresh new journey.” says Ramona Nordal.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Canadian-born artist Ramona<br />

Nordal studied art at <strong>the</strong> Emily<br />

Carr Institute of Art and Design<br />

<strong>in</strong> Vancouver, British Columbia.<br />

There she studied lithography, colour<br />

<strong>the</strong>ory, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and draw<strong>in</strong>g with a focus<br />

on anatomy draw<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Colour<br />

<strong>the</strong>ory has always been a huge part of<br />

Nordal’s process, and she is quickly<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g known for her richly evocative<br />

colour palette. The central <strong>the</strong>me that<br />

unites all of her work is <strong>the</strong> mixture of <strong>the</strong><br />

traditional with <strong>the</strong> unconventional, not only<br />

<strong>in</strong> her subject matter and colour palette<br />

but also <strong>in</strong> her approach to materials and<br />

technique.<br />

Nordal pushes artistic boundaries by<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g draw<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> her work.<br />

This is evident <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricately detailed<br />

penwork of her subjects’ faces. Nordal is<br />

hyper-aware of art’s relationship with human<br />

emotion, and her subjects reflect this as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y captivate you and entice you <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

world. At first glance, <strong>the</strong>y look familiar and<br />

<strong>the</strong>n upon a closer look you see references<br />

from <strong>the</strong> 1800’s all <strong>the</strong> way through to an<br />

almost futuristic take on society. Her work<br />

can be found <strong>in</strong> Canada, <strong>the</strong> United States,<br />

Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong and Europe.<br />

The central <strong>the</strong>me that unites all of her<br />

work is <strong>the</strong> mixture of <strong>the</strong> traditional with<br />

<strong>the</strong> unconventional, not only <strong>in</strong> her subject<br />

matter and colour palette but also <strong>in</strong> her<br />

approach to materials and technique. She<br />

focuses ma<strong>in</strong>ly on female subjects <strong>in</strong> her<br />

work <strong>in</strong> an attempt to capture <strong>the</strong>ir strength<br />

and uniqueness. At first glance her figures<br />

appear bold yet offer almost e<strong>the</strong>real<br />

characteristics. Nordal pushes artistic<br />

boundaries by <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g draw<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong><br />

her work. This is evident <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricately<br />

detailed penwork of her subjects’ faces.<br />

The softness of <strong>the</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g mixed with <strong>the</strong><br />

boldness of <strong>the</strong> bodies and background<br />

create an <strong>in</strong>credible fusion that offers just<br />

<strong>the</strong> right amount of tension.<br />

Her subjects are a mixture of <strong>the</strong> female<br />

form with references as early as <strong>the</strong> late<br />

1800’s to <strong>the</strong> 1970s. By comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g several<br />

decades she somehow creates figures that<br />

are uniquely Nordal. She is hyper-aware of<br />

art’s relationship with human emotion and<br />

her subjects reflect this as <strong>the</strong>y captivate<br />

you and entice you <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir world.<br />

“I f<strong>in</strong>d I get bored<br />

easily and by work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on three or four<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs at a time it<br />

keeps th<strong>in</strong>gs fresh for<br />

me,” says Ramona<br />

Nordal.<br />

Nordal works on several pieces at once<br />

<strong>in</strong> her studio <strong>in</strong> Toronto stat<strong>in</strong>g “I f<strong>in</strong>d I get<br />

bored easily and by work<strong>in</strong>g on three or<br />

four pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs at a time it keeps th<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

fresh for me. I work on one <strong>the</strong>n switch<br />

halfway through <strong>the</strong> day and start work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on ano<strong>the</strong>r one. This allows me <strong>the</strong> freedom<br />

to work on several different collections at<br />

once. I like <strong>the</strong> randomness of <strong>the</strong> process.”<br />

“The random collaboration of old and<br />

new is important to me because this is how<br />

I see <strong>the</strong> new generation. It is <strong>the</strong> mixture of<br />

traditional and unconventional that attracts<br />

us and takes us on a fresh new journey.”<br />

I recently participated <strong>in</strong> Context Art<br />

Miami dur<strong>in</strong>g Art Basel Miami week.<br />

It was an <strong>in</strong>credible experience be<strong>in</strong>g able<br />

to participate <strong>in</strong> this k<strong>in</strong>d of show. Art Basel<br />

week <strong>in</strong> Miami attracts collectors from all<br />

over <strong>the</strong> world. It is very rare to be able to<br />

have <strong>the</strong> opportunity to have such a large<br />

audience view<strong>in</strong>g your work. I also enjoyed<br />

view<strong>in</strong>g artwork from <strong>the</strong> various shows. It<br />

was extremely <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g and somehow put<br />

a perspective on my own work and where<br />

I am <strong>in</strong> my career. I found it very helpful <strong>in</strong><br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g me to turn a new chapter <strong>in</strong> my<br />

career and to push my artistic boundaries<br />

as I beg<strong>in</strong> a new body of work for <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Nordal is represented by galleries <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> United States, Canada, Germany and<br />

Australia. Her work has been collected<br />

<strong>in</strong> Canada, <strong>the</strong> United States, Mexico,<br />

Australia, S<strong>in</strong>gapore and Europe. Ramona<br />

Nordal currently lives and works <strong>in</strong> Toronto,<br />

Canada.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

220 artworks of Philip Guston to be<br />

donated by <strong>the</strong> artist’s daughter to <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan<br />

Museum of New York<br />

In a potentially game-chang<strong>in</strong>g donation<br />

that will make <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Museum<br />

of New York <strong>the</strong> museum with <strong>the</strong><br />

greatest collection of Philip Guston<br />

artwork <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, Musa Mayer, <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s daughter, will donate 220 of her<br />

fa<strong>the</strong>r’s works.<br />

Guston is one of <strong>the</strong> most important 20thcentury<br />

American artists, <strong>the</strong> subject of a<br />

travel<strong>in</strong>g retrospective. Before transition<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to a popular type of abstraction <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> years<br />

after World War II, he pa<strong>in</strong>ted angular,<br />

impenetrable figurations at <strong>the</strong> start of his<br />

career. He <strong>the</strong>n shocked critics by return<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to figuration <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1960s.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs he produced at <strong>the</strong> time—a<br />

sequence of pictures show<strong>in</strong>g Ku Klux Klan<br />

members <strong>in</strong> absurdist situations—became<br />

a flashpo<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> 2020, as <strong>the</strong> National Gallery<br />

