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“Keep your love of nature, for that, is the true way to understand art more and more” Vincent van Gogh As we journey through the November 2023 edition of Magzoid Magazine, the tapestry of sustainability weaves a compelling narrative. This month, we delve into the realm of sustainability, emphasizing the intricate connection between human creativity and the environment. From our 'Harmony' event for breast cancer awareness to an exclusive interview with Chef Aisha, a breast cancer survivor and CEO of Golden Ribbons, we explore how sustainable practices can shape a better world. Meet a lineup of remarkable artists, including Fosca Garcia, the artrepreneur; Subodh Kerkar, the art activist; Ana Liz Cordero, the environmental artist; Mona Fares, the multidimensional artist; and Marina Fernandes, whose latest exhibition, "Ethereal Echoes," beautifully combines art, fashion, and technology with a sustainability focus.

“Keep your love of nature, for that, is the true way to understand art more and more”
Vincent van Gogh

As we journey through the November 2023 edition of Magzoid Magazine, the tapestry of sustainability weaves a compelling narrative. This month, we delve into the realm of sustainability, emphasizing the intricate connection between human creativity and the environment.

From our 'Harmony' event for breast cancer awareness to an exclusive interview with Chef Aisha, a breast cancer survivor and CEO of Golden Ribbons, we explore how sustainable practices can shape a better world.

Meet a lineup of remarkable artists, including Fosca Garcia, the artrepreneur; Subodh Kerkar, the art activist; Ana Liz Cordero, the environmental artist; Mona Fares, the multidimensional artist; and Marina Fernandes, whose latest exhibition, "Ethereal Echoes," beautifully combines art, fashion, and technology with a sustainability focus.

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more” - V<strong>in</strong>cent van Gogh<br />

As we journey through <strong>the</strong> <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong> edition of <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, <strong>the</strong> tapestry<br />

of susta<strong>in</strong>ability weaves a compell<strong>in</strong>g narrative. This month, we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate connection between human creativity and <strong>the</strong><br />

environment.<br />

From our ‘Harmony’ event for breast cancer awareness to an exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview with<br />

Chef Aisha, a breast cancer survivor and CEO of Golden Ribbons, we explore how<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able practices can shape a better world.<br />

Meet a l<strong>in</strong>eup of remarkable artists, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Fosca Garcia, <strong>the</strong> artrepreneur; Subodh<br />

Kerkar, <strong>the</strong> art activist; Ana Liz Cordero, <strong>the</strong> environmental artist; Mona Fares, <strong>the</strong> multidimensional<br />

artist; and Mar<strong>in</strong>a Fedorova, whose latest exhibition, “E<strong>the</strong>real Echoes,”<br />

beautifully comb<strong>in</strong>es art, fashion, and technology with a susta<strong>in</strong>ability focus.<br />

Our journey extends beyond susta<strong>in</strong>ability, as we pay tribute to International Men’s Day,<br />

National Education Day, Universal Children’s Day, World K<strong>in</strong>dness Day, and World Television<br />

Day. These special days celebrate <strong>the</strong> diversity of human experiences and <strong>the</strong><br />

artistry that emerges from <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

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personalized timepieces to exquisite jewelry, haute couture, and lifestyle essentials, our<br />

designers converge to create a symphony of artistry and design, all with an eye toward<br />

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and nature. Discover <strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g Copenhill and <strong>the</strong> Bosco Verticale, where history,<br />

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of human creativity and its harmonious coexistence with <strong>the</strong> environment. With<br />

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<strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power of human expression and <strong>the</strong> connection that b<strong>in</strong>ds us to our planet.<br />

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we harmonize art, culture, and <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

FEATURED ARTIST<br />

10 Andy Goldsworthy<br />

14 Tomas Saraceno<br />

18 Mel Ch<strong>in</strong><br />

30 Richard Shill<strong>in</strong>g<br />

38 Allison Janae Hamilton<br />

42 Josh Gluckste<strong>in</strong><br />

52 Nils-Udo<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

13 International Men’s Day<br />

21 National Education Day<br />

29 Universal Children’s Day<br />

EDITORIAL<br />

16<br />

40<br />

48<br />

Elements of Earth: A Visual Ode to<br />

Nature<br />

“Harmony <strong>in</strong> Design: The<br />

Intersection of Art, Architecture, and<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>able Innovation”<br />

Artistic Susta<strong>in</strong>ability: Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

Greener Future<br />

HARMONY<br />

32<br />

AI Meets Art: ‘Harmony’ Installation<br />

Sheds Light on Breast Cancer at<br />

Mega Mall <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

22<br />

38<br />

50<br />

54<br />

58<br />

63<br />

70<br />

74<br />

Ana Liz Cordero<br />

Chef Aisha<br />

Neda Salmanpour<br />

Subodh Kerkar<br />

Chris Hamilton<br />

Mona Fares<br />

Fosca Garcia<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a Fedorova<br />

DESIGNER’S CORNER<br />

80<br />

82<br />

88<br />

90<br />

92<br />

94<br />

101<br />

105<br />

106<br />

110<br />

112<br />

113<br />

About Time<br />

Adidas x Moncler<br />

Bl<strong>in</strong>g Bow<br />

On Foot<br />

Lux<br />

Unorthodox<br />

Toons & Manga<br />

Brand Logo<br />

Architectural Wonders<br />

Art Exhibitions & Events<br />

Featured Artwork<br />

Featured Photographs<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

10 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Exclusive<br />

Andy<br />

Goldsworthy<br />

Artist<br />

Nature’s Silent Artist<br />

In a world of bold strokes and grand gestures,<br />

British sculptor and environmental<br />

artist Andy Goldsworthy stands as a beacon<br />

of quiet contemplation and profound<br />

connection with <strong>the</strong> natural world. With a<br />

career spann<strong>in</strong>g decades, Goldsworthy’s art<br />

has redef<strong>in</strong>ed our understand<strong>in</strong>g of what it<br />

means to create and, more importantly, to<br />

coexist harmoniously with nature.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> Cheshire, England, on July 26,<br />

1956, Goldsworthy’s artistic journey began<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hallowed halls of Bradford College of<br />

Art. At first, he walked <strong>the</strong> well-trodden path<br />

of traditional f<strong>in</strong>e art. But nature had o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

plans for him. His transformative moment<br />

came when he ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> untamed<br />

landscapes of nor<strong>the</strong>rn England, where he<br />

discovered a profound connection with <strong>the</strong><br />

world outside <strong>the</strong> studio walls.<br />

Goldsworthy’s art is a dance between<br />

man and nature, where he uses <strong>the</strong> materials<br />

he f<strong>in</strong>ds – leaves, rocks, branches, and<br />

ice – to create works that transcend time and<br />

space. What sets his creations apart is <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

impermanence. These ephemeral sculptures<br />

are not meant to last; <strong>the</strong>y are meant<br />

to rem<strong>in</strong>d us of life’s fleet<strong>in</strong>g beauty and <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of all th<strong>in</strong>gs. Each of<br />

Goldsworthy’s works is a carefully planned<br />

masterpiece. His materials are meticulously<br />

chosen to resonate with <strong>the</strong> environment<br />

he f<strong>in</strong>ds himself <strong>in</strong>. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s arrang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fallen leaves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>tricate patterns, craft<strong>in</strong>g<br />

delicate ice sculptures, or balanc<strong>in</strong>g stones<br />

with awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g precision, Goldsworthy’s<br />

hands-on approach is a testament to his<br />

deep communion with <strong>the</strong> natural world. But<br />

it’s not just about <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ished piece; it’s about<br />

<strong>the</strong> process. Goldsworthy’s art is about <strong>the</strong><br />

journey, <strong>the</strong> act of creation itself. His <strong>in</strong>timate<br />

connection with nature is evident as he carefully<br />

selects materials, study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir colors,<br />

textures, and shapes before arrang<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

<strong>in</strong> harmony with <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

Photography plays an essential role <strong>in</strong><br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of his transient<br />

creations. Through his lens, he captures<br />

<strong>the</strong> soul of each piece, allow<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

to experience his art even after it has disappeared.<br />

His photographs are more than<br />

documentation; <strong>the</strong>y are an art form <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own right, captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> energy and spirit of<br />

each creation.<br />

One of his most famous projects, “Stone<br />

River,” sees him arrang<strong>in</strong>g stones <strong>in</strong> riverbeds<br />

to mimic <strong>the</strong> flow of water. This work<br />

reflects his unique ability to capture <strong>the</strong><br />

essence of a place and convey its beauty<br />

through <strong>the</strong> arrangement of natural materials.<br />

His “Roof” series showcases <strong>the</strong> chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

colors and textures of leaves over <strong>the</strong><br />

seasons, a vivid rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> ever-turn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

wheel of time.<br />

Goldsworthy’s art transcends <strong>the</strong> walls of<br />

galleries. He creates <strong>in</strong> remote, prist<strong>in</strong>e natural<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>gs, leav<strong>in</strong>g his <strong>in</strong>stallations to become<br />

part of <strong>the</strong> landscape. His will<strong>in</strong>gness<br />

to immerse himself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> environment, to<br />

create site-specific art, has earned him <strong>the</strong><br />

admiration of environmentalists, art enthusiasts,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> public alike. His art, beyond<br />

its aes<strong>the</strong>tic beauty, carries a profound message.<br />

It rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> fragility of our natural<br />

world and our responsibility to preserve<br />

it. Goldsworthy’s work is a call to slow down,<br />

to observe, and to reflect on <strong>the</strong> world’s profound<br />

beauty, whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of a bustl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

city or <strong>the</strong> solitude of a wilderness.<br />

In a world often enamored with permanence,<br />

Goldsworthy’s art celebrates <strong>the</strong><br />

fleet<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>the</strong> transient. It <strong>in</strong>vites us to embrace<br />

impermanence and cherish <strong>the</strong> delicate<br />

balance between humanity and nature.<br />

Through his art, Andy Goldsworthy encourages<br />

us to pause, to brea<strong>the</strong>, and to marvel<br />

at <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary beauty that surrounds<br />

us, urg<strong>in</strong>g us to become better stewards of<br />

<strong>the</strong> world we call home.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY SHARON PITTAWAY ON UNSPLASH<br />

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


INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY<br />

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY: MEN,<br />

SUSTAINABILITY, AND CREATIVITY<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

Gentlemen, it’s your day! International<br />

Men’s Day is here, and we’re<br />

here to celebrate <strong>the</strong> positive impact<br />

men have on <strong>the</strong> world. But<br />

this year, let’s add a twist. In a world where<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability is <strong>the</strong> buzzword, we’re div<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to how men are shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> artistic world<br />

with a green twist.<br />

Men with a Brush and a Plan<br />

Art knows no gender, but today we’re<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g some extraord<strong>in</strong>ary men whose<br />

creative genius has a susta<strong>in</strong>able heartbeat.<br />

These artists are not just pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g pretty pictures;<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’re weav<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ability <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

masterpieces.<br />

Eco-Art: Beyond Beauty<br />

Remember <strong>the</strong> days when art was conf<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

to canvases and galleries? Not anymore.<br />

Today’s male artists are stepp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

out of <strong>the</strong> frame and <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> wild. They’re<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Earth as <strong>the</strong>ir canvas, whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s<br />

through sand art on beaches, stone sculptures<br />

<strong>in</strong> forests, or murals on city walls. The<br />

message is clear: nature is not just an <strong>in</strong>spiration;<br />

it’s <strong>the</strong> art itself.<br />

The Craftsmen of Reuse and Recycle<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>ability and art come toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

beautifully when artists get crafty. Men are<br />

turn<strong>in</strong>g old junk <strong>in</strong>to timeless treasures.<br />

Th<strong>in</strong>k driftwood sculptures, recycled metal<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations, and furniture made from reclaimed<br />

wood. These artists aren’t just giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new life to discarded materials; <strong>the</strong>y’re<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ability a whole new mean<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Performance Art: Mak<strong>in</strong>g a Green Statement<br />

Performance art takes a whole new turn<br />

when men decide to make susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir muse. From thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g dance<br />

performances address<strong>in</strong>g climate change to<br />

live art <strong>in</strong>stallations that challenge our perception<br />

of waste, <strong>the</strong>se artists are spark<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conversations and rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness.<br />

Community Art: Men Lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Way<br />

It’s not just <strong>in</strong>dividual artists mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waves. Men are lead<strong>in</strong>g community art<br />

projects that br<strong>in</strong>g people toge<strong>the</strong>r for a<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able cause. From creat<strong>in</strong>g community<br />

gardens to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g murals with strong<br />

environmental messages, <strong>the</strong>se projects are<br />

turn<strong>in</strong>g neighborhoods <strong>in</strong>to art-filled susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

hubs.<br />

Artistic Activism: Men for Change<br />

Art has always been a voice for change,<br />

and today’s male artists are us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir talents<br />

to tackle press<strong>in</strong>g global issues. Their<br />

work covers everyth<strong>in</strong>g from climate change<br />

and social justice to mental health and gender<br />

equality. These artists are not just pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g;<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’re push<strong>in</strong>g boundaries and creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conversations.<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g Men on International Men’s<br />

Day<br />

So, why should a susta<strong>in</strong>ability-<strong>the</strong>med<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>e dedicate a section to International<br />

Men’s Day? Because men, too, are on <strong>the</strong><br />

front l<strong>in</strong>es of creat<strong>in</strong>g a more susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

world. Through <strong>the</strong>ir art, <strong>the</strong>ir activism, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>spiration, <strong>the</strong>y’re help<strong>in</strong>g to forge a<br />

brighter, greener future for all.<br />

This International Men’s Day, let’s celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> creative force of men, <strong>the</strong>ir passion<br />

for art, and <strong>the</strong>ir dedication to susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

They’re prov<strong>in</strong>g that when art and susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

unite, someth<strong>in</strong>g extraord<strong>in</strong>ary happens.<br />

It’s a work of heart, and it’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

more beautiful, eco-friendly tomorrow.<br />

Here’s to all <strong>the</strong> men who color our world,<br />

and here’s to a future where art and susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

go hand <strong>in</strong> hand. Cheers to you on<br />

International Men’s Day!<br />

DAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Tomas<br />

Saraceno<br />

Artist<br />

Weav<strong>in</strong>g Art, Science, and Cosmic Wonder<br />

Tomas Saraceno, a name synonymous<br />

with <strong>in</strong>novation and limitless<br />

creativity, emerges as a visionary<br />

artist and architect who dances on<br />

<strong>the</strong> edge of art, science, and <strong>the</strong> e<strong>the</strong>real.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1973 <strong>in</strong> Tucumán, Argent<strong>in</strong>a, Saraceno<br />

has enraptured <strong>the</strong> world with his celestial<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations, strik<strong>in</strong>g sculptures, and<br />

profound explorations of human connectivity<br />

with <strong>the</strong> cosmos.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of Saraceno’s artistic odyssey<br />

lies an unquenchable thirst for <strong>the</strong> boundless<br />

wonders of our universe. His work ventures<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realms of cosmic <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness,<br />

human communion, and <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

reverberations of our actions on our planet.<br />

His creations transcend mere artworks; <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are immersive journeys that shatter our perceptions<br />

of reality.<br />

Saraceno’s piece de resistance, “Cloud<br />

Cities,” conjures a utopian vision where humanity<br />

coexists harmoniously <strong>in</strong> levitat<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

self-susta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g habitats. These ephemeral<br />

structures, suspended <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heavens, are<br />

not just architectural marvels; <strong>the</strong>y are embodiments<br />

of susta<strong>in</strong>ability, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us to<br />

reimag<strong>in</strong>e our k<strong>in</strong>ship with <strong>the</strong> environment<br />

and one ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

“Becom<strong>in</strong>g Aerosolar,” ano<strong>the</strong>r dar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

venture by Saraceno, embarks on <strong>the</strong> audacious<br />

quest of human flight powered solely<br />

by solar energy and <strong>the</strong> whisper of <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

It embodies his unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication to<br />

ecological responsibility, push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> frontiers<br />

of possibility <strong>in</strong> a world grappl<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

<strong>the</strong> throes of climate change. Saraceno’s<br />

“Aerocene” <strong>in</strong>itiative transcends <strong>the</strong> traditional<br />

boundaries of art, aim<strong>in</strong>g to forge a<br />

global community united by <strong>the</strong> pursuit of<br />

emissions-free modes of planetary traversal.<br />

This endeavor underscores <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

potential of collective action and<br />

<strong>the</strong> capacity of art to galvanize us toward a<br />

brighter future.<br />

His work harmoniously melds art and science,<br />

frequently forg<strong>in</strong>g partnerships with<br />

scientists, architects, and eng<strong>in</strong>eers to redef<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries of human achievement.<br />

The “Spider/Web Pavilion” project, <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate patterns of spider silk, stands<br />

as a testament to this synergy, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g structures that emerge<br />

when art and science converge.<br />

Beyond his art <strong>in</strong>stallations, Saraceno’s<br />

thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g lectures and writ<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

have become a lodestar for a new gener-<br />

ation of artists and scientists. He beckons<br />

us to challenge <strong>the</strong> norms, transcend constra<strong>in</strong>ts,<br />

and embrace <strong>the</strong> enigma of <strong>the</strong><br />

unknown. Throughout his illustrious career,<br />

Tomas Saraceno has garnered countless<br />

accolades and graced <strong>the</strong> galleries of esteemed<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions across <strong>the</strong> globe, from<br />

<strong>the</strong> Venice Biennale to <strong>the</strong> hallowed halls of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Museum of Modern Art <strong>in</strong> New York City.<br />

His art stands as a testament to <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

power of human creativity and our boundless<br />

capacity to envision a more harmonious<br />

coexistence with <strong>the</strong> cosmos.<br />

In an epoch marked by dizzy<strong>in</strong>g technological<br />

leaps and environmental reckon<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

Tomas Saraceno’s art stands as a lum<strong>in</strong>ous<br />

beacon of hope and <strong>in</strong>spiration. His<br />

creations beckon us to dream, to voyage<br />

through <strong>the</strong> cosmos with<strong>in</strong> and beyond, and<br />

to acknowledge <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terwoven tapestry of<br />

life on Earth. Through his visionary oeuvre,<br />

Saraceno orchestrates a symphony that harmonizes<br />

art, science, and <strong>the</strong> metaphysical,<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us that our potential as humans is<br />

as <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite as <strong>the</strong> universe itself.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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

15


EDITORIAL<br />

ELEMENTS OF EARTH:<br />

A VISUAL ODE TO NATURE<br />

16 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Imag<strong>in</strong>e stand<strong>in</strong>g before a canvas pa<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

by <strong>the</strong> greatest artist of all time. No, it’s not<br />

Picasso or da V<strong>in</strong>ci; it’s nature herself. Our<br />

planet is a vivid masterpiece, adorned<br />

with colors that have <strong>in</strong>spired artists for<br />

centuries. From <strong>the</strong> emerald green of a lush<br />

forest to <strong>the</strong> sapphire blue of a serene lake,<br />

nature provides a palette more diverse and<br />

vibrant than any artist’s studio.<br />

The Whisper<strong>in</strong>g Trees: Artistic Expression<br />

<strong>in</strong> Wood<br />

For centuries, wood has been a canvas<br />

for artisans around <strong>the</strong> world. From<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricately carved furniture to handcrafted<br />

sculptures, wood whispers <strong>the</strong> stories of <strong>the</strong><br />

trees it came from. But as we embrace susta<strong>in</strong>ability,<br />

artists are <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly turn<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

reclaimed and responsibly sourced wood.<br />

These creations not only honor <strong>the</strong> beauty of<br />

nature but also protect it.<br />

Sand and Stone: Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g Earth’s History<br />

Consider <strong>the</strong> timelessness of stone. It’s<br />

not just a build<strong>in</strong>g material; it’s a storyteller.<br />

Sculptors, ancient and modern, have harnessed<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of stone to express <strong>the</strong><br />

soul of nature. And <strong>in</strong> today’s world, susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

meets sculpture as artists seek out<br />

eco-friendly stone quarries and emphasize<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of preserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se geological<br />

wonders.<br />

The Dance of Water: Fluid and Dynamic<br />

Art<br />

Water, <strong>the</strong> element of life, has always<br />

been an <strong>in</strong>spiration for artists. Be it a tranquil<br />

pond pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> watercolors or a grand<br />

ocean captured <strong>in</strong> photography, water’s fluidity<br />

mirrors its susta<strong>in</strong>ability. Artists are explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

water conservation <strong>the</strong>mes, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g pieces that connect us<br />

with <strong>the</strong> importance of preserv<strong>in</strong>g this precious<br />

element.<br />

Flora and Fauna: Nature’s Muse<br />

You can’t talk about nature-<strong>in</strong>spired art<br />

without mention<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>credible flora and<br />

fauna that <strong>in</strong>habit our planet. Artists have<br />

long celebrated <strong>the</strong> beauty of animals and<br />

plants, captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir spirit on canvas, <strong>in</strong><br />

sculptures, and through photography. In a<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able world, this art extends beyond<br />

appreciation; it becomes a call to protect<br />

and conserve our Earth’s <strong>in</strong>credible biodiversity.<br />

Recycl<strong>in</strong>g Creativity: Turn<strong>in</strong>g Trash <strong>in</strong>to<br />

Art<br />

In <strong>the</strong> world of susta<strong>in</strong>able art, one person’s<br />

trash is truly ano<strong>the</strong>r’s treasure. Artists<br />

are <strong>in</strong>geniously repurpos<strong>in</strong>g discarded materials<br />

<strong>in</strong>to thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g and visually<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g creations. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

old electronics <strong>in</strong>to sculptures or craft<strong>in</strong>g<br />

jewelry from recycled plastics, <strong>the</strong>se artists<br />

show us <strong>the</strong> magic of turn<strong>in</strong>g waste <strong>in</strong>to art.<br />

Art for Change: Activism through Creativity<br />

Art has always been a powerful medium<br />

for convey<strong>in</strong>g messages, and <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> age<br />

of susta<strong>in</strong>ability, it’s become a voice for<br />

change. <strong>Creative</strong> m<strong>in</strong>ds are us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir talents<br />

to raise awareness about environmental<br />

issues, from deforestation to climate change.<br />

These artworks serve as a rally<strong>in</strong>g cry to protect<br />

our planet for future generations.<br />

A Gallery of Change: Artistic Susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

<strong>in</strong> Action<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>ability isn’t just a buzzword <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

art world; it’s a dynamic movement. Galleries,<br />

exhibitions, and museums are dedicated<br />

to showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> beauty of susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

art. They not only provide a platform for artists<br />

but also <strong>in</strong>spire us to reth<strong>in</strong>k our relationship<br />

with <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

So, fellow art aficionados, as we immerse<br />

ourselves <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se visual odes to nature, let’s<br />

remember that art and susta<strong>in</strong>ability are not<br />

separate entities; <strong>the</strong>y’re harmonious partners.<br />

Nature, with its exquisite elements,<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be <strong>the</strong> muse for countless artists<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g to create a more susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

and beautiful world. Take a deep breath,<br />

soak <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration, and let <strong>the</strong> artist <strong>in</strong><br />

you be a part of this eco-conscious masterpiece.<br />

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

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

18 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Exclusive<br />

Mel Ch<strong>in</strong><br />

Artist<br />

Art Provocateur and Catalyst for Change<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm where art meets activism, Mel<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong> reigns as a trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g force, challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

norms and push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

of what art can achieve. Hail<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

Houston, Texas, Mel Ch<strong>in</strong>, born <strong>in</strong> 1951, has<br />

carved a unique path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of contemporary<br />

art by us<strong>in</strong>g his creative prowess<br />

to address complex social issues head-on.<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>’s artistic journey is marked by an<br />

unyield<strong>in</strong>g commitment to explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

junctures of art, culture, politics, and identity.<br />

His toolkit spans various mediums, from<br />

sculpture and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>in</strong>stallation art, often<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g audiences <strong>in</strong>to immersive and<br />

participatory experiences. Perhaps one of<br />

his most dar<strong>in</strong>g endeavors, “Operation Paydirt/Fundred<br />

Dollar Bill Project,” tackles <strong>the</strong><br />

pervasive problem of lead contam<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong><br />

