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I don’t paint dreams or nightmares; I paint my own reality. In this edition, we dive into the captivating world of digital artists, and exploring the different styles and methods being used. Discover amazing artists who share their inspiring journeys and showcase their heartfelt work in sections like “Inspire and Empower” and “Featured Artists”. Read about the “Top 5 AI Art Generators to use now”, with the rapid development of AI how anyone can paint a picture they have in their head. If you find your self in the mix of fashion and art then our article on “Digital art in Fashion” is just right for the fashionista in you. This month we celebrate The international Day of Friendship, and Fashion Day. Come along on this artistic exploration, where every page invites you to immerse yourself in the captivating world of art and discover the endless possibilities it holds.

I don’t paint dreams or nightmares; I paint my own reality.

In this edition, we dive into the captivating world of digital artists, and exploring the different styles and methods being used. Discover amazing artists who share their inspiring journeys and showcase their heartfelt work in sections like “Inspire and Empower” and “Featured Artists”.

Read about the “Top 5 AI Art Generators to use now”, with the rapid development of AI how anyone can paint a picture they have in their head. If you find your self in the mix of fashion and art then our article on “Digital art in Fashion” is just right for the fashionista in you.

This month we celebrate The international Day of Friendship, and Fashion Day.

Come along on this artistic exploration, where every page invites you to immerse yourself in the captivating world of art and discover the endless possibilities it holds.


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International Day of<br />

Friendship<br />

The International Day of Friendship<br />

aims to promote <strong>the</strong> significance<br />

of friendship across diverse<br />

cultures. To commemorate this<br />

special occasion, <strong>the</strong> United Nations<br />

encourages community groups, organizations,<br />

and governments to organize<br />

events that foster reconciliation, mutual<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g, and solidarity.<br />

The history of <strong>the</strong> International Day<br />

of Friendship dates back to its establishment<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2011 by <strong>the</strong> United Nations.<br />

However, its orig<strong>in</strong>s can be traced back<br />

nearly a century earlier. Initially <strong>in</strong>troduced<br />

by Hallmark <strong>in</strong> 1919, it served as<br />

a day for people to celebrate friendship<br />

by exchang<strong>in</strong>g cards. Unfortunately, <strong>the</strong><br />

tradition waned and eventually disappeared<br />

by 1940. In an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g turn of<br />

events, W<strong>in</strong>nie <strong>the</strong> Pooh was named <strong>the</strong><br />

global Ambassador of Friendship at <strong>the</strong><br />

United Nations <strong>in</strong> 1998. F<strong>in</strong>ally, <strong>in</strong> April<br />

2011, <strong>the</strong> United Nations officially recognized<br />

<strong>July</strong> 30th as <strong>the</strong> International Day<br />

of Friendship, although many countries<br />

celebrate it on <strong>the</strong> first Sunday of August.<br />

Friendship holds universal power,<br />

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people toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Why does <strong>the</strong> International Day of<br />

Friendship matter? Friendship enriches<br />

people’s lives <strong>in</strong> numerous ways. Consider<br />

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1. Emotional Resilience: Shar<strong>in</strong>g both<br />

joyful and challeng<strong>in</strong>g times with<br />

friends provides support and helps<br />

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2. Enhanced Bra<strong>in</strong>power: Spend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

time with o<strong>the</strong>rs, even for just ten<br />

m<strong>in</strong>utes, has been found to improve<br />

problem-solv<strong>in</strong>g abilities and cognitive<br />

function<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

3. Improved Sleep: Socializ<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g connections contribute<br />

to better sleep quality, accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

research conducted by <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Chicago.<br />

4. Better Health: Studies <strong>in</strong>dicate that<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals with strong social connections<br />

experience improved health<br />

outcomes, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g lower rates of abdom<strong>in</strong>al<br />

obesity and blood pressure.<br />

How can you celebrate <strong>the</strong> International<br />

Day of Friendship? There are no strict<br />

guidel<strong>in</strong>es; <strong>the</strong> beauty of friendships<br />

lie <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir uniqueness. Here are some<br />

suggestions:<br />

1. Perform Acts of K<strong>in</strong>dness: Reach out<br />

to your friends and engage <strong>in</strong> activities<br />

that br<strong>in</strong>gs a smile on <strong>the</strong>ir faces.<br />

2. Make New Friends: Embrace <strong>the</strong><br />

spirit of <strong>the</strong> day by expand<strong>in</strong>g your<br />

social circle. Utilize onl<strong>in</strong>e platforms,<br />

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connect with like-m<strong>in</strong>ded <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

and forge new friendships.<br />

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<strong>in</strong> community and cultural<br />

celebrations organized <strong>in</strong> honor of<br />

<strong>the</strong> International Day of Friendship.<br />

4. Host a Friend-Focused Event: Ga<strong>the</strong>r<br />

your friends and prepare a delightful<br />

meal for <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

Embrace <strong>the</strong> spirit of friendship and<br />

celebrate <strong>the</strong> International Day of Friendship<br />

<strong>in</strong> ways that resonate with you and<br />

your relationships.<br />

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Fashion Day<br />

Fashion Day presents an open <strong>in</strong>vitation<br />

for <strong>in</strong>dividuals of all backgrounds<br />

to embrace <strong>the</strong>ir personal style and<br />

self-expression through cloth<strong>in</strong>g choices,<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y lean towards a serious or<br />

playful aes<strong>the</strong>tic.<br />

How to Celebrate Fashion Day:<br />

1. Go Shopp<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> Latest Trends: Whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

you are a dedicated fashion enthusiast or<br />

simply look<strong>in</strong>g to update your wardrobe,<br />

Fashion Day is an ideal occasion to explore<br />

local shops or v<strong>in</strong>tage stores. Try on<br />

a variety of garments such as wide-leg<br />

jeans, sundresses, m<strong>in</strong>i skirts, or crop tops,<br />

depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> current trends. Embrace<br />

what resonates with you and feel empowered<br />

to make your own fashion statement.<br />

2. Take a Fashion Course: Enroll <strong>in</strong> a fashion-related<br />

course at a community college or<br />

through an onl<strong>in</strong>e platform. Explore classes<br />

that delve <strong>in</strong>to fashion history, market<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

sew<strong>in</strong>g skills, or even garment design. Participat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> a fashion course can be a fun<br />

and engag<strong>in</strong>g way to honor and celebrate<br />

Fashion Day.<br />

3. Host a Fashion Day Party: If you have friends<br />

or family members who share a passion<br />

for fashion, consider organiz<strong>in</strong>g a party or<br />

event <strong>in</strong> honor of Fashion Day. Encourage<br />

guests to dress up accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong>ir preferred<br />

fashion style or set a specific <strong>the</strong>me<br />

or decade for a nostalgic atmosphere. Add<br />

an element of enterta<strong>in</strong>ment by arrang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a small, pop-up fashion show or <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

fashion designer to share <strong>in</strong>sights about<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>dustry contributions and <strong>in</strong>spirations.<br />

Don’t forget to provide fashionable snacks<br />

and beverages to enhance <strong>the</strong> celebratory<br />

atmosphere.<br />

History of Fashion Day:<br />

The concept of style and fashion has existed<br />

for centuries, even back to <strong>the</strong> time when<br />

humans first started wear<strong>in</strong>g clo<strong>the</strong>s. Fashion<br />

and dress have played crucial roles <strong>in</strong> high<br />

society throughout ancient civilizations like<br />

Rome, Egypt, and <strong>the</strong> Renaissance period.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>fluence of high fashion among royal<br />

courts <strong>in</strong> Europe allowed <strong>the</strong> wealthy and<br />

important <strong>in</strong>dividuals to showcase luxurious<br />

garments crafted from exquisite fabrics and<br />

embellishments.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>vention of <strong>the</strong> sew<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> 1790<br />

revolutionized <strong>the</strong> fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

more accessible and affordable to <strong>the</strong> general<br />

public. In 1826, Charles Frederick Worth established<br />

<strong>the</strong> House of Worth <strong>in</strong> Paris, mark<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> birth of modern fashion design. Dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> mid-1800s, <strong>the</strong> idea of us<strong>in</strong>g fashion as a<br />

means of personal expression emerged, lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

design houses to collaborate with artists<br />

to create unique garment patterns.<br />

Fashion cont<strong>in</strong>ued to evolve rapidly with <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustrial revolution and ga<strong>in</strong>ed even more<br />

momentum with <strong>the</strong> advent of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet.<br />

Fashion Day emerged <strong>in</strong> 2016 as a grassroots<br />

movement facilitated through social media.<br />

Some <strong>in</strong>dividuals embraced Fashion Day as<br />

an opportunity to express <strong>the</strong>ir personal style<br />

and challenge <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>fluence of fashion houses<br />

and corporations. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, Fashion Day has<br />

ga<strong>in</strong>ed popularity, offer<strong>in</strong>g people of all ages a<br />

delightful occasion to celebrate <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

fashion preferences and <strong>in</strong>terpretations.<br />

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



Top 5 AI Art Generators<br />

to Use Now<br />

In a little over a year, text-to-image AI art generators have experienced a remarkable transformation,<br />

evolv<strong>in</strong>g from closed betas to becom<strong>in</strong>g ubiquitous. What <strong>in</strong>itially began with<br />

DALL·E 2 has now evolved <strong>in</strong>to a significant cultural phenomenon. AI-powered art generators<br />

that have existed for years are now experienc<strong>in</strong>g a surge <strong>in</strong> popularity, while new<br />

applications with <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g approaches are launch<strong>in</strong>g on a weekly basis. It seems like almost<br />

everyone is effortlessly generat<strong>in</strong>g astonish<strong>in</strong>g, amus<strong>in</strong>g, and downright bizarre images by<br />

simply <strong>in</strong>putt<strong>in</strong>g a prompt. If you’re eager to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> text-to-image revolution but uncerta<strong>in</strong><br />

about where to beg<strong>in</strong>, this list will provide you with <strong>the</strong> necessary guidance.<br />

DALL·E 2<br />

DALL·E 2, <strong>the</strong> AI art generator that <strong>in</strong>itiated this entire craze,<br />

no longer offers a free trial but rema<strong>in</strong>s one of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

impressive applications available. Function<strong>in</strong>g as an AI<br />

system, DALL·E 2 is capable of generat<strong>in</strong>g realistic images<br />

and artwork based on descriptions <strong>in</strong> natural language. Its<br />

user-friendly <strong>in</strong>terface and ability to produce outstand<strong>in</strong>g results<br />

contribute to its widespread popularity. In fact, many o<strong>the</strong>r AI art<br />

generation apps utilize DALL·E 2’s API due to its reliability. Moreover,<br />

<strong>the</strong> API enables seamless <strong>in</strong>tegration of DALL·E <strong>in</strong>to various<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess workflows by leverag<strong>in</strong>g Zapier to connect with a multitude<br />

of o<strong>the</strong>r applications. For <strong>in</strong>stance, you can effortlessly create<br />

images based on Slack messages and send <strong>the</strong>m back to Slack,<br />

or generate images for new Airtable records.<br />

Pric<strong>in</strong>g: $15 for 115 credits (1 credit = 1 prompt with 4 options)<br />

Stable Diffusion<br />

Stable Diffusion, a latent text-to-image diffusion model, possesses<br />

<strong>the</strong> remarkable ability to generate photorealistic<br />

images based on any given text <strong>in</strong>put. This model fosters<br />

autonomous creativity, enabl<strong>in</strong>g billions of <strong>in</strong>dividuals to<br />

effortlessly create stunn<strong>in</strong>g artwork <strong>in</strong> a matter of seconds. Serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as <strong>the</strong> official web app for Stable Diffusion, DreamStudio offers a<br />

robust platform. Users can customize various parameters, such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> number of AI steps, random seed selection, and a plethora<br />

of o<strong>the</strong>r options. Additionally, DreamStudio provides a convenient<br />

free trial, add<strong>in</strong>g to its appeal.<br />

Pric<strong>in</strong>g: Free for 25 credits; $10 for 1,000 credits (enough for ~1,200<br />

images with <strong>the</strong> default sett<strong>in</strong>gs)<br />

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Midjourney<br />

Midjourney stands out with its unconventional user <strong>in</strong>terface,<br />

accessible through <strong>the</strong> chat app Discord. Despite<br />

its unusual setup, it consistently delivers remarkable<br />

and visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g outcomes, earn<strong>in</strong>g its reputation<br />

as a favored AI art generator among numerous artists. Midjourney<br />

harnesses <strong>the</strong> impressive capabilities of Graphics Process<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Units (GPUs) to <strong>in</strong>terpret and process each prompt with power<br />

and efficiency. Subscrib<strong>in</strong>g to Midjourney essentially grants you<br />

access to <strong>the</strong>se GPUs, allow<strong>in</strong>g you to utilize <strong>the</strong>ir computational<br />

resources. Each image creation session consumes a portion of<br />

your subscription’s allocated GPU time.<br />

Pric<strong>in</strong>g: From $10 for 3.3 hours of GPU time per month (enough<br />

for ~200 prompts with 4 image options)<br />


NightCafe<br />

NightCafe Creator is an AI Art Generator application that<br />

offers a variety of methods for generat<strong>in</strong>g art. Through<br />

neural style transfer, you can transform your photos <strong>in</strong>to<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g masterpieces. By utiliz<strong>in</strong>g text-to-image AI,<br />

you can br<strong>in</strong>g artwork to life us<strong>in</strong>g only textual prompts. Simply<br />

<strong>in</strong>put your desired text prompt, and <strong>the</strong> generator will craft stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

images for you. With <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tegration of modern diffusion technology,<br />

<strong>the</strong> process of creat<strong>in</strong>g art has never been easier.<br />

NightCafe goes beyond by provid<strong>in</strong>g additional features, such<br />

as <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g styles from DALL·E 2 and Stable Diffusion, and<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g compatibility with older generative art models. However, its<br />

significance extends beyond its technical capabilities. NightCafe<br />

also fosters a thriv<strong>in</strong>g community for AI art enthusiasts, encompass<strong>in</strong>g<br />

challenges, a Discord server, and a gallery where artists<br />

can showcase <strong>the</strong>ir creations.<br />

Pric<strong>in</strong>g: From $6/month for 100 credits (enough for ~1,240 images<br />

per month)<br />

Jasper Art<br />

Jasper has earned its reputation as one of <strong>the</strong> top AI writ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

generators, but it also boasts a commendable art generation<br />

capability. While it may come with a higher price tag<br />

compared to many o<strong>the</strong>r AI art generation apps, if you are<br />

already a user of Jasper, it is def<strong>in</strong>itely worth explor<strong>in</strong>g its art generation<br />

feature.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r AI writ<strong>in</strong>g tools, such as Writesonic and Rytr, also provide<br />

AI-generated art functionality, but Jasper sets itself apart by be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more of a comprehensive standalone tool.<br />

Pric<strong>in</strong>g: From $39/month for unlimited images<br />

Conclusion<br />

The top five AI art generators showcased <strong>in</strong><br />

this article have revolutionized <strong>the</strong> creative<br />

landscape. From DALL·E 2’s impressive image<br />

generation to Stable Diffusion’s autonomous<br />

creativity, NightCafe’s convenience, Midjour-<br />

ney’s uniqueness, and Jasper’s versatility,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se platforms empower users to transform<br />

ideas <strong>in</strong>to visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g masterpieces. As<br />

AI cont<strong>in</strong>ues to advance, <strong>the</strong> future holds even<br />

more excit<strong>in</strong>g possibilities for AI-generated<br />

art. Unleash your imag<strong>in</strong>ation, embrace <strong>the</strong><br />

potential of AI, and embark on a journey to<br />

unlock your artistic vision with <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

AI art generators.<br />

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14 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Aisha Juma: A M<strong>in</strong>dful Fusion of<br />

Art and Spirituality<br />

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

Aisha Juma, a Dubai-born Emirati artist,<br />

has achieved worldwide recognition<br />

for her exceptional approach to art<br />

that merges spiritual philosophy with<br />

contemporary mediums. Her artistic expression<br />

is deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>dfulness and <strong>the</strong><br />

profound connection between <strong>in</strong>ner and outer<br />

space. This philosophy resonates strongly <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary approach she takes towards<br />

her art, creat<strong>in</strong>g captivat<strong>in</strong>g works that<br />

transcend traditional boundaries.<br />

Juma embarked on her artistic journey as<br />

an NFT artist <strong>in</strong> 2022, and her exploration<br />

of existential questions has been a driv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

force beh<strong>in</strong>d her recent works. Influenced by<br />

spiritual practices, she has developed a unique<br />

technique known as “automatic draw<strong>in</strong>gs” or<br />

“channeled draw<strong>in</strong>gs.” These creations emerge<br />

from a deeper level of consciousness, carefully<br />

nurtured with<strong>in</strong> a state of meditation. Juma’s<br />

artistic process is a profound reflection of her<br />

belief <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> transformative power of m<strong>in</strong>dfulness<br />

and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of all be<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

As one of <strong>the</strong> earliest Emirati creatives to<br />

embrace art as a profession <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, Juma<br />

is a strong advocate for <strong>the</strong> development of<br />

<strong>the</strong> medium and <strong>the</strong> visual arts field. While<br />

acknowledg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> significant progress that<br />

has been made, she firmly believes that fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

growth is needed. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Juma,<br />

<strong>the</strong> visual arts should be accompanied by<br />

<strong>the</strong> advancement of o<strong>the</strong>r art forms, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

music, <strong>the</strong>ater, architecture, literature, and<br />

history. Moreover, she emphasizes <strong>the</strong> vital<br />

role of art education and proposes <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tegration<br />

of art and science through <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

and <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary educational programs.<br />

Juma envisions <strong>the</strong> creation of state-of-<strong>the</strong>-art,<br />

multi-discipl<strong>in</strong>ary studio spaces equipped with<br />

<strong>the</strong> latest technology, foster<strong>in</strong>g a harmonious<br />

union between art and science.<br />

Through her latest works, characterized by<br />

automatic draw<strong>in</strong>gs and digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, Juma<br />

seeks to shed light on <strong>the</strong> importance of be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

present <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> moment and liv<strong>in</strong>g a m<strong>in</strong>dful<br />

life. Each piece serves as a visual rem<strong>in</strong>der,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to contemplate <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

existence and reflect upon <strong>the</strong> world around<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. Juma’s artistic creations offer a gateway<br />

to self-discovery and a deeper connection to<br />

<strong>the</strong> universe.<br />

Juma’s artistic endeavors have propelled<br />

her across <strong>the</strong> globe, enabl<strong>in</strong>g her participation<br />

<strong>in</strong> numerous <strong>in</strong>ternational art exhibitions<br />

and residencies. Notably, she was honored<br />

to be part of <strong>the</strong> prestigious “Accelerate UAE<br />

at CERN” <strong>in</strong> Switzerland, an experience that<br />

nurtured her fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

of art and science. These global encounters<br />

have broadened her perspective on art, allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her to <strong>in</strong>fuse diverse cultural <strong>in</strong>fluences<br />

<strong>in</strong>to her work.<br />

The depth of Juma’s artistic practice is<br />

complemented by her remarkable educational<br />

background. She holds a Bachelor of<br />

F<strong>in</strong>e Arts <strong>in</strong> Monumental Sculpture from Cairo,<br />

Egypt, which laid <strong>the</strong> foundation for her artistic<br />

journey. Build<strong>in</strong>g upon this solid base, she<br />

pursued a Master of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts degree <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, enrich<strong>in</strong>g her understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of art <strong>in</strong> a global context. Fur<strong>the</strong>r studies at<br />