of Art <strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, D.C., was prepar<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

host <strong>the</strong> current retrospective.<br />

Out of worry that some people might<br />

not be able to understand Guston’s<br />

messages, <strong>the</strong> museum and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r three<br />

co-organiz<strong>in</strong>g organizations postponed<br />

<strong>the</strong> performance and said that it would be<br />

changed. This choice was <strong>the</strong> subject of<br />

fierce discussion both <strong>in</strong>side and outside<br />

<strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

The exhibit eventually debuted <strong>in</strong> 2022<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Museum of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Boston; at <strong>the</strong><br />

moment, it is on display at <strong>the</strong> Museum of<br />

F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Houston <strong>in</strong> a completely revised<br />

version, complete with trigger warn<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Numerous Guston works, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

several important ones from <strong>the</strong> artist’s first<br />

retrospective <strong>in</strong> 2003, are already part of<br />

The Met’s collection. Mayer’s promised gift,<br />

which <strong>in</strong>cludes several works that are a part<br />

of <strong>the</strong> present retrospective and are nearly<br />

unmatched by any o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>stitution, will help<br />

create a more comprehensive picture of<br />

Guston’s body of work.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs he produced at <strong>the</strong><br />

time—a sequence of pictures show<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Ku Klux Klan members <strong>in</strong> absurdist<br />

situations—became a flashpo<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong><br />

2020,<br />

56 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

ART NEWS<br />

Ohio’s “Octagon Earthworks” is proposed<br />

as a UNESCO World Heritage Site<br />

The court ruled that <strong>the</strong> Ohio golf<br />

course surround<strong>in</strong>g an old Native<br />

American Earthwork Monument<br />

was significant enough to be<br />

considered for UNESCO World Heritage<br />

Site classification, and <strong>the</strong>reby <strong>the</strong> lease<br />

must be term<strong>in</strong>ated.<br />

The Octagon Earthwork <strong>in</strong> Newark, Ohio,<br />

is one of eight complexes of clay mounds<br />

constructed by <strong>the</strong> now-ext<strong>in</strong>ct Hopewell<br />

culture. These 2,000-year-old build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

were probably used as observatories.<br />

The largest and best preserved of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

complexes is <strong>the</strong> Octagon Earthwork.<br />

Previously, a militia camp was located on<br />

<strong>the</strong> property. However, <strong>in</strong> 1910, <strong>the</strong> Mound<br />

Builders Country Club leased <strong>the</strong> property<br />

and built a golf course. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

These 2,000-year-old build<strong>in</strong>gs were<br />

probably used as observatories. The<br />

largest and best preserved of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

complexes is <strong>the</strong> Octagon Earthwork.<br />

have kept up <strong>the</strong> mounds. Some <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

believe that <strong>the</strong> golf course <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

US National Register of Historic Places <strong>in</strong><br />

1964 was not <strong>the</strong> ideal location for it.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> court decision, <strong>the</strong><br />

organization’s lease is up <strong>in</strong> 2078. They<br />

must vacate <strong>the</strong> premises to make <strong>the</strong><br />

region accessible to <strong>the</strong> general public for<br />

it to be listed on <strong>the</strong> UNESCO list of world<br />

heritage sites. In 2018, The Ohio History<br />

Connection made an $800,000 purchase<br />

bid, but <strong>the</strong>y <strong>in</strong>creased it to $1.7 million<br />

after <strong>the</strong> property received that appraisal.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Is <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalist movement<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g aga<strong>in</strong>st our roots?<br />

Questions such as <strong>the</strong>se allow<br />

us to understand and redef<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>the</strong> avenues we have chosen<br />

<strong>in</strong> our lives. Such roads tend<br />

to shape our personal, professional, and<br />

social personalities <strong>in</strong> ways that we seldom<br />

understand but feel <strong>the</strong>ir omnipresent<br />

effects.<br />

One such effect is <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalist<br />

movement.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>imalism requires its practitioners to<br />

reduce <strong>the</strong> clutter <strong>the</strong>y face <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir daily<br />

lives, space, and actions. When one applies<br />

<strong>the</strong> same pr<strong>in</strong>ciple towards creativity<br />

and consumption, m<strong>in</strong>imalism asks us to<br />

understand <strong>the</strong> adage that less is more.<br />

Less is more, as a concept has been<br />

seen to be extensively used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creative<br />

world, but today questions are be<strong>in</strong>g raised<br />

about <strong>the</strong> sphere of <strong>in</strong>fluence of this adage<br />

<strong>in</strong> one’s life and action. Is this <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

of <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalist movement a benefit or<br />

a deterrent to one’s social, personal, and<br />

professional lives, and is this movement<br />

ask<strong>in</strong>g us to sacrifice elements, both<br />

creative and material, that def<strong>in</strong>es who we<br />

are?<br />

Roots. The roots of a plant are not <strong>in</strong><br />

question, but ra<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> roots that you trace<br />

back to your upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g and that def<strong>in</strong>e<br />

what sort of a person you are. Your roots<br />

def<strong>in</strong>e your past and give mean<strong>in</strong>g to your<br />

present.<br />

Our roots are a product of a different time<br />

and do not conform to modern creative<br />

concepts. These learn<strong>in</strong>gs, habits and<br />

beliefs that make up our roots are a product<br />

of thousands of years of human evolution<br />

and often embody valuable lessons <strong>in</strong> life<br />

and ways to make choices for a better one.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>imalism asks us to let go of <strong>the</strong><br />

excess and strive to live with <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imum.<br />

Compar<strong>in</strong>g this philosophy with one’s<br />

culture and traditions, people do feel and<br />

understand <strong>the</strong> stark opposite nature of <strong>the</strong><br />

teach<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong>se philosophies.<br />

The philosophy of m<strong>in</strong>imalism is often<br />

seen as a product of <strong>the</strong> well-to-do<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong> common people, for it<br />

demands us to reduce distractions and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r commitments to one’s circle. This<br />

simply cannot happen <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lives of <strong>the</strong><br />

middle and lower classes due to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

responsibilities. But that is where we can<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduce ano<strong>the</strong>r argument that just might<br />

be able to answer <strong>the</strong> question.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> stark limitations of m<strong>in</strong>imalism<br />

when compared to <strong>the</strong> vibrant and<br />

contagious energy of one’s culture, we<br />

realize that this comparison fails to make<br />

sense when we see it from a specific<br />

perspective. Such concerns are valid and<br />

well-founded, for <strong>the</strong> beauty of one’s culture<br />

and traditions are often realized <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> belief<br />

that it is full of life, and this say<strong>in</strong>g does not<br />

and will not explicitly <strong>in</strong>vite <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalism<br />

philosophy <strong>in</strong> it.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>imalism asks us to reduce <strong>the</strong> clutter<br />

