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

“Where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the studio by studying the model, everywhere except in the schools.” — Auguste Rodin In this edition, we carve our path into the captivating realm of sculptures and their artisans, those who sculpt their names into the annals of art history using mediums as unique as their perspectives. Witness the resurgence of sculpting in our digital age, where technology breathes new life into this ancient craft. Engage in the discourse surrounding sculptures and their evolving presence in the contemporary art landscape. Immerse yourself in the architectural marvels of Dubai that rival the sculpted masterpieces of yore. As September dawns, we celebrate International Day of Peace, Teachers Day, and World Tourism Day. Our Photography Showcase immortalizes fleeting moments and cherished memories through the lenses of talented photographers. It's a realm where emotions and stories are sculpted into visual narratives. Our mission is to illuminate your heart, fuel boundless imagination, and enrapture your focus, all while enriching your essence with sheer brilliance. As you journey through September's edition, let the artistry, both sculpted and fluid, paint the colors of inspiration on the canvas of your soul.

“Where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the studio by studying the model, everywhere except in the schools.”
— Auguste Rodin

In this edition, we carve our path into the captivating realm of sculptures and their artisans, those who sculpt their names into the annals of art history using mediums as unique as their perspectives. Witness the resurgence of sculpting in our digital age, where technology breathes new life into this ancient craft. Engage in the discourse surrounding sculptures and their evolving presence in the contemporary art landscape. Immerse yourself in the architectural marvels of Dubai that rival the sculpted masterpieces of yore.

As September dawns, we celebrate International Day of Peace, Teachers Day, and World Tourism Day. Our Photography Showcase immortalizes fleeting moments and cherished memories through the lenses of talented photographers. It's a realm where emotions and stories are sculpted into visual narratives.

Our mission is to illuminate your heart, fuel boundless imagination, and enrapture your focus, all while enriching your essence with sheer brilliance. As you journey through September's edition, let the artistry, both sculpted and fluid, paint the colors of inspiration on the canvas of your soul.


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International Peace Day............................89<br />


Abdelghani Alnahawi ................................13<br />

Ahmad Saeed Al Areef ..............................15<br />

Al Anood Al Obeidli ...................................18<br />

World Tourism Day.....................................19<br />

Azza Al Qubaisi......................................... 20<br />

Benjam<strong>in</strong> Sh<strong>in</strong>e ..........................................27<br />

Bruno Catalano ..........................................31<br />

Daniel Firman..............................................35<br />

Irena Dragova............................................ 37<br />

Andy Firth...................................................41<br />

Kathleen Ryan............................................45<br />

Kim Simonsson.......................................... 49<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga Foldi..................................................51<br />

Klaus Metz..................................................65<br />

Emanuela Camacci....................................69<br />

Nasser al Zayani.........................................71<br />

Pierre Jean Chabert...................................75<br />

Yoshimasa Tsuchiya.................................. 79<br />

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Resurrect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Art of Sculpture<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Digital Landscape:<br />

A Fusion of Tradition and Technology<br />

16-17<br />


Werner Bronkhorst ....................................52<br />

Carole A. Feuerman ..................................59<br />



Badria Shamsi ..........................................63<br />

Artenroll.....................................................85<br />

Mai Alkaabi ...............................................99<br />

Featured Photographs.............................101<br />

Art Exibitions & Events............................102<br />

Art Facts.....................................................97<br />

Featured Artworks....................................100<br />

Architectural Wonders.............................118<br />

Brand Logo..............................................121<br />

Knowledge Base....................................... 95<br />

Brushstrokes from <strong>the</strong> Past: ‘The<br />

Th<strong>in</strong>ker’ by Auguste Rod<strong>in</strong><br />


46-47<br />

76-77 82-83 87<br />

Sculptures and Their Current<br />

Status <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Rapidly Digitalized<br />

Age<br />

32-33<br />

Dubai: <strong>the</strong> land of architectural<br />

sculptures<br />

66-67<br />


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Exclusive<br />

New worlds and <strong>the</strong> profound writ<strong>in</strong>gs of<br />

Abdelghani<br />

Alnahawi<br />

Artist<br />

S<br />

tep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g world of Abdelghani<br />

Alnahawi, a Palest<strong>in</strong>ian artist<br />

whose work transcends boundaries<br />

and delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> possibility of o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

worlds. Born <strong>in</strong> Ras Al Khaimah <strong>in</strong> 1994,<br />

Alnahawi currently resides and creates <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE, where his artistic journey has been<br />

noth<strong>in</strong>g short of fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> core of Alnahawi’s art lies a profound<br />

exploration of language, post-humanism,<br />

and philosophies of design. His works are<br />

not just visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g, but <strong>the</strong>y also carry<br />

a deep <strong>in</strong>tellectual and emotional weight,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> audience ponder<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> mysteries<br />

of existence.<br />

Alnahawi’s artistic foundation was laid at<br />

<strong>the</strong> esteemed American University <strong>in</strong> Dubai,<br />

where he completed his BFA. It was here<br />

that his passion for art, language, and design<br />

flourished, sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> stage for his remarkable<br />

future.<br />

Currently, Alnahawi is pursu<strong>in</strong>g his MFA <strong>in</strong><br />

Sculpture at <strong>the</strong> renowned Rhode Island<br />

School of Design (RISD) <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United States.<br />

This pursuit of higher education allows him<br />

to ref<strong>in</strong>e his craft and expand his horizons,<br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g his artistic vision even fur<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Throughout his artistic journey, Alnahawi has<br />

had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to engage <strong>in</strong> various<br />

residencies, each provid<strong>in</strong>g unique experiences<br />

and shap<strong>in</strong>g his artistic expression.<br />

Notably, he has been a part of <strong>the</strong> esteemed<br />

Cultural Foundation Art Residency, <strong>the</strong> Salama<br />

B<strong>in</strong>t Hamdan Fellowship <strong>in</strong> collaboration<br />

with RISD, and Art Jameel’s Youth Assembly.<br />

Such opportunities have allowed him<br />

to collaborate with fellow artists, exchange<br />

ideas, and enrich his perspective on art and<br />

its possibilities.<br />

Sett<strong>in</strong>g words <strong>in</strong> stone<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> remarkable aspects of Alnahawi’s<br />

work is his <strong>in</strong>tegration of writ<strong>in</strong>g as an essential<br />

element of his practice. Through <strong>the</strong> written<br />

word, he gives voice to his artistic ideas,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> audience <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies of<br />

his creative process. This fusion of visual art<br />

and literature creates a unique and immersive<br />

experience for art enthusiasts and casual<br />

observers alike.<br />

Alnahawi’s art <strong>in</strong>vites us to question <strong>the</strong><br />

conventional and explore <strong>the</strong> uncharted territories<br />

of imag<strong>in</strong>ation. As we contemplate<br />

his works, we f<strong>in</strong>d ourselves embark<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g journey, travers<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

realms of <strong>the</strong> possible and <strong>the</strong> unknown.<br />

The Cultural Foundation Art Residency has<br />

recognized Alnahawi’s immense talent,<br />

grant<strong>in</strong>g him <strong>the</strong> esteemed Cultural Foundation<br />

Art Residency award. This acknowledgement<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r cements his position as a<br />

ris<strong>in</strong>g star <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, draw<strong>in</strong>g attention<br />

from both seasoned art collectors and newcomers<br />

to <strong>the</strong> scene.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g past and present to one nexus po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong> art of<br />

Ahmad<br />

Saeed Al Areef<br />

Artist<br />

Exclusive<br />

A<br />

hmad Saeed Al Areef, a remarkable<br />

Emirati multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary artist, <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

us <strong>in</strong>to a world where <strong>the</strong> past and<br />

present harmoniously <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e. Born <strong>in</strong><br />

Al A<strong>in</strong>, UAE, <strong>in</strong> 1988, Al Areef’s artistic brilliance<br />

has captivated <strong>the</strong> art scene, bridg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

historical narratives with contemporary<br />

expressions.<br />

Al Areef embarked on his creative journey<br />

with a Bachelor of Arts <strong>in</strong> Mass Communication<br />

from <strong>the</strong> prestigious College of Arts<br />

and Sciences at <strong>the</strong> American University of<br />

Sharjah <strong>in</strong> 2012. To deepen his artistic roots,<br />

he pursued a Masters <strong>in</strong> Art History and Museum<br />

Management at Paris-Sorbonne University,<br />

Abu Dhabi, <strong>in</strong> 2017.<br />

Conceptual photography serves as Al<br />

Areef’s focal po<strong>in</strong>t, yet his creativity spans<br />

diverse mediums: digital art, video <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

photo manipulation, oil on canvas, and<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate <strong>in</strong>k-on-paper illustrations. By meld<strong>in</strong>g<br />

historical symbols with modern techniques,<br />

he sheds light on <strong>the</strong> significance of<br />

bygone cultures, preserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir heritage.<br />

His talent has been celebrated through exhibitions<br />

across <strong>the</strong> UAE and globally. The<br />

‘Portrait of a Nation’ exhibition at Abu Dhabi<br />

Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) <strong>in</strong><br />

2016 ga<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong>ternational recognition when<br />

it traveled to <strong>the</strong> ME Collectors Room Berl<strong>in</strong>/<br />

Olbricht Foundation <strong>in</strong> 2017. His <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

extended to ‘UAE Design Stories’ exhibitions<br />

at Milan Design Week, London Design Fair,<br />

and Galerie Nikki <strong>in</strong> Paris <strong>in</strong> 2018.<br />

The Maraya Art Centre <strong>in</strong> Sharjah showcased<br />

Al Areef’s work dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ‘Colour Bar:<br />

Colour, <strong>Space</strong>, and Bits per Pixel’ exhibition<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2019, solidify<strong>in</strong>g his place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

Notably, <strong>the</strong> Cultural Foundation Art Residency<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r acknowledged his talent and<br />

commitment.<br />

Al Areef’s connection to heritage extends<br />

beyond art. As a dedicated employee at <strong>the</strong><br />

National Archives, he safeguards <strong>the</strong> UAE’s<br />

cultural history, ensur<strong>in</strong>g its enrichment for<br />

future generations.<br />

Ahmad Saeed Al Areef’s art is a blend of<br />

<strong>in</strong>trigue, contemplation, and cultural significance.<br />

As he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to create and explore,<br />

his work promises to unfold captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

chapters <strong>in</strong> his artistic journey.<br />

Enter <strong>the</strong> world where Ahmad Saeed Al<br />

Areef’s art converges past and present, resonat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with history and heritage <strong>in</strong> every<br />

brushstroke and creation.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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







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n <strong>the</strong> vast expanse of <strong>the</strong> digital age, traditional<br />

art forms have evolved and adapted<br />

to <strong>the</strong> rapid advancements <strong>in</strong> technology.<br />

Sculpture, an age-old art form that once<br />

stood as a symbol of human creativity and<br />

expression, has not been exempt from <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative impact of <strong>the</strong> digital landscape.<br />

As 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, virtual reality, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technologies cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to revolutionize <strong>the</strong> creative process, one<br />

might question whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> art of sculptur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

has wi<strong>the</strong>red away or undergone a remarkable<br />

metamorphosis. In this article, we delve<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realms of digital sculpture and traditional<br />

craftsmanship to explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay<br />

between <strong>the</strong>se two doma<strong>in</strong>s and understand<br />

how <strong>the</strong>y contribute to a new and vibrant era<br />

for <strong>the</strong> art of sculpt<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The Evolution of Sculpture <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Digital<br />

Age<br />

The advent of digital tools has undoubtedly<br />

transformed <strong>the</strong> way artists conceptualize,<br />

design, and create sculptures. Digital<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g software, such as ZBrush and<br />

Blender, empowers artists to manipulate<br />

virtual clay, push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

creativity beyond <strong>the</strong> constra<strong>in</strong>ts of physical<br />

materials. This newfound freedom allows for<br />

rapid prototyp<strong>in</strong>g, iteration, and experimentation,<br />

enabl<strong>in</strong>g artists to achieve unprecedented<br />

levels of <strong>in</strong>tricacy and complexity<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir creations. Digital sculptures can be<br />

easily shared with a global audience, foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collaboration and <strong>in</strong>spiration on a scale<br />

previously unimag<strong>in</strong>able.<br />

However, some argue that this newfound<br />

ease and convenience have dim<strong>in</strong>ished<br />

<strong>the</strong> skill and craftsmanship that were once<br />

synonymous with traditional sculpt<strong>in</strong>g. The<br />

act of physically chisel<strong>in</strong>g away at stone or<br />

mold<strong>in</strong>g clay with one’s hands was, and still<br />

is, a deeply <strong>in</strong>timate and emotive process<br />

that connects <strong>the</strong> artist to <strong>the</strong>ir medium on<br />

a visceral level.<br />

16 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


A Symbiotic Relationship: Blend<strong>in</strong>g Traditional<br />

and Digital Techniques<br />

Ra<strong>the</strong>r than consider<strong>in</strong>g digital sculpture as<br />

a rival to traditional sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, we should embrace<br />

<strong>the</strong> symbiotic relationship that exists<br />

between <strong>the</strong> two. Digital tools can serve as<br />

a complementary extension of an artist’s skill<br />

set, not a replacement. Artists can use digital<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g to experiment with ideas, test<br />

different forms, and streaml<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong>ir creative<br />

process. Once <strong>the</strong> digital model is complete,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can <strong>the</strong>n choose to br<strong>in</strong>g it to life<br />

through traditional sculpt<strong>in</strong>g techniques or<br />

explore <strong>the</strong> possibilities of 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Additionally, digital sculpture has facilitated<br />

<strong>the</strong> preservation and recreation of historical<br />

artifacts and cultural heritage. The ability to<br />

create high-fidelity digital scans of ancient<br />

sculptures ensures <strong>the</strong>ir conservation and<br />

accessibility to future generations, transcend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

physical and geographical boundaries.<br />

Challenges and Opportunities<br />

While digital sculpture offers numerous advantages,<br />

it also presents challenges that<br />

demand attention. One concern is <strong>the</strong> risk<br />

of los<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> tangible and tactile experience<br />

that traditional sculpt<strong>in</strong>g offers. The subtle<br />

nuances and imperfections that arise from<br />

<strong>the</strong> hands-on approach can imbue a piece<br />

with a profound emotional resonance, captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>the</strong> artist’s touch.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, as technology evolves rapidly,<br />

artists must navigate <strong>the</strong> ethical implications<br />

of utiliz<strong>in</strong>g artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence and automation<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creative process. Strik<strong>in</strong>g a balance<br />

between technology and human creativity<br />

is essential to ensure that <strong>the</strong> artist’s<br />

vision rema<strong>in</strong>s at <strong>the</strong> heart of every creation.<br />

Conclusion<br />

In <strong>the</strong> current digital landscape, <strong>the</strong> art of<br />

sculptur<strong>in</strong>g has not died but ra<strong>the</strong>r adapted,<br />

evolved, and thrived. The marriage of digital<br />

and traditional techniques has opened<br />

up new avenues of creativity, offer<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

endless possibilities to express <strong>the</strong>ir visions.<br />

While digital sculpture br<strong>in</strong>gs efficiency and<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation to <strong>the</strong> table, traditional sculpt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

preserves <strong>the</strong> au<strong>the</strong>nticity and emotional<br />

depth that comes from a direct connection<br />

between <strong>the</strong> artist and <strong>the</strong>ir medium.<br />

Ultimately, <strong>the</strong> future of sculpture lies <strong>in</strong> embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> harmonious coexistence of digital<br />

tools and traditional craftsmanship. By<br />

strik<strong>in</strong>g this balance, artists can transcend<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries of <strong>the</strong> imag<strong>in</strong>able and create<br />

sculptural masterpieces that stand as a<br />

testament to both human <strong>in</strong>genuity and technological<br />

progress. In this fusion of tradition<br />

and technology, <strong>the</strong> art of sculptur<strong>in</strong>g is not<br />

dead; it is very much alive and flourish<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> digital age.<br />

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



The emirati identity beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> abstract expression of<br />

Al Anood Al<br />

Obeidli<br />

Artist<br />

Exclusive<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> vibrant realm of Emirati visual arts,<br />

one name sh<strong>in</strong>es brightly, captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hearts and m<strong>in</strong>ds with her exceptional talent<br />

and creativity – Al Anood Al Obeidli. Hail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from <strong>the</strong> beautiful city of Abu Dhabi <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

United Arab Emirates, Al Obeidli has carved<br />

her path as a remarkable visual artist, leav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> art scene.<br />

Al Obeidli’s artistic journey began at <strong>the</strong><br />

prestigious College of Arts and <strong>Creative</strong><br />

Enterprises, Zayed University, where she<br />

earned her Bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> Visual Arts<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2013. This academic foundation laid <strong>the</strong><br />

groundwork for her to explore <strong>the</strong> depths of<br />

her artistic expression and experiment with<br />

diverse mediums, techniques, and concepts.<br />

A pivotal moment <strong>in</strong> Al Obeidli’s career came<br />

when she became an esteemed alumna of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Emerg<strong>in</strong>g Artists Fellowship Program<br />

under <strong>the</strong> Sheikha Salama B<strong>in</strong>t Hamdan Al<br />

Nahyan Foundation <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi <strong>in</strong> 2014.<br />

This <strong>in</strong>credible opportunity provided her with<br />

<strong>in</strong>valuable guidance, mentorship, and exposure<br />

to <strong>the</strong> art world’s <strong>in</strong>tricacies.<br />

The artistry of Al Anood Al Obeidli speaks<br />

volumes, transcend<strong>in</strong>g cultural boundaries<br />

and resonat<strong>in</strong>g with audiences worldwide.<br />

Her masterpieces have graced numerous<br />

group exhibitions, garner<strong>in</strong>g admiration and<br />

acclaim. Among <strong>the</strong>se notable showcases<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> Zayed University Alumni Works<br />

at Bait15 <strong>in</strong> 2018, a captivat<strong>in</strong>g event celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic prowess of Zayed University<br />

graduates.<br />

In 2016, her art found a home at <strong>the</strong> East-<br />

East exhibition held at New York University<br />

Abu Dhabi, where her unique perspective<br />

and storytell<strong>in</strong>g capabilities captivated visitors.<br />

The Noah’s Ark exhibition at Sharjah<br />

Art Museum that same year presented her<br />

works alongside those of o<strong>the</strong>r esteemed<br />

artists, creat<strong>in</strong>g a harmonious symphony of<br />

creativity and imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

A highlight <strong>in</strong> Al Obeidli’s journey was her<br />

participation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Art: Process & Practice<br />

exhibition organized by <strong>the</strong> Sheikha Salama<br />

B<strong>in</strong>t Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation <strong>in</strong> 2015.<br />

Here, she showcased <strong>the</strong> evolution of her artistic<br />

process, allow<strong>in</strong>g audiences to witness<br />

<strong>the</strong> magic that unfolds beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> scenes.<br />

One cannot overlook <strong>the</strong> significance of <strong>the</strong><br />

Turn<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t exhibition at Tashkeel, Dubai,<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2014, which served as a def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g moment<br />

<strong>in</strong> Al Obeidli’s career. This event served as<br />

a stepp<strong>in</strong>g stone, propell<strong>in</strong>g her towards<br />

greater recognition and open<strong>in</strong>g doors to<br />

new possibilities.<br />

Al Anood Al Obeidli’s artistry is a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> rich tapestry of Emirati culture and her<br />

unique perspectives on life. Her works evoke<br />

emotions, provoke thoughts, and transport<br />

viewers to a world where imag<strong>in</strong>ation knows<br />

no bounds.<br />

As we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g world of Al<br />

Anood Al Obeidli, we are <strong>in</strong>vited to explore<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate beauty of her artworks, each<br />

stroke of <strong>the</strong> brush reveal<strong>in</strong>g a piece of her<br />

soul. From her early days at Zayed University<br />

to her emergence as a talented artist<br />

through <strong>the</strong> fellowship program, Al Obeidli’s<br />

journey has been a kaleidoscope of colors,<br />

emotions, and stories.<br />

Her art is not merely a reflection of her experiences<br />

but also a testament to <strong>the</strong> vibrant<br />

art scene of <strong>the</strong> UAE, embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

richness of <strong>the</strong> region while embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

world at large. Through her masterpieces, Al<br />

Obeidli opens a gateway to connect with her<br />

audience on a profound level.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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

O<br />

n this World Tourism Day, we embark<br />

on a journey to a city that has seamlessly<br />

blended <strong>the</strong> worlds of tourism<br />

and art, captivat<strong>in</strong>g visitors with its vibrant<br />

and diverse cultural scene. Dubai, known for<br />

its modern architecture, luxurious shopp<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and sandy beaches, has also emerged as a<br />

hub for artistic expression, attract<strong>in</strong>g tourists<br />

from all corners of <strong>the</strong> globe. In this article,<br />

we will delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g fusion of<br />

tourism and art <strong>in</strong> Dubai and explore how<br />

it has become a haven for art enthusiasts<br />

worldwide.<br />

Dubai’s Artistic Landscape: Dubai’s rapid<br />

transformation <strong>in</strong>to a global tourist dest<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

has been accompanied by a parallel<br />

surge <strong>in</strong> its artistic landscape. The city has<br />

embraced art <strong>in</strong> all its forms, from traditional<br />

to contemporary, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a playground for<br />

artists, collectors, and creative m<strong>in</strong>ds alike.<br />

Galleries, museums, and public art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

are peppered throughout <strong>the</strong> city,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich cultural heritage of <strong>the</strong><br />

region alongside <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

contemporary expressions.<br />

Art and Architecture: Dubai’s skyl<strong>in</strong>e is a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> harmonious blend of art and<br />

architecture. The city is home to some of <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s most iconic structures, each a mast-<br />

-erpiece <strong>in</strong> its own right. From <strong>the</strong> sailshaped<br />

Burj Al Arab to <strong>the</strong> tower<strong>in</strong>g Burj<br />

Khalifa, <strong>the</strong> world’s tallest build<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>se architectural<br />

wonders reflect Dubai’s vision for<br />

<strong>the</strong> future while embrac<strong>in</strong>g artistic f<strong>in</strong>esse.<br />

Public Art and Cultural Integration: Dubai<br />

has taken <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiative to <strong>in</strong>fuse art <strong>in</strong>to public<br />

spaces, mak<strong>in</strong>g it accessible to both residents<br />

and tourists. The city’s commitment<br />

to cultural <strong>in</strong>tegration is evident <strong>in</strong> its stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

public art <strong>in</strong>stallations that celebrate<br />

local heritage and global diversity. From<br />

eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g sculptures adorn<strong>in</strong>g boulevards<br />

to <strong>in</strong>teractive art <strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> parks,<br />

Dubai’s public spaces have become outdoor<br />

art galleries, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g visitors to engage<br />

and immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> creativity.<br />

Art Festivals and Events: Dubai plays host to<br />

a myriad of art festivals and events that draw<br />

art aficionados from around <strong>the</strong> world. From<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dubai Art Season, a month-long celebration<br />

of art and creativity, to <strong>the</strong> esteemed Art<br />

Dubai fair that showcases contemporary art<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Middle East and beyond, <strong>the</strong> city<br />

has firmly established itself as a global cultural<br />

hotspot.<br />





Art as a Bridge between Cultures: One of <strong>the</strong><br />

unique aspects of Dubai’s fusion of tourism<br />

and art is its role as a bridge between cultures.<br />

The city’s diverse population and its<br />

appeal to <strong>in</strong>ternational travelers have led to<br />

a convergence of artistic <strong>in</strong>fluences, result<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> a melt<strong>in</strong>g pot of creative expression.<br />

Visitors are offered a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to different<br />

artistic traditions, foster<strong>in</strong>g cross-cultural understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and appreciation.<br />

Conclusion: Dubai’s fusion of tourism and art<br />

has created a dynamic and captivat<strong>in</strong>g dest<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

for travelers seek<strong>in</strong>g a holistic cultural<br />

experience. As we celebrate World Tourism<br />

Day, let us applaud Dubai’s commitment<br />

to <strong>the</strong> arts, which has transformed it <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

vibrant and ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g canvas, draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

travelers from every corner of <strong>the</strong> globe.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r you are a seasoned art enthusiast<br />

or a curious traveler eager to explore new<br />

horizons, Dubai’s artistic landscape is sure<br />

to leave an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on your heart and<br />

soul. So, pack your bags, immerse yourself<br />

<strong>in</strong> creativity, and let Dubai’s fusion of tourism<br />

and art be your guide to an unforgettable<br />

adventure.<br />

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



Set <strong>in</strong> jewels: <strong>the</strong> bejwelled sculptures of<br />

Azza Al Qubaisi<br />

Artist<br />

Exclusive<br />

A Stellar Portfolio of Exhibitions<br />

Azza’s creative prowess has been showcased<br />

<strong>in</strong> various solo and group exhibitions<br />

both with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE and around <strong>the</strong> globe.<br />

Some of her standout exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

“Portrait of a Nation” <strong>in</strong> Berl<strong>in</strong> (2017) and <strong>the</strong><br />

