Magzoid Magazine - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | Feb 2023

We are thrilled to invite you to delve into the February 2023 edition of Magzoid Magazine! Our cover features a magnificent creation by the talented artist Elli Milan, a prominent figure in the current Art Renaissance. Our pages are brimming with works from artists such as Alessandra Roccasalva, Tereza Barnard, Victor Mabet, Vratislav Pecka, Suvigya Sharma, Matteo Zoccheddu, and many more, all showcased in sections like "Inspire & Empower," "Artists in Focus," and "Digital Artist." Our event coverage section shines a light on two remarkable art events: the Imaginarium Art Exhibition and Competition and Ekta’23, a celebration of Indian Republic Day through art.

We are thrilled to invite you to delve into the February 2023 edition of Magzoid Magazine! Our cover features a magnificent creation by the talented artist Elli Milan, a prominent figure in the current Art Renaissance. Our pages are brimming with works from artists such as Alessandra Roccasalva, Tereza Barnard, Victor Mabet, Vratislav Pecka, Suvigya Sharma, Matteo Zoccheddu, and many more, all showcased in sections like "Inspire & Empower," "Artists in Focus," and "Digital Artist."
Our event coverage section shines a light on two remarkable art events: the Imaginarium Art Exhibition and Competition and Ekta’23, a celebration of Indian Republic Day through art.


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ART NEWS<br />

The Sheikh Zayed Festival welcomes<br />

<strong>2023</strong> by break<strong>in</strong>g four Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records<br />

Over one million people from <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

and abroad attended <strong>the</strong> Sheikh<br />

Zayed Festival on New Year’s Eve<br />

to greet <strong>the</strong> New Year of <strong>2023</strong> with<br />

<strong>the</strong> greatest fireworks display and drone show,<br />

which broke four Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records.<br />

The impressive drone and fireworks displays,<br />

which took place for <strong>the</strong> first time <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> area<br />

and were recorded by <strong>the</strong> Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World<br />

Records, attracted a large crowd of spectators<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Festival grounds.<br />

More than 3,000 drones flew up <strong>the</strong> sky<br />

of Al Wathba <strong>in</strong> different colours of light and<br />

formations to greet <strong>the</strong> crowd at <strong>the</strong> conclusion<br />

of <strong>the</strong> thrill<strong>in</strong>g show that successfully broke three<br />

Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records. The largest fireworks<br />

display lasted for more than 40 m<strong>in</strong>utes amid<br />

an atmosphere of joy.<br />

Al-Waleed Osman, <strong>the</strong> adjudicator for <strong>the</strong><br />

Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records, commented on this<br />

wonderful achievement and confirmed that <strong>the</strong><br />

Sheikh Zayed Festival managed to break four<br />

records throughout <strong>the</strong> event, three of which<br />

were for <strong>the</strong> fireworks display and a new record<br />

was established by <strong>the</strong> magnificent drone show.<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> Multirotor/drone, he added,<br />

<strong>the</strong> largest formation of a Quick Response (QR)<br />

code was made by drones <strong>in</strong> 30 seconds, as<br />

were <strong>the</strong> majority of p<strong>in</strong>wheel fireworks, most<br />

repeated firework images, and most girandola<br />

fireworks.<br />

The Festival region was transformed <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

major <strong>in</strong>ternational art dest<strong>in</strong>ation as a result<br />

of <strong>the</strong> enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational folklore and<br />

cultural performances that were part of <strong>the</strong><br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g nations’ new year festivities and<br />

wandered <strong>the</strong> Festival grounds and pavilions.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> cultural dance performances<br />

and live music performances on <strong>the</strong> numerous<br />

pavilion stages located throughout <strong>the</strong> grounds,<br />

visitors were also exposed to <strong>the</strong> art and culture<br />

of <strong>the</strong>se nations.<br />

The public expressed <strong>the</strong>ir satisfaction with<br />

<strong>the</strong> various exhibits and performances, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> pavilions for Emirati Civilizations and <strong>the</strong><br />

Heritage Village, as well as <strong>the</strong> Fun Fair City,<br />

Children’s City, Art District, Go-Kart races, Crazy<br />

Car, Glow and Flower Garden, Selfie Street,<br />

Dessert Museum, and many o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Ekta’23 sets <strong>the</strong> bars high<br />

with immersive art exhibition<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> 74th Republic<br />

Day of India<br />

Ekta <strong>2023</strong> was a ground-break<strong>in</strong>g, one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d digital art<br />

extravaganza held at <strong>the</strong> Theatre of Digital Art <strong>in</strong> Mad<strong>in</strong>at<br />

Jumeirah on January 26th, <strong>2023</strong>. This immersive experience<br />

brought toge<strong>the</strong>r a diverse group of <strong>in</strong>dividuals, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

leaders, dignitaries, and veterans, to celebrate unity and diversity through<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of art. Not only does it support <strong>the</strong> creative economy, but<br />

it also serves as a platform for promot<strong>in</strong>g creativity and <strong>in</strong>novation by<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g attendees to network and learn from <strong>the</strong> experts <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir field<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g everyone <strong>in</strong> awe of <strong>the</strong> power and <strong>the</strong> beauty of digital art.<br />

The event was presented by Wasaya Investments and supported<br />

by Danube Properties, Rayna Tours, Barakat, Filli Cafe, 25 Degrees<br />

North restaurant, Graphics Hub, Focus Display Advertis<strong>in</strong>g, Veesham<br />

Pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Press, Melodica Music and Dance Center, our emcees Waleed<br />

and Bassam, Artlab, <strong>the</strong> Institute of Chartered Accountants of India,<br />

Indian Women <strong>in</strong> Dubai, <strong>the</strong> ACKAF Association, <strong>the</strong> Al Matiya Club,<br />

My Gov<strong>in</strong>das, Experiential Market<strong>in</strong>g Products, Etisalat Yellow Pages,<br />

Sterl<strong>in</strong>g Perfumes, The Face Shop, Digitally Beyond Image, <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, Khaleej Times, The F<strong>in</strong>ance World <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, <strong>the</strong> Unite<br />

Podcast, Big 106.2, Talk 100.3, Zee TV, and MobiShastra. It was attended<br />

by a number of royal dignitaries <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g H.H. Sheikh Khalid b<strong>in</strong><br />

Abdulla Almulla, H.E. Juma Al Madani, H.E. Munira Albalooshi, Khalil<br />

Abdul Wahid, Faisal Abdul Qader among many o<strong>the</strong>rs. The event<br />

featured an awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g collection of immersive gallery displays of<br />

six selected UAE-based artists, Varsha Sureka, Aakanksha Kshatriya,<br />

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Stanislava Burianek, Afshan Nawaz Khan, Mal<strong>in</strong>i Karani, Anni Teriani,<br />

<strong>in</strong> a stunn<strong>in</strong>g 360-degree display.<br />

Speak<strong>in</strong>g about <strong>the</strong> event, artist Varsha Sureka said “It was an<br />

<strong>in</strong>credible chance to connect with imag<strong>in</strong>ative <strong>in</strong>dividuals, such as<br />

artists and performers. A one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d experience display<strong>in</strong>g my artwork<br />

<strong>in</strong> a fully-immersive sett<strong>in</strong>g. It was a dreamlike sensation witness<strong>in</strong>g<br />

my creations on such grand screens! Absolutely breath-tak<strong>in</strong>g. The<br />

organizers and <strong>the</strong> team were amaz<strong>in</strong>g, everyth<strong>in</strong>g was well organized,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y created a great environment for all <strong>the</strong> artists and performers<br />

to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir work.”<br />

The collective display was an unparalleled visual feast, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

artists’ unique perspectives and styles <strong>in</strong> a way that was both thoughtprovok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and emotionally resonant. The event not only showcased<br />

<strong>the</strong> stunn<strong>in</strong>g artwork from some of <strong>the</strong> most talented artists <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry, but it also featured a series of spellb<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g performances<br />

that elevated <strong>the</strong> experience to new heights. From <strong>the</strong> grace and<br />

poise of <strong>the</strong> baller<strong>in</strong>as from <strong>the</strong> Melodica Music and Dance Center to<br />

<strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g Kathak performances led by <strong>the</strong> renowned Vaishali<br />

Mhaisalkar, to <strong>the</strong> high-energy and dynamic rout<strong>in</strong>es of <strong>the</strong> Just Dance<br />

Studio, every performance was a true masterpiece.<br />

To top it off, <strong>the</strong> event featured an unforgettable viol<strong>in</strong> performance<br />

by <strong>the</strong> virtuosic Krist<strong>in</strong>a Borbova, whose masterful play<strong>in</strong>g left <strong>the</strong><br />

audience <strong>in</strong> a state of pure euphoria. These diverse and captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performances perfectly complemented <strong>the</strong> amaz<strong>in</strong>g artwork on display<br />

and truly supported <strong>the</strong> celebration of unity and diversity that Ekta<br />

<strong>2023</strong> aimed to promote, mak<strong>in</strong>g it an unforgettable experience for all<br />

who attended.<br />

“The digital art exhibition was truly impressive. The use of technology<br />

to enhance <strong>the</strong> pieces was really well done, and it was great to see<br />

<strong>the</strong> artists’ unique visions come to life <strong>in</strong> a digital format,” said one of<br />

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<strong>the</strong> guests.<br />

Ekta <strong>2023</strong> was a resound<strong>in</strong>g success, draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> perform<strong>in</strong>g and visual art lovers from far and<br />

wide, captivated by <strong>the</strong> immersive digital art<br />

displays and <strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g performances. The<br />

attendees were able to fully immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art and performances, experienc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

uniquely and <strong>in</strong>teractively. The artists were on<br />

hand to provide an <strong>in</strong>timate look <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir creative<br />

processes, answer<strong>in</strong>g questions and provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>sights that deepened <strong>the</strong> understand<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir works.<br />

“Artoze is ecstatic with <strong>the</strong> success of Ekta<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, it exceeded all expectations and we are<br />

eternally grateful for <strong>the</strong> support of our attendees,<br />

artists, performers, and sponsors. This event<br />

was a triumph and a testament to <strong>the</strong> power of<br />

art to connect and <strong>in</strong>spire people. Artoze looks<br />

forward to cont<strong>in</strong>ue to provide its support to<br />

<strong>the</strong> creative economy for years to come and<br />

create a memorable experience for all who<br />

attend,” said a spokesperson from <strong>the</strong> event.<br />

“It was a great opportunity to meet creative<br />

m<strong>in</strong>ds, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g artists and performers. A unique<br />

experience of showcas<strong>in</strong>g my artwork <strong>in</strong> an<br />

immersive environment. It was a surreal feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

see<strong>in</strong>g my work on such large screens! Truly<br />

breathtak<strong>in</strong>g,” added Mal<strong>in</strong>i, a participat<strong>in</strong>g artist.<br />

Art and culture have positioned <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

to be an <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sic and highly <strong>in</strong>fluential part of<br />

society, and <strong>the</strong> creative economy has got a<br />

major role to play <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> country’s economy.<br />

Events of <strong>the</strong>se type help support and boost<br />

artistic and cultural diversity by creat<strong>in</strong>g big<br />

opportunities, <strong>the</strong>reby act<strong>in</strong>g as a major boost <strong>in</strong><br />

support<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> creative economy of <strong>the</strong> country.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day is a holiday that is<br />

celebrated annually on <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 14th.<br />

It is a day when people express <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

love and affection for one ano<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

often through <strong>the</strong> exchange of cards, flowers,<br />

and gifts. The holiday is named after Sa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e, a Christian martyr who was imprisoned<br />

for secretly perform<strong>in</strong>g marriage ceremonies<br />

for couples <strong>in</strong> ancient Rome at a time when<br />

marriage was forbidden.<br />

The orig<strong>in</strong>s of Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day are not clear, but<br />

it is believed to have orig<strong>in</strong>ated as a Christian<br />

holiday honour<strong>in</strong>g Sa<strong>in</strong>t Valent<strong>in</strong>e. Accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to one legend, Valent<strong>in</strong>e was a priest who<br />

served dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> third century <strong>in</strong> Rome. He<br />

was imprisoned for secretly marry<strong>in</strong>g couples<br />

<strong>in</strong> defiance of <strong>the</strong> emperor’s prohibition on<br />

marriage. While <strong>in</strong> prison, Valent<strong>in</strong>e is said<br />

to have written letters to <strong>the</strong> jailer’s daughter,<br />

sign<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m “from your Valent<strong>in</strong>e.” Ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

legend suggests that Valent<strong>in</strong>e was a bishop<br />

who was imprisoned and tortured for secretly<br />

perform<strong>in</strong>g marriage ceremonies for couples.<br />

Regardless of its orig<strong>in</strong>s, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day<br />

has become a widely celebrated holiday <strong>in</strong><br />

modern times, particularly <strong>in</strong> Western cultures.<br />

On this day, people exchange gifts, cards,<br />

and flowers with <strong>the</strong>ir loved ones as a symbol<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir affection and devotion. Some popular<br />

gifts that are given on Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

chocolates, jewellery, and bouquets of flowers.<br />

In addition to gift-giv<strong>in</strong>g, many people celebrate<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day by go<strong>in</strong>g out to d<strong>in</strong>ner at a<br />

nice restaurant, attend<strong>in</strong>g a romantic movie<br />

or concert, or simply spend<strong>in</strong>g quality time<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir loved ones. Some people may even<br />

choose to take a romantic vacation or getaway<br />

to celebrate <strong>the</strong> holiday.<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day is not just a holiday for romantic<br />

couples. It is a day when people show <strong>the</strong>ir love<br />

and appreciation for <strong>the</strong>ir friends and family<br />

members as well. Many people exchange<br />

cards, gifts, and messages with <strong>the</strong>ir friends<br />

and family members on Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day to show<br />

<strong>the</strong>m how much <strong>the</strong>y care.<br />

While Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day is a day of love and<br />

celebration, it can also be a time of pressure and<br />

high expectations. Some people feel pressure<br />

to f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> perfect gift or to plan a special<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong>ir loved ones. It is important<br />

to remember that <strong>the</strong> most important th<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is <strong>the</strong> thought and effort that goes <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

celebration, not <strong>the</strong> material th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Overall, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day is a holiday that is<br />

celebrated all around <strong>the</strong> world as a time to<br />

express love and affection for one ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r it is through <strong>the</strong> exchange of cards,<br />

gifts, or special gestures, it is a day to show<br />

<strong>the</strong> people we care about and how much we<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />




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ART NEWS<br />

The Jameel Arts Centre show takes you<br />

on a journey <strong>in</strong>to humanity’s relationship with water<br />

It is a seem<strong>in</strong>gly straightforward subject,<br />

but one that An Ocean <strong>in</strong> Every Drop, <strong>the</strong><br />

current <strong>in</strong>ternational group show at Jameel<br />

Arts Centre, tackles <strong>in</strong>-depth and <strong>in</strong> a variety<br />

of ways. The voyage to Jameel Arts Centre<br />

shows that water is far more vital than we<br />

realize, despite <strong>the</strong> fact that <strong>the</strong>re may not<br />

be a simple solution. It is a timeless, sacred,<br />

and essential component that has shaped and<br />

supported humanity <strong>in</strong> a variety of fields and<br />

dimensions that <strong>in</strong>teract.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> viewpo<strong>in</strong>ts of artists and <strong>in</strong>tellectuals<br />

from a wide range of historical periods, <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition <strong>in</strong>vites viewers to reevaluate <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

relationships with water, re-enchant<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

recontextualiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> value of a substance that<br />

many people take for granted.<br />

Rumi, a Persian poet who lived <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 13th<br />

century, is quoted as say<strong>in</strong>g, “You are not a drop<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ocean.” The phrase “You are an ocean <strong>in</strong><br />

every drop” refers to both <strong>the</strong> amount of water <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> globe and <strong>the</strong> potential for abundance with<strong>in</strong><br />

each person. In this exhibition, 15 <strong>in</strong>digenous<br />

artists from 14 different countries <strong>in</strong>vestigate<br />

<strong>the</strong> complex existence of water <strong>in</strong> all its forms.<br />

“This notion of water has been <strong>in</strong>credibly<br />

important to us s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g,” said<br />

Director of Art Jameel, <strong>the</strong> creative enterprise<br />

that manages <strong>the</strong> centre, Antonia Carver.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> UAE host<strong>in</strong>g Cop28 <strong>in</strong> November,<br />

<strong>the</strong> expo comes at a good moment. The event<br />

builds on <strong>the</strong> one held <strong>in</strong> Egypt <strong>the</strong> year before<br />

by focus<strong>in</strong>g on concerns related to <strong>the</strong> global<br />

climate catastrophe, such as contam<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

oceans and a lack of clean water <strong>in</strong> many<br />

regions of <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

The show <strong>in</strong>vestigates water through <strong>the</strong><br />

lenses of <strong>the</strong> environment, mythology, spirituality,<br />

lived experiences, and folk traditions through<br />

already-exist<strong>in</strong>g and newly-commissioned<br />

works. Visitors re<strong>in</strong>terpret water as a crucial<br />

component that ties people to one ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

and to <strong>the</strong> rest of <strong>the</strong> globe. It is reframed<br />

as an unstoppable force that has <strong>in</strong>fluenced<br />

history, society, language, and <strong>in</strong>terpersonal<br />

and spiritual relationships.<br />

Carver cont<strong>in</strong>ues, “The issue of water also<br />

perta<strong>in</strong>s to susta<strong>in</strong>ability and <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

“The exhibition has arrived at a very suitable<br />

time as people worldwide consider our relationship<br />

with water. Additionally, this exhibition sets those<br />

concepts of water <strong>in</strong> a very large geographic<br />

and thoroughly historical timel<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g her research on water sites and <strong>the</strong><br />

legends <strong>the</strong>y conta<strong>in</strong>, Palest<strong>in</strong>ian artist Jumana<br />

Emil Abboud collected folktales from local<br />

communities <strong>in</strong> her home country. These tales<br />

served as <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration for her evocative and<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g series of draw<strong>in</strong>gs and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Thao Nguyen Phan, a Vietnamese visual<br />

artist, created <strong>the</strong> Perpetual Brightness series<br />

of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs us<strong>in</strong>g traditional lacquer pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

methods on silk that are displayed beh<strong>in</strong>d a<br />

fold<strong>in</strong>g screen. The artwork shows a fractured<br />

map of Vietnam’s Mekong River, often known<br />

as <strong>the</strong> N<strong>in</strong>e Dragons River.<br />

Lluvia, a sculpture that stood over seven<br />

metres tall and was made <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE out<br />

This notion of<br />

water has been<br />

<strong>in</strong>credibly<br />

important to<br />

us s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong><br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of recycled materials, pays homage to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>genuity of community-driven <strong>in</strong>frastructure<br />

and <strong>the</strong> fortitude of marg<strong>in</strong>alized <strong>in</strong>digenous<br />

populations worldwide.<br />

The scope of <strong>the</strong> show <strong>in</strong>cludes a variety<br />

of regional perspectives and artistic genres <strong>in</strong><br />

addition to a historical timel<strong>in</strong>e. This diversity of<br />

time and space, which <strong>in</strong>cludes old manuscripts,<br />

movies, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, and sculptures, enables<br />

visitors to consider water from a variety of<br />

perspectives, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g its role <strong>in</strong> both our<br />

past and our present. Jameel Arts Center <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai is currently host<strong>in</strong>g An Ocean <strong>in</strong> Every<br />

Drop through April 2.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



After Light<br />

By Elli Milan<br />

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Empower<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

through creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

prosperous atmosphere<br />

for <strong>the</strong>m everywhere<br />

“When you look at my art I want you to feel<br />

empowered to step <strong>in</strong>to your dest<strong>in</strong>y and be <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

to live with passion and purpose,” says Elli Milan.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Elli Milan’s journey as an artist began<br />

after a revelation she had <strong>in</strong> high<br />

school. Prior to when everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

changed for her, she was <strong>in</strong>capable<br />

of draw<strong>in</strong>g or pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g anyth<strong>in</strong>g. Then one day<br />

her school had a guest speaker that changed<br />

her life forever. This speaker taught her how<br />

to activate her right bra<strong>in</strong> and this opened <strong>the</strong><br />

door to <strong>the</strong> creative realm for Elli. She started<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g with a love and zeal for <strong>the</strong> visual<br />

arts. Elli attended Savannah College of Art and<br />

Design and later transferred to <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Georgia, where she received her BFA. S<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

<strong>the</strong>n, she has ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed a successful career<br />

as a professional artist for over 24 years and<br />

sold over 10,000 pieces of orig<strong>in</strong>al art. Elli is<br />

married to artist John Milan and toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y<br />

have raised four artist children. Their family<br />

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Elli Milan’s powerful<br />

art <strong>in</strong>spires artists<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world to<br />

step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir true<br />

potential<br />

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of professional artists created <strong>the</strong> foundation<br />

of Milan Art Institute and recruited a team of<br />

exceptional and talented <strong>in</strong>dividuals that have<br />

helped expand <strong>the</strong> vision of <strong>the</strong> school. Elli Milan<br />

is passionate about empower<strong>in</strong>g artists. Her<br />

powerful art <strong>in</strong>spires artists around <strong>the</strong> world to<br />

step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir true potential. She has changed<br />

<strong>the</strong> lives of over a thousand artists, help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>ir voice, and turn <strong>the</strong>ir passion<br />

for art <strong>in</strong>to a profession. She is a lead<strong>in</strong>g voice<br />

of <strong>the</strong> current Art Renaissance. Elli Milan has<br />

dedicated her life to transform<strong>in</strong>g our world <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a prosperous atmosphere for artists everywhere.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Experience love with food this<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s day<br />

EKAI<br />

EKAI is a luxury restaurant located <strong>in</strong> DIFC, Dubai, UAE. Br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

you a sophisticated d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience and a menu featur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

variety of <strong>in</strong>ternational cuis<strong>in</strong>es, this lavish d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience is a<br />

must-try this season. EKAI is dedicated to serv<strong>in</strong>g its customers<br />

with exceptional service and quality, and <strong>the</strong> beautifully crafted<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g space provides a luxurious atmosphere for d<strong>in</strong>ers to truly<br />

enjoy <strong>the</strong>ir meal. With a focus on both taste and presentation,<br />

EKAI is <strong>the</strong> perfect choice for those seek<strong>in</strong>g an opulent d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re celebrat<strong>in</strong>g a special occasion this<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season or just want to treat yourself to a delicious meal,<br />

EKAI is <strong>the</strong> go-to dest<strong>in</strong>ation for sophisticated d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

Location: Daman Build<strong>in</strong>g, DIFC, Dubai, UAE<br />


Gonpachi is a Japanese restaurant & lounge located <strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE. They offer a range of au<strong>the</strong>ntic Japanese dishes, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g sushi,<br />

sashimi, tempura, and more. With a focus on both taste and presentation, Gonpachi’s menu features <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est <strong>in</strong>gredients and flavors<br />

of Japan. Meanwhile, <strong>the</strong> lounge is a gateway to Japanese luxury, offer<strong>in</strong>g a selection of signature cocktails requir<strong>in</strong>g up to four days of<br />

preparation. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re a fan of Japanese cuis<strong>in</strong>e or are search<strong>in</strong>g for a breathtak<strong>in</strong>g cocktail this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season, Gonpachi is a<br />

must-visit dest<strong>in</strong>ation!<br />

Location: AL Habtoor City Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai<br />

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Doors Freestyle Grill is a food lovers haven. Offer<strong>in</strong>g a picturesque waterfront sett<strong>in</strong>g and a luxurious spread of entic<strong>in</strong>g dishes, flavourful<br />

mocktails, and refresh<strong>in</strong>g dr<strong>in</strong>ks, Doors Freestyle Grill is synonymous with a memorable d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience. With renowned Chef Kemal Çeylan<br />

at <strong>the</strong> helm, Doors Freestyle Grill is known for its perfect amalgamation of flavour and taste. <strong>Luxury</strong> and comfort dictate <strong>the</strong> ambience, and <strong>the</strong><br />

restaurant offers a premium d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience like no o<strong>the</strong>r. Delectable food, impeccable service, and a beautiful, qua<strong>in</strong>t environment make<br />

Doors Freestyle Grill an ideal place to enjoy an <strong>in</strong>timate meal with family and friends.<br />

Location: AL Seef Street, Dubai Creek (Water-Front), Bur Dubai, UAE<br />


Romantic Baka is a Korean restaurant <strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE. Renowned for its exclusive menu, ambiance, and cultural <strong>in</strong>fluence, Romantic Baka<br />

offers a glimpse of Korean flavours and d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experiences. From classic Korean dishes to fusion cuis<strong>in</strong>e and signature dr<strong>in</strong>ks, Romantic<br />

Baka promises a taste of traditional and contemporary Korean culture <strong>in</strong> every bite and sip. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re a fan of spicy stews, grilled<br />

meats or noodle dishes, Romantic Baka has someth<strong>in</strong>g for everyone, served <strong>in</strong> a warm and <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g sett<strong>in</strong>g. If you’re look<strong>in</strong>g for a unique and<br />

au<strong>the</strong>ntic Korean d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience <strong>in</strong> Dubai, be sure to check out Romantic Baka this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season.<br />

Location: Shop G07, Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai<br />

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CZN Burak Gurme, located <strong>in</strong> Dubai Mall, offers a unique blend of contemporary dishes with a touch of traditional Turkish flavors. The<br />

restaurant is famous for its cul<strong>in</strong>ary brilliance, featur<strong>in</strong>g an array of all-day breakfast options, doners, burgers, Turkish mezze, and daily special<br />

dishes. Guests can enjoy tak<strong>in</strong>g pictures with Instagrammable backgrounds and AR filters, giv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m a chance to click a selfie with virtual<br />

Chef Burak. CZN Burak Gurme aims to create a lively and vibrant spot for a one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d cul<strong>in</strong>ary experience, serv<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>terpretation of<br />

local farm <strong>in</strong>gredients and peculiar flavors from Turkey. The upscale casual d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience is designed to cater to <strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g tastes and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational <strong>in</strong>fluences <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

Location: Dubai Mall, Lower Ground Floor - Founta<strong>in</strong> Side<br />


Lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> way with its eccentric cul<strong>in</strong>ary adventures, BRIX is one of <strong>the</strong> most unique dessert experience restaurants <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East. With<br />

a reputation for its memorable and never before seen desserts, as well as its elegant and modern sett<strong>in</strong>g, Chef Carmen Rueda has crafted a<br />

signature 6-course dessert experience, utilis<strong>in</strong>g dist<strong>in</strong>ctive cook<strong>in</strong>g techniques and high quality <strong>in</strong>gredients, tak<strong>in</strong>g guests on a story-driven<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary adventure. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re seek<strong>in</strong>g an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience or just a sweet escape, BRIX is <strong>the</strong> answer.<br />

Location: Shop 2, Jumeirah Fish<strong>in</strong>g Harbour, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates<br />

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Indian Artist<br />

Artwork By<br />

Suvigya Sharma<br />

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The M<strong>in</strong>iature Artist<br />

“My earliest memory of be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> art was that of<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g colours <strong>in</strong> my veranda out of natural pigments. I was<br />

<strong>the</strong>n heavily <strong>in</strong>volved with portraiture.” – Says Sharma<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Suvigya Sharma is a famous Indian<br />

m<strong>in</strong>iature pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs artist & fashion<br />

designer. The pa<strong>in</strong>ter is currently based<br />

<strong>in</strong> Mumbai, India and is famous for his<br />

Tanjore Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, Fresco Work, lifelike portraits,<br />

and m<strong>in</strong>iature art. Sharma has also won many<br />

awards & recognitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Bharat<br />

Gaurav Award <strong>in</strong> 2012 by <strong>the</strong> government of<br />

India for his contribution to Arts.<br />

He is well known for his art form of 24crt<br />

gold Tanjores fused with M<strong>in</strong>iatures which is<br />

a monopoly worldwide. At <strong>the</strong> same time, he<br />

has been restor<strong>in</strong>g Heritages <strong>in</strong> India & Abroad<br />

like <strong>the</strong> City Palace of Jaipur, S<strong>in</strong>gapore art<br />

museum and more. He is also <strong>the</strong> tycoon<br />

of awards like Asia Book Of Records, India<br />

Book Of Records, Limca Book of Records,<br />

Rajasthan Gaurav Award, Pride of Rajasthan<br />

Award, Rajasthan’s Most Powerful ten and <strong>the</strong><br />

President Award by <strong>the</strong> Ex-President of India<br />

Ramnath Kov<strong>in</strong>d at <strong>the</strong> Rashtrapati Bhawan.<br />

For him, Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is “Meditation”. It soo<strong>the</strong>s<br />

him to <strong>the</strong> core, relaxes his m<strong>in</strong>d & soul.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>iature art, an Indian heritage has lost<br />

its traditional value and is gradually be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

replaced by contemporary art. He wants to<br />

keep <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>iature art form alive through his<br />

works. Be<strong>in</strong>g ambitious, he dreams of present<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> world “A series of Mythological stories”<br />

converted <strong>in</strong>to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, like <strong>the</strong> Sampurna<br />

“Ramayana or Mahabharata”, do<strong>in</strong>g a deep<br />

study on Indian Mythologies. He even holds<br />

workshops for <strong>the</strong> same.<br />

Time and aga<strong>in</strong>, Mr. Sharma has broken new<br />

ground by tak<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g specific from <strong>the</strong><br />

past and <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g it with newness and mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it contemporary and relevant. His artworks<br />

trigger <strong>in</strong>trigue among even <strong>the</strong> most seasoned<br />

art connoisseurs.<br />

Though Suvigya specializes <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>iature art on<br />

Pichwais, Tanjores, Piquas, and lifelike portraits,<br />

his latest is a collection of NFTs <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