<strong>the</strong> renowned School of <strong>the</strong> Museum of F<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Arts <strong>in</strong> Boston ref<strong>in</strong>ed her artistic technique<br />

and broadened her horizons. Juma’s education<br />

and extensive travels have profoundly<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluenced her artistic vision, enabl<strong>in</strong>g her to<br />

create thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g works that resonate<br />

with audiences worldwide.<br />

Aisha Juma stands as an accomplished<br />

artist, celebrated for her ability to transcend<br />

borders and <strong>in</strong>spire viewers to explore <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner selves while contemplat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world that<br />

surrounds <strong>the</strong>m. Her unique visual language<br />

and m<strong>in</strong>dful approach to art serve as a testa-<br />

ment to her immense talent and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creativity, cont<strong>in</strong>uously captivat<strong>in</strong>g audiences<br />

across <strong>the</strong> globe.<br />

In a world filled with distractions, Aisha Juma’s<br />

art provides a sanctuary for <strong>in</strong>trospection,<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals to be present,<br />

live m<strong>in</strong>dfully, and embrace <strong>the</strong> beauty and<br />

<strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of <strong>the</strong> universe.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority<br />

organizes <strong>in</strong>augural Art Souk<br />

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai<br />

Culture) organized <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>augural<br />

Art Souk at Al Jalila Cultural Centre<br />

for Children (AJCCC) on June 17<br />

and 18. The event is part of Dubai Culture’s<br />

efforts to achieve <strong>the</strong> vision of 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, <strong>in</strong> establish<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> emirate<br />

as a global center for culture and creativity.<br />

The Art Souk aims to <strong>in</strong>volve people of all<br />

ages <strong>in</strong> cultural and creative events. In collaboration<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Sikka platform, Dubai Culture<br />

highlighted various works <strong>in</strong> visual arts,<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, sculpture, photography, design, and<br />

digital and multimedia. The event showcased<br />

creative products <strong>in</strong>spired by local traditional<br />

crafts, offered by small and medium enterprises,<br />

creative centers, and specialized studios<br />

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

The Art Market at <strong>the</strong> Souk featured works<br />

by artists and creative professionals, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Sxill Lab, Mawaheb, Dot Sew, Sjdana traditional<br />

carpet weav<strong>in</strong>g, Galerie Kariman Art,<br />

and photographers Hamad Al Jasmi, Saif<br />

Alreyami, and Mohamed Ahmed Aldanhani.<br />

Additionally, artists specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> tradition<br />

of Talli weav<strong>in</strong>g, such as Mona Fares, Haya Al<br />

Marzooqi, Mariam Al Obeidli, Leena Al Marzouqi,<br />

and Sara Al Khayyal, demonstrated <strong>the</strong><br />

craft’s significance to <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Moreover, <strong>the</strong> Pottery Market offered a marketplace<br />

for pottery and ceramics. AJCCC’s<br />

pottery department showcased <strong>the</strong> work of<br />

ten members, present<strong>in</strong>g functional and decorative<br />

pottery items. The Art Souk provided<br />

<strong>the</strong> public with <strong>the</strong> opportunity to purchase<br />

unique and valuable artworks and sculptures<br />

from <strong>the</strong> participat<strong>in</strong>g talent.<br />

Adel Omar, Senior Special Project and Media<br />

Director at AJCCC, expressed that <strong>the</strong> Art Souk<br />

allows <strong>the</strong> audience to explore <strong>the</strong> local art<br />

scene’s development and richness, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> ideas and visions of art pioneers<br />

and emerg<strong>in</strong>g talent <strong>in</strong> Dubai and <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

The event serves as a platform for artists to<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong>ir diverse professional practices,<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g both resident and citizen artists.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> Art Souk, Dubai Culture aims to<br />

create a solid foundation for talent to share <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

stories and promote <strong>the</strong>ir diverse productions<br />

and works. By <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g art enthusiasts and<br />

future generations, this event streng<strong>the</strong>ns <strong>the</strong><br />

cultural and creative <strong>in</strong>dustries and enhances<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir contributions to Dubai’s creative economy.<br />

The Art Souk also serves as a means to establish<br />

and streng<strong>the</strong>n networks and connections<br />

among artists, <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> diversity of <strong>the</strong><br />

creative community.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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


Eiman Al Qubati<br />

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

Eiman AlQubati, an Emirati visual artist,<br />

has a background <strong>in</strong> Biomedical<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g Technology and holds a<br />

Master’s degree <strong>in</strong> Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Adm<strong>in</strong>istration.<br />

However, her true passion lies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of art. Eiman believes that pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

a genu<strong>in</strong>e medium for express<strong>in</strong>g emotions,<br />

hopes, and meditation.<br />

Nature serves as her primary <strong>in</strong>spiration,<br />

particularly landscapes. Through her artwork,<br />

Eiman deeply reflects her special bond with<br />

nature, creat<strong>in</strong>g vibrant and colorful masterpieces.<br />

Recently, Eiman received three certificates<br />

from B<strong>in</strong>gyol’s Art Academy, focus<strong>in</strong>g on Art<br />

Management, advanc<strong>in</strong>g her art career and<br />

market<strong>in</strong>g, and explor<strong>in</strong>g art trends and NFTs.<br />

She came <strong>in</strong> second place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Qasr al<br />

Watan pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g competition <strong>in</strong> 2021. Additionally,<br />

she received <strong>the</strong> Helveart Merit Award for<br />

“Open Art” <strong>in</strong> March <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

In addition to tak<strong>in</strong>g part <strong>in</strong> World Art Dubai<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, her artwork was displayed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Theatre<br />

of Digital Arts as an immersive 360-degree<br />

exhibition. Additionally, she took part <strong>in</strong> two<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> June <strong>2023</strong>. The first exhibition<br />

took place at Picasso Gallery <strong>in</strong> Dubai from<br />

3rd to 9th June, while <strong>the</strong> second exhibition<br />

was held at Novotel Expo <strong>in</strong> Sharjah from 2nd<br />

June to 2nd <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Eiman’s next significant participation will be<br />

<strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi (ADIHEX) <strong>in</strong> September (2nd–8th)<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, where she will have her own booth at<br />

EQ Gallery.<br />

Overall, Eiman AlQubati’s journey as an artist<br />

showcases her dedication to express<strong>in</strong>g herself<br />

through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and her commitment to<br />

advanc<strong>in</strong>g her career <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

Connect with her at - www.eq-artist.com<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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


TRENDS<br />

20 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


TRENDS<br />

Digital Art <strong>in</strong><br />

Fashion<br />

Collaborations between digital artists<br />

and fashion brands have become a<br />

driv<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> evolution of apparel<br />

design, allow<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> seamless<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegration of digital art <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of fashion.<br />

These partnerships br<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> visionary<br />

creativity of digital artists with <strong>the</strong> expertise<br />

and resources of fashion brands, result<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> ground-break<strong>in</strong>g collections that push <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of traditional design.<br />

One notable collaboration that exemplifies<br />

<strong>the</strong> fusion of digital art and fashion is <strong>the</strong> partnership<br />

between Alexander McQueen and <strong>the</strong><br />

artist and fashion photographer Nick Knight.<br />

Their collaboration resulted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> iconic “Rose”<br />

dress, showcased <strong>in</strong> McQueen’s Spr<strong>in</strong>g/Summer<br />

2019 collection. Knight used digital art<br />

techniques to capture <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate beauty<br />

of a bloom<strong>in</strong>g rose <strong>in</strong> hyper-realistic detail,<br />

which was <strong>the</strong>n translated onto a flow<strong>in</strong>g silk<br />

dress. This collaboration demonstrated <strong>the</strong><br />

power of digital art to elevate fashion design<br />

by transform<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>to a canvas for artistic<br />

expression. Ano<strong>the</strong>r remarkable collaboration<br />

took place between French luxury fashion house<br />

Louis Vuitton and digital artist Refik Anadol.<br />

Anadol’s mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g data-driven artworks<br />

were <strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong>to Louis Vuitton’s Spr<strong>in</strong>g/<br />

Summer 2022 menswear collection. Anadol<br />

used artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence and mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

algorithms to generate immersive visualizations<br />

that were <strong>the</strong>n applied to garments, blurr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between fashion, technology, and art.<br />

This collaboration showcased how digital art<br />

can br<strong>in</strong>g a new dimension to apparel design,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g garments that transcend traditional<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics and tell a captivat<strong>in</strong>g visual story.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, collaborations between digital<br />

artists and fashion brands have opened up<br />

opportunities for experimentation with <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

materials and techniques. For <strong>in</strong>stance, Iris van<br />

Herpen collaborated with digital artist Studio<br />

Drift to create <strong>the</strong> awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g “Shift Souls”<br />

collection. The collection featured garments<br />

that comb<strong>in</strong>ed traditional craftsmanship with<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technologies such as 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and laser cutt<strong>in</strong>g. The collaboration showcased<br />

how digital art techniques can be seamlessly<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegrated <strong>in</strong>to apparel design, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

avant-garde pieces that challenge <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of fashion. These collaborations highlight<br />

<strong>the</strong> symbiotic relationship between digital art<br />

and fashion, where artists br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir unique<br />

perspectives and technical expertise to create<br />

garments that are not only visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

but also conceptually rich. Through <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tegration<br />

of digital art, fashion brands can offer<br />

consumers a new level of artistic expression,<br />

transform<strong>in</strong>g cloth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to wearable artworks.<br />

The fusion of creativity and technology opens<br />

up endless possibilities for <strong>in</strong>novation, ensur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tegration of digital art <strong>in</strong>to fashion<br />

will cont<strong>in</strong>ue to captivate and <strong>in</strong>spire both<br />

designers and consumers alike.<br />

The use of digital art techniques <strong>in</strong> textile<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ts, custom cloth<strong>in</strong>g, and wearable art has<br />

revolutionized <strong>the</strong> fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new avenues for creativity and self-expression.<br />

These techniques have enabled designers and<br />

artists to push <strong>the</strong> boundaries of traditional<br />

fashion design and create truly unique and<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g pieces. Let’s explore how digital<br />

art has <strong>in</strong>fluenced each of <strong>the</strong>se aspects and<br />

highlight some artists who have successfully<br />

ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Textile Pr<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

Digital art has transformed <strong>the</strong> world of textile<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ts, allow<strong>in</strong>g designers to experiment with<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate patterns, vibrant colours, and complex<br />

imagery. Through digital design software and<br />

advanced pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g technologies, artists can<br />

create detailed and high-resolution pr<strong>in</strong>ts that<br />

were once limited by traditional methods. Mary<br />

Katrantzou, a Greek fashion designer known for<br />

her mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g pr<strong>in</strong>ts, has embraced digital<br />

art techniques to revolutionize her collections.<br />

Her designs feature a harmonious blend of<br />

digital patterns, vivid colours, and <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

details that resemble wearable art galleries.<br />

By leverag<strong>in</strong>g digital tools, Katrantzou creates<br />

textiles that are visually strik<strong>in</strong>g and conceptually<br />

rich, elevat<strong>in</strong>g her garments <strong>in</strong>to wearable<br />

works of art.<br />

Custom Cloth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Digital art techniques have also opened<br />

up possibilities for custom cloth<strong>in</strong>g, where<br />

garments are tailored to fit an <strong>in</strong>dividual’s<br />

body and style. By comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g digital design<br />

software with <strong>in</strong>novative production methods<br />

like 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and laser cutt<strong>in</strong>g, designers<br />

can create personalized garments that are<br />

unique and perfectly suited to <strong>the</strong> wearer.<br />

Danit Peleg, an Israeli fashion designer, has<br />

successfully ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of custom<br />

cloth<strong>in</strong>g us<strong>in</strong>g 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g technology. With her<br />

ground-break<strong>in</strong>g collection, Peleg showcased<br />

<strong>the</strong> potential of digital art to create bespoke<br />

fashion pieces. By design<strong>in</strong>g and 3D-pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

garments, she offers a truly personalized experience,<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of what is<br />

possible <strong>in</strong> fashion design.<br />

Wearable Art<br />

Digital art has transformed fashion <strong>in</strong>to wearable<br />

art, where garments not only adorn <strong>the</strong><br />

body but also engage with <strong>the</strong> senses and<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs. Artists have <strong>in</strong>tegrated <strong>in</strong>teractive<br />

elements, such as sensors, LED lights, and<br />

robotics, <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir designs, creat<strong>in</strong>g pieces that<br />

blur <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e between fashion and sculpture.<br />

Husse<strong>in</strong> Chalayan, a British fashion designer,<br />

is renowned for his avant-garde approach to<br />

fashion and wearable art. His collections often<br />

feature garments that <strong>in</strong>corporate technology<br />

and <strong>in</strong>teractive elements. For example, his “Airborne”<br />

collection featured dresses that transformed<br />

shape and silhouette with <strong>the</strong> touch of<br />

a button. Chalayan’s <strong>in</strong>novative use of digital<br />

art techniques has propelled him to <strong>the</strong> forefront<br />

of <strong>the</strong> fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

potential of technology to enhance <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

and experiential qualities of fashion.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>tegration of digital art techniques <strong>in</strong><br />

textile pr<strong>in</strong>ts, custom cloth<strong>in</strong>g, and wearable<br />

art has redef<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong> fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry. Through<br />

digital tools and technologies, designers and<br />

artists can push <strong>the</strong> boundaries of creativity,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g garments that are visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

conceptually rich, and truly unique. Artists like<br />

Mary Katrantzou, Danit Peleg, and Husse<strong>in</strong><br />

Chalayan have successfully ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

power of digital art <strong>in</strong> fashion design. As technology<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to advance, we can expect<br />

even more <strong>in</strong>novative and boundary-push<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collaborations between digital artists and fashion<br />

brands. The marriage of digital art and<br />

fashion will undoubtedly cont<strong>in</strong>ue to <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

and captivate both designers and consumers,<br />

usher<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a new era of artistic expression <strong>in</strong><br />

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

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



Artwork By<br />

AMRITA<br />

22 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Amrita: Inspir<strong>in</strong>g Change through<br />

Art, Technology, and Storytell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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

Amrita stands as a trailblazer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

United Arab Emirates (UAE) art<br />

scene, renowned as <strong>the</strong> first NFT<br />

artist <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> country and a pioneer<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> web3 space. As an award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

UAE golden visa holder, her journey has<br />

been marked by transformative achievements<br />

and a commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of art, technology, and storytell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g enjoyed a successful career <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> bank<strong>in</strong>g world, Amrita felt a deeper<br />

call<strong>in</strong>g to pursue her artistic passion, lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her to embark on a remarkable artistic<br />

journey. This pivotal decision gave birth to<br />

her groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g multimedia art genre,<br />

SoundBYTEs. Through this <strong>in</strong>novative approach,<br />

Amrita seamlessly comb<strong>in</strong>es various<br />

mediums and technologies, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

physical artwork, NFTs, fashion, augmented<br />

reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence (AI), to create immersive experiences<br />

that transcend traditional artistic<br />

boundaries.<br />

Amrita’s unique vision and artistic prowess<br />

have garnered widespread recognition,<br />

result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> her receiv<strong>in</strong>g multiple awards<br />

and accolades. Her exceptional talent led<br />

to her selection for Expo 2020, where she<br />

showcased her art on a grand scale. Notably,<br />

Amrita created one of <strong>the</strong> world’s largest<br />

augmented reality murals and <strong>the</strong> first of its<br />

k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East, captivat<strong>in</strong>g audiences<br />

and push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of what is<br />

possible <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of public art.<br />

Explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of sound, storytell<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

art, and technology, Amrita has<br />

expanded her artistic repertoire by creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r captivat<strong>in</strong>g collections, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g The<br />

AlphaBYTEs, The CrystalBYTES, and <strong>the</strong><br />

AIBYTEs. Through <strong>the</strong>se collections, she<br />

ventures <strong>in</strong>to uncharted territories, <strong>in</strong>vent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new languages and <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g human consciousness<br />

<strong>in</strong>to art by harness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> power<br />

of AI, AR, and animation.<br />

Amrita’s art is a medium for express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narratives and stories through images, aim<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>in</strong>spire <strong>in</strong>dividuals to embark on a<br />

journey with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>mselves, f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>ir unique<br />

voice, and <strong>the</strong>n share <strong>the</strong>ir stories with <strong>the</strong><br />

world. By rewrit<strong>in</strong>g narratives and creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new characters, she <strong>in</strong>stills a sense of empowerment<br />

and encourages o<strong>the</strong>rs to f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creative voices, ultimately <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

change through art and technology.<br />

With a visionary m<strong>in</strong>dset, Amrita harnesses<br />

technology as a digital pa<strong>in</strong>tbrush,<br />

seamlessly merg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> physical and digital<br />

worlds. She explores <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

power of storytell<strong>in</strong>g, Neuro-L<strong>in</strong>guistic Programm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

(NLP), and human consciousness,<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g art as a catalyst for <strong>in</strong>trospection,<br />

empathy, and social transformation.<br />

Amrita firmly believes that emerg<strong>in</strong>g technologies<br />

such as web3, NFTs, <strong>the</strong> Metaverse,<br />

AI, and beyond will lead to a paradigm shift,<br />

reshap<strong>in</strong>g society, challeng<strong>in</strong>g perceptions,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gful, last<strong>in</strong>g change <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> way we experience and <strong>in</strong>teract with <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

Amrita’s artistic journey is a testament<br />

to her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication to push<strong>in</strong>g<br />

boundaries and embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> potential<br />

of technology to create transformative art.<br />

Through her visionary approach, she empowers<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals and communities to f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir unique voices, share <strong>the</strong>ir stories, and<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g evolution of art<br />

and society. As she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to forge new<br />

paths <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of art, technology, and<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g, Amrita <strong>in</strong>spires o<strong>the</strong>rs to jo<strong>in</strong> her<br />

<strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g a future where creativity knows no<br />

bounds.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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





24 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Unveil<strong>in</strong>g Desires: The Artistic<br />

Tapestry of August<strong>in</strong>e Paredes<br />

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

August<strong>in</strong>e Paredes, born <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Philipp<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> 1994, is a multi-discipl<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

artist who weaves a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exploration of migration,<br />

identity, and long<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to his creative expressions.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> mediums of photography,<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, poetry, and <strong>in</strong>stallation, August<strong>in</strong>e<br />

delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> complex realm of desire, provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

thought and <strong>in</strong>trospection.<br />

In 2022, August<strong>in</strong>e’s artistic prowess<br />

shone on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational stage with his first<br />

solo exhibition, ‘PARADISE 4EVER,’ hosted<br />

by Gulf Photo Plus <strong>in</strong> Dubai. His talent has<br />

been sought after by prestigious <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

and organizations, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Alserkal Arts<br />

Foundation, Art Dubai, Warehouse 421,<br />

Goe<strong>the</strong> Institut, and <strong>the</strong> Royal Commission<br />

of AlUla, where he has undertaken captivat<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

commissioned projects. August<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

artistic journey has taken him across borders,<br />

exhibit<strong>in</strong>g his works <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

Malaysia, Latvia, Australia, <strong>the</strong> United States<br />

of America, and <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> global art<br />

scene. In addition to his artistic pursuits, August<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Paredes is an accomplished author<br />

and <strong>in</strong>dependent publisher. He has authored<br />

several art books, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g “Conversations<br />

at <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> universe” (2020), “Long<br />

Night Stands With Lonely, Lonely Boys”<br />

(2021), “Happy to be here to be happy”<br />

(2022), and “The Bitter Taste of Sweetness”<br />

(2022). These books serve as an extension<br />

of his artistic vision, fur<strong>the</strong>r immers<strong>in</strong>g readers<br />