“UAE National Day Exhibition” at EXPO Milano<br />

(2015), which allowed her to share her<br />

artistic vision with an <strong>in</strong>ternational audience.<br />

She has also graced <strong>the</strong> prestigious halls of<br />

So<strong>the</strong>by’s <strong>in</strong> London as part of <strong>the</strong> “Three<br />

Generations” exhibition (2013) and presented<br />

her captivat<strong>in</strong>g sculptures at “Sculpture<br />

to Wear” <strong>in</strong> Dubai’s Tashkeel (2012). The<br />

artistic fire with<strong>in</strong> her has taken her even<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r to places like Hels<strong>in</strong>ki (2004), Doha<br />

(Bahra<strong>in</strong>), Morocco, Cairo, and Brussels, enrich<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her experiences and connect<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

diverse art communities.<br />

A<br />

zza Al Qubaisi, a visionary artist hail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from Abu Dhabi. Born <strong>in</strong> 1978,<br />

Azza is a true gem <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art,<br />

excell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> multiple discipl<strong>in</strong>es - from jewellery<br />

design to product design and sculpt<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Her creative journey is a testament to <strong>the</strong><br />

power of passion and dedication.<br />

Educational Pursuits and Accomplishments<br />

Azza Al Qubaisi’s artistic journey began with<br />

a Bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> Jewellery Design and<br />

Allied Crafts from <strong>the</strong> prestigious London<br />

Guildhall University. There, she honed her<br />

craft and discovered her unique voice as<br />

a jewellery artist. Later, she pursued an MA<br />

<strong>in</strong> Cultural and <strong>Creative</strong> Industries from <strong>the</strong><br />

renowned Centre of Excellence for Applied<br />

Research & Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g (CERT) at <strong>the</strong> Higher<br />

Colleges of Technology (HCT), solidify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her understand<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> art world and its<br />

impact on culture and society.<br />

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

Celebrated Works and Recognitions<br />

Azza Al Qubaisi’s artistic brilliance hasn’t<br />

gone unnoticed. Her work was featured <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>fluential book “500 Earr<strong>in</strong>gs: New Directions<br />

<strong>in</strong> Contemporary Jewellery” (Lark<br />

Crafts, 2007), fur<strong>the</strong>r cement<strong>in</strong>g her position<br />

as a trailblazer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of contemporary<br />

jewellery design. Her creativity and<br />

entrepreneurial spirit earned her prestigious<br />

accolades, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> British Council’s<br />

Young <strong>Creative</strong> Entrepreneur Award and <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirates Woman of <strong>the</strong> Year Award.<br />

Unveil<strong>in</strong>g New Horizons<br />

As an artist, Azza is cont<strong>in</strong>ually explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new avenues to showcase her talent and<br />

creativity. In 2018, she participated <strong>in</strong> “Artists<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Cultural Foundation: The Early<br />

Years” at <strong>the</strong> Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation,<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r add<strong>in</strong>g to her illustrious portfolio. In<br />

2021, she was part of <strong>the</strong> Art <strong>Space</strong> exhibition,<br />

a captivat<strong>in</strong>g collaboration between<br />

The Department of Culture and Tourism -<br />

Abu Dhabi and ALDAR properties.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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





T<br />

he United Arab Emirates is a realm<br />

where art seamlessly blends with <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> streets become an<br />

open gallery of captivat<strong>in</strong>g sculptures that<br />

narrate tales of victory, love, and human potential.<br />

Here are some must-see sculptures<br />

that are not only awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g but also an<br />

embodiment of <strong>the</strong> nation’s spirit.<br />

Declaration by eL Seed<br />

Location: Next to Dubai Opera<br />

Immersed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> vibrant aura of Dubai’s cultural hub, <strong>the</strong> Declaration sculpture by eL Seed is<br />

a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g spiral of electric p<strong>in</strong>k calligraphy. Draw<strong>in</strong>g from a poem by HH Sheikh Mohammed<br />

b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum, <strong>the</strong> artwork echoes <strong>the</strong> sentiments that art reflects <strong>the</strong> tapestry<br />

of nations, <strong>the</strong>ir history, and civilization. It stands as a declaration of love to <strong>the</strong> city and <strong>the</strong><br />

rich heritage of Arab calligraphy.<br />

W<strong>in</strong>, Victory, Love by Tim Brav<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

Location: Downtown Dubai near <strong>the</strong> Dubai<br />

Opera<br />

Crafted as a tribute to HH Sheikh Mohammed<br />

b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum’s iconic<br />

three-f<strong>in</strong>ger salute, this sculpture emanates<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of triumph and devotion. With a<br />

hand gesture symboliz<strong>in</strong>g W<strong>in</strong>, Victory, and<br />

Love, it represents <strong>the</strong> ethos of hard work,<br />

success, and patriotism. Positioned near <strong>the</strong><br />

Dubai Opera, it serves as a powerful rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

of <strong>the</strong> values that def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Dandelions by Mirek Struzik<br />

Location: Dubai Founta<strong>in</strong> Promenade,<br />

Downtown Dubai<br />

A whimsical dreamscape brought to life, Mirek Struzik’s larger-than-life dandelions add a<br />

touch of enchantment to <strong>the</strong> iconic Downtown Dubai. These <strong>in</strong>stallations stand adjacent to<br />

<strong>the</strong> awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g Burj Khalifa, captivat<strong>in</strong>g both locals and visitors alike. As twilight sets <strong>in</strong>,<br />

<strong>the</strong> dandelions transform <strong>in</strong>to iridescent marvels, cast<strong>in</strong>g a spell on those fortunate enough<br />

to witness <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

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

Love Me by Richard Hudson<br />

Location: The Dubai Mall, outside <strong>the</strong> Waterfall<br />

Entrance<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g love and peace, Richard Hudson’s<br />

polished steel heart-shaped sculpture<br />

stands as a testament to <strong>the</strong> city’s iconic<br />

landmarks. Reflect<strong>in</strong>g both Burj Khalifa and<br />

The Dubai Mall, <strong>the</strong> artwork captivates with<br />

its whimsy and symbolism. This monumental<br />

piece transcends its form, becom<strong>in</strong>g an Instagram-worthy<br />

icon that resonates deeply<br />

with those who encounter it.<br />

W<strong>in</strong>gs of Mexico by Jorge Mar<strong>in</strong><br />

Location: Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai<br />

Jorge Mar<strong>in</strong>’s W<strong>in</strong>gs of Mexico sculpture is a testament to <strong>the</strong> boundless potential of humanity.<br />

Represent<strong>in</strong>g victory, dreams, and <strong>the</strong> power of creation, this artwork graces Burj Plaza<br />

with its <strong>in</strong>tricate details and profound message. A symbol of aspiration, it stands as a rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

that human potential knows no bounds.<br />

Birthday Suit by Joseph Klibansky<br />

Location: In front of The Galliard <strong>in</strong> Downtown<br />

Dubai<br />

Joseph Klibansky’s bronze monkey sculpture<br />

is a celebration of life and love, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

unbridled optimism for <strong>the</strong> future. With<br />

its whimsical party hat, flute, and roses, <strong>the</strong><br />

sculpture resonates with <strong>the</strong> joy of existence.<br />

Positioned <strong>in</strong> Downtown Dubai, this artwork<br />

is a testament to <strong>the</strong> profound impact of artistic<br />

expression.<br />

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‘Mojo’ by Idriss B<br />

Location: Dubai Design District<br />

Idriss B’s dynamic sculptures have taken<br />

Dubai by storm. The latest addition, a<br />

3.5-meter-high gorilla named Mojo, captivates<br />

with its holographic pa<strong>in</strong>t that shimmers<br />

and changes color with <strong>the</strong> light. These<br />

sculptures are a testament to <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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

The Sail by Mattar B<strong>in</strong> Lahej<br />

Location: Address Beach Resort<br />

Stand<strong>in</strong>g at an impressive 5 meters, Mattar<br />

B<strong>in</strong> Lahej’s calligraphic sail sculpture is a<br />

manifestation of visionary thought. Embellished<br />

with a quote from HH Sheikh Mohammed<br />

b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum, <strong>the</strong> artwork reflects<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE’s ethos of shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> future<br />

through imag<strong>in</strong>ation and design.<br />

These sculptures, scattered across <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE’s urban landscape, not only add aes<strong>the</strong>tic<br />

charm but also embody <strong>the</strong> nation’s<br />

values, aspirations, and cultural richness.<br />

Each piece tells a unique story, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g both<br />

residents and visitors to engage with art <strong>in</strong> a<br />

profound and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g way.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Benjam<strong>in</strong> Sh<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

Artist<br />

Mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g world of tulle art<br />

S<br />

tep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary world of Benjam<strong>in</strong><br />

Sh<strong>in</strong>e, a visionary artist whose<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative work with tulle unveils a<br />

delicate balance between energy, impermanence,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> spiritual essence of <strong>the</strong><br />

superficial. His creations have graced prestigious<br />

art <strong>in</strong>stitutions like <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design<br />

<strong>in</strong> New York, The Crafts Council UK, and<br />

The London Design Museum. With clients<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from iconic names like Givenchy<br />

and Vogue to collaborations with Beyonce<br />

and Google, Benjam<strong>in</strong>’s artistic prowess has<br />

left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> global stage.<br />

Awards and accolades have showered upon<br />

this multi-talented artist, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> prestigious<br />

Red Dot Design Award, The Enterpris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Young Brit Award, and <strong>the</strong> Arts Export<br />

Award <strong>in</strong> Australia. His works have garnered<br />

immense attention, with videos reach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over a stagger<strong>in</strong>g 250 million views through<br />

notable publications like New York <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong><br />

and The Huff<strong>in</strong>gton Post.<br />

Exhibitions have been a canvas for Benjam<strong>in</strong><br />

to showcase his tulle masterpieces,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g spectators <strong>in</strong> awe with <strong>the</strong>ir e<strong>the</strong>real<br />

beauty. His journey through exhibitions has<br />

traversed numerous iconic locations, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Paris Fashion Week, London Design<br />

Week, and Art Monaco. From Los Angeles<br />

to Chicago, from New York to Miami, his exhibitions<br />

have been sought after by art enthusiasts<br />

from all walks of life.<br />

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Benjam<strong>in</strong>’s artistic ventures also extend to<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g projects that adorn magaz<strong>in</strong>e<br />

covers, album covers, and even sculptural<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations for music videos. His creations<br />

have graced <strong>the</strong> pages of prestigious publications<br />

like Vogue Russia and C<strong>in</strong>namon<br />

<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g readers with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate beauty.<br />

His artistic excellence is evident <strong>in</strong> projects<br />

like “See<strong>in</strong>g Through The Material” at Bergdorf<br />

Goodman <strong>in</strong> New York, a truly exceptional<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation that fused tulle with art,<br />

transcend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of traditional<br />

design. Collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with prom<strong>in</strong>ent figures<br />

like Maison Margiela, Benjam<strong>in</strong> has redef<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

couture through his unique vision.<br />

However, it is not just <strong>the</strong> glitz and glamour<br />

that def<strong>in</strong>es Benjam<strong>in</strong> Sh<strong>in</strong>e’s work; it is his<br />

ability to express <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tangible through <strong>the</strong><br />

material that sets him apart. His solo exhibitions,<br />

like “Solitude” and “Evanescence,”<br />

have captured <strong>the</strong> essence of emotions,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> audience reflect on <strong>the</strong> deeper<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> superficiality we encounter<br />

every day.<br />

As viewers, we are drawn <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

tulle by its <strong>in</strong>tricate patterns, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay of<br />

light and shadow, and <strong>the</strong> poetry it embodies.<br />

It is an art form that captivates <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d<br />

and engages <strong>the</strong> soul, leav<strong>in</strong>g us <strong>in</strong> a state<br />

of wonder and <strong>in</strong>trospection.<br />

Benjam<strong>in</strong>’s journey has been noth<strong>in</strong>g short<br />

of remarkable. From be<strong>in</strong>g honored with <strong>the</strong><br />

Australian ACT Export Award to receiv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

accolades at Art Monaco and beyond, he<br />

has been recognized and celebrated worldwide.<br />

As we marvel at his artistic brilliance, we are<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>ded that art is not merely about aes<strong>the</strong>tics<br />

but also about <strong>the</strong> emotions it evokes<br />

and <strong>the</strong> stories it tells. Benjam<strong>in</strong> Sh<strong>in</strong>e’s tulle<br />

creations are an <strong>in</strong>vitation to explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tangible,<br />

to question <strong>the</strong> impermanence of<br />

life, and to f<strong>in</strong>d beauty <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> most unexpected<br />

places. - feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Bruno Catalano<br />

Artist<br />

The artist whose work travels around <strong>the</strong> world<br />

W<br />

elcome to <strong>the</strong> fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g world of<br />

Bruno Catalano, a gifted artist who<br />

captures <strong>the</strong> essence of travel and<br />

human experiences through his awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sculptures. Each of his creations is a<br />

visual tale of <strong>the</strong> unique journey every <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

carries with <strong>the</strong>m. Let’s delve <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> life and art of this remarkable sculptor<br />

whose work cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate audiences<br />

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

Born <strong>in</strong> 1960 <strong>in</strong> Morocco, Bruno Catalano’s<br />

roots are deeply <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed with a history of<br />

migrations and cultural blend<strong>in</strong>g. His family,<br />

trac<strong>in</strong>g back to Franco-Italian orig<strong>in</strong>s, can<br />

trace <strong>the</strong>ir ancestry to Jewish ancestors who<br />

were expelled from Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 15th century<br />

and later found refuge <strong>in</strong> Sicily before eventually<br />

settl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> North Africa. At <strong>the</strong> age of<br />

ten, Bruno’s family left Morocco to make a<br />

new home <strong>in</strong> Marseille.<br />

Initially, life took Bruno <strong>in</strong> a different direction,<br />

as his fa<strong>the</strong>r tra<strong>in</strong>ed him as an electrician.<br />

For several years, he worked on boats<br />

for a shipp<strong>in</strong>g company and later jo<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

SNCM, a job far from <strong>the</strong> world of art. Little<br />

did he know that <strong>the</strong>se early experiences<br />

would play a crucial role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g his artistic<br />

sensibilities.<br />

Bruno’s journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of art began<br />

when he discovered <strong>the</strong> craft of creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r masks with his friends. Intrigued by<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of sculpture, he later turned his focus<br />

to clay <strong>in</strong> 1991. Determ<strong>in</strong>ed to master<br />

this medium, he enrolled <strong>in</strong> model<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g workshops while enrich<strong>in</strong>g his skills<br />

through self-study and read<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Over time, Bruno Catalano established his<br />

own studio, equipped it with an oven, and<br />

made sculpt<strong>in</strong>g his primary vocation. Recognition<br />

came knock<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2001 when <strong>the</strong><br />

town hall of <strong>the</strong> 5th arrondissement of Marseille<br />

commissioned him to create a bust of<br />

<strong>the</strong> legendary Yves Montand, which was to<br />

adorn a dedicated square. This marked <strong>the</strong><br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of a series of public art projects<br />

that would become <strong>the</strong> heart and soul of his<br />

artistic journey.<br />

In 2004, an unexpected <strong>in</strong>cident changed<br />

<strong>the</strong> course of Bruno’s artistic expression forever.<br />

A metal cast<strong>in</strong>g accident created a serendipitous<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> one of his sculptures.<br />

Instead of dismiss<strong>in</strong>g it as a mishap, Bruno<br />

embraced this fortuitous event, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

tear <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> material a central element of his future<br />

creations. This marked a turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong><br />

his career, as he began craft<strong>in</strong>g monumental<br />

figures, some tower<strong>in</strong>g several meters high.<br />

Bronze became his preferred medium, and<br />

he occasionally <strong>in</strong>fused his sculptures with<br />

vibrant colors, breath<strong>in</strong>g life <strong>in</strong>to each piece.<br />

Today, Bruno Catalano cont<strong>in</strong>ues to embody<br />

<strong>the</strong> true essence of a sculptor, always striv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for perfection, accuracy, and honesty <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> portrayal of his figures. His works have<br />

an enigmatic quality, leav<strong>in</strong>g viewers ponder<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> stories beh<strong>in</strong>d each sculpture and<br />

<strong>the</strong> profound emotions <strong>the</strong>y evoke.<br />

As you explore <strong>the</strong> world of Bruno Catalano’s<br />

sculptures, you will f<strong>in</strong>d yourself drawn <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a realm of travel, migration, and <strong>the</strong> beauty<br />

of human resilience. Each piece speaks of a<br />

shared human experience, and every viewer<br />

can resonate with <strong>the</strong> emotions depicted <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>se stunn<strong>in</strong>g artworks.<br />

So, let yourself be transported by <strong>the</strong> magic<br />

of Bruno Catalano’s sculptures, and embark<br />

on a journey of <strong>in</strong>trospection and wonder as<br />

you immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> stories of <strong>the</strong><br />

Travelers. - feature@magzoid.com<br />

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I<br />

n this rapidly digitalized age, where<br />

screens and technology seem to dom<strong>in</strong>ate<br />

our lives, it’s crucial to take a moment and<br />

reflect on <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g beauty and relevance<br />

of sculptures. As we immerse ourselves <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> virtual world, sculptures provide us with<br />

a tangible connection to art and history, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sense of relatability that resonates<br />

with our humanity.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> digital era, we often f<strong>in</strong>d ourselves<br />

drawn to <strong>the</strong> convenience and allure of digital<br />

art forms, such as computer-generated<br />

graphics and virtual reality experiences.<br />

While <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>novations have <strong>the</strong>ir merits,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can never fully replace <strong>the</strong> raw emotional<br />

impact of encounter<strong>in</strong>g a beautifully crafted<br />

sculpture <strong>in</strong> person. The tangible presence<br />

of a sculpture can evoke emotions that<br />

are difficult to replicate <strong>in</strong> a virtual space.<br />

Sculptures, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir physicality, offer a unique<br />

and <strong>in</strong>timate experience. The ability to walk<br />

around a sculpture, observ<strong>in</strong>g its form and<br />

texture from different angles, allows us to<br />

engage with <strong>the</strong> artwork on a deeper level.<br />

It sparks curiosity and <strong>in</strong>vites contemplation,<br />

pull<strong>in</strong>g us away from <strong>the</strong> fast-paced digital<br />

world and encourag<strong>in</strong>g us to slow down and<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong> details that might o<strong>the</strong>rwise<br />

go unnoticed.<br />

Moreover, sculptures possess an <strong>in</strong>herent<br />

connection to history and culture. From ancient<br />

civilizations to contemporary artists,<br />

sculptures have been a timeless form of<br />

expression, captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of societies<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir beliefs. In <strong>the</strong> midst of constant<br />

digital change, sculptures serve as a<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>der of our shared heritage, l<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

to <strong>the</strong> past and ground<strong>in</strong>g us <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> present.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> digital age has undoubtedly expanded<br />

<strong>the</strong> reach of art, mak<strong>in</strong>g it accessible<br />

to a global audience, it has also posed<br />

challenges for sculptures and <strong>the</strong>ir place <strong>in</strong><br />

contemporary society. The vast onl<strong>in</strong>e galleries<br />

and virtual exhibitions have made it<br />

easier for digital art to ga<strong>in</strong> popularity, sometimes<br />

overshadow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g significance<br />

of sculptures.<br />

However, it is crucial to remember that art<br />

is not a competition between traditional and<br />

digital forms but ra<strong>the</strong>r a celebration of diversity<br />

and creativity. Embrac<strong>in</strong>g both digital<br />

art and sculptures enriches our artistic experiences,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g us to appreciate <strong>the</strong> old<br />

and new side by side.<br />

As we navigate <strong>the</strong> digital landscape, we<br />

must actively seek opportunities to engage<br />

with sculptures <strong>in</strong> real-life sett<strong>in</strong>gs. Visit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art museums, outdoor <strong>in</strong>stallations, and<br />

public spaces with sculptures can reignite<br />

our connection to art and <strong>in</strong>fuse a sense of<br />

wonder <strong>in</strong>to our lives.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, artists today are also embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

technology to brea<strong>the</strong> new life <strong>in</strong>to sculptures.<br />

Digital sculpt<strong>in</strong>g tools and 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

techniques have opened up new avenues<br />

for artists to experiment and create <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

works that bridge <strong>the</strong> gap between <strong>the</strong><br />

physical and digital realms.<br />

In conclusion, while <strong>the</strong> digital age offers us<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g possibilities <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art, we<br />

must not overlook <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g beauty and<br />

relevance of sculptures. Sculptures provide<br />

a tangible and relatable connection to art<br />

and history, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us to slow down and<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong> essence of human creativity.<br />

Embrac<strong>in</strong>g both traditional and digital<br />

art forms enriches our artistic experiences<br />

and keeps <strong>the</strong> spirit of sculptures alive <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

rapidly digitalized age. Let us cherish and<br />

celebrate sculptures as a testament to our<br />

shared cultural heritage and an <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

for generations to come.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Defy<strong>in</strong>g gravity<br />

Daniel<br />

Firman’s<br />

Artist<br />

Thrill<strong>in</strong>g escapade <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> precarious realm of sculptures<br />

S<br />

tep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of Daniel Firman,<br />

an artist who defies <strong>the</strong> limits of time,<br />

balance, weight, and gravity through<br />

his eye-popp<strong>in</strong>g sculptures. Born <strong>in</strong> Bron,<br />

France, on August 20, 1966, Firman’s art<br />

reflects a critical perspective on <strong>the</strong> socio-economic<br />

state of <strong>the</strong> world shaped by<br />

rapid global capitalism and political revolutions<br />

triggered after 1980.<br />

Firman’s sculptures freeze moments of time<br />

and action <strong>in</strong> precarious balance. From a<br />

taxidermied elephant seem<strong>in</strong>gly weightless<br />

on a gallery wall to human figures strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

precarious poses, he captures <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of balance and weight. To create <strong>the</strong>se<br />

sculptures, he demands much effort from<br />

his models, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m rema<strong>in</strong> immobile<br />

until exhaustion. This approach to time becomes<br />

<strong>the</strong> foundation of his unique and<br />

thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g art.<br />

The artist’s fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong> human body<br />

goes beyond static sculptures. He has explored<br />

performance art, craft<strong>in</strong>g choreographed<br />

works where he encloses himself<br />

with<strong>in</strong> constructions. Additionally, he has<br />

delved <strong>in</strong>to immersive sound <strong>in</strong>stallations of<br />

“Drone Music,” add<strong>in</strong>g ano<strong>the</strong>r dimension to<br />

his diverse artistic expression.<br />

Firman’s works resonate with audiences<br />

worldwide and have found a place <strong>in</strong> major<br />

collections around <strong>the</strong> globe. He currently<br />

lives and works <strong>in</strong> Istanbul and Bordeaux,<br />

where he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of art and challenge his own artistic limits.<br />

One of Firman’s remarkable series, “Attitude”<br />

and “Saisir L’impossible,” questions humanity’s<br />

relationship with <strong>the</strong> modern world,<br />

technology, and each o<strong>the</strong>r amidst chaos.<br />

Through his surpris<strong>in</strong>g and hyper-realistic<br />

sculptures, he re<strong>in</strong>terprets our perception of<br />

space and <strong>the</strong> connection between humans<br />

and animals, explor<strong>in</strong>g gravity’s <strong>in</strong>fluence.<br />

Technically versatile, Firman experiments<br />

with various materials, from ready-made<br />

objects to polyurethane, bronze, and clay.<br />

Some of his works use molds of real human<br />

bodies and cloth<strong>in</strong>g to achieve hyper-realistic<br />

depictions, while o<strong>the</strong>rs take a more<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ative approach, deform<strong>in</strong>g human<br />

bodies to “capture <strong>the</strong> impossible.” Each<br />

sculpture becomes a reflection of humanity,<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of objects, and nature from Firman’s<br />

unique perspective.<br />

The artist’s extensive exhibition history <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

prestigious <strong>in</strong>stitutions like Centre<br />

Pompidou (France), The Eli&Edy<strong>the</strong> Broad<br />

MSU Art Museum (USA), Musée d’Art Contempora<strong>in</strong><br />

de Lyon (France), and many o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

worldwide.<br />

As you step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of Daniel Firman’s<br />

sculptures, you are <strong>in</strong>vited to ponder <strong>the</strong><br />

delicate balance between humanity and<br />

<strong>the</strong> ever-chang<strong>in</strong>g world of objects. His art<br />

captures fleet<strong>in</strong>g moments, freez<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

<strong>in</strong> time, allow<strong>in</strong>g us to reflect on our place<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> grand scheme of th<strong>in</strong>gs. Prepare to<br />

be mesmerized and captivated by <strong>the</strong> gravity-defy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

wonders crafted by this visionary<br />

artist.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> soul <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> tactile sculptures of<br />

Irena<br />

Dragova<br />

Artist<br />

Exclusive<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> picturesque town of Burgas, nestled<br />

along <strong>the</strong> eastern coast of <strong>the</strong> Black Sea,<br />

resides an artist whose works are imbued<br />

with a poetic nostalgia, echo<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> glories<br />

and tribulations of history. Irena Dragova,<br />

born <strong>in</strong> this enchant<strong>in</strong>g tourist-<strong>in</strong>dustrial<br />

town <strong>in</strong> Bulgaria, shares a deep connection<br />

with its landscapes and <strong>the</strong> songs of<br />

seagulls. These memories have stayed with<br />

her, even as she embarked on a remarkable<br />

journey that eventually led her to <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

haven of Switzerland’s Tic<strong>in</strong>o <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> mid-90s.<br />