American cities. In this audacious <strong>in</strong>itiative,<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>vited thousands to contribute <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own hand-drawn versions of a hundred-dollar<br />

bill, known as “Fundreds.” These draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

symbolize both <strong>the</strong> worth of human lives<br />

and <strong>the</strong> collective action required to combat<br />

lead pollution. The project not only raised<br />

awareness but also <strong>in</strong>stigated policy changes,<br />

exemplify<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> transformative power of<br />

art as a catalyst for societal change.<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>’s “Revival Field” project delves <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> remediation of toxic landscapes through<br />

<strong>the</strong> use of plants. This <strong>in</strong>novative approach<br />

spotlights nature’s capacity for heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and rejuvenation, offer<strong>in</strong>g a metaphor for<br />

address<strong>in</strong>g environmental degradation. It<br />

serves as a testament to Ch<strong>in</strong>’s knack for<br />

marry<strong>in</strong>g art, science, and environmental<br />

consciousness.<br />

Throughout his illustrious career, Ch<strong>in</strong> has<br />

boldly tackled <strong>in</strong>tricate and often disquiet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

subjects. His <strong>in</strong>stallation “Unmoored,”<br />

set <strong>in</strong> New York’s Times Square, envisions a<br />

future where ris<strong>in</strong>g sea levels <strong>in</strong>undate this<br />

iconic location. This provocative work compels<br />

viewers to confront <strong>the</strong> potential consequences<br />

of our <strong>in</strong>action <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> face of climate<br />

change.<br />

Yet, Ch<strong>in</strong>’s artistic sphere extends far beyond<br />

traditional venues. He frequently collaborates<br />

with communities, activists, and<br />

experts, aim<strong>in</strong>g to bridge divides and ignite<br />

change. His “Safehouse” project <strong>in</strong> New Orleans,<br />

constructed from decommissioned<br />

firearms, served as a space for dialogue on<br />

<strong>the</strong> critical issue of gun violence. It stands<br />

as a powerful example of how art can spark<br />

conversations and galvanize action. Mel<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>’s groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g contributions have<br />

earned him numerous accolades, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.<br />

His work has graced esteemed <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

around <strong>the</strong> globe, from <strong>the</strong> Hirshhorn Museum<br />

and Sculpture Garden <strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton,<br />

D.C., to <strong>the</strong> New Museum <strong>in</strong> New York City.<br />

Mel Ch<strong>in</strong> challenges us to reassess our<br />

perspectives and recognize <strong>the</strong> potency of<br />

art as a conduit for social transformation.<br />

His art serves as a vivid rem<strong>in</strong>der that <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries between discipl<strong>in</strong>es are porous,<br />

and creative th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g can illum<strong>in</strong>ate solutions<br />

to some of <strong>the</strong> world’s most press<strong>in</strong>g<br />

problems. Through his work, he urges us to<br />

engage, question, and take action—a compell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power of<br />

art to provoke change and awaken our social<br />

consciousness.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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

19


PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY TOBIAS WEINHOLD ON UNSPLASH<br />

20 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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SPECIAL DAY<br />

NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY<br />

UNLOCKING THE PALETTE OF LEARNING: CELEBRAT-<br />

ING NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY WITH A SPLASH OF<br />

SUSTAINABILITY<br />

Education and art, what a beautiful<br />

pair! On this National Education Day,<br />

we’re here to celebrate <strong>the</strong> magic that<br />

happens when we mix <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> realm of creativity, all while<br />

keep<strong>in</strong>g an eco-friendly vibe. Welcome to a<br />

celebration of education and susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> most artistic way possible.<br />

Education: The Canvas of Life<br />

Just like a blank canvas await<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> first<br />

brushstroke, education opens doors to endless<br />

possibilities. It’s a journey where each<br />

lesson adds a new color to our life’s artwork.<br />

This National Education Day, we celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> knowledge seekers, <strong>the</strong> teachers, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> curious m<strong>in</strong>ds. But we’re not stopp<strong>in</strong>g at<br />

<strong>the</strong> blackboard; we’re extend<strong>in</strong>g our canvas<br />

to a greener landscape.<br />

The Art of Learn<strong>in</strong>g: Eco-Friendly Adventures<br />

Imag<strong>in</strong>e classrooms without walls, where<br />

<strong>the</strong> world becomes a liv<strong>in</strong>g textbook. Men<br />

and women, young and old, are embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

outdoor learn<strong>in</strong>g as a way to connect with<br />

nature while explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir academic curiosities.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s biology lessons <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

local park, history class at <strong>the</strong> museum, or<br />

physics experiments by <strong>the</strong> riverside, outdoor<br />

education is blend<strong>in</strong>g art and susta<strong>in</strong>-<br />

ability <strong>in</strong> a remarkable way.<br />

Eco-Art: Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Lessons with a Twist<br />

In <strong>the</strong> spirit of susta<strong>in</strong>ability, some artists<br />

are transform<strong>in</strong>g old, forgotten items <strong>in</strong>to<br />

vibrant artworks. The message is clear: you<br />

don’t always need a fresh canvas to pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

a beautiful picture. Susta<strong>in</strong>ability is <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

brushstrokes that turn a discarded door <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a piece of art or a rusty bicycle <strong>in</strong>to a masterpiece.<br />

These eco-artists are not only mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art but send<strong>in</strong>g a powerful message that<br />

beauty can be found <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> most unexpected<br />

places.<br />

Art of Susta<strong>in</strong>ability: A Lesson for <strong>the</strong> Future<br />

Education about susta<strong>in</strong>ability is on <strong>the</strong><br />

rise. Teachers around <strong>the</strong> world are weav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

lessons about climate change, conservation,<br />

and eco-friendly liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir curricula.<br />

From creat<strong>in</strong>g art from recycled materials to<br />

study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> science of ecosystems, <strong>the</strong>se<br />

lessons are spark<strong>in</strong>g young m<strong>in</strong>ds’ <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> preserv<strong>in</strong>g our planet.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> Classroom to <strong>the</strong> Canvas<br />

Schools and universities are nurtur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

young artists. The result? A new generation<br />

of talent that’s not only creative but deeply<br />

aware of <strong>the</strong> importance of susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

They’re us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir art to speak about climate<br />

change, social justice, and <strong>the</strong> need for a<br />

greener world. Their creations are more than<br />

just pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs; <strong>the</strong>y’re calls to action.<br />

Artistic Collaborations: Meld<strong>in</strong>g Learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and Creativity<br />

Art and education are jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g forces <strong>in</strong><br />

remarkable ways. From <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g artists <strong>in</strong>to<br />

schools to mentor students to host<strong>in</strong>g exhibitions<br />

<strong>in</strong> universities, creativity and education<br />

are becom<strong>in</strong>g partners <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

It’s not just about learn<strong>in</strong>g; it’s about feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and experienc<strong>in</strong>g education.<br />

Color<strong>in</strong>g a Susta<strong>in</strong>able Tomorrow<br />

On this National Education Day, we’re rem<strong>in</strong>ded<br />

that education isn’t just about textbooks<br />

and exams. It’s about embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

art of learn<strong>in</strong>g and lett<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ability be<br />

<strong>the</strong> canvas on which we pa<strong>in</strong>t our future.<br />

Education isn’t conf<strong>in</strong>ed to four walls; it’s <strong>the</strong><br />

knowledge that leads to change, and <strong>in</strong> this<br />

case, susta<strong>in</strong>able change.<br />

So, let’s raise a brush and a book to celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> artists, <strong>the</strong> educators, and all those<br />

who are pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g a brighter, eco-friendly<br />

future through education. Happy National<br />

Education Day! Let’s keep learn<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g, with a touch of susta<strong>in</strong>ability and a<br />

splash of creativity.<br />

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

21


CONVERSATIONS<br />

Ana Liz Cordero<br />

ON SUSTAINABLE ART AND ITS IMPORTANCE<br />

Ana Liz Cordero has always had a fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with nature and its conservation, as a result of<br />

her Ecuadorian heritage and her awareness of <strong>the</strong> Incan people of her native country. Her<br />

curiosity and admiration for this ancient culture stems from childhood trips to <strong>the</strong> countryside<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> prov<strong>in</strong>ces of Azuay and Cañar with her fa<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Interview with <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Here she witnessed <strong>the</strong> practices of<br />

collect<strong>in</strong>g and recycl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Incan<br />

settlements, and ga<strong>in</strong>ed an understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of <strong>the</strong> communities’ way<br />

of liv<strong>in</strong>g that took advantage of natural resources.<br />

The young artist saw natural materials<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g used for a range of purposes,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir adobes: dwell<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

made from bricks comprised of a mixture<br />

of soil, sand, water and straw, with braided<br />

reed roofs. The artist reflects, “I remember<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y collected what <strong>the</strong> “Pacha Mama”<br />

(Mo<strong>the</strong>r Earth) gave <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lands. They<br />

shared that food with us, because <strong>the</strong>y<br />

made us feel that we were part of <strong>the</strong>ir fam-<br />

ily. They did not have much but, what <strong>the</strong>y<br />

had, <strong>the</strong>y shared it”.<br />

The practice of us<strong>in</strong>g what was given by<br />

nature enthralled Ana Liz. As <strong>the</strong> artist says,<br />

“My art has Inca antecedents, giv<strong>in</strong>g value<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir care for nature. That’s my identity as<br />

an Ecuadorian: to remember to take care of<br />

<strong>the</strong> ecosystem and biodiversity; to generate<br />

connection with human be<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>the</strong>ir natural<br />

environments.” In her art practice, she<br />

applies this knowledge and experience to<br />

<strong>the</strong> materials she uses and <strong>the</strong> ideas she<br />

embodies: that of <strong>the</strong> unity of man, nature,<br />

and creator. Ana Liz’s work ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s an<br />

abid<strong>in</strong>g connection to <strong>the</strong> Bible, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

positive messages that allow viewers to<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>e, feel and remember what was and<br />

is our nature. The artist says that <strong>the</strong> use of<br />

abstraction <strong>in</strong> her work “helps me f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong><br />

essence of God <strong>in</strong> his creation, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

me that we must preserve his legacy. Nature<br />

and human be<strong>in</strong>gs have always been part of<br />

a s<strong>in</strong>gle creation; and my work always aims<br />

to remember that unity.”<br />

Abstraction is a key feature of Ana Liz’s<br />

work, <strong>in</strong> conjunction with her Ecuadorian<br />

heritage and her current home <strong>in</strong> Dubai,<br />

where she has been based s<strong>in</strong>ce 2019.<br />

Similar to <strong>the</strong> ways <strong>in</strong> which <strong>the</strong> artist saw<br />

<strong>the</strong> Incans us<strong>in</strong>g natural materials <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

everyday lives, Ana Liz uses elements from<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE area that she f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert, <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> sea, and <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> mounta<strong>in</strong>s. Here, she not<br />

only seeks materiality for her works but also<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ds a source of deeper <strong>in</strong>spiration. O<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluences <strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> abstract sculpture<br />

of British artists Henry Moore and Barbara<br />

Hepworth, whose semi-abstract sculptures<br />

often respond to <strong>the</strong> natural environments<br />

<strong>in</strong> which <strong>the</strong>y sit. Cordero’s work also responds<br />

to land art, a movement <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imalism and conceptual art as a way to<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k about and express <strong>the</strong> relationship of<br />

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human be<strong>in</strong>gs to <strong>the</strong> planet. She admires<br />

Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti<br />

not only for his renowned sculptures, but<br />

also for his role as a pa<strong>in</strong>ter and architect.<br />

For Ana Liz, <strong>the</strong> composition of Michelangelo’s<br />

works and <strong>the</strong>ir attempt at perfection is a<br />

source of <strong>in</strong>spiration, and she identifies with<br />

his statement: “The true work of art is but a<br />

shadow of div<strong>in</strong>e perfection.” She also takes<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from his most famous sculpture,<br />

David (1501-1504), which was made from<br />

a discarded piece of marble. For Cordero,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g use of even <strong>the</strong> smallest resource<br />

and not discard<strong>in</strong>g it is to be aware of <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of car<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> environment, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> need to take advantage of every m<strong>in</strong>imal<br />

resource.<br />

This idea is central to Cordero’s own<br />

work, where she cont<strong>in</strong>uously mixes layer<br />

after layer of various natural materials that<br />

she f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong> her local area such as leaves,<br />

flowers, sand, soil, and shells. Cordero says,<br />

“I collect everyth<strong>in</strong>g and that is <strong>the</strong> sk<strong>in</strong> of<br />

my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Each pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g has a personal<br />

and unique seal.” The use of a wide range<br />

of materials and <strong>the</strong> practice of layer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gives her abstract works a sense of depth,<br />

even a sculptural quality. Her images capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of nature that she calls<br />

“organic abstraction,” and reflect her desire<br />

to separate from reality <strong>in</strong> order to connect<br />

with <strong>the</strong> spiritual through art. Nature, art<br />

and <strong>the</strong> div<strong>in</strong>e are all <strong>in</strong>extricably connect-<br />

ed for <strong>the</strong> artist, who says, “Nature speaks<br />

to us with its details, shapes, and colors, it<br />

is <strong>the</strong> source of connection with God, who<br />

helps us to search for <strong>the</strong> true essence of<br />

<strong>the</strong> human be<strong>in</strong>g.” The preservation of nature,<br />

<strong>the</strong>n, is tantamount to <strong>the</strong> preservation<br />

of spirituality, which is why <strong>the</strong> significance<br />

of care and conservation is omnipresent <strong>in</strong><br />

her work. She uses a monochrome palette<br />

to communicate <strong>the</strong> essence of nature, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> shapes and movement of <strong>the</strong><br />

landscapes that <strong>in</strong>form her work. “Rugged<br />

landscapes, mounta<strong>in</strong>s, plants - <strong>the</strong>y have<br />

different shapes, movements. That’s why my<br />

art is not flat, because movement is life.”<br />

Ana Liz is cont<strong>in</strong>uously explor<strong>in</strong>g, experiment<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and reevaluat<strong>in</strong>g her work, and<br />

is <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> alternative and<br />

more natural ways of creat<strong>in</strong>g art. The desert,<br />

<strong>the</strong> mounta<strong>in</strong>s, <strong>the</strong> birds, and <strong>the</strong> plants<br />

all contribute to her research and provide<br />

new ideas for her practice of organic abstraction.<br />

Materials that, for some, are dead<br />

and discarded, come back to life <strong>in</strong> Cordero’s<br />

works and give rise to new shapes and<br />

colors revealed by nature. Us<strong>in</strong>g nature itself<br />

as raw material, Cordero makes it tangible<br />

and permanent through <strong>the</strong> techniques of<br />

abstraction and layer<strong>in</strong>g that she uses. Her<br />

work reflects her passion for <strong>the</strong> nature that<br />

she loves, and aims to promote a practice of<br />

care through its enhancement and preservation<br />

<strong>in</strong> her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

What medium of art do you use, and why<br />

that medium?<br />

I love explor<strong>in</strong>g new artistic mediums. I<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k it’s part of my practice. My approach<br />

starts by observ<strong>in</strong>g nature and learn<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

it. Understand well which elements of nature<br />

that not alive anymore I can <strong>in</strong>corporate<br />

<strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> my artworks so that I can give <strong>the</strong>m<br />

a second life without destroy<strong>in</strong>g any natural<br />

environment. And, of course, that changes<br />

depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> physical location I’m work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on. For example, <strong>in</strong> my latest series that<br />

I created fully here <strong>in</strong> Dubai, I have used<br />

palm leaves, sand, seashells, and Bouga<strong>in</strong>ville<br />

flowers. Due to <strong>the</strong> lack of <strong>in</strong>ternal water<br />

<strong>in</strong> all of <strong>the</strong>se elements, <strong>the</strong>ir size does not<br />

change even for hundreds of years. Therefore,<br />

I can safely use <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> my works with<br />

some preservation materials that prevent <strong>the</strong><br />

works from gett<strong>in</strong>g damaged and provide a<br />

full guarantee <strong>in</strong> time.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

What are <strong>the</strong> projects you’ve worked on<br />

worldwide?<br />

Regardless of <strong>the</strong> few exhibitions I did<br />

back <strong>in</strong> Ecuador dur<strong>in</strong>g my early years, I<br />

have always said that Dubai supported me<br />

to be <strong>the</strong> artist I am today. My works have<br />

been present <strong>in</strong> various art fairs and <strong>in</strong> different<br />

places <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> moment I just f<strong>in</strong>ished my most<br />

recent <strong>in</strong>stallation named “Reefocus”;<br />

100% recycled to raise awareness <strong>in</strong> our<br />

daily practices such as: reduc<strong>in</strong>g, reus<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and recycl<strong>in</strong>g so as not to contam<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong><br />

oceans. Additionally, I also decided to open<br />

a new art community named “Chaka”, which<br />

means “bridge” <strong>in</strong> Quechua (<strong>the</strong> language<br />

of my Inca ancestors), creat<strong>in</strong>g a symbiosis<br />

of artists and artisans who promote care for<br />

<strong>the</strong> environment and rescue ancestral techniques,<br />

to take care of its preservation.<br />

I have been <strong>in</strong>vited to participate <strong>in</strong>ternationally<br />

but at <strong>the</strong> moment I have not received<br />

a proposal that challenges<br />

me as an artist, I believe that challenges<br />

motivate you much more.<br />

And I am sure that that exhibition<br />

and that challenge will come. I<br />

would love to show my art <strong>in</strong> different<br />

places around <strong>the</strong> world but I th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g will come <strong>in</strong> its time.<br />

Any collaborations that you have<br />

worked on with, i.e., brands, etc.<br />

I believe that Dubai Culture has<br />

been <strong>the</strong> most important entity I<br />

have worked with <strong>in</strong> my career as an<br />

artist. They have been support<strong>in</strong>g<br />

my art and, by select<strong>in</strong>g me to occupy<br />

House 40 <strong>in</strong> Al Fahidi Historical<br />

Neighborhood, has allowed me not<br />

only to show my art but to educate<br />

and raise awareness among people<br />

about car<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> environment and<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g value to susta<strong>in</strong>able art. All of<br />

that through a lens that is aligned<br />

with Dubai Heritage architecture,<br />

materials, traditions, and history.<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 />

One of <strong>the</strong> most important exhibitions<br />

I have <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> near future is<br />

those that will be part of COP28, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an exhibition at Expo 2020<br />

and ano<strong>the</strong>r on Alserkal Avenue,<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> most important art showcases<br />

here <strong>in</strong> UAE and <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> GCC<br />

Region. For that, I am work<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

new art products with 100% recycled<br />

materials and reduc<strong>in</strong>g my impact<br />

on nature to zero, generat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

zero pollution and zero wastage.<br />

But <strong>in</strong> general, my plan is to<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue creat<strong>in</strong>g life through my<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, it is my daily focus, giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

my best. So, although I have<br />

some projects and proposals, I am<br />

always look<strong>in</strong>g to see <strong>the</strong> surprises<br />

that life will br<strong>in</strong>g me. Life is an adventure.<br />

What are your thoughts on <strong>the</strong><br />

current art landscape?<br />

The current artistic scene is too<br />

broad to def<strong>in</strong>e my op<strong>in</strong>ion with a<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle word. My art is not <strong>in</strong>tended to be controversial<br />

<strong>in</strong> order to be appreciated, nor is<br />

it <strong>in</strong>tended to tell you someth<strong>in</strong>g irrelevant.<br />

I believe that my art, as I mentioned, promotes<br />

life. I like to see <strong>the</strong> reaction of people<br />

when <strong>the</strong>y appreciate my work and I see<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y leave my studio with a sensation<br />

of peace and calm but above all <strong>the</strong>y take<br />

away a strong and positive message from<br />

my artworks.<br />

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What message are you try<strong>in</strong>g to deliver<br />

with your art?<br />

My <strong>in</strong>spiration, as well as my gifts, all<br />

come from God. He is always us<strong>in</strong>g me to<br />

create art and to deliver <strong>the</strong> messages that<br />

He wants me to deliver to His creation. My<br />

permanent <strong>in</strong>tention as an artist is to transform<br />

negative situations (like <strong>the</strong> lockdown<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g COVID, <strong>the</strong> wars, <strong>the</strong> human losses,<br />

etc.) <strong>in</strong>to positive messages like care, love,<br />

hope, and freedom, which all <strong>the</strong>m come<br />

from God. I believe that all human be<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

have been gifted with <strong>the</strong> ability to transform<br />

and evolve, just as some th<strong>in</strong>gs that we believe<br />

to be dead can be transformed <strong>in</strong>to life.<br />

That is why <strong>in</strong> my work I use dead flowers<br />

and leaves, which symbolize <strong>the</strong> negative<br />

situation, and <strong>in</strong>corporate <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong>to my work,<br />

allow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to have a second chance, a<br />

second life beyond oblivion by be<strong>in</strong>g an active<br />

protagonist of that positive message that<br />

beats at <strong>the</strong> heart of each of my artworks.<br />

Materiality is <strong>the</strong> sk<strong>in</strong> of my canvas that<br />

speaks with its 3D shapes and allows us<br />

to imag<strong>in</strong>e, transform<strong>in</strong>g a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

sculpture over <strong>the</strong> canvas. My art has movement,<br />

and that means progress, growth, and<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r important aspect is <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

where I am changes.<br />

What message would you like to give to<br />

our readers and young artists?<br />

Love what you do. It doesn’t matter what<br />

people th<strong>in</strong>k of you. The important th<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

that you believe <strong>in</strong> what you do. Life doesn’t<br />

just give you one chance; it gives you several<br />

chances. Be yourself, f<strong>in</strong>d your own identity,<br />

do not imitate o<strong>the</strong>rs, be creative, and<br />

listen to <strong>the</strong> voice of your heart.<br />

If you don’t believe <strong>in</strong> yourself, no one will<br />

believe <strong>in</strong> you. A closed door is just a door,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are many open doors for those who<br />

work, do not give up because from <strong>the</strong> hand<br />

of God, everyth<strong>in</strong>g is possible.<br />

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UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY<br />

A BRUSH WITH HOPE: CELEBRATING UNIVERSAL<br />

CHILDREN’S DAY WITH ART AND SUSTAINABILITY<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

Do you remember <strong>the</strong> days when <strong>the</strong><br />

world was your canvas, and your<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation had no boundaries?<br />

When you picked up crayons and<br />

let your creativity flow, you were not just an<br />

artist; you were a dreamer. This Universal<br />

Children’s Day, let’s dive <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of art,<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability, and endless possibilities.<br />

The Artful Playground: Where Imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

Soars<br />

Children are <strong>the</strong> most natural artists. Give<br />

<strong>the</strong>m a box of colors, and <strong>the</strong>y’ll create entire<br />

universes. So, why not let our children’s<br />

artistic spirit <strong>in</strong>spire us this Universal Children’s<br />

Day? Nurture <strong>the</strong>ir creative m<strong>in</strong>ds by<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to express <strong>the</strong>ir thoughts<br />

through art. From f<strong>in</strong>ger pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to sculpt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with clay, children can craft beautiful pieces<br />

while discover<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> joys of susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

creativity.<br />

Eco-Friendly Art Adventures: Craft<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

a Cause<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>ability and art go hand <strong>in</strong> hand,<br />

and it’s never too early to <strong>in</strong>still this idea.<br />

Ga<strong>the</strong>r your young Picassos and embark on<br />

an eco-friendly art adventure. Create collages<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g old magaz<strong>in</strong>es, fashion sculptures<br />

from discarded materials, or design na-<br />

ture-<strong>in</strong>spired artwork to highlight <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of protect<strong>in</strong>g our planet.<br />