<strong>in</strong> his evocative world of emotions and<br />

desires. August<strong>in</strong>e’s commitment to foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sense of community and uplift<strong>in</strong>g Filip<strong>in</strong>o<br />

art and creatives led him to co-found<br />

<strong>the</strong> Sa Tahanan Collective alongside curator<br />

Anna Bernice. This platform serves as a dynamic<br />

space for exhibitions, art sales, and<br />

collaborations, provid<strong>in</strong>g a much-needed<br />

platform for Filip<strong>in</strong>o artists to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

talent and perspectives.<br />

Beyond his personal artistic practice, August<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Paredes also thrives as a commercial<br />

photographer, specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> fashion,<br />

portraits, and lifestyle. His expertise <strong>in</strong> captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of his subjects has garnered<br />

him representation by <strong>the</strong> esteemed<br />

Dubai-based agency, See<strong>in</strong>g Th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Through his commercial work, August<strong>in</strong>e<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to showcase his artistic sensibilities,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g imagery<br />

that resonates with audiences. The artistic<br />

journey of August<strong>in</strong>e Paredes is beautifully<br />

encapsulated <strong>in</strong> a series of captivat<strong>in</strong>g artist<br />

books. From “Conversations at <strong>the</strong> end of<br />

<strong>the</strong> universe” (2020) to “The Bitter Taste of<br />

Sweetness” (2022), <strong>the</strong>se publications offer<br />

an <strong>in</strong>timate glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> artist’s profound<br />

exploration of desire, emotions, and human<br />

connections. Education has played a pivotal<br />

role <strong>in</strong> August<strong>in</strong>e’s artistic development.<br />

He pursued F<strong>in</strong>e Arts under <strong>the</strong> guidance<br />

of Prof. Haegeu Yang at Hochschule für<br />

Bildende Künste–Städelschule, where he<br />

honed his craft and expanded his artistic horizons.<br />

Prior to his formal art education, August<strong>in</strong>e<br />

obta<strong>in</strong>ed a Bachelor of Arts <strong>in</strong> Mass<br />

Communication from Ateneo de Davao University,<br />

lay<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> foundation for his creative<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g and communication skills.<br />

August<strong>in</strong>e Paredes’s artistic journey has<br />

been fur<strong>the</strong>r enriched by his participation<br />

<strong>in</strong> notable residencies and fellowships. The<br />

AlUla Artist Residency offered by <strong>the</strong> Royal<br />

Commission of AlUla <strong>in</strong> 2022 provided a<br />

transformative space for creative exploration.<br />

August<strong>in</strong>e was also selected as part of<br />

<strong>the</strong> esteemed Salama B<strong>in</strong>t Hamdan Emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Artists Fellowship Cohort 8 <strong>in</strong> 2021,<br />

Warehouse 421 x Gulf Photo Plus <strong>in</strong> 2020,<br />

Campus Art Dubai 7.0 <strong>in</strong> 2019, and <strong>the</strong> International<br />

Summer School of Photography<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2018. These immersive experiences have<br />

allowed August<strong>in</strong>e to expand his artistic repertoire,<br />

collaborate with fellow creatives, and<br />

push <strong>the</strong> boundaries.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



How to crack <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>stream as<br />

an emerg<strong>in</strong>g artist - Steps to follow<br />

As an emerg<strong>in</strong>g artist, break<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>stream can be a<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g task, but with <strong>the</strong><br />

right m<strong>in</strong>dset and approach, it<br />

is possible to achieve success. Here is<br />

a comprehensive list of necessary steps<br />

to follow to crack <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>stream as an<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g artist and establish yourself:<br />

1. Create a consistent body of work -<br />

Consistency is key when it comes to<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g a successful art career. Develop<br />

a consistent style and technique<br />

that can be applied to a variety of<br />

mediums and create a cohesive body<br />

of work that showcases your talents<br />

and versatility. Consider develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a series of works that tell a cohesive<br />

story or explore a particular <strong>the</strong>me<br />

or concept.<br />

2. Leverage technology - In today’s digital<br />

age, technology is an essential<br />

tool for emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists to reach a<br />

wider audience. Utilize social media<br />

platforms, onl<strong>in</strong>e marketplaces, and<br />

e-commerce sites to showcase your<br />

work, attract new followers, and sell<br />

your art. Consider creat<strong>in</strong>g a website<br />

to display your portfolio and provide a<br />

centralized hub for your onl<strong>in</strong>e presence.<br />

3. Network effectively - Build<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

strong network of <strong>in</strong>dustry professionals,<br />

peers, and potential buyers<br />

is critical to success as an emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artist. Attend art events, exhibitions,<br />

and conferences to meet people <strong>in</strong><br />

your <strong>in</strong>dustry, collaborate with o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

artists, and make valuable connections.<br />

Engage with your followers and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

artists on social media platforms and<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> onl<strong>in</strong>e forums and discussions<br />

related to your artistic niche.<br />

4. Experiment with different mediums<br />

- Explor<strong>in</strong>g new mediums and techniques<br />

can help you ref<strong>in</strong>e your skills,<br />

develop your artistic voice, and stand<br />

out <strong>in</strong> a crowded market. Consider<br />

experiment<strong>in</strong>g with mixed media, digital<br />

art, and o<strong>the</strong>r emerg<strong>in</strong>g mediums to<br />

create unique pieces that are dist<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

from traditional forms of art.<br />

5. Develop a strong work ethic - Develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a strong work ethic is critical to<br />

success as an emerg<strong>in</strong>g artist. This<br />

means dedicat<strong>in</strong>g time and effort to your<br />

craft, stay<strong>in</strong>g focused on your goals,<br />

and be<strong>in</strong>g persistent and resilient <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> face of challenges and setbacks.<br />

Remember that success as an artist is<br />

often a long-term journey, and build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a susta<strong>in</strong>able career requires patience,<br />

dedication, and hard work.<br />

6. Attend workshops and classes - Attend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

workshops and classes can<br />

help you hone your skills and stay<br />

up to date with <strong>the</strong> latest trends <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry. Look for classes and<br />

workshops that are relevant to your<br />

style and aes<strong>the</strong>tic and make a po<strong>in</strong>t<br />

to attend regularly.<br />

7. Build a strong team - As an artist,<br />

you need to focus on your craft. That’s<br />

why build<strong>in</strong>g a strong team is crucial.<br />

Consider work<strong>in</strong>g with a manager,<br />

agent, or publicist to help you with<br />

market<strong>in</strong>g, promotions, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess-related tasks.<br />

8. Seek professional representation<br />

- Work<strong>in</strong>g with a reputable gallery or<br />

agent can provide valuable exposure<br />

and support <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world. Consider<br />

research<strong>in</strong>g galleries or agents that<br />

represent artists work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> your medium<br />

and style and submit a portfolio and<br />

artist statement for consideration. Be<br />

prepared to demonstrate your commitment<br />

and professionalism and be<br />

open to feedback and direction from<br />

your representative.<br />

9. Utilize crowdfund<strong>in</strong>g and o<strong>the</strong>r fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities - Fund<strong>in</strong>g can be a<br />

major challenge for emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists.<br />

Consider utiliz<strong>in</strong>g crowdfund<strong>in</strong>g platforms<br />

such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo<br />

to raise funds for your projects. You<br />

can also look for grants, scholarships,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r fund<strong>in</strong>g opportunities that<br />

are available to artists.<br />

10. Establish a clear brand and identity<br />

- Your brand is what sets you apart<br />

from o<strong>the</strong>r artists. It should reflect your<br />

unique style, values, and aes<strong>the</strong>tics.<br />

Take some time to consider what sets<br />

you apart and how you want to be<br />

perceived. Once you’ve established<br />

your brand, use it consistently across all<br />

your platforms, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g your website,<br />

social media accounts, and portfolio.<br />

11. Enter juried shows and competitions<br />

- Participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> juried shows<br />

and competitions can be a great way to<br />

ga<strong>in</strong> exposure and build your resume.<br />

Look for opportunities that align with<br />

your style and medium and submit<br />

your strongest work. W<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g or be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

selected for exhibitions and competitions<br />

can help boost your credibility and<br />

provide valuable exposure to potential<br />

collectors and gallerists.<br />

26 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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Artwork By<br />


28 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Diaa Allam: Master<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Fusion of Arabic Calligraphy and<br />

Contemporary Art<br />

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

Diaa Allam, a local calligrapher and<br />

live art performer based <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE,<br />

has captivated audiences with his<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tegration of Arab Calligraphy<br />

<strong>in</strong> daily life and contemporary art.<br />

With a passion for calligraphy s<strong>in</strong>ce an early<br />

age, Allam embarked on his artistic journey <strong>in</strong><br />

2011 when he created a book of 40 calligraphy<br />

designs to commemorate <strong>the</strong> 40th national day<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, he has cont<strong>in</strong>uously<br />

pushed <strong>the</strong> boundaries of traditional calligraphy<br />

by merg<strong>in</strong>g it with modern graffiti, giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

birth to his unique style known as “calligraffiti.”<br />

Self-taught <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> basics of Arabic calligraphy,<br />

Allam fearlessly blended this traditional art<br />

form with abstract expressions, <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

elements of graffiti <strong>in</strong>to his work. The comb<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

of calligraphy and graffiti, or calligraffiti,<br />

resonated deeply with Allam, as he believed it<br />

brought art closer to people and encouraged<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction. His live art performances allow him<br />

to connect directly with viewers and foster a<br />

greater connection between <strong>the</strong>m and his art.<br />

Diaa Allam’s artistic endeavors go beyond<br />

his personal creations. He is <strong>the</strong> founder of<br />

“Naht Designs,” <strong>the</strong> first Emirati brand specializ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Arabic calligraphy fashion and lifestyle.<br />

Through this brand, he seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tegrates<br />

Arabic calligraphy <strong>in</strong>to contemporary modern<br />

art, allow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals to embrace <strong>the</strong> beauty<br />

and elegance of this traditional script <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

daily lives.<br />

As a curator of <strong>the</strong> Ajman Murals project<br />

and a w<strong>in</strong>ner of Al Dar Arabic Calligraphy Art<br />

Competition, Allam cont<strong>in</strong>ues to make significant<br />

contributions to <strong>the</strong> art scene <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

His deep-rooted connection to his homeland<br />

<strong>in</strong>spires his artwork, and his talent as an Urban<br />

Planner and Landscape Architect adds ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

dimension to his creative vision.<br />

For over five years, Diaa Allam has specialized<br />

<strong>in</strong> optical illusion Arabic calligraphy<br />

artworks, utiliz<strong>in</strong>g letters, shapes, and layers<br />

to deliver <strong>in</strong>novative and creative expressions<br />

of this ancient script. His artworks challenge<br />

perceptions and engage viewers through <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g depth and visual impact.<br />

In early 2021, Allam embraced <strong>the</strong> emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens), becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> pioneers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region’s NFT <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

Always embrac<strong>in</strong>g new possibilities, he leverages<br />

this technology to fur<strong>the</strong>r expand <strong>the</strong><br />

reach and impact of his art, enabl<strong>in</strong>g a global<br />

audience to connect with his exceptional work.<br />

Allam’s storytell<strong>in</strong>g abilities sh<strong>in</strong>e through<br />

his outstand<strong>in</strong>g artistry. Each artwork carries a<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful message, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to delve<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> layers of his creations and uncover<br />

<strong>the</strong> stories <strong>the</strong>y tell. An exhibition he held titled,<br />

“Layers,” showcased a collection of 3D<br />

calligraphy artworks, masterfully employ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

geometric shapes to deliver unique optical<br />

illusions <strong>in</strong>fused with profound messages.<br />

Diaa Allam cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push artistic boundaries,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g Arabic calligraphy to <strong>the</strong> forefront<br />

of contemporary art. Through his <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

approach, he bridges <strong>the</strong> gap between tradition<br />

and modernity, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to explore <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate beauty of Arabic calligraphy <strong>in</strong> a new<br />

light. With his outstand<strong>in</strong>g talent and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

passion, Allam’s art will undoubtedly leave a<br />

last<strong>in</strong>g impact on <strong>the</strong> art world and <strong>the</strong> hearts<br />

of those who encounter it.<br />

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



Fea<strong>the</strong>rs<br />


30 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Gigi Gorlova: Redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Digital Art<br />

with Hyperrealism, Surrealism, and<br />

Technological Marvels<br />

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

Gigi Gorlova, an esteemed British<br />

digital artist based <strong>in</strong> Dubai,<br />

has emerged as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

audiences with her mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g artworks<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by hyperrealism, surrealism, technology,<br />

vibrant colors, and metallic textures.<br />

Renowned for her <strong>in</strong>novative approach to<br />

digital art, Gorlova has garnered recognition<br />

both locally and <strong>in</strong>ternationally, leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark on <strong>the</strong> creative landscape.<br />

Throughout her artistic journey, Gorlova<br />

has achieved groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g milestones,<br />

a testament to her pioneer<strong>in</strong>g spirit and<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g embrace of new technologies<br />

and artistic platforms. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from a diverse range of <strong>in</strong>fluences, Gorlova<br />

constructs artwork that defies conventional<br />

perception, transport<strong>in</strong>g viewers <strong>in</strong>to a realm<br />

of vivid imag<strong>in</strong>ation. Her fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with<br />

hyperrealism enables her to meticulously<br />

capture <strong>in</strong>tricate details and brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong>m with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital realm, blurr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries between reality and fantasy. By<br />

<strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g elements of surrealism, she adds a<br />

dreamlike quality to her creations, provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

viewers’ emotions and stimulat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir imag<strong>in</strong>ations.<br />

Gorlova’s artistic prowess extends beyond<br />

<strong>the</strong> digital sphere, as she has collaborated<br />

with renowned brands such as Adidas<br />

and General Motors, <strong>in</strong>ject<strong>in</strong>g her dist<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

style <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir projects and <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g a fresh<br />

visual perspective <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir aes<strong>the</strong>tics.<br />

Through her seamless <strong>in</strong>tegration of technology,<br />

vibrant colors, and metallic textures,<br />

she crafts visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g compositions<br />

that resonate with viewers long after <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>i-<br />

tial encounter.<br />

The global reach of Gorlova’s art is evident<br />

through her extensive exhibition history,<br />

with her captivat<strong>in</strong>g artworks showcased <strong>in</strong><br />

galleries and exhibitions around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Her pieces have garnered <strong>the</strong> attention of art<br />

enthusiasts and collectors alike, draw<strong>in</strong>g audiences<br />

from diverse cultural backgrounds.<br />

Exhibitions provide Gorlova with a platform<br />

to share her unique artistic vision, foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

connections with <strong>in</strong>dividuals who are captivated<br />

by her imag<strong>in</strong>ative creations.<br />

Academically, Gorlova pursued her passion<br />

for <strong>the</strong> arts by attend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Arts London, where she studied Graphic<br />

Design and Illustration. This educational<br />

foundation has undoubtedly played a pivotal<br />

role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g her artistic development,<br />

equipp<strong>in</strong>g her with a solid understand<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

design pr<strong>in</strong>ciples and techniques that enhance<br />

<strong>the</strong> visual impact of her artworks.<br />

Gigi Gorlova’s artistic journey is def<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

by her relentless pursuit of <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of digital art. Her ability to seamlessly<br />

merge different artistic <strong>in</strong>fluences and<br />

harness <strong>the</strong> power of technology sets her<br />

apart <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, enabl<strong>in</strong>g her to create<br />

visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artworks that transcend traditional mediums.<br />

As she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire and captivate<br />

audiences worldwide, Gigi Gorlova rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

a lum<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of digital art, leav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible mark at <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of art,<br />

technology, and boundless imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



Artwork By<br />


32 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Essence: Explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Visual Narratives with H<strong>in</strong>d<br />

Meza<strong>in</strong>a<br />

“I’m an artist, film curator, and writer from Dubai. My <strong>in</strong>terests lie <strong>in</strong> c<strong>in</strong>ema, cities, visual<br />

culture, and archives,” shares H<strong>in</strong>d Meza<strong>in</strong>a, a multifaceted creative immersed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> dynamic<br />

art scene of <strong>the</strong> Gulf region.<br />

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

With a profound passion for explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collective memory, pop<br />

culture, and <strong>the</strong> depiction of<br />

Dubai <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> media, H<strong>in</strong>d’s artistic<br />

endeavours traverse various mediums,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g analogue photography and video.<br />

Her work serves as a poignant documentation<br />

of her evolv<strong>in</strong>g surround<strong>in</strong>gs, captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of a fast-grow<strong>in</strong>g city perpetuat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an image of newness while preserv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> treasures of its heritage. As a self-taught<br />

artist, H<strong>in</strong>d’s journey <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of visual<br />

expression commenced <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

medium of analogue photography, a medium<br />

she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to embrace. The nostalgic<br />

allure of film resonates throughout her work,<br />

add<strong>in</strong>g depth and texture to her exploration<br />

of <strong>the</strong>mes deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gulf region’s<br />

rich tapestry. H<strong>in</strong>d’s photographs serve as<br />

gateways <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> collective memory of her<br />

subjects, shedd<strong>in</strong>g light on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay<br />

between culture, history, and contemporary<br />

narratives. S<strong>in</strong>ce 2004, H<strong>in</strong>d’s thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artwork has garnered recognition<br />

both locally and <strong>in</strong>ternationally, culm<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> her first solo exhibition <strong>in</strong> 2021. Her evocative<br />

creations have found <strong>the</strong>ir place <strong>in</strong> esteemed<br />

collections such as UAE Unlimited<br />

and Sharjah Art Foundation, testaments to<br />

<strong>the</strong> profound impact of her visual storytell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Through her lens, H<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>vites viewers<br />

to immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> beauty and<br />

complexity of <strong>the</strong> region, foster<strong>in</strong>g a deeper<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g of its cultural heritage.<br />

Beyond her artistic pursuits, H<strong>in</strong>d Meza<strong>in</strong>a<br />

is a passionate film curator with an unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dedication to expand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of c<strong>in</strong>ema. Embrac<strong>in</strong>g a diverse and<br />

<strong>in</strong>clusive approach, she seeks to <strong>in</strong>troduce<br />

audiences to a vast array of films that extend<br />

beyond <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of ma<strong>in</strong>stream c<strong>in</strong>ema.<br />

H<strong>in</strong>d endeavours to sh<strong>in</strong>e a spotlight<br />

on <strong>the</strong> c<strong>in</strong>ematic gems orig<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong><br />

Gulf region and shed light on <strong>the</strong> classics<br />

of Arab c<strong>in</strong>ema. Her curated film programs<br />

foster public discourse, creat<strong>in</strong>g spaces for<br />

collective contemplation and <strong>in</strong>trospection.<br />

Collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with prestigious cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, H<strong>in</strong>d aims to cultivate<br />

an engaged community that f<strong>in</strong>ds solace<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> transformative power<br />

of c<strong>in</strong>ema. As a writer, H<strong>in</strong>d Meza<strong>in</strong>a contributes<br />

her <strong>in</strong>sightful perspectives to local<br />

publications, fur<strong>the</strong>r enrich<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

discourse with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE. Draw<strong>in</strong>g upon her<br />

expertise <strong>in</strong> photography, video, and collage,<br />

H<strong>in</strong>d’s work has been showcased <strong>in</strong><br />

numerous exhibitions, both with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

and abroad. Her participation <strong>in</strong> significant<br />

events such as Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Autumn Programme residency<br />

at Delf<strong>in</strong>a Foundation has cemented her position<br />

as a dynamic force with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> contemporary<br />

art scene.<br />

In Meza<strong>in</strong>a’s captivat<strong>in</strong>g artistic universe,<br />

collective memory <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>es with personal<br />

narratives, illum<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate layers<br />

of Dubai’s cultural fabric. With each photograph,<br />

curated film screen<strong>in</strong>g, and written<br />

piece, H<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>vites audiences to embark on<br />

a transformative journey of self-reflection<br />

and exploration.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



Dynamic Me<br />


34 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Jalal Luqman: Pioneer<strong>in</strong>g Emirati<br />