<strong>in</strong> one’s life. Clutter could be <strong>the</strong> physical<br />

haphazardness of th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> your room, or<br />

it could be <strong>the</strong> distractions <strong>in</strong> your daily life<br />

that have a detrimental effect on you.<br />

Focus<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> philosophy of<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imalism ra<strong>the</strong>r than its creative output,<br />

people can hope to realize that m<strong>in</strong>imalism<br />

is just ano<strong>the</strong>r pitstop <strong>in</strong> our lives for f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a better formula that helps us deal with<br />

problems and rise above <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

When we allow this perspective and<br />

choose to th<strong>in</strong>k from this viewpo<strong>in</strong>t, we<br />

stand to realize that creative or design<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g movements do not impact our<br />

roots, for <strong>the</strong>y can only do so if we allow it or<br />

misunderstand what it means. M<strong>in</strong>imalism<br />

simply means to reduce <strong>the</strong> unwanted parts<br />

of our lives, and that can be simply a vital<br />

chance attitude that can help numerous<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals f<strong>in</strong>d a better way to live.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalist<br />

movement is a creative and design-th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

movement that is ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g traction. Yes, <strong>the</strong><br />

people are split between gett<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d it<br />

and aga<strong>in</strong>st it for numerous reasons that are<br />

not <strong>the</strong> purview of this article. Ra<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong><br />

belief that m<strong>in</strong>imalism <strong>in</strong>vites us to reth<strong>in</strong>k<br />

<strong>the</strong> unnecessary or excessive aspects of<br />

life, both materialistic and abstract, can<br />

be learnt to let go to make space for more<br />

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

- editorial@magzoid.com<br />

58 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


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ART NEWS<br />

First physical NFT shop “ftNFT”<br />

opens <strong>in</strong> Mall of The Emirates<br />

Dubai became home to <strong>the</strong> first<br />

physical NFT shop, located at <strong>the</strong><br />

Mall of <strong>the</strong> Emirates. Operated<br />

by <strong>in</strong>ternational tech giant<br />

SoftConstruct, <strong>the</strong> ftNFT Shop will offer<br />

customers to browse, buy and sell NFTs <strong>in</strong><br />

person. Visitors can also <strong>in</strong>teract with and<br />

look through a unique variety of physical art<br />

and even create 3D avatars of <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

through a professional 3D scanner, <strong>the</strong><br />

company said <strong>in</strong> a statement. Guests will<br />

also be able to <strong>in</strong>teract with <strong>the</strong> region’s<br />

NFT artists and exhibitors <strong>in</strong> person and to<br />

learn about <strong>the</strong>ir work firsthand.<br />

International tech company<br />

SoftConstruct, which has over eight brands<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g IT solutions to various <strong>in</strong>dustries,<br />

more than 300 partners and over 16 offices<br />

worldwide, created ftNFT – a unique NFT<br />

marketplace operat<strong>in</strong>g under <strong>the</strong> Fastex<br />

ecosystem, which <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong> Fastex<br />

Exchange, FastexVerse, Fastex Pay, Fastex<br />

Cha<strong>in</strong>, FastToken and FirstTicket.<br />

ftNFT is a concept that is meant to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r NFT and crypto enthusiasts to a<br />

platform where <strong>the</strong>y can <strong>in</strong>teract with and<br />

experience <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>novative services <strong>in</strong> a<br />

whole new way.<br />

Everyth<strong>in</strong>g established by <strong>the</strong> ftNFT<br />

marketplace has been with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tent to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g forward creative and bright ideas,<br />

and allow people to monetise <strong>the</strong>ir art while<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g able to trade with o<strong>the</strong>r collections.<br />

ftNFT Shop will open a second store<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai Mall, allow<strong>in</strong>g visitors to “learn<br />

more about <strong>the</strong> marketplace and take part<br />

however <strong>the</strong>y like,” <strong>the</strong> company.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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FOR ONE<br />

By Sarah Peguero<br />

62 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

The process of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is an experimental<br />

conversation ra<strong>the</strong>r<br />

than someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

planned<br />

“The human form and face are <strong>the</strong> most important elements <strong>in</strong> my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. The<br />

figure dom<strong>in</strong>ates <strong>the</strong> work and is depicted as a shadow, ghost, aura or energy<br />

form. Sometimes anonymous, o<strong>the</strong>r times with a recognizable mien.” says Sarah.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Sarah creates her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs across<br />

multiple genres and with a constant<br />

desire to try new techniques and<br />

approaches. She works with a wide<br />

palette of (materials /tools) such as acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t, oil pastels, charcoal, and crayons on<br />

canvas and paper. Sarah has a weakness<br />

for Gold colour that she uses <strong>in</strong> different<br />

materials and structures, almost becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a trademark <strong>in</strong> her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Born, raised and awarded a university<br />

degree <strong>in</strong> Interior Design <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Caribbean.<br />

Sarah later moved to Paris to learn French<br />

and study Fashion Illustration. She has<br />

exhibited her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> numerous<br />

galleries, art shows and -associations <strong>in</strong><br />

Denmark, Italy, France, Spa<strong>in</strong>, Austria, and<br />

Sweden.<br />

“The human form and face are <strong>the</strong> most<br />

important elements <strong>in</strong> my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. The<br />

figure dom<strong>in</strong>ates <strong>the</strong> work and is depicted<br />

as a shadow, ghost, aura or energy form.<br />

Sometimes anonymous, o<strong>the</strong>r times with a<br />

recognizable mien,” says Sarah Peguero.<br />

“Different mediums allow me to express<br />

diversity and movement <strong>in</strong> my work. Colour<br />

makes me dance, and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is my<br />

passion, <strong>the</strong> oxygen to my creative lungs.<br />

I prize colour for its powerful symbolism<br />

and employ it to communicate emotion and<br />

mood.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g process is more of an<br />

experimental conversation ra<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g planned. Each successive layer<br />

of pa<strong>in</strong>t is a reaction to <strong>the</strong> layer that came<br />

before - a dialogue between myself, <strong>the</strong><br />

colours and <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. I have found that<br />