Life was not without its challenges for Irena,<br />

particularly dur<strong>in</strong>g her adolescence under<br />

<strong>the</strong> communist regime. However, her determ<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

and resilience brought her to<br />

Switzerland, where she pursued a degree<br />

<strong>in</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess adm<strong>in</strong>istration with a specialization<br />

<strong>in</strong> market<strong>in</strong>g. Despite a successful<br />

professional career, her heart yearned for<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g more - her childhood dream of<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g an artist.<br />

Fuelled by passion and long<strong>in</strong>g, Irena embraced<br />

<strong>the</strong> path of art, seek<strong>in</strong>g guidance<br />

through rigorous tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and attend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

courses and workshops <strong>in</strong> Italy and Switzerland.<br />

The Peccia Sculpture School played<br />

a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> her artistic growth, allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her to delve deeper <strong>in</strong>to her <strong>in</strong>ner world and<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g her <strong>the</strong> tools to express her emotions<br />

through her work.<br />

“I love what I do, and I do it with great enthusiasm<br />

and passion,” Irena shares. Her<br />

sculptures are unmistakably hers, characterized<br />

by dist<strong>in</strong>ct features that set <strong>the</strong>m<br />

apart from o<strong>the</strong>rs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of art. As she<br />

explores <strong>the</strong> annals of art history and masters’<br />

techniques, she rema<strong>in</strong>s committed to<br />

<strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g her works with a unique tactile element<br />

- a tangible and <strong>in</strong>timate connection<br />

that only her hands can bestow.<br />

Her sculptures are a testament to <strong>the</strong> evolution<br />

of <strong>the</strong> human form, embody<strong>in</strong>g various<br />

attitudes, emotions, and struggles that def<strong>in</strong>e<br />

our daily existence. Each piece seeks to<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d a delicate balance, with specific parts<br />

of <strong>the</strong> human figure assum<strong>in</strong>g prom<strong>in</strong>ence -<br />

<strong>the</strong> bust, <strong>the</strong> torso, <strong>the</strong> back, <strong>the</strong> abdomen<br />

- each tell<strong>in</strong>g its own story.<br />

Recognition and accolades have been<br />

showered upon Irena Dragova, affirm<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

she is on <strong>the</strong> right path. However, she is not<br />

one to rest on her laurels. Her passion for<br />

art fuels an unyield<strong>in</strong>g desire to delve deeper,<br />

to experiment fearlessly, and to push <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of her own creativity. “Hope resides<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> work,” she says, a testament to<br />

her unshakable belief that art has <strong>the</strong> power<br />

to shape our lives and <strong>in</strong>spire positive<br />

change.<br />

As you admire Irena Dragova’s sculptures,<br />

you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d yourself captivated by <strong>the</strong> raw<br />

emotion and soul <strong>the</strong>y exude. Each piece<br />

is an <strong>in</strong>vitation to connect with <strong>the</strong> artist’s<br />

journey and experience a slice of her world.<br />

Through her art, she gifts us not only with<br />

beautifully crafted sculptures but also with a<br />

glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> profound complexity of <strong>the</strong><br />

human experience.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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O<br />

n this special occasion of Teacher’s<br />

Day, we pay homage to those exceptional<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals who have dedicated<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir lives to nurtur<strong>in</strong>g creativity and<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g young m<strong>in</strong>ds through <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

art. Teachers play a profound role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our artistic journey, ignit<strong>in</strong>g our passion for<br />

creativity, and <strong>in</strong>still<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> us <strong>the</strong> courage to<br />

express ourselves freely.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> vast canvas of education, teachers<br />

serve as <strong>the</strong> master artists, skillfully guid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir students to discover <strong>the</strong> magic of<br />

colors, l<strong>in</strong>es, and shapes. From <strong>the</strong> earliest<br />

days of f<strong>in</strong>ger-pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> complexities<br />

of brush strokes, teachers patiently accompany<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir students on a remarkable artistic<br />

voyage.<br />

Teachers, like sculptors, have <strong>the</strong> power to<br />

mold raw talents <strong>in</strong>to f<strong>in</strong>e works of art. They<br />

recognize <strong>the</strong> unique potential <strong>in</strong> each student,<br />

chisel<strong>in</strong>g away self-doubt and fear to<br />

reveal <strong>the</strong> beauty with<strong>in</strong>. With unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

support and encouragement, <strong>the</strong>y transform<br />

timid beg<strong>in</strong>ners <strong>in</strong>to confident artists, ready<br />

to embrace <strong>the</strong> world with <strong>the</strong>ir creations.<br />

Just as pa<strong>in</strong>ters blend hues to create mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

landscapes, teachers skillfully<br />

blend knowledge and passion to craft unforgettable<br />

lessons. They open doors to <strong>the</strong><br />

realms of art history, <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g students<br />

to <strong>the</strong> great masters and <strong>the</strong> breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

beauty of past centuries. In <strong>the</strong> process, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

reveal <strong>the</strong> profound connection between art<br />

and culture, transcend<strong>in</strong>g boundaries and<br />

foster<strong>in</strong>g a sense of unity among <strong>the</strong>ir pupils.<br />

Teachers are <strong>the</strong> storytellers of <strong>the</strong> art world,<br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g tales of creative brilliance and <strong>the</strong><br />

struggles faced by celebrated artists. They<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire students with anecdotes of determ<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

and resilience, encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

persist <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir artistic endeavors, no matter<br />

<strong>the</strong> challenges <strong>the</strong>y encounter.<br />

In this grand gallery of learn<strong>in</strong>g, teachers<br />

create an environment where imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

knows no bounds. They k<strong>in</strong>dle <strong>the</strong> flames<br />

of curiosity, urg<strong>in</strong>g students to explore and<br />

experiment fearlessly. In <strong>the</strong> studio of education,<br />

mistakes are not frowned upon but<br />

celebrated as stepp<strong>in</strong>g stones towards artistic<br />

growth.<br />


A true teacher understands <strong>the</strong> value of patience,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g budd<strong>in</strong>g artists to blossom<br />

at <strong>the</strong>ir own pace. They believe <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> power<br />

of small victories, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g every artistic<br />

breakthrough as a testament to <strong>the</strong>ir students’<br />

potential.<br />

As we celebrate Teacher’s Day, let us remember<br />

<strong>the</strong> art teachers who have left an<br />

<strong>in</strong>delible mark on our artistic journeys. Their<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication, <strong>the</strong>ir passion for<br />

creativity, and <strong>the</strong>ir commitment to nurtur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

young talents have enriched our lives <strong>in</strong><br />

countless ways.<br />

To all <strong>the</strong> teachers who have embraced <strong>the</strong><br />

role of artists <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of education, we<br />

extend our heartfelt gratitude. You are <strong>the</strong><br />

guid<strong>in</strong>g stars, <strong>the</strong> color palettes, and <strong>the</strong><br />

brushes that have pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>the</strong> canvas of our<br />

artistic lives. Your legacy lives on through <strong>the</strong><br />

masterpieces you have helped create, and<br />

your impact reverberates through generations<br />

of artists yet to come.<br />

So, on this special day, let us raise our pa<strong>in</strong>tbrushes<br />

and our voices <strong>in</strong> unison to celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> teachers who have shaped <strong>the</strong><br />

world of art and transformed lives through<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of creativity. May <strong>the</strong>ir passion<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to <strong>in</strong>spire and ignite <strong>the</strong> artistic spirit<br />

<strong>in</strong> all of us. Happy Teacher’s Day!<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Andy Firth<br />

Artist<br />

The shopkeeper of skulls<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> world of art, some artists prefer to<br />

keep <strong>the</strong>ir identity a mystery, lett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

work speak for itself. One such artist is<br />

Andy Firth, a ris<strong>in</strong>g talent from Australia,<br />

known by his alias, Jack Of The Dust. For<br />

over a decade, Firth concealed his true<br />

identity, but with a stagger<strong>in</strong>g social media<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g of 2.9 million, he is now ready to<br />

step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> limelight and share his story.<br />

Unlike many artists, Andy Firth did not receive<br />

any formal tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> his craft. From<br />

a young age, he displayed a natural artistic<br />

<strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ation, spend<strong>in</strong>g his time build<strong>in</strong>g LEGO<br />

creations and explor<strong>in</strong>g various forms of artistry<br />

with his hands. As he grew older, Firth’s<br />

love for <strong>in</strong>tricate artistry blossomed through<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and design<strong>in</strong>g Warhammer m<strong>in</strong>iatures,<br />

a type of tabletop gam<strong>in</strong>g figures.<br />

Despite his passion for art, Firth worked<br />

tirelessly as a boat builder for twelve years,<br />

squeez<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> his artistic pursuits dur<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

spare time. He even took on a part-time job<br />

as a video clerk to support his artistic endeavors.<br />

The turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t came when Firth<br />

struggled to f<strong>in</strong>d a decorated human skull<br />

for purchase. Not one to shy away from a<br />

challenge, he decided to fill this unique<br />

niche <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

Around 2011, with whatever little free time<br />

he could spare from his demand<strong>in</strong>g work<br />

schedule, Andy began creat<strong>in</strong>g replica<br />

skulls as sculptures, start<strong>in</strong>g as a mere “side<br />

hustle.” The demand for his creations grew<br />

rapidly, and after two years of juggl<strong>in</strong>g both<br />

worlds, he knew it was time to make art his<br />

full-time pursuit. In 2013, Andy embraced<br />

<strong>the</strong> name Jack Of The Dust and embarked<br />

on a full-fledged artistic journey, with <strong>the</strong> human<br />

skull as his chosen canvas.<br />

The name “Jack Of The Dust” itself carries a<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g story. Inspired by an 1800s book<br />

of naval term<strong>in</strong>ology, Firth stumbled upon<br />

<strong>the</strong> term while flipp<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong> pages. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> historical context, it referred to a storekeeper<br />

<strong>in</strong> charge of dry goods on board a<br />

ship, creat<strong>in</strong>g a dusty environment. For Firth,<br />

<strong>the</strong> name perfectly embodied his artistic<br />

approach, go<strong>in</strong>g from dust to dust, with <strong>the</strong><br />

human skull symboliz<strong>in</strong>g this cycle of life.<br />

Additionally, <strong>the</strong> name Jack, ak<strong>in</strong> to John<br />

Doe, encapsulated his fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong><br />

essence of humanity. He believes that <strong>the</strong><br />

human skull is <strong>the</strong> perfect canvas as it represents<br />

<strong>the</strong> center of perception and experience—<strong>the</strong><br />

place where everyth<strong>in</strong>g happens.<br />

Jack Of The Dust’s repertoire now <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

over a couple of hundred different types of<br />

sculpted pieces. From skulls <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

Samurai warriors, popular culture icons like<br />

Rick & Morty, unique <strong>in</strong>terpretations of Andy<br />

Warhol, to traditional offer<strong>in</strong>gs like Day of <strong>the</strong><br />

Dead skulls, <strong>the</strong>re’s a piece of art for everyone.<br />

Social media played a significant role <strong>in</strong><br />

spread<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> word about Firth’s art. Start<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his Jack Of The Dust Instagram account<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2013 as an art shar<strong>in</strong>g page, he quickly<br />

ga<strong>in</strong>ed a massive follow<strong>in</strong>g by document<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> creation process on his YouTube channel.<br />

Celebrities like Jason Momoa, Joe Rogan,<br />

and Slash have become his customers,<br />

elevat<strong>in</strong>g his bus<strong>in</strong>ess to new heights.<br />

Today, Jack Of The Dust operates out of<br />

two warehouses on Australia’s Gold Coast,<br />

spann<strong>in</strong>g over 7,000 square feet. Thanks to<br />

his enormous follow<strong>in</strong>g, Firth now employs<br />

fifteen full-time artists to help create each<br />

handmade piece. They use mixed media of<br />

clay, acrylic, and res<strong>in</strong>, push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of sculpt<strong>in</strong>g with unconventional materials.<br />

Despite hav<strong>in</strong>g access to numerous<br />

tools, Andy’s favorites rema<strong>in</strong> a humble butter<br />

knife and his hands.<br />

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Creat<strong>in</strong>g a s<strong>in</strong>gle piece takes about four<br />

months, from idea to f<strong>in</strong>al creation. Firth f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

<strong>the</strong> sculpt<strong>in</strong>g phase <strong>the</strong> most reward<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

he witnesses his vision tak<strong>in</strong>g shape. However,<br />

he cherishes every step of <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

process.<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g self-taught, Andy Firth knows <strong>the</strong> value<br />

of learn<strong>in</strong>g from failures. He encourages<br />

aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists to take risks and not be afraid<br />

of fail<strong>in</strong>g, as it is an <strong>in</strong>tegral part of growth<br />

and success.<br />

With a global fan base, Jack Of The Dust<br />

can now only accept orders through weekly<br />

drops, with announcements made to those<br />

on <strong>the</strong> mail<strong>in</strong>g list. While commissions are no<br />

longer accepted, Firth keeps an eye on <strong>the</strong><br />

ideas and suggestions left by his social media<br />

followers for future <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g ahead, Firth envisions creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

wall-mounted pieces, ventur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to new<br />

artistic territory. Embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> unknown is<br />

noth<strong>in</strong>g new for this artist, as he knows that<br />

every new concept requires a different approach<br />

and process.<br />

For Andy Firth, <strong>the</strong> man beh<strong>in</strong>d Jack Of The<br />

Dust, <strong>the</strong> journey is about embrac<strong>in</strong>g uncerta<strong>in</strong>ty,<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g boundaries, and f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g joy<br />

<strong>in</strong> transform<strong>in</strong>g clay <strong>in</strong>to physical ideas. And<br />

just like <strong>the</strong> masks he sculpts, he too reveals<br />

a new facet of himself with every artistic creation.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



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Exclusive<br />

Kathleen<br />

Ryan<br />

Artist<br />

And her ode to decay of natures delicacy<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> bustl<strong>in</strong>g art world, where creativity<br />

flourishes and artists cont<strong>in</strong>ue to push<br />

boundaries, one ris<strong>in</strong>g star is captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> attention of audiences worldwide. Meet<br />

Kathleen Ryan, a New York-based sculptor<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>ally hail<strong>in</strong>g from Santa Monica, California.<br />

Her work, rich <strong>in</strong> symbolism and meticulous<br />

craftsmanship, transforms everyday<br />

objects <strong>in</strong>to extraord<strong>in</strong>ary, larger-than-life<br />

sculptures, blurr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between beauty<br />

and decay.<br />

A Journey Through Exhibitions<br />

Ryan’s artistic journey has taken her far and<br />

wide, and her impressive exhibition history<br />

showcases her talent and versatility. Solo exhibitions<br />

at prestigious galleries like François<br />

Ghebaly <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles and Josh Lilley <strong>in</strong><br />

London have allowed Ryan to display her<br />

sculptures and challenge viewers to contemplate<br />

<strong>the</strong> complexities of Americana.<br />

The Intricate Craft of Gemstone<br />

Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Intrigue and awe surround Ryan’s signature<br />

technique of adorn<strong>in</strong>g her sculptures with<br />

brilliant clusters of semiprecious stones. The<br />

process of craft<strong>in</strong>g one of her breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

beaded fruit sculptures can take up to eight<br />

weeks, as she carefully selects and attaches<br />

thousands of beads and gemstones to each<br />

foam fruit. The result is a harmonious blend<br />

of beauty and unease that reflects on <strong>the</strong> excesses<br />

of contemporary life.<br />

Decadence and Symbolism<br />

Fruit has become a recurr<strong>in</strong>g motif <strong>in</strong> Ryan’s<br />

work, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g decadence and excess.<br />

Her sculptures, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of 17th-century<br />

Dutch vanitas pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, offer a tongue-<strong>in</strong>cheek<br />

commentary on our materialistic culture.<br />

The juxtaposition of delicate, sensual<br />

fruits with heavy, utilitarian materials like<br />

concrete challenges viewers to question <strong>the</strong><br />

true value of <strong>the</strong>ir possessions.<br />

A Vision for Change<br />

While Ryan’s work exudes opulence, it is<br />

also deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> awareness of environmental<br />

decay and <strong>in</strong>equality. As she<br />

meticulously recreates <strong>the</strong> appearance of<br />

mold on her sculptures us<strong>in</strong>g precious gemstones,<br />

she subtly addresses <strong>the</strong> decl<strong>in</strong>e of<br />

our world due to rampant consumption and<br />

<strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g wealth divide.<br />

A Studio Filled with Inspiration<br />

Ryan’s Manhattan studio is a sunlit space,<br />

bustl<strong>in</strong>g with creativity. Here, she carefully<br />

studies <strong>the</strong> process of decay<strong>in</strong>g fruit to perfect<br />

her gemstone replicas. Fruit flies, drawn<br />

to <strong>the</strong> decay<strong>in</strong>g lemons and oranges, create<br />

a fitt<strong>in</strong>gly organic atmosphere for <strong>the</strong> creation<br />

of her <strong>in</strong>tricate art.<br />

Her hope is for <strong>the</strong>se works to f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>ir way<br />

<strong>in</strong>to collectors’ homes, subtly convey<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

message of dissent aga<strong>in</strong>st excessive consumption<br />

and environmental neglect.<br />

Kathleen Ryan’s art cont<strong>in</strong>ues to resonate<br />

with audiences, offer<strong>in</strong>g a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exploration of our world’s complexities.<br />

Her sculptures challenge us to reflect on our<br />

choices and values, entic<strong>in</strong>g us with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

beauty while beckon<strong>in</strong>g us to contemplate<br />

<strong>the</strong> consequences of unchecked opulence.<br />

Through her art, Ryan <strong>in</strong>vites us to consider<br />

<strong>the</strong> delicate balance between delight and<br />

decay, leav<strong>in</strong>g a last<strong>in</strong>g impact on <strong>the</strong> art<br />

world and beyond.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> world of art, certa<strong>in</strong> creations transcend<br />

time, becom<strong>in</strong>g not just sculptures<br />

but eternal symbols of human contemplation<br />

and <strong>in</strong>tellect. One such masterpiece<br />

is ‘The Th<strong>in</strong>ker’ by <strong>the</strong> legendary French<br />

sculptor Auguste Rod<strong>in</strong>. As we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

depths of history, we encounter this iconic<br />

sculpture that encapsulates <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

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

Conceived <strong>in</strong> 1880 as part of a larger work<br />

titled ‘The Gates of Hell,’ ‘The Th<strong>in</strong>ker’<br />

emerged as an <strong>in</strong>dividual sculpture <strong>in</strong> 1904,<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world by storm with its evocative<br />

presence. Depict<strong>in</strong>g a seated man deep <strong>in</strong><br />

thought, his ch<strong>in</strong> rest<strong>in</strong>g upon his hand, Rod<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

creation is a celebration of <strong>in</strong>tellectual<br />

reflection. With his furrowed brow and muscular<br />

form, <strong>the</strong> figure exudes a contemplative<br />

aura that captures <strong>the</strong> very essence of<br />

human <strong>in</strong>quiry.<br />

Rod<strong>in</strong>’s revolutionary approach to sculptural<br />

techniques brea<strong>the</strong>d life <strong>in</strong>to ‘The Th<strong>in</strong>ker.’<br />

The sculpture’s textured surface and<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricately carved details evoke a sense of<br />

movement frozen <strong>in</strong> time, as if <strong>the</strong> act of<br />

ponder<strong>in</strong>g is eternally suspended <strong>in</strong> bronze.<br />

Every stroke of <strong>the</strong> sculptor’s chisel echoes<br />

with <strong>the</strong> resonance of thought, offer<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

<strong>in</strong>timate glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> artist’s creative process.<br />

The universality of ‘The Th<strong>in</strong>ker’ lies <strong>in</strong> its<br />

ability to transcend cultural and temporal<br />

boundaries. It serves as a visual metaphor<br />

for <strong>the</strong> power of human cognition, resonat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with m<strong>in</strong>ds across generations. The<br />

posture, <strong>the</strong> expression, and <strong>the</strong> very soul of<br />

<strong>the</strong> figure evoke a profound connection with<br />

<strong>the</strong> viewer, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us to delve <strong>in</strong>to our own<br />

realms of contemplation.<br />

As we revisit ‘The Th<strong>in</strong>ker,’ we are rem<strong>in</strong>ded<br />

of <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g dialogue between art<br />

and <strong>in</strong>tellect. It stands as a sent<strong>in</strong>el to our<br />

capacity to question, to ponder, and to explore<br />

<strong>the</strong> vast landscapes of our own m<strong>in</strong>ds.<br />

In its bronze form, ‘The Th<strong>in</strong>ker’ captures <strong>the</strong><br />

timeless essence of thought itself, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sculpted figure <strong>in</strong> its eternal quest<br />

for understand<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>sight.<br />

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Kim Simonson’s<br />

Artist<br />

Ceramic realm of mystical moss and enchanted tales<br />

K<br />

im Simonsson, a contemporary artist<br />

born <strong>in</strong> 1974, hails from <strong>the</strong> picturesque<br />

landscapes of Fiskars, F<strong>in</strong>land,<br />

where he f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong>spiration for his enchant<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>rworldly creations. His artistic<br />

journey leads us through a magical realm,<br />

deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> F<strong>in</strong>nish forests, folklore,<br />

and a captivat<strong>in</strong>g blend of imag<strong>in</strong>ation and<br />

reality. Simonsson’s dist<strong>in</strong>ctive artistic voice<br />

is exemplified by his iconic “Moss People,”<br />

life-sized ceramic figures that beckon viewers<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a dreamlike narrative.<br />

With<strong>in</strong> Simonsson’s ceramic sculptures,<br />

<strong>in</strong>nocence <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>es with allure, predom<strong>in</strong>antly<br />

embodied by beguil<strong>in</strong>g childlike<br />

forms. These Moss People, swa<strong>the</strong>d <strong>in</strong> hues<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of moss-covered terra<strong>in</strong>, evoke<br />

a sense of <strong>in</strong>nate camouflage, mirror<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> natural world’s <strong>in</strong>terplay of textures and<br />

colors. Their presence suggests a realm of<br />

lost and disconnected souls, entw<strong>in</strong>ed by<br />

a search for leadership and <strong>the</strong> creation of<br />

false idols—a poignant commentary on contemporary<br />

society.<br />

Simonsson’s artistic prowess sh<strong>in</strong>es through<br />

his profound mastery of clay as a medium.<br />

Each sculpture is lov<strong>in</strong>gly handcrafted with<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> artist’s Fiskars Village studio, reflect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to his craft. His<br />

explorations extend beyond <strong>the</strong> Moss People,<br />

delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to an array of glazes—milky<br />

white, cobalt blue, anthracite black, and<br />

metallic lustres—add<strong>in</strong>g layers to <strong>the</strong> overarch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narrative and weav<strong>in</strong>g a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tapestry of <strong>in</strong>terconnected stories.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> art world’s captivat<strong>in</strong>g discoveries,<br />

Simonsson’s Moss Children took<br />

center stage at Design Miami/2021, earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

acclaim for <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>novative syn<strong>the</strong>sis<br />

of stoneware, pa<strong>in</strong>t, and nylon fiber. This<br />

unique blend gives rise to <strong>the</strong> sculptures’<br />

soft, mossy textures, contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

e<strong>the</strong>real quality. The Moss Children’s monumental<br />

presence, showcased at Lille3000, a<br />

renowned arts fair <strong>in</strong> Lille, France, cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to captivate and resonate with audiences<br />

worldwide.<br />

Simonsson’s artistic journey took a serendipitous<br />

turn, steer<strong>in</strong>g him away from a potential<br />

career <strong>in</strong> soccer. The loss of his soccer<br />

cleats on a fateful bike ride led him to embark<br />

on an artistic path. Enroll<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department<br />

of Ceramic and Glass at <strong>the</strong> University<br />

of Arts & Design, he became captivated by<br />

<strong>the</strong> three-dimensional potential of clay. His<br />

dedication and talent garnered recognition<br />

when he was awarded <strong>the</strong> Young Artist of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Year prize <strong>in</strong> 2004, and he fur<strong>the</strong>r solidified<br />

his reputation by collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong><br />

renowned F<strong>in</strong>nish ceramics maker, Arabia.<br />

Kim Simonsson’s art transcends traditional<br />

boundaries, offer<strong>in</strong>g a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to a realm<br />

where<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation and reality coalesce. His Moss<br />

People and o<strong>the</strong>r sculptures embody a poetic<br />

narrative, draw<strong>in</strong>g viewers <strong>in</strong>to a world<br />

that blurs <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between <strong>the</strong> tangible and<br />

<strong>the</strong> fantastical. Through his artistry, Simonsson<br />

crafts an immersive experience that<br />

challenges perceptions and sparks contemplation,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong><br />

contemporary art landscape.<br />

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Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g silk <strong>in</strong>to nature’s embrace<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga Foldi<br />