Mixed Media Artist, Sculptor,<br />

Curator, and Author<br />

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

Jalal Luqman, an Emirati artist, sculptor,<br />

curator, and author, has been an<br />

active figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE’s art scene<br />

for over three decades. Based <strong>in</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi, he has established himself as a significant<br />

artist both <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE and <strong>in</strong>ternationally,<br />

with exhibitions held <strong>in</strong> prestigious<br />

locations such as New York, Kuwait, Tokyo,<br />

Egypt, Morocco, <strong>the</strong> Czech Republic, Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

DC, Beij<strong>in</strong>g, and <strong>the</strong> UK.<br />

One of Luqman’s notable contributions<br />

to <strong>the</strong> art world came <strong>in</strong> 1996 when he <strong>in</strong>troduced<br />

digital art to <strong>the</strong> UAE. He became<br />

<strong>the</strong> first artist not only <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE but also <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> entire GCC region to explore and utilize<br />

digital art as a medium. This pioneer<strong>in</strong>g spirit<br />

propelled him to fame as a mixed media<br />

artist, comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g his expertise <strong>in</strong> traditional<br />

media with digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques. His<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative approach earned him several<br />

“firsts” <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>in</strong>g recognized<br />

as <strong>the</strong> country’s first digital artist, <strong>the</strong><br />

first freelance graphic designer, and <strong>the</strong> first<br />

contracted Emirati website designer for major<br />

government agencies and mult<strong>in</strong>ational<br />

corporations.<br />

Luqman’s artwork transcends traditional<br />

boundaries <strong>in</strong> both mean<strong>in</strong>g and material.<br />

He skilfully merges computer software with<br />

metal, wood, and o<strong>the</strong>r common materials,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g art that goes beyond <strong>the</strong> limitations<br />

of <strong>the</strong> frame. His pieces engage and provoke<br />

viewers, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to explore new<br />

dimensions and perspectives. With a master’s<br />

degree <strong>in</strong> Cultural and <strong>Creative</strong> Industries<br />

(MCCI), Luqman’s contributions to <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirati art scene extend beyond his own<br />

artistic practice. He has become an advocate<br />

for <strong>the</strong> development of o<strong>the</strong>r artists <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE, establish<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>itiatives to promote<br />

art with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> country. Leverag<strong>in</strong>g his extensive<br />

knowledge and network <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emirati<br />

art scene, Luqman has become a trusted<br />

advisor and consultant for various projects<br />

and activities. Luqman has represented <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE as a member of numerous delegations<br />

to <strong>in</strong>ternational art events, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

talent and creativity of Emirati artists on <strong>the</strong><br />

global stage. He has also served as a public<br />

speaker, passionately promot<strong>in</strong>g and advanc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art and artists <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE. Through<br />

sem<strong>in</strong>ars and workshops conducted <strong>in</strong><br />

schools, colleges, and universities nationally<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternationally, he shares his expertise<br />

and experiences, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> next generation<br />

of artists. In addition to his artistic endeavours,<br />

Luqman has worked with prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

clients and organizations, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ADNOC, Samsung, HP, Abu Dhabi Media,<br />

Silicon Graphics, Mubadala, The Abu Dhabi<br />

Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Ajman<br />

Tourism, Flash Events, <strong>the</strong> Royal Family, Abu<br />

Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism<br />

(DCT), Dubai Design District (D3), Dubai<br />

Culture, and Miral.<br />

Jalal Luqman’s ground-break<strong>in</strong>g contributions<br />

to <strong>the</strong> UAE’s art scene, from <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

digital art to his <strong>in</strong>novative mixed media<br />

approach, have solidified his position as a<br />

respected and <strong>in</strong>fluential artist. His commitment<br />

to support<strong>in</strong>g and nurtur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> growth<br />

of o<strong>the</strong>r artists, along with his extensive<br />

<strong>in</strong>volvement <strong>in</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE,<br />

demonstrates his dedication to foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a vibrant and thriv<strong>in</strong>g artistic community.<br />

Through his artwork, advocacy, and collaborations,<br />

Luqman cont<strong>in</strong>ues to shape and enrich<br />

<strong>the</strong> cultural landscape of <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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




36 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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World Watercolor Month is<br />

an annual event that honors<br />

and promotes <strong>the</strong> ancient<br />

art form of watercolor pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals to explore<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir artistic talents. Founded by Charlie<br />

O’Shields, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiative aims to fill <strong>the</strong> void<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art calendar where watercolor was<br />

previously overlooked. World Watercolor<br />

Month is a dedicated period aimed at<br />

ignit<strong>in</strong>g people’s passion for watercolor<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g while also emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> significance<br />

of art and creativity <strong>in</strong> our world.<br />

This <strong>in</strong>clusive celebration welcomes all <strong>in</strong>dividuals,<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r seasoned watercolorists<br />

or beg<strong>in</strong>ners, to participate. By us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth, artists<br />

can share <strong>the</strong>ir watercolor (or gouache)<br />

creations throughout <strong>the</strong> month of <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Participants have <strong>the</strong> option to take on<br />

<strong>the</strong> excit<strong>in</strong>g challenge of complet<strong>in</strong>g 31<br />

watercolor pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> 31 days or simply<br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir artwork whenever <strong>the</strong>y can.<br />

The primary focus is to cultivate a consistent<br />

artistic practice and enjoy <strong>the</strong> process<br />

of creat<strong>in</strong>g art. Watercolor pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g has<br />

a rich history dat<strong>in</strong>g back to prehistoric<br />

times, with early examples found on cave<br />

walls. Throughout history, art has served<br />

as a unify<strong>in</strong>g force, offer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration and<br />

solace dur<strong>in</strong>g difficult times. It has also<br />

played a vital role <strong>in</strong> education, break<strong>in</strong>g<br />

down socioeconomic barriers. Sadly, art<br />

programs often face budget cuts <strong>in</strong> educational<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions. To address this issue,<br />

Doodlewash has been dedicated to rais<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awareness and provid<strong>in</strong>g opportunities for<br />

young <strong>in</strong>dividuals who may o<strong>the</strong>rwise lack<br />

access to artistic resources. Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

World Watercolor Month is simple. Visit a<br />

local art supply store, acquire watercolor<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts and suitable materials, and unleash<br />

your creativity. Once you’ve completed your<br />

artwork, share it onl<strong>in</strong>e us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> hashtag<br />

#WorldWatercolorMonth.<br />

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


Najwa Alghabban<br />

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

Najwa draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from her deep<br />

connection to <strong>the</strong> earth, particularly<br />

through wood and stone, as she<br />

seeks to evoke emotion through liv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

subjects. Her artistic repertoire encompasses<br />

three dist<strong>in</strong>ct styles: acrylic and oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

on canvas, wood burn<strong>in</strong>g and sculpt<strong>in</strong>g plywood,<br />

and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t on glass, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent<br />

of sta<strong>in</strong>ed glass and polished marble.<br />

Najwa firmly believes that gaz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

eyes of animals and connect<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

spirit has a calm<strong>in</strong>g and heal<strong>in</strong>g effect. Her<br />

artwork is well-suited for private collections,<br />

but her ultimate aspiration is to see her pieces<br />

displayed <strong>in</strong> public build<strong>in</strong>gs like hospitals or<br />

courts, where <strong>the</strong>y can offer solace <strong>in</strong> stressful<br />

environments.<br />

All of Najwa’s artworks showcased are available<br />

for purchase, and while many are of a<br />

large scale, she can also reproduce <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong><br />

smaller sizes to accommodate more modest<br />

display areas.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



Artwork By<br />


40 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Jyo John Mulloor: Master<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Art of Digital Design<br />

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

Jyo John Mulloor is a highly skilled<br />

and experienced Digital Artist/Art<br />

Director with a career spann<strong>in</strong>g over<br />

13 years. With a deep passion for<br />

visualiz<strong>in</strong>g ideas and craft<strong>in</strong>g captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

concepts, Mulloor has established himself<br />

as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of design.<br />

He believes <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> power of a simple yet impactful<br />

visual, recogniz<strong>in</strong>g its ability to convey<br />

messages more effectively than words<br />

alone.<br />

Throughout his impressive 16-year journey,<br />

Mulloor has honed his craft and demonstrated<br />

his expertise as a Graphic Artist/<br />

Retoucher for globally recognized brands.<br />

His exceptional talent has contributed to <strong>the</strong><br />

success of renowned companies such as<br />

Samsung, du, Masafi, Red Bull, Ikea, Renault,<br />

Hyundai, Nissan, Haagan-Daz, Gucci,<br />

Tropicana, and Shoe Mart, among o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

His work has garnered widespread recognition<br />

and acclaim, solidify<strong>in</strong>g his reputation<br />

as a master of his craft. One of Mulloor’s<br />

greatest strengths lies <strong>in</strong> his ability to manage<br />

multiple projects with tight deadl<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

His experience has equipped him with <strong>the</strong><br />

skills to handle various creative endeavours,<br />

from concept development to deliver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>al products. His meticulous<br />

attention to detail, comb<strong>in</strong>ed with his<br />

creative vision, ensures that every project<br />

he undertakes is executed to perfection. In<br />

terms of technical expertise, Mulloor possesses<br />

a diverse skill set. He is proficient<br />

<strong>in</strong> us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry-standard software such as<br />

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign,<br />

which allow him to br<strong>in</strong>g his ideas to life. Ad-<br />

ditionally, his proficiency <strong>in</strong> c<strong>in</strong>ema 4D and<br />

KeyShot enables him to explore three-dimensional<br />

design and visualization, add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

depth and realism to his creations. Beyond<br />

his professional accomplishments, Mulloor<br />

is driven by a deep passion for his craft. He<br />

consistently seeks opportunities to push <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of his creativity, embrac<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

challenges and <strong>in</strong>novative approaches. His<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication to his work is evident<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> high level of craftsmanship and attention<br />

to detail present <strong>in</strong> each of his creations.<br />

As a visual artist, Mulloor understands <strong>the</strong><br />

power of design to evoke emotions, tell stories,<br />

and create impactful experiences. He<br />

believes that art and design have <strong>the</strong> ability<br />

to shape perspectives and <strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>the</strong><br />

way people perceive <strong>the</strong> world around <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

Through his work, Mulloor strives to <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

and captivate audiences, leav<strong>in</strong>g a last<strong>in</strong>g<br />

impression that goes beyond mere aes<strong>the</strong>tics.<br />

The seasoned Digital Artist/Art Director<br />

holds a remarkable portfolio of achievements.<br />

His extensive experience work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with prestigious global brands, comb<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

with his technical prowess and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

passion, has positioned him as a true master<br />

of his craft. Mulloor’s ability to create visually<br />

compell<strong>in</strong>g designs that communicate messages<br />

with depth and clarity sets him apart<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of digital art. With each project<br />

he undertakes, he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of his creativity, leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



HODL WEB<br />


42 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Kristel Bechara: Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g Life<br />

through Dynamic Patterns and<br />

Expressive Colors<br />

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

Kristel Bechara is an artist who has<br />

dedicated her career to creat<strong>in</strong>g art<br />

that honors <strong>the</strong> beauty and vitality<br />

of life <strong>in</strong> all its forms. As a modern<br />

visual and digital artist, she is renowned<br />

for her <strong>in</strong>novative use of dynamic patterns<br />

and expressive colors, juxtaposed aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

a monochromatic background, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

imagery that is both visually strik<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>tellectually<br />

stimulat<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

With a career spann<strong>in</strong>g over a decade,<br />

Kristel embarked on her artistic journey <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates. Over <strong>the</strong> years,<br />

she has released numerous collections of<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, each showcas<strong>in</strong>g her evolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artistic style and vision. Her artworks from<br />

<strong>the</strong>se series have been exhibited <strong>in</strong> galleries<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world, garner<strong>in</strong>g tremendous appreciation<br />

and demand from art enthusiasts<br />

<strong>in</strong> Tokyo, Milan, London, <strong>the</strong> Côte d’Azur,<br />

and Brussels. Kristel’s unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment<br />

to her craft and her uncompromis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artistic vision have earned her numerous accolades<br />

and awards with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region, solidify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her status as a revered artist.<br />

In her pursuit of <strong>in</strong>novation, Kristel has<br />

embraced NFT (Non-Fungible Token) technology,<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> first established female<br />

artist from <strong>the</strong> Middle East to <strong>in</strong>tegrate<br />

it <strong>in</strong>to her art practice. By releas<strong>in</strong>g various<br />

art collections as NFTs, she has demonstrated<br />

her ability to adapt to <strong>the</strong> chang<strong>in</strong>g landscape<br />

of <strong>the</strong> art world and establish herself<br />

as a prolific and forward-th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g creator <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> field.<br />

Throughout her career, Kristel has collaborated<br />

with world-renowned brands such<br />

as Glenfiddich, Lenovo, OnStar (General<br />

Motors), Meta (Instagram), Birkenstock,<br />

One Off (Qu<strong>in</strong>cy Jones), and WIO Bank.<br />

These collaborations have allowed her to<br />

create artworks centered around <strong>the</strong>matic<br />

elements that she is passionate about: <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

empowerment, and <strong>in</strong>dividuality.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g alongside <strong>the</strong>se esteemed brands,<br />

Kristel has produced captivat<strong>in</strong>g pieces that<br />

embody her unique artistic style, while also<br />

resonat<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> values and messages of<br />

her collaborators. The success and acclaim<br />

garnered from <strong>the</strong>se partnerships fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

validate her position as an artist of exceptional<br />

talent and versatility.<br />

Beyond her collaborations with global<br />

brands, Kristel has also collaborated with<br />

established bus<strong>in</strong>esses with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g her artistry through collaborative<br />

pieces and exhibitions that have been<br />

met with great acclaim. These endeavors<br />

have provided her with a platform to engage<br />

with <strong>the</strong> local community and contribute to<br />

<strong>the</strong> vibrant arts scene <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Kristel Bechara’s artistic journey is a testament<br />

to her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g passion for creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art that transcends boundaries and celebrates<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of life. Through her mastery<br />

of dynamic patterns, expressive colors,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novative techniques, she <strong>in</strong>vites viewers<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> depths of <strong>the</strong>ir imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

and embrace <strong>the</strong> beauty that surrounds<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. As she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve as an artist,<br />

Kristel’s commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g artistic<br />

boundaries and her dedication to captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of life <strong>in</strong> her creations rema<strong>in</strong><br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g, position<strong>in</strong>g her as a dynamic<br />

and <strong>in</strong>fluential figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> contemporary art<br />

world.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



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44 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Mays Albaik: Explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Geography, Body, and Language<br />

through Interdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary Art<br />

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

Mays Albaik is a Palest<strong>in</strong>ian artist<br />

whose <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary visual<br />

practice revolves around <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection of body, language,<br />

and place. Through performance, video,<br />

sculpture, and <strong>in</strong>stallations, she weaves personal<br />

poetics <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> socio-political fabric<br />

that shapes our relationships with geography.<br />

Her work seeks to uncover moments of<br />

mediated and immediate contact between<br />

place, body, and language, shedd<strong>in</strong>g light<br />

on <strong>the</strong> complex dynamics at play.<br />

Albaik holds an MFA from <strong>the</strong> Rhode Island<br />

School of Design and a B.Arch from<br />

<strong>the</strong> American University of Sharjah. As an<br />

alumna of <strong>the</strong> Salama b<strong>in</strong>t Hamdan Emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Artists Fellowship (SEAF), she has honed<br />

her artistic skills and developed a unique<br />

perspective on her practice. Recently, she<br />

presented her first solo exhibition titled ‘A<br />

Terranean Love Note’ at Tashkeel <strong>in</strong> Dubai,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g her artistic exploration of <strong>the</strong>mes<br />

related to land, love, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness<br />

of human experiences. In addition<br />

to her solo show, Albaik has participated<br />

<strong>in</strong> various exhibitions that have brought her<br />

work to different audiences. Some notable<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude ‘Qala 0.8900’ at Darat Al<br />

Funun <strong>in</strong> Jordan, ‘Before We Were Banned’<br />

at Helix Art Gallery <strong>in</strong> Brooklyn, New York,<br />

‘Sawt 2a’ at Grey Noise <strong>in</strong> Dubai, ‘M<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong><br />

Gap’ at Tashkeel <strong>in</strong> Dubai, and ‘Change<br />

Coord<strong>in</strong>ates + Someone Else’ at 1971 Design<br />

<strong>Space</strong> <strong>in</strong> Sharjah. Through <strong>the</strong>se exhibitions,<br />

Albaik has demonstrated her ability<br />

to create thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stallations that<br />

challenge preconceived notions and <strong>in</strong>vite<br />

viewers to engage with complex narratives.<br />

Albaik’s early artistic practice draws <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from <strong>the</strong> oral narration of her family’s<br />

history, particularly her grandfa<strong>the</strong>r’s exile<br />

from Palest<strong>in</strong>e. The w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g path through<br />

geopolitical and cultural landscapes that led<br />

her to her current non-citizen resident status<br />

<strong>in</strong> her country of birth <strong>in</strong>forms her creative<br />

process. By delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>se personal and<br />

collective stories, Albaik creates artworks<br />

that bridge <strong>the</strong> gap between <strong>in</strong>dividual experiences<br />

and broader socio-political contexts.<br />

Her <strong>in</strong>stallations often <strong>in</strong>corporate elements<br />

of performance, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to participate<br />

and engage with <strong>the</strong> work on a visceral<br />

level. By us<strong>in</strong>g her body as a tool and <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

language as a means of communication,<br />

Albaik challenges traditional notions<br />

of artistic expression and <strong>in</strong>vites a deeper<br />

exploration of <strong>the</strong>mes related to identity,<br />

displacement, and belong<strong>in</strong>g. Through her<br />

<strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary practice, Albaik explores<br />

<strong>the</strong> relationship between humans and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

environment, often exam<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ways <strong>in</strong><br />

which language shapes our understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of place. Her works convey a sense of<br />

long<strong>in</strong>g and a search for connection, as she<br />

navigates <strong>the</strong> complexities of her Palest<strong>in</strong>ian<br />

heritage and <strong>the</strong> ever-shift<strong>in</strong>g landscapes<br />

she encounters. Born <strong>in</strong> 1991 <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi,<br />

UAE, Mays Albaik currently lives and works<br />

<strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi. Her artistic journey is characterized<br />

by a deep exploration of identity,<br />

displacement, and <strong>the</strong> power of language<br />

<strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g our understand<strong>in</strong>g of place.<br />

Through her <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary practice, she<br />

seeks to evoke emotions, challenge norms,<br />

and foster conversations about <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

relationships between body, language, and<br />

geography.<br />

Mays Albaik’s work serves as a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> power of art to address complex<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes, <strong>in</strong>vite dialogue, and offer new perspectives.<br />

With her dedication to push<strong>in</strong>g artistic<br />

boundaries and her ability to create im-<br />

mersive and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

Albaik cont<strong>in</strong>ues to make significant contributions<br />

to <strong>the</strong> contemporary art scene <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE and beyond. Her unique approach to<br />

merg<strong>in</strong>g personal narratives with broader<br />

socio-political contexts creates a space for<br />

reflection and engagement, encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

viewers to question <strong>the</strong>ir own relationships<br />

with place, body, and language.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