Art for Change: Messages from <strong>the</strong> Heart<br />

Children have an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary ability to<br />

see <strong>the</strong> world <strong>in</strong> its purest form. Through art,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can convey messages of love, hope,<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>ability. Encourage your little artists<br />

to draw what a susta<strong>in</strong>able world looks<br />

like to <strong>the</strong>m. How do <strong>the</strong>y imag<strong>in</strong>e cleaner<br />

oceans, greener cities, or healthier wildlife?<br />

These draw<strong>in</strong>gs can serve as powerful rem<strong>in</strong>ders<br />

of <strong>the</strong> future we want to create for<br />

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

Community Art Projects: Build<strong>in</strong>g Toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

Art is not a solitary endeavor. Universal<br />

Children’s Day is <strong>the</strong> perfect time to <strong>in</strong>volve<br />

kids <strong>in</strong> community art projects. Create murals<br />

that celebrate nature and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

This collaborative effort helps children understand<br />

<strong>the</strong> value of work<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

create someth<strong>in</strong>g beautiful, much like <strong>the</strong><br />

way we should work toge<strong>the</strong>r to protect our<br />

planet.<br />

Nature as <strong>the</strong> Ultimate Canvas: Outdoor<br />

Art<br />

The world is a giant canvas wait<strong>in</strong>g to be<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ted, and nature is <strong>the</strong> best source of <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

Take your young artists outdoors to<br />

capture <strong>the</strong> colors of <strong>the</strong> environment. From<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g rocks with eco-friendly colors to<br />

weav<strong>in</strong>g flower crowns, let <strong>the</strong>m experience<br />

<strong>the</strong> beauty and fragility of our natural world.<br />

Art from Trash: Transform<strong>in</strong>g Waste <strong>in</strong>to<br />

Wonder<br />

Children often f<strong>in</strong>d treasures <strong>in</strong> what<br />

adults see as trash. Show <strong>the</strong>m how to turn<br />

discarded items <strong>in</strong>to art. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

jewelry from old buttons or construct<strong>in</strong>g robots<br />

from cardboard boxes, teach <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of recycl<strong>in</strong>g and upcycl<strong>in</strong>g. By<br />

transform<strong>in</strong>g waste <strong>in</strong>to wonder, <strong>the</strong>y learn<br />

that art can be a tool for susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

Artistic Adventures Cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

This Universal Children’s Day, let’s celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> youthful artists who teach us<br />

about <strong>the</strong> purity of creation. Their art has a<br />

message, one of hope and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

As <strong>the</strong>y pa<strong>in</strong>t a brighter future, we, too, can<br />

take <strong>in</strong>spiration and brush our own strokes of<br />

change on <strong>the</strong> canvas of our world. Happy<br />

Universal Children’s Day, where art, susta<strong>in</strong>ability,<br />

and boundless imag<strong>in</strong>ation unite!<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

30 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Exclusive<br />

Richard Shill<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Artist<br />

Sculpt<strong>in</strong>g Nature’s Beauty and Environmental Consciousness<br />

<strong>in</strong> craft<strong>in</strong>g large-scale environmental art<br />

projects. Through <strong>the</strong>se collective efforts, he<br />

fosters a sense of unity and shared purpose,<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g how art can become a bridge<br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g people with <strong>the</strong>ir natural surround<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Environmental susta<strong>in</strong>ability lies at <strong>the</strong><br />

heart of Shill<strong>in</strong>g’s artistic philosophy. He ardently<br />

advocates for responsible and conscientious<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction with nature, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs to embrace <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of Leave<br />

No Trace—a philosophy that underscores<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of leav<strong>in</strong>g natural spaces untouched.<br />

His art serves as both an example<br />

and an <strong>in</strong>vitation to tread lightly on <strong>the</strong> Earth.<br />

Through his sculptures and <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

Shill<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>vites viewers to perceive <strong>the</strong> world<br />

anew. His art serves as a rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

beauty that surrounds us <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

world, motivat<strong>in</strong>g us to forge a deeper<br />

connection with our environment. Richard<br />

Shill<strong>in</strong>g’s art, although transient, leaves an<br />

endur<strong>in</strong>g impact. His work has graced galleries<br />

and natural sett<strong>in</strong>gs across <strong>the</strong> globe,<br />

from <strong>the</strong> United K<strong>in</strong>gdom to <strong>the</strong> United<br />

States. Captured through photography, his<br />

creations have garnered <strong>in</strong>ternational acclaim,<br />

position<strong>in</strong>g him as a trailblazer <strong>in</strong> contemporary<br />

land art.<br />

In an era where environmental concerns<br />

weigh heavily on our collective conscience,<br />

Richard Shill<strong>in</strong>g’s art offers a profound contemplation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> delicate beauty of <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

world. His sculptures and <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

encourage us to reflect on our place with<strong>in</strong><br />

nature and to treat <strong>the</strong> Earth with care and<br />

reverence. Through his artistic expressions,<br />

Shill<strong>in</strong>g motivates us to rek<strong>in</strong>dle our appreciation<br />

for <strong>the</strong> environment and to view <strong>the</strong><br />

world with <strong>the</strong> eyes of an artist—captivated<br />

by its magnificence, its fleet<strong>in</strong>g nature, and<br />

its endur<strong>in</strong>g marvel.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm where art, nature, and environmental<br />

m<strong>in</strong>dfulness converge, Richard<br />

Shill<strong>in</strong>g stands as a visionary whose work<br />

defies conventional boundaries. Born <strong>in</strong><br />

1973 <strong>in</strong> Lancashire, England, Shill<strong>in</strong>g has<br />

left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark as a sculptor and land<br />

artist, skillfully bridg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> gap between <strong>the</strong><br />

natural world and human creativity.<br />

Shill<strong>in</strong>g’s artistic journey is deeply rooted<br />

<strong>in</strong> his profound connection with nature,<br />

a passion that permeates every facet of his<br />

work. He is most renowned for his ephemeral<br />

sculptures, which he meticulously fashions<br />

from foraged natural materials, often <strong>in</strong><br />

remote and untouched landscapes. These<br />

transient creations challenge <strong>the</strong> conventional<br />

idea of art’s permanence, urg<strong>in</strong>g us<br />

to embrace <strong>the</strong> fleet<strong>in</strong>g beauty of <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

world.<br />

Among Shill<strong>in</strong>g’s most celebrated series is<br />

his “Land Art,” where he assembles <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

and harmonious sculptures us<strong>in</strong>g leaves,<br />

stones, twigs, and o<strong>the</strong>r organic elements.<br />

These temporary <strong>in</strong>stallations exist only for<br />

a brief moment before gracefully return<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> earth, leav<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d only photographs<br />

as a testament to <strong>the</strong>ir existence.<br />

This ephemeral quality serves as a poignant<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> impermanence of nature<br />

and encourages us to savor <strong>the</strong> present.<br />

Shill<strong>in</strong>g’s artistic endeavors extend beyond<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividual pieces. He frequently collaborates<br />

with fellow artists and engages communities<br />

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AI MEETS ART: ‘HARMONY’<br />

INSTALLATION SHEDS LIGHT ON<br />

BREAST CANCER AT MEGA MALL<br />

IN THE UAE<br />

S<br />

harjah, UAE: The future of art has<br />

touched down <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Sharjah.<br />

As artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence entw<strong>in</strong>es with<br />

artistic flair, an unparalleled experience<br />

emerges. Curated by <strong>the</strong> visionary team at<br />

<strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, “Harmony,” a one-of-ak<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation, has been unveiled at Mega<br />

Mall, uniquely focused on breast cancer<br />

awareness.<br />

Proudly presented by Golden Loaf and<br />

Golden Ribbons Chocolates, “Harmony” is<br />

not merely an exhibit. It’s a sanctuary where<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technology meets sentimental<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g. The heart of this sanctuary is a<br />

meticulously designed art <strong>in</strong>stallation filled<br />

with AI-generated artworks. These masterpieces<br />

unfold a tale of hope, despair, unity,<br />

challenges, and triumph, mirror<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

breast cancer journey from diagnosis to<br />

recovery. As visitors navigate through this<br />

w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g journey, <strong>the</strong>y not only witness art but<br />

also feel <strong>the</strong> depth and flow of emotions that<br />

each artwork evokes. It’s an <strong>in</strong>timate portrayal,<br />

ensur<strong>in</strong>g breast cancer narratives are not<br />

only heard but profoundly felt.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallation, one doesn’t<br />

just hear <strong>the</strong> stories—<strong>the</strong>y live <strong>the</strong>m, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

brea<strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>m, and <strong>the</strong>y feel <strong>the</strong>m. As guests<br />

navigate <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallation, <strong>the</strong>y confront <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>escapable truth that, unlike <strong>the</strong>m, <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

no exit for those battl<strong>in</strong>g breast cancer. The<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation yields not just <strong>the</strong> journey of a<br />

breast cancer patient but also <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternal<br />

turmoil. The tears that fall from <strong>the</strong> eyes of<br />

our guests serve as rem<strong>in</strong>ders—rem<strong>in</strong>ders<br />

that while <strong>the</strong>y may only experience this<br />

hearten<strong>in</strong>g simulation for a couple of m<strong>in</strong>utes,<br />

for <strong>the</strong>se patients, this is an ongo<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

lifelong fight. Their unwaver<strong>in</strong>g bravery is<br />

what sets alight to <strong>the</strong>ir eternal torch of hope<br />

with<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Yet, <strong>the</strong> purpose of this <strong>in</strong>stallation extends<br />

far beyond a momentary engagement.<br />

It screams for each one of us to undertake a<br />

profound transformation rooted <strong>in</strong> empathy<br />

and <strong>in</strong> us<strong>in</strong>g our voices to uplift and empower<br />

those who battle silently and often go unheard.<br />

Through this <strong>in</strong>itiative, each one becomes<br />

a beacon and a voice for <strong>the</strong> fighters,<br />

survivors, and those we have lost.<br />

The spokesperson of <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong><br />

remarked, “Art has forever been a canvas for<br />

humanity’s most profound stories. With ‘Harmony’,<br />

we’ve embarked on uncharted territories.<br />

Here, AI doesn’t replace <strong>the</strong> artist; it<br />

portrays <strong>the</strong> artist, understand<strong>in</strong>g and echo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> deeply emotional journey of breast<br />

cancer survivors.”<br />

A visitor, deeply moved by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallation,<br />

shared, “It is amaz<strong>in</strong>g to see how art can be<br />

fused with AI to deliver such thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

messages with<strong>in</strong> society. A family<br />

UAE<br />

member of m<strong>in</strong>e has been suffer<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

<strong>the</strong> same. I was literally <strong>in</strong> tears as I walked<br />

through <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallation, witness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> vivid<br />

stages of <strong>the</strong> journey, from <strong>the</strong> challenges to<br />

<strong>the</strong> eventual heal<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

From <strong>the</strong> emotional journey of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

to <strong>the</strong> magnificent art exhibit on <strong>the</strong> first<br />

floor of <strong>the</strong> mall by UAE-based artists who<br />

stand <strong>in</strong> solidarity for <strong>the</strong> cause, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir impressive pieces of work for visitors to<br />

gaze through and learn from.<br />

The pr<strong>in</strong>cipal presenter, Golden Loaf, as<br />

a group, has long championed <strong>in</strong>itiatives<br />

with social causes. “In Harmony, we see<br />

more than an <strong>in</strong>stallation. It’s a beacon, a<br />

statement, a call to awareness,” shared <strong>the</strong><br />

CEO of Golden Ribbon Chocolates. Complement<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> vision are <strong>the</strong> support<strong>in</strong>g pillars:<br />

Debros Exhibitions and Events, ARTOZE<br />

Gallery and Exhibitions, DRNK, Al Mufeed<br />

Pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Press, Evolution Events, and Rajasthan<br />

Restaurant.<br />

“Harmony” is a movement, a journey, a dialogue,<br />

and a statement. While its grand unveil<strong>in</strong>g<br />

graced Mega Mall on October 15th,<br />

<strong>the</strong> experience will l<strong>in</strong>ger until October 31st,<br />

wait<strong>in</strong>g to captivate, educate, and <strong>in</strong>spire.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> residents of <strong>the</strong> UAE and beyond,<br />

<strong>the</strong> call is clear: Venture <strong>in</strong>to Mega Mall. Immerse<br />

yourself.<br />

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EXHIBITION<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

CULINARY ODYSSEY WITH<br />

Chef<br />

Aisha<br />

UNVEILING THE FLAVORS OF GOLDEN RIBBONS<br />

In this exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview, we explore <strong>the</strong> remarkable journey of<br />

Chef Aisha. Her story is a testament to determ<strong>in</strong>ation and seiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities. Tra<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cul<strong>in</strong>ary arts, Chef Aisha transitioned<br />

from her background <strong>in</strong> education to embrace Middle Eastern culture<br />

and eventually become an artful chocolatier. Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> COVID-19<br />

pandemic, she realized her dream with Golden Ribbon Chocolates,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g Belgian chocolates with homemade fill<strong>in</strong>gs and a fusion of<br />

French-Arabic flavors. Chef Aisha’s commitment to quality and susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

sh<strong>in</strong>es through her cul<strong>in</strong>ary creations, mak<strong>in</strong>g this <strong>in</strong>terview<br />

a fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g dive <strong>in</strong>to her <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g world.<br />

Q & A<br />

Can you share your personal journey of becom<strong>in</strong>g a chef, especially<br />

<strong>in</strong> light of your experience as a breast cancer survivor and<br />

a celiac? How did <strong>the</strong>se challenges shape your cul<strong>in</strong>ary career?<br />

I aspired to be a chef from <strong>the</strong> age of 14. Despite <strong>in</strong>itial plans to<br />

pursue cul<strong>in</strong>ary arts, I ended up becom<strong>in</strong>g a teacher due to family<br />

expectations and life events. However, at 34, a breast cancer<br />

diagnosis reshaped my perspective. It wasn’t until COVID-19 hit<br />

that I f<strong>in</strong>ally decided to chase my cul<strong>in</strong>ary dreams. I started with a<br />

chocolate-mak<strong>in</strong>g course, and chefs at <strong>the</strong> school encouraged me<br />

to undertake a full pastry chef diploma. I completed <strong>the</strong> diploma<br />

<strong>in</strong> six months, despite be<strong>in</strong>g over 50. My dream of runn<strong>in</strong>g a small<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary bus<strong>in</strong>ess has far exceeded my expectations. This journey<br />

has taught me <strong>the</strong> importance of pursu<strong>in</strong>g your passion, regardless<br />

of your age or life circumstances.<br />

So liv<strong>in</strong>g with celiac disease can be quite demand<strong>in</strong>g. How did<br />

you adapt to your dietary restrictions and managed to create a<br />

delectable array of dishes while ensur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>y are gluten free?<br />

Over two decades ago, I developed celiac disease due to <strong>the</strong><br />

impact of chemo<strong>the</strong>rapy dur<strong>in</strong>g my breast cancer treatment. This<br />

life-alter<strong>in</strong>g condition forced me to reevaluate my diet and learn<br />

gluten-free bak<strong>in</strong>g from scratch. The resources and <strong>in</strong>formation for<br />

gluten-free liv<strong>in</strong>g were limited at <strong>the</strong> time.<br />

Celiac disease required me to absta<strong>in</strong> from gluten for about a<br />

year to allow my body to recover. This journey was isolat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g, as I had to watch my food closely. However, my love for<br />

cook<strong>in</strong>g and my engagement with onl<strong>in</strong>e support groups helped me<br />

adapt and develop my gluten-free recipes.<br />

Today, <strong>the</strong> landscape for gluten-free liv<strong>in</strong>g has improved significantly,<br />

with more available resources and <strong>in</strong>formation. My experiences<br />

have <strong>in</strong>spired me to share my knowledge and recipes to<br />

help o<strong>the</strong>rs liv<strong>in</strong>g with celiac disease or gluten <strong>in</strong>tolerance. Rais<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awareness about allergies and <strong>in</strong>tolerances, particularly <strong>in</strong> children,<br />

is essential to improv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir quality of life.<br />

Proper nutrition is crucial, both dur<strong>in</strong>g and after breast cancer<br />

treatment. While undergo<strong>in</strong>g treatment, your diet is limited, and after<br />

treatment, it’s essential to focus on nutrition, diet, and exercise to<br />

support your overall well-be<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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What <strong>in</strong>spired you to start Golden Ribbons chocolate, and<br />

how do your personal experiences <strong>in</strong>fluence <strong>the</strong> chocolate mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

process and product offer<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> your company?<br />

I was brought <strong>in</strong>to this project by my husband, who had always<br />

dreamt of open<strong>in</strong>g a boutique sell<strong>in</strong>g high-quality products. He<br />

was particularly <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> chocolate I made dur<strong>in</strong>g my time<br />

at cul<strong>in</strong>ary school <strong>in</strong> Dubai, and he wanted to feature it <strong>in</strong> our shop.<br />

This project allowed me to br<strong>in</strong>g elements of my rural upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

nor<strong>the</strong>rn Ohio <strong>in</strong>to our venture. I grew up on an island surrounded<br />

by v<strong>in</strong>eyards and fruit trees, where fresh, homemade food was <strong>the</strong><br />

norm. We rarely relied on supermarkets, as we sourced much of<br />

our food locally through garden<strong>in</strong>g, fish<strong>in</strong>g, and relationships with<br />

nearby farmers. This upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g greatly <strong>in</strong>fluenced my approach<br />

to cook<strong>in</strong>g and nutrition. I prioritize fresh, unprocessed <strong>in</strong>gredients<br />

and aim to keep sugar levels low <strong>in</strong> my recipes. I believe <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of nurtur<strong>in</strong>g your body with nutritious foods, and this<br />

philosophy extends to my cook<strong>in</strong>g and bak<strong>in</strong>g. Some may argue<br />

that fresh cook<strong>in</strong>g is time-consum<strong>in</strong>g and impractical, but I’ve found<br />

that once you start provid<strong>in</strong>g your body with wholesome, delicious<br />

foods, it craves <strong>the</strong>m. Just a few m<strong>in</strong>utes of chopp<strong>in</strong>g and sauté<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fresh vegetables can result <strong>in</strong> a far healthier and more satisfy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

meal than order<strong>in</strong>g fried or processed foods from outside. I’m passionate<br />

about encourag<strong>in</strong>g people to embrace fresh, homemade<br />

food for its numerous health and taste benefits.<br />

What advice would you give to <strong>in</strong>dividuals who face dietary<br />

restrictions and aspire to pursue a career <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cul<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>dustry?<br />

Celiac disease is not someth<strong>in</strong>g to be taken lightly. People often<br />

misunderstand it, th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g it’s a dietary trend. But for those like me<br />

with severe allergies, even a small amount of gluten can send us to<br />

<strong>the</strong> hospital. It’s similar to a nut allergy <strong>in</strong> seriousness. However, dietary<br />

restrictions shouldn’t discourage you from pursu<strong>in</strong>g a cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

career. I, for <strong>in</strong>stance, focus on gluten-free recipes for safety and<br />

enjoy <strong>the</strong> process.<br />

For aspir<strong>in</strong>g chefs, start by collect<strong>in</strong>g recipes and network<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with peers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry. Extensive research is key, understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredient <strong>in</strong>teractions and cook<strong>in</strong>g science. Know<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se fundamentals,<br />

like <strong>the</strong> reaction between bak<strong>in</strong>g soda and v<strong>in</strong>egar, is<br />

crucial, especially <strong>in</strong> gluten-free cook<strong>in</strong>g, where leaven<strong>in</strong>g agents<br />

might need creative substitutes.<br />

Cul<strong>in</strong>ary careers require dedication and passion. It’s my hobby; I<br />

explore recipes and <strong>in</strong>gredients, constantly learn<strong>in</strong>g. If you’re genu<strong>in</strong>ely<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cul<strong>in</strong>ary world, it becomes a way of life. Most<br />

chefs share this enthusiasm, allow<strong>in</strong>g us to persevere despite life’s<br />

challenges.<br />

Could you share some of your favorite gluten free <strong>in</strong>gredients<br />

or subsidies that you frequently use <strong>in</strong> your creations and<br />

do <strong>the</strong>se substitutes necessarily impact <strong>the</strong> taste and texture of<br />

your product?<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a kitchen, especially as aspir<strong>in</strong>g chefs, comes with significant<br />

pressure. You’re constantly under pressure to deliver dishes<br />

<strong>in</strong> a small space, work<strong>in</strong>g with o<strong>the</strong>r chefs who have <strong>the</strong>ir own personalities<br />

and egos. This can be even more challeng<strong>in</strong>g for women<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry. However, <strong>the</strong>se challenges should not deter you. It’s<br />

essential to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> professionalism, keep your workspace clean,<br />

and expect <strong>the</strong> same from your colleagues.<br />

When it comes to gluten-free cook<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>re are various <strong>in</strong>gredients<br />

at play. Rice flour, particularly white rice flour, serves as <strong>the</strong><br />

foundation for many gluten-free recipes. Brown rice flour can provide<br />

additional b<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g and structure to your dishes. Potato starch<br />

aids <strong>in</strong> leaven<strong>in</strong>g and lighten<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> texture of your creations. Each<br />

gluten-free flour serves a specific purpose <strong>in</strong> different recipes.<br />

For gluten-free bread, golden loaf is a preferred choice, and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

pizza rounds have received acclaim from gluten-free and non-gluten-free<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals alike. Various stores <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, such as Sp<strong>in</strong>neys,<br />

Marks and Spencer, and Gibsons, offer an array of gluten-free<br />

products and flours, mak<strong>in</strong>g it easier for those with gluten sensitivities<br />

to enjoy diverse and delicious foods. Dubai and <strong>the</strong> UAE are fortunate<br />

<strong>in</strong> this regard, with a wealth of options for gluten-free d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

and cook<strong>in</strong>g compared to some o<strong>the</strong>r regions like <strong>the</strong> United States.<br />

As someone who has triumphed over personal health challenges,<br />

what message and advice would you like to share with<br />

that audience?<br />

It’s crucial, especially for women deal<strong>in</strong>g with breast cancer, to<br />

prioritize self-care. If you’re not feel<strong>in</strong>g well or have suspicions about<br />

your health, don’t delay – consult a doctor and get regular checkups.<br />

Your well-be<strong>in</strong>g is not only important to you but also to your<br />

family, children, spouse, parents, and everyone who relies on you.<br />

Sometimes, we treat our cars better than our health. If your car<br />

breaks down on <strong>the</strong> highway, you immediately get it fixed. But when<br />

it comes to health issues, people often ignore or hope <strong>the</strong>y’ll disappear.<br />

With breast cancer, early detection is everyth<strong>in</strong>g for survival<br />

rates. Take it seriously; it can be <strong>the</strong> difference between m<strong>in</strong>imal,<br />

manageable treatment and a term<strong>in</strong>al diagnosis where <strong>the</strong>re’s little<br />

that can be done.<br />

I encourage all women to <strong>in</strong>vest some time <strong>in</strong> self-care. Whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

it’s watch<strong>in</strong>g a sunset, pursu<strong>in</strong>g your passions, or simply tak<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

moment for yourself, <strong>the</strong>se small acts of self-care can make a significant<br />

difference.<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY DAVID TROEGER ON UNSPLASH<br />

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SPECIAL DAY<br />

WORLD KINDNESS DAY<br />

CRAFTING A KINDER WORLD: CELEBRATING WORLD<br />

KINDNESS DAY THROUGH ART AND SUSTAINABILITY<br />

Art has a unique way of speak<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

our hearts, and on World K<strong>in</strong>dness<br />

Day, what better way to express<br />

k<strong>in</strong>dness than through creative endeavors<br />

that focus on susta<strong>in</strong>ability? Let’s<br />

embark on a journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of art,<br />

compassion, and eco-consciousness.<br />

The Power of a Smile: An Artistic Message<br />

of K<strong>in</strong>dness<br />

Art has <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary power to convey<br />

emotions, and <strong>the</strong>re’s no emotion more<br />

beautiful than k<strong>in</strong>dness. Encourage your<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner artist to create pieces that spread joy,<br />

love, and compassion. Draw a portrait of<br />

someone shar<strong>in</strong>g a smile, pa<strong>in</strong>t colorful flowers<br />

of k<strong>in</strong>dness, or craft uplift<strong>in</strong>g messages<br />

that rem<strong>in</strong>d us to be k<strong>in</strong>d to one ano<strong>the</strong>r and<br />

our planet.<br />

Eco-Friendly Artistry: Nurtur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Earth<br />