‘ext<strong>in</strong>ct animal species’.<br />

His new NFT collection is called ‘Perishious’. It<br />

is a collection of 11 unique art pieces dedicated<br />

to wildlife creatures like <strong>the</strong> polar bear and<br />

<strong>the</strong> tiger that are on <strong>the</strong> br<strong>in</strong>k of ext<strong>in</strong>ction.<br />

The works are set <strong>in</strong> hyper-realistic palatial<br />

3D backgrounds.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

“Through my art,<br />

I usually look to<br />

transform <strong>the</strong> face of<br />

mythology to make<br />

it elemental and<br />

contemporary.” says<br />

Mr. Sharma.<br />

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<strong>2023</strong>: AI and NFTs are expected<br />

to keep re<strong>in</strong>vent<strong>in</strong>g art<br />

Christie’s recorded a 96% fall <strong>in</strong> NFT sales over <strong>the</strong> course of <strong>the</strong> year, despite <strong>the</strong><br />

fact that <strong>the</strong> entry of artists like Takashi Murakami <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> NFT field has given <strong>the</strong><br />

space some much-needed respectability.<br />

Little <strong>in</strong> 2022 split <strong>the</strong> art world as much as<br />

its turbulent relationship with technology<br />

<strong>in</strong> a year marked by several crises. On<br />

<strong>the</strong> one hand, Christie’s recorded a 96%<br />

fall <strong>in</strong> NFT sales over <strong>the</strong> course of <strong>the</strong> year,<br />

despite <strong>the</strong> fact that <strong>the</strong> entry of artists like<br />

Takashi Murakami <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> NFT field has given<br />

<strong>the</strong> space some much-needed respectability.<br />

Numerous creatives and platforms cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to <strong>in</strong>vestigate methods to use <strong>the</strong> technology,<br />

with uses rang<strong>in</strong>g from practical to abstract,<br />

social to commercial, even if <strong>the</strong> medium is still<br />

vulnerable to <strong>the</strong> same issues as <strong>the</strong> crypto<br />

market.<br />

As long as meme art tokens cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

oversaturate onl<strong>in</strong>e marketplaces, some will<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to question <strong>the</strong> viability of NFTs as a<br />

creative medium. After <strong>the</strong> excitement subsided,<br />

concerns have been expressed regard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

supposed “worth” of NFT art, which consists of<br />

conceptual pieces that are simple to produce<br />

repeatedly as opposed to actual works by<br />

contemporary artists.<br />

In o<strong>the</strong>r places, advocates of blockcha<strong>in</strong><br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to hold fast to <strong>the</strong> utopian vision that<br />

<strong>the</strong> technology is help<strong>in</strong>g to build — whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

it be as a way to confirm provenance and<br />

au<strong>the</strong>nticity or as a promised land of opportunity<br />

for up-and-com<strong>in</strong>g artists.<br />

The year of artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence was 2022,<br />

not 2021, which was <strong>the</strong> year of NFTs. The rise<br />

and publication of AI image generators over <strong>the</strong><br />

past 12 months, like Dall-E and Midjourney, has<br />

provided an unmatched w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to exactly<br />

how potent <strong>the</strong>se algorithms have become.<br />

By enter<strong>in</strong>g “Arab man dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g coffee <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

style of Van Gogh” and witness<strong>in</strong>g it produce<br />

a precise representation <strong>in</strong> under a m<strong>in</strong>ute,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is no easier or more concrete way to<br />

experience <strong>the</strong> power of a contemporary AI<br />

system.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce this power, many people <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> arts<br />

and cultural fields are debat<strong>in</strong>g where <strong>the</strong><br />

boundary should be drawn. When do we cease<br />

appreciat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> distance between <strong>the</strong> artist<br />

and <strong>the</strong> brush as well as <strong>the</strong> distance between<br />

<strong>the</strong> brush and <strong>the</strong> canvas? When is <strong>the</strong> physical<br />

media no longer necessary? Where does it all<br />

end, exactly? The modern question is, “What<br />

is creativity?,” as Murakami noted.<br />

Automation has long been a problem <strong>in</strong> many<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>dustries. The argument regard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g waves of automation, particularly <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> creative realms, may be led by AI art as<br />

<strong>the</strong> Fourth Industrial Revolution progresses.<br />

Perhaps <strong>the</strong>re will be a larger push from<br />

artists toward <strong>the</strong> decentralis<strong>in</strong>g forces of NFTs if<br />

monopolies like Meta attempt to enforce control<br />

over <strong>the</strong>se digital spaces, lest <strong>the</strong> constra<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

of algorithms created to fur<strong>the</strong>r commercial<br />

<strong>in</strong>terests stifle <strong>the</strong>ir creativity. What function does<br />

art perform <strong>in</strong> this result, and what can creators<br />

do to safeguard virtual cultural spaces <strong>in</strong> a<br />

society where <strong>the</strong> attention span of consumers<br />

is a commodity to be sold to advertisers?<br />

The topic will undoubtedly change, and given<br />

<strong>the</strong> speed at which technology is evolv<strong>in</strong>g, it<br />

is hard to accurately forecast how events will<br />

turn out. But one th<strong>in</strong>g is certa<strong>in</strong>: <strong>the</strong> union of<br />

art and technology will undoubtedly cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to be a balanc<strong>in</strong>g act of promise and issues<br />

for some.<br />

The rise and<br />

publication of AI<br />

image generators<br />

over <strong>the</strong> past 12<br />

months, like Dall-E<br />

and Midjourney,<br />

has provided an<br />

unmatched w<strong>in</strong>dow<br />

<strong>in</strong>to exactly how<br />

potent <strong>the</strong>se<br />

algorithms have<br />

become.<br />

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Victor Mabet<br />

“Wait, is it a photograph or an actual draw<strong>in</strong>g?” That is <strong>the</strong> question I hope those<br />

who watch my artwork for <strong>the</strong> first time ask <strong>the</strong>mselves,” says Victor.<br />

Víctor Mabet is a Spanish self-taught<br />

hyper-realistic artist. He started<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2019. His portraits are done<br />

with graphite and charcoal on paper.<br />

“Wait, is it a photograph or an actual draw<strong>in</strong>g?”<br />

that is <strong>the</strong> question I hope those who watch<br />

my artwork for <strong>the</strong> first time ask <strong>the</strong>mselves,”<br />

says Victor.<br />

Victor always pursued to convey onto paper<br />

what a camera would capture.<br />

“It’s m<strong>in</strong>d-blow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> results you can achieve<br />

by simply creat<strong>in</strong>g some patches with charcoal<br />

and add<strong>in</strong>g details with pencils,” says Victor.<br />

Victor’s passion for draw<strong>in</strong>g has accompanied<br />

him s<strong>in</strong>ce he was a child. It was not until 2019<br />

that Victor’s <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g portraits arose.<br />

“At present, I’m seek<strong>in</strong>g to f<strong>in</strong>e-tune my<br />

technique,” says Victor.<br />

The key element <strong>in</strong> his artworks is gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a gaze that connects with and transmits to<br />

<strong>the</strong> beholder without giv<strong>in</strong>g up on blurs and<br />

textures, which all <strong>in</strong> all brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to a portrait.<br />

His technique is about creat<strong>in</strong>g base layers<br />

with charcoal powder and us<strong>in</strong>g graphite pencils<br />

“It’s m<strong>in</strong>d-blow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

results you can achieve<br />

by simply creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

some patches with<br />

charcoal and add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

details with pencils,”<br />

says Victor.<br />

just for detail<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> most remarkable areas. By<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g so, it is up to <strong>the</strong> artist to determ<strong>in</strong>e which<br />

parts of <strong>the</strong> portrait will play a stronger role.<br />

Life is full of contrasts, so what about captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

just those <strong>in</strong> black and white?<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />




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ART NEWS<br />

Dubai soon to be home to a series of<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

The Dubai Public Art Strategy was<br />

launched on January 13, with a Dh2<br />

million <strong>in</strong>itial commission and an open<br />

request for an art <strong>in</strong>stallation <strong>in</strong> a public<br />

park <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Al Hudaiba district. Later this year,<br />

<strong>the</strong> project will be presented.<br />

The Strategy aligns with His Highness<br />

Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum,<br />

Vice President and Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister of <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

and Ruler of Dubai, who aspires to make Dubai<br />

<strong>the</strong> global creative economy’s capital by 2026.<br />

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai<br />

Culture) has recently started implement<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Strategy, which aims to convert <strong>the</strong> emirate<br />

<strong>in</strong>to an open, accessible, and global art gallery<br />

while also promot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> emirate’s creative<br />

economy.<br />

Dubai is known for its grand and ambitious<br />

projects, and this <strong>in</strong>cludes a series of art<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations. Some examples <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> Dubai<br />

Creek Harbour, which features a number of<br />

large-scale sculptures and public artworks, as<br />

well as <strong>the</strong> Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)<br />

Walk, which showcases a collection of outdoor<br />

art pieces. Additionally, <strong>the</strong> Dubai Mall has an<br />

extensive collection of contemporary art and<br />

sculptures on display throughout <strong>the</strong> shopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

center. These are just a few examples of <strong>the</strong><br />

many art <strong>in</strong>stallations that can be found <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

Dubai Public Art, a government organisation<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates, aims to turn <strong>the</strong><br />

emirate <strong>in</strong>to a public, open, and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

gallery of art so that both locals and visitors<br />

can enjoy outstand<strong>in</strong>g works of art.<br />

This is done <strong>in</strong> an effort to enhance <strong>the</strong> local<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic and cultural landscape. Toge<strong>the</strong>r with<br />

Tashkeel, Art Dubai, Al Serkal Avenue, Jameel<br />

Arts Centre, and Akaas Visual Arts, <strong>the</strong> new<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiative will feature a number of dist<strong>in</strong>ctive,<br />

site-specific artworks that will be dispersed<br />

throughout Dubai.<br />

UAE-based artists can now submit proposals<br />

for <strong>the</strong> first commission be<strong>in</strong>g organised by<br />

Dubai Culture. It will be unveiled <strong>in</strong> late <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> Al Hudaiba, one of Dubai’s most stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

public gardens, which looks out over <strong>the</strong> Etihad<br />

Museum and Union House.<br />

The application date is <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 13, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Each of <strong>the</strong> shortlisted artists will get a sum<br />

of US$5,000 to produce a thorough proposal<br />

and a prototype of <strong>the</strong>ir works when <strong>the</strong> 16th<br />

edition of Art Dubai is revealed from March<br />

1 to 5.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Ahmed Al Maghribi launches new<br />

kids’ perfume collection dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art exhibition “Imag<strong>in</strong>arium”<br />

Imag<strong>in</strong>arium art exhibition and competition<br />

was an unforgettable event that celebrated<br />

<strong>the</strong> imag<strong>in</strong>ation, self-expression, and <strong>the</strong><br />

power of art to connect people. Hosted by<br />

Artoze Gallery & Exhibitions <strong>in</strong> partnership with<br />

Ahmed Al Maghribi and Artlab, <strong>the</strong> event was<br />

held at <strong>the</strong> grand Radisson Blu <strong>in</strong> Ajman on<br />

January 12th and attracted visitors from across<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE. It was a testament to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

artistic talents of young artists <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE’s<br />

community and showcased <strong>the</strong> best works<br />

of students from various schools.<br />

The event was a grand affair, with delegates,<br />

dignitaries, and local artists <strong>in</strong> attendance,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it a truly remarkable experience for<br />

everyone who participated. The atmosphere was<br />

filled with excitement as visitors explored <strong>the</strong><br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g artwork on display, and <strong>the</strong> participat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

kids had so much fun <strong>in</strong>teract<strong>in</strong>g with each<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r and enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> different games. The<br />

sponsors were more than happy to collaborate<br />

with Artoze and contribute to <strong>the</strong> success of<br />

<strong>the</strong> event.<br />

The launch of Ahmed Al Maghribi’s latest<br />

collection of children’s perfumes, Ghilman and<br />

Zumurrud, added an extra special touch to <strong>the</strong><br />

event. The perfumes, named after <strong>the</strong> Arabic<br />

words for “boys” and “emerald,” respectively,<br />

were well received by <strong>the</strong> audience, who were<br />

impressed by <strong>the</strong>ir quality and fragrance.<br />

Nurtur<strong>in</strong>g creativity <strong>in</strong> kids is essential for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

overall development and growth. It helps <strong>the</strong>m<br />

express <strong>the</strong>ir thoughts, feel<strong>in</strong>gs and ideas <strong>in</strong><br />

unique and imag<strong>in</strong>ative ways. <strong>Creative</strong> th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

also supports problem-solv<strong>in</strong>g skills, which is<br />

an important skill for children to develop as <strong>the</strong>y<br />

grow up. Imag<strong>in</strong>arium was a very successful<br />

art event that left a last<strong>in</strong>g impact on <strong>the</strong> art<br />

community of young talents.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Budget-friendly spots to express<br />

your love<br />

PICKL<br />

Pickl is a homegrown award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g burger jo<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> prepar<strong>in</strong>g delicious and satisfy<strong>in</strong>g burgers us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

high-quality <strong>in</strong>gredients, Pickl br<strong>in</strong>gs you scrumptious dishes at<br />

pocket-friendly rates. Head to <strong>the</strong> nearest outlet to have a great<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience and treat your tastebuds to a delicious taste of<br />

Pickl’s signature dishes. Classic menu items <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> Nashville<br />

Chicken Sando or <strong>the</strong> Double Cheeseburger. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

mood for a classic burger or someth<strong>in</strong>g more adventurous, Pickl<br />

has got you covered.<br />

Location: Branches across <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />


Mitts and Trays is a popular restaurant located <strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE.<br />

They specialize <strong>in</strong> serv<strong>in</strong>g a variety of <strong>in</strong>ternational cuis<strong>in</strong>es<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Arabian, Asian, and Mediterranean cuis<strong>in</strong>es. With a<br />

focus on fresh <strong>in</strong>gredients and <strong>in</strong>novative flavours, Mitts and<br />

Trays offers a unique and delicious d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience. From<br />

fresh salads to grilled meats and creative desserts, Mitts and<br />

Trays has someth<strong>in</strong>g for everyone. With a focus on both taste<br />

and presentation, Mitts and Trays provides an exceptional<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience for its customers. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

mood for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Mitts and Trays is a<br />

great choice for food lovers.<br />

Location: Dubai Hills Mall<br />

40 <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


Spill <strong>the</strong> Bean is a family owned and run <strong>in</strong>dependent specialty<br />

coffee shop that serves gourmet coffee, tea, and healthy bites. With<br />

a focus on susta<strong>in</strong>ability and ethical sourc<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>y use as much<br />

local, organic farm-to-table produce as <strong>the</strong>y possibly can, along<br />

with ethically sourced coffee beans, a range of organic teas, and a<br />

variety of vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free treats baked <strong>in</strong>-house<br />

from scratch. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> mood for a pick-me-up coffee or<br />

want to <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a relax<strong>in</strong>g cup of tea, Spill <strong>the</strong> Bean is <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

place for you. The welcom<strong>in</strong>g and enjoyable atmosphere at Spill<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bean is a must-try this season!<br />