Varsha Perera<br />

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

Varsha, orig<strong>in</strong>ally from Sri Lanka,<br />

spent 20 years work<strong>in</strong>g as a market<strong>in</strong>g<br />

professional, with her last<br />

role be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong for a mult<strong>in</strong>ational<br />

company. She holds a Bachelor<br />

of Science degree, pursued Management<br />

Accountancy through CIMA, completed a<br />

Market<strong>in</strong>g Management program at Harvard<br />

Bus<strong>in</strong>ess School, and became a Master<br />

Practitioner of Neuro-L<strong>in</strong>guistic Programm<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Throughout her life, Varsha had a talent for<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and draw<strong>in</strong>g, which she cont<strong>in</strong>ued<br />

as a hobby. However, a family emergency<br />

prompted her to resign from her corporate<br />

job and return to Sri Lanka. To relieve stress,<br />

she began pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and discovered <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>rapeutic world of mandala art. Varsha<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporated elements of mandalas <strong>in</strong>to her<br />

vibrant acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, us<strong>in</strong>g colors to express<br />

emotions, thoughts, and connections.<br />

Her art is known as ‘Varna by Varsha,’<br />

where “Varna” means color <strong>in</strong> S<strong>in</strong>hala.<br />

She comb<strong>in</strong>es mandala art with precision<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>gs and f<strong>in</strong>e l<strong>in</strong>es to tell stories <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies and complexities<br />

of <strong>the</strong> human m<strong>in</strong>d. Varsha sees herself as<br />

a visual storyteller, shar<strong>in</strong>g her experiences<br />

on canvas.<br />

In just one year, Varsha has exhibited her<br />

work <strong>in</strong>ternationally <strong>in</strong> Greece, established<br />

‘Varna by Varsha’ as a brand, launched a<br />

website (www.varnabyvarsha.com) and<br />

social media handles, and even created<br />

an NFT collection on OpenSea. Her unique<br />

blend of bus<strong>in</strong>ess and creative skills from<br />

her market<strong>in</strong>g background has contributed<br />

to her success <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

www.varnabyvarsha.com/home<br />

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46 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

New York prosecutors crack down on<br />

art traffick<strong>in</strong>g worth $165 million<br />

New York has ga<strong>in</strong>ed a notorious<br />

reputation as a global hub for art<br />

traffick<strong>in</strong>g, with prosecutors seiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hundreds of priceless artifacts looted<br />

from around <strong>the</strong> world. The Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art and o<strong>the</strong>r major <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

and collectors have been compelled to return<br />

<strong>the</strong>se works to more than a dozen countries <strong>in</strong><br />

Asia, Europe, and Africa. The extent of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

seizures and subsequent repatriations leaves<br />

no doubt about New York’s <strong>in</strong>volvement <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

illicit trade of antiquities, accord<strong>in</strong>g to Christos<br />

Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist and art<br />

historian.<br />

Tsirogiannis, along with David Gill from Kent<br />

Law School <strong>in</strong> Brita<strong>in</strong>, has been assist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Manhattan district attorney’s campaign to repatriate<br />

stolen art to <strong>the</strong>ir countries of orig<strong>in</strong>.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce 2017, prosecutors have returned pieces<br />

looted from around 20 countries between <strong>the</strong><br />

1970s and 1990s, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g works from ancient<br />

Greece, <strong>the</strong> Roman and Byzant<strong>in</strong>e empires,<br />

Iraq, Ch<strong>in</strong>a, India, and Sou<strong>the</strong>ast Asia.<br />

Under <strong>the</strong> leadership of district attorney<br />

Alv<strong>in</strong> Bragg, <strong>the</strong> pace of repatriations has<br />

accelerated. Over <strong>the</strong> past two years, more<br />

than 950 pieces worth $165 million have been<br />

returned to countries such as Cambodia, Pakistan,<br />

Egypt, Turkey, and Italy. Recently, Bragg<br />

returned two 7th-century stone sculptures to<br />

Beij<strong>in</strong>g, valued at $3.5 million, which had<br />

been illegally exported from Ch<strong>in</strong>a and were<br />

loaned to <strong>the</strong> Met by collector Shelby White<br />

until <strong>the</strong>ir seizure this year. White, a billionaire<br />

philanthropist and Met trustee, had her home<br />

searched by prosecutors but is not accused<br />

of any wrongdo<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Tsirogiannis and Gill believe that White’s<br />

acquisitions, made with her late husband Leon<br />

Levy, may have been unwise, especially after<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1970 UNESCO Convention aimed at<br />

prevent<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> traffick<strong>in</strong>g of cultural property.<br />

White had previously returned pieces to Italy<br />

and Greece, suggest<strong>in</strong>g she should have<br />

had serious doubts about <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>s of <strong>the</strong><br />

rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g artworks.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r art dealers have also been forced<br />

to return works. Collector Michael Ste<strong>in</strong>hardt<br />

handed back 180 antiquities worth $70 million,<br />

while art dealer Subhash Kapoor was sen-<br />

tenced to ten years <strong>in</strong> prison <strong>in</strong> India for his<br />

<strong>in</strong>volvement <strong>in</strong> art smuggl<strong>in</strong>g. In September,<br />

Bragg returned 16 pieces to Egypt, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

five seized from <strong>the</strong> Met, as part of a jo<strong>in</strong>t<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestigation with Paris authorities, which led<br />

to charges aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> former president of <strong>the</strong><br />

Louvre, Jean-Luc Mart<strong>in</strong>ez.<br />

In response to <strong>the</strong>se issues, <strong>the</strong> Met has<br />

announced its <strong>in</strong>tention to exam<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> provenance<br />

of hundreds of objects <strong>in</strong> its collection<br />

and return <strong>the</strong>m to <strong>the</strong>ir countries of orig<strong>in</strong> as<br />

necessary. The district attorney’s efforts and<br />

<strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g awareness about <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of provenance <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world highlight <strong>the</strong><br />

need to combat <strong>the</strong> illicit traffick<strong>in</strong>g of cultural<br />

artifacts and restore stolen heritage to its<br />

rightful owners.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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



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48 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Nourie Flayhan: Redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

Narratives through Art<br />

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

Nourie Flayhan is a Lebanese illustrator<br />

and artist currently based <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai. With her captivat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g artwork, she<br />

has ga<strong>in</strong>ed recognition and acclaim both locally<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternationally. Flayhan’s work has<br />

been featured across <strong>the</strong> world, and she has<br />

collaborated with renowned brands such<br />

as Gucci and Carol<strong>in</strong>a Herrera. Her artistic<br />

focus lies <strong>in</strong> representation, aim<strong>in</strong>g to challenge<br />

and transform narratives surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Middle Eastern women <strong>in</strong> media, beauty<br />

standards, Arabic poetry, women’s rights,<br />

and mental health.<br />

Flayhan’s art is a powerful tool for reshap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

societal perceptions and empower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals. Through her illustrations, she<br />

seeks to break <strong>the</strong> stereotypes and misconceptions<br />

often associated with Middle<br />

Eastern women. By depict<strong>in</strong>g women from<br />

<strong>the</strong> region <strong>in</strong> diverse and empower<strong>in</strong>g ways,<br />

Flayhan challenges <strong>the</strong> limited narratives<br />

and beauty standards that have prevailed<br />

<strong>in</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>stream media. Her artwork embraces<br />

<strong>the</strong> strength, resilience, and beauty of<br />

Middle Eastern women, provid<strong>in</strong>g a counter-narrative<br />

that celebrates <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>dividuality<br />

and diversity. Arabic poetry is ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

significant <strong>in</strong>spiration for Flayhan’s work.<br />

She often <strong>in</strong>corporates poetic verses <strong>in</strong>to<br />

her illustrations, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m with a sense<br />

of beauty and lyrical storytell<strong>in</strong>g. By merg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

visual art and poetry, Flayhan creates a multi-dimensional<br />

experience for her audience,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

of literature and visual expression. Her art<br />

serves as a platform for reviv<strong>in</strong>g and showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> richness of Arabic poetry, help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to preserve and promote this essential<br />

aspect of Middle Eastern culture. Women’s<br />

rights and gender equality are recurr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes <strong>in</strong> Flayhan’s art. She addresses societal<br />

issues, such as <strong>the</strong> challenges faced<br />

by women <strong>in</strong> patriarchal societies, through<br />

her illustrations. Flayhan advocates for women’s<br />

empowerment and seeks to <strong>in</strong>spire dialogue<br />

and positive change. Her artwork acts<br />

as a catalyst for important conversations<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g gender equality, encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

viewers to question and challenge exist<strong>in</strong>g<br />

norms and stereotypes. Mental health is<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r aspect that Flayhan explores <strong>in</strong> her<br />

art. Through her illustrations, she tackles<br />

<strong>the</strong> stigma and misconceptions surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mental health issues, particularly with<strong>in</strong><br />

Middle Eastern communities. By depict<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals grappl<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong>ir emotions<br />

and mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g, Flayhan aims to foster<br />

empathy, understand<strong>in</strong>g, and destigmatization.<br />

Her artwork creates a safe space<br />

for conversations around mental health, encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals to seek support and<br />

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

Flayhan’s collaborations with renowned<br />

brands such as Gucci and Carol<strong>in</strong>a Herrera<br />

have amplified her message and allowed<br />

her artwork to reach a wider audience.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong>se partnerships, she has been<br />

able to br<strong>in</strong>g her unique perspective to <strong>the</strong><br />

fashion world, challeng<strong>in</strong>g conventional<br />

beauty standards and contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong><br />

representation of Middle Eastern culture <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> global context. In a world that is <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

<strong>in</strong>terconnected, Flayhan’s art serves as<br />

a powerful agent for cultural exchange and<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g. Her illustrations transcend<br />

geographical boundaries and resonate<br />

with <strong>in</strong>dividuals from diverse backgrounds.<br />

By provid<strong>in</strong>g a platform for Middle Eastern<br />

voices and narratives, Flayhan’s work contributes<br />

to a more <strong>in</strong>clusive and nuanced<br />

representation of <strong>the</strong> region and its people.<br />

Nourie Flayhan’s artistic journey is one of<br />

empowerment, representation, and social<br />

change. Through her illustrations, she challenges<br />

stereotypes, celebrates diversity, and<br />

sheds light on important social issues. With<br />

her unique visual language and powerful<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g, Flayhan cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire and<br />

captivate audiences worldwide, redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

narratives and pav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> way for a more <strong>in</strong>clusive<br />

and equitable future.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



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50 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Orkhan Mammadov: Pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Fusion of Media Art and<br />

Cultural Heritage<br />

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

Orkhan Mammadov, a trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

media artist hail<strong>in</strong>g from Ganja,<br />

Azerbaijan, has emerged as a<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

art scene. With a remarkable debut represent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his home country at <strong>the</strong> prestigious<br />

2019 Venice Biennale, Mammadov has captivated<br />

audiences with his groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

approach. Harness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> power of artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence, mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g, and cultural<br />

heritage, he weaves <strong>in</strong>tricate patterns and<br />

carpet illustrations <strong>in</strong>to captivat<strong>in</strong>g data<br />

sculptures and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Through his art,<br />

Mammadov delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> rapid and chaotic<br />

technological changes of our global<br />

context, reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Middle Eastern art<br />

and cultural heritage <strong>in</strong> a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

manner.<br />

Mammadov’s creative prowess has<br />

earned him recognition at various <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

biennales, festivals, and fairs, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Art Basel, Art Dubai, and <strong>the</strong> Venice<br />

Biennale. His <strong>in</strong>novative works transcend<br />

traditional boundaries, blurr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between<br />

<strong>the</strong> virtual and real worlds. By explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay between utopia and dystopia,<br />

<strong>the</strong> body and technology, he <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

viewers to contemplate <strong>the</strong>mes of alienation,<br />

escapism, and cultural displacement.<br />

Mammadov’s profound cultural commentary<br />

highlights <strong>the</strong> significance of mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

<strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g and preserv<strong>in</strong>g cultural<br />

heritage, spark<strong>in</strong>g engag<strong>in</strong>g conversations<br />

and narratives.<br />

Mammadov’s passion for digitaliz<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

regenerat<strong>in</strong>g cultural heritage stems from<br />

a deep personal <strong>in</strong>terest. His spatial juxtapositions<br />

serve as experimental grounds,<br />

provok<strong>in</strong>g questions about <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tellectual,<br />

emotional, and aes<strong>the</strong>tic implications of artificial<br />

visual cultural artifacts. Through exten-<br />

sive research-based practice, Mammadov’s<br />

works eloquently showcase <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of traditions and history <strong>in</strong> appreciat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

safeguard<strong>in</strong>g tangible and <strong>in</strong>tangible heritage<br />

assets from Azerbaijan and <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

East.<br />

Internationally acclaimed for his cultural<br />

data sculptures and dynamic carpet<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations, Mammadov explores <strong>the</strong> multifaceted<br />

experiences of disaffected and<br />

displaced cultures, <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g fiction and<br />

physicality. His creations forge a dialogue<br />

between mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence and cultural<br />

heritage, stimulat<strong>in</strong>g profound reflections<br />

on our shared human experience. Draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from Girih patterns and carpet<br />

illustrations, he brea<strong>the</strong>s life <strong>in</strong>to countless<br />

official and unofficial emblems that embody<br />

<strong>the</strong> cultural heritage of <strong>the</strong> Middle East, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

digital alternatives that transcend time<br />

for future generations.<br />

Orkhan Mammadov’s visionary talent and<br />

fearless exploration of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection between<br />

media art and cultural heritage have<br />

positioned him as a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

art world. His thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g artworks<br />

challenge conventional notions, open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new avenues for understand<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>terpret<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our rapidly evolv<strong>in</strong>g contemporary<br />

landscape. Through his creative endeavors,<br />

Mammadov cont<strong>in</strong>ues to leave an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark, offer<strong>in</strong>g fresh perspectives and reshap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries of artistic expression.<br />

One of his most <strong>in</strong>fluential projects The<br />

Eastern Promises: Preserv<strong>in</strong>g Orientalist<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Through Data Science <strong>in</strong>vites us to<br />

consider <strong>the</strong> role of technology <strong>in</strong> art and <strong>the</strong><br />

ways <strong>in</strong> which it can be utilised to engage <strong>in</strong><br />

new forms of artistic expression. Art as a meta-discipl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

is “an umbrella encompass<strong>in</strong>g<br />

history, philosophy, nature and science.” The<br />

AI-powered pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs presented by Mammadov<br />

offer a fresh and <strong>in</strong>novative take on a<br />

timeless artistic tradition, provide a glimpse<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> future of art-mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital<br />

age, and raise crucial questions about polarisation,<br />

redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g our rapidly develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

world as well as explor<strong>in</strong>g and preserv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> social and cultural heritage of humanity,<br />

with its own <strong>in</strong>tricacies, <strong>in</strong> a way that has yet<br />

to be decoded by future generations.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



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52 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Patrick Moritz: Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g a Digital<br />

Revolution at <strong>the</strong> Intersection of<br />

Art and Blockcha<strong>in</strong><br />

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

Patrick Moritz is a professional sculptor<br />

and digital artist who seamlessly<br />

blends his artistic skills with his passion<br />

for blockcha<strong>in</strong> technology and<br />

<strong>the</strong> digital realm. Orig<strong>in</strong>ally from Berl<strong>in</strong>, Germany,<br />

Patrick has called Dubai home for <strong>the</strong><br />

past 14 years. With an entrepreneurial spirit,<br />

he has established various ventures and<br />

launched NFT projects such as DubaiPeeps<br />

and Anonymous Peeps.<br />

In recent years, Patrick has dedicated<br />

his efforts to explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> vast potential of<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong> technology and advocat<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

mass adoption. His mission revolves around<br />

seamlessly bridg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> physical and digital<br />

worlds, harness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> advantages of <strong>the</strong><br />

digital realm to create effortless and accessible<br />

experiences. Through his <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

projects, Patrick aims to connect traditional<br />

artistic mediums with emerg<strong>in</strong>g technologies,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g o<strong>the</strong>rs to embrace <strong>the</strong> boundless<br />

possibilities of <strong>the</strong> digital era.<br />

Patrick Moritz’s multidimensional background<br />

and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g boundaries <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital space<br />

position him as a dynamic force at <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

of art, technology, and entrepreneurship.<br />

His artistic journey began as a real-life<br />

sculptor, specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> ultra-realistic clay<br />

sculptures. With meticulous attention to detail,<br />

Patrick crafted sculptures that captured<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of his subjects, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

to life. However, he soon recognized <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative potential of <strong>the</strong> digital realm<br />

<strong>in</strong> expand<strong>in</strong>g his creative horizons.<br />

Embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g art form, Patrick<br />

transitioned <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of digital sculpt<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

a progression that filled him with immense<br />

joy and excitement. The transition<br />

from <strong>the</strong> physical to becom<strong>in</strong>g a digital<br />

sculptor was <strong>the</strong> next logical step <strong>in</strong> terms of<br />

an evolv<strong>in</strong>g art form. This shift allowed him<br />

to explore new dimensions of creativity and<br />

artistic expression, push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of what is possible <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of sculpture.<br />

Through digital sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, Patrick discovered<br />

a newfound sense of freedom, enabl<strong>in</strong>g him<br />

to experiment with <strong>in</strong>novative techniques, <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

designs, and surreal concepts.<br />

One of Patrick’s notable endeavors is<br />

<strong>the</strong> DubaiPeeps Project—an NFT collection<br />

crafted as a homage to <strong>the</strong> vibrant people<br />

liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai. As both an artist and a cryptocurrency<br />

enthusiast, Patrick saw a unique<br />

opportunity to create an exclusive community<br />

united by <strong>the</strong>ir shared passion. Inspired<br />

by Dubai’s visionary ethos, strong ethics,<br />

and network<strong>in</strong>g potential, <strong>the</strong> DubaiPeeps<br />

project offers its community members an immersive<br />

experience. Limited to 1000 NFTs,<br />

each meticulously crafted piece <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> collection<br />

possesses its own captivat<strong>in</strong>g story<br />

and identity, mirror<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> diversity and <strong>in</strong>dividuality<br />

of humanity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> real world.<br />

The Anonymous Peeps is a collection of<br />

9999+1 NFTs appear<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> E<strong>the</strong>reum<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong>. These guys are a unique mixed<br />

media artwork made by <strong>the</strong> artist himself.<br />

They are a comb<strong>in</strong>ation of pixel art, hand<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>gs, textures and digital animation that<br />

reflect <strong>the</strong> transition and evolution of pixelation<br />

and traditional pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital art<br />

space.<br />

Beyond his artistic pursuits, Patrick Moritz<br />

has been an advocate for <strong>the</strong> mass adoption<br />

of blockcha<strong>in</strong> technology. He believes that<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong> has <strong>the</strong> power to revolutionize<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustries and reshape societal structures.<br />

With his projects and <strong>in</strong>itiatives, Patrick<br />

seeks to educate and <strong>in</strong>spire o<strong>the</strong>rs about<br />

<strong>the</strong> potential and possibilities that blockcha<strong>in</strong><br />

technology offers.<br />

Patrick’s multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary approach and<br />

relentless pursuit of <strong>in</strong>novation have earned<br />

him recognition and opportunities on a global<br />

scale. He has participated <strong>in</strong> prestigious<br />

art exhibitions, festivals, and events, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his digital sculptures and push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of what is considered traditional<br />

art. His work has captivated audiences and<br />

sparked conversations about <strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

role of technology <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

As Patrick cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve as an artist,<br />

he <strong>in</strong>vites o<strong>the</strong>rs to jo<strong>in</strong> him on a journey<br />

of exploration and imag<strong>in</strong>ation, where<br />

<strong>the</strong> physical and digital realms <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e<br />

to create transformative experiences. With<br />

his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication to his craft and<br />

his forward-th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g m<strong>in</strong>dset, Patrick Moritz<br />

is shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> future of art, technology, and<br />

entrepreneurship, leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible mark<br />

on <strong>the</strong> creative landscape.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



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54 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Petra Kaltenbach: A Visionary<br />