Artist<br />

Journey beyond from<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> bustl<strong>in</strong>g city of Budapest, amidst <strong>the</strong><br />

chaos of modern life, Hungarian textile artist<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga Földi f<strong>in</strong>ds solace and <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> serenity of nature. Formerly a costume<br />

designer, K<strong>in</strong>ga transitioned <strong>in</strong>to becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a full-time artist, craft<strong>in</strong>g beautiful silk sculptures<br />

that are a tribute to <strong>the</strong> wonders of <strong>the</strong><br />

natural world. In this <strong>in</strong>terview, she shares<br />

her journey, techniques, and passion for creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

soul-rest<strong>in</strong>g objects.<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga’s Background <strong>in</strong> Textiles<br />

Graduat<strong>in</strong>g from Moholy Nagy University of<br />

Art and Design as a woven textile designer<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2006, K<strong>in</strong>ga’s love for crafts drew her towards<br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> realm of textile art. This<br />

art form transcends mere functionality, allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists to express thoughts and emotions<br />

through various techniques and fabrics.<br />

Along her creative path, K<strong>in</strong>ga delved <strong>in</strong>to<br />

bobb<strong>in</strong> lace mak<strong>in</strong>g, origami, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

surface-manipulat<strong>in</strong>g techniques, ultimately<br />

pav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> way for her remarkable silk sculptures.<br />

Describ<strong>in</strong>g Her Work<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga’s sculptures come to life <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> form of<br />

delicate floral and animal shapes, emanat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sense of tranquility and wonder. Nature<br />

serves as her ultimate muse, as she immerses<br />

herself <strong>in</strong> its beauty and miracles, channel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> shapes, scents, and colors <strong>in</strong>to<br />

her art. For years, she worked as a costume<br />

designer for <strong>the</strong>aters and choreographers,<br />

where she found joy but yearned to express<br />

more profound thoughts and emotions.<br />

Thus, her journey of self-discovery led her to<br />

explore free-stand<strong>in</strong>g sculptures, where she<br />

found her true reflection <strong>in</strong> her works.<br />

Describ<strong>in</strong>g Her Work<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga’s sculptures come to life <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> form of<br />

delicate floral and animal shapes, emanat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sense of tranquility and wonder. Nature<br />

serves as her ultimate muse, as she immerses<br />

herself <strong>in</strong> its beauty and miracles, channel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> shapes, scents, and colors <strong>in</strong>to<br />

her art. For years, she worked as a costume<br />

designer for <strong>the</strong>aters and choreographers,<br />

where she found joy but yearned to express<br />

more profound thoughts and emotions.<br />

Thus, her journey of self-discovery led her to<br />

explore free-stand<strong>in</strong>g sculptures, where she<br />

found her true reflection <strong>in</strong> her works.<br />

The Techniques<br />

The technique that K<strong>in</strong>ga employs is known<br />

as p<strong>in</strong>-tuck. Traditionally used to decorate<br />

blouses, she discovered its potential to create<br />

three-dimensional objects. By fold<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and sew<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fabric meticulously, a rhythmic<br />

striped surface emerges, which can<br />

be molded <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>tricate petals and leaves,<br />

form<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> basis for her sculptures.<br />

Choice of Materials<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga’s favorite fabric is silk, especially <strong>the</strong><br />

textured and lustrous Silk Dupioni, which she<br />

discovered dur<strong>in</strong>g her studies and <strong>in</strong>stantly<br />

fell <strong>in</strong> love with. The fabric’s dist<strong>in</strong>ct qualities,<br />

with its rustic appearance and tactile touch,<br />

perfectly complement her artistic vision.<br />

The Process of Creation<br />

Draw<strong>in</strong>g plays a vital role <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itial stages<br />

of K<strong>in</strong>ga’s creative process, allow<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

thoughts to take shape. However, it is <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction with <strong>the</strong> fabric that her sculptures<br />

truly come alive. Guided by <strong>the</strong> fabric’s responsiveness,<br />

she lets her <strong>in</strong>st<strong>in</strong>cts and <strong>the</strong><br />

material’s nature lead her to <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al form.<br />

Her process <strong>in</strong>volves three major phases:<br />

prepar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fabric, creat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> shape,<br />

and fix<strong>in</strong>g it us<strong>in</strong>g a special textile glue.<br />

Time and Career Highlights<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g on multiple pieces simultaneously,<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga <strong>in</strong>vests about one to two months to<br />

complete one sculpture. Her career highlights<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude exhibit<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>the</strong> 11th Lace<br />

Biennial <strong>in</strong> Brussels and receiv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> esteemed<br />

‘Textile Artist of <strong>the</strong> Year 2015’<br />

prize from <strong>the</strong> Cultural Found for Textileart.<br />

Notably, her most significant commission<br />

<strong>in</strong>volved creat<strong>in</strong>g a magnificent 6-meter-tall<br />

origami Christmas tree for Sofitel Budapest<br />

Cha<strong>in</strong> Bridge.<br />

Advice for Aspir<strong>in</strong>g Textile Artists<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga encourages aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists to f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir unique paths, urg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to be patient<br />

and trust <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>st<strong>in</strong>cts and feel<strong>in</strong>gs throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir artistic journey.<br />

Excit<strong>in</strong>g Plans Ahead<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g forward, K<strong>in</strong>ga is work<strong>in</strong>g on a new<br />

technique to create more e<strong>the</strong>real objects,<br />

and she <strong>in</strong>vites everyone to witness her first<br />

experiments on her Instagram page. Moreover,<br />

she plans to participate <strong>in</strong> various <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

and Hungary-based exhibitions,<br />

with her next event set to take place <strong>in</strong> Eger,<br />

Hungary.<br />

A Soul-Rest<strong>in</strong>g Vision<br />

In an accelerated world filled with overstimulation,<br />

K<strong>in</strong>ga’s sculptures offer a moment of<br />

tranquility and contemplation. With <strong>the</strong> luxury<br />

of observ<strong>in</strong>g one object slowly, she hopes<br />

her creations can serve as soul-rest<strong>in</strong>g objects,<br />

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

our fast-paced lives.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Werner<br />

Bronkhorst<br />

Artist<br />

On scal<strong>in</strong>g imag<strong>in</strong>ation: <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>iature realms and monumental<br />

vision<br />

W<br />

erner Bronkhorst is a self-taught<br />

contemporary artist hail<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

Australia, celebrated for his s<strong>in</strong>gular<br />

artistic style. Renowned for his <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

approach, Bronkhorst skillfully<br />

marries abstract sculptural backdrops<br />

with hyper-realistic portrayals of m<strong>in</strong>iature<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals. Through his dist<strong>in</strong>ct gestural<br />

technique, he has crafted a remarkable<br />

series of artworks that delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

dynamic <strong>in</strong>terplay between <strong>the</strong> micro and<br />

macro, as well as <strong>the</strong> tangible and <strong>the</strong> abstract.<br />

Bronkhorst’s creations stand as visual<br />

marvels, offer<strong>in</strong>g a profound exploration<br />

of scale and reality with<strong>in</strong> his strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

compositions..<br />

What medium of art do you use, and why<br />

that medium?<br />

A majority of my work is made us<strong>in</strong>g thick<br />

acrylic gel mediums to create <strong>the</strong> highly textural<br />

bases for my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. I often mix o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

non-conventional materials such as volcanic<br />

rock, marble dust and o<strong>the</strong>r compounds to<br />

create a variety of effects depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong><br />

scene I want to create. It is <strong>the</strong>n that I add<br />

m<strong>in</strong>iature figures of people surf<strong>in</strong>g, ski<strong>in</strong>g<br />

or walk<strong>in</strong>g which are pa<strong>in</strong>ted us<strong>in</strong>g acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts. More recently though, I have started<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g large scale draw<strong>in</strong>gs of cars us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

charcoal on raw canvas before I pa<strong>in</strong>t words<br />

over <strong>the</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g us<strong>in</strong>g thick acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t.<br />

What are <strong>the</strong> projects you’ve worked on<br />

worldwide?<br />

Although I work <strong>in</strong> Australia, most of my<br />

artworks end up <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hands and houses<br />

of collectors <strong>in</strong> North America, Europe and<br />

Asia.<br />

Now that my work has garnered <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

attention, <strong>the</strong>re are excit<strong>in</strong>g projects underway<br />

such as exhibitions and collaborations<br />

as well as <strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> countries like Germany,<br />

<strong>the</strong> United States and England.<br />

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Any collaborations that you have worked<br />

on with, i.e., brands, etc.<br />

I am currently work<strong>in</strong>g on an artwork <strong>in</strong><br />

collaboration with Nissan to promote <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

Formula E division. Later this month I will<br />

also announce my next collection which will<br />

feature snow scenes such as ski<strong>in</strong>g, snowboard<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and many more. For that reason I<br />

decided to collaborate with Pockies, a cloth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

brand <strong>in</strong> Amsterdam, to create hoodies<br />

and tracksuit pants with my figures embroidered<br />

all over. So soon, my art will be worn<br />

by many people!<br />

What are your thoughts on <strong>the</strong> current art<br />

landscape?<br />

As much as I love <strong>the</strong> world of art, I feel it<br />

needs a refresh. New art that pushes <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries ra<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong> same old pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

we’ve seen for hundreds of years. Art<br />

can be very exclusive and hard to understand<br />

or enjoy by everyone. With <strong>the</strong> rise of<br />

artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence, <strong>the</strong> Metaverse and <strong>the</strong><br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ual rise of social media’s <strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>in</strong><br />

how we consume, create and display works<br />

of art, <strong>the</strong> landscape of art is chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

drastically and at an unprecedented pace.<br />

Also this is a frighten<strong>in</strong>g feel<strong>in</strong>g, I choose to<br />

embrace this change and use it for my own<br />

good as well as <strong>the</strong> good of o<strong>the</strong>rs by mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art that is new, excit<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>novative.<br />

What are your plans for <strong>the</strong> future? Are<br />

<strong>the</strong>re any projects, or collaborations you<br />

could h<strong>in</strong>t on?<br />

I certa<strong>in</strong>ly have big dreams and although I<br />

have been on <strong>the</strong> map for less than a year,<br />

my dream f<strong>in</strong>ally came true when Porsche<br />

reached out to work on a big project for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

annual Porsche Ice Experience <strong>in</strong> F<strong>in</strong>land.<br />

I’ll be creat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> trophies for that event as<br />

well as a small body of work to be exhibited<br />

<strong>the</strong>re for two months. Mercedes Benz also<br />

reached out and we are <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> discussion<br />

phase for a possible project toge<strong>the</strong>r…<br />

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What message are you try<strong>in</strong>g to deliver<br />

with your art?<br />

I always say that <strong>the</strong> whole world is a canvas;<br />

we are just walk<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> it. I pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong> world<br />

with us <strong>in</strong> it but <strong>in</strong> a very simple and thought<br />

provok<strong>in</strong>g way.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r it is <strong>the</strong> scene depicted, <strong>the</strong> title of<br />

<strong>the</strong> artwork or <strong>the</strong> figures with<strong>in</strong> my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

each artwork is made with <strong>the</strong> viewer<br />

<strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d. When I create my artworks I do so<br />

with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tention that <strong>the</strong> viewer can connect<br />

with <strong>the</strong>m and imag<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong><br />

that pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. We are all artworks made by<br />

our own Creator and have <strong>the</strong> responsibility<br />

to look after and appreciate this masterpiece<br />

of a planet that we live <strong>in</strong>.<br />

I decided to use my skills as an artist to pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

t<strong>in</strong>y figures of skiers and snowboarders on<br />

it. I took a video of this entire process and<br />

posted it on social media where it got a lot<br />

of attention. I have s<strong>in</strong>ce cont<strong>in</strong>ued mix<strong>in</strong>g<br />

all k<strong>in</strong>ds of materials <strong>in</strong> search of <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

textures, which is why I feel more like a scientist<br />

than an artist. As a result, I decided to<br />

call my art studio ‘The Lab’.<br />

What message would you<br />

like to give to our readers<br />

and young artists?<br />

Your artwork utilizes plaster of paris on<br />

canvas. What brought about this idea?<br />

I formerly worked as a self employed furniture<br />

designer and craftsman. As a result, I<br />

worked with weird and wonderful materials<br />

to create furniture that was unlike no o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

There were often left over materials like plaster<br />

of paris that I didn’t want to put to waste,<br />

so I decided to make artworks out of <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

I started out spread<strong>in</strong>g this plaster onto<br />

blocks of wood and when it dried, I realised<br />

that it looked like a snowy mounta<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Don’t be afraid<br />

to try someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new and different.<br />

If you have<br />

a dream, don’t<br />

let it go; chase<br />

after it, learn<br />

from those you<br />

admire and put<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> work to<br />

achieve your<br />

goals and make<br />

those dreams a<br />

reality.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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UAE<br />






In a heartfelt tribute to <strong>the</strong> resilience,<br />

accomplishments, and aspirations of Emirati<br />

women, Brands For Less Group proudly<br />

announces a remarkable collaboration with <strong>the</strong><br />

talented Emirati poet, Sarah Murad, <strong>in</strong> honour<br />

of Emirati Women’s Day. This partnership is<br />

a poignant testament to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of<br />

creativity and empowerment, as it pays homage<br />

to <strong>the</strong> spirit of Emirati women.<br />

The UAE has witnessed <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

achievements and contributions of its women<br />

across various sectors. Sarah Murad, renowned<br />

for her powerful and emotive verses, has crafted<br />

a poem titled ‘The Spirit of an Emirati Woman,’<br />

which beautifully encapsulates <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

Emirati women’s experiences and triumphs.<br />

Sarah Murad, <strong>the</strong> spoken word artist,<br />

expressed her feel<strong>in</strong>gs about this collaboration,<br />

say<strong>in</strong>g, “As an Emirati woman who pa<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

life through spoken word, I feel honored to<br />

collaborate with Brands for Less Group, who<br />

embrace unity and celebrate <strong>the</strong> contributions<br />

of women. Compos<strong>in</strong>g this piece allows me<br />

to voice <strong>the</strong> true essence of be<strong>in</strong>g an Emirati<br />

woman. In this piece, I pay tribute to those<br />

women who transcend boundaries, compose<br />

symphonies of resilience, and embody <strong>the</strong><br />

hope we have for each o<strong>the</strong>r. Every day feels<br />

like Emirati Women’s Day.”<br />

Toufic Kreidieh, <strong>the</strong> Executive Chairman and<br />

group CEO of BFL Group, shared his sentiments<br />

on this significant occasion, say<strong>in</strong>g, “I would<br />

like to personally congratulate and thank <strong>the</strong><br />

women of <strong>the</strong> UAE on this special day. You<br />

are an <strong>in</strong>spiration to us all. You have made<br />

significant contributions to <strong>the</strong> development<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong> all fields rang<strong>in</strong>g from education,<br />

art, sports, and healthcare to bus<strong>in</strong>ess and<br />

government.”<br />

He also expressed gratitude to <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

government for its commitment to gender<br />

equality and its <strong>in</strong>itiatives that empower women<br />

to discover <strong>the</strong>ir full potential.<br />

BFL Group, with immense pride, considers <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE its home and appreciates <strong>the</strong> opportunities<br />

<strong>the</strong> nation offers to entrepreneurs and women<br />

alike. The touch<strong>in</strong>g tribute, born from <strong>the</strong><br />

collaboration between BFL Group and Sarah<br />

Murad, will be unveiled on <strong>the</strong> occasion of<br />

Emirati Women’s Day. Toge<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong>y affirm <strong>the</strong><br />

promise that <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, ambition knows no<br />

boundaries, and all women’s aspirations are<br />

nurtured to flourish.<br />

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



58 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Carole A.<br />

Feuerman<br />

C<br />

arole A. Feuerman, known as <strong>the</strong><br />

“mo<strong>the</strong>r” of Hyperrealism, is a renowned<br />

American sculptor celebrated<br />

for her figurative works depict<strong>in</strong>g<br />

swimmers and dancers. As one of <strong>the</strong> three<br />

founders of Hyperrealism movement <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

late 70s, and <strong>the</strong> sole woman work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> this<br />

style, Feuerman revolutionized figurative<br />

sculptures realistic pa<strong>in</strong>ted for outdoor sett<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

She is also recognized for her artistic<br />

advancements, particularly <strong>in</strong> perfect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> technique she calls “pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with fire,”<br />

which <strong>in</strong>volves melt<strong>in</strong>g mold<strong>in</strong>g bronze until<br />

it is liquid and pour<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>to open sand<br />

molds.<br />

Feuerman’s illustrious career has garnered<br />

numerous prestigious awards, acknowledg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her significant contributions to <strong>the</strong> art<br />

world. She was honored with <strong>the</strong> Lifetime<br />

Achievement ‘Goddess Artemis’ Award from<br />

<strong>the</strong> European American Woman’s Council<br />

for her <strong>in</strong>novative sculptural creations. In<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>a, she received <strong>the</strong> Best <strong>in</strong> Show award<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Beij<strong>in</strong>g Biennale and a Special Honor<br />

<strong>in</strong> Changzhou for her large-scale <strong>in</strong>stallations.<br />

Additional accolades <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong><br />

Outw<strong>in</strong> Boochever Portrait Competition, The<br />

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,<br />

Amelia Peabody Award, <strong>the</strong> Beatty Parsons<br />

Sculpture Award and First Prize at <strong>the</strong><br />

Olympic F<strong>in</strong>e Art Exhibition <strong>in</strong> Beij<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In addition to her studio practice, Feuerman<br />

has taught sculpture at esteemed <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

such as <strong>the</strong> Guggenheim Museum<br />

and Metropolitan Museum of Art <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York. In 2011, she established <strong>the</strong> Carole A.<br />

Feuerman Sculpture Foundation to support<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists. With four published monographs,<br />

Feuerman has shared her work<br />

and artistic process through writ<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

exhibitions. Her sculptures are prom<strong>in</strong>ently<br />

featured <strong>in</strong> over thirty museum collections<br />

worldwide.<br />

Artist<br />

On her journey from an illustrator to sculptor<br />

Feuerman resides <strong>in</strong> Manhattan with her<br />

family and ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s three studios <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Tri-<br />

State area, where she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to create<br />

emotive Hyperrealist sculptures. Her artistic<br />

philosophy is rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> belief that if one<br />

can imag<strong>in</strong>e it, <strong>the</strong>y can make it come true,<br />

as she passionately strives to create art that<br />

closely resembles life. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Feuerman,<br />

“It’s all <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> details.”<br />

What medium do you use <strong>in</strong> your art,<br />

and why did you choose it?<br />

Orig<strong>in</strong>ally start<strong>in</strong>g as an illustrator, my career<br />

naturally evolved <strong>in</strong>to sculpture after a<br />

transformative experience of encounter<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

swimmer on <strong>the</strong> beach. This led me to create<br />

swimmer sculptures. I also <strong>in</strong>corporate shimmer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Swarovski crystals and luxurious<br />

gold leaf to celebrate <strong>the</strong> beauty of women,<br />

art, and <strong>the</strong> joy that swimmers represent <strong>in</strong><br />

my personal life and to many o<strong>the</strong>rs. These<br />

materials not only reclaim <strong>the</strong> ancient techniques<br />

of artists but also <strong>in</strong>fuse <strong>the</strong>m with a<br />

modern and relatable twist.<br />

What are some of <strong>the</strong> worldwide and<br />

local projects you have worked on?<br />

My public commissions have been exhibited<br />

globally, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g recent exhibitions on New<br />

York City’s Park Avenue and Central Park, as<br />

well as at <strong>the</strong> Smithsonian Institution <strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

D.C. Internationally, my works have<br />

been displayed at venues such as Avenue<br />

George V <strong>in</strong> Paris and <strong>the</strong> Venice Biennale.<br />

Noteworthy solo exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude Cross<strong>in</strong>g<br />

The Sea, Fondazione Made <strong>in</strong> Cloister,<br />

Naples, IT, Sea Idylls, POPA, Park Avenue,<br />

New York, The Importance of Be<strong>in</strong>g Human,<br />

Medici Museum of Art, Trumbull, Ohio, USA,<br />

Corpus Dom<strong>in</strong>i. Dal Corpo Glorioso alle<br />

rov<strong>in</strong>e dell’ anima, Palazzo Reale, Milan,<br />

IT, From La Biennale di Venezia & Open to<br />

Rome. International Perspectives, Galleria<br />

d’Arte Moderna, GAM, Rome, IT, 50 Years of<br />

Public Art <strong>in</strong> NYC Parks, Central Park, New<br />

York, US. My latest sculpture titled, In The<br />

Likeness of <strong>the</strong> Goddess Hawthorne, will<br />

soon be exhibited at <strong>the</strong> Great Pyramids of<br />

Giza as part of <strong>the</strong> Forever is Now exhibition<br />

at Art D’ Egypte <strong>in</strong> October. Her works are <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> permanent collections of thirty-one museums<br />

and owned by <strong>the</strong> cities of Sunnyvale<br />

CA and Peekskill NY, <strong>the</strong> State Hermitage,<br />

El Paso Museum, Steven A. Cohen, Former<br />

President Cl<strong>in</strong>ton, The Frederick R. Weisman<br />

Foundation, <strong>the</strong> Caldic Collection, Maluma,<br />

Dr. Henry Kiss<strong>in</strong>ger, and Malcolm Forbes.<br />

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60 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Have you collaborated with any<br />

brands or o<strong>the</strong>r entities? What are<br />

your plans or any projects and collaborations<br />

you can h<strong>in</strong>t at?<br />

Fortunately, I have had <strong>the</strong> privilege of collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r artists such as Michelangelo<br />

Bastiani by creat<strong>in</strong>g Birth Geyser.<br />

Moreover, my foundation, The Carole A.<br />

Feuerman Sculpture Foundation collaborates<br />

with various charities to support young<br />

artists <strong>in</strong> showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir work and offers a<br />

residency program. Currently, <strong>the</strong>re is a potential<br />

collaboration underway with a cloth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

brand, <strong>the</strong> proceeds of which would aid<br />

survivors and <strong>in</strong>dividuals diagnosed with<br />

Breast Cancer, a cause that holds personal<br />

significance to me.<br />

Additionally, a film is <strong>in</strong> production that will<br />

delve <strong>in</strong>to and expand upon my career, as<br />

portrayed <strong>in</strong> my autobiography My Hyperrealist<br />

Life. Lastly, I own and operate 1Moore<br />

Studios, which encompasses record<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

photography, and music studios. Through<br />

1Moore Studios, I have collaborated with<br />

and signed numerous talented musicians. I<br />

will also be featured at Park Avenue Day <strong>in</strong><br />

October, and I have several excit<strong>in</strong>g exhibitions<br />

and showcases <strong>in</strong> progress. Stay tuned<br />

for more!<br />

What are your thoughts on <strong>the</strong> current<br />

art landscape?<br />

While I appreciate and understand <strong>the</strong> challenges<br />

faced by my fellow artists, I am disheartened<br />

by <strong>the</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>ued neglect and lack<br />

of recognition given to many female artists<br />

for <strong>the</strong>ir achievements and contributions. I<br />

am immensely grateful for <strong>the</strong> opportunities<br />

I have been afforded, but it rema<strong>in</strong>s disappo<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that my role <strong>in</strong> found<strong>in</strong>g Hyperrealism<br />

is often downplayed.<br />

Hopefully, with time and <strong>in</strong>creased awareness,<br />

museums and <strong>in</strong>stitutions will cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to address <strong>the</strong> gender disparities <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art<br />

world. Technology has also played a significant<br />

role <strong>in</strong> expand<strong>in</strong>g artistic possibilities,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g artists to experiment and create <strong>in</strong><br />

new and excit<strong>in</strong>g ways. I am also proud of<br />

<strong>the</strong> acclaim that Hyperrealism has ga<strong>in</strong>ed,<br />

as it makes me happy to see how many have<br />

become touched by <strong>the</strong> movement.<br />

What message are you try<strong>in</strong>g to convey<br />

through your art?<br />

To fully answer this question, I would like<br />

to share a quote from my autobiography,<br />

My Hyperrealist Life And Legacy, which<br />

explores <strong>the</strong> significance of my choice to<br />

sculpt swimmers. In <strong>the</strong> book, I wrote, “My<br />

sculptures replicate <strong>the</strong> forms, contours,<br />

and textures of <strong>the</strong> human body, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a visually conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g illusion of physicality.<br />

They are life-like sculptures, pa<strong>in</strong>ted with<br />

oils, that appear so real that you can feel<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir presence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> room. I am best known<br />

for my swimmers, adorned with water droplets.<br />

However, <strong>the</strong>y are more than just swimmers.<br />

They tell stories of survival, balance,<br />

perseverance, and trust from my own life.<br />

As a child, I cherished <strong>the</strong> beach, and many<br />

of my dearest memories <strong>in</strong>volve play<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> sand and div<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> waves at Jones<br />