Location: Susta<strong>in</strong>able City Plaza, Dubai<br />


Rumailah Farms is <strong>the</strong> most au<strong>the</strong>ntic dairy product provider<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> eastern Emirates. By expertly rais<strong>in</strong>g Jersey cattle that<br />

produce deliciously creamy milk, this home-grown bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

has become a lead<strong>in</strong>g dairy producer with a celebrated cha<strong>in</strong><br />

of coffee shops that provide customers with high-quality<br />

products that are fresh, delicious, and healthy. Indulge your<br />

taste buds at one of <strong>the</strong>ir outlets this season. Rumailah Farms<br />

is expand<strong>in</strong>g across <strong>the</strong> UAE to become a national brand, and<br />

its latest coffee shop launch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai will fur<strong>the</strong>r streng<strong>the</strong>n<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand’s position and open up a whole new market.<br />

Location: Fujairah, Dubai, Sharjah, Khorfakkan, Kalba<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Jacopo del<br />

Sellaio<br />

By Alessandra Roccasalva<br />

42 <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Poetic digital illustration<br />

“My imag<strong>in</strong>ative universe is a mixture of suggestions,<br />

references, and paradigms of memory <strong>in</strong> which I feed<br />

on <strong>the</strong> past to claim a new order dom<strong>in</strong>ated by fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e<br />

sensitivity and delicate timeless beauty,” says Alessandra.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Alessandra Roccasalva, an Italian<br />

graphic designer and illustrator,<br />

lives and works <strong>in</strong> Mar<strong>in</strong>a di Ragusa,<br />

Sicily. Alessandra graduated from <strong>the</strong><br />

Academy of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts <strong>in</strong> Catania, specializ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and cultural heritage. She started<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g collages for fun, mostly draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from works of art, and with millions<br />

of dots of “Bézier,” she cut out, isolate, and<br />

piece toge<strong>the</strong>r o<strong>the</strong>r beautiful nature. She<br />

believes that images, due to <strong>the</strong>ir ambiguity<br />

and immense range of mean<strong>in</strong>gs, are a much<br />

more accurate means of break<strong>in</strong>g down and<br />

transmitt<strong>in</strong>g our perception of sensible reality.<br />

Women, fishes, flowers, constellations,<br />

chemical formulas, vectorial math, m<strong>in</strong>d<br />

syntagms, and subconscious ontologies.<br />

Alessandra’s <strong>in</strong>ner universe is a blend of<br />

appeal<strong>in</strong>g, references, and memory paradigma<br />

where <strong>the</strong> author absorbs <strong>the</strong> past to set <strong>the</strong><br />

path for a new order ruled by fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e sensibility<br />

and gentle, timeless beauty.<br />

In a figurative short-circuit between past<br />

and present, her surreal collages are a welleducated<br />

retread of <strong>the</strong> history of art upon<br />

a technological note. The artist makes some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> most famous contemporary icons to<br />

narrate, <strong>in</strong> some sort of sarcastic puzzle game,<br />

her passions, her driv<strong>in</strong>g concepts… <strong>in</strong> short,<br />

her life. She does it with that typical, close-toobsessive,<br />

care of details that is <strong>the</strong> well-known,<br />

modus operandi of a graphic designer.<br />

A rework<strong>in</strong>g that turns <strong>the</strong>se illustrations <strong>in</strong>to<br />

mirrors of <strong>the</strong> soul, <strong>in</strong>to metaPHYsical visions able<br />

to convey a sensation of a seductive mystery<br />

where everyth<strong>in</strong>g is symbolic and engages<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r mean<strong>in</strong>gs. Beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> references<br />

is hidden <strong>the</strong> explicit will to share, with <strong>the</strong><br />

audience, <strong>the</strong> rediscovery of ancient art; with<br />

<strong>the</strong> recursive use of <strong>the</strong> number three, ma<strong>in</strong>ly<br />

connected with <strong>the</strong> fish image, her own identity;<br />

with <strong>the</strong> recalls to <strong>the</strong> water <strong>the</strong>me, <strong>the</strong> choice<br />

of a life <strong>in</strong> close contact with <strong>the</strong> sea; with <strong>the</strong><br />

female portraits <strong>the</strong> belief that <strong>the</strong> role of <strong>the</strong><br />

woman should be more and more lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

contemporary society.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exhibition,<br />

Bollywood Superstars: A Short Story<br />

of Indian C<strong>in</strong>ema, opens its doors<br />

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exhibition, Bollywood<br />

Superstars: A Short Story of Indian<br />

C<strong>in</strong>ema, was <strong>in</strong>augurated by H.E.<br />

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman<br />

of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The exhibition opened<br />

on 24 January and is runn<strong>in</strong>g until 4 June<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Organised <strong>in</strong> partnership with Musée<br />

du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and France<br />

Muséums, it showcases <strong>the</strong> depth and richness<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Indian sub-cont<strong>in</strong>ent’s art and civilization<br />

through its long tradition of image mak<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> diversity of <strong>the</strong> Indian filmmak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu<br />

Dhabi, commented: “Bollywood Superstars<br />

demonstrates our endur<strong>in</strong>g commitment to<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong> wealth of cultures that def<strong>in</strong>e<br />

so much of life <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates.<br />

Our staff and partners have worked tirelessly to<br />

present toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> most ambitious collection<br />

of artworks with movie projection which are at<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart of Indian society and popular culture.<br />

We hope that, by offer<strong>in</strong>g a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

subcont<strong>in</strong>ent’s rich and diverse filmmak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

history, visitors can better understand <strong>the</strong><br />

myriad of our shared roots, common values<br />

and cultural connections.”<br />

On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r hand, <strong>the</strong> exhibition’s curators,<br />

Julien Rousseau and Hélène Kessous, said:<br />

“This exhibition is a tribute to Bollywood and<br />

can be enjoyed by both Indian c<strong>in</strong>ema fans<br />

and <strong>the</strong> wider public. We hope that it portrays<br />

<strong>the</strong> full richness of Asian traditions and tells<br />

<strong>the</strong> stories that led to <strong>the</strong> birth of this c<strong>in</strong>ema.<br />

The exhibition celebrates Bollywood superstars<br />

who are adored by <strong>the</strong>ir fans <strong>in</strong> India <strong>in</strong> a way<br />

that is rarely seen elsewhere <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world.”<br />

Through more than 80 artworks <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

photographs, textiles, graphic arts, costumes<br />

and over 30 film extracts, <strong>the</strong> exhibition explores<br />

<strong>the</strong> rich history of <strong>the</strong> Indian c<strong>in</strong>ema from its<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> late 19th century up to <strong>the</strong><br />

present. The artworks come from <strong>the</strong> collections<br />

of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Musée du Quai Branly<br />

– Jacques Chirac, Musée de l’Armée, Musée<br />

national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, al-Sabah<br />

Collection, Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation<br />

and Priya Paul Collection.<br />

A range of educational activities will be<br />

available for visitors of all ages. These <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

an Express Tour of <strong>the</strong> exhibition; Make and Play<br />

activities where families can explore different<br />

k<strong>in</strong>ds of storytell<strong>in</strong>g techniques <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

Bollywood film posters; and a Young Visitor’s<br />

Guide, offer<strong>in</strong>g young ones <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

learn about Indian c<strong>in</strong>ema.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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Terry<br />

By Stirl<strong>in</strong>g Caiulo<br />

48 <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

An abstract<br />

figurative artist<br />

whose artwork<br />

dances between<br />

abstraction and<br />

realism<br />

“The cont<strong>in</strong>uous flower<strong>in</strong>g of my style is <strong>the</strong> most important th<strong>in</strong>g to me; I want my work to<br />

vibrate with <strong>the</strong> same energy I walk through life with,” – Says Stirl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Stirl<strong>in</strong>g Caiulo is a mixed-media artist<br />

based <strong>in</strong> Melbourne. His work walks<br />

<strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e l<strong>in</strong>e between abstraction and<br />

realism, often leav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>formation out<br />

so <strong>the</strong> viewer can create <strong>the</strong>ir own story for<br />

<strong>the</strong> piece.<br />

He has been practic<strong>in</strong>g draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 2013 but started rapidly<br />

develop<strong>in</strong>g a voice and <strong>the</strong><br />

techniques needed to execute<br />

his ideas <strong>in</strong> 2019 and has<br />

been all <strong>in</strong> ever s<strong>in</strong>ce.<br />

In 2012 Stirl<strong>in</strong>g was<br />

liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> his hometown<br />

Perth, Australia, when a<br />

model<strong>in</strong>g scout from an Italian<br />

agency (Crew)<br />

met with his local representation (Chadwick)<br />

for prospects. Stirl<strong>in</strong>g was unable to attend<br />

<strong>the</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>g but a few weeks later received a<br />

call ask<strong>in</strong>g if he wanted to take a plane to Italy<br />

and participate <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Milan Fashion Week.<br />

Stirl<strong>in</strong>g accepted immediately and, upon arrival,<br />

experienced a very different way of life to<br />

his hometown. He was soak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> new<br />

and unfamiliar cultures while travel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Europe for work and meet<strong>in</strong>g some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> top designers and creators <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world, admir<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir attention to<br />

detail for <strong>the</strong>ir craft.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g his downtime <strong>in</strong> a small<br />

apartment <strong>in</strong> Milan, one of his friends<br />

would often draw to pass <strong>the</strong> time. Stirl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

was <strong>in</strong>spired and, <strong>in</strong> turn, bought his own<br />

sketch pad. While sketch<strong>in</strong>g people down<br />

by <strong>the</strong> canals of Milan, hours of his time would<br />

go miss<strong>in</strong>g, and this would be <strong>the</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Stirl<strong>in</strong>g would fall <strong>in</strong> love with. Practic<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for years to chase <strong>the</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g of ‘flow’<br />

while creat<strong>in</strong>g, Stirl<strong>in</strong>g cont<strong>in</strong>ued to<br />

resist tak<strong>in</strong>g anyth<strong>in</strong>g seriously,<br />

as he couldn’t imag<strong>in</strong>e art as<br />

a career for himself. Seven<br />

years later, <strong>the</strong> call for him to<br />

s<strong>in</strong>k more time <strong>in</strong>to art became<br />

louder and harder to ignore.<br />

Then <strong>the</strong> thought struck him-<br />

‘how far could he take a piece of<br />

art?’ Stirl<strong>in</strong>g sunk three months<br />

of time <strong>in</strong>to one draw<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> old ceil<strong>in</strong>g to his work was<br />

now blown open. Now how far<br />

could he take th<strong>in</strong>gs? And <strong>in</strong><br />

what direction? Stirl<strong>in</strong>g started to<br />

understand and respect art as<br />

his means of communication.<br />

“I try to “f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong><br />

l<strong>in</strong>e between <strong>the</strong><br />

earth and sky.” says<br />

Stirl<strong>in</strong>g Caiulo.<br />

What’s <strong>the</strong> difference between a fast stroke or a<br />

slow one? Be<strong>in</strong>g thoughtless while creat<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g meticulous? He’s always liked misdirection<br />

<strong>in</strong> art from films like Refn’s Drive, <strong>the</strong> way a<br />

Haruki Murakami novel unexpectedly guides<br />

an audience <strong>in</strong>to a surreal world, and <strong>the</strong> way<br />

rappers like Lupe Fiasco spontaneously create<br />

lyrics as a freestyle.<br />

Stirl<strong>in</strong>g wanted to f<strong>in</strong>d a balance between <strong>the</strong><br />

two sides of himself: <strong>the</strong> expressive, <strong>the</strong> one<br />

who wanted to travel and soak <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r who wanted to stay <strong>in</strong> his apartment<br />

and f<strong>in</strong>d his flow. This is why he likes his work<br />

to dance between abstraction and realism,<br />

or as he calls it, ‘f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e between <strong>the</strong><br />

earth and sky.’<br />

Stirl<strong>in</strong>g Caiulo has been a f<strong>in</strong>alist for <strong>the</strong> last<br />

2 years <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Lester Prize, a major Australian<br />

portrait prize. He is now work<strong>in</strong>g on writ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and illustrat<strong>in</strong>g his own graphic novel while<br />

he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to take on commissions for oil<br />

portraits and large-scale murals.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />




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<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

The discovery of 60 mummies near<br />

Luxor, Egypt, <strong>in</strong>dicates an elaborate burial site<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Spanish press sources, a<br />

group of Spanish archaeologists has<br />

found tombs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ancient Egyptian<br />

city of Luxor that conta<strong>in</strong> some 60<br />

mummies. The Vizier Amenhotep Huy Project,<br />

a Spanish archaeological mission, found <strong>the</strong><br />

tombs late last year <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sou<strong>the</strong>rn Egyptian<br />

city, accord<strong>in</strong>g to a video released on YouTube<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Spanish news agency Efe.<br />

Francisco Mart<strong>in</strong>-Valent<strong>in</strong>, director of <strong>the</strong><br />

Madrid-based Institute of Ancient Egyptian<br />

Studies, and Teresa Bedman, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stitute’s<br />

co-director, served as <strong>the</strong> mission’s leaders.<br />

An associated piece from Efe was also shared<br />

on Twitter by <strong>the</strong> Institute of Ancient Egyptian<br />

Studies.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Mart<strong>in</strong>-Valent<strong>in</strong>, Amenhotep-Huy,<br />

who served as <strong>the</strong> vizier (a high-rank<strong>in</strong>g official)<br />

under pharaoh Amenhotep III, is connected to<br />

<strong>the</strong> two tombs, which were constructed after<br />

<strong>the</strong> 18th dynasty (1550-1292 BC). The vizier’s<br />

tomb, a chapel with 30 columns, is connected<br />

to <strong>the</strong> recently found tombs by two rooms.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Mart<strong>in</strong>-Valent<strong>in</strong>, “In <strong>the</strong> excavations<br />

of two secondary tombs exist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> courtyard<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> tomb of <strong>the</strong> Vizier Amen-Hotep Huy<br />

(Asasif no -28), stripped mummies—more or<br />

less complete—and parts of mummies have<br />

been found, which after <strong>the</strong> exam<strong>in</strong>ation of our<br />

anthropologists testify to belong to about 60<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals, orig<strong>in</strong>ally buried <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se tombs.”<br />

The latest discoveries, accord<strong>in</strong>g to Mart<strong>in</strong>-<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>, “suggest that <strong>the</strong> vizier’s tomb at<br />

some time became a necropolis.” From <strong>the</strong><br />

archaeological context, he expla<strong>in</strong>s, “We can<br />

affirm that <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividuals recovered belong<br />

to familial units of, or are connected to, <strong>the</strong><br />

medium-high clergy of Amun of Karnak.”<br />

A sarcophagus adorned with <strong>the</strong> Pharaoh<br />

Amun is among <strong>the</strong> items from <strong>the</strong> vizier’s<br />

tomb that are now on show <strong>in</strong> a Luxor Museum<br />

exhibition. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Mart<strong>in</strong>-Valent<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong><br />

archaeological mission will pick back up at <strong>the</strong><br />

end of September when six columns from <strong>the</strong><br />

vizier’s chapel have been rebuilt.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