<strong>the</strong> best work comes from conversations<br />

<strong>in</strong> which I have done <strong>the</strong> most careful<br />

listen<strong>in</strong>g,” says Sarah Peguero.<br />

“I share a little piece of my heart <strong>in</strong> every<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g I create. I rarely know beforehand<br />

how <strong>the</strong> new artwork will shape and<br />

develop. Noth<strong>in</strong>g is given or decided; <strong>the</strong><br />

blank canvas itself provokes <strong>in</strong>spiration.”<br />

“It is excit<strong>in</strong>g to stand <strong>in</strong> front of a white<br />

canvas. A thousand thoughts and artworks<br />

start to dance <strong>in</strong> my head. I just get started,<br />

“When I pa<strong>in</strong>t, I<br />

am free. In a way,<br />

I transport myself<br />

to my second<br />

universe.” says<br />

Sarah Peguero.<br />

and once <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es, shapes and colours<br />

start com<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r, an idea for <strong>the</strong> motive<br />

takes form as well. This high degree of<br />

unpredictability and impulse fasc<strong>in</strong>ates me<br />

and br<strong>in</strong>gs energy & dynamics <strong>in</strong>to my art.<br />

Spontaneity lives. Monotony does not exist<br />

<strong>in</strong> my world!”<br />

“When I pa<strong>in</strong>t, I am free. In a way, I<br />

transport myself to my second universe.<br />

My art is fueled by impulse, mood and<br />

creativity more than predeterm<strong>in</strong>ed ideas<br />

or genres. I do not consider my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

complete until <strong>the</strong> motive, all colours<br />

and elements come toge<strong>the</strong>r as a unity,<br />

and no s<strong>in</strong>gle piece bo<strong>the</strong>rs my eye. The<br />

hours I spend <strong>in</strong> front of <strong>the</strong> easel are pure<br />

contemplation, happ<strong>in</strong>ess and balm for my<br />

soul. When I pa<strong>in</strong>t, <strong>the</strong> world outside my<br />

studio could end, and I would not notice,”<br />

says Sarah Peguero.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




64 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

ART NEWS<br />

Sculptor Veronica Ryan w<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong><br />

Turner Prize, <strong>the</strong> U.K.’s most esteemed art<br />

award<br />

Veronica Ryan, who participated<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Whitney Biennial earlier<br />

this year, has added <strong>the</strong> largest<br />

art award <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> U.K. to her list<br />

of achievements. Sculptor Veronica Ryan<br />

has been named <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ner of <strong>the</strong> Turner<br />

Prize 2022, worth £25,000 ($30,500), for<br />

her work, which honors <strong>the</strong> W<strong>in</strong>drush<br />

generation and explores <strong>the</strong> COVID<br />

pandemic.<br />

S<strong>in</strong> Wai K<strong>in</strong>, Ingrid Pollard, and Hea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

Phillipson, <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r artists who made<br />

<strong>the</strong> shortlist, will each receive £10,000<br />

($12,200). The works of <strong>the</strong>se artists are all<br />

currently on display at Tate Liverpool <strong>in</strong> a<br />

show.<br />

The Turner Prize, an honor that frequently<br />

sparks debate <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> U.K. and elsewhere,<br />

hasn’t had just one w<strong>in</strong>ner s<strong>in</strong>ce 2018; that<br />

changed this year. All four nom<strong>in</strong>ees were<br />

successful <strong>in</strong> 2019, but grants were given<br />

<strong>in</strong>stead of <strong>the</strong> award <strong>in</strong> 2020, and Array<br />

Collective became <strong>the</strong> first artist collective<br />

to w<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> award <strong>in</strong> 2021.<br />

Veronica frequently experiments with<br />

scale <strong>in</strong> her sculptures, enlarg<strong>in</strong>g everyday<br />

materials like seeds or fruit well beyond<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir natural size. Ryan’s illustrations of <strong>the</strong>m<br />

are m<strong>in</strong>utely detailed and strangely realistic<br />

despite <strong>the</strong>ir extraord<strong>in</strong>ary size.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> Montserrat and based <strong>in</strong> London<br />

and New York, Veronica has used her work<br />

to consider how trauma is passed down<br />

through families and how people and ideas<br />

travel. She described memory as “a k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

of sta<strong>in</strong>ed history” <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Whitney Biennial<br />

catalog, and she <strong>in</strong>corporated this idea <strong>in</strong>to<br />

her work by us<strong>in</strong>g unusual materials like<br />

tea. Although <strong>the</strong> overall <strong>the</strong>mes of her work<br />

can seem simple, <strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs she creates<br />

defy straightforward <strong>in</strong>terpretation.<br />

Veronica received a commission to<br />

design a monument honor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> W<strong>in</strong>drush<br />

Generation for London <strong>in</strong> 2021. The f<strong>in</strong>al<br />

product <strong>in</strong>cluded mammoth renditions<br />

of Caribbean fruits like custard apples,<br />

breadfruit, and soursop.<br />

Veronica’s “noticeable shift <strong>in</strong> her use<br />

of space, color, and scale both <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

gallery and civic spaces” was praised by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Turner Prize jury. After Luba<strong>in</strong>a Himid<br />

was awarded <strong>the</strong> Turner Prize <strong>in</strong> 2017,<br />

Veronica is <strong>the</strong> second black woman to ever<br />

receive <strong>the</strong> honor <strong>in</strong> its 38-year history. As<br />

it happens, Himid <strong>in</strong>cluded Ryan’s creation<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> critical 1983 exhibition “Black Women<br />

Time Now.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

Veronica received<br />

a commission to<br />

design a monument<br />

honor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

W<strong>in</strong>drush<br />

Generation for<br />

London <strong>in</strong> 2021.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Top cafes stations this season<br />

Forever Rose<br />

Forever Rose Cafe concept is based on a storybook <strong>the</strong>me. The cafe is developed as a 2D<br />

illustration allow<strong>in</strong>g patrons to feel as if <strong>the</strong>y are part of a draw<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>the</strong> unique design makes<br />

<strong>the</strong> real, three-dimensional world look like a flat illustration. The <strong>in</strong>terior uses some clever tricks<br />

to fool your eyes. From afar, <strong>the</strong> décor seems to be entirely monochrome with white floors and<br />

tables. The room, cups and plates are all illustrated <strong>in</strong> black and white. Enjoy decadent and<br />

sumptuous signature delights and premium beverages<br />

Location: Boxpark, Al Wasl - Dubai<br />

PDL Café<br />

Pdl is an urban <strong>in</strong>dustrial barbershop and Specialty coffee house all <strong>in</strong> one. It is <strong>the</strong> modern-day man cave,<br />

centered on <strong>the</strong> passion of cycl<strong>in</strong>g, and dedicated to <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