Beach on Long Island. I recall <strong>the</strong> delicate<br />

water droplets that covered my arms and<br />

face after emerg<strong>in</strong>g from a swim, and I was<br />

captivated by <strong>the</strong> patterns <strong>the</strong>y formed on<br />

my sk<strong>in</strong>. I observed how <strong>the</strong> human figure<br />

radiates a healthy glow while <strong>in</strong> and out of<br />

<strong>the</strong> water, and how <strong>the</strong> water rejuvenates<br />

<strong>the</strong> body while <strong>in</strong>still<strong>in</strong>g a sense of harmony,<br />

both <strong>in</strong>ternally and externally. My swimmer<br />

sculptures embody a contentedness with<br />

life, and <strong>the</strong>y are survivors, much like me.” In<br />

essence, my work embodies perseverance,<br />

which is not only a prevalent <strong>the</strong>me <strong>in</strong> my art<br />

but also a central message <strong>in</strong> my life.<br />

Your preferred medium of work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is quite unique. What <strong>in</strong>spired this<br />

idea?<br />

While I am recognized for develop<strong>in</strong>g techniques<br />

like “pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with fire,” which <strong>in</strong>volves<br />

molten bronze, I have also chosen<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r material that I cannot disclose due to<br />

it be<strong>in</strong>g a trademark of my sculptures. What<br />

I can share is that it mimics lifelike qualities<br />

and embodies <strong>the</strong> water droplets that once<br />

adorned my body, serv<strong>in</strong>g as a constant rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

of my resilience. I vividly remember<br />

a significant moment sitt<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> beach.<br />

I was go<strong>in</strong>g through a difficult period, contemplat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a divorce. However, I witnessed<br />

a young woman emerg<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> water,<br />

brimm<strong>in</strong>g with joy. Her happ<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

me and sparked <strong>the</strong> idea to <strong>in</strong>corporate this<br />

material <strong>in</strong>to my sculptures, mimick<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

droplets I had observed on her and, earlier,<br />

on myself. I am delighted with my choice, as<br />

it has garnered much attention and praise<br />

for <strong>the</strong> unique element it br<strong>in</strong>gs to my artworks.<br />

What message would you like to convey<br />

to our readers and young artists?<br />

The message I would like to convey to readers<br />

and young artists is to nurture and preserve<br />

your passion. Never let it wane and<br />

always fuel it. Despite <strong>the</strong> setbacks I faced,<br />

my love for art propelled me through <strong>the</strong><br />

most challeng<strong>in</strong>g times <strong>in</strong> my life. There is<br />

no greater feel<strong>in</strong>g than channel<strong>in</strong>g one’s difficulties<br />

<strong>in</strong>to creat<strong>in</strong>g beautiful sculptures. I<br />

also emphasize <strong>the</strong> importance of surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

yourself with supportive <strong>in</strong>dividuals and<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g a team that uplifts and <strong>in</strong>spires you,<br />

as I do <strong>in</strong> my various studio locations. Surround<br />

yourself with those who br<strong>in</strong>g out <strong>the</strong><br />

best <strong>in</strong> you and foster your growth.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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


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Exclusive<br />

Badria Shamsi<br />

Artist<br />

A fusion of strength and emotion on canvas<br />

E<br />

marati artist Badria Shamsi is poised<br />

to captivate art enthusiasts with her<br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g participation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Emarati<br />

Women Day exhibition organized by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Breath Creativity team. Set to unfold at<br />

Dubai’s Art of Liv<strong>in</strong>g Centre from August<br />

28th to 31st, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>the</strong> event promises a<br />

celebration of Emarati beauty. Shamsi’s contribution,<br />

an acrylic on canvas masterpiece<br />

measur<strong>in</strong>g 90x60 cm, is a testament to her<br />

commitment to empower<strong>in</strong>g women through<br />

her art. The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g emanates an allur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

aura, exud<strong>in</strong>g grace and confidence. With<br />

bold strokes and vibrant colors, Shamsi<br />

crafts eyes that command attention, reflect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

strength and control. Her women are not<br />

just beautiful; <strong>the</strong>y embody fearlessness and<br />

empowerment. This piece is a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to<br />

her upcom<strong>in</strong>g portrait series, a crescendo<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g to her solo exhibition slated for 2024.<br />

In tandem with her exhibition, <strong>September</strong><br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs a momentous release: an Artbook/<br />

Art Catalogue chronicl<strong>in</strong>g Shamsi’s artistic<br />

journey. Crafted under <strong>the</strong> curation of<br />

Vanessa Viti and Elisabetta Eliotropio, this<br />

book delves <strong>in</strong>to her evolution from <strong>in</strong>ception<br />

to mastery. A highlight is <strong>the</strong> “Ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g”<br />

series, featur<strong>in</strong>g 20 select pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs alongside<br />

<strong>in</strong>sightful analysis by ten prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

global art curators and critics. Rooted <strong>in</strong> her<br />

<strong>in</strong>terpretation of human emotions, this series<br />

becomes a canvas for <strong>the</strong> complexity that<br />

b<strong>in</strong>ds and dist<strong>in</strong>guishes <strong>in</strong>dividuals. Shamsi’s<br />

work echoes Eleanor Roosevelt’s wisdom:<br />

“Great m<strong>in</strong>ds discuss ideas, average<br />

m<strong>in</strong>ds discuss events, small m<strong>in</strong>ds discuss<br />

people.” Through her art, Shamsi <strong>in</strong>deed explores<br />

<strong>the</strong> profound.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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




64 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Exclusive<br />

Klaus Metz<br />

Bildhauer<br />

Artist<br />

Whispers of wood: unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sculptor’s<br />

odyssey through timber<br />

S<br />

tep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of sculptor Klaus<br />

Metz Bildhauer, whose artistic journey<br />

began <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> picturesque town of Bad<br />

Brückenau <strong>in</strong> 1968. From <strong>the</strong> tender age of<br />

16, Klaus discovered his passion for wood<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g and set forth on a path that would<br />

lead him to become a celebrated artist.<br />

His artistic odyssey commenced with a<br />

three-year apprenticeship under <strong>the</strong> mentorship<br />

of <strong>the</strong> esteemed wood sculptor, Günter<br />

Metz, from 1984 to 1987. Young Klaus’s dedication<br />

and talent shone through as he secured<br />

<strong>the</strong> title of National W<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> wood<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g trade <strong>in</strong> 1987.<br />

Fuelled by his thirst for knowledge and artistic<br />

growth, Klaus enrolled at <strong>the</strong> Academy of<br />

F<strong>in</strong>e Arts <strong>in</strong> Nuremberg <strong>in</strong> 1990, specializ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> sculpture. Dur<strong>in</strong>g his time at <strong>the</strong> academy,<br />

he showcased exceptional promise, earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

recognition and praise as a prize w<strong>in</strong>ner at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Danner competition <strong>in</strong> 1991.<br />

A turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> Klaus’s artistic journey occurred<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1993 when he was appo<strong>in</strong>ted as<br />

a master student by Prof. Wilhelm Uhlig, an<br />

honor that fur<strong>the</strong>r solidified his place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of sculpture.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> artistic realm, Klaus’s personal<br />

life took a delightful turn <strong>in</strong> 1994 as he tied<br />

<strong>the</strong> knot with fellow artist Heike Maria Metz,<br />

form<strong>in</strong>g a beautiful partnership <strong>in</strong> both life<br />

and art.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce 1996, Klaus has been grac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

world as a freelance sculptor, lend<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

creative vision to various projects. His work<br />

has not gone unnoticed, with accolades like<br />

<strong>the</strong> “Rhönsalon” prize <strong>in</strong> 2002 and 2005 from<br />

<strong>the</strong> prestigious Kunststation Kle<strong>in</strong>sassen.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> crown<strong>in</strong>g achievements of his<br />

career came <strong>in</strong> 2007 when Johann received<br />

<strong>the</strong> art prize of <strong>the</strong> Hugo and Elly Götz Foundation<br />

<strong>in</strong> Würzburg. This recognition fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

cemented his position as a master sculptor<br />

of exceptional talent.<br />

In 2008, Johann embarked on a new chapter<br />

by establish<strong>in</strong>g his own studio, provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

him with <strong>the</strong> ideal space to create and br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his artistic visions to life. The follow<strong>in</strong>g year<br />

marked <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>auguration of <strong>the</strong> studio with a<br />

grand exhibition, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> culm<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

of years of artistic exploration.<br />

“<br />

It happens at certa<strong>in</strong><br />

moments that I see<br />

an animal or a human<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g feel a figure.<br />

This feel<strong>in</strong>g is so<br />

strong that it becomes<br />

a guide for me.<br />

- Klaus Metz Bildhauer<br />

“<br />

Throughout his career, Johann’s sculptures<br />

have found <strong>the</strong>ir way <strong>in</strong>to public spaces,<br />

enrich<strong>in</strong>g communities with his art. From<br />

<strong>the</strong> “Way of <strong>the</strong> Cross” <strong>in</strong> St. Josef, Hausen,<br />

to <strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g “Frog K<strong>in</strong>g” and “Puss <strong>in</strong><br />

Boots” on <strong>the</strong> fairy tale trail <strong>in</strong> Hünfeld, his<br />

work <strong>in</strong>vites <strong>the</strong> audience to immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

<strong>in</strong> stories told through wood and<br />

bronze.<br />

Klaus’s artistic journey has been peppered<br />

with exhibitions across galleries and<br />

art spaces. From his early exhibitions at<br />

<strong>the</strong> North Bavarian Art Exhibition <strong>in</strong> Bad<br />

Königshofen to more recent showcases at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Kunsthalle Schwe<strong>in</strong>furt, his work has<br />

graced <strong>the</strong> walls of numerous esteemed establishments.<br />

The year 2018 brought forth ano<strong>the</strong>r moment<br />

of triumph as Klaus acquired “Kolkrabe”<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Barbara Brockhard Foundation for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Kunsthalle Schwe<strong>in</strong>furt, mark<strong>in</strong>g a significant<br />

milestone <strong>in</strong> his career. His partnership<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Triennale IV Kunsthalle Schwe<strong>in</strong>furt<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r solidified his position as a significant<br />

figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> contemporary art scene.<br />

As we step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>2023</strong>, Klaus Metz Bildhauers<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to leave an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of sculpture. His unique ability to<br />

brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to wood and bronze sets him<br />

apart as an artist of unparalleled skill and<br />

vision.<br />

Klaus’s sculptures capture <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

life and emotion, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g audiences to step<br />

<strong>in</strong>to worlds carved from his imag<strong>in</strong>ation. The<br />

magic of his art lies <strong>in</strong> its ability to create a<br />

connection between <strong>the</strong> viewer and <strong>the</strong> artwork,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g each encounter a deeply personal<br />

and enrich<strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



66 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




W<br />

hen one th<strong>in</strong>ks of Dubai, <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d<br />

often conjures images of tower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, and<br />

man-made wonders. The city has undoubtedly<br />

earned its reputation as a global hub of<br />

modern architecture. However, beyond be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a bustl<strong>in</strong>g metropolis, Dubai can be aptly<br />

described as a treasure trove of architectural<br />

sculptures that leave visitors and residents<br />

alike <strong>in</strong> awe.<br />

Imag<strong>in</strong>e walk<strong>in</strong>g down <strong>the</strong> streets of Dubai,<br />

where each build<strong>in</strong>g seems to compete for<br />

attention with its unique and artistic design.<br />

It’s like stroll<strong>in</strong>g through an open-air art gallery,<br />

where <strong>the</strong> sculptures are not made of<br />

marble or bronze but concrete and steel,<br />

reach<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> sky. Every structure tells a<br />

story, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> creativity and vision of its<br />

architect.<br />

The iconic Burj Khalifa stands tall like a<br />

proud monument, pierc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sky at a<br />

height unimag<strong>in</strong>able. Its slender form and<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate facade make it a marvel of modern<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g and artistry. As you gaze up<br />

at this behemoth, you can’t help but feel a<br />

sense of wonder at human capability and<br />

determ<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

But it’s not just <strong>the</strong> tallest build<strong>in</strong>g that captivates<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai; it’s <strong>the</strong> diverse array of architectural<br />

styles that makes <strong>the</strong> city a liv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

museum of design. The sail-shaped Burj Al<br />

Arab Jumeirah, seem<strong>in</strong>gly float<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong><br />

waters of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf, is an ode to maritime<br />

heritage and luxurious liv<strong>in</strong>g. Its sleek<br />

silhouette and opulent <strong>in</strong>teriors make it a true<br />

architectural sculpture of grandeur.<br />

As you explore Dubai, <strong>the</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g of relatability<br />

sets <strong>in</strong> because <strong>the</strong>se architectural<br />

sculptures not only def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> city’s skyl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

but also mirror our aspirations and dreams.<br />

They stand tall as a testament to human ambition,<br />

creativity, and <strong>the</strong> relentless pursuit of<br />

excellence. They <strong>in</strong>spire us to reach higher,<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k bolder, and dream larger.<br />

Moreover, <strong>the</strong>se architectural wonders are<br />

not distant entities; <strong>the</strong>y are <strong>in</strong>tegral parts of<br />

our daily lives. The build<strong>in</strong>gs we work <strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong><br />

malls we shop at, and <strong>the</strong> hotels we stay <strong>in</strong><br />

are all beautifully crafted architectural sculptures.<br />

They shape our experiences and become<br />

<strong>the</strong> backdrop of our memories.<br />

Dubai’s commitment to embrac<strong>in</strong>g art and<br />

architecture is not just about creat<strong>in</strong>g magnificent<br />

structures; it’s about foster<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

sense of community and identity. The spaces<br />

we <strong>in</strong>habit <strong>in</strong>fluence our emotions and<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractions. Dubai’s architectural sculptures<br />

create a sense of belong<strong>in</strong>g, connect<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

to <strong>the</strong> city and its spirit.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r you are an architect, an art enthusiast,<br />

or simply a resident of Dubai, <strong>the</strong>se architectural<br />

sculptures become a part of your<br />

story. They represent <strong>the</strong> collective imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

of a city that dared to dream big and<br />

brought those dreams to life. They rem<strong>in</strong>d us<br />

that art is not conf<strong>in</strong>ed to canvases or museums;<br />

it’s an <strong>in</strong>separable part of our urban<br />

landscape.<br />

So, next time you walk through <strong>the</strong> streets of<br />

Dubai and f<strong>in</strong>d yourself surrounded by <strong>the</strong>se<br />

architectural marvels, take a moment to appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong> beauty and grandeur <strong>the</strong>y br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to our lives. Let <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong>spire you to see <strong>the</strong><br />

world through a different lens and to believe<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> power of human creativity. For Dubai<br />

is not just a city of skyscrapers; it’s a liv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

canvas of architectural sculptures, wait<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

be explored and admired by all who call it<br />

home.<br />

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68 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Emanuela Camacci’s<br />

Artist<br />

Odyssey of wood and wonder<br />

W<br />

elcome to <strong>the</strong> world of Emanuela<br />

Camacci whose roots are deeply<br />

embedded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> historical and<br />

artistic richness of Rome. Meet Emanuela<br />

Camacci whose journey began amidst <strong>the</strong><br />

wonders of this ancient city, where beauty<br />

and faith coalesce like scenes from a Fell<strong>in</strong>i<br />

masterpiece. This is <strong>the</strong> tale of how a young<br />

talent from Rome embraced his artistic call<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and went on to leave a mark on <strong>the</strong> world<br />

of sculpture and land art.<br />

Early Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs and Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

Born and raised <strong>in</strong> Rome, Emanuela Camacci’s<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic sensibilities were shaped by<br />

<strong>the</strong> city’s enthrall<strong>in</strong>g blend of history, art, and<br />

lush green landscapes. The enchant<strong>in</strong>g mix<br />

of paganism and Catholicism that permeates<br />

<strong>the</strong> air of Rome left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on<br />

her artistic soul. Complet<strong>in</strong>g her academic<br />

studies, Emanuela Camacci found herself<br />

drawn to <strong>the</strong> studio of Costant<strong>in</strong>o Buccolieri,<br />

where she delved <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

world of mosaics.<br />

Surpris<strong>in</strong>gly, this seem<strong>in</strong>gly distant experience<br />

from traditional sculpture turned out to<br />

be <strong>the</strong> foundation of her artistic journey. The<br />

techniques learned dur<strong>in</strong>g her time with mosaics<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to <strong>in</strong>fluence her current artistic<br />

research <strong>in</strong> sculpture and land art. Over<br />

<strong>the</strong> years, she honed his skills <strong>in</strong> various<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g techniques and explored a myriad<br />

of materials. Residencies for artists and <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunity to create site-specific works <strong>in</strong><br />

large formats for public and private spaces<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegrated with <strong>the</strong> environment played a<br />

crucial role <strong>in</strong> her artistic exploration.<br />

One cannot overlook <strong>the</strong> significance of two<br />

of Emanuela Camacci’s remarkable works,<br />

“Mani,” a sculpture crafted from Roman travert<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

proudly adorn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fire station of<br />

Montesacro est <strong>in</strong> Rome, and “Bolle d’aria,”<br />

a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g marble creation permanently<br />

housed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> collection of Cant<strong>in</strong>a Produttori<br />

Cormòns <strong>in</strong> Gorizia.<br />

A Transformative Turn<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t<br />

In 2017, Emanuela Camacci encountered<br />

a turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t that revolutionized her artistic<br />

trajectory. An <strong>in</strong>vitation to participate <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Global Nomadic Art Project <strong>in</strong> Turkey<br />

opened a new chapter <strong>in</strong> her career. The<br />

event challenged artists to employ natural<br />

materials found on-site to create ephemeral<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> untouched natural sett<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

For Emanuela Camacci, this opportunity<br />

was a gateway to liberate herself from <strong>the</strong><br />

constra<strong>in</strong>ts of traditional sculpture and delve<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a more profound artistic expression. The<br />

experience led her to embrace a new poetic<br />

approach, expand<strong>in</strong>g her artistic vision forever.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> foreign lands, collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with diverse artists, and immers<strong>in</strong>g herself <strong>in</strong><br />

different cultures nurtured personal and professional<br />

growth. It became a way of life for<br />

her, a means to exchange ideas and emotions<br />

with fellow artists.<br />

In her own words, our artist endeavors to<br />

immerse <strong>the</strong> audience <strong>in</strong> a universe where<br />

harmony and balance of shapes celebrate<br />

reverence for both animate and <strong>in</strong>animate<br />

elements of <strong>the</strong> environment. Manu’s sculptural<br />

language f<strong>in</strong>ds strength <strong>in</strong> its ability to<br />

blend <strong>the</strong> poetry of nature with elements of<br />

ancient culture and poor art. Every creation<br />

is a deep and passionate reflection of his<br />

emotional, cultural, and cognitive experiences<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

The story of a sculptor whose journey began<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> eternal city of Rome, took flight<br />

through mosaic art, and found its w<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> boundless world of land art. Her artistic<br />

exploration cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire us, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us to see <strong>the</strong> world through <strong>the</strong> lens of her<br />

passion, creativity, and love for nature. So,<br />

let us embark on this artistic adventure toge<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

and witness <strong>the</strong> magic unfold as we<br />

follow Emanuela Camacci beyond boundaries.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



70 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Unravel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Tapestry of Time and Place:<br />

Nasser Alzayani<br />

Artist<br />

The w<strong>in</strong>ner of Audemars Piguet design Award<br />

S<br />

tep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of Nasser Alzayani, a<br />

Bahra<strong>in</strong>i-American artist whose unique<br />

vision transcends borders and delves<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> essence of time and place. With a<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g blend of text, image, found objects,<br />

and cast creations, Alzayani’s artistic<br />

practice is a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g journey through<br />

<strong>the</strong> realms of research-driven documentation<br />

and collective experiences.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1991 <strong>in</strong> Manama, Bahra<strong>in</strong>, Nasser<br />

Alzayani now calls Abu Dhabi his home and<br />

creative haven. His artwork weaves toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes of factual and fictional archaeology,<br />

seek<strong>in</strong>g to uncover alternative narratives that<br />

challenge our understand<strong>in</strong>g of collective<br />

history.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> highlights of Alzayani’s artistic<br />

journey is his participation <strong>in</strong> numerous<br />

group exhibitions, showcas<strong>in</strong>g his boundless<br />

talent to <strong>the</strong> world. In 2020, his work<br />

was featured <strong>in</strong> “Kiss<strong>in</strong>g Through A Curta<strong>in</strong>”<br />

at MASS MoCA <strong>in</strong> North Adams, USA, and<br />

“The Youth Takeover” at Jameel Art Centre<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE. His artistic prowess was also<br />

displayed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Glass Triennial” at <strong>the</strong> Sol<br />

Koffler Gallery <strong>in</strong> Providence, USA, and <strong>the</strong><br />

“_____scapes” exhibition at Gelman Gallery,<br />

Providence, USA, both <strong>in</strong> 2019. In 2017,<br />

“Bayn” at Warehouse421 <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi, UAE,<br />

and <strong>in</strong> 2016, “Water<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> distant, desert<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> near” at Al Riwaq <strong>in</strong> Bahra<strong>in</strong>, were fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

milestones <strong>in</strong> his flourish<strong>in</strong>g career.<br />

Recognized for his exceptional talent, Alzayani<br />

has been <strong>the</strong> recipient of esteemed<br />

residencies, fur<strong>the</strong>r enrich<strong>in</strong>g his artistic<br />

journey. In 2017, he was bestowed with <strong>the</strong><br />

Fundación Casa Wabi x ArtReview Residency,<br />

followed by <strong>the</strong> Villa Lena Foundation<br />

Residency <strong>in</strong> 2018. Currently, he is an artist<br />

<strong>in</strong> residence at <strong>the</strong> Cultural Foundation <strong>in</strong><br />

Abu Dhabi, embrac<strong>in</strong>g new <strong>in</strong>spirations and<br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g his craft.<br />

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72 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Educationally, Alzayani holds an MFA <strong>in</strong><br />

Glass from <strong>the</strong> prestigious Rhode Island<br />

School of Design, a testament to his dedication<br />

to hon<strong>in</strong>g his skills and explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

mediums. He also holds a BArch<br />

from <strong>the</strong> American University of Sharjah,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g his diverse <strong>in</strong>terests and commitment<br />

to multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary approaches <strong>in</strong><br />

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

Alzayani’s journey as an artist is not merely<br />

about creat<strong>in</strong>g beautiful works but also<br />

about connect<strong>in</strong>g with his audience, evok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sense of wonder and curiosity <strong>in</strong> those<br />

who behold his creations. His art speaks a<br />

language that transcends cultural and geographical<br />

boundaries, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to explore<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own stories with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> vast tapestry<br />

of collective experience.<br />

As Nasser Alzayani cont<strong>in</strong>ues to carve his<br />

path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world, we eagerly await his<br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g masterpieces, each poised to unfold<br />

new layers of mean<strong>in</strong>g and perception.<br />

With his commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of artistic expression and his dedication<br />

to explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> enigmatic facets of time<br />

and place, Alzayani is an artist whose journey<br />

is a delight to behold.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



74 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

The breath of <strong>the</strong> wild with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hands of<br />

Pierre Jean<br />

Chabert’s Artist<br />

Exclusive<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> vast tapestry of life, <strong>the</strong>re are subtle<br />

threads woven <strong>in</strong> childhood that shape <strong>the</strong><br />

fabric of our future. Little did Pierre Jean<br />

Chabert know that <strong>the</strong> gestures he made as<br />

a child would <strong>in</strong>fluence his life choices and<br />

lead him on a captivat<strong>in</strong>g artistic journey.<br />

After fifteen years of a bustl<strong>in</strong>g life <strong>in</strong> Paris,<br />

Pierre-Jean Chabert found solace <strong>in</strong> Tours,<br />

nestled on <strong>the</strong> banks of <strong>the</strong> serene Cher<br />

River, surrounded by nature’s embrace. His<br />

love for art began <strong>in</strong> his early days, as he<br />

discovered <strong>the</strong> art of mold<strong>in</strong>g and shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

clay <strong>in</strong> a farmhouse <strong>in</strong> his native region of<br />

sou<strong>the</strong>rn France. Draw<strong>in</strong>g soon became his<br />

preferred mode of expression, grant<strong>in</strong>g him<br />

<strong>the</strong> freedom to unleash his imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

As a young adult, alongside his studies <strong>in</strong><br />

comedy and body language, Chabert taught<br />

himself <strong>the</strong> art of clay model<strong>in</strong>g, craft<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

heads of mythical chimeras that populated<br />

his enchant<strong>in</strong>g bestiary. At just 24, he collaborated<br />

with a director, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g to life several<br />

animated films, <strong>the</strong> first of which was titled<br />

“Floyd, leapfrog.”<br />

This marked <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of a new exploration<br />

<strong>in</strong>to sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, as he ventured <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> realm of polymer pastes such as “Fimo”<br />

and “Super Sculpey.” Delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm<br />

of fantasy and science fiction, Pierre-Jean<br />

Chabert crafted a myriad of heads, busts,<br />

and characters, each brimm<strong>in</strong>g with creativity.<br />

His research led him to unfamiliar territories,<br />

<strong>the</strong> realms of m<strong>in</strong>iature sculpture and<br />

figur<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> age of 30, fueled by a thirst for knowledge,<br />

he decided to study <strong>the</strong> liv<strong>in</strong>g model,<br />

hon<strong>in</strong>g his skills under <strong>the</strong> guidance of<br />

Philippe Seené for three years. Here, he<br />

delved <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of nudes, portraits, and<br />

animal pieces, master<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> techniques of<br />

mold<strong>in</strong>g, res<strong>in</strong>, weld<strong>in</strong>g, and even hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bronze pieces cast for his first exhibitions.<br />