We can affirm that <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

recovered belong to familial units of,<br />

or are connected to, <strong>the</strong> medium-high<br />

clergy of Amun of Karnak.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



KOVU III<br />

By Ramadhan Hamisi<br />

52<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />


Art that aims at depict<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ner soul and deep<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> humanity that is<br />

not easy to express us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

words<br />

“Hyper-realistic draw<strong>in</strong>gs seduce <strong>the</strong> viewer <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

world of ongo<strong>in</strong>g equilibrium and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terval that<br />

articulates <strong>the</strong> stream of daily events” says Ramadhan<br />

Hamisi.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Ramadhan Hamisi, a Tanzanian artist<br />

who was born <strong>in</strong> 1990, is well known<br />

for his <strong>in</strong>credibly lifelike portraits of<br />

both people and animals. Ramadhan<br />

takes a conceptual approach and welcomes<br />

<strong>the</strong> visitor <strong>in</strong>to a cont<strong>in</strong>uous state of equilibrium<br />

and <strong>the</strong> space that articulates <strong>the</strong> flow of daily<br />

happen<strong>in</strong>gs. He first drew when he was six<br />

years old. Pencils and paper, along with what<br />

he could afford, served as his start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t for<br />

forg<strong>in</strong>g his new artistic identity. Ramadhan won<br />

various events while <strong>in</strong> primary and secondary<br />

school as evidence of it.<br />

Ramadhan attended Kenyatta University<br />

to study f<strong>in</strong>ance and economics. He studied<br />

economics, but his artwork was always excellent.<br />

He didn’t want to study pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g s<strong>in</strong>ce he thought<br />

it would be bor<strong>in</strong>g if he took it too seriously. He<br />

regarded pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as a pastime and wanted<br />

it to stay that way. He made an effort to leave<br />

this artistic path, but he couldn’t help but feel<br />

lured back to art.<br />

He decided to devote his attention to his<br />

artwork and advance his profession as an<br />

artist shortly after graduat<strong>in</strong>g from university<br />

and start<strong>in</strong>g to teach at a t<strong>in</strong>y college called<br />

Sketchmasta Art <strong>in</strong> 2016. He held his first solo<br />

exhibition <strong>in</strong> 2019 named SELF ESTEEM at<br />

Knext Art Gallery <strong>in</strong> Cape Town, South Africa.<br />

The pandemic enabled his work to spread,<br />

for he prefers to work <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> peace of his studio.<br />

This was an opportunity for him to pause and<br />

concentrate on his growth as a self-taught artist.<br />

Ramadhan has been actively work<strong>in</strong>g on his<br />

series of large-format Charcoal draw<strong>in</strong>gs for<br />

<strong>the</strong> past few years. In 2022, he had a group<br />

exhibition at Pen Project <strong>in</strong> Miami, followed by a<br />

solo exhibition at Galerie Felix Holler <strong>in</strong> Austria.<br />

In his art, charcoal is primarily used. He<br />

adores <strong>the</strong> look and feel that it generates. Before<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> actual artwork, he develops a<br />

His draw<strong>in</strong>gs directly<br />

respond to <strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

environment and use<br />

everyday experiences from<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist as a start<strong>in</strong>g<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t.<br />

certa<strong>in</strong> idea. He searches for a model and<br />

snaps pictures to br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> idea to life. Near<br />

pals make up <strong>the</strong> majority of his muses. He<br />

is highly familiar with <strong>the</strong>m and is aware of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir weakness. To show people <strong>the</strong> soul of<br />

his muse, he must use his <strong>in</strong>struments as he<br />

works on <strong>the</strong> actual artwork because he cannot<br />

capture that with a camera.<br />

He creates draw<strong>in</strong>gs that emanate cold and<br />

latent anger us<strong>in</strong>g graphite, charcoal, and<br />

pastel. There are times when unsettl<strong>in</strong>g beauty<br />

appears. He uses time-consum<strong>in</strong>g techniques<br />

to produce his black-and-white artwork. His<br />

work strives to capture <strong>the</strong> underly<strong>in</strong>g spirit and<br />

profound human emotion that are difficult to put<br />

through words. His artwork directly responds to<br />

its surround<strong>in</strong>gs and draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s daily experiences. These are frequently<br />

framed examples that would be overlooked<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir orig<strong>in</strong>al context.<br />

Ramadhan Hamisi resides and works <strong>in</strong><br />

Nairobi, Kenya, at <strong>the</strong> moment.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Love yourself this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

Day<br />

The Spa at Address Founta<strong>in</strong><br />

Views<br />

Treat yourself and your loved one to a day of relaxation and<br />

tranquility this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s day at The Spa at Address Founta<strong>in</strong><br />

Views. Your journey to relaxation beg<strong>in</strong>s with a 90-m<strong>in</strong>ute bespoke<br />

massage, a complete tailor-made treatment to address your<br />

wellness needs and br<strong>in</strong>g you to a realm of pure tranquility.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r it is to relax, re-energize or ease muscles, you’ll drift away<br />

on a cloud of serene bliss.<br />

Guests will also receive a beautiful gift box <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a sleep<br />

set to take home for memories to cherish. For <strong>the</strong> grand f<strong>in</strong>ale,<br />

<strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> delightful Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Afternoon Tea set <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> plush<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong> Lobby Lounge with magnificent views of <strong>the</strong><br />

Burj Khalifa. A complete pamper<strong>in</strong>g session, this is <strong>the</strong> perfect way<br />

to spend a romantic Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s and show <strong>the</strong> person you love how<br />

much you really care.<br />

When: Valid from 14th to 22nd <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, from 12pm to 9pm<br />

Offer: 90-m<strong>in</strong>ute bespoke massage, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s afternoon tea, and<br />

a sleep set to take home<br />

Price: AED 1,980 per couple / AED 990 per person<br />

Spa and scones for two<br />

at ARMANI/SPA<br />

Make an afternoon of it at Armani/SPA and spend some<br />

quality me or us time with that special someone or your best<br />

friend. Book your preferred 50-m<strong>in</strong>ute facial or massage from<br />

<strong>the</strong> award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g menu complemented by exclusive access<br />

to <strong>the</strong> stunn<strong>in</strong>g outdoor pool, <strong>the</strong>rmal bath<strong>in</strong>g facilities and<br />

relaxation areas. Fitness fans can even squeeze <strong>in</strong> a weights or<br />

cardio session <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> state-of-<strong>the</strong>-art gym. The cherry on <strong>the</strong> cake<br />

– or <strong>the</strong> scone <strong>in</strong> this case – is an <strong>in</strong>vitation to Armani/Lounge<br />

for a classic afternoon tea for two with a multi-tiered experience<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g signature sandwiches, pastries and dolci.<br />

When: Weekdays until 28th <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />

Price: AED 989 for two<br />

*Advanced book<strong>in</strong>g required<br />

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Couples Treatment <strong>in</strong> Spa Cabana<br />

at Address Beach Resort<br />

Indulge <strong>in</strong> a rejuvenation spa treatment alongside your loved one<br />

this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day and f<strong>in</strong>d yourself slowly drift<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to a state of<br />

utter bliss. Couples can enjoy a 60-m<strong>in</strong>ute treatment <strong>in</strong> one of <strong>the</strong><br />

luxurious Spa Cabanas on Level 77 and <strong>the</strong>n top off <strong>the</strong> experience<br />

with exclusive access to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity pool. Boast<strong>in</strong>g unparalleled<br />

panoramic views of <strong>the</strong> crystal-clear waters of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf from<br />

<strong>the</strong> Spa Cabanas, The Spa is a fully immersive phenomenon from <strong>the</strong><br />

moment you enter this realm of relaxation and <strong>the</strong> perfect place to<br />

relax and refresh dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> most romantic time of year. Elevate <strong>the</strong><br />

experience even fur<strong>the</strong>r by add<strong>in</strong>g on a delectable float<strong>in</strong>g breakfast<br />

for just AED 698 per couple.<br />

When:1st to 28th <strong>Feb</strong>ruary from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (float<strong>in</strong>g<br />

breakfast 9.00 am to 11.00 am)<br />

Offer: 60-m<strong>in</strong>ute Couple Treatment and access to <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity pool<br />

Price: AED 2,968 per couple; AED 698 to add on float<strong>in</strong>g breakfast<br />

The Spa at Palazzo Versace<br />

An absolutely <strong>in</strong>dulgent gift for you or for your loved one this<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day, The Bloom<strong>in</strong>g Rose Ritual at The Spa has been<br />

curated by <strong>the</strong> specialists of Aroma<strong>the</strong>rapy Associates to soo<strong>the</strong>,<br />

rejuvenate and elevate your spirits throughout <strong>the</strong> month of love.<br />

Coax<strong>in</strong>g m<strong>in</strong>d and body <strong>in</strong>to complete harmony, this ritual<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes full body exfoliation to remove all <strong>the</strong> dead sk<strong>in</strong> cells<br />

and improve <strong>the</strong> sk<strong>in</strong>’s texture. The procedure is followed by<br />

a deeply nourish<strong>in</strong>g p<strong>in</strong>k clay body mask envelopment that<br />

additionally removes sk<strong>in</strong> impurities. A relax<strong>in</strong>g massage will<br />

<strong>the</strong>n melt away any stress and tension, whilst a face mask will<br />

hydrate <strong>the</strong> complexion, all <strong>the</strong>se f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g with a rose quartz<br />

stone facial massage to help balance emotions.<br />

The Bloom<strong>in</strong>g Rose Ritual also <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong> placement of rose<br />

quartz. Symbolic of peace and love, <strong>the</strong> heart-shaped stones are<br />

p<strong>in</strong>k-hued crystals renowned for <strong>the</strong>ir electromagnetic abilities<br />

to promote heal<strong>in</strong>g and sooth<strong>in</strong>g properties. The stones can be<br />

symptomatically placed on your forehead, eyes, and heart, while<br />

you concentrate on regulat<strong>in</strong>g breath<strong>in</strong>g, to promote a sense of<br />

calm, relaxation, and balance.<br />

When: Weekdays until 28th <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />

Price: AED 1,200 per person<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />




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ART NEWS<br />

A century’s worth of audio is preserved<br />

on wax cyl<strong>in</strong>ders<br />

The first record<strong>in</strong>g, which was distorted,<br />

was of a child’s voice. The child was<br />

speak<strong>in</strong>g to whoever was listen<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

wished <strong>the</strong>m a Merry Christmas. The<br />

second record<strong>in</strong>g, though still noisy, captured<br />

<strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> second act of “Aida,” sung<br />

by German s<strong>in</strong>ger Johanna Gadski at <strong>the</strong><br />

Metropolitan Opera House <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> spr<strong>in</strong>g of 1903.<br />

The third record<strong>in</strong>g was <strong>the</strong> clearest yet. It<br />

was <strong>the</strong> waltz from “Romeo and Juliet” from <strong>the</strong><br />

Met, sung by Australian soprano Nellie Melba.<br />

The record<strong>in</strong>gs were found at <strong>the</strong> New York<br />

Public Library <strong>in</strong> a conference room. They were<br />

dug up from a much older source: wax cyl<strong>in</strong>ders.<br />

These record<strong>in</strong>gs were made <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> late 1800s<br />

and were made by Lionel Mapleson, a librarian<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Opera. He recorded both<br />

opera performances he saw as part of his job<br />

and <strong>the</strong> everyday life of his family.<br />

The library preserves audio record<strong>in</strong>gs on<br />

wax cyl<strong>in</strong>ders. Some of <strong>the</strong>se record<strong>in</strong>gs have<br />

been around for a long time, and some are<br />

new record<strong>in</strong>gs. The library is go<strong>in</strong>g to digitize<br />

<strong>the</strong>se record<strong>in</strong>gs so that <strong>the</strong>y can be accessed<br />

and used by people <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

The mach<strong>in</strong>e will allow <strong>the</strong> library to play<br />

a few broken Mapleson cyl<strong>in</strong>ders. Nobody<br />

alive has ever heard <strong>the</strong>m, so this might be a<br />

chance to hear someth<strong>in</strong>g new from <strong>the</strong> earliest<br />

moments <strong>in</strong> record<strong>in</strong>g history.<br />

The Mapleson cyl<strong>in</strong>ders were orig<strong>in</strong>ally <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> library’s collection, but a new batch was<br />

recently donated by Alfred Mapleson, <strong>the</strong> Met<br />

librarian’s great-grandson. This donation was<br />

accompanied by a collection of diaries written<br />

by Lionel Mapleson that chronicled both his<br />

daily life and <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Opera’s calendar.<br />

The diaries provide extra context to both<br />

Mapleson’s audio record<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>the</strong> broader<br />

world of New York opera. For example, one<br />

entry from New Year’s Day <strong>in</strong> 1908 noted <strong>the</strong><br />

“tremendous reception” for a performance by<br />

Gustav Mahler. Ano<strong>the</strong>r described <strong>the</strong> time that<br />

Italian conductor Arturo Toscan<strong>in</strong>i, “<strong>in</strong> rage,”<br />

dismissed his orchestra because of noise on<br />

<strong>the</strong> roof.<br />

The diary is very important because it gives<br />

us a detailed look at Bob Kosovsky’s life <strong>in</strong> both<br />

New York and England s<strong>in</strong>ce he went back to<br />

visit his family every summer.<br />

The library got a mach<strong>in</strong>e from its creator,<br />

Nicholas Bergh, last spr<strong>in</strong>g. This mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

is from <strong>the</strong> 1800s and it was used to record<br />

Western music. Nicholas Bergh says that this<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>e is very special because it was used<br />

to document what was happen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>atres<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1800s.<br />

“It’s <strong>in</strong> better hands at <strong>the</strong> New York Public<br />

Library,” he said. The record<strong>in</strong>gs had orig<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Opera; now, <strong>the</strong>y would<br />

reside nearby forever. “Let’s keep it <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York because this is where it all happened. I<br />

like that idea.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



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Tereza Barnard<br />

Realism, narrative elements, and abstract features allow viewers to slow down<br />

and observe <strong>the</strong> hidden layers.<br />

The world is speed<strong>in</strong>g up, and many<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs are but a swipe away. However,<br />

some emotions cannot be read <strong>in</strong> a<br />

split second. With a graduate degree<br />

<strong>in</strong> psychology, Tereza Barnard (b. 1984) has<br />

learned that hidden but key features take time<br />

to be observed and revealed. Barnard uses<br />

realism, narrative elements, and sometimes<br />

abstract features to allow her viewers to slow<br />

down, observe <strong>the</strong> hidden layers, and enter <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>ner worlds of her sitters and her own. In do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

so, she hopes <strong>the</strong>y will f<strong>in</strong>d beauty, <strong>in</strong>spiration,<br />

and, most notably, a time for <strong>the</strong>mselves to<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k. Barnard is a self-taught artist and can<br />

take up to three months to f<strong>in</strong>ish a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

she extensively observes <strong>the</strong> microexpressions<br />

of her subjects.<br />

Barnard was a f<strong>in</strong>alist <strong>in</strong> ModPortrait 2021,<br />