Pdl is first of its k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE and was established with a s<strong>in</strong>gle promise – to be more than just a barbershop.<br />

PDL Café offers haircutt<strong>in</strong>g, manicure & Pedicure, wax<strong>in</strong>g and massage treatments.<br />

Location: Mardoof Build<strong>in</strong>g, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai<br />

66 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


DRVN Café<br />

At DRVN Cafe you’ll get a good dose of <strong>the</strong> three c’s – coffee, culture and cars. DRVN Cafe is <strong>the</strong> place to<br />

be for car-lovers, where you can view Porsche models on display, check automotive art and more. Of course,<br />

artisan coffee is also on <strong>the</strong> cards, expertly-brewed by baristas. Foodies will also be <strong>in</strong> good hands with<br />

au<strong>the</strong>ntic, cheesy Neapolitan pizza.<br />

Location: Bluewaters Island - Dubai<br />

Flat 12 Café<br />

Flat 12 is a place that comb<strong>in</strong>es beverages and food with cars. If you love any of those flat<br />

twelve is <strong>the</strong> place to go. The café serves all-day breakfast. The ma<strong>in</strong> course menu will take<br />

you on a mouth-water<strong>in</strong>g trip with delicious burgers, stakes and pasta. You can f<strong>in</strong>d a variety of<br />

flatbread, toast and pizza to satisfy your crav<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>the</strong> fun cont<strong>in</strong>ues with <strong>the</strong> café’s wide range<br />

of sweets and dr<strong>in</strong>ks.<br />

Location: Al Bada’a, Dubai<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</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 <strong>January</strong> 2022<br />

Where: DIFC, Dubai<br />

Quoz Art Fest<br />

Call<strong>in</strong>g all creative types: <strong>the</strong> Quoz Arts<br />

Fest will be return<strong>in</strong>g to Alserkal Avenue<br />

on <strong>January</strong> 28 and 29, <strong>2023</strong>. The n<strong>in</strong>th<br />

anniversary celebration <strong>in</strong> 2022 was very<br />

successful, and this year’s event promises<br />

many more artistic surprises.<br />

Visit <strong>the</strong> arts and culture hub to<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> sem<strong>in</strong>ars put on by curators,<br />

see exhibitions, and see live performances<br />

by local artists. Explore expansive<br />

warehouses with unique galleries filled with<br />

<strong>the</strong> creations of artists from all around <strong>the</strong><br />

world, or attend a show at <strong>the</strong> midnight<br />

movie marathon.<br />

This is a fun family out<strong>in</strong>g because <strong>the</strong>re<br />

are also many activities to keep <strong>the</strong> small<br />

ones occupied and a variety of food trucks<br />

to satisfy hunger.<br />

When: <strong>January</strong> 28th & <strong>January</strong> 29th<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Where: Alserkal Avenue<br />

68 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Impressionism:<br />

Pathways 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<br />

alongside etch<strong>in</strong>gs, costumes, film and photography<br />

to explore why Impressionism was considered so<br />

shock<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 19th century and how it paved <strong>the</strong> way<br />

for <strong>the</strong> artistic revolutions that were to come.<br />

Born at a time of profound social, political, and<br />

cultural upheaval, Impressionism was more than mere<br />

artistic rebellion. It saw some of history’s bravest and<br />

most visionary pa<strong>in</strong>ters embrace and extoll new ways<br />

of see<strong>in</strong>g, mak<strong>in</strong>g art, and liv<strong>in</strong>g. They celebrated this<br />

thrill<strong>in</strong>g new reality, represent<strong>in</strong>g truthful observations<br />

of nature and modern life.<br />

Dates: Until February 5, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Venue: Louvre Abu Dhabi<br />

Takashi Murakami<br />

A collection of sculptures and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs honour<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Mr. DOB, <strong>the</strong> artist’s legendary creation from 1993,<br />

are featured <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> exhibition’s open<strong>in</strong>g. Several<br />

anime characters, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Doraemon, Sonic, and<br />

Mickey Mouse, served as <strong>in</strong>spiration for Mr. DOB’s<br />

design.<br />

His name is a shortened version of <strong>the</strong> Japanese<br />

slang word “dobojite,” which means “why.” The<br />

letters of Mr. DOB’s name are still visible on his face<br />

and ears despite <strong>the</strong> countless changes he has<br />

undergone throughout <strong>the</strong> years.<br />

The DOB character has a sophisticated psyche<br />

and has accompanied Takashi Murakami <strong>in</strong> his<br />

existential reflections to <strong>the</strong> po<strong>in</strong>t of becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s avatar.<br />

The sculpture Toge<strong>the</strong>r with <strong>the</strong> Flower<br />

Parent and Child, which is displayed here <strong>in</strong> a<br />

multicoloured version, features <strong>the</strong> reoccurr<strong>in</strong>g motif<br />

of flowers, ano<strong>the</strong>r identifier of Takashi Murakami’s<br />

work.<br />

When: 25th November 2022 to 28th <strong>January</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Where: Perrot<strong>in</strong>, Dubai<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The Flemish Artist Peter Paul Rubens was<br />

knighted by both Philip IV, K<strong>in</strong>g of Spa<strong>in</strong>,<br />

and Charles I, K<strong>in</strong>g of England.<br />

The act of <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g historical and<br />

mythological figures <strong>in</strong> oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

was done by 17th and 18th-century<br />

artists to ensure <strong>in</strong>terest and sales.<br />

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Johannes Vermeer, <strong>the</strong> Dutch master artist used <strong>the</strong><br />

technique of Camera Obscura for <strong>the</strong> first time for his<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

The Le Bateau was hung upside down at <strong>the</strong> NY Museum<br />

of Modern Art, and it was only noticed after 47 days.<br />

The largest statue <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world is <strong>the</strong> Mount Rushmore<br />

National Memorial <strong>in</strong> United States of America.<br />

The oldest mural is a 3500-year-old mural<br />

from Kerala that depicts mythology and<br />

legends. It still uses natural pigments<br />

and vegetable colors to achieve complex<br />

layer<strong>in</strong>g and harmonies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> shad<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The pigment Ultramar<strong>in</strong>e was <strong>the</strong> most<br />

expensive pigment before its syn<strong>the</strong>tic<br />

variant was made <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> year 1826.<br />