Art and susta<strong>in</strong>ability are <strong>in</strong>separable<br />

friends. This World K<strong>in</strong>dness Day, why not<br />

celebrate our Earth and <strong>the</strong> creatures we<br />

share it with? Ga<strong>the</strong>r your art supplies and<br />

create wildlife-<strong>in</strong>spired artwork. Draw attention<br />

to endangered species, pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong> beauty<br />

of a prist<strong>in</strong>e forest, or craft paper mache animals<br />

from recycled materials. In your art, remember<br />

that be<strong>in</strong>g k<strong>in</strong>d to our environment<br />

is an act of k<strong>in</strong>dness to all liv<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Art That Gives Back: Charity and Compassion<br />

Artistic k<strong>in</strong>dness goes beyond pretty<br />

pictures; it can change lives. This World<br />

K<strong>in</strong>dness Day, explore <strong>the</strong> world of charity<br />

through art. Craft pieces that can be sold,<br />

with <strong>the</strong> proceeds go<strong>in</strong>g to a cause that’s<br />

close to your heart, such as environmental<br />

protection. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s an art auction, sell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

handcrafted goods, or creat<strong>in</strong>g art for charity<br />

events, your creativity can be a force for<br />

good.<br />

K<strong>in</strong>dness <strong>in</strong> Every Brushstroke: A Mural<br />

for Unity<br />

Mural art is a vibrant way to brighten communities<br />

and promote unity. Ga<strong>the</strong>r your<br />

friends and fellow artists to pa<strong>in</strong>t a k<strong>in</strong>dness<br />

mural on a public wall. Include eco-friendly<br />

elements like trees, flowers, and animals,<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g our responsibility to be k<strong>in</strong>d to <strong>the</strong><br />

environment. Watch as your mural becomes<br />

a beacon of k<strong>in</strong>dness for all to see.<br />

Handmade K<strong>in</strong>dness: Eco-Conscious<br />

Crafts<br />

The joy of craft<strong>in</strong>g isn’t just <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> result;<br />

it’s <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> process. On this special day, let’s<br />

make eco-conscious crafts that emphasize<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of susta<strong>in</strong>ability. From knitt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with susta<strong>in</strong>able yarn to creat<strong>in</strong>g reusable<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g bags from old t-shirts, your<br />

craft can be a gift of k<strong>in</strong>dness to <strong>the</strong> planet.<br />

K<strong>in</strong>dness Through Recycl<strong>in</strong>g: Transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Old <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> New<br />

One person’s trash is ano<strong>the</strong>r person’s<br />

art! Show k<strong>in</strong>dness to <strong>the</strong> environment by recycl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and upcycl<strong>in</strong>g discarded items <strong>in</strong>to<br />

creative masterpieces. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

jewelry from old beads or turn<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>e corks<br />

<strong>in</strong>to stamp art, every small effort can make a<br />

big difference.<br />

Plant<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Seeds of K<strong>in</strong>dness: Guerrilla<br />

Garden<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Guerrilla garden<strong>in</strong>g is an art form <strong>in</strong> itself.<br />

Ga<strong>the</strong>r your fellow gardeners and transform<br />

neglected urban spaces <strong>in</strong>to lush gardens.<br />

This act of k<strong>in</strong>dness can brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to<br />

concrete jungles, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us all that tend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to nature is a beautiful and susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

act.<br />

Artful Acts of K<strong>in</strong>dness Cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

World K<strong>in</strong>dness Day is an <strong>in</strong>vitation to celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of art and its role <strong>in</strong> spread<strong>in</strong>g<br />

love and compassion. K<strong>in</strong>dness beg<strong>in</strong>s<br />

with empathy, and when we transform that<br />

empathy <strong>in</strong>to creative action, <strong>the</strong> world becomes<br />

a better place. So, pick up your pa<strong>in</strong>tbrush,<br />

craft<strong>in</strong>g materials, or garden<strong>in</strong>g tools,<br />

and let’s pa<strong>in</strong>t, craft, and plant a k<strong>in</strong>der and<br />

more susta<strong>in</strong>able world toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

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Allison Janae<br />

Hamilton<br />

Artist<br />

Weav<strong>in</strong>g Art, Science, and Cosmic Wonder<br />

Allison Janae Hamilton is a renowned<br />

contemporary artist celebrated<br />

for her immersive <strong>in</strong>stallations that<br />

delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>mes of nature,<br />

identity, and culture. Her dist<strong>in</strong>ctive artistic<br />

approach blends various mediums, captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

audiences globally and prompt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to ponder <strong>the</strong>ir connection to <strong>the</strong> environment<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir cultural heritage.<br />

Hail<strong>in</strong>g from Kentucky, Hamilton’s upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> American South has significantly<br />

shaped her artistic vision. Her experiences<br />

<strong>in</strong> a region characterized by both breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

natural landscapes and complex historical<br />

narratives have fueled her exploration of<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate relationship between <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir surround<strong>in</strong>gs. She often draws <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from <strong>the</strong> lush Sou<strong>the</strong>rn landscapes<br />

and <strong>the</strong> region’s rich cultural traditions.<br />

What sets Hamilton’s work apart is her<br />

skillful <strong>in</strong>tegration of diverse materials and<br />

media to craft immersive environments that<br />

transport viewers <strong>in</strong>to her artistic universe.<br />

Typically comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g sculpture, photography,<br />

sound, and video, she encourages spectators<br />

to deeply engage with <strong>the</strong> stories and<br />

emotions embedded <strong>in</strong> her artwork.<br />

Identity and heritage are recurr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mes<br />

<strong>in</strong> Hamilton’s work, especially as <strong>the</strong>y <strong>in</strong>tersect<br />

with <strong>the</strong> natural world. Draw<strong>in</strong>g upon<br />

her own background as an African American<br />

woman, she <strong>in</strong>vestigates questions of<br />

belong<strong>in</strong>g and cultural affiliation. Her art<br />

contributes to broader discussions about<br />

<strong>the</strong> significance of nature with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context<br />

of racial identity and how <strong>the</strong> environment<br />

molds one’s sense of self.<br />

One of her noteworthy pieces, “Pitch,” is a<br />

prime example of this <strong>the</strong>matic exploration.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>stallation features a forest of suspended<br />

evergreen trees with concealed speakers<br />

emitt<strong>in</strong>g sounds recorded from <strong>the</strong> wilderness.<br />

It conjures an o<strong>the</strong>rworldly ambiance,<br />

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

rapport with nature and <strong>the</strong>ir cultural heritage.<br />

Through “Pitch” and analogous works,<br />

Hamilton challenges preconceived notions<br />

about <strong>the</strong> confluence of race, culture, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> natural environment. Hamilton’s art has<br />

graced exhibitions across <strong>the</strong> United States<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternationally, earn<strong>in</strong>g critical acclaim<br />

for its ability to spark mean<strong>in</strong>gful dialogues<br />

concern<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> environment, identity, and<br />

culture. Her contributions to <strong>the</strong> contemporary<br />

art scene have garnered her numerous<br />

awards and fellowships.<br />

In a world <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly concerned with<br />

environmental issues, Allison Janae Hamilton’s<br />

art serves as a poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der of<br />

<strong>the</strong> profound connection between humanity<br />

and nature. Through her unique artistic perspective,<br />

she encourages us to scrut<strong>in</strong>ize<br />

our own identities <strong>in</strong> relation to <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

world and to acknowledge <strong>the</strong> beauty and<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricacy that envelop us.<br />

In summary, Allison Janae Hamilton is an<br />

artist who transcends conventional artistic<br />

boundaries. Her work seamlessly merges<br />

nature, identity, and culture <strong>in</strong> immersive<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations that provoke thought and <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

Rooted <strong>in</strong> her Sou<strong>the</strong>rn heritage,<br />

Hamilton’s art beckons us to explore our own<br />

ties to <strong>the</strong> environment and our sense of self.<br />

Her contributions to contemporary art underscore<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate bonds unit<strong>in</strong>g us with <strong>the</strong><br />

natural world and with one ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

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EDITORIAL<br />

“HARMONY IN DESIGN: THE<br />

INTERSECTION OF ART,<br />

ARCHITECTURE, AND<br />

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION”<br />

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In <strong>the</strong> modern world, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of art,<br />

architecture, and susta<strong>in</strong>able design is not<br />

merely a convergence of discipl<strong>in</strong>es but a<br />

harmonious dance of creativity, functionality,<br />

and environmental responsibility. This<br />

dynamic fusion br<strong>in</strong>gs about a transformation<br />

that transcends aes<strong>the</strong>tics, impact<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> way we live, work, and <strong>in</strong>teract with our<br />

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

Art as a Catalyst for Susta<strong>in</strong>able Architecture:<br />

The relationship between art and architecture<br />

has always been profound, with architects<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from artistic movements<br />

to shape <strong>the</strong>ir designs. However, <strong>in</strong><br />

recent years, this partnership has evolved<br />

to encompass a vital new element: susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

Artists and architects are work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r to create eco-friendly build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

that not only serve as functional spaces but<br />

also stand as symbols of environmental consciousness.<br />

Innovative structures like <strong>the</strong> Bosco Verticale<br />

<strong>in</strong> Milan, a pair of residential towers<br />

adorned with thousands of trees and plants,<br />

exemplify <strong>the</strong> fusion of art and architecture<br />

for susta<strong>in</strong>ability. The greenery not only adds<br />

beauty but also contributes to air purification<br />

and temperature regulation. These towers<br />

are a testament to <strong>the</strong> possibility of urban<br />

spaces coexist<strong>in</strong>g harmoniously with <strong>the</strong><br />

natural world.<br />

Public Art’s Role <strong>in</strong> Shap<strong>in</strong>g Susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

Cities:<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations, with <strong>the</strong>ir ability<br />

to engage and <strong>in</strong>spire, play a pivotal role <strong>in</strong><br />

transform<strong>in</strong>g urban landscapes <strong>in</strong>to susta<strong>in</strong>able,<br />

vibrant hubs. They serve as more than<br />

just aes<strong>the</strong>tically pleas<strong>in</strong>g additions; <strong>the</strong>y<br />

carry a message and purpose.<br />

Take, for <strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> “Solar Sunflowers”<br />

<strong>in</strong> Aust<strong>in</strong>, Texas, a series of colorful sunflower<br />

sculptures equipped with solar panels<br />

that generate clean energy. These <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

both beautify <strong>the</strong> city and provide a<br />

practical function, illustrat<strong>in</strong>g how public art<br />

can be a beacon of susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>able Materials and <strong>the</strong> Artistic Vision:<br />

Artists, too, are driv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

design revolution through <strong>the</strong>ir choice of materials.<br />

They are embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> use of recycled,<br />

repurposed, and susta<strong>in</strong>able resources<br />

to create <strong>the</strong>ir works. From sculptures<br />

crafted from reclaimed plastics to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

on susta<strong>in</strong>ably sourced wood, artists are<br />

prov<strong>in</strong>g that creativity knows no bounds<br />

when it comes to eco-friendl<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

In this new era, artistry is not limited<br />

to canvases but extends to <strong>the</strong> design of<br />

eco-conscious furniture, light<strong>in</strong>g, and even<br />

entire architectural concepts. It’s a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a greener world.<br />

The fusion of art, architecture, and susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

design is a testament to human<br />

<strong>in</strong>genuity and <strong>the</strong> profound <strong>in</strong>fluence that<br />

creativity can have on our environment. It’s<br />

a rem<strong>in</strong>der that beauty and functionality can<br />

coexist with ecological responsibility. As we<br />

stand at <strong>the</strong> crossroads of climate change,<br />

<strong>the</strong> collaboration between artists and architects<br />

offers a path forward - one where <strong>the</strong><br />

built environment reflects our commitment to<br />

a susta<strong>in</strong>able, harmonious future. It’s a vision<br />

where every structure and art piece embodies<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea that, <strong>in</strong> design, beauty and responsibility<br />

are <strong>in</strong>extricably <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

Josh<br />

Gluckste<strong>in</strong><br />

Artist<br />

Master<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Art of Trampol<strong>in</strong>e Performance<br />

In <strong>the</strong> exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g world of trampol<strong>in</strong>e<br />

sports, Josh Gluckste<strong>in</strong> emerges as a true<br />

virtuoso, defy<strong>in</strong>g gravity and soar<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

new heights. Born <strong>in</strong> 1990, this American<br />

trampol<strong>in</strong>e gymnast has captivated audiences<br />

worldwide with his acrobatic prowess and<br />

boundless passion for <strong>the</strong> sport.<br />

Josh Gluckste<strong>in</strong>’s journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm<br />

of trampol<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g commenced at a tender<br />

age, fueled by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spiration of his family’s<br />

deep <strong>in</strong>volvement <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sport. Guided by<br />

his parents and coaches, he meticulously<br />

honed his skills, quickly ascend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ranks<br />

of competitive trampol<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g. His unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

commitment bore fruit as he began to make<br />

waves on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational trampol<strong>in</strong>e stage.<br />

One of Gluckste<strong>in</strong>’s sem<strong>in</strong>al moments arrived<br />

when he cl<strong>in</strong>ched a coveted spot on <strong>the</strong> U.S.<br />

National Trampol<strong>in</strong>e Team. This achievement<br />

catapulted him onto <strong>the</strong> global stage, where<br />

he showcased his extraord<strong>in</strong>ary talent and<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduced <strong>in</strong>novative rout<strong>in</strong>es. His performances<br />

constitute a breathtak<strong>in</strong>g fusion of<br />

grace, power, and precision, leav<strong>in</strong>g spectators<br />

mesmerized by <strong>the</strong> dizzy<strong>in</strong>g heights<br />

he achieves and <strong>the</strong> complexity of his flips,<br />

twists, and somersaults.<br />

Gluckste<strong>in</strong>’s dedication to his craft extends<br />

beyond personal glory. He is a vocal<br />

advocate for <strong>the</strong> sport of trampol<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g,<br />

tirelessly promot<strong>in</strong>g its physical and mental<br />

benefits. His enthusiasm for shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> joy<br />

of trampol<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g has led him to become a<br />

coach and mentor, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> next generation<br />

of trampol<strong>in</strong>e athletes.<br />

One of Gluckste<strong>in</strong>’s most notable feats<br />

is his participation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Olympic Games,<br />

where he proudly represented <strong>the</strong> United<br />

States on <strong>the</strong> grandest sport<strong>in</strong>g stage. His<br />

presence at <strong>the</strong> Olympics not only showcased<br />

his exceptional talent but also elevated<br />

<strong>the</strong> visibility of trampol<strong>in</strong>e gymnastics as<br />

a discipl<strong>in</strong>e that demands athleticism, precision,<br />

and artistry.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> arena, Josh Gluckste<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

impact on <strong>the</strong> world of trampol<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g transcends.<br />

His commitment to safety and <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

has propelled <strong>the</strong> development of<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge equipment and tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g techniques,<br />

ensur<strong>in</strong>g that trampol<strong>in</strong>e gymnastics<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve and thrive.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> rapid, gravity-defy<strong>in</strong>g universe of<br />

trampol<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, Josh Gluckste<strong>in</strong> sh<strong>in</strong>es as a<br />

true lum<strong>in</strong>ary. His artistry on <strong>the</strong> trampol<strong>in</strong>e<br />

captivates audiences, while his advocacy<br />

and devotion to <strong>the</strong> sport have etched his<br />

legacy as a mentor and pioneer. As he cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

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

what is atta<strong>in</strong>able <strong>in</strong> trampol<strong>in</strong>e gymnastics,<br />

Josh Gluckste<strong>in</strong> rema<strong>in</strong>s an <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

to athletes and enthusiasts alike, serv<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

a rem<strong>in</strong>der that with fervor, dedication, and<br />

a dar<strong>in</strong>g leap, we can reach <strong>the</strong> loftiest of<br />

summits.<br />

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BRUSHSTROKES FROM THE PAST<br />

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WHEATFIELD - A CONFRONTATION:<br />

AGNES DENES’ EARTHLY<br />

PROCLAMATION IN LOWER<br />

MANHATTAN<br />

In <strong>the</strong> vibrant realm of contemporary art,<br />

Agnes Denes’ “Wheatfield – A Confrontation”<br />

stands as an endur<strong>in</strong>g testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of creativity to confront societal<br />

norms and challenge <strong>the</strong> status quo. In <strong>the</strong><br />

summer of 1982, amidst <strong>the</strong> tower<strong>in</strong>g steel<br />

and concrete of Manhattan’s F<strong>in</strong>ancial District,<br />

Denes orchestrated a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

masterpiece that was both audacious<br />

and evocative. Her canvas was not <strong>the</strong> conventional<br />

medium of pa<strong>in</strong>t and canvas but<br />

<strong>the</strong> very earth itself, on a two-acre landfill <strong>in</strong><br />

Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.<br />

A Seeded Revolution:<br />

The genesis of “Wheatfield” was a labor<br />

of love and determ<strong>in</strong>ation. It was an audacious<br />

statement aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> backdrop of <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s f<strong>in</strong>ancial epicenter. Over 200 truckloads<br />

of soil were brought <strong>in</strong> to create a fertile<br />

plot for wheat. With 285 furrows pa<strong>in</strong>stak<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

dug by hand, Denes and her team<br />

cleared <strong>the</strong> ground of rocks and debris to<br />

prepare <strong>the</strong> canvas for her vision. It was a<br />

labor of patience, persistence, and passion.<br />

The Paradox of Value:<br />

The true power of “Wheatfield” was <strong>in</strong> its<br />

paradoxical nature. Here, on land estimated<br />

to be worth a stagger<strong>in</strong>g $4.5 billion, a<br />

humble wheat field stood tall, sway<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

breeze just blocks away from <strong>the</strong> tower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

symbols of Wall Street and <strong>the</strong> World Trade<br />

Center. Denes had planted a question <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

heart of <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ancial district - what are our<br />

true priorities, and what are we will<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>in</strong>vest<br />

<strong>in</strong>?<br />

This colossal art project was a universal<br />

symbol, represent<strong>in</strong>g food, energy, commerce,<br />

and economics. It was a profound<br />

commentary on issues rang<strong>in</strong>g from mismanagement<br />

and waste to world hunger and<br />

ecological concerns. In its humble yield of<br />

over 1000 pounds of healthy, golden wheat,<br />

it was a rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> potential for change,<br />

even <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> unlikeliest of places.<br />

A Gra<strong>in</strong> of Hope:<br />

The story of “Wheatfield” didn’t end with<br />

<strong>the</strong> harvest. Denes cont<strong>in</strong>ued her artistic<br />

endeavor <strong>in</strong> an exhibition titled “The International<br />

Art Show for <strong>the</strong> End of World Hunger.”<br />

The harvested gra<strong>in</strong> traveled to twenty-eight<br />

cities around <strong>the</strong> world, where people took<br />

<strong>the</strong> seeds and planted <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> various corners<br />

of <strong>the</strong> globe. It was an embodiment of<br />

hope, as well as a call to action.<br />

Question<strong>in</strong>g Humanity’s Values:<br />

Denes didn’t stop with her field of wheat.<br />

She posed existential questions about human<br />

values, <strong>the</strong> quality of life, and <strong>the</strong> future<br />

of humanity through a comprehensive<br />

questionnaire. This, too, was encapsulated<br />

and sealed <strong>in</strong> a time capsule, slated to<br />

be opened <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 30th century, a thousand<br />

years from <strong>the</strong> burial. This open system of<br />

communication serves as a w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to our<br />

collective consciousness and priorities.<br />

An Ongo<strong>in</strong>g Legacy:<br />

Agnes Denes’ “Wheatfield – A Confrontation”<br />

was a groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g artwork that<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire conversations about<br />

art’s role <strong>in</strong> address<strong>in</strong>g critical societal issues.<br />

It embodied <strong>the</strong> essence of ecofem<strong>in</strong>ism<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> 1970s and ‘80s, where art<br />

became a catalyst for envision<strong>in</strong>g a more<br />

ecologically friendly future.<br />

The work rema<strong>in</strong>s a testament to <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

power of artistic confrontation and <strong>the</strong><br />

potential for change that art can ignite, even<br />

on <strong>the</strong> most unlikely canvases. Agnes Denes<br />

sowed not just wheat but seeds of thought,<br />

action, and hope, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us that our priorities<br />

as a society can <strong>in</strong>deed be realigned<br />

to create a better world.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Neda<br />

Salmanpour<br />

EXPLORING ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND THE METAVERSE<br />

Renowned artist Neda Salmanpour, known<br />

for her <strong>in</strong>novative approach to art, recently<br />

shared <strong>in</strong>sights about her creative journey,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spirations, and her foray <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

metaverse. In a compell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terview with<br />

INLOCO Gallery and Neda, she discussed<br />

her background as an architect and how it<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluences her artistic endeavors.<br />

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With a strong focus on research<br />

and a particular <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> Middle<br />

Eastern design language<br />

and ma<strong>the</strong>matical geometries,<br />

her work represents a unique fusion of art<br />

and architecture.<br />

When asked about her sources of <strong>in</strong>spiration,<br />

Neda expla<strong>in</strong>ed that her artistry draws<br />

from a multitude of elements and is not limited<br />

to any s<strong>in</strong>gle source. While elements like<br />

Mashrabiya, a prom<strong>in</strong>ent feature <strong>in</strong> Middle<br />

Eastern architecture, have <strong>in</strong>spired some<br />

of her work, her creative process is more<br />

comprehensive. Neda’s approach <strong>in</strong>volves<br />

deconstruct<strong>in</strong>g and reconstruct<strong>in</strong>g various<br />

elements, such as patterns, textures, and<br />

material processes. She comb<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong>se elements<br />

<strong>in</strong> novel ways to create artwork that<br />

is not only aes<strong>the</strong>tically pleas<strong>in</strong>g but also responsive<br />

to contemporary sensibilities.<br />

Neda’s artistic journey has been a lifelong<br />

pursuit, with her curiosity driv<strong>in</strong>g her to explore<br />

different creative realms. As someone<br />

drawn to both art and science, she found a<br />

perfect <strong>in</strong>tersection <strong>in</strong> architecture, which allowed<br />

her to blend aes<strong>the</strong>tic and technical<br />

aspects. In recent years, Neda has expanded<br />

her artistic horizons by delv<strong>in</strong>g fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>in</strong>to f<strong>in</strong>e arts and visual arts, all <strong>the</strong> while<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a strong connection to fabrication<br />

techniques.<br />

Reflect<strong>in</strong>g on her creative process, Neda<br />

emphasized <strong>the</strong> importance of curiosity and<br />

self-awareness. She believes <strong>in</strong> push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of her art, explor<strong>in</strong>g new materials,<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ually challeng<strong>in</strong>g herself to<br />

create mean<strong>in</strong>gful and au<strong>the</strong>ntic work. Her<br />

artistic journey is marked by growth, not just<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al results, but <strong>in</strong> how <strong>the</strong> process of<br />

creation evolves over time.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> context of <strong>the</strong> metaverse, Neda recognized<br />

its potential as a platform for artists.<br />

The metaverse offers artists <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir work to a global audience,<br />

transcend<strong>in</strong>g geographical boundaries.<br />

Neda sees <strong>the</strong> metaverse as a catalyst for<br />

human exploration and self-discovery, allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals to experience different<br />

environments and perspectives. While <strong>the</strong><br />

tangible essence of artwork may differ between<br />

<strong>the</strong> physical and digital realms, she<br />

believes that each platform offers its unique<br />

advantages.<br />

As her <strong>in</strong>terview came to a close, Neda<br />

offered valuable advice to young artists<br />

embark<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong>ir creative journeys. She<br />

encouraged <strong>the</strong>m to create freely and au<strong>the</strong>ntically,<br />

emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

self-awareness and self-criticism. For Neda,<br />

<strong>the</strong> process of creation is a cont<strong>in</strong>uous learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience driven by curiosity and a desire<br />

to make mean<strong>in</strong>gful art.<br />

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KNOWLEDGE BASE<br />

ARTISTIC<br />

SUSTAINABILITY:<br />

PAINTING A GREENER<br />

FUTURE<br />

Hello, fellow artists and art enthusiasts!<br />

If you’re here, you’re probably<br />

as passionate about art as you are<br />

about our beautiful planet. So, let’s<br />

dive <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> excit<strong>in</strong>g world of susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

artistry and explore how you can be a more<br />

eco-conscious artist.<br />

Brush<strong>in</strong>g Up on Eco-Friendly Supplies<br />

Let’s start with <strong>the</strong> basics: your art supplies.<br />

The world of art offers a ra<strong>in</strong>bow of<br />

eco-friendly options. Look for pa<strong>in</strong>ts and<br />

pigments that use natural or non-toxic <strong>in</strong>gredients.<br />

Water-based pa<strong>in</strong>ts are a fantastic<br />

choice, as <strong>the</strong>y’re safer for you and <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