Fusion of Art, Technology, and<br />

Transformation<br />

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

Petra Kaltenbach is a multi-award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artist, renowned for her groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

work <strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e art, video<br />

art, graphic design, and curation.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g relocated to Dubai <strong>in</strong> 2004, she was<br />

captivated by <strong>the</strong> rapid urban development<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g her. In 2015, she made <strong>the</strong><br />

courageous decision to fully dedicate herself<br />

to her artistic pursuits. Leverag<strong>in</strong>g her background<br />

<strong>in</strong> graphic design, she seamlessly<br />

transitioned <strong>in</strong>to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and video art,<br />

often <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g embedded technology<br />

such as QR codes <strong>in</strong>to her pieces. More<br />

recently, Petra has ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world<br />

of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge possibilities <strong>the</strong>y offer.<br />

In 2018, Petra’s mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g video art was<br />

selected for display on <strong>the</strong> iconic façade of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Burj Khalifa, <strong>the</strong> tallest build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world. Her remarkable talent earned her <strong>the</strong><br />

esteemed title of best UAE-resident artist at<br />

World Art Dubai, solidify<strong>in</strong>g her status as a<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art scene. S<strong>in</strong>ce 2019,<br />

Petra has taken on a pivotal role as part of<br />

<strong>the</strong> curatorial team at World Art Dubai, one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> largest art fairs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East.<br />

A true artistic polymath, Petra Kaltenbach<br />

deftly comb<strong>in</strong>es technology, graphic design,<br />

videography, and f<strong>in</strong>e art to create captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

contemporary pieces. Draw<strong>in</strong>g from a<br />

place of profound perception and <strong>in</strong>tuition,<br />

she delves <strong>in</strong>to her <strong>in</strong>ner consciousness<br />

to br<strong>in</strong>g forth <strong>the</strong> unseen onto her canvas.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> Duisburg, Germany <strong>in</strong> 1962, Petra’s<br />

journey as an artist took a transformative<br />

turn upon her arrival <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE. Embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her new home <strong>in</strong> a rapidly evolv<strong>in</strong>g city,<br />

she found <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me of metamorphosis.<br />

Fasc<strong>in</strong>ated by <strong>the</strong> resilience<br />

of <strong>the</strong> human spirit <strong>in</strong> break<strong>in</strong>g free from<br />

psychological conf<strong>in</strong>es and embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

freedom and peace, her artworks exude<br />

a sense of optimism. The recurr<strong>in</strong>g motif<br />

of <strong>the</strong> pomegranate graces her canvases,<br />

symboliz<strong>in</strong>g transformation and serv<strong>in</strong>g as a<br />

div<strong>in</strong>e fruit that unites <strong>the</strong> East and <strong>the</strong> West.<br />

For Petra, <strong>the</strong> pomegranate represents love,<br />

beauty, health, and wealth—an endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emblem of her artistic vision.<br />

Moreover, she has embarked on us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

augmented reality to merge videos with<br />

physical art, push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of artistic<br />

expression. Explor<strong>in</strong>g mirrored sta<strong>in</strong>less<br />

steel sheets as a medium showcases her<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

her relentless pursuit of artistic excellence.<br />

Petra’s art resonates with viewers on a<br />

profound level, as her creations serve as<br />

a visual gateway to transformation and<br />

self-discovery. Through her unique fusion of<br />

art, technology, and symbolism, she <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

audiences to explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness<br />

of <strong>the</strong> human experience and <strong>the</strong> limitless<br />

possibilities of <strong>the</strong> world around us.<br />

With an illustrious career marked by<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation and artistic exploration, Petra<br />

Kaltenbach cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of contemporary art. Her visionary approach,<br />

<strong>in</strong>fused with <strong>the</strong>mes of transformation and<br />

optimism, leaves an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong><br />

art world. As she fearlessly forges ahead<br />

on her artistic journey, she <strong>in</strong>spires both<br />

fellow artists and art enthusiasts alike to<br />

embrace <strong>the</strong> limitless possibilities of artistic<br />

expression <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital age.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



56 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Ghada Jarawan<br />

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Ghada Jarawan, a 51-year-old artist<br />

from Beirut, Lebanon, has had<br />

a lifelong passion for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

From a young age, she would<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t on <strong>the</strong> walls of her parent’s house, despite<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir efforts to pa<strong>in</strong>t over her creations.<br />

As she grew older, Ghada found hidden<br />

places to draw, like <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>side of closets<br />

and underneath <strong>the</strong> kitchen table.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g her school years, she would often<br />

draw her teachers <strong>in</strong>stead of focus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on her schoolwork. Ghada’s <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> art<br />

<strong>in</strong>tensified when she studied Graphic Design<br />

at Notre Dame University <strong>in</strong> Lebanon.<br />

There, she was deeply <strong>in</strong>fluenced by <strong>the</strong><br />

history of art, particularly <strong>the</strong> Renaissance<br />

period and realistic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

After gett<strong>in</strong>g married and start<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

family, Ghada worked as a freelancer and<br />

temporarily set aside her artistic pursuits.<br />

However, <strong>in</strong> 2009, she discovered porcela<strong>in</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and traveled to Italy to enhance<br />

her skills. She studied at Hobbyceram<br />

Academy <strong>in</strong> Milan for six years, earn<strong>in</strong>g two<br />

Master’s degrees and a PhD <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e arts<br />

of Ch<strong>in</strong>a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Ghada’s talent and dedication have garnered<br />

recognition <strong>in</strong> various competitions<br />

and exhibitions. She has received several<br />

awards, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g first prizes and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

cooperation recognition at prestigious<br />

conventions and shows <strong>in</strong> Italy and Switzerland.<br />

While Ghada is versatile <strong>in</strong> her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

portraiture holds a special place <strong>in</strong> her<br />

heart. When she immerses herself <strong>in</strong> a<br />

portrait, she feels a deep connection and<br />

detachment from reality.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g achieved her childhood dreams<br />

of becom<strong>in</strong>g a pa<strong>in</strong>ter, Ghada rema<strong>in</strong>s ambitious<br />

and aims to cont<strong>in</strong>ue push<strong>in</strong>g herself<br />

to achieve even greater heights <strong>in</strong> her artistic<br />

journey. She expresses gratitude to God<br />

for all her accomplishments.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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




by RONY THAMPI<br />

58 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Rony Thampi: Captur<strong>in</strong>g Human<br />

Emotions Through Digital Art<br />

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Rony Thampi, a Dubai-based contemporary<br />

artist of Indian-orig<strong>in</strong>,<br />

utilizes digital representations as a<br />

medium to express a wide range<br />

of emotions <strong>in</strong> his artwork. Born <strong>in</strong> 1990,<br />

Rony’s artistic journey has been deeply <strong>in</strong>fluenced<br />

by <strong>the</strong> complexity and diversity of<br />

human emotions.<br />

For Rony, human emotions are <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

and multifaceted, defy<strong>in</strong>g easy categorization.<br />

He believes that each person experiences<br />

and <strong>in</strong>terprets emotions uniquely. In<br />

his art, Rony aims to capture <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

various emotions, offer<strong>in</strong>g his own perspective<br />

on how <strong>the</strong>y can be visually conveyed.<br />

Through his creative process, he delves<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> depths of his own experiences<br />

and observations of <strong>the</strong> world around him.<br />

Each piece of artwork created by Rony is<br />

a manifestation of his personal journey and<br />

<strong>the</strong> stories that <strong>in</strong>habit his m<strong>in</strong>d. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from his own emotions, he <strong>in</strong>fuses<br />

his art with au<strong>the</strong>nticity and a genu<strong>in</strong>e connection<br />

to <strong>the</strong> human experience. Rony’s<br />

artwork serves as a visual representation of<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate tapestry of emotions that we all<br />

encounter <strong>in</strong> our lives. One of Rony’s primary<br />

goals as an artist is to create artwork that<br />

resonates with viewers on a deep and personal<br />

level. He strives to establish an emotional<br />

connection between his audience and<br />

<strong>the</strong> art, allow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals to tap <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

<strong>in</strong>nermost selves. Through his digital representations,<br />

Rony aspires to evoke a sense<br />

of <strong>in</strong>trospection and self-discovery, ultimately<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g his viewers feel<strong>in</strong>g more connected<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir own emotions and experiences.<br />

In addition to creat<strong>in</strong>g traditional artwork,<br />

Rony has ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of digital<br />

platforms, curat<strong>in</strong>g his artwork on platforms<br />

such as Foundation and Virtua, which<br />

serve as NFT marketplaces. By embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>se digital platforms, Rony expands <strong>the</strong><br />

reach of his art, mak<strong>in</strong>g it accessible to a<br />

broader audience. This step also aligns<br />

with his exploration of <strong>in</strong>novative ways to<br />

showcase and share his artwork, stay<strong>in</strong>g<br />

abreast of technological advancements and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir impact on <strong>the</strong> art world. Rony’s artwork<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites viewers to embark on a personal and<br />

<strong>in</strong>trospective journey. By explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies<br />

of human emotions and express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m through digital representations, he<br />

provides a unique perspective on <strong>the</strong> human<br />

experience. Through his art, Rony aims<br />

to touch <strong>the</strong> hearts and souls of those who<br />

engage with his work, encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

reflect on <strong>the</strong>ir own emotions and connect<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ner selves.<br />

As Rony cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve as an artist,<br />

he will undoubtedly leave an <strong>in</strong>delible mark<br />

on <strong>the</strong> art scene <strong>in</strong> Dubai and beyond. His<br />

dedication to captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> complexities of<br />

human emotions through digital art serves<br />

as a testament to his passion and commitment<br />

to his craft. With every new creation,<br />

Rony <strong>in</strong>vites us to explore <strong>the</strong> depth of our<br />

own emotions and embrace our shared<br />

humanity.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



VOIDS<br />


60 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Transcend<strong>in</strong>g Traditions: The<br />

Artistic Journey of Sasan<br />

Nasernia<br />

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Sasan Nasernia, a talented artist<br />

born <strong>in</strong> 1974 <strong>in</strong> Iran, has carved<br />

a unique path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g his versatility and<br />

expertise <strong>in</strong> calligraphy and typography.<br />

While <strong>in</strong>itially focus<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong>se discipl<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

Nasernia has expanded his artistic practice<br />

to encompass pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, pr<strong>in</strong>tmak<strong>in</strong>g, digital<br />

art, and <strong>in</strong>stallation. With a Bachelor of F<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Arts degree from Azad Art University of<br />

Tehran, Nasernia cont<strong>in</strong>uously explores a<br />

diverse range of <strong>the</strong>mes <strong>in</strong> his work, often<br />

delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay between order and<br />

chaos.<br />

One of Nasernia’s dist<strong>in</strong>guish<strong>in</strong>g features<br />

is his ability to seamlessly blend traditional<br />

Persian <strong>in</strong>fluences with contemporary artistic<br />

approaches. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

Persian classical and modern calligraphy,<br />

he skillfully <strong>in</strong>corporates elements of traditional<br />

Persian pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and iconography<br />

<strong>in</strong>to his artworks. However, Nasernia goes<br />

beyond mere replication and <strong>in</strong>stead <strong>in</strong>fuses<br />

his creations with abstraction and ambiguity,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g captivat<strong>in</strong>g compositions<br />

that captivate viewers with <strong>the</strong>ir tension<br />

and depth. Through his artistic exploration,<br />

Nasernia delves <strong>in</strong>to symbolism, aes<strong>the</strong>tics,<br />

and cultural narratives, offer<strong>in</strong>g a multi-layered<br />

visual experience that stimulates<br />

<strong>in</strong>trospection and contemplation. Nasernia’s<br />

artistic journey has taken him to various<br />

exhibitions, both solo and group, held <strong>in</strong><br />

prestigious art galleries <strong>in</strong> Dubai and Tehran,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> highly regarded Seyhoun<br />

Art Gallery. Through his regional solo exhibitions,<br />

Nasernia has had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

showcase his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive artistic vision and<br />

engage with a diverse audience, captivat-<br />

<strong>in</strong>g art enthusiasts with his thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creations. Additionally, his participation<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational group exhibitions has broadened<br />

his artistic reach and contributed to<br />

<strong>the</strong> global art scene, allow<strong>in</strong>g him to connect<br />

with artists and art enthusiasts from different<br />

cultures and backgrounds. An aspect<br />

that sets Nasernia apart is his keen <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection between traditional<br />

and contemporary art forms. By<br />

merg<strong>in</strong>g traditional Persian techniques with<br />

modern approaches, he pushes <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of artistic expression, encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

viewers to contemplate <strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g nature<br />

of cultural heritage. Nasernia’s artistic endeavours<br />

serve as a personal exploration<br />

of his own identity and heritage while also<br />

contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g dialogue between<br />

tradition and <strong>in</strong>novation with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art<br />

world. Nasernia’s participation <strong>in</strong> biennales<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r underscores his significance <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

contemporary art landscape. These <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

platforms provide him with <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to showcase his artistic vision on<br />

a global scale, foster<strong>in</strong>g cross-cultural exchange<br />

and enrich<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> artistic discourse.<br />

Through his participation <strong>in</strong> such esteemed<br />

events, Nasernia not only elevates <strong>the</strong> visibility<br />

of Persian art but also contributes to<br />

<strong>the</strong> broader narrative of contemporary artistic<br />

practices, bridg<strong>in</strong>g gaps and foster<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

greater understand<strong>in</strong>g and appreciation of<br />

cultural diversity.<br />

With his multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary approach and<br />

thoughtful exploration of <strong>the</strong>mes, Sasan<br />

Nasernia has firmly established himself<br />

as a noteworthy artist with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> regional<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternational art scene. His ability to<br />

seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tegrate traditional and mod-<br />

ern elements <strong>in</strong> his work, coupled with his<br />

participation <strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions and<br />

biennales, demonstrates his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

commitment to artistic <strong>in</strong>novation and cultural<br />

preservation. Nasernia’s artistic journey<br />

serves as an <strong>in</strong>spiration to fellow artists<br />

and art enthusiasts alike, encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

to embrace <strong>the</strong> vast potential of artistic expression<br />

and to cont<strong>in</strong>ue explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich<br />

tapestry of cultural heritage.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



CUP<br />


62 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Sumayyah Al Suwaidi: A Visionary<br />

Emirati Digital Artist<br />

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Sumayyah Al Suwaidi is a highly<br />

acclaimed Emirati artist known<br />

for her exceptional skills <strong>in</strong> digital<br />

art. Based <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi, she has<br />

garnered multiple awards and recognition<br />

for her <strong>in</strong>novative and captivat<strong>in</strong>g creations.<br />

Al Suwaidi’s artistic journey <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of<br />

digital art began <strong>in</strong> 1996, and s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n,<br />

she has cont<strong>in</strong>ued to push <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of this medium, produc<strong>in</strong>g stunn<strong>in</strong>g works<br />

that captivate viewers.<br />

In 2001, Al Suwaidi launched her first<br />

collection, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> late<br />

Sheikh Zayed b<strong>in</strong> Sultan Al Nahyan, <strong>the</strong><br />

found<strong>in</strong>g fa<strong>the</strong>r of <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates.<br />

Her deep admiration for Sheikh Zayed’s<br />

vision and leadership served as a catalyst<br />

for her artistic exploration, allow<strong>in</strong>g her to<br />

create pieces that beautifully encapsulate<br />

his legacy. Each artwork starts with a sketch<br />

or a photograph, which she <strong>the</strong>n transforms<br />

through <strong>the</strong> meticulous application of textures,<br />

colours, and contrasts, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

visually strik<strong>in</strong>g and unique creations. It is<br />

this attention to detail and her ability to harmoniously<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>e different elements that<br />

make Al Suwaidi’s artworks truly exceptional<br />

and <strong>in</strong>valuable. Al Suwaidi’s talent and<br />

artistic vision quickly ga<strong>in</strong>ed recognition,<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g to her first exhibition <strong>in</strong> 2003 <strong>in</strong><br />

Abu Dhabi. This exhibition showcased her<br />

work alongside <strong>the</strong> pioneer<strong>in</strong>g artists of <strong>the</strong><br />

United Arab Emirates, establish<strong>in</strong>g her as<br />

a prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> local art scene.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, she has exhibited her artwork<br />

<strong>in</strong> numerous galleries across <strong>the</strong> UAE and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g London, <strong>the</strong> USA,<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>a, France, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco,<br />

and Kuwait. Her global reach and<br />

participation <strong>in</strong> prestigious exhibitions highlight<br />

<strong>the</strong> universal appeal and impact of her<br />

digital art.<br />

In 2012, Al Suwaidi’s work was auctioned<br />

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

Contemporary Arab, Iranian, and Turkish<br />

Art Part II sale. This recognition from a renowned<br />

auction house fur<strong>the</strong>r solidified her<br />

position as a highly regarded artist, attract<strong>in</strong>g<br />

attention from art collectors and enthusiasts<br />

alike. Additionally, her artwork was exhibited<br />

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

part of <strong>the</strong> Three Generations exhibition <strong>in</strong><br />

2013, demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g her endur<strong>in</strong>g presence<br />

on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational art stage. Sumayyah Al<br />

Suwaidi’s digital art not only showcases her<br />

technical proficiency but also reflects her<br />

deep connection to her Emirati heritage and<br />

culture. Through her art, she weaves narratives<br />

that resonate with viewers on both a<br />

visual and emotional level, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

contemplate <strong>the</strong> rich history and traditions<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE. Al Suwaidi’s ability to evoke<br />

emotions through her art and her dedication<br />

to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of digital expression<br />

have solidified her status as a visionary<br />

artist.<br />

As she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to create ground-break<strong>in</strong>g<br />

digital artworks, Sumayyah Al Suwaidi<br />

serves as an <strong>in</strong>spiration to aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

and a proud ambassador of Emirati art. Her<br />

contributions to <strong>the</strong> art world have not only<br />

established her as a lead<strong>in</strong>g figure <strong>in</strong> digital<br />

art but also as a cultural icon, bridg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> gap between tradition and <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

Through her talent and creative vision, Al<br />

Suwaidi cont<strong>in</strong>ues to enrich <strong>the</strong> art scene,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g a last<strong>in</strong>g impact on both local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational audiences.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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




64 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Zoha Abdulsater<br />

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Zoha Abdulsater, a native of Beirut,<br />

Lebanon, grew up <strong>in</strong> a city known for<br />

its extremes. She pursued a Masters<br />

degree <strong>in</strong> Comparative Literature,<br />

focus<strong>in</strong>g on an <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary study that<br />

compared Arabic novels with <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of Salvador Dali. Draw<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong>ories of<br />

psychoanalysis, she delved <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> depths<br />

of both mediums, explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay between<br />

words and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Zoha’s artistic journey expanded beyond<br />

literature as she ventured <strong>in</strong>to photography. Her<br />

works were exhibited <strong>in</strong> various exhibitions <strong>in</strong><br />

Lebanon and <strong>the</strong> United States. Additionally,<br />

she taught English Literature at <strong>the</strong> Lebanese<br />

American University of Beirut (LAU) for six years<br />

and contributed critical writ<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

publication <strong>in</strong> Intellect, The International Journal<br />

of Francophone Studies.<br />

Driven by her passion for art, Zoha established<br />

her own art gallery <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> vibrant heart<br />

of Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood. There, she<br />

showcases her own pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g people<br />

to experience her artistic expressions firsthand.<br />

Zoha’s artwork has been featured <strong>in</strong> exhibitions<br />

<strong>in</strong> both <strong>the</strong> USA and Lebanon.<br />

In 2021, Zoha’s dedication to her craft took<br />

on a philanthropic aspect when five of her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs were sold <strong>in</strong> an auction at <strong>the</strong> Riverfront<br />

Museum <strong>in</strong> Chicago, with <strong>the</strong> proceeds<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g towards support<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stitutions affected<br />

by <strong>the</strong> tragic Beirut Blast. She later exhibited<br />

four artworks <strong>in</strong> New York <strong>in</strong> September 2022.<br />