ARC 15th and 16th Salon, and her work has<br />

been presented to <strong>the</strong> jury at Figurativas 2021.<br />

She received an honourable mention <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Blue Review Art Prize and has exhibited <strong>in</strong><br />

galleries across <strong>the</strong> UK and <strong>the</strong> United States,<br />

recently exhibit<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> Royal Society of<br />

British Artists at Mall Galleries.<br />

Barnard’s work is available through Arcadia<br />

Contemporary Gallery <strong>in</strong> NY.<br />

Tereza Barnard’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of young beauty<br />

queens <strong>in</strong> beautiful ruffle dresses are not just<br />

a nostalgic look <strong>in</strong>to a world of pageantry,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are also a deeper exploration of <strong>the</strong><br />

complexities of <strong>the</strong> mo<strong>the</strong>r-child relationship.<br />

These pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are not just representations<br />

of physical beauty but also an exam<strong>in</strong>ation of<br />

how this beauty is constructed, both by society<br />

and by <strong>the</strong> mo<strong>the</strong>rs who put <strong>the</strong>ir children <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>se competitions. Barnard uses her mastery<br />

of colour and form to create images that are<br />

both allur<strong>in</strong>g and disquiet<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> viewer<br />

to consider <strong>the</strong> implications of <strong>the</strong> pageant<br />

world and <strong>the</strong> pressure placed on both <strong>the</strong><br />

children and <strong>the</strong>ir mo<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> use of vibrant hues, Barnard<br />

draws <strong>the</strong> viewer <strong>in</strong>, seduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m with<br />

<strong>the</strong> beauty of <strong>the</strong> dresses and <strong>the</strong> children<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves. But as <strong>the</strong> viewer looks closer, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> to notice <strong>the</strong> subtle h<strong>in</strong>ts of manipulation<br />

and control that exist with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. The<br />

forced smiles on <strong>the</strong> children’s faces and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

elements come toge<strong>the</strong>r to create a sense of<br />

unease that underlies <strong>the</strong> outward beauty of<br />

<strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

In this way, Barnard’s work serves as a<br />

powerful commentary on <strong>the</strong> societal expectation<br />

of beauty and <strong>the</strong> ways <strong>in</strong> which it is imposed<br />

upon both mo<strong>the</strong>rs and children. It <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

<strong>the</strong> viewer to question <strong>the</strong> impact that <strong>the</strong>se<br />

expectations have on <strong>the</strong>ir relationships and<br />

<strong>the</strong> lengths to which mo<strong>the</strong>rs will go <strong>in</strong> pursuit<br />

of achiev<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m. Through her use of strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

imagery and nuanced symbolism, Barnard’s<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs reveal <strong>the</strong> beauty pageant world for<br />

what it truly is: a constructed reality that has<br />

real-life consequences.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s staycations:<br />

Cozy getaways for couples<br />


W Dubai M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi is a chic and stylish hotel located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Dubai. This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season, it’s <strong>the</strong> perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for a romantic<br />

getaway. The hotel features luxurious rooms and suites with breathtak<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf, and top-notch d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational cuis<strong>in</strong>e. Guests can relax at <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>door, outdoor beach club <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity pool at G<strong>in</strong>ger Moon or <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> spa treatments at BAR-B<br />

Spa. With its prime location and exceptional amenities, W Dubai - M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi is <strong>the</strong> ideal choice for a memorable Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s staycation.<br />

Location: – K<strong>in</strong>g Salman B<strong>in</strong> Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Dubai Mar<strong>in</strong>a - Dubai - UAE<br />

Website: www.marriott.com<br />


Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is a luxurious resort located on <strong>the</strong> prist<strong>in</strong>e beaches of Saadiyat Island <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi. This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season,<br />

it’s <strong>the</strong> perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for a romantic getaway. The resort features spacious rooms and suites, each with its own private balcony or terrace,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g stunn<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf. Guests can <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a range of activities such as water sports, tennis and golf or simply relax by<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> many pools. The resort also boasts several d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options and a fully-equipped spa, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a complete holiday dest<strong>in</strong>ation. With<br />

its breathtak<strong>in</strong>g beauty and exceptional amenities, Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is <strong>the</strong> ideal choice for a romantic escape this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

season.<br />

Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates<br />

Website: www.all.accor.com<br />

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Al Raha Beach Hotel <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi offers a luxurious staycation this<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season. Located on a prist<strong>in</strong>e beachfront, <strong>the</strong> hotel features<br />

spacious rooms and suites with stunn<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf.<br />

Guests can enjoy a range of d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e, as well as leisure facilities such as a private beach, outdoor pool,<br />

and fitness centre. For ultimate relaxation, <strong>the</strong> hotel also offers a spa and<br />

wellness centre. With its beautiful location and top-notch amenities, Al<br />

Raha Beach Hotel is <strong>the</strong> perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for a romantic getaway this<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day.<br />

Location: Channel Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE<br />

Website: www.danathotels.com/abudhabi/alrahabeachhotel<br />



Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is a luxurious hotel overlook<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Abu Dhabi Corniche. This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season, it’s <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ation for a romantic staycation. The hotel boasts spacious<br />

rooms with stunn<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf, as well as top-notch<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options and a fully-equipped spa. Guests can relax by <strong>the</strong><br />

pool or <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a range of activities such as shopp<strong>in</strong>g, d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment at <strong>the</strong> nearby Etihad Towers. With its prime location and<br />

exceptional amenities, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is <strong>the</strong> ideal<br />

choice for a memorable Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s getaway.<br />

Location: Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE<br />



Le Meridien - M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark is a luxurious beachfront<br />

resort located <strong>in</strong> Dubai. This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season, it is <strong>the</strong> perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for<br />

a romantic getaway. The resort features spacious rooms and suites with private<br />

balconies and terraces offer<strong>in</strong>g stunn<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf. Guests can<br />

enjoy a range of activities, such as water sports, spa treatments, and a variety<br />

of d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options. The resort also boasts a water park, perfect for a fun-filled<br />

day. The desirable location, outstand<strong>in</strong>g facilities, and beautiful views make Le<br />

Meridien - M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi <strong>the</strong> ideal choice for a romantic Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s staycation.<br />

Location: Dubai, UAE | Website: www.marriott.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort<br />

Content - Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort is a magnificent oceanfront property located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> picturesque emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.<br />

This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season, it is <strong>the</strong> perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for a romantic getaway. The resort offers luxurious rooms and suites, each with its own<br />

private balcony or terrace overlook<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf. Guests can relax by <strong>the</strong> pool or enjoy a range of activities such as water sports, tennis<br />

and golf. The resort also boasts several d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options, a fully-equipped spa, and a private beach, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a complete holiday dest<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re look<strong>in</strong>g to spend quality time with your loved one or simply escape from <strong>the</strong> hustle and bustle of city life, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah<br />

Beach Resort has someth<strong>in</strong>g to offer everyone.<br />

Location: Al Maareedh Street, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E<br />

Website: www.hilton.com<br />


Marjan Island Resort & Spa, managed by Accor, is a stunn<strong>in</strong>g tropical paradise located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

season, it is <strong>the</strong> perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for a romantic getaway. The resort features spacious rooms and suites, each with its own private balcony<br />

or terrace, offer<strong>in</strong>g stunn<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf or lush tropical gardens. Guests can <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a range of activities such as water sports<br />

and tennis, or simply relax by one of <strong>the</strong> many pools. The resort also boasts several d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options, specially a romantic Valent<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong>ner by<br />

<strong>the</strong> sea on <strong>the</strong> corniche area, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a complete holiday dest<strong>in</strong>ation. Couples can also <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a signature aroma<strong>the</strong>rapy treatment or<br />

traditional Arabian hammam ritual at La’Mar Spa – a true haven for wellness. With its breathtak<strong>in</strong>g beauty and exceptional amenities, Marjan<br />

Island Resort & Spa is <strong>the</strong> ideal choice for a romantic escape this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s season.<br />

Location: Marjan Island Boulevard, Al Marjan Island, 14745 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE<br />

Website: www.marjanislandresort.com<br />

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Dreamy oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs with<br />

responses to current<br />

affairs and questions<br />

about <strong>the</strong> future<br />

“The creative process is deliberately chaotic <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g yet geared towards <strong>the</strong> achievement of a<br />

sense of harmony and visually engag<strong>in</strong>g imagery,”<br />

says Rosso Emerald Crimson<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Born and raised <strong>in</strong> Sicily, Rosso moved<br />

permanently to London <strong>in</strong> early 2000.<br />

She holds an MA <strong>in</strong> International<br />

Communications and Human Rights<br />

and worked <strong>in</strong> advertis<strong>in</strong>g before chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her direction to <strong>the</strong> visual arts. In her short<br />

but <strong>in</strong>tense art career, she has won several art<br />

prizes, start<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> 2016 “Emerald W<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

Pride Award”, organised by Pride UK, where<br />

she won <strong>the</strong> First Prize, shortly followed by<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r first prize for <strong>the</strong> Holly Bush “Emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Woman Pa<strong>in</strong>ter Prize”, lead<strong>in</strong>g to Rosso’s first<br />

solo exhibition <strong>in</strong> London. In 2019, Rosso was<br />

awarded <strong>the</strong> first prize for <strong>the</strong> portrait/figurative<br />

category at <strong>the</strong> “Jackson Open Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Prize”.<br />

She was selected to participate <strong>in</strong> “Sky Portrait<br />

Artist Of The Year” <strong>in</strong> 2019 and aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2021,<br />

aired on British national TV. In 2021, she was a<br />

f<strong>in</strong>alist <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> renowned “Beautiful Bizarre Art<br />

Prize”, which opened doors to collaborations<br />

and exhibitions <strong>in</strong>ternationally with galleries <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> US (Sugarlift, Pr<strong>in</strong>ciple Gallery), Canada<br />

(James Baerd Gallery), Norway (Romfjord<br />

Gallery), Germany (Stoerpunkt).<br />

In her portraiture, Rosso Emerald Crimson<br />

renders female subjects which emerge through<br />

a haze of pastels and muted tones. She <strong>in</strong>fuses<br />

dreamy oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs with responses to current<br />

affairs and questions about <strong>the</strong> future, which<br />

often serve as a catalyst for her projects.<br />

Issues of racial <strong>in</strong>justice, gender identity and<br />

environmental crisis have all played a major<br />

role <strong>in</strong> her work.<br />

The women and girls are very charismatic and<br />

often depicted star<strong>in</strong>g forward with unsmil<strong>in</strong>g<br />

expressions. They are placed with<strong>in</strong> abstract<br />

landscapes that defy any reference to objective<br />

reality. It is with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se neutral sett<strong>in</strong>gs that<br />

an <strong>in</strong>timate dialogue can emerge between <strong>the</strong><br />

viewers and <strong>the</strong> characters, <strong>the</strong> content of<br />

which is very subjective.<br />

Technically, while <strong>the</strong> portrayal of <strong>the</strong><br />

figures is achieved by a meticulous render<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g traditional oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques, <strong>the</strong><br />

deconstruction (and reconstruction) of <strong>the</strong><br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g derives from <strong>the</strong> juxtaposition of<br />

different media, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g spray pa<strong>in</strong>t, vigorous<br />

scrap<strong>in</strong>g and scratch<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> surface and,<br />

occasionally, application of metal leaves and<br />

“The women and<br />

girls she draws are<br />

very charismatic and<br />

often depicted star<strong>in</strong>g<br />

forward with unsmil<strong>in</strong>g<br />

expressions.” says Rosso<br />

Emerald<br />

gild<strong>in</strong>g. The creative process is deliberately<br />

chaotic <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g yet geared towards <strong>the</strong><br />

achievement of a sense of harmony and visually<br />

engag<strong>in</strong>g imagery.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



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The visionary artist, unveil<strong>in</strong>g beauty <strong>in</strong><br />

digital pr<strong>in</strong>ts of art<br />

“My art has been recognized well among art enthusiasts and collectors and hence my posters<br />

have been sell<strong>in</strong>g well.” – Says Vratislav<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Vratislav Pecka or better known by his<br />

artistic nickname PosterLad is an artist<br />

who makes pr<strong>in</strong>ts us<strong>in</strong>g digital art. He<br />

hails from Prague, Czech Republic.<br />

He has established a lucrative bus<strong>in</strong>ess,<br />

ships museum-quality pr<strong>in</strong>ts worldwide, and<br />

won a few design honors for his work. His<br />

graphic design project is known as PosterLad.<br />

The PosterLad project began <strong>in</strong> 2016 as a<br />

diversion for a busy designer who had grown<br />

weary of <strong>the</strong> client’s work and had set himself <strong>the</strong><br />

objective of start<strong>in</strong>g to produce his own artistic<br />

work. Pecka has been creat<strong>in</strong>g posters virtually<br />

every day s<strong>in</strong>ce that time. The designer does<br />

not commit to one look for an extended time<br />

because his style is ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g. PosterLad<br />

ga<strong>in</strong>ed popularity on social media with<strong>in</strong> a<br />

short period and won <strong>the</strong> 2019 Silver A’Design<br />

Award and <strong>the</strong> 2020 German Design Award.<br />

Vratislav is a full-time artist right now, but he<br />

is will<strong>in</strong>g to work with clients that want designs<br />

with his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive artistic flair. Pecka makes<br />

crypto art <strong>in</strong> addition to creat<strong>in</strong>g posters. He<br />

exhibits his creations on <strong>the</strong> renowned platform<br />

SuperRare. This platform hosts only a handful<br />

of contemporary artists.<br />

Vratislav believes that a poster does not have<br />

to be made to promote an event or a product.<br />

Instead, he uses it to express his artistic ideas.<br />

Some of <strong>the</strong> highlights of his works are simple<br />

shapes and vivid colors. A major part of his<br />

work is <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> Bauhaus school and<br />

<strong>the</strong> nostalgia and memories of <strong>the</strong> ’90s era.<br />

The posters by PosterLad do not express<br />

thoughts for deliver<strong>in</strong>g a message. The ma<strong>in</strong><br />

aim of Vratislav Pecka is to captivate <strong>the</strong> client’s<br />

vision and please <strong>the</strong> eyes of <strong>the</strong> observer.<br />

His collections <strong>in</strong>clude Limited edition,<br />

Popular, Typography, M<strong>in</strong>imalist, Mosaic,<br />

Plants, VHS, Organic, and Notations.<br />

All <strong>the</strong> designs available on PosterLad are<br />

designed by Pecka. He pr<strong>in</strong>ts on 200g of<br />

superior-quality paper that is sourced from<br />

Japan. This paper is resistant to color fad<strong>in</strong>g. To<br />

ensure that <strong>the</strong> delivery can be made quickly,<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist works with different pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g houses<br />

worldwide.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Modern Abstract Art<br />

Lori works primarily with acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>ts on canvas. Her overall body of work<br />

features strong, powerful l<strong>in</strong>es and geometric forms with a focus on space.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Lore Mirabelli has established herself as an<br />

abstract artist with a penchant for large,<br />

exquisite pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Orig<strong>in</strong>ally from <strong>the</strong><br />