And hey, why not experiment with<br />

upcycled canvases and recycled paper? It’s<br />

a great way to give new life to old materials.<br />

The Art of Recycl<strong>in</strong>g and Repurpos<strong>in</strong>g<br />

One artist’s trash is ano<strong>the</strong>r artist’s treasure.<br />

Before you toss those old magaz<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

cardboard, or fabric scraps, consider how<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to your next masterpiece.<br />

Collage art, for example, thrives on<br />

<strong>the</strong> creativity of reus<strong>in</strong>g materials.<br />

Palette of Susta<strong>in</strong>ability: Your Color<br />

Choices Matter<br />

Th<strong>in</strong>k of your color palette like a menu for<br />

your next eco-friendly creation. Opt for hues<br />

that are k<strong>in</strong>der to <strong>the</strong> environment, like natural<br />

earth tones or botanical shades. Plus, us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a limited color palette can be an artistic<br />

challenge that pushes your creativity.<br />

Art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Great Outdoors: Ple<strong>in</strong> Air Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

If you’re a fan of ple<strong>in</strong> air pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, you’re<br />

already closer to nature than most. The great<br />

outdoors offers an abundance of <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

So why not make a day of it and leave <strong>the</strong> car<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d? Walk or bike to your favorite spot,<br />

reduc<strong>in</strong>g your carbon footpr<strong>in</strong>t and connect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more <strong>in</strong>timately with your surround<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Bright Ideas: Susta<strong>in</strong>able Studio Light<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Artists need good light<strong>in</strong>g, but energy-consum<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bulbs aren’t <strong>the</strong> only option.<br />

Energy-efficient LED lights have become <strong>in</strong>credibly<br />

artist-friendly. They last longer, use<br />

less energy, and provide consistent, natural<br />

light<strong>in</strong>g for your work.<br />

Waste Not, Want Not: Artistic Waste Reduction<br />

It’s easy to get lost <strong>in</strong> your creative process<br />

and forget about waste. But be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

eco-conscious means th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about <strong>the</strong><br />

journey from start to f<strong>in</strong>ish. Avoid disposable<br />

brushes and palettes; <strong>in</strong>stead, opt for<br />

high-quality, long-last<strong>in</strong>g tools. Also, properly<br />

dispose of any hazardous materials, like<br />

solvents and chemicals, to protect your local<br />

ecosystem.<br />

Art and Activism: Environmental Art<br />

Movements<br />

Jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> artistic revolution for a greener<br />

planet. Artivism, a fusion of art and activism,<br />

is a powerful way to raise awareness about<br />

environmental issues. Your artwork can be a<br />

voice for change. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, a sculpture crafted from<br />

beach litter, or a mural that celebrates nature,<br />

your art can spark conversations and<br />

ignite movements.<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>ably Shar<strong>in</strong>g Your Art<br />

In this digital age, shar<strong>in</strong>g your artwork<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ably is a breeze. Opt for onl<strong>in</strong>e galleries<br />

or social media platforms to showcase<br />

your work without <strong>the</strong> need for physical<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ts. If you do sell pr<strong>in</strong>ts, consider us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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ecycled or susta<strong>in</strong>able materials. And remember,<br />

<strong>the</strong> most susta<strong>in</strong>able art-shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

method of all? Conversations with your fellow<br />

art enthusiasts.<br />

Nurtur<strong>in</strong>g Your Inner Eco-Artist<br />

Art is all about expression, and embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability can add depth and mean<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

your creations. As you explore eco-friendly<br />

options and reduce your environmental footpr<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

you’re not just creat<strong>in</strong>g art; you’re contribut<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to a brighter, greener future.<br />

So, let’s pa<strong>in</strong>t, sculpt, and create with a<br />

world-friendly m<strong>in</strong>dset. Every stroke of your<br />

brush, every sculpted form, and every expression<br />

of artistry can be a brushstroke <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> grand masterpiece of susta<strong>in</strong>ability. Let’s<br />

make our art not just beautiful but beautifully<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Subodh<br />

Kerkar<br />

FROM DOCTOR TO CONCEPTUAL ARTIST, ADVO-<br />

CATING FOR CONTEMPORARY ART IN INDIA<br />

Subodh Kerkar, a 64-year-old artist, began his journey from a medical<br />

career runn<strong>in</strong>g a hospital <strong>in</strong> Goa 35 years ago. He transitioned<br />

to art, evolv<strong>in</strong>g from someone with skills <strong>in</strong>to a conceptual artist who<br />

uses history as a cornerstone of his work. His activism, which started<br />

as a student, cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>fluence his beliefs, and he advocates<br />

for contemporary art <strong>in</strong> India. Kerkar is <strong>the</strong> founder of one of <strong>the</strong><br />

largest private contemporary art spaces <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> country, a susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

venture welcom<strong>in</strong>g hundreds of visitors daily. His dream now<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes sett<strong>in</strong>g up an Indian Ocean museum, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich<br />

history and connections that span this vital trade route.<br />

Can you recall a specific project from your career as an artist<br />

that stands out as a turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t? A project that brought you<br />

a great sense of accomplishment and perhaps altered your perspective<br />

on your work <strong>in</strong> a significant way?<br />

Throughout your artistic journey, have you discovered a particular<br />

medium that cont<strong>in</strong>ually captivates your <strong>in</strong>terest, compell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

you to revisit and explore it time and aga<strong>in</strong>?<br />

In <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g, I primarily worked with watercolors and acrylics,<br />

but over time, I’ve found that every material can be my medium. I<br />

started us<strong>in</strong>g recycled materials, like old diaries, when I observed<br />

people litter<strong>in</strong>g plastic bottles. I felt compelled to convey a message<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st litter<strong>in</strong>g, so water bottles became an unexpected medium<br />

for my art. I’ve experimented with various materials - tires, scrap,<br />

you name it. Sometimes <strong>the</strong> medium guides <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

times, <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me directs me to <strong>the</strong> medium. It’s a two-way street.<br />

Throughout my artistic journey, I’ve come to realize <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

impact of comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g art with activism and storytell<strong>in</strong>g. One project<br />

that stands out as pivotal <strong>in</strong> my career is <strong>the</strong> creation of a history<br />

museum unlike any o<strong>the</strong>r. In traditional history museums, you encounter<br />

relics, texts, and costumes from <strong>the</strong> past. However, my museum<br />

is unique <strong>in</strong> that it exclusively features contemporary works<br />

of art, each meticulously selected to narrate historical stories. This<br />

approach has become a major focus <strong>in</strong> my work, and I aim to cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

develop<strong>in</strong>g similar museums. In <strong>the</strong> future, I envision projects<br />

like a beer museum and a children’s museum, with a grand dream of<br />

establish<strong>in</strong>g an Indian Ocean Museum, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich history<br />

and culture of <strong>the</strong> Indian Ocean region.<br />

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As someone deeply <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> museums and activism, you’ve<br />

witnessed <strong>the</strong> art world from a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive vantage po<strong>in</strong>t. Amidst<br />

<strong>the</strong> rich tapestry of India’s art scene, what are your key observations<br />

and reflections?<br />

We have numerous highly talented artists, particularly <strong>in</strong> places<br />

like Goa, despite <strong>the</strong> limited population. However, <strong>the</strong>re’s a glar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

issue: <strong>the</strong> scarcity of platforms for <strong>the</strong>se artists. The problem extends<br />

to art education. When I mention that only a fraction of <strong>the</strong><br />

population connects with contemporary art, I’m highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

lack of art education, which is crucial for cultivat<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>formed art<br />

community and a thriv<strong>in</strong>g art market. In our country, art selection <strong>in</strong><br />

public spaces is often done by government officials who lack <strong>the</strong><br />

necessary knowledge and expertise. This leads to <strong>the</strong> fundamental<br />

problem that we lack leaders with a deep understand<strong>in</strong>g of art<br />

and curatorial skills. The solution lies <strong>in</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g qualified art curators<br />

make <strong>the</strong>se decisions, which, unfortunately, is not <strong>the</strong> norm. This<br />

shortage of platforms and a disconnect between those <strong>in</strong> leadership<br />

positions and <strong>the</strong> art world rema<strong>in</strong>s a significant challenge.<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g forward, your impact on <strong>the</strong> art world is undeniable. Beyond<br />

<strong>the</strong> remarkable museum projects you’re <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong>, can<br />

you share any personal projects or ventures on <strong>the</strong> horizon that<br />

you’re currently dedicat<strong>in</strong>g your creative energy to?<br />

My mission revolves around mak<strong>in</strong>g a significant impact on <strong>the</strong><br />

world of art and culture. I’m not just focused on runn<strong>in</strong>g a museum;<br />

it’s just a start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t. My true passion lies <strong>in</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g platforms<br />

for emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir work, support<strong>in</strong>g various art<br />

projects, and creat<strong>in</strong>g unique cultural spaces.<br />

One of my dream projects is <strong>the</strong> Indian Ocean Museum, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> rich history of <strong>the</strong> region. I also envision a forest sculpture<br />

park, where art seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tegrates with nature for a unique experience.<br />

I’m committed to art education and spread<strong>in</strong>g awareness.<br />

Through museums like <strong>the</strong> Museum of Goa and potentially <strong>the</strong> Museum<br />

of Delhi or Bombay, I aim to highlight <strong>the</strong> history of <strong>the</strong>se places<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire new art.<br />

In essence, my mission is to create, <strong>in</strong>spire, and educate through<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of art and culture.<br />

What is <strong>the</strong> underly<strong>in</strong>g message or <strong>the</strong>me that you aim to convey<br />

to your audience through your work and projects?<br />

I believe <strong>the</strong> message is ra<strong>the</strong>r straightforward. In whatever form<br />

of art or creative endeavor you pursue, it’s vital to be s<strong>in</strong>cere and<br />

au<strong>the</strong>ntic. While you might create someth<strong>in</strong>g for commercial purposes,<br />

you should always be conscious that this is your livelihood,<br />

not necessarily your artistic expression. Artistry requires cont<strong>in</strong>uous<br />

evolution, learn<strong>in</strong>g, and th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Art isn’t merely a matter of skill; it’s about <strong>in</strong>tellect, ideas, and<br />

thoughtful expression. Hav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> technical skills is like understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

grammar; it’s essential but not sufficient to be a writer. To be an<br />

artist, you must have someth<strong>in</strong>g to convey, a message to share.<br />

Artists should <strong>in</strong>herently be political, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sense that <strong>the</strong>y engage<br />

with and reflect upon society and its complexities. Artists serve as<br />

receptors, sensors, and transmitters of ideas <strong>in</strong> a community. Their<br />

role is significant, and most of what artists create contributes to a<br />

broader commentary on <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

As our audience comprises many enthusiastic young readers<br />

and artists, what wisdom or guidance would you like to share<br />

with <strong>the</strong>m, consider<strong>in</strong>g your extensive experience and artistic<br />

journey?<br />

To <strong>the</strong> younger generation and aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists, I’d like to offer<br />

some advice. First and foremost, stay <strong>in</strong> touch with your <strong>in</strong>ner self, be<br />

sensitive to your emotions and thoughts. Secondly, just as a s<strong>in</strong>ger<br />

should listen to o<strong>the</strong>r s<strong>in</strong>gers and a writer should read o<strong>the</strong>r writers,<br />

as an artist, it’s essential to connect with and appreciate <strong>the</strong> work of<br />

your fellow artists. Keep an open m<strong>in</strong>d. Sometimes, it’s necessary to<br />

reset your preconceived notions, like putt<strong>in</strong>g your head <strong>in</strong> a wash<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>e and start<strong>in</strong>g with a clean slate. Lastly, don’t get caught up<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> competitive m<strong>in</strong>dset of try<strong>in</strong>g to be <strong>the</strong> number one or number<br />

two artist. Art is not a competition among humans; it’s an expression<br />

of your unique self. So, create with s<strong>in</strong>cerity, absorb new experiences,<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ue learn<strong>in</strong>g on your artistic journey.<br />

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Nils-Udo<br />

Artist<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with Nature’s Palette<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of contemporary environmental<br />

art, Nils-Udo emerges as a true visionary,<br />

craft<strong>in</strong>g masterpieces that bridge <strong>the</strong><br />

gap between humanity and <strong>the</strong> natural<br />

world. With a deep reverence for Earth’s<br />

beauty and an unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication to<br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g it, Nils-Udo’s art showcases <strong>the</strong><br />

profound harmony that exists <strong>in</strong> our ecosystem.<br />

Born with a natural aff<strong>in</strong>ity for <strong>the</strong> environment,<br />

Nils-Udo’s artistic journey began<br />

amidst <strong>the</strong> picturesque landscapes of Bavaria,<br />

Germany. Nature itself became his<br />

canvas—a canvas where he engaged <strong>in</strong> a<br />

poetic dialogue with <strong>the</strong> great outdoors. His<br />

artistry reveals a symbiotic relationship between<br />

his creative genius and <strong>the</strong> untamed<br />

allure of <strong>the</strong> wilderness. What sets<br />

Nils-Udo apart is his remarkable ability to<br />

transform nature’s elements <strong>in</strong>to breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

works of art. From twigs and leaves to<br />

stones and fea<strong>the</strong>rs, he fashions <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

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sculptures and <strong>in</strong>stallations that seamlessly<br />

blend <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir natural surround<strong>in</strong>gs. His<br />

creations echo <strong>the</strong>delicate balance and cyclical<br />

nature of life itself.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of Nils-Udo’s art lies an<br />

homage to impermanence. His ephemeral<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations serve as poignant rem<strong>in</strong>ders<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ever-chang<strong>in</strong>g, transient aspects of<br />

existence. As his works gracefully return to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Earth, <strong>the</strong>y embody nature’s wisdom—a<br />

deep understand<strong>in</strong>g that life is a perpetual<br />

cycle of birth, growth, decay, and renewal.<br />

Yet, Nils-Udo’s art goes beyond aes<strong>the</strong>tics;<br />

it carries a profound message—a clarion<br />

call for environmental preservation and ecological<br />

harmony. His creations sh<strong>in</strong>e a spotlight<br />

on <strong>the</strong> fragile ecosystems that surround<br />

us, urg<strong>in</strong>g us to reevaluate our relationship<br />

with <strong>the</strong> natural world and to become stewards<br />

of our planet.<br />

Nils-Udo’s impact extends far beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of art. His commitment to environmental<br />

causes and his ability to k<strong>in</strong>dle wonder<br />

about nature <strong>in</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs have <strong>in</strong>spired a new<br />

generation ofeco-conscious artists. Through<br />

mentorship and advocacy, he has nurtured<br />

a global community of creatives and nature<br />

enthusiasts committed to us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir talents<br />

to advocate for a susta<strong>in</strong>able future.<br />

In a world plagued by environmental<br />

degradation and detachment from nature,<br />

Nils-Udo’s art rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> beauty and<br />

wisdom <strong>in</strong>herent <strong>in</strong> our natural surround<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

His work encourages us to reconnect<br />

with nature, to embrace our roles as Earth’s<br />

caretakers, and to draw <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong><br />

boundless wonders of <strong>the</strong> outdoors. Nils-<br />

Udo’s art is a testament to <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power<br />

of creativity and its capacity to forge a<br />

profound connection with <strong>the</strong> natural world.<br />

His legacy calls us to recognize that art and<br />

nature are <strong>in</strong>separable, <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed expressions<br />

of <strong>the</strong> beauty and wonder that envelop<br />

us. It’s a legacy that beckons us to embrace<br />

<strong>the</strong> harmonious dance between humanity<br />

and <strong>the</strong> environment—a dance that holds<br />

<strong>the</strong> key to a susta<strong>in</strong>able and enlightened<br />

future.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Chris<br />

Hamilton<br />

ON SHANG RI LA DUBAI’S GOAL TOWARDS<br />

SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH DINING<br />

Chris Hamilton talks about <strong>the</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>able cul<strong>in</strong>ary dedication that<br />

Shangri-la Dubai has made a priority. As <strong>the</strong> Resident Manager for <strong>the</strong><br />

Shangri-La Dubai, he shares <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiatives that he is tak<strong>in</strong>g under his<br />

supervision.<br />

Can you tell us about Shangri-La Dubai’s approach to susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and how it aligns with <strong>the</strong> hotel’s overall susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives?<br />

At Shangri-La Dubai, we take a comprehensive approach to susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, align<strong>in</strong>g with our overarch<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ability <strong>in</strong>itiatives.<br />

Our goal is to provide a memorable d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience while<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imiz<strong>in</strong>g our environmental impact. We source locally and ethically,<br />

reduce food waste, and raise awareness among our guests.<br />

What steps has <strong>the</strong> hotel taken to ensure that its d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g outlets<br />

prioritize susta<strong>in</strong>ability, from sourc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>gredients to food waste<br />

reduction?<br />

In 2014, <strong>the</strong> Shangri-La Group launched a cul<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>itiative,<br />

“Rooted <strong>in</strong> Nature” to empower our hotels to choose locally and<br />

ethically sourced <strong>in</strong>gredients and provide environmentally friendly<br />

menu choices for our guests, while support<strong>in</strong>g local producers <strong>in</strong> atta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able bus<strong>in</strong>ess growth by choos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m as our bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

partners and enhanc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir market exposure. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n,<br />

Shangri-La Dubai has diligently worked towards curat<strong>in</strong>g “Rooted <strong>in</strong><br />

Nature” menus across all our F&B outlets, proactively encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our guests to select this menu as <strong>the</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>able choice.<br />

Could you share examples of susta<strong>in</strong>able food sourc<strong>in</strong>g practices<br />

or partnerships that Shangri-La Dubai has established with<br />

local suppliers or farmers?<br />

We have established partnerships with local suppliers and farmers<br />

to source fresh, seasonal <strong>in</strong>gredients. This not only supports local<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses but also reduces transportation emissions. We also<br />

work closely with <strong>the</strong>se partners to ensure susta<strong>in</strong>able agricultural<br />

practices.<br />

How does <strong>the</strong> hotel promote awareness among guests about<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of susta<strong>in</strong>able d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and <strong>the</strong> impact of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

food choices?<br />

To raise awareness among our guests, we provide <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

about <strong>the</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>ability efforts <strong>in</strong> our d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g outlets through menu<br />

descriptions and <strong>in</strong>-room materials.<br />

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Could you provide <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> hotel’s efforts to support<br />

local cul<strong>in</strong>ary traditions and culture while also focus<strong>in</strong>g on susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

<strong>in</strong> its d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g offer<strong>in</strong>gs?<br />

We aim to strike a balance between preserv<strong>in</strong>g local cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

traditions and promot<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ability. We feature a wide array of<br />

regional specialities and signature items across all our d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g outlets<br />

that pay tribute to local culture and cul<strong>in</strong>ary traditions.<br />

What advice do you have for guests who wish to make susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g choices dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir stay at Shangri-La Dubai?<br />

To make susta<strong>in</strong>able d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g choices at Shangri-La Dubai, we encourage<br />

our guests to opt for seasonal and locally sourced dishes<br />

featured <strong>in</strong> our “Rooted <strong>in</strong> Nature” menu and to avoid excessive<br />

food wastage.<br />

Our commitment to susta<strong>in</strong>able d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g is a core part of <strong>the</strong> Shangri-La<br />

Dubai experience, and we cont<strong>in</strong>ually strive to enhance our<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability efforts <strong>in</strong> collaboration with our valued guests.<br />

Can you discuss any specific susta<strong>in</strong>ability certifications or<br />

awards that Shangri-La Dubai’s d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g outlets have achieved?<br />

At Shangri-La Dubai, we operate under ISO 14001, which is our<br />

overall standard that sets out <strong>the</strong> requirements for an environmental<br />

management system. This supports our mission to improve our<br />

environmental performance through more efficient use of resources<br />

and reduction of waste.<br />

What <strong>in</strong>novative measures have been implemented to reduce<br />

food waste and promote responsible consumption <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hotel’s<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g establishments?<br />

Innovative measures to reduce food waste <strong>in</strong>clude implement<strong>in</strong>g<br />

efficient kitchen practices and encourag<strong>in</strong>g responsible consumption<br />

through portion control and our “Rooted <strong>in</strong> Nature” susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

menu options. In addition, we use advanced technology to help<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imize food waste by categoriz<strong>in</strong>g and measur<strong>in</strong>g total food<br />

waste, allow<strong>in</strong>g our cul<strong>in</strong>ary team to optimize production quantities<br />

<strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e with consumption.<br />

How has <strong>the</strong> COVID-19 pandemic <strong>in</strong>fluenced <strong>the</strong> hotel’s approach<br />

to susta<strong>in</strong>able d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, and what adaptations have been<br />

made to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>ability efforts?<br />

The pandemic re<strong>in</strong>forced our commitment to susta<strong>in</strong>ability. We<br />

adapted by enhanc<strong>in</strong>g food safety measures, implement<strong>in</strong>g contactless<br />

menus made available via QR codes etc., and reduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle-use plastics.<br />

What o<strong>the</strong>r susta<strong>in</strong>ability and CSR <strong>in</strong>itiatives is Shangri-La <strong>in</strong>volved<br />

<strong>in</strong>?<br />

Shangri-La is deeply committed to a range of susta<strong>in</strong>ability and<br />

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) <strong>in</strong>itiatives. We have implemented<br />

robust waste management programs, tak<strong>in</strong>g significant<br />

steps to reduce our plastic usage, actively work<strong>in</strong>g to decrease our<br />

carbon footpr<strong>in</strong>t, and enhance our overall community engagement<br />

through key <strong>in</strong>itiatives.<br />

A noteworthy <strong>in</strong>itiative we’re pilot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Q1 2024 at one of our key<br />

properties, Shangri-La Muscat, is <strong>the</strong> Green Cross program. This<br />

program is designed to fur<strong>the</strong>r reduce our carbon footpr<strong>in</strong>t and<br />

promote <strong>the</strong> best susta<strong>in</strong>able bus<strong>in</strong>ess practices <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hospitality<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry. It encompasses water-sav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>itiatives and carbon-positive<br />

events.<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong>se environmental efforts, we are passionate<br />

about giv<strong>in</strong>g back to our communities. One of our key campaigns is<br />

P<strong>in</strong>k October, where we participate <strong>in</strong> rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness for breast<br />

cancer charities and donate wherever possible. This campaign<br />

underscores our position as a global company with a heart, eager<br />

to make a positive impact and connect with <strong>the</strong> communities we<br />

serve. Additionally, we are excited to announce <strong>the</strong> relaunch of our<br />

longstand<strong>in</strong>g partnership with Make-A-Wish, <strong>the</strong> world’s lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

children’s wish-grant<strong>in</strong>g organization, this year.<br />

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UAE PRESS RELEASE<br />

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UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITIES:<br />

GIFTS & LIFESTYLE MIDDLE EAST<br />

<strong>2023</strong> AWAITS<br />

UAE<br />

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lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational event for gifts<br />

and lifestyle professionals, is your<br />

gateway to a world of delightful<br />

surprises. With over 100 exhibitors from 20+<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