Zoha’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs capture <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

human reality, often play<strong>in</strong>g with hidden statements<br />

or bold expressions. Through her art,<br />

she skillfully portrays <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies of <strong>the</strong> human<br />

experience while <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g it with a touch<br />

of beauty.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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66 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Captur<strong>in</strong>g Moments, Challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Norms: The Artistic Journey of<br />

Waleed Shah<br />

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Waleed Shah is a talented photographer,<br />

creative th<strong>in</strong>ker,<br />

and entrepreneur whose story<br />

goes beyond <strong>the</strong> conventional<br />

tagl<strong>in</strong>es. Based <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates,<br />

Waleed was born and raised <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

country. With a background <strong>in</strong> Chemical<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g, he <strong>in</strong>itially pursued a career<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> oil <strong>in</strong>dustry but gradually discovered<br />

his true passion for photography. Over <strong>the</strong><br />

years, Waleed has had <strong>the</strong> privilege of collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with renowned establishments,<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g alongside both local talents and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational legends pass<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE. His impressive portfolio boasts partnerships<br />

with some of <strong>the</strong> coolest brands <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry. Notably, Waleed’s exceptional<br />

talent caught <strong>the</strong> attention of Fujifilm Middle<br />

East, earn<strong>in</strong>g him <strong>the</strong> prestigious title of Official<br />

Fuji-X-Photographer.<br />

As a creative visionary, Waleed has embarked<br />

on various projects that challenge<br />

societal norms and explore mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes. His acclaimed series titled “Rock<br />

Your Ugly – A middle f<strong>in</strong>ger to toxic beauty<br />

standards” delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection between<br />

physical and mental health through<br />

a captivat<strong>in</strong>g collection of portraits and accompany<strong>in</strong>g<br />

stories. This thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

series has ga<strong>in</strong>ed global recognition and<br />

has been published as a widely acclaimed<br />

book. Waleed’s artistic pursuits also extend<br />

to his project titled “<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> Cover,”<br />

where he cleverly satirizes prevail<strong>in</strong>g conventions<br />

and sheds light on <strong>the</strong> absurdity of<br />

societal expectations.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, he embarked on <strong>the</strong> project<br />

“Mowjood,” captur<strong>in</strong>g compell<strong>in</strong>g portraits<br />

of freelancers and entrepreneurs navigat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> economic downturn follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> COV-<br />

ID-19 pandemic. Through this endeavor,<br />

Waleed aims to provide support and <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

to those fac<strong>in</strong>g challeng<strong>in</strong>g circumstances.<br />

His exceptional work with real people<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir stories led to an engag<strong>in</strong>g TED<br />

Talk titled “Toxic Beauty Standards.”<br />

In recent times, Waleed has embraced<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of Crypto and NFTs, immers<strong>in</strong>g<br />

himself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> journey of ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

knowledge <strong>in</strong> this <strong>in</strong>novative space.<br />

Guided by his ethos, he actively educates<br />

his community about <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong> technology. Through his project<br />

“FRENS,” m<strong>in</strong>ted on E<strong>the</strong>reum, he conducts<br />

<strong>in</strong>sightful <strong>in</strong>terviews with notable <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> crypto realm. Additionally, Waleed<br />

has embarked on an art project titled “We<br />

Brea<strong>the</strong>,” which explores <strong>the</strong> utilization of<br />

bodies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> commercial world, offer<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

unique perspective and spark<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conversations.<br />

In a nutshell, Waleed Shah <strong>in</strong>vites you to<br />

connect with him, irrespective of <strong>the</strong> scale<br />

of your project or whe<strong>the</strong>r you simply have<br />

an idea to discuss.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



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68 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Wissam Shawkat: The<br />

Calligraformic Revolution <strong>in</strong><br />

Arabic Calligraphy<br />

“Before calligraphy was canonized as a form it was once considered revolutionary and<br />

experimental. My practice is an effort to take it back to that disorient<strong>in</strong>g place that teeters on<br />

<strong>the</strong> edge of what is known and what is unfamiliar,” says artist Wissam Shawkat.<br />

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

Born <strong>in</strong> Basra <strong>in</strong> 1974, Wissam<br />

Shawkat’s journey as an artist began<br />

with a profound connection<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Arabic alphabet. Dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Iraq-Iran war, amidst <strong>the</strong> chaos and<br />

bomb<strong>in</strong>gs, he found solace <strong>in</strong> writ<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

repeat<strong>in</strong>g calligraphic letters on dusty tiles.<br />

Encouraged by his supportive parents,<br />

Shawkat became self-taught, embark<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

a path that would shape his life and artistic<br />

expression.<br />

While pursu<strong>in</strong>g a degree <strong>in</strong> Civil Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at Basra University, Shawkat realized<br />

that his true call<strong>in</strong>g lay <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm<br />

of calligraphy. His summers were spent<br />

hon<strong>in</strong>g his skills at a local sign shop, lay<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> foundation for his artistic endeavours.<br />

The rigid rules and structure of calligraphy<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ated him, but he yearned to break<br />

free and explore new possibilities. In recent<br />

years, Shawkat has ga<strong>in</strong>ed recognition for<br />

his <strong>in</strong>novative calligraphic style, Al Wissam.<br />

This dist<strong>in</strong>ctive approach comb<strong>in</strong>es elements<br />

from various traditional scripts, such<br />

as Sunbuli, Jali Diwani, Eastern Kufic, and<br />

Thuluth, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m with a contemporary<br />

design aes<strong>the</strong>tic. His work is a testament<br />

to his constant desire to challenge conventions<br />

and push <strong>the</strong> boundaries of Arabic<br />

calligraphy. Shawkat is often described<br />

as a rule-breaker, a label he humbly acknowledges<br />

but doesn’t readily apply to<br />

himself. Yet, his artistry undeniably defies<br />

traditional norms. Even <strong>in</strong> his creative<br />

process, he blends traditional tools and<br />

materials with a modern aes<strong>the</strong>tic, us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

handmade paper reed pens and traditional<br />

<strong>in</strong>ks to create works that provoke us to<br />

reconsider <strong>the</strong> essence and possibilities<br />

of Arabic calligraphy. This characteristic,<br />

known as Calligraformic, aligns perfectly<br />

with Shawkat’s artistic vision, position<strong>in</strong>g<br />

him on <strong>the</strong> periphery of tradition and<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g doors to new <strong>in</strong>terpretations. As a<br />

calligrapher turned conceptually motivated<br />

artist, Shawkat embarked on a path of<br />

self-discovery with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of a rigid<br />

and rule-based medium. Through years of<br />

devoted study of traditional scripts, compositions,<br />

and forms, he ga<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong> necessary<br />

expertise to discern which pr<strong>in</strong>ciples could<br />

be challenged and reimag<strong>in</strong>ed, and which<br />

should rema<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>tact. Shawkat’s artistic exploration<br />

goes beyond <strong>the</strong> literal mean<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of Arabic letters, delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir graphic<br />

value and visual impact. He deconstructs<br />

and rearranges elements, such as cutt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

off <strong>the</strong> sharp tail of a ‘ha’ and experiment<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with angles and serializations us<strong>in</strong>g pen or<br />

brush. The result<strong>in</strong>g forms transcend <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al context, evok<strong>in</strong>g a sense of monumentality<br />

that transcends <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Arab world. His artistic <strong>in</strong>fluences<br />

range from old Turkish masters to movements<br />

like Bauhaus, Geometric Abstraction,<br />

Futurism, Cubism, and even <strong>the</strong> collages of<br />

Cecil Touchon. With his latest body of work,<br />

Shawkat <strong>in</strong>troduces <strong>the</strong> term “Calligraform”<br />

to describe his style and approach. It encompasses<br />

his focus on <strong>the</strong> forms of <strong>the</strong><br />

letters, <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ner and outer spaces, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir graphic qualities. Through <strong>the</strong> meticulous<br />

exploration of calligraphic characters’<br />

precise shapes, Shawkat merges <strong>the</strong>m with<br />

his unique artistic vision, bridg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> gap<br />

between <strong>the</strong> known and <strong>the</strong> unfamiliar.<br />

Wissam Shawkat’s artistic journey represents<br />

a revolutionary approach to Arabic<br />

calligraphy. He challenges <strong>the</strong> established<br />

norms, reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> art form <strong>in</strong> ways that<br />

are both disorient<strong>in</strong>g and captivat<strong>in</strong>g. By<br />

emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> forms, spaces, and graphic<br />

qualities of Arabic letters, he expands <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of calligraphy, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from diverse artistic movements and <strong>in</strong>fluences.<br />

Shawkat’s Calligraformic creations<br />

<strong>in</strong>vite us to see Arabic calligraphy through<br />

a new lens, evok<strong>in</strong>g a sense of awe and<br />

appreciation for <strong>the</strong> beauty and versatility.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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70 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Yousef Al-Habshi: Unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Marvels of Micro and Macro<br />

Photography<br />

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Yousef Al-Habshi, an accomplished<br />

Emirati photographer, has dedicated<br />

his craft to <strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

realms of “macro” and “micro”<br />

photography. S<strong>in</strong>ce acquir<strong>in</strong>g his first camera<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2010, Al-Habshi has been captivated<br />

by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies of close-up photography,<br />

immers<strong>in</strong>g himself <strong>in</strong> a world where even<br />

<strong>the</strong> t<strong>in</strong>iest details come to life. Al-Habshi’s<br />

exceptional talent has earned him numerous<br />

accolades, both locally and <strong>in</strong>ternationally.<br />

He boasts an impressive collection<br />

of <strong>in</strong>ternational gold medals, with one of<br />

his most notable achievements be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

consecutive first place w<strong>in</strong>s at <strong>the</strong> Emirates<br />

International Photography Contest <strong>in</strong> 2012<br />

and 2013. His exceptional skills and artistic<br />

vision have also been recognized by His<br />

Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan b<strong>in</strong> Mohammed<br />

Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, who honoured<br />

Al-Habshi for his remarkable achievements.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational stage, Al-Habshi<br />

achieved a significant milestone by w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

first place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> prestigious “Nikon Small<br />

Worlds” competition, specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> scientific<br />

micro-photography. He became <strong>the</strong> first<br />

Arab and Emirati to claim this coveted title<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong> competition’s <strong>in</strong>ception <strong>in</strong> 1975.<br />

This remarkable achievement showcases<br />

Al-Habshi’s ability to capture <strong>the</strong> hidden<br />

beauty of <strong>the</strong> microscopic world and his<br />

dedication to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of his<br />

craft. Al-Habshi’s talent extends beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of competitions and exhibitions. He<br />

has curated a series of <strong>in</strong>dividual and jo<strong>in</strong>t<br />

exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g his first scientific photographic<br />

exhibition <strong>in</strong> collaboration with <strong>the</strong><br />

University of New York Abu Dhabi <strong>in</strong> 2016.<br />

This groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g exhibition explored<br />

<strong>the</strong> scientific aspects of composition and<br />

<strong>the</strong> characteristics of composite eyes, captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

audiences with its unique blend of<br />

art and science. Al-Habshi has also participated<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a,<br />

such as <strong>the</strong> “Three Shadows” exhibition <strong>in</strong><br />

Datong City, which fostered a collaborative<br />

partnership between <strong>the</strong> festival adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Hamdan B<strong>in</strong> Mohammed<br />

International Photography Award (HIPA).<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, he showcased his works at<br />

<strong>the</strong> International Festival of Photography<br />

(Xposure) <strong>in</strong> Sharjah <strong>in</strong> 2018.<br />

In 2019, Al-Habshi’s talent was showcased<br />

at “The Unseen” exhibition held at<br />

Manarat Al Saadiyat <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi, fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

solidify<strong>in</strong>g his reputation as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

photographer. This exhibition allowed audiences<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> hidden wonders of<br />

<strong>the</strong> natural world through Al-Habshi’s lens,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

beauty that often goes unnoticed. Al-Habshi’s<br />

contributions to <strong>the</strong> scientific community<br />

are equally remarkable. He has shared<br />

his captivat<strong>in</strong>g images of <strong>in</strong>sects and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate parts with several foreign universities,<br />

enabl<strong>in</strong>g new scientific projects and<br />

specialized studies. His works have also<br />

served as valuable resources for students<br />

conduct<strong>in</strong>g academic research and graduation<br />

projects <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> field of entomology.<br />

The impact of Al-Habshi’s photography extends<br />

beyond <strong>the</strong> realm of exhibitions and<br />

scientific collaborations. His remarkable<br />

images have graced <strong>the</strong> pages of National<br />

Geographic Al Arabiya <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, a prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

media platform that recognized <strong>the</strong> exceptional<br />

quality of his work. The magaz<strong>in</strong>e<br />

featured Al-Habshi’s photographs as <strong>the</strong><br />

ma<strong>in</strong> content for <strong>the</strong>ir 2016 calendar, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> remarkable diversity and beauty<br />

of <strong>the</strong> natural world. His photographs have<br />

also been published <strong>in</strong> local newspapers,<br />

specialized photography magaz<strong>in</strong>es, and<br />

agricultural pest awareness publications,<br />

spread<strong>in</strong>g awareness about <strong>the</strong> delicate<br />

balance of nature and <strong>the</strong> impact of pests<br />

on agricultural ecosystems. Yousef Al-Habshi’s<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary talent, dedication, and<br />

passion for micro and macro photography<br />

have solidified his position as a renowned<br />

artist <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emirati and <strong>in</strong>ternational photography<br />

community.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for<br />

The World of Banksy – The Immersive Experience<br />

Banksy, <strong>the</strong> enigmatic street artist celebrated for his globally recognized graffiti, rema<strong>in</strong>s a mystery to many. This exhibition showcases an<br />

impressive collection of 120 unique reproductions of Banksy’s artworks. Admission tickets are available at Dhs75 for adults and Dhs45 for<br />

children under 12. For those seek<strong>in</strong>g a VIP experience, a Dhs110 pass allows queue jump<strong>in</strong>g, while <strong>the</strong> VVIP ticket <strong>in</strong>cludes an on-demand<br />

guide. Visit The Theatre <strong>in</strong> Mall of <strong>the</strong> Emirates, Dubai, to immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> The World of Banksy - The Immersive Experience. The exhibition<br />

runs until <strong>July</strong> 30, with ticket prices start<strong>in</strong>g from Dhs75.<br />

Exhibition Dates: Until <strong>July</strong> 31, 2021<br />

Location: The Theatre, Mall of <strong>the</strong> Emirates<br />

Digital Art - Inf<strong>in</strong>ity des<br />

Lumières<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g art exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Dubai, <strong>the</strong><br />

city’s digital art scene is also flourish<strong>in</strong>g. A recent addition<br />

to this vibrant landscape is <strong>the</strong> immersive digital art gallery<br />

called Inf<strong>in</strong>ity des Lumières, which has just launched <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

Mall. This <strong>in</strong>novative experience showcases a remarkable<br />

exhibition featur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> works of V<strong>in</strong>cent Van Gogh,<br />

Dreamed Japan, and Verse. As you explore <strong>the</strong> gallery,<br />

you will be fully immersed <strong>in</strong> a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g environment<br />

with a stagger<strong>in</strong>g collection of 3,000 high-def<strong>in</strong>ition digital<br />

mov<strong>in</strong>g images. Currently, tickets are priced at Dhs100 for<br />

adults, offer<strong>in</strong>g an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary opportunity to engage with<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of digital art.<br />

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Isthmus by Lamya<br />

Gargash<br />

An exhibition curated by Sophie Mayuko<br />

Arni, Isthmus is a collection of photographs<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> human experience through<br />

design choice. The images depict furniture,<br />

objects, wall trimm<strong>in</strong>gs and w<strong>in</strong>dows<br />

to display socio-economic and culture over<br />

<strong>the</strong> decades. Shots <strong>in</strong>clude images of <strong>the</strong><br />

Queen Elizabeth II (which is now docked <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai) and <strong>the</strong> Hotel Acao Annex <strong>in</strong> Japan.<br />

Exhibition Dates: Until <strong>July</strong> 21<br />

Location: The Third L<strong>in</strong>e, Warehouse<br />

78, Alserkal Avenue.<br />

Polite Existence by<br />

Tsuyoshi Hisakado<br />

Present<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Middle East debut of Japanese<br />

artist Tsuyoshi Hisakado, this solo exhibition<br />

delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realms of time and<br />

space through captivat<strong>in</strong>g multi-form artwork.<br />

The pieces on display ponder <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

of natural forces on our daily existence,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g exploration.<br />

Curated by Anna Bernice Delos Reyes and<br />

Yu Iseki, <strong>the</strong> exhibition is <strong>the</strong> result of a curatorial<br />

exchange between <strong>the</strong> two countries<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2022, showcas<strong>in</strong>g a compell<strong>in</strong>g fusion of<br />

artistic perspectives.<br />

Exhibition Date: Until September 24<br />

Location: Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf<br />

Waterfront<br />

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



The term digital art: In <strong>the</strong> early 1980s, computer eng<strong>in</strong>eers devised a pa<strong>in</strong>t program used by <strong>the</strong> pioneer<strong>in</strong>g digital artist Harold Cohen<br />

which <strong>the</strong>n became known as AARON, a robotic mach<strong>in</strong>e designed to make large draw<strong>in</strong>gs on sheets of paper placed on <strong>the</strong> floor. And<br />

through programs like <strong>the</strong>se, <strong>the</strong> term ‘digital art’ was popularized.<br />

First digital art museum: In 2018, a collective of great Japanese<br />

artists <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g architects, eng<strong>in</strong>eers, visual artists, musicians,<br />

animators, ma<strong>the</strong>maticians created <strong>the</strong> first digital art museum,<br />

teamLab Borderless, Mori build<strong>in</strong>g. Here visitors <strong>in</strong>teract with art,<br />

transcend<strong>in</strong>g all <strong>the</strong> boundaries, and live 3 to 4 hours <strong>in</strong> a digital<br />

world. This <strong>in</strong>stallation was a milestone moment for <strong>the</strong> field of<br />

digital art.<br />

Digital art encompasses various techniques like digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, 3D<br />

model<strong>in</strong>g, and animation, offer<strong>in</strong>g versatility.<br />

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The ability to easily edit and manipulate digital art allows for<br />

experimentation and exploration.<br />

Digital art has revolutionized <strong>the</strong> creative process, giv<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

greater flexibility and control.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>ternet has played a crucial role <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> growth of digital art by<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a platform for shar<strong>in</strong>g and collaboration.<br />

Some traditional artists have been skeptical of digital art’s<br />

au<strong>the</strong>nticity compared to traditional forms.<br />

Digital art enables collaborative projects regardless of physical<br />

location, foster<strong>in</strong>g new possibilities.<br />

Digital art has <strong>the</strong> potential to democratize <strong>the</strong> art world, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

more accessible to a wider audience.<br />

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The Broad, situated <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles, United States, is a renowned<br />

contemporary art museum celebrated for its remarkable architectural<br />

presence. The museum’s design embodies a captivat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terplay<br />

of form and function.<br />

The most dist<strong>in</strong>ctive feature of The Broad is its strik<strong>in</strong>g exterior<br />

façade, known as “<strong>the</strong> veil.” Composed of a honeycomb-like<br />

structure made of fiberglass-re<strong>in</strong>forced concrete panels.<br />

Inside The Broad, visitors are greeted with a spacious and<br />

column-free gallery area.<br />

The architectural wonder of The Broad lies not only <strong>in</strong> its eyecatch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exterior but also <strong>in</strong> its ability to harmoniously showcase<br />

and engage with contemporary art.<br />

The Broad<br />

Los Angeles, United States<br />

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The Alhambra, located <strong>in</strong> Granada, Spa<strong>in</strong>, is a breath-tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

architectural marvel. Built dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> 14th century, it stands<br />

as a testament to Islamic architecture and cultural heritage.<br />


The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex that showcases<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate Islamic designs, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g stunn<strong>in</strong>g geometric<br />

patterns, elaborate tilework, and ornate calligraphy.<br />

The Nasrid Palaces feature exquisite courtyards, stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

archways, and beautifully adorned halls, such as <strong>the</strong> famous<br />