Canadian city of Sault Ste, she majored<br />

<strong>in</strong> psychology at <strong>the</strong> University of Laurentian,<br />

and despite her desire to engage <strong>in</strong> creative<br />

art, she eventually found employment <strong>in</strong> child<br />

welfare. She ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed her love of modern<br />

contemporary art despite hav<strong>in</strong>g a full-time<br />

job, and <strong>in</strong> 2009, she decided to enter <strong>the</strong><br />

abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g scene <strong>in</strong> Toronto, Canada.<br />

She took a leap of faith and sold her home &<br />

relocated to <strong>the</strong> big metropolis.<br />

Lori lived <strong>in</strong> her studio loft <strong>in</strong> Downtown<br />

Toronto from 2017 to 2021. She obta<strong>in</strong>ed gallery<br />

representation both locally and abroad which<br />

allowed her to display her unique pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs at<br />

Toronto art exhibitions. She made <strong>the</strong> decision<br />

to leave her job <strong>in</strong> child protection, which she<br />

had been do<strong>in</strong>g full-time for twenty-one years,<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> epidemic and pursue a full-time<br />

career as an abstract artist.<br />

Her studio is now situated <strong>in</strong> Almonte, a small,<br />

charm<strong>in</strong>g hamlet outside of Ottawa, Ontario.<br />

Lori has taken part <strong>in</strong> a number of exhibitions.<br />

Her work has been featured on <strong>the</strong> popular<br />

television show Mad Men, and she has worked<br />

with Nuvango Art Gallery & Fashion Designer.<br />

She also provided live pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> remake<br />

musical “Sunday <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Park with George.” She<br />

was asked to do an 18x13-foot pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g for a<br />

public art <strong>in</strong>stallation at 15 Brunel Court, The<br />

Gallery Condom<strong>in</strong>iums, <strong>in</strong> City Place Toronto,<br />

Canada. She is represented domestically by a<br />

number of galleries and <strong>in</strong>ternationally by Det er<br />

Kunsten (Denmark) and Signet Contemporary<br />

Art (London, England).<br />

Lori works primarily with acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>ts on<br />

canvas. Her overall body of work features<br />

strong, powerful l<strong>in</strong>es and geometric forms with<br />

a focus on space. She specialises <strong>in</strong> produc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

enormous works of modern abstract art for<br />

private residences, commercial build<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

resorts, and specialty shops.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Fierce 2022<br />

By Matteo Zoccheddu<br />

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Hyperrealistic<br />

portraits with details<br />

that <strong>in</strong>clude every sk<strong>in</strong><br />

pore on <strong>the</strong> subject’s<br />

face<br />

“My goal isn’t to replicate a picture by hand. My goal<br />

is to give life to it. To make viewers feel what <strong>the</strong><br />

model or I feel,” says Matteo Zoccheddu.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Italian artist Matteo Zoccheddu has a keen<br />

eye for details. You can clearly see this <strong>in</strong><br />

his hyperrealistic charcoal portraits that take<br />

months to complete, with details that <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

every sk<strong>in</strong> pore on a person’s face.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce a very young age, Matteo has always<br />

been captivated by art and particularly realism.<br />

After spend<strong>in</strong>g his childhood draw<strong>in</strong>g anime<br />

characters, one day he decides to, as a joke,<br />

make a portrait of his grandfa<strong>the</strong>r and that will<br />

be <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of a passion he had never<br />

considered before.<br />

Thanks to YouTube, he is now able to see what<br />

real hyperrealistic artists can do and spends<br />

countless hours watch<strong>in</strong>g those videos, view<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> process of a portrait from start to f<strong>in</strong>ish.<br />

But he doesn’t only watch. He practices<br />

every moment he can, experiment<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

different styles and all k<strong>in</strong>ds of materials. He has<br />

become obsessed with details and <strong>the</strong> search<br />

for perfection only for his own amusement. In<br />

fact, he didn’t know that with this k<strong>in</strong>d of art,<br />

one could make a liv<strong>in</strong>g, sometimes even a<br />

great liv<strong>in</strong>g, so he stopped before his 20’s.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g this period of distance, his m<strong>in</strong>d kept<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g him back to this passion from time<br />

to time, even though he is conv<strong>in</strong>ced it was<br />

useless. Almost a decade later, jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g social<br />

media, he is now aware of <strong>the</strong> vast world of<br />

realistic draw<strong>in</strong>gs and has started post<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

works. After receiv<strong>in</strong>g very positive feedback<br />

from <strong>the</strong> community, he decided to take this<br />

more seriously and started draw<strong>in</strong>g for many<br />

hours every day, rapidly improv<strong>in</strong>g and gradually<br />

<strong>in</strong>crement<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> difficulty of every new portrait.<br />

He started mak<strong>in</strong>g portraits of celebrities he<br />

admires, like Daniel Radcliffe from <strong>the</strong> Harry<br />

Potter saga or Hayao Miyazaki, <strong>the</strong> great director<br />

fa<strong>the</strong>r of <strong>the</strong> Ghibli movies.<br />

He soon decides to stop with celebrity portraits<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g this period of<br />

distance, his m<strong>in</strong>d kept<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g him back to<br />

this passion from time to<br />

time, even though he is<br />

conv<strong>in</strong>ced it was useless.<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> need to create someth<strong>in</strong>g unique<br />

that can’t be easily copied by everyone so<br />

he buys himself a camera and starts tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pictures himself and study<strong>in</strong>g photography<br />

on <strong>the</strong> side.<br />

Not only can he now make unique art, but<br />

he also has access to more details that <strong>the</strong><br />

low-quality images from <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet didn’t<br />

have and this allows him to put those details<br />

<strong>in</strong> his new artworks, <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> level of<br />

his works even more and that’s one of <strong>the</strong><br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs that keep him motivated. The prospect<br />

of improv<strong>in</strong>g every day and <strong>the</strong> desire to push<br />

his limits more and more.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2023</strong><br />



Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for<br />

Sharjah Biennial 15<br />

The 15th Sharjah Biennial will feature more than 140 artists from 70 different nations after be<strong>in</strong>g postponed twice ow<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> coronavirus<br />

pandemic. The exhibition, titled Sharjah Biennial 15: Th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g Historically <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Present, was created by Sharjah Art Foundation director and<br />

biennial curator Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi and Nigerian curator, art critic, and writer Okwui Enwezor, who passed away <strong>in</strong> 2019. In Sharjah,<br />

<strong>the</strong> biennial will be held at 16 different locations, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a vegetable market, a power plant, and a former nursery. The 30th anniversary of<br />

<strong>the</strong> platform will be celebrated by featur<strong>in</strong>g 30 significant commissions.<br />

When: <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 7-June 11<br />

Where: Various venues across Sharjah<br />

Sikka Art and<br />

Design Festival<br />

The 11th Sikka Art and Design Festival, which<br />

honors Dubai’s expand<strong>in</strong>g cultural and creative<br />

sector, has started preparations by Dubai Culture.<br />

The celebration held <strong>the</strong> 10th edition last year<br />

and was back after a pandemic-related two-year<br />

absence. The festival br<strong>in</strong>gs toge<strong>the</strong>r visual artists,<br />

performers, designers, musicians, and o<strong>the</strong>r creatives<br />

to present artworks, concerts, murals, poetry<br />

read<strong>in</strong>gs, and film screen<strong>in</strong>gs. The festival is named<br />

after <strong>the</strong> passageways between low-rise structures<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> historic neighborhood close to Dubai Creek<br />

(still referred to by most long-time residents as Al<br />

Bastakiya).<br />

When: <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 24-March 5<br />

Where: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood<br />

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The Soil From Which We Came<br />

The Soil From Which We Came is Larry Amponsah’s (born 1989, Ghana) first<br />

solo show <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates, presented by Lawrie Shabibi. The<br />

exhibition is a cont<strong>in</strong>uation of <strong>the</strong> artist’s exploration of conventional imagemak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

techniques while also exam<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g modern image politics through <strong>the</strong><br />

use of unorthodox production techniques. The centrepiece of <strong>the</strong> exhibition is<br />

Amponsah’s most recent collection of sizable collage works. The artworks take<br />

<strong>the</strong> form of colourful m<strong>in</strong>iature collages put toge<strong>the</strong>r from a variety of pictures<br />

culled from fashion magaz<strong>in</strong>es that mimic clichés of “White beauty” and common<br />

representational ideas. The <strong>in</strong>itial collages are transformed <strong>in</strong>to compell<strong>in</strong>g largescale<br />

portraits of Black people us<strong>in</strong>g digital manipulations, physical collages, new<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques, and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. These portraits draw on <strong>the</strong> artist’s personal<br />

experiences as well as larger global Black narratives.<br />

When: 11 JANUARY–17 FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

Where: Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai<br />

Draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

The next solo exhibition by Chaouki Chouk<strong>in</strong>i will highlight <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s beautiful watercolour creations. These concepts for<br />

sculptures, which frequently beg<strong>in</strong> with a watercolour draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Chouk<strong>in</strong>i’s creative process, can be viewed as <strong>in</strong>dependent<br />

pieces of art. The shapes that populate his sketches are not<br />

hard and brittle, even though <strong>the</strong>y are meant to be carved or<br />

cast <strong>in</strong> wood or bronze; <strong>in</strong>stead, <strong>the</strong>y have soft colours and<br />

few dark edges; perhaps <strong>the</strong>se watercolour plans partially<br />

expla<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> artist’s skill <strong>in</strong> giv<strong>in</strong>g an organic softness to <strong>the</strong><br />

severe geometric shapes of his work.<br />

When: 11 JANUARY–18 FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

Where: Green Art Gallery, Dubai<br />

Louvre Abu Dhabi X<br />

Musée d’Orsay<br />

The Louvre features <strong>the</strong> ideal exhibition for<br />

anyone <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> impressionism or a fan<br />

of famous impressionists like Monet, Renoir,<br />

and Manet, among many o<strong>the</strong>rs. Toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r costumes and photographs, <strong>the</strong><br />

Louvre Abu Dhabi and <strong>the</strong> Musée d’Orsay<br />

have put toge<strong>the</strong>r a stunn<strong>in</strong>g collection of<br />

150 pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that portray <strong>the</strong> history of <strong>the</strong><br />

difficult period. The exhibition will be up until<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 25th.<br />

When: Until 25th <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />


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The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, which was created by Leonardo da<br />

V<strong>in</strong>ci <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> early 16th century, is one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

famous and iconic works of art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. It has<br />

been widely admired for its enigmatic smile and <strong>the</strong><br />

subtle use of light and shadow <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, which<br />

give <strong>the</strong> portrait a sense of depth and make it appear<br />

lifelike.<br />

“American Gothic” is one of <strong>the</strong> most famous and iconic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> United States, and it has become a symbol of rural America and<br />

<strong>the</strong> ideals of hard work and self-reliance. The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is now housed<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Art Institute of Chicago, where it is on display to <strong>the</strong> public. It<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be widely admired and studied by art lovers and scholars<br />

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

The series consists of 32 pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, each of which depicts a<br />

can of Campbell’s Soup. The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs were created us<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

screenpr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g process and are rendered <strong>in</strong> bright, bold colours.<br />

The Campbell’s Soup cans series is one of Warhol’s most famous<br />

and iconic works, and it helped to establish him as a lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Pop Art movement.<br />

Banksy is a pseudonym for a famous British street artist whose real<br />

identity is unknown. Banksy is known for creat<strong>in</strong>g controversial<br />

and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g street art that often addresses political and<br />

social issues. The artist’s work has been featured <strong>in</strong> galleries and<br />

museums around <strong>the</strong> world and has sold for millions of dollars at<br />

auction.<br />

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Jackson Pollock is famous for his drip pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, which are a type<br />

of abstract expressionist art. Pollock developed a unique pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

style <strong>in</strong> which he dripped, splattered, and poured pa<strong>in</strong>t onto <strong>the</strong><br />

canvas, creat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tricate and highly dynamic compositions.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g depicts a scene of a boat on <strong>the</strong> Mediterranean Sea,<br />

with <strong>the</strong> boat and its occupants appear<strong>in</strong>g to be suspended <strong>in</strong> midair<br />

as if <strong>the</strong>y are be<strong>in</strong>g tossed around by <strong>the</strong> waves. The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

notable for its use of abstract forms and distorted perspective, which<br />

were revolutionary at <strong>the</strong> time it was created. It is considered to be a<br />

key work <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> development of cubism, a revolutionary art movement<br />

that emerged <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> early 20th century.<br />

Monet’s fa<strong>the</strong>r wanted him to take over <strong>the</strong> family’s grocery<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess and did not support Monet’s desire to become<br />

an artist. Monet left home at <strong>the</strong> age of 16 to study art and<br />

eventually conv<strong>in</strong>ced his fa<strong>the</strong>r to let him pursue his passion.<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itial lack of support from his family, Monet went<br />

on to become one of <strong>the</strong> most famous and <strong>in</strong>fluential artists <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> history of art.<br />

The “Th<strong>in</strong>ker” is a bronze sculpture created by Auguste<br />

Rod<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 1880. It depicts a man seated on a rock, with<br />

his ch<strong>in</strong> rest<strong>in</strong>g on his hand as if <strong>in</strong> deep thought. The<br />

sculpture is one of Rod<strong>in</strong>’s most famous works and has<br />

become an iconic symbol of <strong>in</strong>tellectual contemplation.<br />

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The Par<strong>the</strong>non is located <strong>in</strong> A<strong>the</strong>ns, Greece. It is one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> most famous landmarks of ancient Greece, built<br />

<strong>in</strong> 447-432 BCE. It is widely considered to be <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est<br />

example of classical Greek architecture.<br />

It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site<br />

and is a popular tourist attraction.<br />

The Par<strong>the</strong>non was built on a platform called a “stylobate,”<br />

which served as <strong>the</strong> foundation for <strong>the</strong> temple.<br />

The Par<strong>the</strong>non is surrounded by a number of o<strong>the</strong>r ancient<br />

structures on <strong>the</strong> Acropolis of A<strong>the</strong>ns. The Propylaea is<br />

a grand entrance gate to <strong>the</strong> Acropolis, consist<strong>in</strong>g of a<br />

central build<strong>in</strong>g flanked by two w<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

The<br />

Par<strong>the</strong>non<br />

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Designed by Frank Gehry, <strong>the</strong> Guggenheim Museum Bilbao<br />

is an art museum located <strong>in</strong> Bilbao, Spa<strong>in</strong> that was named<br />

<strong>the</strong> most <strong>in</strong>fluential construction project s<strong>in</strong>ce 1980 <strong>in</strong> a 2005<br />

survey.<br />

With 20 gallery rooms spread over three floors, <strong>the</strong> museum<br />

features modern and postmodern art from <strong>the</strong> 20th century<br />

to <strong>the</strong> present day and its unique shapes and designs offer<br />

visitors different perspectives.<br />

Experts have lauded <strong>the</strong> Guggenheim Bilbao as <strong>the</strong> “greatest<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g of its time” and its cultural impact has helped boost<br />

<strong>the</strong> local economy by attract<strong>in</strong>g visitors to <strong>the</strong> city.<br />