DESIGNER: MONA FARES @BYMONAFARES<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER: MASSIMILIANO MARCHETTI @_MASSI_PHOTO<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER: ANTON CALIFANO @ANTONCALIFANO<br />

STYLIST: MONA FARES @MONAFARESART<br />

MAKE UP ARTISTS: TAVLEEN KOHLI @MAKEUP.BY.TAV & BIANCA<br />

VIZITIU @VIZART.ACADEMY<br />

MODELS: LIZ BLANCO @LIZBLVNCO<br />

Mona Fares stands as an <strong>in</strong>fluential figure straddl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

doma<strong>in</strong>s of London and Dubai. Her journey, rooted <strong>in</strong><br />

a passion that burgeoned at <strong>the</strong> tender age of 3, has unfurled<br />

across exhibitions, murals, and educational ventures,<br />

echo<strong>in</strong>g an unend<strong>in</strong>g exploration of color, expression, and soulful resonance.<br />

Notably, she was amongst <strong>the</strong> 13 of <strong>the</strong> first graduates from <strong>the</strong><br />

Tashkeel Art School, signify<strong>in</strong>g her pioneer<strong>in</strong>g spirit <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world of art.<br />

Graduat<strong>in</strong>g with a Bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> Art & Design with a major <strong>in</strong><br />

Interior Design, and later culm<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a Master’s degree <strong>in</strong> Fashion<br />

Management <strong>in</strong> 2021, Mona Fares’s artistic ventures have sprawled<br />

across two decades, exhibit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE and Europe.<br />

DESIGNER: MONA FARES @BYMONAFARES<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER: MASSIMILIANO MARCHETTI @_MASSI_PHOTO<br />

VIDEOGRAPHER: ANTON CALIFANO @ANTONCALIFANO<br />

STYLIST: MONA FARES @MONAFARESART<br />

MAKE UP ARTISTS: BIANCA VIZITIU @VIZART.ACADEMY & TAVLEEN<br />

KOHLI @MAKEUP.BY.TAV<br />

MODELS: LIDIYA BRYTAN @LIDDY_BRY & LIZ BLANCO @LIZBLVNCO<br />

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Mona Fares<br />

A JOURNEY THROUGH COLORS, MURALS, AND EMOTIONAL ENERGY<br />

Mona Fares, an artist who weaves vibrant emotions and boundless energy<br />

<strong>in</strong>to every stroke of her brush. With a journey that spans London<br />

and Dubai, Mona’s art is a testimony to her passion for color and its<br />

profound impact on <strong>the</strong> human soul. From her academic pursuits to live<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g events, her dedication to shar<strong>in</strong>g her emotional energy through<br />

art sh<strong>in</strong>es brightly. Discover <strong>the</strong> artist beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> vivid canvases <strong>in</strong> this<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g narrative.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

DESIGNER: MONA FARES @BYMONAFARES<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARC FEDORAS AT MARC JAMES PHOTOGRA-<br />

PHY@MJAMESFOTO<br />

STYLIST: MONA FARES @MONAFARESART<br />

MAKE UP ARTIST: MARIA ROXANA DUMAN @MAKEUPBY_SHOSHI<br />

MODELS: SIOBHAN BLACKBURN & @SIOBHAN_BLACKBURN<br />

&FLORENCE EILEEN HABERMANN @FLOREEILEEN.<br />

“My artwork is colorful and energetic,” she remarks, encapsulat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her creative ideology. She orchestrates a dance of tones, hues, and<br />

mixed media, forg<strong>in</strong>g an exuberant amalgamation of color contrasts<br />

that underlie her art’s bold compositions. Her artistic pilgrimage stems<br />

from a profound love for color that has seamlessly translated <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

medium to express <strong>in</strong>ner thoughts and emotions.<br />

The art process, for Mona, embodies a form of meditative observation.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>terplay of dist<strong>in</strong>ctive pa<strong>in</strong>ts creates organic and <strong>in</strong>tricate details,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g from small to large scale pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs and massive murals.<br />

She eloquently amalgamates pastel tones, bright hues, and metallic<br />

color <strong>the</strong>mes to craft a fluid and harmonious signature style.<br />

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In her artistic exploration, traditional pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have held a special<br />

place <strong>in</strong> her heart, act<strong>in</strong>g as a conduit of communication between <strong>the</strong><br />

creator and <strong>the</strong> audience, particularly <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> doma<strong>in</strong> of abstract art.<br />

Her specialization extends to mixed media pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, murals, and<br />

abstract <strong>in</strong>stallations. Mona’s vast repertoire isn’t limited to exhibitions<br />

and residencies; it encompasses educational <strong>in</strong>itiatives, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g workshops,<br />

and live events at various venues.<br />

Mona’s proactive demeanor, guided by <strong>in</strong>spiration drawn from lum<strong>in</strong>aries<br />

like Steve Jobs and Muhammad Ali, has propelled her through<br />

multiple projects, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g mural art endeavors for corporate entities<br />

and private homes. Her ambition and drive found her amongst <strong>the</strong> first<br />

graduates of <strong>the</strong> Tashkeel Art School, a testament to her dedication to<br />

artistic excellence.<br />

For Mona, art is more than mere creation; it’s a conduit for shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emotions and energy with <strong>the</strong> world. Her live pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g events, cater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to birthdays, gender reveal parties, and launch events, echo her commitment<br />

to quality and personal attention for her clients.<br />

DESIGNER: MONA FARES @BYMONAFARES<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER: ELENA LIALIUK @ELNOMORKA<br />

STYLIST: KRISTINA SEITMUKHAMETOVA. @KRISIC.S<br />

MAKE UP ARTIST: SANDHYA DHARMESH @SANDHYA_DHARMESH<br />

MODEL: POLINKA SIROTINA @POLINKA_SIROTINA<br />

DESIGNER: MONA FARES @BYMONAFARES<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARC FEDORAS AT MARC JAMES PHOTOGRA-<br />

PHY @MJAMESFOTO<br />

STYLIST: MONA FARES @MONAFARESART<br />

MAKE UP ARTIST: MARIA ROXANA DUMAN @MAKEUPBY_SHOSHI<br />

MODELS: SIOBHAN BLACKBURN & @SIOBHAN_BLACKBURN<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY CHRIS LEE ON UNSPLASH<br />

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ECOART EXTRAVAGANZA: WHERE<br />

SUSTAINABILITY MEETS CREATIVITY<br />

GREEN ART FOR A GREENER WORLD<br />

ART FACTS<br />

In our quest for a more susta<strong>in</strong>able future,<br />

artists around <strong>the</strong> globe are fus<strong>in</strong>g creativity<br />

with conservation. Dive <strong>in</strong>to our “EcoArt<br />

Extravaganza” to discover how susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

art is chang<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> game.<br />

Eco-Friendly Pigments:<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>able artists are shift<strong>in</strong>g towards<br />

eco-friendly pigments made from natural<br />

materials like plants, m<strong>in</strong>erals, and even<br />

recycled waste products, reduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> environmental<br />

impact of traditional pa<strong>in</strong>t production.<br />

Solar-Powered Art:<br />

Some artists are <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g solar panels<br />

and k<strong>in</strong>etic energy systems <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations, creat<strong>in</strong>g art that generates its<br />

own power, promot<strong>in</strong>g renewable energy<br />

sources.<br />

Upcycled Masterpieces:<br />

Upcycl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>volves reus<strong>in</strong>g discarded<br />

materials to create art, giv<strong>in</strong>g new life to<br />

items that would o<strong>the</strong>rwise end up <strong>in</strong> landfills.<br />

Liv<strong>in</strong>g Art:<br />

Liv<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong>stallations often <strong>in</strong>clude live<br />

plants and organisms, rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness<br />

about <strong>the</strong> importance of nature conservation.<br />

These art pieces cont<strong>in</strong>ue to grow and<br />

evolve, demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness<br />

of all liv<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Art from Ocean Waste:<br />

Artists are tak<strong>in</strong>g a stand aga<strong>in</strong>st ocean<br />

pollution by us<strong>in</strong>g plastic waste collected<br />

from beaches to create thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sculptures and <strong>in</strong>stallations, driv<strong>in</strong>g home<br />

<strong>the</strong> message about <strong>the</strong> global plastic crisis.<br />

Art with a Purpose:<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>able art often serves as a platform<br />

to raise awareness about climate change,<br />

wildlife conservation, and environmental<br />

issues, becom<strong>in</strong>g a powerful tool for advocacy.<br />

Interactive Susta<strong>in</strong>ability:<br />

Some artists are <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>teractive<br />

elements <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir art, such as LED light<strong>in</strong>g<br />

powered by solar panels, to make <strong>the</strong> audience<br />

an active part of <strong>the</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>ability<br />

message.<br />

Biomimicry:<br />

Artists draw <strong>in</strong>spiration from nature and its<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate ecosystems, often us<strong>in</strong>g biomimicry<br />

to create <strong>in</strong>novative susta<strong>in</strong>able designs and<br />

structures.<br />

Community-Based Art:<br />

Many susta<strong>in</strong>able art projects are community-driven,<br />

<strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g local residents and<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses to foster a sense of environmental<br />

responsibility and shared ownership.<br />

Renewable Art Events:<br />

Some art exhibitions are turn<strong>in</strong>g to renewable<br />

energy sources like w<strong>in</strong>d or solar power<br />

to run <strong>in</strong>stallations and provide a cleaner<br />

and more susta<strong>in</strong>able artistic experience.<br />

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THE SIXTH (PHYSICAL) EDITION<br />

OF SERENDIPITY ARTS FESTIVAL<br />

WILL KICK OFF IN PANJIM, GOA<br />

ON DECEMBER 15<br />

UAE<br />

The Serendipity Arts Festival <strong>2023</strong> is<br />

set to be a grand celebration of India’s<br />

rich cultural heritage, spann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

across a diverse array of discipl<strong>in</strong>es<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Perform<strong>in</strong>g, Visual, Cul<strong>in</strong>ary, and<br />

Performance Arts and Craft. This six-day<br />

festival, tak<strong>in</strong>g place from December 15th<br />

to 23rd <strong>in</strong> Panjim, Goa, promises to be an<br />

immersive experience, featur<strong>in</strong>g over 150<br />

events and showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> works of more<br />

than 300 artists. With a mission to make art<br />

accessible to all, <strong>the</strong> festival focuses on foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

engagement, participation, and local<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction, particularly emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g support<br />

for artists and creative expressions from<br />

<strong>the</strong> South Asian region.<br />

The festival’s curatorial framework br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r a talented and diverse group of <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

to curate different sections. Craft<br />

is curated by Sandeep Kumar Sangaru<br />

and Anjana Somany, while Quasar Thakore<br />

Padamsee helms <strong>the</strong> Theatre segment. The<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary arts section is led by Chef Thomas<br />

Zacharias and The Locavore Team, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a gastronomical journey that celebrates<br />

<strong>the</strong> connection between people and cultures.<br />

Music, with a wide range of genres,<br />

is curated by Bickram Ghosh and Ricky Kej.<br />

Geeta Chandran and Mayuri Upadhya curate<br />

classical, experimental, and contemporary<br />

dance performances and workshops,<br />

while Veeranganakumari Solanki and Vidya<br />

Shivadas are <strong>the</strong> Visual Arts curators. Additionally,<br />

special curators, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Zub<strong>in</strong><br />

Balaporia (Music), Elizabeth Yorke & Anusha<br />

Murthy (Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Arts), and Bhagyashree<br />

Patwardhan (Goan design practices), add<br />

unique dimensions to <strong>the</strong> festival’s offer<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

The festival is dedicated to provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a platform for South Asian artists to amplify<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir voices, engage young m<strong>in</strong>ds, and<br />

co-create a vibrant artistic community. Inclusivity<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>ability are core values, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>2023</strong> edition features <strong>in</strong>dependent and<br />

collaborative projects that highlight <strong>the</strong>se<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ciples.<br />

The festival takes place across multiple<br />

venues, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Old GMC Complex,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Art Park, Azad Maidan, and more, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a diverse cultural experience to attendees.<br />

The programm<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> <strong>2023</strong> edition<br />

offers a wide array of events, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cross-poll<strong>in</strong>ation of ideas and <strong>in</strong>ter-discipl<strong>in</strong>arity.<br />

The open<strong>in</strong>g night features a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performance by tabla maestro Zakir<br />

Hussa<strong>in</strong> and his ensemble <strong>in</strong> “An Even<strong>in</strong>g Of<br />

Serendipity With Zakir Hussa<strong>in</strong> And Friends.”<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r highlights <strong>in</strong>clude “Manthan: A Confluence<br />

Of Kaavad Katha & Moh<strong>in</strong>iyattam,”<br />

which unites two ancient traditions, and<br />

“Shakti,” an abstract Indo-Japanese dance<br />

<strong>the</strong>ater performance explor<strong>in</strong>g fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>ity’s<br />

various dimensions.<br />

The cul<strong>in</strong>ary world offers unique experiences<br />

such as a workshop on <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

significance of buttermilk and a v<strong>in</strong>egar<br />

tast<strong>in</strong>g experience that delves <strong>in</strong>to Goa’s<br />

historical connection with this fermented<br />

substance.<br />

The festival also addresses social and<br />

global issues with performances that explore<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes of war, displacement, and forced<br />

migrations. “Afghanistan is Not Funny” tells<br />

<strong>the</strong> true story of a British comedian and photographer’s<br />

experiences <strong>in</strong> war-torn Afghanistan,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g a poignant and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

narrative.<br />

Conversations are an <strong>in</strong>tegral part of <strong>the</strong><br />

festival’s programm<strong>in</strong>g. Talks on pr<strong>in</strong>t culture,<br />

writ<strong>in</strong>g, and illustrat<strong>in</strong>g for children<br />

provide <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to India’s pr<strong>in</strong>t publication<br />

history and <strong>the</strong> possibilities for artists and<br />

writers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of children’s literature.<br />

The festival’s collaborative approach <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

region-specific projects, workshops<br />

for people with special needs, and dedicated<br />

children’s programs. It collaborates with<br />

various cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions and foreign embassies<br />

to create a rich tapestry of creative<br />

exchange.<br />

The Serendipity Arts Festival <strong>2023</strong> is a<br />

celebration of art, culture, and community,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g a platform for artists, curators, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> public to engage with traditional and<br />

contemporary arts <strong>in</strong> a dynamic and disruptive<br />

way. This year’s festival <strong>in</strong>vites everyone<br />

to come toge<strong>the</strong>r and celebrate <strong>the</strong> beauty<br />

and diversity of <strong>the</strong> arts.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Fosca Garcia<br />

FROM CORPORATE CAREER TO ARTREPRENEURSHIP: A JOURNEY OF<br />

CREATIVE INSPIRATION AND BUSINESS SUCCESS<br />

Fosca Garcia, <strong>the</strong> ARTrepreneur beh<strong>in</strong>d a creative endeavor that<br />

blends art, self-expression, and community, is a dynamic force on a<br />

mission to ignite <strong>the</strong> sparks of imag<strong>in</strong>ation. With a rich background<br />

spann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> visual and performance arts, event production, <strong>the</strong>ater,<br />

and film, Fosca’s journey is a testament to how artistic passion can<br />

shape a transformative venture.<br />

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Fosca left a career <strong>in</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess to pursue her<br />

artistic passion. Her journey is a testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of art to foster self-expression, build<br />

communities, and spread awareness. She’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> various art forms and supports<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g talents. Through her story, we explore<br />

<strong>the</strong> transformative potential of art and <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of follow<strong>in</strong>g your heart. It’s a world<br />

where self-expression reigns and art br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

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

Could you please share some of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and memorable projects you’ve<br />

had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to work on dur<strong>in</strong>g your<br />

journey as an ARTrepreneur?<br />

I was <strong>in</strong>vited to talk about art as a bus<strong>in</strong>ess,<br />

which was a memorable moment as I was<br />

just start<strong>in</strong>g my bus<strong>in</strong>ess. I had <strong>the</strong> chance<br />

to expla<strong>in</strong> step by step what’s important when<br />

start<strong>in</strong>g an art-focused bus<strong>in</strong>ess. Ano<strong>the</strong>r significant<br />

project was when I was entrusted with<br />

a festival project for Porsche, <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g over<br />

10,000 attendees. This was remarkable for<br />

my small brand, as I had to manage a largescale<br />

project with limited resources. Over <strong>the</strong><br />

years, we’ve partnered with renowned brands<br />

like Porsche, Spotify, Google, Dior, Sephora,<br />

Unilever, Dubai Culture, and World Art Dubai,<br />

which has been an <strong>in</strong>credible journey. These<br />

partnerships often came through referrals or<br />

recommendations from people who attended<br />

my workshops or saw my work on Instagram.<br />

This passion for creat<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong> unique ways<br />

and mak<strong>in</strong>g extraord<strong>in</strong>ary th<strong>in</strong>gs happen has<br />

been <strong>the</strong> driv<strong>in</strong>g force beh<strong>in</strong>d our growth.<br />

What are your plans for <strong>the</strong> future, and are<br />

<strong>the</strong>re any excit<strong>in</strong>g projects on <strong>the</strong> horizon<br />

that you could share with us?<br />

I’m currently deeply <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> projects<br />

related to rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness, such as breast<br />

cancer awareness. I’m passionate about collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with like-m<strong>in</strong>ded brands.<br />

Look<strong>in</strong>g ahead, I’m sav<strong>in</strong>g for a mobile art<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiative to reach more areas. I also plan to<br />

expand <strong>in</strong>to merchandise when I renew my<br />

license. My dream is to have a mobile art caravan<br />

that can travel and br<strong>in</strong>g art to different<br />

communities. It’s a challeng<strong>in</strong>g endeavor, but<br />

one I’m eager to pursue.<br />

As an ARTrepreneur and host of art events<br />

and an observer of exceptional talent,<br />

what’s your take on Dubai’s current art<br />

scene and <strong>the</strong> potential you’ve encountered<br />

among artists who might redef<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

landscape?<br />

The art market <strong>in</strong> Dubai is <strong>in</strong>credibly diverse,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g both <strong>the</strong> exclusive, high-end, and luxury<br />

segment for collectors and more accessible<br />

options for artists. It’s a realm where artists can<br />

decide how <strong>the</strong>y want to express <strong>the</strong>mselves,<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r through exclusive and expensive<br />

pieces or works that value personal expression<br />

over f<strong>in</strong>ancial worth. While I appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong> diversity of styles and offer<strong>in</strong>gs, I’m more<br />

<strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ed to focus on my own unique approach<br />

to art. Competition isn’t a concern; every artist<br />

has <strong>the</strong>ir own dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style and audience.<br />

As Dubai cont<strong>in</strong>ues to attract a diverse population,<br />

<strong>the</strong> art scene evolves, and new markets<br />

emerge. Dubai’s art landscape is ever-chang<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

which makes it an excit<strong>in</strong>g place to be for<br />

both artists and art enthusiasts.<br />

What message of <strong>in</strong>spiration and guidance<br />

would you like to impart to our readers, especially<br />

to aspir<strong>in</strong>g young artists who might<br />

be look<strong>in</strong>g up to you for advice and direction<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir artistic journeys?<br />

My core message is all about encouragement.<br />

In our art workshops, we’ve comb<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

art with o<strong>the</strong>r activities. It’s a way to break<br />

through <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itial hesitation some people have<br />

about embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir artistic side.<br />

Many folks, men and women alike, have untapped<br />

artistic potential. They often don’t see<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves as creative. But by connect<strong>in</strong>g art<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir exist<strong>in</strong>g passions, like sports or cook<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

we can help <strong>the</strong>m discover hidden talents.<br />

THE KEY MESSAGE HERE IS TO SAY<br />

‘YES’ TO NEW EXPERIENCES, EVEN<br />

IF THEY SEEM OUT OF REACH.<br />

DON’T LET SELF-DOUBT HOLD YOU<br />

BACK. BY STEPPING OUT OF YOUR<br />

COMFORT ZONE AND TRYING<br />

SOMETHING NEW, YOU’LL UNLOCK<br />

YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL. IT’S A<br />

JOURNEY WORTH TAKING.<br />

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GOLDEN RIBBONS CHOCOLATE<br />

AND GOLDEN LOAF BAKERIES<br />

JOIN ‘HARMONY’ TO SUPPORT<br />

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS<br />

UAE<br />

Sharjah, UAE - In a powerful fusion<br />

of art and cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technology,<br />

‘Harmony,’ an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

unveiled at Mega Mall, is now<br />

sh<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a poignant light on breast cancer<br />

awareness. Curated by <strong>the</strong> visionary team at<br />

<strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, this <strong>in</strong>itiative is not just<br />

an exhibition but a sanctuary of deep emotional<br />

connection.<br />

Sponsored by Golden Ribbons Chocolate<br />

and Golden Loaf Bakeries<br />

This awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g journey through <strong>the</strong><br />

heart-wrench<strong>in</strong>g experience of breast cancer<br />

is made possible through <strong>the</strong> generous<br />

support of Golden Ribbons Chocolate and<br />

Golden Loaf Bakeries. This transcends ord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

exhibition <strong>in</strong>to an empa<strong>the</strong>tic sanctuary<br />

where visitors immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

breast cancer journey.<br />

Unlike traditional art exhibitions, ‘Harmony’<br />

is an <strong>in</strong>teractive maze of hope, despair,<br />

unity, challenges, and triumphs. The art,<br />

generated by artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence, encapsulates<br />

<strong>the</strong> depth and diversity of emotions<br />

experienced by breast cancer patients, from<br />

diagnosis to recovery. Visitors walk through<br />

<strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g journey, not just observ<strong>in</strong>g but<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> raw emotions conveyed by <strong>the</strong><br />

artwork.<br />

While ‘Harmony’ offers an <strong>in</strong>timate portrayal<br />

of breast cancer narratives, it goes<br />

beyond <strong>the</strong> exhibition hall’s boundaries. The<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation evokes empathy, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g every<br />

guest that for those fac<strong>in</strong>g breast cancer,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re’s no exit. As tears are shed, ‘Harmony’<br />

serves as a poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

lifelong battle that <strong>the</strong>se patients endure,<br />

ignit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> torch of hope with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>itiative is more than a momentary<br />

engagement; it’s a call for profound transformation<br />

rooted <strong>in</strong> empathy. It urges every<br />

visitor to become a beacon and a voice for<br />

breast cancer fighters, survivors, and those<br />

who have been lost.<br />

As <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>’s spokesperson<br />

stated, “Art and AI have woven an uncharted<br />

narrative <strong>in</strong> ‘Harmony.’ AI doesn’t replace <strong>the</strong><br />

artist here; it amplifies <strong>the</strong> deeply emotional<br />

journey of breast cancer survivors.”<br />

One visitor shared <strong>the</strong>ir heartfelt experience,<br />

say<strong>in</strong>g, “Witness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> vivid stages<br />

of <strong>the</strong> journey, from <strong>the</strong> challenges to eventual<br />

heal<strong>in</strong>g, was truly mov<strong>in</strong>g. ‘Harmony’<br />

conveys thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g messages <strong>in</strong> a<br />

unique way.”<br />

Golden Ribbons Chocolate and Golden<br />

Loaf Bakeries:<br />

Golden Ribbons Chocolate made a remarkable<br />

contribution to ‘Harmony’ by<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g out artworks of participat<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

on <strong>the</strong>ir chocolates, a first-of-its-k<strong>in</strong>d effort.<br />

Notably, Chef Aisha, <strong>the</strong> CEO and head chef<br />

of Golden Ribbons Chocolate, is a breast<br />

cancer survivor, lend<strong>in</strong>g a deeply personal<br />

connection to this cause.<br />

In support of breast cancer awareness,<br />

both Golden Ribbons Chocolate and Golden<br />

Loaf Bakeries have offered vouchers for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

bakery, extend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir generosity beyond<br />