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Jungwon (Emily) Yu<br />

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University University of Petre of Petre<br />

Andrei, Andrei, Romania Romania<br />

Mariam Afzal Munshi<br />

Abstract portraits <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

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Dubai Gem Private School<br />

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Menlo Menlo A<strong>the</strong>rton A<strong>the</strong>rton<br />

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Hamdan Hamdan Shehzad Shehzad<br />

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Soha Yousaf<br />

Emirati astronaut sett<strong>in</strong>g foot on <strong>the</strong> moon<br />

Gulf Asian English School Sharja<br />

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Opened <strong>in</strong> 2002, <strong>the</strong> Veluwemeer Aqueduct is a<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g work of architecture and eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Located over <strong>the</strong> N302 road, <strong>the</strong> Aqueduct forms<br />

part of a lake of <strong>the</strong> same name. The road itself<br />

is <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g, connect<strong>in</strong>g ma<strong>in</strong>land Ne<strong>the</strong>rlands<br />

to Flevoland — <strong>the</strong> largest artificial island <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> design of <strong>the</strong> unique bridge structure,<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eers chose to construct <strong>the</strong> waterway over<br />

<strong>the</strong> N302 road, where around 28,000 vehicles<br />

pass each day.<br />

The<br />

Veluwemeer<br />

Aqueduct<br />

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Atlantis The Royal was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox<br />

Associates (KPF), one of <strong>the</strong> world’s preem<strong>in</strong>ent architecture<br />

firms.<br />

The resort is positioned on <strong>the</strong> outer crescent of The Palm<br />

Island– a location which allows <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g to have two<br />

different types of waterfront views.<br />


The Royal ignites <strong>the</strong> horizon with a collection of 795 elegant<br />

Rooms, Suites and Signature Penthouses, 44 of <strong>the</strong>m have<br />

private <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity pools.<br />

With a focal <strong>the</strong>me of water and fire, <strong>the</strong> resort houses a vast<br />

array of <strong>in</strong>novative fire and water features.<br />

Atlantis<br />

The Royal<br />

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The sterl<strong>in</strong>g silver and black ceramic<br />

r<strong>in</strong>g honours Bvlgari’s ongo<strong>in</strong>g charitable<br />

connection with Save <strong>the</strong> Children and<br />

is designed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> style of <strong>the</strong> B.zero1<br />

jewellery l<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

It is <strong>in</strong>scribed with <strong>the</strong> organization’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>signia. Each time a piece of jewellery<br />

from Bvlgari’s Save <strong>the</strong> Children l<strong>in</strong>e is<br />

purchased, a portion of <strong>the</strong> sales price<br />

will be given to organisations that support<br />

and give opportunities to <strong>the</strong> world’s most<br />

disadvantaged children and youth.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />


The 30 Montaigne double bracelet, which is<br />

brand-new for this year, stands out for its sleek<br />

and contemporary appearance.<br />

It is made of latte calfsk<strong>in</strong> and wraps around <strong>the</strong><br />

wrist to show <strong>the</strong> CD characteristic twist clasp <strong>in</strong><br />

gold-f<strong>in</strong>ish metal.<br />

www.dior.com<br />


The mischievous mascot of <strong>the</strong> Maison, Vivienne,<br />

is depicted here as a lovely pendant that has been<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>stak<strong>in</strong>gly crafted from priceless materials,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g 18-karat yellow, p<strong>in</strong>k, and white gold,<br />

sparkl<strong>in</strong>g diamond pavé, and lustrous black<br />

lacquer. A yellow-gold cha<strong>in</strong> with three adjustable<br />

lengths hangs from <strong>the</strong> diamond.<br />

www.eu.louisvuitton.com<br />


A tube-shaped necklace adorned<br />

with sparkl<strong>in</strong>g jewels. The pattern<br />

first appeared <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> womenswear<br />

collection for Autumn/W<strong>in</strong>ter 2022<br />

by Riccardo Tisci.<br />

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A substantial palladium-plated cha<strong>in</strong>-l<strong>in</strong>k necklace with a large<br />

pendant featur<strong>in</strong>g our Equestrian Knight Design and embellished<br />

with sparkl<strong>in</strong>g crystals. The pattern first appeared <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

womenswear collection for Autumn/W<strong>in</strong>ter 2022 by Riccardo Tisci.<br />

www.<strong>in</strong>.burberry.com<br />

D-BEE RING<br />

The D-Bee r<strong>in</strong>g is an elegant and iconic creation.<br />

It is made of a silver r<strong>in</strong>g with a hallmark bee <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

centre that is embellished with pretty white res<strong>in</strong><br />

pearls. The classic r<strong>in</strong>g can be paired with items<br />

from <strong>the</strong> D-Bee range to f<strong>in</strong>ish <strong>the</strong> ensemble.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

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Cartier d’Amour necklace, 18K white gold<br />

(750/1000), set with a brilliant-cut diamond<br />

available.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />


Through a priceless version of Guccio Gucci’s<br />

monogram with yellow gold f<strong>in</strong>ish embellishments, <strong>the</strong><br />

Gucci x Oura R<strong>in</strong>g conveys this l<strong>in</strong>k. Through <strong>the</strong> use<br />

of three daily rat<strong>in</strong>gs for Sleep, Read<strong>in</strong>ess, and Activity,<br />

<strong>the</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g, which comes with an Oura membership,<br />

enables users to realise <strong>the</strong>ir full potential each day.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />


The Gucci L<strong>in</strong>k to Love collection exam<strong>in</strong>es contemporary<br />

romance while showcas<strong>in</strong>g brand-new love symbols.<br />

The range of gold hues <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> collection is enhanced with<br />

priceless gems and f<strong>in</strong>ishes that blur <strong>the</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>ctions between<br />

mascul<strong>in</strong>e and fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e.<br />

With features that can be stacked and layered, each item<br />

encourages unique ways to wear it. This black enamel and<br />

18k yellow gold r<strong>in</strong>g has a stack<strong>in</strong>g mechanism with a white<br />

diamond <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> middle.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />


Create a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g statement piece along <strong>the</strong><br />

wrist with this black titanium wrap bracelet by<br />

Vhernier, flanked by a series of lustrous yellow<br />

gold tips. Designed for <strong>the</strong> Calla collection, this<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g whip wrap bracelet gives an impressive<br />

bold look to express <strong>in</strong>dividuality.<br />

www.shop.vhernier.com<br />



Tr<strong>in</strong>ity, medium model r<strong>in</strong>g, 18K white<br />

gold and black ceramic.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />


Eearr<strong>in</strong>gs composed of different microbeads that resemble<br />

r<strong>in</strong>gs, like <strong>the</strong> backs of butterflies. Made <strong>in</strong> Italy.<br />

www.armani.com<br />

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This brand-new grand complication was<br />

developed specifically for collectors of eyecatch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

timepieces. The m<strong>in</strong>ute repeater<br />

mechanism, which <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong> hammers<br />

and gongs, can be seen <strong>in</strong> motion while <strong>the</strong><br />

watch is be<strong>in</strong>g worn on <strong>the</strong> wrist, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

unique due to its open architecture.<br />

www.patek.com<br />

ROLEX<br />

The Rolex Day-Date collection, which is<br />

<strong>the</strong> premier l<strong>in</strong>e of timepieces from Rolex,<br />

is made from solid 18-karat gold or 950<br />

plat<strong>in</strong>um. It is an <strong>in</strong>credibly well-known<br />

wristwatch that is easily recognizable<br />

anywhere and is often regarded as a<br />

symbol of success and exclusivity.<br />

www.rolex.com<br />


Lum<strong>in</strong>ous, aes<strong>the</strong>tically pure, this selfw<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

watch with its <strong>in</strong>-house micro-rotor<br />

calibre is entirely anchored <strong>in</strong> its time.<br />

Designed by <strong>the</strong> designer Eric Giroud,<br />

Perfos embodies <strong>the</strong> model values of<br />

Charles Zuber, a great master of <strong>the</strong><br />

jewellery arts recognised by his peers for<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g created <strong>in</strong>credible pieces for <strong>the</strong><br />

most prestigious Swiss watch brands dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his lifetime.<br />

www.charleszuber.com<br />


The wrist of Elvis is an all-American<br />

symbol from <strong>the</strong> era of candy-colored<br />

be-f<strong>in</strong>ned vehicles. As <strong>the</strong> technologically<br />

groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g landmark that popularised<br />

<strong>the</strong> first electric watch mechanism, <strong>the</strong><br />

Ventura is ach<strong>in</strong>gly cool <strong>in</strong> its own right.<br />

www.hamiltonwatch.com<br />

PLEIN<br />

The $keleton Timepiece collection is<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired to <strong>the</strong> Skeleton sneakers collection.<br />

The Timepiece design comb<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong><br />

expertise of <strong>the</strong> watchmak<strong>in</strong>g world given<br />

by <strong>the</strong> skeleton automatic movement<br />

with <strong>the</strong> futuristic design concept of 3D<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>t which is recalled on <strong>the</strong> hexagonal<br />

perforated strap.<br />

www.ple<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


An elevated take on a classic design,<br />

this simple yet impactful watch features a<br />

‘float<strong>in</strong>g’ three-dimensional Medusa on <strong>the</strong><br />

black dial. The timepiece is embellished<br />

with Roman numerals and a champagne<br />

detail<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> dial. F<strong>in</strong>ished with a black<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r strap.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

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OMEGA<br />

A true work of art, with <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalistic<br />

touch <strong>in</strong> its dials. The rose gold<br />

timepiece is elegantly comb<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

with black which def<strong>in</strong>es this De Ville<br />

Tourbillion. Because of <strong>the</strong> artisans’<br />

expert watchmak<strong>in</strong>g abilities and<br />

meticulous attention to detail, each<br />

model offers <strong>the</strong> ideal mix of beauty and<br />

accuracy.<br />

www.omegawatches.com<br />


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 architectural mechanism, which<br />

is visible on both sides of <strong>the</strong> watch,<br />

echoes <strong>the</strong> two-tone case of <strong>the</strong><br />

limited edition of 50 pieces that<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>e 18-carat p<strong>in</strong>k gold and black<br />

ceramic. Glareproof sapphire crystal,<br />

case back, push-pieces, and bezel<br />

<strong>in</strong> a black ceramic case with 18-carat<br />

p<strong>in</strong>k gold accents.<br />

www.audemarspiguet.com<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 />


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 />


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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An Italian-woven wool blend belted kilt with pleat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

beautiful eyelash fr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g, as well as polished buckles.<br />

The pattern first appeared <strong>in</strong> Riccardo Tisci’s womenswear<br />

collection for Autumn/W<strong>in</strong>ter 2022, which explored <strong>the</strong> many<br />

viewpo<strong>in</strong>ts and dualities that make up British culture by<br />

contrast<strong>in</strong>g metropolis with country, pageantry with punk.<br />

www.<strong>in</strong>.burberry.com<br />


A dist<strong>in</strong>ctive cat-eye shape <strong>in</strong> black acetate that is accented at<br />

<strong>the</strong> temples with our polished logo. At least 25% of <strong>the</strong> acetate<br />

used to make <strong>the</strong> front of <strong>the</strong> frames is recycled.<br />

www.<strong>in</strong>.burberry.com<br />


This s<strong>in</strong>gle-breasted blazer is strong<br />

and sexy, with sharp, large shoulders<br />

and an updated version of <strong>the</strong> Atelier<br />

Versace corset <strong>in</strong>tegrated at <strong>the</strong><br />

waist. Padded cups and V-shaped<br />

bon<strong>in</strong>g emphasise <strong>the</strong> figure.<br />

www.versace.com<br />


Suede and black transparent mesh With<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dior Roses motif embroidered. The<br />

Naughtily-D ankle boot honours <strong>the</strong><br />

collection’s dist<strong>in</strong>ctive Andalusian artisan<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration with its streaml<strong>in</strong>ed and elegant<br />

features.<br />

www.dior.com<br />


Patchouli, Vetiver, Iris, Bergamot, and<br />

Ambrette are <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>gredients <strong>in</strong> this<br />

travel spray. This kit, designed to go with any<br />

journey, comes with a travel bottle and four<br />

7.5ml cartridges.<br />

www.eu.louisvuitton.com<br />


The Virtus t<strong>in</strong>y bag is made of velvet with a<br />

velvety feel and a quilted V design. It has a<br />

magnetic flap clasp and a Barocco V with<br />

engraved acanthus leaf accent. The compact<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g bag <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>in</strong>terior card slots <strong>in</strong><br />

addition to a shoulder cha<strong>in</strong> strap.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