The success of <strong>the</strong>se exhibitions brought private<br />

commissions and <strong>the</strong> freedom to dedicate<br />

himself to his personal creations. Pierre<br />

Jean was f<strong>in</strong>ally able to immerse himself <strong>in</strong><br />

what he loved most – lett<strong>in</strong>g his creativity vibrate,<br />

sharpen<strong>in</strong>g his sense of observation,<br />

and nurtur<strong>in</strong>g his critical m<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Through his mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g works, Chabert<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites us to share <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>timate and precious<br />

moments of an artist’s life, a journey<br />

of self-discovery and freedom. He stands<br />

among <strong>the</strong> bearded artists, sometimes eccentric,<br />

sometimes lost <strong>in</strong> thought, whose<br />

evolution we take immense pleasure <strong>in</strong> witness<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

His au<strong>the</strong>nticity and precision <strong>in</strong><br />

artistic expression captivate us, draw<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

<strong>in</strong>to his world of imag<strong>in</strong>ation and wonder.<br />

Pierre Jean Chabert’s art transcends barriers<br />

and speaks to <strong>the</strong> core of human experience.<br />

It rem<strong>in</strong>ds us that with<strong>in</strong> every artist<br />

lies a yearn<strong>in</strong>g to break free and create, and<br />

<strong>in</strong> explor<strong>in</strong>g his own creativity, he <strong>in</strong>vites us<br />

to embrace ours. So, let us immerse ourselves<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> masterpieces of this visionary<br />

artist, and allow his art to ignite <strong>the</strong> spark of<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration with<strong>in</strong> our souls.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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







I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> realm of manga, Tatsuki Fujimoto’s<br />

creation ‘Cha<strong>in</strong>saw Man’ stands as a beacon<br />

of <strong>in</strong>genuity and artistic brilliance. This<br />

dark fantasy masterpiece not only weaves<br />

a captivat<strong>in</strong>g narrative but also pushes <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of visual storytell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Fujimoto’s artistic prowess is evident from<br />

<strong>the</strong> outset. The manga blends <strong>the</strong> supernatural<br />

and <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong> a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dance. Character designs are strik<strong>in</strong>g, with<br />

Denji’s iconic cha<strong>in</strong>saw-adorned appearance<br />

emblematic of his <strong>in</strong>ner turmoil.<br />

Atmosphere is meticulously crafted through<br />

shad<strong>in</strong>g, composition, and contrasts. Fujimoto’s<br />

dynamic action sequences are visual<br />

symphonies, featur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tricate details,<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative layouts, and palpable energy.<br />

The manga seamlessly shifts from horror to<br />

heartwarm<strong>in</strong>g moments, employ<strong>in</strong>g symbolism<br />

and expression to deepen emotions.<br />

Monsters, both demonic and human, are vividly<br />

brought to life through Fujimoto’s unique<br />

perspective.<br />

‘Cha<strong>in</strong>saw Man’ celebrates manga’s artistic<br />

boundlessness. Fujimoto’s ability to evoke<br />

emotions through art, coupled with his <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

design choices, cements this work<br />

as a testament to <strong>the</strong> limitless possibilities of<br />

artistic expression with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> manga world.”<br />

76 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com




ORANGE<br />

I<br />

n this captivat<strong>in</strong>g series, ‘Firefighter Daigo<br />

Rescuer <strong>in</strong> Orange SEASON ,’ art and<br />

heroism <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e to craft a narrative that<br />

goes beyond firefight<strong>in</strong>g scenes. The show’s<br />

second season br<strong>in</strong>gs to life <strong>the</strong> courage,<br />

emotion, and camaraderie that def<strong>in</strong>e modern<br />

heroes.<br />

Through a strik<strong>in</strong>g visual palette, <strong>the</strong> series<br />

portrays <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tensity of firefight<strong>in</strong>g challenges<br />

alongside <strong>the</strong> vulnerability of those who<br />

face <strong>the</strong>m. The <strong>in</strong>terplay of light and shadow<br />

captures <strong>the</strong> drama of flames and <strong>the</strong> resilience<br />

of characters.<br />

At its core, <strong>the</strong> show celebrates teamwork<br />

and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>domitable spirit of its firefighters.<br />

Their camaraderie mirrors <strong>the</strong> bond between<br />

artists collaborat<strong>in</strong>g on a masterpiece.<br />

‘Firefighter Daigo Rescuer <strong>in</strong> Orange SEA-<br />

SON ‘ is more than a TV show—it’s an artistic<br />

ode to heroism. With its realism, determ<strong>in</strong>ation,<br />

and visual storytell<strong>in</strong>g, it pa<strong>in</strong>ts a powerful<br />

portrait of courage that l<strong>in</strong>gers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

hearts of its audience.”<br />

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



78 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

Yoshimasa Tsuchiya<br />

Artist<br />

The e<strong>the</strong>real woodwork of japanese folklore<br />

Y<br />

oshimasa Tsuchiya, a lum<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of sculptural art, is renowned<br />

for his enchant<strong>in</strong>g series of wood<br />

sculptures depict<strong>in</strong>g animals and flowers.<br />

Through his masterful craftsmanship,<br />

Tsuchiya weaves an <strong>in</strong>tricate tapestry of delicacy<br />

and elegance, imbu<strong>in</strong>g his creations<br />

with a captivat<strong>in</strong>g charm that captures <strong>the</strong><br />

essence of nature’s beauty.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> picturesque region of Kanagawa,<br />

Japan, <strong>in</strong> 1977, Tsuchiya’s artistic journey<br />

has been marked by unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication<br />

and remarkable achievements. His formidable<br />

artistic education unfolded at Tokyo’s<br />

esteemed National University of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts<br />

and Music, where he earned both a Bachelor<br />

of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts and a Master of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts<br />

with a specialization <strong>in</strong> sculpture. Even <strong>in</strong> his<br />

formative years as a student, Tsuchiya’s exceptional<br />

talent garnered recognition <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

form of coveted prizes, foreshadow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

brilliance that would characterize his future<br />

endeavors.<br />

In each meticulously carved piece, Tsuchiya’s<br />

reverence for <strong>the</strong> subjects he portrays<br />

sh<strong>in</strong>es through. His sculptures are not mere<br />

representations; <strong>the</strong>y are vessels through<br />

which <strong>the</strong> observer can experience <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

details and nuanced emotions of his<br />

chosen subjects. With each stroke of his<br />

chisel, Tsuchiya brea<strong>the</strong>s life <strong>in</strong>to his creations,<br />

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

beauty that surrounds us.<br />

Yoshimasa Tsuchiya’s artistic odyssey cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to unfold, enrich<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world of sculpture<br />

with his unique vision and extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

skill. His journey, from a student prodigy<br />

to a revered master, is a testament to <strong>the</strong><br />

profound impact of unwaver<strong>in</strong>g passion<br />

and tireless dedication. Through his work,<br />

Tsuchiya beckons us to pause and appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong> delicate elegance that graces our<br />

world, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us to see nature through a<br />

lens of profound artistry.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

As a testament to his commitment to his<br />

craft, Tsuchiya’s pursuit of excellence extended<br />

beyond his master’s studies. He fur<strong>the</strong>red<br />

his academic journey by obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a<br />

Doctor of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Degree <strong>in</strong> Conservation,<br />

with a specialization <strong>in</strong> Classical Technique,<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2007. This academic pursuit underscores<br />

his determ<strong>in</strong>ation to explore and ref<strong>in</strong>e traditional<br />

artistic methods, cement<strong>in</strong>g his status<br />

as a custodian of timeless artistry.<br />

Tsuchiya’s artistic footpr<strong>in</strong>t has left an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark both with<strong>in</strong> his home country and<br />

on an <strong>in</strong>ternational stage. His creations, delicate<br />

yet powerful, have graced exhibitions<br />

<strong>in</strong> Japan and Beij<strong>in</strong>g, captivat<strong>in</strong>g audiences<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir e<strong>the</strong>real allure. His sculptures<br />

serve as w<strong>in</strong>dows <strong>in</strong>to a world where <strong>the</strong><br />

grace of nature is immortalized <strong>in</strong> wood, a<br />

celebration of <strong>the</strong> flora and fauna that grace<br />

our planet.<br />

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


80 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com




UAE<br />

For <strong>the</strong> past decade, <strong>the</strong> South Indian<br />

International Movie Awards (SIIMA) has<br />

been a beacon of c<strong>in</strong>ematic brilliance,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> vibrant and diverse<br />

talents of <strong>the</strong> South Indian film <strong>in</strong>dustry. With<br />

each pass<strong>in</strong>g year, SIIMA has grown <strong>in</strong> stature<br />

and popularity, becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> most anticipated<br />

event for film enthusiasts across <strong>the</strong> world. As<br />

SIIMA embarks on its 11th edition, it is all set<br />

to leave an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> global stage.<br />

SIIMA, short for <strong>the</strong> South Indian International<br />

Movie Awards, is a unique <strong>in</strong>itiative that br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>the</strong> South Indian film <strong>in</strong>dustry toge<strong>the</strong>r on an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational platform. Over <strong>the</strong> years, it has<br />

consistently delivered a two-day extravaganza<br />

that captivates audiences worldwide. Hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

previously graced iconic dest<strong>in</strong>ations such as<br />

Dubai, Sharjah, Malaysia, S<strong>in</strong>gapore, Abu Dhabi,<br />

Qatar, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, SIIMA now<br />

ventures to Dubai for its 11th edition, fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

solidify<strong>in</strong>g its status as a global phenomenon.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce its <strong>in</strong>ception <strong>in</strong> 2012, SIIMA has<br />

been sett<strong>in</strong>g records and mak<strong>in</strong>g headl<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

The cumulative social media follow<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

<strong>the</strong> celebrities attend<strong>in</strong>g SIIMA has crossed<br />

<strong>the</strong> stagger<strong>in</strong>g 1 billion mark, with over 1<br />

billion impressions, 124 million+ reach, 19.6<br />

million+ engagement, and 250 million+ video<br />

views. SIIMA has also witnessed electrify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performances that leave audiences <strong>in</strong> awe.<br />

This grand event has partnered with renowned<br />

entities such as ZEE5, GOLD 101.3 FM, 92.2<br />

RADIO KHUSHI FM, 89.4 TAMIL FM, Khaleej<br />

Times, ZEE TV, C<strong>in</strong>eblitz, <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>,<br />

The F<strong>in</strong>ance World <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, Footpr<strong>in</strong>t, ZEE<br />

Kerala AM, Mobi Eventz, and many more,<br />

cement<strong>in</strong>g its place as an <strong>in</strong>fluential and farreach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

celebration of c<strong>in</strong>ema.<br />

One of SIIMA’s highlights is <strong>the</strong> star-studded<br />

red carpet, graced by illustrious personalities<br />

such as Ram Charan, Dhanush, Yash,<br />

Prithviraj, Tov<strong>in</strong>o Thomas, Rana Daggubati,<br />

Silambarasan, Nayanthara, Rashmika, Pooja<br />

Hegde, Keerthy Suresh, and many o<strong>the</strong>rs. The<br />

event reaches out to over 350 million people<br />

globally, generat<strong>in</strong>g digital media impressions<br />

of over 2 billion. A cont<strong>in</strong>gent of over 350 global<br />

media professionals ensures that <strong>the</strong> event is<br />

covered extensively.<br />

SIIMA’s live audience, which numbers over<br />

12,000 every year, is a testament to its grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

popularity. The event garners a viewership of 250<br />

million across 6 global TV feeds. With celebrity<br />

shoutouts and an impressive YouTube channel<br />

boast<strong>in</strong>g 3 million plus subscribers, SIIMA’s<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e presence is noth<strong>in</strong>g short of remarkable.<br />

More than 100 videos are uploaded on <strong>the</strong><br />

SIIMA YouTube channel, deliver<strong>in</strong>g around<br />

90 million views.<br />

The SIIMA weekend promises three<br />

unforgettable days filled with glamour and<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment. On Day 1, guests are welcomed<br />

at <strong>the</strong> airport, followed by a press conference.<br />

Day 2 witnesses ano<strong>the</strong>r airport welcome and<br />

<strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> event, <strong>the</strong> SIIMA Weekend Awards<br />

Day 1, held at <strong>the</strong> prestigious World Trade<br />

Centre <strong>in</strong> Dubai. Day 3 features a workshop<br />

and concludes with <strong>the</strong> SIIMA Weekend Awards<br />

Day 2, once aga<strong>in</strong> at <strong>the</strong> WTC <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

As SIIMA celebrates a decade of excellence,<br />

it cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be a beacon of hope for <strong>the</strong> South<br />

Indian film <strong>in</strong>dustry, offer<strong>in</strong>g its stars a global<br />

stage to sh<strong>in</strong>e on. With each pass<strong>in</strong>g year, it<br />

reaches new heights, break<strong>in</strong>g boundaries<br />

and sett<strong>in</strong>g new records. SIIMA is not just an<br />

awards ceremony; it is a celebration of <strong>the</strong><br />

art of c<strong>in</strong>ema, a testament to <strong>the</strong> talent and<br />

dedication of <strong>the</strong> South Indian film <strong>in</strong>dustry,<br />

and a global showcase of c<strong>in</strong>ematic brilliance.<br />

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







E<br />

nter <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g world of ‘Glitch,’ a<br />

manga masterfully crafted by artist Shima<br />

Sh<strong>in</strong>ya. This fusion of narrative and<br />

artistry <strong>in</strong>vites readers <strong>in</strong>to a realm where <strong>the</strong><br />

ord<strong>in</strong>ary and extraord<strong>in</strong>ary dance.<br />

At its core, ‘Glitch’ presents a mysterious<br />

narrative that follows M<strong>in</strong>ato’s exploration of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir new town’s unsettl<strong>in</strong>g mysteries. United<br />

with companions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir sister Akira,<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ato unravels a tapestry of secrets, seamlessly<br />

blend<strong>in</strong>g reality with <strong>the</strong> supernatural.<br />

Shima Sh<strong>in</strong>ya’s art style is a visual marvel.<br />

Characters burst to life through meticulous<br />

detail, emotions vividly captured. The fusion<br />

of realism and fantasy mirrors <strong>the</strong> narrative’s<br />

essence, enhanced by dynamic compositions<br />

that guide readers through <strong>the</strong> story’s<br />

twists.<br />

Through ‘Glitch,’ Shima Sh<strong>in</strong>ya proves<br />

<strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g synergy of storytell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and art. This manga beckons readers to a<br />

world where reality blurs and imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

thrives—a testament to <strong>the</strong> potent magic<br />

created when narrative and art <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e.”<br />

82 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com





G<br />

et ready for a fresh anime experience<br />

with “Ragna Crimson,” arriv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on <strong>September</strong> 30, <strong>2023</strong>. This series<br />

seamlessly blends fantasy with art, offer<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g narrative and visually enchant<strong>in</strong>g<br />

scenes.<br />

Artistry Unleashed<br />

“Ragna Crimson” delivers a compell<strong>in</strong>g tale<br />

of vengeance and magic with<strong>in</strong> a world of<br />

mythical creatures. The dist<strong>in</strong>ct art style<br />

merges e<strong>the</strong>real landscapes and <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

characters, creat<strong>in</strong>g a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g fusion of<br />

emotion and aes<strong>the</strong>tics.<br />

Character Essence<br />

Characters are meticulously designed to<br />

reflect both personality and <strong>the</strong> fantastical<br />

realm. Rugged determ<strong>in</strong>ation, unique qualities—each<br />

design tells a story.<br />

Dynamic Evolution<br />

As Ragna’s journey unfolds, <strong>the</strong> scenery<br />

evolves, mirror<strong>in</strong>g emotional shifts. Watch<br />

characters grow amidst ever-chang<strong>in</strong>g landscapes.<br />

Fluid Animation<br />

The animation effortlessly transitions between<br />

quiet moments and exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g action.<br />

Battles echo character traits through<br />

seamless choreography.<br />

A New Anime Era<br />

“Ragna Crimson” signifies <strong>the</strong> future of anime<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g. It presents a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narrative alongside cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge artistry,<br />

unit<strong>in</strong>g traditional and digital forms.<br />

Save <strong>the</strong> Date<br />

Mark <strong>September</strong> 30, <strong>2023</strong>, for <strong>the</strong> arrival<br />

of “Ragna Crimson.” Immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> a<br />

world where art and fantasy <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e, forg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an unforgettable anime experience.<br />

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




84 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Exclusive<br />

The ArtenRoll<br />

Revolution<br />

The gallery that uses blockcha<strong>in</strong> to store all its artwork<br />

O<br />

ver <strong>the</strong> course of five remarkable<br />

years, Art enRoll has evolved <strong>in</strong>to<br />

more than just a platform; it has become<br />

a cornerstone of <strong>the</strong> art community,<br />

revolutioniz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> au<strong>the</strong>ntication and validation<br />

of artwork provenance. This dynamic<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiative has emerged as a comprehensive<br />

solution that caters to <strong>the</strong> au<strong>the</strong>ntication<br />

needs of artists, collectors, and enthusiasts<br />

alike.<br />

Div<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate world of art au<strong>the</strong>ntication<br />

and validation, Art enRoll offers a<br />

sophisticated portal that serves as both a<br />

marketplace and a technology-driven safeguard.<br />

Its primary focus is on emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists hail<strong>in</strong>g from burgeon<strong>in</strong>g art markets.<br />

These artists are provided a nurtur<strong>in</strong>g environment<br />

where <strong>the</strong>y can showcase <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

creations while hav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> au<strong>the</strong>nticity of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir works secured through cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge<br />

technology.<br />

Central to Art enRoll’s <strong>in</strong>novation is its proprietary<br />

NextGen software, a marvel that<br />

ensures <strong>the</strong> journey of an artwork is meticulously<br />

tracked and au<strong>the</strong>nticated throughout<br />

its existence. This advanced system operates<br />

through a 3-Stage track<strong>in</strong>g and trac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

approach, which <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>genious<br />

application of Secure Dynamic Messages<br />

(SDM), Radio Frequency ID (RFID), and Raman<br />

Microspectroscopy, amplified by <strong>the</strong><br />

unique Quantum Dot technology.<br />

The significance of this <strong>in</strong>novation transcends<br />

<strong>the</strong> realm of technology. It br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

with it a transformative impact on <strong>the</strong> art<br />

ecosystem. By offer<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>teractive marketplace<br />

for emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists, Art enRoll not<br />

only provides <strong>the</strong>m with a platform to present<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creations to a global audience but also<br />

extends <strong>the</strong> much-needed validation of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

talent.<br />

In a harmonious blend of artistry and technology,<br />

<strong>the</strong> artists’ creations are au<strong>the</strong>nticated<br />

from <strong>the</strong>ir very <strong>in</strong>ception, safeguard<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir journey as <strong>the</strong>y step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> larger art<br />

world. This seamless <strong>in</strong>tegration of <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

and artistry contributes to <strong>the</strong> overall<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry narrative of acknowledg<strong>in</strong>g artistic<br />

brilliance and endors<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> au<strong>the</strong>nticity of<br />

creative expressions.<br />

Art enRoll is not just a platform; it’s a movement<br />

that champions <strong>the</strong> fusion of <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

and artistic prowess. It ensures that <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of creativity rema<strong>in</strong>s pure and untarnished<br />

while embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> power of technology<br />

to elevate and safeguard <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

artistic heritage. As it cont<strong>in</strong>ues to foster<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g talents and redef<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> art au<strong>the</strong>ntication<br />

landscape, Art enRoll stands as<br />

a testament to <strong>the</strong> endless possibilities that<br />

arise when art and technology jo<strong>in</strong> hands.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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




SEASON 2<br />

I<br />

n <strong>the</strong> anime world, excitement soars for<br />

Kengan Ashura Season 2, premier<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

<strong>September</strong>. A captivat<strong>in</strong>g fusion of art and<br />

action awaits fans, promis<strong>in</strong>g a visual journey<br />

like no o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Cont<strong>in</strong>ued Intrigue<br />

Follow<strong>in</strong>g its successful debut, Kengan<br />

Ashura returns with a thrill<strong>in</strong>g second season.<br />

Adapted from Yabako Sandrovich’s ,<br />

<strong>the</strong> anime dives <strong>in</strong>to underground gladiator<br />

battles, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g fresh dynamics and alliances.<br />

Artistry Unleashed<br />

Kengan Ashura’s art style blends traditional<br />

and digital techniques for a unique<br />

visual feast. Character animations and<br />

backgrounds create a strik<strong>in</strong>g visual world,<br />

complemented by vibrant color palettes.<br />

Evolution of Characters<br />

Dist<strong>in</strong>ct character designs mirror <strong>the</strong> series’<br />

depth. Season 2 br<strong>in</strong>gs character growth,<br />

foster<strong>in</strong>g deeper connections with <strong>the</strong>ir journeys<br />

and challenges.<br />


Visual Symphony<br />

Kengan Ashura Season 2, arriv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>September</strong>,<br />

promises an immersive blend of art<br />

and storytell<strong>in</strong>g, forg<strong>in</strong>g a powerful connection<br />

between viewers and characters.<br />

Embrace <strong>the</strong> Journey<br />

This <strong>September</strong>, brace for Kengan Ashura<br />

Season 2’s mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g artistry and narrative.<br />

A thrill<strong>in</strong>g fusion of action and visuals<br />

awaits as <strong>the</strong> saga unfolds.<br />

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







OF PEACE<br />


A<br />

s <strong>the</strong> world comes toge<strong>the</strong>r to observe<br />

<strong>the</strong> International Day of Peace,<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of art takes center stage <strong>in</strong><br />

foster<strong>in</strong>g unity, understand<strong>in</strong>g, and harmony.<br />

This day, dedicated to promot<strong>in</strong>g global<br />

peace and cooperation, offers an ideal opportunity<br />

to reflect on <strong>the</strong> role of art <strong>in</strong> bridg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cultural divides and br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g people<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r. Across <strong>the</strong> globe, artists are us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creativity and imag<strong>in</strong>ation to communicate<br />

messages of peace and <strong>in</strong>spire positive<br />

change. In this article, we explore how<br />

art plays a vital role <strong>in</strong> celebrat<strong>in</strong>g this significant<br />

day and its profound impact on our<br />

lives.<br />

Art as a Universal Language<br />

Art, with its ability to transcend l<strong>in</strong>guistic<br />

and cultural barriers, becomes a universal<br />

language of peace. Through vibrant colors,<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate brush strokes, and evocative sculptures,<br />

artists can communicate complex<br />

emotions and ideas. No matter our background,<br />

we can all connect with art on an<br />

emotional level, foster<strong>in</strong>g empathy and compassion<br />

for o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Artists for Peace<br />

Many artists, both celebrated and aspir<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

are actively us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir creative talents to<br />

advocate for peace. They utilize various mediums,<br />

such as pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, murals, photography,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>stallations, to highlight issues of<br />

conflict and <strong>in</strong>equality. By visually represent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir vision of peace, <strong>the</strong>se artists become<br />

advocates for positive change, urg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us all to strive for a more peaceful world.<br />

Community Art Projects<br />

On International Day of Peace, community<br />

art projects take center stage, encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collaboration and toge<strong>the</strong>rness. These projects<br />

often <strong>in</strong>volve <strong>in</strong>dividuals from diverse<br />

backgrounds, com<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r to create<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g beautiful and mean<strong>in</strong>gful. By engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> art collectively, communities build<br />

bonds and develop a shared sense of purpose,<br />

transcend<strong>in</strong>g any differences that may<br />

exist.<br />

Art for Heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Art also plays a <strong>the</strong>rapeutic role <strong>in</strong> times of<br />

conflict and turmoil. For <strong>in</strong>dividuals affected<br />

by war, violence, or social upheaval, engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> creative activities offers a path to heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and recovery. Art <strong>the</strong>rapy programs have<br />

proven to be effective <strong>in</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g emotional<br />

support and foster<strong>in</strong>g resilience <strong>in</strong> people<br />

fac<strong>in</strong>g challeng<strong>in</strong>g circumstances.<br />

Art as a Catalyst for Dialogue<br />

Art acts as a catalyst for open dialogue,<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g conversations about peace,<br />

justice, and tolerance. Galleries, exhibitions,<br />

and art festivals become spaces for discuss<strong>in</strong>g<br />

press<strong>in</strong>g global issues and promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g between diverse cultures.<br />

Through art, we learn to appreciate <strong>the</strong> rich<br />

tapestry of humanity and realize that despite<br />

our differences, we all share a common desire<br />

for peace and harmony.<br />

Conclusion<br />

As we celebrate <strong>the</strong> International Day of<br />

Peace, let us remember <strong>the</strong> profound impact<br />

of art <strong>in</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g understand<strong>in</strong>g, empathy,<br />

and cooperation. Through <strong>the</strong> universal<br />

language of art, artists and communities<br />

worldwide strive to create a world free from<br />

conflict and violence. Let us embrace <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative power of art and work toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to build a more peaceful and <strong>in</strong>clusive future<br />

for generations to come. Toge<strong>the</strong>r, we<br />

can make a difference, one brushstroke at a<br />

time. Happy International Day of Peace!<br />

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


UAE<br />




Dubai, UAE – Introduc<strong>in</strong>g AQUA Water<br />

Bar by LUQEL, <strong>the</strong> pioneer of Dubai’s first<br />

gourmet water bar. Revolutioniz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of clean, pure, and susta<strong>in</strong>able water,<br />