‘Harmony’ to <strong>the</strong> wider community.<br />

‘Harmony’ will cont<strong>in</strong>ue to touch hearts<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire change, thanks to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>valuable<br />

contributions of Golden Ribbons Chocolate<br />

and Golden Loaf Bakeries.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a<br />

Fedorova<br />

“ETHEREAL ECHOES: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL JOURNEY<br />

BLENDING ART, FASHION, AND TECHNOLOGY”<br />

In an exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview with <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, visionary artists Mar<strong>in</strong>a Fedorova<br />

and Yousef Akbar unveil <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>novative “E<strong>the</strong>real Echoes” exhibition. With<br />

augmented reality breath<strong>in</strong>g life <strong>in</strong>to classic art and fashion, <strong>the</strong>y <strong>in</strong>vite us on a<br />

multidimensional journey that transcends time and dimensions. This immersive<br />

odyssey celebrates <strong>the</strong> rich heritage of Saudi Arabia while embrac<strong>in</strong>g contemporary<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics. The exhibition is a multifaceted dialogue between art, fashion,<br />

and culture enriched by digital reality, runn<strong>in</strong>g from 25th <strong>November</strong> - 9th December<br />

<strong>2023</strong> at <strong>the</strong> FWD by MOKSYZ Boutique Centria Mall <strong>in</strong> Riyadh, K<strong>in</strong>gdom of<br />

Saudi Arabia. Discover <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art, fashion, and technology,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong>spired to explore culture from a fresh, <strong>in</strong>novative perspective.<br />

What is <strong>the</strong> central <strong>the</strong>me and objective of <strong>the</strong> “E<strong>the</strong>real Echoes”<br />

exhibition, and what makes it a unique and engag<strong>in</strong>g experience<br />

for visitors?<br />

I f<strong>in</strong>d this project a unique collaboration of two artists from different<br />

media — pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and fashion, different sides of <strong>the</strong> world,<br />

different cultures, and heritage backgrounds. Yet, for both Yousef<br />

and me, <strong>the</strong> essence that unites us is Beauty. Beauty that should<br />

save <strong>the</strong> world. I’m sure our dreams are <strong>the</strong> same, peaceful coexistence<br />

of people and countries, awareness about <strong>the</strong> future of our<br />

planet, and preservation of nature. The whole project Cosmodreams<br />

is about people’s desires, dreams, and aspirations. For <strong>in</strong>stance,<br />

what people of <strong>the</strong> desert are dream<strong>in</strong>g about? Desert turns <strong>in</strong>to<br />

forest, oasis, rivers and waterfalls, fruit orchards. “E<strong>the</strong>real Echoes”<br />

embodies this vision. It <strong>in</strong>vites everyone to jo<strong>in</strong> us <strong>in</strong> dream<strong>in</strong>g, to<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>spiration, and to collectively work towards mak<strong>in</strong>g our world<br />

a better place.<br />

The article mentions four unprecedented multidimensional<br />

cross-cultural creations. What <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>the</strong>se creations, and<br />

what is <strong>the</strong>ir significance <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context of <strong>the</strong> exhibition?<br />

These creations blend art, fashion, and technology with <strong>the</strong> rich<br />

heritage of Saudi Arabia. They represent a harmonious fusion of<br />

cultural <strong>in</strong>fluences and approaches, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of<br />

diverse artistic talents and heritage backgrounds. In <strong>the</strong> context of<br />

<strong>the</strong> exhibition, <strong>the</strong>y symbolize <strong>the</strong> convergence of different realms<br />

and <strong>the</strong> transcendence of cultural boundaries, breath<strong>in</strong>g new life<br />

<strong>in</strong>to Saudi Arabia’s history through <strong>the</strong> lens of art, fashion, and technology.<br />

How do <strong>the</strong>se visionary artists redef<strong>in</strong>e classic art and Saudi<br />

fashion design through <strong>the</strong>ir collaborative work and <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

approaches?<br />

Our partnership comb<strong>in</strong>es diverse creative realms, draw<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

our rich experiences and unique artistic approaches, offer<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

fresh perspective on Saudi heritage and contemporary aes<strong>the</strong>tics.<br />

Through our collaboration, <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between art and fashion become<br />

blurred, as we add digital technology, transform<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> simple<br />

act of view<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to a s<strong>in</strong>gular, immersive experience.<br />

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Can you describe <strong>the</strong> impact and transformative power of creativity<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novation with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “E<strong>the</strong>real Echoes” exhibition?<br />

“E<strong>the</strong>real Echoes” is our vision for reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g your experience<br />

as a viewer. It goes far beyond what you’d expect from a traditional<br />

art or fashion exhibition, transform<strong>in</strong>g your visit <strong>in</strong>to a unique, multidimensional<br />

journey. By blend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> realms of traditional art and<br />

fashion with cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technologies, our goal is to immerse you<br />

<strong>in</strong> a world that transcends <strong>the</strong> boundaries of time and dimensions.<br />

This immersive approach redef<strong>in</strong>es how you can experience <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty of art and fashion, serv<strong>in</strong>g as a testament to <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

impact of creativity and <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong> expand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> horizons of artistic<br />

expression.<br />

What message or experience do <strong>the</strong> creators hope visitors will<br />

take away from this immersive odyssey that transcends time<br />

and dimensions?<br />

TWe wanted to emphasize <strong>the</strong> seamless blend<strong>in</strong>g of Saudi Arabia’s<br />

rich heritage and aes<strong>the</strong>tics with contemporary elegance. This<br />

symbolizes <strong>the</strong> harmony of <strong>the</strong> past and <strong>the</strong> future, and it’s a message<br />

that speaks to unity and <strong>the</strong> perpetual exploration of culture.<br />

We hope to <strong>in</strong>spire viewers to appreciate <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>herent beauty of heritage<br />

and contemporary artistic expression from a fresh, <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

perspective that will forever alter <strong>the</strong> way people perceive art and<br />

fashion.<br />

Let’s dream. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g is possible.<br />

Let’s not forget how we were fly<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> our dreams when we were<br />

kids, let’s allow one’s imag<strong>in</strong>ation full play.<br />

Let’s be <strong>in</strong>spired.<br />

And let’s be responsible, preserve and ameliorate <strong>the</strong> beauty of our<br />

unique planet.<br />

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ABOUT TIME<br />

ELEVATING TIME WITH<br />

JAEGER-LECOULTRE’S MASTER<br />

ULTRA THIN MOON IN PINK GOLD<br />

Timekeep<strong>in</strong>g Meets Contemporary<br />

Elegance<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of haute horlogerie, elegance<br />

often transcends <strong>the</strong> merely functional. It<br />

becomes an art form, a statement of style<br />

and sophistication. Jaeger-LeCoultre, a<br />

name synonymous with timeless luxury, understands<br />

this better than most. Their Master<br />

Ultra Th<strong>in</strong> Moon, a qu<strong>in</strong>tessential dress<br />

watch, is a testament to this philosophy, and<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, it gets a luxurious update.<br />

The Dance of Time<br />

This watch’s design is a ballet of elements<br />

that work <strong>in</strong> perfect harmony. Tapered triangles<br />

mark <strong>the</strong> hours, Dauph<strong>in</strong>e hands echo<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir shape, and golden dots <strong>in</strong>dicate <strong>the</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>utes. The moon phase display is a work<br />

of art, add<strong>in</strong>g a touch of ref<strong>in</strong>ement with its<br />

textured f<strong>in</strong>ishes. The date elegantly encircles<br />

<strong>the</strong> moon phase aperture.<br />

A Symphony of Colors<br />

The latest offer<strong>in</strong>g from Jaeger-LeCoultre<br />

wraps <strong>the</strong> Master Ultra Th<strong>in</strong> Moon <strong>in</strong> p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

gold, a material exud<strong>in</strong>g warmth and class.<br />

Yet, what truly sets this timepiece apart is <strong>the</strong><br />

dial. A gradient midnight blue, it evokes images<br />

of a starlit sky, offer<strong>in</strong>g a vivid contrast<br />

to <strong>the</strong> p<strong>in</strong>k gold case. The sunray f<strong>in</strong>ish plays<br />

with <strong>the</strong> light, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> watch dance with<br />

ever-chang<strong>in</strong>g hues.<br />

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A Masterful Movement<br />

Inside this elegant case resides <strong>the</strong> heart<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Master Ultra Th<strong>in</strong> Moon - <strong>the</strong> Calibre<br />

925. Developed entirely <strong>in</strong>-house, this automatic<br />

movement ensures precision and<br />

boasts an impressive 70-hour power reserve.<br />

The transparent case-back reveals a<br />

view that’s just as captivat<strong>in</strong>g as <strong>the</strong> watch’s<br />

exterior – an 18-carat p<strong>in</strong>k gold oscillat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

weight and meticulous decorations.<br />

A Timepiece for a New Era<br />

At 39mm <strong>in</strong> diameter, this watch is perfectly<br />

proportioned, offer<strong>in</strong>g a substantial<br />

presence while ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g its slim profile.<br />

The blue alligator strap complements <strong>the</strong><br />

dial, allow<strong>in</strong>g for easy changes to suit any<br />

occasion.<br />

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Th<strong>in</strong><br />

Moon, with its gradient blue sunray dial and<br />

p<strong>in</strong>k gold case, takes an already discreet<br />

and classically elegant timepiece and elevates<br />

it to a new level of contemporary<br />

sophistication. It’s a testament to <strong>the</strong> art of<br />

watchmak<strong>in</strong>g, where each moment is not<br />

just counted but celebrated.<br />

Technical Specifications<br />

• Case: 18-carat P<strong>in</strong>k Gold<br />

• Dimensions: 39mm diameter, 9.3mm<br />

thickness<br />

• Calibre: Automatic Calibre 925<br />

• Functions: Hours, m<strong>in</strong>utes, seconds,<br />

moon phases, date<br />

• Power Reserve: 70 hours<br />

• Dial: Gradient Blue Sunrayed<br />

• Water Resistance: 5 bar<br />

• Strap: Blue Alligator<br />

• Reference: Q1362580<br />

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ADIDAS X MONCLER<br />

Adidas and Moncler team up to launch <strong>the</strong> brand’s newest venture <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> upscale<br />

market. The most recent endeavor to emerge from <strong>the</strong> brilliant co-creation of moncler,<br />

re<strong>in</strong>vent<strong>in</strong>g both <strong>the</strong> modern and v<strong>in</strong>tage adidas silhouettes with a signature moncler<br />

touch. The collection that Moncler unveiled as part of its Genius program made its fashion<br />

debut at <strong>the</strong> London Fashion Week gala known as “The Art of Genius.”<br />

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ADIDAS X MONCLER<br />

The collection <strong>in</strong>cludes a range of w<strong>in</strong>ter footwear that pushes <strong>the</strong> boundaries of<br />

design by <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> iconic adidas Campus sneakers and <strong>the</strong> recently released<br />

NMD S1 <strong>in</strong>to various w<strong>in</strong>ter boot styles composed of materials with high<br />

durability and heat resistance, such as Goretex. Bright and tonal hues are used<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> footwear l<strong>in</strong>e to create a unified color scheme that is consistent<br />

with <strong>the</strong> two brands’ respective DNAs.<br />

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Classic Moncler with a touch of adidas flair are <strong>the</strong> renowned<br />

puffer coats emblazoned with <strong>the</strong> trademark three<br />

stripes and <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>als emblem. The cooperation <strong>in</strong>stills<br />

a feel<strong>in</strong>g of subtlety <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> streetwear market by rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

ligh<strong>the</strong>arted and provid<strong>in</strong>g both brands with much-needed<br />

honesty.<br />

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ADIDAS X MONCLER<br />

This is surely some cold drip for <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ter season<br />

that will draw a lot of admir<strong>in</strong>g looks, from socks<br />

to ready-to-wear clo<strong>the</strong>s. If you’re a lover of <strong>the</strong><br />

three stripes, you should give this collection some<br />

thought.<br />

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With all of <strong>the</strong> recent partnerships and product releases, adidas is<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g a fresh approach while stay<strong>in</strong>g true to its iconic aes<strong>the</strong>tic and<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g new life to beloved designs. Fans of sneakers and fashion<br />

should be anticipat<strong>in</strong>g what adidas will release next.<br />

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BLING BOW<br />

Peretti’s unique vision created iconic pieces like <strong>the</strong> Bone cuff and Diamonds<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Yard®, redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g how we wear jewelry. Her designs flow with <strong>the</strong> body,<br />

seen <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Bean®, Open Heart, and Bottle collections, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m both<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic and tactile.<br />

Elsa Peretti’s legacy extends beyond jewelry. She received prestigious awards<br />

and honors, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Leonardo da V<strong>in</strong>ci Lifetime Achievement Award for<br />

Jewelry and Fashion Design <strong>in</strong> 2019.<br />

The Elsa Peretti Collection is a timeless testament to her exceptional artistry<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novation, leav<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> world of jewelry.<br />

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TIFFANY AND ELSA PERETTI<br />

A tale of elegance<br />

Elsa Peretti, an Italian jewelry designer, partnered with Tiffany & Co. <strong>in</strong> 1974,<br />

ignit<strong>in</strong>g a revolution <strong>in</strong> jewelry design. Her eponymous collection is a symbol<br />

of elegant simplicity and <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

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ON FOOT<br />

YOHJI YAMAMOTO CONTINUES TO PUSH BOUNDARIES<br />

The collaboration between Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto only<br />

gets stronger after 20 remarkable years. Never one to back<br />

down from a challenge, Yohji has collaborated with adidas to<br />

create a brand-new masterpiece called Y-3 Kendo, part of <strong>the</strong><br />

Y-3 collection.<br />

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The most avant-garde Yohji offer<strong>in</strong>g under <strong>the</strong> Y-3 brand is undoubtedly<br />

<strong>the</strong> sneaker, which adopts an almost ice skat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shoe-like form. offered <strong>in</strong> two versions The Y-3 Kendo and its<br />

high-top counterpart, <strong>the</strong> Y-3 Kendo Pros.<br />

The shoe is an <strong>in</strong>credibly stunn<strong>in</strong>g piece of footwear that is<br />

modeled after <strong>the</strong> classic Adidas Superstars. This is unquestionably<br />

<strong>the</strong> one sneaker that all enthusiasts of avant-garde<br />

fashion should have <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir collection to go with stunn<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive looks.<br />

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LUX<br />

MAISON MARGIELA S/S 24<br />

In <strong>the</strong> foyer of Maison Margiela, projected<br />

imagery of a transatlantic ship tower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over <strong>the</strong> roofs of a twentieth-century<br />

English port city foreshadows <strong>the</strong><br />

show. On its passage to America, an<br />

adolescent meet<strong>in</strong>g between <strong>the</strong> parents<br />

of Count and Hen unfolds: one, <strong>the</strong><br />

son of an impoverished aristocratic l<strong>in</strong>e;<br />

<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong> daughter of an <strong>in</strong>dustrial<br />

family of pretense. The scene <strong>in</strong>forms<br />

a collection founded on <strong>the</strong> voyage’s<br />

steely climate, its characters, and a cargo<br />

loaded with travel<strong>in</strong>g trunks full of<br />

clo<strong>the</strong>s that will ultimately end up <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

adaptive hands of <strong>the</strong>ir future descendants.<br />

Inheritance is an act of transmutation.<br />

When a belong<strong>in</strong>g is passed down<br />

from one generation to ano<strong>the</strong>r, its genetics<br />

are modified and advanced. For<br />

<strong>the</strong> Co-Ed Spr<strong>in</strong>g-Summer 2024 Collection,<br />

Maison Margiela stages a search<br />

for <strong>in</strong>dividual truth reflected <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> generational<br />

adaptation of an <strong>in</strong>herited<br />

wardrobe. Evok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> memory of one<br />

age through <strong>the</strong> radical eyes of <strong>the</strong> next,<br />

<strong>Creative</strong> Director John Galliano triggers<br />

a chemical reaction between eras and<br />

attitudes founded <strong>in</strong> a flashback narrative<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ed with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Maison’s ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

chronicle of <strong>the</strong> characters Count<br />

and Hen.<br />

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Outerwear and suits fuse <strong>the</strong> tropes<br />

of <strong>the</strong> mascul<strong>in</strong>e wardrobe with <strong>the</strong><br />

classic grammar of <strong>the</strong> fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e wardrobe,<br />

culm<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> coats underp<strong>in</strong>ned<br />

with sculptural basques. Danc<strong>in</strong>g-hem<br />

culottes re-appropriate hacked-up<br />

mid-century dresses, a form language<br />

reverberated <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sculptural beetle<br />

backs of a denim car coat and coats with<br />

adapted maritime collars. Tabi brogues<br />

and Tabi spectator shoes are <strong>in</strong>terpreted<br />

<strong>in</strong> several forms. Deck shoes nod at<br />

<strong>the</strong> narrative’s premise. Shopp<strong>in</strong>g bags,<br />

bowl<strong>in</strong>g bags, and vase bags adapt<br />

<strong>the</strong> Rorschach dots, while hats mimic<br />

mid-century shapes through naïve construction.<br />

Illustrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> generational impulse for<br />

customization that reflects one’s contemporary<br />

truth, dresses employ <strong>the</strong><br />

practice of exfoliage. Here, <strong>the</strong> top layer<br />

of <strong>the</strong> bustier is ripped away to reveal<br />

its <strong>in</strong>side construction, lowered over <strong>the</strong><br />

skirt, and lam<strong>in</strong>ated with a relief-effect.<br />

It mirrors <strong>the</strong> new technique of pressage<br />

<strong>in</strong> which dresses and shirts are lam<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

across drapes and creases, leav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

unvarnished reliefs as if flattened by<br />

<strong>the</strong> pressure of a suitcase. The spirit of<br />

adaptation <strong>in</strong>fuses dresses with sh<strong>in</strong>y<br />

fragments of bows, a motif similarly<br />

exercised <strong>in</strong> misfit even<strong>in</strong>g silhouettes,<br />

spontaneously customized with tape or<br />

work-<strong>in</strong>-progress stitch<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In a study of <strong>in</strong>herited tailor<strong>in</strong>g, blazers<br />

imbued with <strong>the</strong> memory of sports<br />

clo<strong>the</strong>s coolly draped around <strong>the</strong> neck<br />

imitate <strong>the</strong> nonchalant body-language<br />

observed <strong>in</strong> archival imagery of mauvais<br />

garçons. Exercised through cutt<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y reflect <strong>the</strong> unconscious gestures<br />

with which we naturally impr<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong> garments<br />

we wear: <strong>the</strong> shrug of a jacket,<br />

<strong>the</strong> cowl<strong>in</strong>g of a pocket, <strong>the</strong> runkl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of a hem. The Maison’s Rorschach<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g, which conjures pareidolic outl<strong>in</strong>es<br />

of familiar characters, evolves <strong>in</strong>to<br />

Rorschach dott<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> an organza skirt<br />

treated with pr<strong>in</strong>ted pied de poule and<br />

lam<strong>in</strong>ation, a process echoed <strong>in</strong> a velour<br />

coat.<br />

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UNORTHODOX<br />

acai<br />

MEN’S SPRING & SUMMER<br />

2024 COLLECTION, WOMEN’S<br />

SPRING 2024 COLLECTION<br />

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Designer and founder Chitose<br />

Abe explores sacai’s signature<br />

codes, tak<strong>in</strong>g some light <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from 70’s punk and <strong>the</strong><br />

spirit that came from a cultural movement<br />

that reacted to ano<strong>the</strong>r time when<br />

<strong>the</strong> world seemed <strong>in</strong> flux. Seen through<br />

Abe’s eyes, sacai always looks towards<br />

<strong>the</strong> future with hopeful positivity and,<br />

this time, plays with notions of uniform,<br />

‘head to toe’, ‘<strong>in</strong>side out’, and experiment<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with volume to make a new shape.<br />

Classic suit<strong>in</strong>g is ‘hybridized’, a device<br />

that’s always been at <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong><br />

house. Denim is bonded to suit<strong>in</strong>g fabrics;<br />

flower pr<strong>in</strong>t is spliced with molesk<strong>in</strong><br />

born of 1940’s French workwear, with<br />

<strong>the</strong> pattern this time re-created through<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g and sew<strong>in</strong>g, com<strong>in</strong>g to life as an<br />

appliqué detail.<br />

The idea of uniforms and uniformity<br />

leads to a ‘head to toe’ approach to<br />

dress<strong>in</strong>g, where <strong>the</strong> jacket, shirt, and<br />

pants match, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ultimate expression<br />

of a total look, whe<strong>the</strong>r p<strong>in</strong>stripe,<br />

denim, flower pr<strong>in</strong>t, or re-contextualiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r traditional fabrics.<br />

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UNORTHODOX<br />

The exploration of suit<strong>in</strong>g fabrics - p<strong>in</strong>stripe,<br />

tweed, and cotton gabard<strong>in</strong>e<br />

- cont<strong>in</strong>ues with ano<strong>the</strong>r familiar sacai<br />

trope, mak<strong>in</strong>g a new silhouette from<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g familiar. This time, folded<br />

pleats are used as a device to shr<strong>in</strong>k<br />

proportions and make someth<strong>in</strong>g smaller<br />

by reduc<strong>in</strong>g volume, appear<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

generous peplums, pants, and skirts,<br />

or as <strong>in</strong>tricate folds <strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong>to<br />

knitwear. A sleeveless trench is slashed,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> fabric is condensed to make a<br />

narrower shape. The remix of tradition<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues with an ‘<strong>in</strong>side out’ idea, <strong>in</strong>vert<strong>in</strong>g<br />

familiar cloth<strong>in</strong>g archetypes to<br />

give <strong>the</strong>m a new perspective.<br />

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An on-go<strong>in</strong>g friendship with Carhartt<br />

WIP expands on <strong>the</strong> idea of bond<strong>in</strong>g -<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir famous ‘duck’ fabric melded with<br />

suit<strong>in</strong>g, two Carhartt WIP jackets bonded<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r to make a new one, or a<br />

Carhartt WIP overall bib bonded to a<br />

pleated dress.<br />

Punk’s <strong>in</strong>famous proclamation is remixed<br />

by sacai, with a play on words<br />

that becomes ‘Know Future’, a hopeful<br />

declaration that anticipates a positive<br />

future world.<br />

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LA PARISIENNE<br />

INTRODUCING<br />

La Parisienne<br />

A TRIBUTE TO TIMELESS ELEGANCE<br />

Fashion’s legacy is deeply etched <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> very essence of style,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are few places and truths quite as profound as <strong>the</strong> heart of Paris.<br />

This is where fashion transcends time, weav<strong>in</strong>g stories of grace<br />

and allure <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> very fabric of existence.<br />

CYBEX is proud to unveil La Parisienne, an ode to <strong>the</strong> eternal legacies<br />

created by <strong>the</strong> illustrious Parisian couturiers: Coco Chanel,<br />

Christian Dior, and Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent. These iconic fashion visionaries<br />

have left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on haute couture and fashion, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are <strong>the</strong> guid<strong>in</strong>g lights for this exceptional collection.<br />

La Parisienne offers a range of contemporary masterpieces that resonate<br />

with those who cherish true elegance, class, and style<br />

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The collection’s luxury is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship,<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of <strong>the</strong> most iconic Parisian decor. A stunn<strong>in</strong>g crystal pattern,<br />

adorned with 6 dist<strong>in</strong>ct types of stones for each piece, graces<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> collection. Hand-cut organza delicately embellishes<br />

<strong>the</strong> exquisitely crafted canopy w<strong>in</strong>dows.<br />

Each crystal is meticulously positioned by hand, demand<strong>in</strong>g hours<br />

of dedicated workmanship. The accessories are adorned with no<br />

less than 500 crystals, while <strong>the</strong> PRIAM stroller boasts nearly 4,000.<br />

The La Parisienne collection f<strong>in</strong>ds its showcase <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East<br />

on CYBEX Plat<strong>in</strong>um strollers PRIAM and e-PRIAM, <strong>the</strong> new luxury<br />

COŸA buggy, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>fant car seat CLOUD T.<br />