Court of <strong>the</strong> Lions.<br />

The Alhambra’s architecture seamlessly blends with its<br />

natural surround<strong>in</strong>gs, creat<strong>in</strong>g a harmonious and enchant<strong>in</strong>g<br />

atmosphere.<br />

The Alhambra<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong><br />

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Crafted <strong>in</strong> partnership with <strong>the</strong> Swiss<br />

architecture firm, atelier oï, <strong>the</strong> Le<br />

Régulateur Louis Erard x atelier oï is a<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g concept timepiece. With its<br />

display <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> traditional sundials,<br />

<strong>the</strong> watch features engraved asymmetrical<br />

rays that appear to emanate from <strong>the</strong> two<br />

blue baton-shaped hands <strong>in</strong>dicat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

hours and <strong>the</strong> seconds.<br />

www.louiserard.com<br />


The SUPER AVI B04 Chronograph GMT<br />

46 Curtiss Warhawk is a luxury aviation<strong>in</strong>spired<br />

watch named after <strong>the</strong> Curtiss<br />

P-40 Warhawk, a fighter aircraft used<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g World War II, and it features<br />

design elements <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> aircraft’s<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style.<br />

www.breitl<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />


Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is such a<br />

classic. Endowed with <strong>the</strong> latest Royal<br />

Oak design evolution, <strong>the</strong> sta<strong>in</strong>less steel<br />

Selfw<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g Fly<strong>in</strong>g Tourbillon <strong>in</strong> 41 mm<br />

is adorned with a smoked blue “Grande<br />

Tapisserie” dial.<br />

www.audemarspiguet.com<br />

H. MOSER & CIE.<br />

The Heritage Bronze ‘S<strong>in</strong>ce 1828’ is<br />

powered by Moser’s well-known <strong>in</strong>-house<br />

calibre HMC-200m which has also been<br />

part of <strong>the</strong> Endeavour, Pioneer and<br />

Streaml<strong>in</strong>er collections.<br />

www.h-moser.com<br />

ORIS<br />

The Big Crown Po<strong>in</strong>ter Date is gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> most significant upgrades <strong>in</strong><br />

its illustrious history. The updated 38 mm<br />

model carries Calibre 403, one of <strong>the</strong> Oris<br />

Calibre 400 Series of high-performance <strong>in</strong>house<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eered automatics.<br />

www.oris.com<br />


Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 36 mm,<br />

mechanical movement with automatic<br />

w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g. Steel case, fluted crown set with a<br />

cabochon syn<strong>the</strong>tic sp<strong>in</strong>el. Silver guilloché<br />

dial. Blued-steel sword-shaped hands.<br />

Sapphire crystal. Steel <strong>in</strong>terchangeable<br />

bracelet.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

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The Parmigiani Tonda GT Chronograph<br />

Steel watch is a luxurious and sophisticated<br />

timepiece that comb<strong>in</strong>es elegant design<br />

with high-performance functionality.<br />

The dial of <strong>the</strong> Tonda GT Chronograph<br />

Steel watch is a beautiful blue color and is<br />

adorned with applied <strong>in</strong>dices, lum<strong>in</strong>escent<br />

hands, and three sub-dials that display <strong>the</strong><br />

chronograph functions.<br />

www.parmigiani.com<br />


Michael Kors<br />

Gen 6 Bradshaw smartwatch is <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation of bra<strong>in</strong>s and beauty. Crafted<br />

from rose-gold tone sta<strong>in</strong>less steel, this<br />

state-of-<strong>the</strong>-art timepiece is equipped with a<br />

host of wellness features <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a heartrate<br />

monitor, an SPO2 sensor to track your<br />

breath<strong>in</strong>g, and sleep read<strong>in</strong>gs to improve<br />

your snooze.<br />

www.michaelkors.com<br />


The Aramedes Classictimer Chronograph<br />

watch is a sophisticated and stylish<br />

timepiece that comb<strong>in</strong>es classic design<br />

elements with modern functionality. The<br />

watch features a sta<strong>in</strong>less steel case that<br />

measures 42mm <strong>in</strong> diameter and 13mm<br />

<strong>in</strong> thickness, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a substantial and<br />

command<strong>in</strong>g presence on <strong>the</strong> wrist.<br />

www.aramedes.com<br />

GUCCI<br />

The Gucci Dive watch is a luxury timepiece<br />

designed by <strong>the</strong> Italian fashion house<br />

Gucci. It is a high-end watch that is<br />

both stylish and functional, featur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

sta<strong>in</strong>less steel case, scratch-resistant<br />

sapphire crystal glass, and water-resistant<br />

capabilities. This watch is <strong>in</strong> a silhouette<br />

that mirrors <strong>the</strong> recognizable details of<br />

a diver’s watch, <strong>the</strong> Gucci Dive has a<br />

contemporary appeal with a black matte<br />

dial and nylon Web strap.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />


The Fateh <strong>Luxury</strong> Automatic Moonphase<br />

Skeleton Strata Silver White watch is a<br />

sophisticated and <strong>in</strong>tricately designed<br />

timepiece that comb<strong>in</strong>es elegant design<br />

with high-performance functionality.<br />

The dial of <strong>the</strong> Fateh <strong>Luxury</strong> Automatic<br />

Moonphase Skeleton Strata Silver White<br />

watch is a beautiful silver-white color<br />

and features a skeletonized design that<br />

showcases <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate <strong>in</strong>ner work<strong>in</strong>gs of<br />

<strong>the</strong> automatic movement.<br />

www.fatehwatches.com<br />


The Parmigiani Tonda Selene Rose Gold<br />

watch is a luxurious and elegant timepiece<br />

that exudes sophistication and ref<strong>in</strong>ement.<br />

The watch features a polished 18k rose<br />

gold case that measures 33.1mm <strong>in</strong><br />

diameter and 9.6mm <strong>in</strong> thickness, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

a petite and fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e presence on <strong>the</strong> wrist.<br />

www.parmigiani.com<br />

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Michael Kors jewelry is made of precious<br />

metals comb<strong>in</strong>ed with various elements<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g semi-precious stones. Warm and<br />

sparkl<strong>in</strong>g, this bangle is <strong>the</strong> type you can wear<br />

on special occasions or gift to someone you<br />

love. It’s designed with <strong>the</strong> “MK” <strong>in</strong>itials at<br />

<strong>the</strong> center and encrusted with rows of pavé<br />

crystals, so it shimmers beautifully every time<br />

you move your wrist.<br />

www.michaelkors.global<br />



The 5ivepillars Pillars Bracelet is part of a<br />

unique f<strong>in</strong>e jewelry collection. Available <strong>in</strong><br />

a number of sizes, this bracelet is made<br />

of 925 Italian silver and features <strong>the</strong> pillars<br />

logo all around <strong>the</strong> bracelet <strong>in</strong> a boldly<br />

unique design, coupled with a 5ivepillars<br />

branded clasp.<br />

www.5ivepillars.co<br />


RING<br />

This Signet r<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> sterl<strong>in</strong>g silver and rose<br />

gold transcends time, <strong>the</strong> Hermès Ex-Libris<br />

motif lends its seal to this jewelry collection,<br />

which is designed to be worn effortlessly.<br />

www.hermes.com<br />



Savol<strong>in</strong>na is <strong>the</strong> bra<strong>in</strong>child of Hessa Al<br />

Shafar, an Emirati entrepreneur mak<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

bold footpr<strong>in</strong>t on <strong>the</strong> contemporary jewellery<br />

design scene with her unique approach<br />

to colours, shapes and layer<strong>in</strong>g. The Maxi<br />

Ear Cuff is crafted <strong>in</strong> 18k gold and set with<br />

emeralds, <strong>the</strong> ear cuff is coated with black<br />

rhodium. No pierc<strong>in</strong>g is required.<br />

www.savol<strong>in</strong>na.com<br />



Butterfly necklace with pavé-set diamonds and sapphires made with<br />

<strong>the</strong> signature “en tremblant” technique. The butterflies create a flutter<strong>in</strong>g<br />

effect, <strong>the</strong>reby evok<strong>in</strong>g awe and admiration. A true statement piece - <strong>the</strong><br />

Treasure necklace is custom-made <strong>in</strong> order to ensure <strong>the</strong> perfect fit.<br />

www.sanaalmaktoum.com<br />

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RING<br />

A cocktail r<strong>in</strong>g re<strong>in</strong>terpreted with <strong>the</strong><br />

frenetic energy of a child. The bright yellow<br />

gemstone, made from brilliant yellow<br />

quartz, is surrounded by candy gemstones<br />

and gold enameled lucky charms. The heart<br />

stands for love, <strong>the</strong> fish for longevity and <strong>the</strong><br />

clover for happ<strong>in</strong>ess and luck.<br />

www.aishabaker.com<br />



This r<strong>in</strong>g comes with 18K gold, sapphire,<br />

tourmal<strong>in</strong>e, multicolour topaz, peridot,<br />

amethyst. This piece is crafted from several<br />

hand-cut gemstones, toge<strong>the</strong>r form<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

lum<strong>in</strong>ous r<strong>in</strong>g that looks like a precious gem<br />

<strong>in</strong> itself.<br />

www.aishabaker.com<br />


1443<br />

No o<strong>the</strong>r lantern was created <strong>the</strong> way <strong>the</strong><br />

1443 Gafla lantern came to realisation.<br />

Inspired by k<strong>in</strong>etic energy and movement,<br />

each flower blossom creates waves of<br />

connection with rhythmic and unique<br />

patterns <strong>in</strong> this lantern. Gafla Lantern<br />

Necklace 1443, 18k yellow gold and white<br />

gold with rhodium f<strong>in</strong>ish, set with 30 round<br />

brilliant-cut diamonds totall<strong>in</strong>g 0.37 carat<br />

and 5 round brilliant-cut rubies totall<strong>in</strong>g 0.13<br />

carat, cha<strong>in</strong> length 56cm, pendant height<br />

4cm.<br />

www.gaflajewellery.com<br />


10 FILS<br />

Gafla is a contemporary f<strong>in</strong>e jewellery<br />

brand. its founders came toge<strong>the</strong>r with<br />

a shared passion for <strong>the</strong> pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

philosophy of <strong>the</strong>ir Emirati heritage and <strong>the</strong><br />

role this can play <strong>in</strong> cutt<strong>in</strong>g edge modern<br />

jewellery design. This Sak Gafla Pendant,<br />

10 Fils is made of 18k matte-brushed yellow<br />

gold frame, 10 fils bronze co<strong>in</strong> with rhodium<br />

plat<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

www.gaflajewellery.com<br />



Choker crafted <strong>in</strong> 18k Gold, featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

two emeralds <strong>in</strong> octagon shape. The<br />

choker is set with brilliant-cut diamonds<br />

and coated with black rhodium. Lobsterstyle<br />

lock with adjustable l<strong>in</strong>ked cha<strong>in</strong>.<br />

www.savol<strong>in</strong>na.com<br />

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GUCCI<br />


Crafted <strong>in</strong> metallic silver lea<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong> highheel<br />

sandal sports a subtle design with a<br />

th<strong>in</strong> heel and three front straps. A delicate<br />

crystal Double G buckle embellishes <strong>the</strong><br />

ankle strap.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />



A square frame milled from warm<br />

tortoiseshell acetate, enhanced with a<br />

gold-plated logo at <strong>the</strong> temples. Scratchresistant<br />

gradient brown lenses with 100%<br />

UV protection.<br />

www.Burberry.com<br />



Versace presents Dua Lipa x<br />

Versace—a capsule collection codesigned<br />

with Dua Lipa. This lightly<br />

padded nylon bomber jacket features<br />

an all-over butterflies and ladybugs<br />

polka dot pr<strong>in</strong>t. An embroidered logo<br />

at <strong>the</strong> back and striped trims f<strong>in</strong>ish <strong>the</strong><br />

outerwear style.<br />

www.versace.com<br />


TOTE<br />

Matelassé lea<strong>the</strong>r is a signature material of<br />

<strong>the</strong> House, thanks to its super soft f<strong>in</strong>ish.<br />

The textured GG motif def<strong>in</strong>es a selection<br />

of small lea<strong>the</strong>r accessories, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

p<strong>in</strong>k top handle m<strong>in</strong>i bag. The Double G<br />

hardware decorates <strong>the</strong> front, cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> logo feel of <strong>the</strong> design.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />



For <strong>the</strong> Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama<br />

collection, <strong>the</strong> second collaboration<br />

between <strong>the</strong> House and <strong>the</strong> iconic<br />

Japanese artist, <strong>the</strong> LV x YK Attrape-Rêves<br />

limited fragrance edition is embellished with<br />

colorful, imag<strong>in</strong>ary characters <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist’s My Eternal Soul series.<br />

www.me.louisvuitton.com<br />

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Crafted <strong>in</strong> Burberry Check cotton<br />

layered with mesh, f<strong>in</strong>ished with a tonal<br />

embroidered logo. The backpack boasts<br />

a Lea<strong>the</strong>r top handle, adjustable shoulder<br />

straps, one exterior zip pocket, one <strong>in</strong>terior<br />

zip pocket and a laptop compartment with<br />

two-way zip closure.<br />

www.burberry.com<br />

DIOR<br />


The Saddle bag with strap is a compact<br />

and modern creation. Crafted <strong>in</strong> black Dior<br />

Oblique jacquard, it features a tonal gra<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

calfsk<strong>in</strong> Saddle flap with an alum<strong>in</strong>um<br />

buckle. Its spacious <strong>in</strong>terior is completed by<br />

a patch pocket to house all <strong>the</strong> essentials.<br />

Thanks to its adjustable lea<strong>the</strong>r and<br />

jacquard Christian Dior shoulder strap,<br />

<strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>iature style can be worn over <strong>the</strong><br />

shoulder or crossbody.<br />

www.Dior.com<br />

PRADA<br />


Elegant wide pleats decorate this skirt<br />

made of f<strong>in</strong>e kid mohair. This wrap-around<br />

style with sophisticated allure is completed<br />

by <strong>the</strong> button and hook side closure.<br />

www.Prada.com<br />



Long cut-out hooded dress made<br />

with responsible viscose, with <strong>in</strong>ner<br />

corset bustier and drap<strong>in</strong>g details.<br />

www.YSL.com<br />

DIOR<br />


The Lady D-Lite bag comb<strong>in</strong>es classic<br />

elegance with House modernity. The style<br />

is fully embroidered with <strong>the</strong> gray and p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

Toile de Jouy Reverse motif, a variation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> hallmark House pattern with a play<br />

on reversed colors. The front features a<br />

Christian Dior Paris signature while <strong>the</strong> thick<br />

D.I.O.R. charms <strong>in</strong> pale gold-f<strong>in</strong>ish metal<br />

enhance <strong>the</strong> silhouette.<br />

www.Dior.com<br />

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In <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g world of digital assets,<br />

OpenSea has emerged as <strong>the</strong> go-to marketplace<br />

for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). As<br />

<strong>the</strong> largest NFT trad<strong>in</strong>g platform, OpenSea<br />

provides users with <strong>the</strong> opportunity to buy,<br />

sell, create, and trade a wide array of unique<br />

digital collectibles. S<strong>in</strong>ce its <strong>in</strong>ception <strong>in</strong> 2017,<br />

OpenSea has revolutionized <strong>the</strong> way people<br />

<strong>in</strong>teract with NFTs, offer<strong>in</strong>g a decentralized<br />

and user-friendly platform for enthusiasts and<br />

collectors alike.<br />

With over 2.4 million active users and a<br />

daily trad<strong>in</strong>g volume of $6.03 million, Open-<br />

Sea has solidified its position as <strong>the</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

marketplace for NFTs. The platform’s success<br />

can be attributed to its commitment to user<br />

control and accessibility. OpenSea operates as<br />

a noncustodial platform, mean<strong>in</strong>g users have<br />

full control and access to <strong>the</strong>ir cryptocurrency<br />

wallets. This empowers <strong>in</strong>dividuals to directly<br />

<strong>in</strong>teract with o<strong>the</strong>r users to buy, sell, or trade<br />

NFTs or bundles of NFTs, foster<strong>in</strong>g a vibrant<br />

and dynamic marketplace.<br />

OpenSea’s journey began as a response to<br />

<strong>the</strong> lack of a comprehensive platform for trad<strong>in</strong>g<br />

different NFTs. Prior to its creation, enthusiasts<br />

faced challenges <strong>in</strong> easily exchang<strong>in</strong>g various<br />

crypto collectibles and o<strong>the</strong>r NFTs. OpenSea<br />

filled this void by provid<strong>in</strong>g a solution that enables<br />

users to engage <strong>in</strong> seamless transactions<br />

and explore a vast collection of more than 2<br />

million NFTs.<br />

The platform caters to a diverse range of NFT<br />

categories, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g art, music, collectibles,<br />

virtual lands, sports assets, doma<strong>in</strong> names,<br />

and utility NFTs like membership passes. Users<br />

can effortlessly discover <strong>the</strong> top and most<br />

trend<strong>in</strong>g collections with<strong>in</strong> each category, with<br />

<strong>the</strong> option to filter results based on different<br />

time periods or <strong>the</strong>ir preferred blockcha<strong>in</strong>.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> first decentralized NFT marketplace<br />

built on <strong>the</strong> E<strong>the</strong>reum blockcha<strong>in</strong>, OpenSea<br />

has established itself as a trusted and reliable<br />

platform for NFT trad<strong>in</strong>g. Although it has<br />

experienced security breaches <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past,<br />

<strong>the</strong> platform has cont<strong>in</strong>uously enhanced its<br />

security measures to safeguard user assets.<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong>se challenges, OpenSea rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

a preferred dest<strong>in</strong>ation for m<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and trad<strong>in</strong>g<br />

NFTs.<br />

To engage with OpenSea, users require an<br />

E<strong>the</strong>reum wallet to <strong>in</strong>teract with <strong>the</strong> platform.<br />

Supported wallets <strong>in</strong>clude popular options<br />

such as MetaMask, Co<strong>in</strong>base, Trust Wallet,<br />

and MyE<strong>the</strong>rWallet, among o<strong>the</strong>rs. OpenSea<br />

also supports multiple blockcha<strong>in</strong>s, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Polygon (MATIC) and Klaytn (KLAY), offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

users additional options beyond E<strong>the</strong>reum.<br />

One notable development <strong>in</strong>troduced by<br />

OpenSea is <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tegration of <strong>the</strong> Polygon<br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong> to address <strong>the</strong> high transaction<br />

fees associated with E<strong>the</strong>reum. By leverag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Polygon, OpenSea facilitates faster and<br />

more cost-effective transactions, enhanc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> overall user experience.<br />

OpenSea serves as a catalyst for <strong>the</strong><br />

transition from physical to digital ownership,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g users with <strong>the</strong> tools to create and<br />

transfer ownership of digital collectibles. The<br />

platform’s key feature is NFT m<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

users to easily create <strong>the</strong>ir own NFTs and set<br />

up personalized collections. The process is<br />

simple and accessible, requir<strong>in</strong>g no prior experience<br />

or fees. Users can m<strong>in</strong>t a wide range<br />

of NFTs, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g art, music, doma<strong>in</strong> names,<br />

virtual worlds, trad<strong>in</strong>g cards, collectibles, and<br />

sports assets.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> digital era cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve, platforms<br />

like OpenSea play a vital role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> future of digital collectibles. With its<br />

user-friendly <strong>in</strong>terface, commitment to user<br />

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