The Guggenheim Bilbao has become a symbol of <strong>the</strong> transformation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> city of Bilbao, which has evolved from an <strong>in</strong>dustrial center<br />

to a cultural dest<strong>in</strong>ation that attracts millions of visitors every year.<br />

Guggenheim<br />

Museum<br />

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MATEO<br />

Stunn<strong>in</strong>gly handmade from solid 14K<br />

yellow gold <strong>in</strong> New York and set with<br />

unique emerald cut crystal quartz.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>itial is <strong>the</strong>n buried beneath <strong>the</strong><br />

gem <strong>in</strong> pave diamonds.<br />

www.mateonewyork.com<br />

Stephanie Gottlieb<br />

A cigar band that embodies your class and<br />

bold attitude. Showcase your taste <strong>in</strong> your<br />

accessories with this band.<br />

www.stephaniegottlieb.com<br />


Personalized exquisite jewellery that lasts a lifetime has<br />

recently become a sumptuous ma<strong>in</strong>stay.<br />

Totem is a handcrafted l<strong>in</strong>e of fashionable, engravable<br />

solid gold and sterl<strong>in</strong>g silver jewellery that can be given<br />

your preferred monogram, <strong>in</strong>scription, or <strong>in</strong>itial.<br />

www.stoneandstrand.com<br />

BANTER<br />

Tierra Whack, a rapper, musician, writer, and<br />

poet, has been named Banter’s first-ever<br />

<strong>Creative</strong> Director! Her bespoke jewellery l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es her trademark style with Whack’s<br />

wacky creative vision for a collaboration that is<br />

all about self-expression.<br />

www.banter.com<br />


Fit for a fairy tale, this red agate pendant is an <strong>in</strong>terchangeable charm to<br />

add to any necklace or layer.<br />

White diamonds adorn <strong>the</strong> rim of <strong>the</strong> mushroom design that’s set <strong>in</strong><br />

beautiful yellow gold and hangs from <strong>the</strong> da<strong>in</strong>tiest, barely-<strong>the</strong>re bale.<br />

Hand-carved and expertly crafted, <strong>the</strong>se limited edition artisan-made<br />

designs are pieces of art.<br />

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FoundRae<br />

The Initial Medium Butterfly W<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> Yellow Gold<br />

stand for Reverie and <strong>the</strong> Soul. This butterfly is<br />

<strong>in</strong>tended to honour <strong>the</strong> soul and <strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs that<br />

give life purpose. In honour of our own souls’<br />

quest to f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> mean<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong>ir existence,<br />

similar to <strong>the</strong> Greek story of Psyche who pursued<br />

her joy.<br />

www.foundrae.com<br />

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Azza Fahmy – Beaded<br />

Crescent Necklace<br />

18kt Gold and Sterl<strong>in</strong>g Silver; set with<br />

Champagne Diamonds, Sapphires,<br />

Tanzanite and Iolite - Champagne<br />

Diamonds, P<strong>in</strong>k Tourmal<strong>in</strong>e, Ruby and<br />

Pearls - or Champagne Diamonds,<br />

P<strong>in</strong>k Tourmal<strong>in</strong>e, Ruby and Amethyst.<br />

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STONE AND STRAND concentrated on develop<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

l<strong>in</strong>e of essentials manufactured from materials of <strong>the</strong><br />

f<strong>in</strong>est calibre, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g solid gold that won’t tarnish or<br />

flake and 100% real, sparkl<strong>in</strong>g top-drawer diamonds.<br />

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The 14K solid gold Endless Hoop Earr<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

are an absolute essential for your jewelry box.<br />

Lightweight and flexible, <strong>the</strong>y will be one of <strong>the</strong><br />

most comfortable earr<strong>in</strong>gs you ever put on.<br />

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KHIRY<br />

A bevelled surface rendered with<br />

gold and a textural green malachite,<br />

set with an upturned emerald<br />

pyramid with a diamond trim.<br />

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AUVERE<br />

Six blue Sapphires are suspended along a<br />

luxe circle of gold to create a light and easy<br />

stack r<strong>in</strong>g that looks good on any f<strong>in</strong>ger<br />

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AUVERE<br />

This bracelet is a loud and proud 22<br />

karat gold with a touch of pave set<br />

round cut diamonds.<br />

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AZZA FAHMY -<br />


18kt Gold basket earr<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong>spired by Islamic<br />

jewellery, adorned with Garnet or Amethyst.<br />

Start<strong>in</strong>g off as a personal piece designed by<br />

Azza Fahmy for herself, <strong>the</strong> Warda Basket<br />

Earr<strong>in</strong>gs have undergone years of development<br />

and ref<strong>in</strong>ement to achieve <strong>the</strong> perfect classic<br />

silhouette before be<strong>in</strong>g debuted.<br />

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CHANEL<br />

This brand-new clock has a matte black<br />

ceramic case and a dial made of whiteve<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

black marble.<br />

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Breguet<br />

Collectors may now select between a<br />

rose-gold model with a slate-gray display<br />

and a titanium variant with a blue dial, both<br />

of which were <strong>in</strong>spired by historic watches<br />

used for nautical navigation.<br />

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H MOSER<br />

You’ll remember summer days spent on f<strong>in</strong>e<br />

powdery sand by vivid turquoise bays when<br />

you look at this turquoise fumé dial color,<br />

which <strong>the</strong> watchmaker has dubbed Blue<br />

Lagoon.<br />

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Missoni Gioiello<br />

Ref<strong>in</strong>ed and elegant by def<strong>in</strong>ition, <strong>the</strong><br />

Missoni Gioiello is a modern take on a<br />

classic jewelry watch. The cha<strong>in</strong> bracelet,<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> watch a jewelry-like appeal,<br />

is proposed <strong>in</strong> a light shade of gold with<br />

important volumes, highly on-trend. The<br />

zigzag, a recurr<strong>in</strong>g House code, is present<br />

on <strong>the</strong> champagne guilloché dial.<br />

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The simple rope bracelet has been turned<br />

by Jaeger-artisans LeCoultre’s <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

diamond-studded gold braid, and <strong>the</strong> clock<br />

that results is captivat<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

art deco.<br />

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FERRAGAMO - F-80<br />


F-80 Skeleton with susta<strong>in</strong>able strap is an<br />

exclusive re-edition of one of Ferragamo’s<br />

most successful timepieces that embodies<br />

<strong>the</strong> Maison’s values of <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

environmental responsibility.<br />

The strap is made of materials with a low<br />

environmental impact; a th<strong>in</strong> layer of FSC<br />

certified cork covers <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>side, while<br />

<strong>the</strong> outside is of post-consumer recycled<br />

PET fibre fabric, with hole covers made of<br />

vegetable tanned lea<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

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TUDOR<br />

The <strong>in</strong>itial versions came <strong>in</strong> three<br />

different configurations: steel, black<br />

alum<strong>in</strong>um, and black alum<strong>in</strong>um with a<br />

revolv<strong>in</strong>g Tachymeter bezel. The crown<br />

will be marked with ei<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> Rolex or<br />

Tudor trademark depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> year<br />

it was created. The recognizable Tudor<br />

logo is on this one.<br />

www.tudorwatch.com/en<br />


Maserati is a statement of your choice <strong>in</strong> a<br />

car and for accessories with a steel f<strong>in</strong>ish<br />

and a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive automobile brand <strong>in</strong>signia.<br />

The comb<strong>in</strong>ation of grey and gold creates<br />

a strik<strong>in</strong>g style appropriate for both casual<br />

and bus<strong>in</strong>ess attire.<br />

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A medium model, automatic<br />

movement, yellow gold, steel,<br />

<strong>in</strong>terchangeable metal and lea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

bracelets that represents style and<br />

class comb<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> one.<br />

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Sunburst grey lacquered display<br />

and chronograph counters<br />

compliment <strong>the</strong> two-tone case<br />

made of 18-carat white and p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

gold. The f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g touch is <strong>the</strong> grey<br />

alligator strap.<br />

www.audemarspiguet.com<br />


Every Montblanc timepiece is made with<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e, cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge craftsmanship, but <strong>the</strong><br />

Montblanc 1858 l<strong>in</strong>e stands out because it<br />

is an adaptation of M<strong>in</strong>erva timepieces from<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1920s and 1930s that were utilised for<br />

military expeditions.<br />

www.montblanc.com/en-us<br />


The Project Z l<strong>in</strong>e is dist<strong>in</strong>guished by<br />

its blend<strong>in</strong>g of traditional horological<br />

composition with highly architectural<br />

components. The Project Z series is made<br />

from Zalium, a lightweight, very robust<br />

material that is proprietary to <strong>the</strong> House of<br />

Harry W<strong>in</strong>ston.<br />

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Its composition exalts <strong>the</strong> dualities of a priceless flower that<br />

represents fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e seduction as an ode to <strong>the</strong> Florenceborn<br />

iris pallida. Spell on You, which evolved from sensual<br />

seduction and an <strong>in</strong>timate impression, has a seductive,<br />

<strong>in</strong>toxicat<strong>in</strong>g aura like an endur<strong>in</strong>g refra<strong>in</strong>.<br />

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HERMES<br />

Goatsk<strong>in</strong> loafer with fr<strong>in</strong>ge accents and <strong>the</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>ctive “H”<br />

design <strong>in</strong> permanent brass plat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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HERMES<br />

Hat made of rabbit felt with a bow and a<br />

double band woven with <strong>the</strong> “Brides de<br />

Gala” design.<br />

www.hermes.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 />

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GUCCI<br />

A variety of outerwear pieces are<br />

embellished with upgraded fabrics and<br />

designs that have an evident throwback<br />

feel. The House’s aes<strong>the</strong>tic still <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage components that elegantly meld<br />

with modern pieces to create a modern yet<br />

timeless wardrobe.<br />

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PRADA<br />

This sat<strong>in</strong> skirt has a tiered appearance<br />

with a lovely floral embroidered design <strong>in</strong><br />

a contrast<strong>in</strong>g hue towards <strong>the</strong> end. These<br />

designs are animated by <strong>the</strong> tradition of<br />

beauty and <strong>the</strong> past, where several eras<br />

have an <strong>in</strong>fluence on contemporary styles.<br />

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Highly antioxidant, anti-wr<strong>in</strong>kles and<br />

brighten<strong>in</strong>g serum which restores vitality<br />

and br<strong>in</strong>gs a natural glow to your sk<strong>in</strong>.<br />

On your sk<strong>in</strong>, Vitam<strong>in</strong> C transforms <strong>in</strong>to<br />

light. And, thanks to nanotechnology, it<br />

provides maximum effectiveness and<br />

protection aga<strong>in</strong>st anti-free radicals.<br />

www.sesderma.com<br />

GUCCI<br />

A jumpsuit made of silk and viscose<br />

with a res<strong>in</strong> pear collar. With an eye to<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me of seasonality first seen <strong>in</strong><br />

Gucci Aria, a proposal of daywear and<br />

formal wear is presented <strong>in</strong> new fabrics,<br />

patterns and fits, mix and matched with<br />

sensual and hyper-fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e silhouettes<br />

that take on a ‘70s <strong>in</strong>fluence.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />


These modern pilot sunglasses, available <strong>in</strong><br />

a variety of colourful colours, have a metal<br />

frame and are completed at <strong>the</strong> temples<br />

with <strong>the</strong> iconic Pony <strong>in</strong> a contrast<strong>in</strong>g colour.<br />

www.ralphlauren.global<br />

Missoni - Ankle boots<br />

Narrow toel<strong>in</strong>e, Zipper closure, Lea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

back<strong>in</strong>g, Lea<strong>the</strong>r sole, Spike heel<br />

Composition: 60% Coluber Snakesk<strong>in</strong>,<br />

40% Calf-sk<strong>in</strong> lea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

www.missoni.com<br />


Savanna showcases <strong>the</strong> label’s penchant<br />

for crystal apparels. This undaunted<br />

maxi gown is designed with sheer tiered<br />

tulle-detail, a bow on one-shoulder,<br />

and boldly enhanced with crystal mesh<br />

embellishments.<br />

www.ae.hm.com<br />


This Italian lea<strong>the</strong>r wallet has a slim form with lots of pockets and is <strong>in</strong>spired by a spirit of<br />

exploration, romanticism, and hope. The fold-over flap is f<strong>in</strong>ished with a brass lock that<br />

features a cutout of our logo Pony and gold-tone brass hardware that is rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage ID bracelets.<br />

www.ralphlauren.global<br />

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Interflora is a network of flower delivery<br />

services with more than 58,000 connected<br />

flower shops spread throughout more than<br />

140 nations. In 1920, a nurseryman named<br />

Carl Englemann <strong>in</strong> Saffron Walden, Essex,<br />

and a florist named Joe Dobson of Leighton’s<br />

Seedsmen and Florists <strong>in</strong> Glasgow were try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to expand <strong>the</strong>ir bus<strong>in</strong>esses. They applied to<br />

become <strong>in</strong>ternational members of <strong>the</strong> Florists<br />

Telegraph Delivery Association, which had been<br />

around <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> US s<strong>in</strong>ce 1910 and is now known<br />

as Florists’ Transworld Delivery. The UK branch<br />

of <strong>the</strong> FTDA was established <strong>in</strong> 1923 with 17<br />

members. Flowers by Wire was one of <strong>the</strong><br />

advertis<strong>in</strong>g catchphrases used at a time when<br />

florists were communicat<strong>in</strong>g with one ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

via telegraph. Telegrams were <strong>the</strong>reafter sent<br />

from one member to ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al Interflora Directory, used by<br />

members, <strong>the</strong> longest-established members could<br />

be recognized by <strong>the</strong>ir telegraphic addresses.<br />

This would be <strong>the</strong> only telegraphic address<br />

<strong>in</strong> that city to <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> name Interflora.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> case of <strong>the</strong> found<strong>in</strong>g members, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

telegraphic addresses were “Interflora Glasgow”<br />

and “Interflora Saffron Walden”, respectively.<br />

In 1953 <strong>the</strong> name changed to Interflora and<br />

<strong>the</strong> slogan Flowers Worldwide along with <strong>the</strong><br />

Mercury Man roundel became well known. “Say<br />

it with Flowers” became <strong>the</strong> subsequent and<br />

most famous slogan associated with Interflora.<br />

The company presents assorted options for<br />

buy<strong>in</strong>g flowers from same-day delivery bouquets<br />

for your last-m<strong>in</strong>ute plans to <strong>in</strong>ternational ones for<br />

your loved ones overseas. Anniversary Flowers<br />

and Birthday Flowers stand to add a splash of<br />

colour to your celebrations, all ordered onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

from <strong>the</strong> luxury of your home.<br />

Interflora champions <strong>the</strong> technologies of<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet to deliver hand-made bouquets of<br />

fresh flowers to <strong>the</strong>ir customers. The company<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> early 2000s bought out a system called<br />

Rose, which used broadband connection. This<br />

enabled orders to be transmitted <strong>in</strong> real-time.<br />

All <strong>in</strong> all, it ensured a more pleasant experience<br />

for its consumers and helped Interflora truly<br />

become <strong>in</strong>ternational.<br />

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