LUQEL <strong>in</strong>troduces an <strong>in</strong>novative concept to<br />

our region.<br />

A Taste of Pure Innovation<br />

Indulge <strong>in</strong> 30 unique water recipes meticulously<br />

crafted by acclaimed global water<br />

sommeliers. Experience ‘Kick start’ for a<br />

morn<strong>in</strong>g boost with added magnesium or<br />

savor ‘Natural Beauty’ for a mild, calcium-enriched<br />

water that nourishes body and m<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Tailored Water for Every Occasion<br />

AQUA Water Bar’s menu offers water pair<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

for your favorite vegan, vegetarian,<br />

meat, or fish dishes. Rehydrate after workouts<br />

or unw<strong>in</strong>d after a busy day with specially<br />

curated water selections.<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>ability Meets <strong>Luxury</strong><br />

Our patented LUQEL water station purifies<br />

tap water, and uniquely, it rem<strong>in</strong>eralizes to<br />

create an array of water recipes. LUQEL’s<br />

commitment to susta<strong>in</strong>ability sh<strong>in</strong>es through<br />

our new AQUA Water Bar concept.<br />



Experience an exceptional cul<strong>in</strong>ary voyage<br />

at Izakaya <strong>in</strong> Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis<br />

Hotel. Explore au<strong>the</strong>ntic Japanese cuis<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>in</strong> a vibrant sett<strong>in</strong>g. Witness live teppanyaki<br />

magic and relish a range of sushi and<br />

seafood offer<strong>in</strong>gs. Jo<strong>in</strong> Sushi and Bubbly<br />

Tuesdays for unlimited sushi paired with<br />

free-flow<strong>in</strong>g bubbly. For an unforgettable<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g adventure, visit Izakaya and delight <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> tastes of Japan.<br />

Highlights<br />

Sizzl<strong>in</strong>g Teppanyaki Experience: Daily, 6 PM<br />

- 12 AM<br />

Sushi and Bubbly Tuesdays: Every Tuesday,<br />

6 PM - 12 AM<br />

AED 195 (unlimited sushi)<br />

AED 300 (unlimited sushi, 2 hours of<br />

free-flow<strong>in</strong>g bubbly, selected cocktails)<br />

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Experience an enchant<strong>in</strong>g summer retreat<br />

at Dubai Creek Resort, home to Park Hyatt<br />

Dubai and Dubai Creek Golf Residences.<br />

Nestled along <strong>the</strong> serene creek banks, this<br />

Mediterranean-<strong>in</strong>spired haven offers a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

blend of elegance and urban allure.<br />

Elevate your summer with <strong>the</strong> ‘Summer Staycation<br />

Package’ available until <strong>September</strong>’s<br />

close. Immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> Riviera-<strong>in</strong>spired<br />

luxury, where meticulously curated experiences<br />

await.<br />

Discover exclusive sav<strong>in</strong>gs on world-class<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, spa <strong>in</strong>dulgence, and salon sessions,<br />

all part of an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary package that extends<br />

to stays <strong>in</strong> hotel rooms, private pool<br />

villas, and lagoon-beach rooms/suites.<br />

From white sand lagoons and palm-fr<strong>in</strong>ged<br />

pools to award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong> resort<br />

promises a summer of leisure. Delight <strong>in</strong><br />

deluxe spa treatments for a truly <strong>in</strong>dulgent<br />

experience.<br />



KRASOTA is not just a restaurant; it’s a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

storyteller that transports you <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a synes<strong>the</strong>tic gastronomic adventure. Step<br />

<strong>in</strong>to our <strong>the</strong>ater-restaurant, where Boris<br />

Zarkov’s immersive scenography, Anton Nenashev’s<br />

visual artistry, and Michel<strong>in</strong>-starred<br />

chef Vladimir Mukh<strong>in</strong>’s haute cuis<strong>in</strong>e converge<br />

to create a unique tapestry of sensations.<br />

A Fusion of Senses<br />

Embark on a medley of senses as KRASOTA<br />

weaves stories through food, art, and ambiance.<br />

Our project embodies <strong>the</strong> ‘Medici<br />

effect’, fus<strong>in</strong>g diverse ideas and cultures<br />

<strong>in</strong>to an <strong>in</strong>novative experience that defies<br />

conventions, reveal<strong>in</strong>g hidden connections.<br />

Indulge Your Curiosity<br />

Allow your imag<strong>in</strong>ation to take flight <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g world of KRASOTA. Immerse<br />

yourself <strong>in</strong> a realm where cul<strong>in</strong>ary creativity<br />

meets visual artistry and immersive design.<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> enchant<strong>in</strong>g journey at KRASO-<br />

TA – where storytell<strong>in</strong>g takes a delectable<br />

turn.<br />

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




DUBAI<br />

Dubai, UAE – July <strong>2023</strong>: Enjoy sun-soaked<br />

relaxation at La Pisc<strong>in</strong>a, nestled by <strong>the</strong> lush<br />

palm trees of Palazzo Versace Dubai. Dive<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> Candyland Brunch every Sunday,<br />

1-4pm, for unlimited poolside favorites, refresh<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dr<strong>in</strong>ks, and DJ Flipside’s <strong>in</strong>fectious<br />

beats.<br />

Experience waterfront views, revamped<br />

poolside classics, and signature cocktails<br />

like “Spice Me Up” and “Volcano.” Let <strong>the</strong><br />

resident DJ’s sundowner tunes create <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect poolside ambiance.<br />

Candyland Brunch at La Pisc<strong>in</strong>a<br />

Every Sunday, 1-4pm<br />

Price: AED 300<br />

(<strong>in</strong>cludes food and selected beverages)<br />

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Dubai, UAE – Immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> shisha<br />

perfection at Trove, <strong>the</strong> premier lounge <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai Mall. Renowned for award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shishas that harmonize tradition and <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

Trove offers a luxurious escape. Choose<br />

from a diverse range of flavors and unw<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>in</strong> an opulent ambiance, mak<strong>in</strong>g Trove <strong>the</strong><br />

ultimate shisha dest<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

Chill and Savor<br />

Trove prioritizes quality, sourc<strong>in</strong>g top-notch<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredients and us<strong>in</strong>g advanced equipment<br />

for a consistently smooth smoke. Expert staff<br />

guides you through flavors, ensur<strong>in</strong>g a tailored<br />

experience.<br />

Unforgettable Moments<br />

Visit Trove at Dubai Mall, a social hub where<br />

<strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est shisha meets world-class art. Relax<br />

by <strong>the</strong> founta<strong>in</strong> and Burj Khalifa, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

memories with impeccable hospitality and<br />

unique vibes.<br />

Experience Trove – where shisha is an art of<br />

pure <strong>in</strong>dulgence<br />

Note: Adults aged 21 and above only.<br />


Dubai, UAE – July <strong>2023</strong>: Wise Guys, DIFC’s<br />

sandwich hotspot with a Big Apple flair, presents<br />

a delectable countdown. Indulge <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

limited edition El Cubano sandwich, meticulously<br />

crafted with Pastrami, Brisket Meat,<br />

Smoked Provolone, and Cheddar Cheese.<br />

Only 30 sandwiches available daily, ensur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

quality and flavor. Don’t miss out – once<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’re gone, <strong>the</strong>y’re gone for good. Hurry<br />

and treat your taste buds to this exclusive<br />

delight at Wise Guys.<br />

Note: Limited quantities, act fast!<br />

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



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SKILLS<br />

S<br />

culpt<strong>in</strong>g is a remarkable form of artistic<br />

expression that transcends time,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g creators to mold <strong>the</strong>ir visions<br />

<strong>in</strong>to tangible works of art. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re a<br />

novice seek<strong>in</strong>g to embark on this creative<br />

journey or a seasoned sculptor look<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

ref<strong>in</strong>e your skills, this article unveils <strong>the</strong> essential<br />

techniques and <strong>in</strong>sights to guide you<br />

through <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g world of sculpt<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Gett<strong>in</strong>g Started<br />

Choose Your Medium: Select a medium<br />

that resonates with you, such as clay, stone,<br />

wood, or even digital platforms. Each medium<br />

offers unique challenges and rewards.<br />

Ga<strong>the</strong>r Tools: Acquire <strong>the</strong> necessary tools<br />

for your chosen medium. For traditional<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, you might need chisels, wire<br />

tools, and model<strong>in</strong>g tools. Digital sculpt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

requires appropriate software and hardware.<br />

Study Anatomy: Understand<strong>in</strong>g human and<br />

animal anatomy is crucial. Study skeletal<br />

structures and muscle groups to create realistic<br />

and dynamic sculptures.<br />

Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g Techniques<br />

Observation: Tra<strong>in</strong> your eye to observe details<br />

and proportions. Study reference materials,<br />

photographs, and real-life models to<br />

develop a keen sense of observation.<br />

Block<strong>in</strong>g In: Beg<strong>in</strong> with rough shapes to establish<br />

<strong>the</strong> basic form of your sculpture. This<br />

is ak<strong>in</strong> to sketch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> foundation before<br />

add<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tricate details.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Layers: Build your sculpture<br />

<strong>in</strong> layers, gradually ref<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g details as you<br />

progress. This approach allows for adjustments<br />

and corrections along <strong>the</strong> way.<br />

Texture and Surface: Experiment with textures<br />

and surfaces to convey <strong>the</strong> desired<br />

look and feel. Smooth surfaces evoke a<br />

different emotional response than rough or<br />

textured ones<br />

Improvement<br />

Strategies<br />

Practice Regularly: Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, like any skill,<br />

requires consistent practice. Dedicate time<br />

each day or week to hone your craft and experiment<br />

with new techniques.<br />

Experiment with Styles: Don’t hesitate to<br />

explore various styles and genres. Experiment<strong>in</strong>g<br />

helps you discover your unique<br />

voice as a sculptor<br />

Seek Critiques: Constructive criticism from<br />

fellow sculptors and artists can provide fresh<br />

perspectives and <strong>in</strong>sights for improvement.<br />

Study Masters: Analyze <strong>the</strong> works of renowned<br />

sculptors. Learn from <strong>the</strong>ir techniques<br />

and artistic choices, and <strong>in</strong>corporate<br />

<strong>the</strong>se lessons <strong>in</strong>to your own creations.<br />

Attend Workshops: Participate <strong>in</strong> workshops<br />

or classes to learn from experienced<br />

sculptors. These hands-on experiences<br />

can provide valuable guidance and foster a<br />

sense of community.<strong>the</strong>se lessons <strong>in</strong>to your<br />

own creations.<br />

Embrace Challenges: Push yourself out of<br />

your comfort zone. Tackle complex subjects,<br />

experiment with new materials, and embrace<br />

challenges to cont<strong>in</strong>ually evolve.<br />

Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g is a journey of cont<strong>in</strong>uous growth<br />

and discovery. With patience, dedication,<br />

and a passion for creation, you can master<br />

<strong>the</strong> art of sculpt<strong>in</strong>g and craft pieces that<br />

resonate with emotion, skill, and artistic brilliance.<br />

As you sculpt, remember that each<br />

stroke and curve has <strong>the</strong> power to transform<br />

your imag<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong>to a timeless masterpiece.<br />

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





1.Ancient Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs 5.Art of Balance and Proportion 8.Sculpture Gardens and Parks<br />

Sculpture is one of <strong>the</strong> oldest art forms<br />

known to humanity. Dat<strong>in</strong>g back to prehistoric<br />

times, early sculptures were often created<br />

from materials like clay, bone, and stone,<br />

serv<strong>in</strong>g as expressions of ritual, religion, and<br />

culture.<br />

2.The Power of Three Dimensions<br />

Unlike two-dimensional art forms like pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and draw<strong>in</strong>g, sculpture exists <strong>in</strong> three dimensions,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g viewers to engage with it<br />

from multiple angles and perspectives. This<br />

physical presence can create a unique and<br />

immersive experience.<br />

3.Materials of Creation<br />

Sculptors utilize a wide range of materials<br />

to br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir visions to life. From traditional<br />

mediums like marble, bronze, and wood to<br />

contemporary materials such as glass, plastic,<br />

and found objects, <strong>the</strong> choice of material<br />

can greatly <strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al piece’s mean<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and impact.<br />

4.From Figurative to Abstract<br />

Sculpture spans a spectrum of styles, from<br />

highly realistic and figurative representations<br />

to abstract and conceptual forms. Artists<br />

often experiment with shapes, textures,<br />

and spatial relationships to evoke emotions<br />

or challenge perceptions.<br />

Sculptors must master <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of balance,<br />

proportion, and anatomy to create<br />

visually appeal<strong>in</strong>g and structurally sound<br />

works. This understand<strong>in</strong>g of form and composition<br />

is essential for both representational<br />

and abstract sculptures.<br />

6.K<strong>in</strong>etic Sculpture<br />

K<strong>in</strong>etic sculpture adds an extra layer of<br />

dynamism to <strong>the</strong> art form by <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

movement. These sculptures can be powered<br />

by motors, w<strong>in</strong>d, or human <strong>in</strong>teraction,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a captivat<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>teractive experience<br />

for viewers.<br />

7.Monumental Impact<br />

Monumental sculptures, often displayed <strong>in</strong><br />

public spaces or open landscapes, have <strong>the</strong><br />

power to shape <strong>the</strong> identity of a place and<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>the</strong> way people <strong>in</strong>teract with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

environment. Iconic examples <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong><br />

Statue of Liberty and Christ <strong>the</strong> Redeemer.<br />

Many cities and <strong>in</strong>stitutions ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> sculpture<br />

gardens and parks to exhibit largescale<br />

sculptures <strong>in</strong> outdoor sett<strong>in</strong>gs. These<br />

spaces offer artists a unique canvas and<br />

viewers a chance to experience art with<strong>in</strong><br />

nature.<br />

9.Installation Art<br />

Sculpture has expanded beyond traditional<br />

forms to <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>in</strong>stallation art – large-scale,<br />

immersive pieces that transform <strong>the</strong> viewer’s<br />

perception of a space. Artists like Anish Kapoor<br />

and Ai Weiwei have pushed <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of what sculpture can be.<br />

10.Cultural Significance<br />

Sculpture has played a significant role <strong>in</strong><br />

document<strong>in</strong>g and reflect<strong>in</strong>g cultural, historical,<br />

and political contexts. From ancient civilizations<br />

to modern movements, sculptures<br />

often serve as last<strong>in</strong>g markers of society’s<br />

evolution and values.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Unveil<strong>in</strong>g Emotions<br />

Mai<br />

Alkaabi<br />

Artist<br />

Artistic journey of a self taught artist<br />

M<br />

ai Alkaabi, a Bahra<strong>in</strong>i-German selftaught<br />

artist and visual designer, has<br />

carved a unique path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

art with her captivat<strong>in</strong>g expressionism. From<br />

her early years, <strong>the</strong> allure of art’s beauty<br />

captured her heart, a call<strong>in</strong>g deeply rooted<br />

<strong>in</strong> her family’s artistic l<strong>in</strong>eage. This magnetic<br />

pull guided her to transform her passion <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a full-time career.<br />

In her artistic odyssey, Alkaabi discovered<br />

expressionism as her <strong>in</strong>nate style. Adolescence<br />

ushered <strong>in</strong> personal struggles with<br />

mental health, an ordeal she overcame<br />

by channel<strong>in</strong>g her emotions onto paper.<br />

Sketch<strong>in</strong>g metamorphosed <strong>in</strong>to a heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ritual, a way to articulate <strong>the</strong> unspoken. In<br />

2019, a fateful conversation with a classmate<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduced her to oil pa<strong>in</strong>ts, mark<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ception<br />

of a transformation. Oil became her<br />

preferred medium, enabl<strong>in</strong>g her to brea<strong>the</strong><br />

life <strong>in</strong>to her thoughts and ideas.<br />

Alkaabi’s art is an ode to womanhood, a tribute<br />

to <strong>the</strong> strength and emotions <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sic to<br />

it. With each brushstroke, she unveils <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

power women hold with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>mselves,<br />

portray<strong>in</strong>g emotions that mirror her own <strong>in</strong>trospections.<br />

Her canvas becomes a mirror<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g thoughts, resonat<strong>in</strong>g with viewers<br />

on a profound level.<br />

Beyond her evocative depictions of women,<br />

Alkaabi’s repertoire <strong>in</strong>cludes an unexpected<br />

subject: sheets. She f<strong>in</strong>ds solace and hones<br />

her skills by immortaliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary items<br />

that fill our lives. From garments that embrace<br />

memories to furniture that witnesses<br />

stories, she highlights <strong>the</strong> profound impact<br />

of <strong>the</strong> mundane. Her artworks transform <strong>in</strong>to<br />

vessels of nostalgia, captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of cherished moments.<br />

Alkaabi’s artistic resonance extends across<br />

borders. Her pieces have found permanent<br />

homes <strong>in</strong> diverse corners of <strong>the</strong> world, from<br />

<strong>the</strong> serene landscapes of Switzerland to <strong>the</strong><br />

vibrant cultures of Canada and <strong>the</strong> UAE. Yet,<br />

her ambition is unwaver<strong>in</strong>g: to embolden<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire young women. Through her art,<br />

she fosters empowerment and motivation,<br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g a sense of camaraderie among<br />

women of all walks of life.<br />

Mai Alkaabi’s journey exemplifies <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

power of art. It began as a personal<br />

catharsis, evolved <strong>in</strong>to a testament to<br />

womanhood, and now, it serves as a beacon<br />

of empowerment for <strong>the</strong> generations to<br />

come. With each stroke of her brush, Alkaabi<br />

<strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>es emotions and visuals, weav<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

tapestry that resonates deeply with<strong>in</strong> us all.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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



Ezra Damie<br />

@red_foxstudios<br />

USA<br />

Ken Kelleher<br />

@anchorball<br />

USA<br />

Jan Vogelpoel Ceramics<br />

@janvogelpoel_ceramics<br />

Melbourne, Australia<br />

Salman Khoshroo<br />

@Salman Khoshroo<br />

Iran<br />

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@apparelarchived<br />

@dachi_cornflakes<br />

@arthgallerybodrum<br />

@artgirlris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

@aes<strong>the</strong>tical_symphonies<br />

@darkubart<br />

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25 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> - 09 DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Ishara Art Foundation presents ‘Only Life, Myriad<br />

Places,’ a groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g solo exhibition<br />

by Sudarshan Shetty. Showcas<strong>in</strong>g his latest film<br />

‘One Life Many’ alongside rare videos, <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

and sculptures, <strong>the</strong> exhibit blurs reality’s<br />

boundaries. Shetty’s work delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay<br />

between dreams and wak<strong>in</strong>g moments,<br />

memories and illusions. Eight significant pieces<br />

reflect his South Asian cultural fasc<strong>in</strong>ation, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a ‘poetics of listen<strong>in</strong>g.’ The exhibition<br />

challenges conventional art preservation, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

visitors to experience <strong>the</strong> ephemeral. ‘One<br />

Life, Myriad Places’ encourages multi-sensory<br />

perception, with physical, virtual tours, educational<br />

events, and artist discussions enrich<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> experience.<br />



14 JULY <strong>2023</strong> - 30 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to a world where art and history converge<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Van Gogh X Japan immersive exhibit.<br />

Explore <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g synergy between<br />

traditional Japanese pr<strong>in</strong>ts and iconic Western<br />

art, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> works of Van Gogh. Uncover<br />

<strong>the</strong> narrative beh<strong>in</strong>d each exquisite piece as<br />

Ukiyo-e <strong>in</strong>fluences Van Gogh’s style. Immerse<br />

yourself <strong>in</strong> a 360° visual feast, where every detail<br />

is magnified. And, a special treat awaits <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Secret Room – a contemporary New Media<br />

Narnia crafted by Japanese artists. With<br />

Kimono & Ikebana exhibitions, Masterclasses<br />

<strong>in</strong> Japanese flower arrangement, and Tea Ceremonies,<br />

this experience transcends time and<br />

place.<br />

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MADE IN TASHKEEL <strong>2023</strong> GROUP EXHIBITION<br />


20 JUNE <strong>2023</strong> - 8 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Tashkeel marks its 15th anniversary with <strong>the</strong> anticipated showcase ‘Made <strong>in</strong> Tashkeel.’<br />

This annual exhibition is a tribute to our shared odyssey, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g art and<br />

<strong>in</strong>genuity. The event unites a remarkable array of creations from members, resident<br />

artists, workshop leaders, participants, and recent exhibitors who have contributed<br />

to Tashkeel’s journey. A testament to our commitment to artistry, ‘Made <strong>in</strong> Tashkeel’<br />

embodies <strong>the</strong> spirit of creativity that has def<strong>in</strong>ed us for 15 years.<br />



13 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 14 JANUARY 2024<br />

From <strong>September</strong> 13, <strong>2023</strong>, to January 14, 2024,<br />

<strong>the</strong> ‘Letters of Light’ exhibition unveils <strong>the</strong> sacred<br />

texts of three Abrahamic faiths – <strong>the</strong> Quran,<br />

Christian Bible, and Hebrew Bible. Hosted<br />

by Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musée du<br />

Louvre, and Louvre Abu Dhabi, visitors will marvel<br />

at <strong>the</strong>se revered manuscripts and artifacts,<br />

trac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>s, writ<strong>in</strong>gs, and cross-cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence of mono<strong>the</strong>ism. Immerse yourself <strong>in</strong><br />

illum<strong>in</strong>ated calligraphy, as skilled artisans’ work<br />

comes to life through precious pigments. This<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary exhibit, curated by Laurent Héricher<br />

and Dr. Souraya Noujaim, with associate curators<br />

Sab<strong>in</strong>e Maffre and Khalid Chakor-Alami,<br />

promises an awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g exploration of art and<br />

spirituality.<br />

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


Welcome to <strong>the</strong> all-new Designer’s Corner, an excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

space divided <strong>in</strong>to four captivat<strong>in</strong>g segments

About Time<br />

In this section, we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of horology. This month, our spotlight is on <strong>the</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>guished<br />

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control collection for men. We explore <strong>the</strong> timeless elegance<br />

and mechanical mastery that def<strong>in</strong>e this series. Additionally, we unveil <strong>the</strong> Jaeger-Le-<br />

Coultre Reverso One Duetto Jewellery, an exquisite piece designed for women, comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

sophistication and style.<br />

Threads<br />

Unorthodox<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Unorthodox thread, we journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> avant-garde fashion doma<strong>in</strong> of Issey Miyake.<br />

Discover his unique designs and pioneer<strong>in</strong>g advancements that have reshaped <strong>the</strong> fashion<br />

landscape. We delve <strong>in</strong>to his latest 132.5 Collection, as well as <strong>the</strong> flagship Issey Collection,<br />

captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

Lux<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Lux thread, we explore <strong>the</strong> legendary history of Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent. Delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

brand’s remarkable journey and its <strong>in</strong>fluential impact on <strong>the</strong> world of fashion. Immerse yourself<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> allure of <strong>the</strong> Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent brand and explore <strong>the</strong> highlights of <strong>the</strong>ir new Summer-Fall<br />

<strong>2023</strong> collection.<br />

Bl<strong>in</strong>g Bow<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of opulence with Bl<strong>in</strong>g Bow. Here, we sh<strong>in</strong>e a spotlight on <strong>the</strong> latest <strong>in</strong><br />

jewelry trends. Uncover <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies of <strong>the</strong> new jewelry pieces that are bound to dazzle and<br />

make a statement, elevat<strong>in</strong>g any ensemble to new heights of elegance.<br />

On Foot<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> latest drops and trends <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of sneakers and footwear <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> On Foot<br />

segment. Stay updated with <strong>the</strong> freshest releases and styles that are set to def<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> footwear<br />

landscape. From high-performance sneakers to stylish footwear, this section is a haven for<br />

sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts alike.<br />

Designer’s Corner is your gateway to <strong>the</strong> world of cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge fashion, horology, and luxury.<br />

Explore each segment to immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est craftsmanship, avant-garde designs,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> latest trends that shape <strong>the</strong> realm of style and elegance.