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With an entic<strong>in</strong>g heart of spices,<br />

a “tailor-made” lavender essence,<br />

and a blend of rich woods as <strong>the</strong><br />

signature of its powerful, opulent,<br />

and allur<strong>in</strong>g trail, Sauvage Elixir is an<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>arily* concentrated scent<br />

immersed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> iconic freshness of<br />

Sauvage.<br />

www.dior.com<br />


Echo<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> mega hardware of JW<br />

Anderson’s slides, Santoni <strong>in</strong>troduced<br />

a classic loafer us<strong>in</strong>g a hardware plate<br />

that was also seen <strong>in</strong> its fall ’22 women’s<br />

collections (on a high heeled pump, no<br />

less). The gold tone plate offers <strong>the</strong> right<br />

amount of flash and dress to <strong>the</strong> classic<br />

shape.<br />

www.santonishoes.com<br />



On this flirtatious and fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e lavaliere<br />

blouse <strong>in</strong> glossy lurex jacquard, <strong>the</strong><br />

famous Monogram steals <strong>the</strong> show.<br />

A statement piece for after-dark that goes<br />

with both a m<strong>in</strong>i-wrap skirt and slick black<br />

pants, flounced sleeves offer <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

amount of movement. classy, fashionable,<br />

and generally attractive.<br />

www.eu.louisvuitton.com<br />


Three-quarter broad sleeves, a collar, and<br />

a detachable ribbon are all features of this<br />

yarn embroidered shirt. 65% Silk, 19%<br />

Rayon, 10% Polyester, and 5% Nylon make<br />

up <strong>the</strong> shirt.<br />

www.eliesaab.com<br />


Fendi first sl<strong>in</strong>gbacks with an ankle strap<br />

and a taper<strong>in</strong>g toe. crafted from dark<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r. A gold-colored metal heel with a<br />

diagonal F shape.<br />

100% lambsk<strong>in</strong> lea<strong>the</strong>r on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terior<br />

and 100% calf lea<strong>the</strong>r on <strong>the</strong> outside.<br />

Made <strong>in</strong> Italy.<br />

www.fendi.com<br />


Even<strong>in</strong>g m<strong>in</strong>i clutch embellished<br />

with a fr<strong>in</strong>ged waterfall, with <strong>the</strong> ELIE<br />

SAAB monogram <strong>in</strong> light gold, and a<br />

detachable snake cha<strong>in</strong>. Made <strong>in</strong> Italy.<br />

www.eliesaab.com<br />

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The jewellery brand’s seal,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Cartier emblem, was first<br />

registered <strong>in</strong> 1910 by <strong>the</strong><br />

founder’s grandson. Given that<br />

<strong>the</strong> “C” weav<strong>in</strong>g is a mirror of cont<strong>in</strong>uity, it<br />

symbolizes a deep <strong>in</strong>tergenerational l<strong>in</strong>k.<br />

Although Cartier is most renowned for its<br />

jewellery and watches, <strong>the</strong> company has<br />

also found success <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lea<strong>the</strong>r goods<br />

and fragrances <strong>in</strong>dustries.<br />

A French high-end luxury goods<br />

corporation called Cartier International<br />

SNC, or just Cartier, creates, produces,<br />

markets, and sells jewellery, lea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

products, and timepieces. The company<br />

was established <strong>in</strong> 1847 <strong>in</strong> Paris by<br />

Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904), and<br />

it rema<strong>in</strong>ed family-owned until 1964. The<br />

company is a fully owned subsidiary<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Swiss Richemont Group, with its<br />

headquarters <strong>in</strong> Paris.<br />

In addition to its three Temples (Historical<br />

Maisons) <strong>in</strong> London, New York, and Paris,<br />

Cartier runs more than 200 boutiques<br />

<strong>in</strong> over 125 nations. One of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent jewellery producers is Cartier.<br />

With a brand value of $12.2 billion and<br />

sales of $6.2 billion, Cartier was rated 56th<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2020 and 59th <strong>in</strong> 2018 on Forbes’ list of<br />

<strong>the</strong> world’s most valuable brands.<br />

Cartier has a long history of sales to<br />

royalty. K<strong>in</strong>g Edward VII referred to Cartier<br />

as “<strong>the</strong> jeweller of k<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>the</strong> k<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

jewellers.” Edward VII ordered 27 tiaras for<br />

his coronation <strong>in</strong> 1902 and gave Cartier<br />

a royal warrant <strong>the</strong> follow<strong>in</strong>g year. Similar<br />

warrants from <strong>the</strong> courts of Serbia, Russia,<br />

<strong>the</strong> House of Orléans, Spa<strong>in</strong>, Portugal, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r countries quickly followed.<br />

For 170 years, <strong>the</strong> brand name Cartier<br />

(Societe Cartier) has stood for excellence,<br />

aristocracy, and luxury. The bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> produc<strong>in</strong>g exquisite<br />

accessories, watches, perfumes, and<br />

jewellery. In this area of expertise, Cartier is<br />

a trailblazer today.<br />

Louis-Francois Cartier, a young Parisian<br />

artist, founded <strong>the</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess by purchas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his teacher’s jewellery shop <strong>in</strong> 1847 and<br />

start<strong>in</strong>g to create designer jewellery. The<br />

court ladies admired his lovely brooches<br />

and pendants, and th<strong>in</strong>gs improved for <strong>the</strong><br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

Today, <strong>the</strong> Cartier brand is used by<br />

14 significant bus<strong>in</strong>esses <strong>in</strong> 5 nations.<br />

The personal seal of <strong>the</strong> fashion brand<br />

is represented by <strong>the</strong> monogram of two<br />

entw<strong>in</strong>ed “Cs.” Because of this, it is<br />

designed as a rounded monogram, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it simple to brand objects on both paper<br />

labels and fabric tags.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>itials stand for both <strong>the</strong> founder of<br />

<strong>the</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess and his grandson, who took<br />

over as CEO and registered <strong>the</strong> trademark.<br />

The symbol represents <strong>the</strong> strong bond<br />

between generations.<br />

The logo and <strong>in</strong>signia have a precise<br />

colour pattern of black-on-white or white<br />

images on a black backdrop. Black denotes<br />

elegance and majesty, whereas white<br />

represents beauty and impeccableness.<br />

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