J<br />

aeger-LeCoultre’s Master Control collection,<br />

a timeless blend of mechanical<br />

mastery and <strong>in</strong>novative re<strong>in</strong>terpretations<br />

of classic complications, rema<strong>in</strong>s a<br />

contemporary classic s<strong>in</strong>ce its <strong>in</strong>ception<br />

three decades ago. The new addition, <strong>the</strong><br />

Master Control Chronograph Calendar <strong>in</strong><br />

p<strong>in</strong>k gold with a black dial, showcases <strong>the</strong><br />

Maison’s dedication to horological excellence.<br />

Named after <strong>the</strong> 1,000-Hour Control<br />

Certification, <strong>the</strong> Master Control collection<br />

was <strong>the</strong> first to undergo this rigorous test,<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g standard for all Jaeger-LeCoultre<br />

timepieces.<br />


Case<br />

P<strong>in</strong>k Gold 750/1000 (18 carats)<br />

Dimensions<br />

diameter 40 mm;<br />

thickness 12.05 mm<br />

Calibre<br />

Automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 759<br />

Functions<br />

Hours, m<strong>in</strong>utes, small seconds, day, date,<br />

month, moon phases, chronograph with<br />

30-m<strong>in</strong>ute counter and pulsometer<br />

Power Reserve<br />

65 hours<br />

Water resistance<br />

5 bar<br />

Dial<br />

Black sunray-brushed<br />

Strap<br />

Black alligator<br />

Reference<br />

Q413257J<br />

Inspired by <strong>the</strong> Maison’s iconic round watches<br />

from <strong>the</strong> 1950s and ‘60s, <strong>the</strong> Master Control<br />

collection emanates elegance. The black<br />

dial variant draws from v<strong>in</strong>tage aes<strong>the</strong>tics<br />

while embrac<strong>in</strong>g modernity. Red accents<br />

adorn <strong>the</strong> pulsometric scale, sub-dials, and<br />

day/month w<strong>in</strong>dows, draw<strong>in</strong>g attention to<br />

valuable <strong>in</strong>formation. The <strong>in</strong>tuitive dial layout<br />

presents a complete calendar and bi-compax<br />

chronograph seamlessly. The p<strong>in</strong>k gold<br />

40mm case exudes sophistication with its<br />

bezel, lugs, and polished elements. The<br />

automatic Calibre 759 powers <strong>the</strong> watch,<br />

boast<strong>in</strong>g a column-wheel chronograph, vertical<br />

clutch, triple calendar, and moon-phase<br />

display. F<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g touches <strong>in</strong>clude Côtes de<br />

Genève, blued screws, and an open-worked<br />

gold rotor, all visible through <strong>the</strong> sapphire<br />

case-back. Designed, produced, and assembled<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Vallée de Joux, Switzerland,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Master Control Chronograph Calendar<br />

exemplifies Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mechanical<br />

f<strong>in</strong>esse.<br />

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ETTO JEWELLERY(Q336247J)<br />

I<br />

ntroduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Reverso One Duetto Jewellery,<br />

a sublime fusion of horological mastery<br />

and exquisite jewelry craftsmanship.<br />

Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> iconic swivel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Reverso case of <strong>the</strong> 1930s, this new masterpiece<br />

unveils two elegant variations <strong>in</strong> p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

gold, both showcas<strong>in</strong>g a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g fully<br />

diamond-set case that seamlessly marries<br />

High Watchmak<strong>in</strong>g and High Jewellery.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> recto side, a silvered sunray dial<br />

adorned with guilloché f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g highlights<br />

Arabic hour numerals. On <strong>the</strong> verso, an arrest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

black lacquer sparkl<strong>in</strong>g dial, accentuated<br />

by gold accents, captures attention.<br />

The allure of <strong>the</strong> Reverso One Duetto Jewellery<br />

is magnified by its case paved with 335<br />

diamonds, subtly complemented by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>verted<br />

diamond on <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g crown. The<br />

timepiece offers two versions: one with a<br />

black alligator strap and <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r featur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

p<strong>in</strong>k gold bracelet fully adorned with 719 diamonds,<br />

epitomiz<strong>in</strong>g high jewelry elegance.<br />

Powered by <strong>the</strong> hand-wound Jaeger-Le-<br />

Coultre Calibre 844, <strong>the</strong> watch exemplifies<br />

precision, offer<strong>in</strong>g 50 hours of power reserve<br />

while ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g synchronized dual<br />

time <strong>in</strong>dications on <strong>the</strong> front and back dials.<br />

Inspired by <strong>the</strong> first fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e Reverso, this<br />

timepiece embodies <strong>the</strong> brand’s heritage<br />

with its reversible case, triangular lugs, and<br />

applied hour markers.<br />

Produced entirely <strong>in</strong>-house, Jaeger-Le-<br />

Coultre’s meticulous craftsmanship sh<strong>in</strong>es<br />

through every aspect of <strong>the</strong> watch, from <strong>the</strong><br />

movement to <strong>the</strong> case. Rigorous “1,000 Hour<br />

Control” test<strong>in</strong>g ensures exceptional quality,<br />

underscor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Maison’s commitment to<br />

excellence. The Reverso One Duetto Jewellery<br />

is a testament to timeless elegance,<br />

horological expertise, and artistic mastery.<br />


Case<br />

750/1000 p<strong>in</strong>k gold<br />

Dimensions<br />

40 x 20 mm, thickness: 9.09 mm<br />

Calibre<br />

Jaeger-LeCoultre Manually Calibre 844,<br />

manually wound<br />

Functions<br />

Hours and m<strong>in</strong>utes (identical time on both<br />

sides)<br />

Power Reserve<br />

50 hours<br />

Water resistance<br />

5 bar<br />

Front Dial<br />

Silvered sunray<br />

Back Dial<br />

Black glitter<br />

Diamonds<br />

335 diamonds (2.44 carats)<br />

Strap<br />

Black alligator<br />

Reference<br />

Q336247J<br />

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Lux<br />

Throughout its history, <strong>the</strong> brand rema<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

at <strong>the</strong> forefront of fashion evolution. From<br />

its <strong>in</strong>ception, Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent pushed<br />

boundaries and merged cultural <strong>in</strong>fluences,<br />

elevat<strong>in</strong>g humble and ceremonial garments<br />

to haute couture status. The Rive Gauche<br />

prêt-à-porter boutique, established <strong>in</strong> 1966,<br />

marked a monumental shift by br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g couture<br />

to a wider audience. The brand’s audacity<br />

extended to provocative advertis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

campaigns, notably <strong>the</strong> controversial nude<br />

advertisement featur<strong>in</strong>g Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent<br />

himself.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> acquisition by Gucci Group <strong>in</strong> 1999,<br />

Tom Ford led <strong>the</strong> brand <strong>in</strong>to new heights,<br />

balanc<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess acumen with creative<br />

prowess. Subsequent creative directors,<br />

such as Stefano Pilati and Hedi Slimane,<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ued to shape Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent’s legacy,<br />

craft<strong>in</strong>g fresh silhouettes and push<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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

Fast forward to today, Anthony Vaccarello<br />

helms <strong>the</strong> brand s<strong>in</strong>ce 2016, comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g his<br />

contemporary vision with <strong>the</strong> brand’s rich<br />

heritage. His designs, like <strong>the</strong> exaggerated<br />

shoulders <strong>in</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent’s men’s and women’s<br />

collections, echo <strong>the</strong> house’s commitment<br />

to <strong>in</strong>novation and mastery of tailor<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The elegance of <strong>the</strong> ‘70s to <strong>the</strong> ‘90s era f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

new life under Vaccarello’s direction, bridg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> gap between classic and modern,<br />

redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g power dress<strong>in</strong>g with an androgynous<br />

and casual sensibility. From iconic<br />

tuxedos to fluid, sensual dresses, Vaccarello<br />

crafts pieces that encapsulate <strong>the</strong> present<br />

while honor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s iconic past—a fitt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

testament to Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent’s endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

legacy of empowerment through fashion.<br />



T<br />

he legendary house of Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent,<br />

founded <strong>in</strong> 1961 by Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Laurent and Pierre Bergé, revolutionized<br />

fashion with its dar<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

designs. It was Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent himself<br />

who famously declared that while Chanel<br />

freed women, he empowered <strong>the</strong>m. With an<br />

unapologetic maverick spirit, Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent’s<br />

creations resonated with <strong>the</strong> 1960s ethos,<br />

comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g worldly elegance with youthful allure.<br />

The iconic Mondrian shift, Le Smok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tuxedo suit, safari jacket, and transparent<br />

dress became cultural touchstones, embody<strong>in</strong>g<br />

confidence, sensuality, and a subversive<br />

edge.<br />

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



Issey Miyake<br />

“I believe <strong>the</strong>re is Hope <strong>in</strong> Design.<br />

Design evokes Surprise and Joy <strong>in</strong> people.”<br />

I<br />

ssey Miyake, a visionary Japanese fashion<br />

designer, has carved a unique path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of fashion by seamlessly merg<strong>in</strong>g art<br />

and functionality. Renowned for his <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

approach, Miyake’s cloth<strong>in</strong>g designs are<br />

often likened to sculptures that fluidly cascade<br />

and mold around <strong>the</strong> body like water.<br />

His creations go beyond mere fashion, blurr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries between cloth<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

art.<br />

Miyake’s journey began with a transformative<br />

encounter with bridges designed by Isamu<br />

Noguchi, spark<strong>in</strong>g his fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay between design and functionality.<br />

He pioneered <strong>the</strong> concept of mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cloth<strong>in</strong>g from “a Piece of Cloth,” meticulously<br />

study<strong>in</strong>g threads and materials to craft <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

textiles that respond to <strong>the</strong> needs of<br />

modern life.<br />

Miyake’s <strong>in</strong>fluence spans diverse cloth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es. In <strong>the</strong> 1970s and 1980s, he embarked<br />

on a journey of fabric experimentation, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new textiles and cloth<strong>in</strong>g forms. The<br />

collaboration of his studio’s creative m<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

gave birth to unconventional materials and<br />

techniques. He bridged tradition with modernity,<br />

reviv<strong>in</strong>g traditional dye<strong>in</strong>g methods<br />

and comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m with cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technologies.<br />

The 1980s witnessed Miyake’s exploration<br />

of unconventional materials such as plastic,<br />

paper, and wire, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> his “Body<br />

Works” collection. He also <strong>in</strong>troduced <strong>the</strong><br />

brand Plantation, offer<strong>in</strong>g gender-neutral<br />

cloth<strong>in</strong>g that embraced simplicity and versatility.<br />

His pursuit of <strong>in</strong>novation led to <strong>the</strong> birth<br />

of <strong>the</strong> iconic PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE<br />

l<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> 1993, focus<strong>in</strong>g on practicality and elegance.<br />

Miyake’s partnership with photographer Irv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Penn marked ano<strong>the</strong>r milestone. Their<br />

silent collaboration resulted <strong>in</strong> dynamic <strong>in</strong>terpretations<br />

of his creations, compil<strong>in</strong>g over<br />

250 photographs <strong>in</strong> seven books. Miyake’s<br />

ethos transcends genres, earn<strong>in</strong>g him recognition<br />

alongside <strong>in</strong>fluential figures.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> 21st century, Miyake’s <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ued with projects like A-POC and <strong>the</strong><br />


His endeavors expanded beyond fashion,<br />

found<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Miyake Issey Foundation and<br />

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT to <strong>in</strong>spire future generations.<br />

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‘ma’ - unfilled space<br />

Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce his <strong>in</strong>augural collection <strong>in</strong> 1971,<br />

designer Issey Miyake’s label, ISSEY MI-<br />

YAKE, has crafted cloth<strong>in</strong>g that delves <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay between <strong>the</strong> body and fabric.<br />

This exploration, rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “ma” (unfilled<br />

space) concept, exemplifies <strong>the</strong> brand’s<br />

dedication to <strong>the</strong> idea of cloth<strong>in</strong>g as a piece<br />

of cloth, transcend<strong>in</strong>g Western and Eastern<br />

design norms. The brand rema<strong>in</strong>s committed<br />

to research<strong>in</strong>g and creat<strong>in</strong>g orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

fabrics by start<strong>in</strong>g with yarn development,<br />

ensur<strong>in</strong>g a timeless and universally relevant<br />

approach to cloth<strong>in</strong>g design.<br />

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



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one piece of fabric,<br />

a three-dimensional shape reduced<br />

to two, and <strong>the</strong> fifth dimension<br />

Japanese designer Issey Miyake, known for<br />

his fashion <strong>in</strong>novation, <strong>in</strong>troduced <strong>the</strong> 132<br />

5. ISSEY MIYAKE project at Galerie Kreo <strong>in</strong><br />

Paris. The concept <strong>in</strong>volves transform<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle piece of fabric <strong>in</strong>to multi-faceted garments<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g origami-like folds, embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability by employ<strong>in</strong>g recycled plastic<br />

bottle fabrics. Collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with computer<br />

scientist Jun Mitani, Miyake reconfigured<br />

complex 3D forms <strong>in</strong>to manageable 2D<br />

shapes, which unfold <strong>in</strong>to angular tubes that<br />

can be worn as dresses or skirts. Invisible<br />

snaps add versatility, allow<strong>in</strong>g wearers to<br />

modify garment shapes temporarily. This<br />

collection resonates with Miyake’s earlier<br />

works, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g PleatsPlease and A-POC,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g his ongo<strong>in</strong>g exploration of <strong>in</strong>novative,<br />

eco-friendly fashion.<br />

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






LUXURY<br />

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F<br />

ounded <strong>in</strong> 2014 by Nilufer Kizilkaya,<br />

GFG Jewellery by Nilufer is a British<br />

contemporary f<strong>in</strong>e jewellery brand that<br />

brea<strong>the</strong>s life <strong>in</strong>to timeless beauty. Based <strong>in</strong><br />

London, <strong>the</strong> brand marries sophistication<br />

with wearability, craft<strong>in</strong>g pieces that effortlessly<br />

transition from day to night, becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an <strong>in</strong>tegral part of a woman’s daily ensemble.<br />

Inspired by Nilufer’s global travels and architectural<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs, each meticulously<br />

hand-set and polished creation is a masterpiece<br />

of precious metals, colored gemstones,<br />

diamonds, and pearls, meticulously<br />

cut to bespoke specifications. Nilufer’s vision<br />

is epitomized by <strong>the</strong> belief that every<br />

piece is “a gift from <strong>the</strong> Gods.” Operat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

between London and Istanbul, she collaborates<br />

with a network of trusted gemstone and<br />

diamond dealers who share her commitment<br />

to responsible sourc<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The Fortuna Collection, exemplified by <strong>the</strong><br />

exquisite r<strong>in</strong>g showcased at Paris Couture,<br />

encapsulates <strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong> Roman goddess<br />

of fortune. This masterpiece artfully<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es Gemfields’ ethically-sourced emeralds<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Kagem m<strong>in</strong>e with diamonds,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a pixelated marvel. The octagon<br />

shape, symbolic of rebirth and renewal, resonates<br />

deeply with <strong>the</strong> collection’s essence,<br />

harmoniz<strong>in</strong>g seamlessly with <strong>the</strong> emerald’s<br />

qualities.<br />

The Fortuna Collection, exemplified by <strong>the</strong><br />

exquisite r<strong>in</strong>g showcased at Paris Couture,<br />

encapsulates <strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong> Roman goddess<br />

of fortune. This masterpiece artfully<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es Gemfields’ ethically-sourced emeralds<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Kagem m<strong>in</strong>e with diamonds,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a pixelated marvel. The octagon<br />

shape, symbolic of rebirth and renewal, resonates<br />

deeply with <strong>the</strong> collection’s essence,<br />

harmoniz<strong>in</strong>g seamlessly with <strong>the</strong> emerald’s<br />

qualities.<br />

The collaboration with Gemfields is a testament<br />

to GFG’s commitment to ethical luxury.<br />

Gemfields’ ethically-m<strong>in</strong>ed gemstones are<br />

seamlessly woven <strong>in</strong>to GFG’s designs, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pieces that embody not just exquisite<br />

craftsmanship, but also susta<strong>in</strong>ability and<br />

responsibility. This partnership marries artistic<br />

f<strong>in</strong>esse with ethical consciousness,<br />

embody<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> evolution of luxury for <strong>the</strong><br />

modern age.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> Fortuna Pendant Ruby Necklace to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Fortuna Emerald Pixel R<strong>in</strong>g, GFG Jewellery<br />

by Nilufer’s creations are expressions<br />

of elegance and ethical consciousness,<br />

symboliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> harmonious fusion of art,<br />

beauty, and responsible luxury. Discover<br />

<strong>the</strong>se exquisite pieces at gfgjewellery.com,<br />

a celebration of artistry and ethics united <strong>in</strong><br />

brilliance.<br />

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


ON FOOT<br />

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n a masterful fusion of heritage and <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

<strong>the</strong> collaboration between A-COLD-<br />

WALL* (ACW*) and Timberland unveils a<br />

strik<strong>in</strong>g reimag<strong>in</strong>ation of <strong>the</strong> iconic 6-<strong>in</strong>ch<br />

boot. This partnership redef<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of design, marry<strong>in</strong>g deconstructed<br />

elements with a modern translucent sole,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g an exquisite embodiment of ACW*’s<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style while pay<strong>in</strong>g homage to <strong>the</strong><br />

American classic.<br />

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail,<br />

<strong>the</strong> ACW* x Timberland 6-<strong>in</strong>ch boot encapsulates<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of both brands. The<br />

full vegetable-tanned lea<strong>the</strong>r upper harmoniously<br />

melds with <strong>the</strong> nubuck ankle panel,<br />

forg<strong>in</strong>g a tapestry of texture and tone. This<br />

juxtaposition of materials creates a visual<br />

symphony that celebrates <strong>the</strong> art of craftsmanship.<br />

A true testament to <strong>in</strong>novation, <strong>the</strong> boot features<br />

a moulded translucent sole that not<br />

only provides a contemporary aes<strong>the</strong>tic<br />

but also nods to ACW*’s unique design language.<br />

The deconstructed structural upper<br />

is a work of art, with a folded one-piece eyestay<br />

and tongue that adds a touch of modernist<br />

elegance to <strong>the</strong> American classic.<br />

Functionality meets style with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>clusion<br />

of an easy-access side zipper, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

convenience without compromis<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> design’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegrity. The partnership’s <strong>in</strong>signia is<br />

embossed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> form of an oil-stamped debossed<br />

ACW* bracket logo, proudly shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

space with <strong>the</strong> Timberland tree and a lea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

tag. It’s a symbol of two worlds converg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> a creation that is greater than <strong>the</strong> sum of<br />

its parts.<br />

The ACW* x Timberland 6-<strong>in</strong>ch boot transcends<br />

footwear; it’s a piece of wearable art<br />

that embodies both brands’ ethos. As you<br />

slip <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>se boots, you step <strong>in</strong>to a realm<br />

where tradition meets avant-garde, where<br />

craftsmanship meets <strong>in</strong>novation. It’s a journey<br />

on foot that blurs <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between past<br />

and present, creat<strong>in</strong>g a stride that echoes<br />

with <strong>the</strong> footsteps of heritage and paves <strong>the</strong><br />

path for <strong>the</strong> future of style.<br />

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





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Architectural Marvel<br />

ARPA Concert Hall <strong>in</strong> Reykjavik, Iceland,<br />

stands as an architectural marvel,<br />

blend<strong>in</strong>g modern design with <strong>the</strong><br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g natural beauty. Its glass façade<br />

reflects <strong>the</strong> play of light, mimick<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Nor<strong>the</strong>rn Lights and <strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g ocean<br />

waves.<br />

Acoustic Excellence<br />

Known for its exceptional acoustics, HARPA<br />

offers an immersive musical experience. The<br />

hall is meticulously designed to ensure that<br />

every note and melody resonates perfectly,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it a preferred venue for classical concerts<br />

and performances of all genres.<br />

Cultural Hub<br />

More than a concert hall, HARPA is a cultural<br />

hub. It hosts a diverse range of events<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g music festivals, art exhibitions,<br />

and conferences. Its multi-purpose spaces<br />

cater to various artistic and community activities,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it a vibrant center for artistic<br />

exchange.<br />

Collaborative Creation<br />

The hall’s creation is a result of <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

collaboration between Danish firm Henn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Larsen Architects and renowned artist Olafur<br />

Eliasson. This unique partnership gave birth<br />

to an <strong>in</strong>novative structure that marries architecture<br />

and art, turn<strong>in</strong>g HARPA <strong>in</strong>to a symbol<br />

of Iceland’s creative spirit.<br />

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Historical Narrative<br />

he Jewish Memorial Museum <strong>in</strong> Berl<strong>in</strong><br />

stands as a poignant tribute to <strong>the</strong><br />

history, struggles, and resilience of <strong>the</strong><br />

Jewish people. It unfolds a narrative that<br />

spans centuries, from <strong>the</strong> rich cultural heritage<br />

of pre-war Jewish life <strong>in</strong> Germany to <strong>the</strong><br />

devastat<strong>in</strong>g events of <strong>the</strong> Holocaust.<br />

Architectural Symbolism<br />

Designed by Daniel Libesk<strong>in</strong>d, <strong>the</strong> museum’s<br />

architecture is a metaphorical representation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Jewish experience. The jagged l<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

voids, and unconventional spaces with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

build<strong>in</strong>g create an emotional journey for visitors,<br />

evok<strong>in</strong>g feel<strong>in</strong>gs of disorientation, loss,<br />

and reflection.<br />

Experiential Exhibits<br />

The museum’s exhibits employ a range of<br />

multimedia and artistic techniques to engage<br />

visitors on a deeply personal level.<br />

Through personal stories, artifacts, photographs,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>teractive displays, visitors are<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited to connect with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividuals beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>the</strong> historical events, foster<strong>in</strong>g empathy and<br />

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

Documentation and Remembrance<br />

The museum serves as both a documentation<br />

center and a space of remembrance. It<br />

holds an extensive collection of documents,<br />

testimonies, and historical artifacts that document<br />

<strong>the</strong> Holocaust and <strong>the</strong> lives affected.<br />

The Garden of Exile and <strong>the</strong> Holocaust Tower<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> museum complex offer somber<br />

spaces for contemplation and pay<strong>in</strong>g respects<br />

to <strong>the</strong> victims.<br />

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


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n <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g landscape of sports<br />

brand<strong>in</strong>g, few logos evoke a sense of<br />

history and loyalty as profound as <strong>the</strong> emblem<br />

of A.S. Roma. This iconic logo isn’t just<br />

a mark; it’s a representation of a storied legacy,<br />

a city’s identity, and a fanbase’s unyield<strong>in</strong>g<br />

devotion. As we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of <strong>the</strong> A.S. Roma logo, we discover a visual<br />

narrative that goes beyond <strong>the</strong> field, encapsulat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> spirit of Rome itself.<br />

A Heritage of Myth and Legend<br />

The Majestic Maroon<br />

A.S. ROMA LOGO:<br />


The A.S. Roma logo is an embodiment of<br />

Rome’s foundation myth. The depiction of<br />

<strong>the</strong> she-wolf nurs<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> mythical tw<strong>in</strong>s, Romulus<br />

and Remus, resonates deeply with<br />

<strong>the</strong> city’s history. This timeless tale of survival,<br />

growth, and <strong>the</strong> birth of a civilization<br />

forms <strong>the</strong> cornerstone of Rome’s identity,<br />

and by extension, <strong>the</strong> club’s essence.<br />

The logo’s primary color, maroon, is more<br />

than a choice; it’s a statement. Maroon, often<br />

associated with Rome’s majestic architecture<br />

and historic significance, reflects<br />

strength, resilience, and an unshakable determ<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

The color choice establishes a<br />

visual l<strong>in</strong>k between <strong>the</strong> club and <strong>the</strong> city it<br />

proudly represents.<br />

The Vibrant Orange-Red<br />

Contrast<strong>in</strong>g aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> maroon backdrop,<br />

<strong>the</strong> orange-red accents <strong>in</strong>fuse <strong>the</strong> A.S. Roma<br />

logo with vivacity and energy. This dynamic<br />

hue embodies <strong>the</strong> fervor of <strong>the</strong> fans and <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tensity of <strong>the</strong> game itself. It’s a visual representation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> passion that ignites <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

stands and fuels <strong>the</strong> team on <strong>the</strong> pitch.<br />

A Cont<strong>in</strong>uum of Time<br />

While <strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>the</strong> A.S. Roma logo<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>s steadfast, it has undergone subtle<br />

transformations over <strong>the</strong> years. Each iteration<br />

pays homage to <strong>the</strong> club’s history while<br />

embrac<strong>in</strong>g contemporary design sensibilities.<br />

This evolution reflects <strong>the</strong> club’s ability<br />

to honor its past without shy<strong>in</strong>g away from<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

A Global Unifier<br />

The A.S. Roma logo transcends geographical<br />

boundaries, unit<strong>in</strong>g fans across <strong>the</strong><br />

world under <strong>the</strong> banner of passion. It’s a<br />

symbol that sparks conversations, forges<br />

connections, and fosters a sense of belong<strong>in</strong>g<br />

among supporters who may be miles<br />

apart but share a common love for <strong>the</strong> club.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> Game<br />

The impact of <strong>the</strong> A.S. Roma logo extends<br />

beyond matchdays. It’s proudly emblazoned<br />

on jerseys, flags, and scarves, serv<strong>in</strong>g as a<br />

tangible representation of <strong>the</strong> connection<br />

between fans and <strong>the</strong> club. Wear<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

logo isn’t just an expression of support; it’s<br />

a declaration of allegiance to a legacy that<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to unfold.<br />

In clos<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong> A.S. Roma logo isn’t just a<br />

symbol; it’s a bridge that l<strong>in</strong>ks past, present,<br />

and future. It encapsulates <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

a city that has stood <strong>the</strong> test of time and a<br />

football club that embodies its spirit. As fans,<br />

when we see <strong>the</strong> logo, we don’t just see an<br />

emblem; we see our history, our pride, and<br />

our unwaver<strong>in</strong>g passion.<br />

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