Mart<strong>in</strong> Pos, <strong>the</strong> visionary beh<strong>in</strong>d CYBEX, shares his thoughts,<br />

We aimed to create a contemporary, timeless masterpiece that pays<br />

homage to <strong>the</strong> unparalleled genius of <strong>the</strong> greatest Parisian couturiers:<br />

Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Sa<strong>in</strong>t Laurent. La Parisienne<br />

is an ode to women, a masterpiece of craftsmanship meant to <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

and be cherished from one generation to <strong>the</strong> next – a true symbol of<br />

class, chic, and couture.<br />

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

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY EFE KURNAZ ON UNSPLASH<br />

100 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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TOONS AND MANGA<br />

ATTACK ON TITAN FINAL SEASON<br />

THE FINAL CHAPTERS SPECIAL<br />

2: A WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION<br />

Eren Yeager’s journey <strong>in</strong> Attack on Titan<br />

has been noth<strong>in</strong>g short of an epic<br />

for <strong>the</strong> ages, and now, as <strong>the</strong> series<br />

approaches its f<strong>in</strong>al chapters, a special<br />

worldwide celebration is <strong>in</strong> order. The<br />

official Twitter account for <strong>the</strong> franchise recently<br />

announced that <strong>the</strong> second Attack on<br />

Titan F<strong>in</strong>al Season THE FINAL CHAPTERS<br />

Special is set to premiere <strong>in</strong> Japan on <strong>November</strong><br />

4, <strong>2023</strong>, and an excit<strong>in</strong>g trailer for<br />

<strong>the</strong> special has also been released.<br />

But <strong>the</strong> celebration doesn’t stop <strong>the</strong>re. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> days follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> premiere of <strong>the</strong> second<br />

part of Attack on Titan F<strong>in</strong>al Season THE<br />

FINAL CHAPTERS, an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary worldwide<br />

event is planned from <strong>November</strong> 5 to<br />

8. The celebration will see <strong>the</strong> participation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> cast, staff, and more <strong>in</strong> a series of<br />

both onl<strong>in</strong>e and <strong>in</strong>-person events, all <strong>in</strong> honor<br />

of this massive franchise. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore,<br />

fans can look forward to <strong>the</strong> launch of a<br />

metaverse space as part of <strong>the</strong>se festivities.<br />

The first half of Attack on Titan F<strong>in</strong>al Season<br />

THE FINAL CHAPTERS was released<br />

as a one-hour special on March 4. Part one<br />

streamed on Crunchyroll, alongside <strong>the</strong> rest<br />

of <strong>the</strong> decade-long anime franchise. For<br />

those new to <strong>the</strong> series, it’s set <strong>in</strong> a world<br />

where humanity’s remnants are conf<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d tower<strong>in</strong>g walls, protect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m from<br />

<strong>the</strong> man-eat<strong>in</strong>g Titans. The story follows <strong>the</strong><br />

brave members of <strong>the</strong> Scout<strong>in</strong>g Legion who<br />

venture outside <strong>the</strong> walls, fac<strong>in</strong>g unimag<strong>in</strong>able<br />

dangers.<br />

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TOONS AND MANGA<br />

DO NOT SAY MYSTERY<br />

UNRAVELING MYSTERIES AND MASTERING DEDUCTION:<br />

A JOURNEY WITH TOTONOU<br />

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

manga mysteries with “Do Not Say<br />

Mystery,” a quirky and award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

series by <strong>the</strong> renowned shojo<br />

manga creator of “Basara” and “7SEEDS.”<br />

This thrill<strong>in</strong>g manga has not only captured<br />

<strong>the</strong> hearts of readers but also <strong>in</strong>spired a<br />

live-action series and film.<br />

Meet Totonou, an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary young college<br />

student known for his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive bushy<br />

hair and keen powers of observation and deduction.<br />

When he becomes <strong>the</strong> prime suspect<br />

<strong>in</strong> a murder case, he utilizes his exceptional<br />

<strong>in</strong>sights to unmask <strong>the</strong> true culprit. But<br />

Totonou’s life takes a twist as he f<strong>in</strong>ds himself<br />

entangled <strong>in</strong> one mystery after ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

With his straightforward yet gentle demeanor,<br />

Totonou is a seeker of truth, determ<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

to make sense of a chaotic and often<br />

perilous world. Each volume of “Do Not Say<br />

Mystery” takes readers on a thrill<strong>in</strong>g journey<br />

as Totonou strives to unravel <strong>the</strong> enigmas<br />

that cross his path.<br />

Jo<strong>in</strong> us <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Toons and Manga” section<br />

as we explore <strong>the</strong> world of Totonou and his<br />

relentless pursuit of <strong>the</strong> truth. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re<br />

a seasoned manga enthusiast or new to <strong>the</strong><br />

genre, “Do Not Say Mystery” promises an<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g and m<strong>in</strong>d-bend<strong>in</strong>g adventure that<br />

will leave you eagerly flipp<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong><br />

pages of each volume.<br />

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

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY ROSARIO JANZA ON UNSPLASH<br />

104 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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BRAND LOGO<br />

WHERE ECO-FRIENDLY INNOVATION MEETS LOGO DESIGN<br />

In <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g landscape of conscious<br />

consumerism, <strong>the</strong> brand Pela has<br />

emerged as a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

eco-friendly niche, offer<strong>in</strong>g more than just<br />

phone cases; it presents a logo that encapsulates<br />

<strong>the</strong> company’s core values.<br />

Design<strong>in</strong>g with Purpose:<br />

Pela’s philosophy centers around susta<strong>in</strong>ability,<br />

eco-friendl<strong>in</strong>ess, and reduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

environmental impact of consumer goods.<br />

It’s a brand that is committed to m<strong>in</strong>imiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waste and offer<strong>in</strong>g biodegradable phone<br />

cases. But it’s not just <strong>the</strong>ir products that reflect<br />

<strong>the</strong>se values; it’s <strong>the</strong>ir logo as well.<br />

The Leaf Emblem:<br />

The centerpiece of Pela’s logo is a simple,<br />

yet powerful, leaf emblem. The leaf, a universal<br />

symbol of growth, renewal, and nature,<br />

is a fitt<strong>in</strong>g choice. Its clean and m<strong>in</strong>imalist<br />

design embodies <strong>the</strong> essence of eco-friendl<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

Color Psychology:<br />

The color palette of <strong>the</strong> Pela logo is a sooth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

blend of earthy greens and soft blues.<br />

Green, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g growth and <strong>the</strong> environment,<br />

is <strong>the</strong> primary color, while blue, associated<br />

with tranquility and water, complements<br />

it perfectly. These colors <strong>in</strong>vite a sense of<br />

harmony and well-be<strong>in</strong>g, re<strong>in</strong>forc<strong>in</strong>g Pela’s<br />

commitment to a healthier planet.<br />

Font Choice:<br />

Pela’s choice of font <strong>in</strong> its logo mirrors its<br />

commitment to simplicity and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

The bold, lowercase letters project an approachable,<br />

down-to-earth personality. It’s<br />

a typeface that communicates clarity and<br />

transparency, mirror<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s commitment<br />

to honesty <strong>in</strong> its eco-friendly <strong>in</strong>itiatives.<br />

A Logo with a Message:<br />

A brand’s logo is its first po<strong>in</strong>t of contact with<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. In Pela’s case, <strong>the</strong>ir logo serves as<br />

a compell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>troduction to <strong>the</strong>ir eco-conscious<br />

mission. Beyond be<strong>in</strong>g visually appeal<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

it encapsulates <strong>the</strong> very essence of<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand. The leaf emblem conveys growth,<br />

<strong>the</strong> color palette harmonizes with nature,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> font echoes simplicity.<br />

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

Vertical Forest: A Lush Urban Oasis<br />

The Vertical Forest <strong>in</strong> Milan redef<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong> traditional concept of urban<br />

architecture by <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g an astonish<strong>in</strong>g oasis of biodiversity. Ra<strong>the</strong>r<br />

than just focus<strong>in</strong>g on humans, <strong>the</strong>se towers <strong>in</strong>corporate nature as<br />

a fundamental element, hous<strong>in</strong>g 800 trees and thousands of plants,<br />

effectively creat<strong>in</strong>g a vertical forest that not only captivates <strong>the</strong> eye but<br />

contributes to a healthier urban environment.<br />

Eco-Conscious Design<br />

Unlike typical city build<strong>in</strong>gs with m<strong>in</strong>eral facades, <strong>the</strong> Vertical Forest’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative design is a susta<strong>in</strong>able marvel. The verdant curta<strong>in</strong> filters<br />

sunlight, creat<strong>in</strong>g a welcom<strong>in</strong>g microclimate without environmental<br />

harm. It regulates humidity, purifies <strong>the</strong> air, and serves as a habitat<br />

for various wildlife, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fusion of human habitation and<br />

ecological balance.<br />

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Visual Poetry <strong>in</strong> Architecture<br />

The towers’ design speaks <strong>the</strong> language of nature, with large staggered<br />

balconies provid<strong>in</strong>g room for extensive vegetation. Resembl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

colossal trees, <strong>the</strong> cantilevered design breaks away from conventional<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics. Brown porcela<strong>in</strong> stoneware evokes <strong>the</strong> look of tree<br />

bark, enhanced by white stoneware accents that br<strong>in</strong>g dynamism<br />

and a sense of growth to <strong>the</strong> architectural composition.<br />

Ever-Chang<strong>in</strong>g Landmark<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> seasons, <strong>the</strong> plant-covered towers transform. The vibrant<br />

shifts <strong>in</strong> colors and shapes of <strong>the</strong> vegetation create a highly<br />

recognizable and ever-chang<strong>in</strong>g city landmark, quickly establish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Vertical Forest as an iconic symbol of Milan. This transformative<br />

nature extends to <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g’s response to various orientations and<br />

heights, where diverse species are thoughtfully placed to accommodate<br />

both aes<strong>the</strong>tic and functional considerations. The Vertical Forest<br />

is a liv<strong>in</strong>g testament to architecture that brea<strong>the</strong>s and evolves.<br />

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

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

A Waste-to-Energy Marvel:<br />

CopenHill is a groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g waste-to-energy plant, equipped with<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technology for efficient waste treatment and power generation.<br />

It symbolizes Copenhagen’s dedication to susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

Urban Recreation Oasis:<br />

CopenHill redef<strong>in</strong>es public <strong>in</strong>frastructure by add<strong>in</strong>g a ski slope, hik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

trails, climb<strong>in</strong>g walls, and a rooftop bar, turn<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>dustrial site <strong>in</strong>to<br />

an adventure lover’s paradise.<br />

A Hidden Landmark:<br />

Bjarke Ingels Group’s <strong>in</strong>genious design conceals <strong>the</strong> waste-to-energy<br />

plant under an iconic sta<strong>in</strong>less steel slope. Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong> structure<br />

sh<strong>in</strong>es with natural light, while at night, it’s dramatically illum<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

to create a unique urban landscape.<br />

Year-Round Fun:<br />

The syn<strong>the</strong>tic ski slope is a standout feature, allow<strong>in</strong>g ski<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> all<br />

seasons. SLA Architects’ landscape design transforms parts of <strong>the</strong><br />

build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to an all-season sports dest<strong>in</strong>ation, featur<strong>in</strong>g hik<strong>in</strong>g, climb<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and outdoor activities for everyone.<br />

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COPENHILL<br />

DENMARK<br />

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ART EXIBITIONS<br />

ART EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS<br />

“BLACK & WHITE” BY WISSAM SHAWKAT<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - MESTARIA GALLERY,<br />

WAREHOUSE 35<br />

11 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 12 DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Iraqi artist Wissam Shawkat’s “Black & White” exhibition at Mestaria Gallery,<br />

from <strong>November</strong> 11th to December 12th, explores calligraphy <strong>in</strong> a monochromatic<br />

palette. With 111 artworks, Shawkat emphasizes <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay of<br />

positive and negative spaces, form, and structure. Crafted on handmade<br />

paper us<strong>in</strong>g black and white <strong>in</strong>k, his pieces reveal <strong>the</strong> elegance <strong>in</strong> simplicity.<br />

Shawkat’s art showcases his mastery of calligraphy, focus<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> relationship<br />

between letterforms, rhythm, and space. Despite <strong>the</strong> limited color<br />

palette, each piece is a collectible treasure, mak<strong>in</strong>g modern calligraphy accessible.<br />

“Black & White” is a captivat<strong>in</strong>g journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> heart of calligraphy,<br />

where form takes precedence over color, and subtlety reigns supreme.<br />

UNSUSPECTING STATE BY<br />

ABDALLA AL OMARI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - AYYAM<br />

GALLERY, WAREHOUSE 11<br />

18 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 18 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Abdalla’s art breaks free from sarcasm<br />

and caricature to explore <strong>the</strong> profound with<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> mundane. His work delves <strong>in</strong>to hidden<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes like secrets, regrets, beliefs, and taboos<br />

– touch<strong>in</strong>g on sexuality, religion, and<br />

more. The faceless figures prompt viewers to<br />

ponder <strong>the</strong>ir identities and actions. The art’s<br />

scale and composition <strong>in</strong>tensify <strong>the</strong> sense of<br />

isolation and tension, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fight between<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividual and <strong>the</strong>ir surround<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Abdalla’s work offers a captivat<strong>in</strong>g dive <strong>in</strong>to<br />

ambiguity and <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary, mak<strong>in</strong>g us question<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of everyday life.<br />

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MORAL CODES BY JOSH ROWELL<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - FIRETTI CONTEMPORARY,<br />

WAREHOUSE 29<br />

7 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 7 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Firetti Contemporary, <strong>in</strong> its <strong>in</strong>augural Middle East solo show, showcases British<br />

artist Josh Rowell’s “Moral Codes.” Curated by Cel<strong>in</strong>e Azem, <strong>the</strong> exhibition explores<br />

<strong>the</strong> ethics and communication <strong>in</strong> our digital era. Rowell’s thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

works, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g “Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Language” and “Mosaics,” compel viewers to ponder<br />

<strong>the</strong> moral compass guid<strong>in</strong>g our society. At <strong>the</strong> exhibition’s core is Rowell’s reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

of Aesop’s timeless fables, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g significance of moral<br />

values <strong>in</strong> contemporary life. Rowell’s <strong>in</strong>tricate pieces offer a captivat<strong>in</strong>g journey <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> realms of ethics and <strong>in</strong>spire contemplation on <strong>the</strong> role of ethical pr<strong>in</strong>ciples <strong>in</strong><br />

shap<strong>in</strong>g our world.<br />

THE FRONT SIDE STRIKES THE MOST<br />

BY SAHER NASSAR<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - ZAWYEH<br />

GALLERY, WAREHOUSE 27<br />

28 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> - 30 DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Saher Nassar’s latest work explores <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate psychology<br />

of soldiers and <strong>the</strong> impact of <strong>the</strong>ir actions. The<br />

art ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s a neutral perspective, dissect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> motivations<br />

that lead soldiers to execute commands that<br />

often conflict with <strong>the</strong>ir personal desires. Regardless of<br />

allegiance, soldiers hold a resolute belief <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir moral<br />

stand<strong>in</strong>g, challeng<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> conventional notions of right<br />

and wrong. Through unconventional stylistic choices,<br />

Nassar’s art makes <strong>the</strong>se profound <strong>the</strong>mes accessible,<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g reflection on <strong>the</strong> complex forces that<br />

shape <strong>the</strong> soldier’s moral compass.<br />

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHS<br />

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WINTER BITES, DELIGHTS & NIGHTS<br />

WINTER BITES,<br />

DELIGHTS<br />

& NIGHTS<br />

As <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ter w<strong>in</strong>ds pick up <strong>the</strong> pace, and <strong>the</strong> even<strong>in</strong>gs become serene <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE, here is a list of curated places to have memorable w<strong>in</strong>ter experiences.<br />

AMAZÓNICO DUBAI’S<br />

PARAÍSO ROOFTOP<br />

CLUB: YOUR WINTER<br />

ESCAPE<br />

Amazónico <strong>the</strong> iconic hotspot transforms<br />

<strong>in</strong>to Paraíso Rooftop Club for <strong>the</strong><br />

w<strong>in</strong>ter season. Set aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> city’s<br />

bustl<strong>in</strong>g backdrop, this rooftop escape<br />

promises a tropical paradise.<br />

Belgian DJ HVMZA headl<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong><br />

grand reopen<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>November</strong> 4th,<br />

serv<strong>in</strong>g up Afro-Lat<strong>in</strong> and Organic<br />

House beats. As <strong>the</strong> sun sets, Paraíso’s<br />

mixologists craft exotic cocktails, a journey<br />

through Lat<strong>in</strong> American flavors.<br />

This rooftop haven aims to be a cultural<br />

music hub. International DJs like J.<br />

Pool, Jane Ryse, and Safar, and Enzo<br />

Siffredi (on New Year’s Eve) will keep<br />

<strong>the</strong> dance floor alive.<br />

Paraíso Rooftop Club redef<strong>in</strong>es<br />

Dubai’s w<strong>in</strong>ter nights with sultry rhythms<br />

and tantaliz<strong>in</strong>g dr<strong>in</strong>ks—a must-visit dest<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

for <strong>the</strong> season.<br />

Bounty Beets is unveil<strong>in</strong>g an excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

addition to its cozy ambiance this w<strong>in</strong>ter.<br />

In collaboration with The Nature Caravan,<br />

located at Le Meridien M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi<br />

Beach Resort & Waterpark, this café is<br />

now <strong>the</strong> first hotel <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city to host forest<br />

school classes. Every Monday and<br />

Friday, children from six months to 3<br />

years old can enjoy sessions like Toddler<br />

Turtles, offer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>sect exploration<br />

and outdoor skills, and Baby Beetles,<br />

promot<strong>in</strong>g sensory development with<br />

edible pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and more.<br />

Besides <strong>the</strong>se nature-filled activities,<br />

Bounty Beets treats you to a cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

adventure with its diverse menu <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by global cuis<strong>in</strong>e. Known for gluten-free<br />

options and sourc<strong>in</strong>g local produce, it<br />

embraces susta<strong>in</strong>ability. Plus, parents<br />

and toddlers attend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sessions can<br />

savor a 25% discount on <strong>the</strong> café’s a la<br />

BOOM BATTLE<br />

BAR<br />

HAPPY HOURS AND LADIES NIGHTS AT<br />

BOOM BATTLE BAR THIS WINTER!<br />

RECONNECT WITH NATURE AT BOUNTY<br />

BEETS: A WINTER WONDERLAND FOR KIDS<br />

carte menu. This w<strong>in</strong>ter, rediscover <strong>the</strong><br />

joys of nature, great food, and family<br />

time at Bounty Beets.<br />

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MUSICAL GEMS<br />

Musical<br />

The Virtuoso on a Global Stage<br />

Gems<br />

ALEXANDER VECHKANOV: THE<br />

VIRTUOSO ON A GLOBAL STAGE<br />

JULIE FRANKOUL: DUBAI’S ONE<br />

OF ARABIC HARPIST<br />

Alexander Vechkanov, a maestro of <strong>the</strong> viol<strong>in</strong>, is a name<br />

that resonates across cont<strong>in</strong>ents. Known for his mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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sensation.<br />

With his journey orig<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g from TV show appearances<br />

on “The Voice of Ukra<strong>in</strong>e,” “Ukra<strong>in</strong>e’s Got Talent,” and “W<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Crowd,” Vechkanov’s talent captured <strong>the</strong> hearts of audiences<br />

and judges alike. His enchant<strong>in</strong>g melodies have transcended<br />

television screens to reach live audiences of over<br />

100,000 at events like “Formula 1” and “Expo 2020.”<br />

This Ukra<strong>in</strong>ian viol<strong>in</strong>ist has also brought his music to <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s grandest festivals, shows, and concert programs,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g spectators <strong>in</strong> awe of his virtuosity. Alexander Vechkanov<br />

is more than just a musician; he’s a global icon who<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to enchant audiences worldwide with <strong>the</strong> magic<br />

of his viol<strong>in</strong>.<br />

UAE has seen its fair share of artistic talent, but <strong>the</strong>re’s<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g truly special about Julie Frankoul, <strong>the</strong> city’s first<br />

Arabic harpist. With her melodious str<strong>in</strong>gs, she br<strong>in</strong>gs a<br />

unique touch to Dubai’s musical landscape.<br />

Julie Frankoul’s journey began with a dream, a dream to<br />

enchant audiences with <strong>the</strong> e<strong>the</strong>real sounds of <strong>the</strong> harp. Her<br />

dedication and passion for her craft led her to play for prestigious<br />

events, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> police, government functions,<br />

royal ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>gs, court affairs, hospital visits, and events celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

people of determ<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

Julie’s harp transcends language barriers, resonat<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

diverse audiences <strong>in</strong> Dubai. Her enchant<strong>in</strong>g performances<br />

have made her a beloved figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city’s cultural scene,<br />

and she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire as <strong>the</strong> first Arabic harpist <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai.<br />

Julie Frankoul, with her heartfelt melodies, embodies <strong>the</strong><br />

harmonious fusion of cultures <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Dubai.<br />

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JORGE ALEJANDRO VAZQUEZ:<br />

FROM CUBA TO THE UAE<br />

Jorge Alejandro Vazquez began his music studies <strong>in</strong> piano<br />

and viol<strong>in</strong> at <strong>the</strong> age of 5 <strong>in</strong> Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, under<br />

<strong>the</strong> tutelage of Maestra Cecilia Rosales. From a very early<br />

age, he was motivated by classical music and great composers<br />

such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Chop<strong>in</strong>. Over <strong>the</strong><br />

next 10 years, he cont<strong>in</strong>uously participated <strong>in</strong> concerts and<br />

events organized by <strong>the</strong> Vocational School of Music <strong>in</strong> Santiago<br />

de Cuba, consistently achiev<strong>in</strong>g outstand<strong>in</strong>g results.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> age of 15, he earned a scholarship to Esteban Salas<br />

Conservatory and graduated four years later with degrees <strong>in</strong><br />

Viol<strong>in</strong>, Orchestra, and Pedagogy. In 2013, he jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong> OSO<br />

(Symphony Orchestra of Oriente) and began work<strong>in</strong>g as a<br />

music teacher at <strong>the</strong> Vocational School of Music.<br />

Alejandro moved to <strong>the</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong> 2017 and started teach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at various prestigious <strong>in</strong>stitutions while perform<strong>in</strong>g as a<br />

soloist and with <strong>the</strong> NSO Symphony Orchestra of <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

One of his most recent achievements was be<strong>in</strong>g granted <strong>the</strong><br />

highly esteemed UAE Golden Visa program. He looks forward<br />

to cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g to contribute to <strong>the</strong> elevation of culture<br />

and music education <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

MARIA VIOLINIST: BRIDGING<br />

CULTURES THROUGH MUSIC<br />

Belarusian-born Maria Viol<strong>in</strong>ist embarked on an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

musical journey that led her from <strong>the</strong> heart of Eastern<br />

Europe to <strong>the</strong> vibrant tapestries of India, Indonesia, and<br />

Turkey before f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g her artistic home <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab<br />

Emirates (UAE). Inspired by <strong>the</strong> world’s diverse musical traditions,<br />

Maria’s travels have impr<strong>in</strong>ted a unique global flair<br />

on her viol<strong>in</strong> artistry.<br />

Her yearlong immersion <strong>in</strong> India’s rich musical heritage<br />

saw her blend<strong>in</strong>g classical Indian melodies with her own<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, creat<strong>in</strong>g a harmonious fusion of sounds. In Indonesia,<br />

Maria spent two transformative years delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

country’s exotic musical landscape. Her six-month sojourn <strong>in</strong><br />

Turkey fur<strong>the</strong>r enriched her musical palette.<br />

The UAE, with its thriv<strong>in</strong>g arts and culture scene, became<br />

Maria’s chosen dest<strong>in</strong>ation for growth and collaboration.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> world as her stage, Maria aspires to compose and<br />

perform music that transcends borders, shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> enchantment<br />

of her <strong>in</strong>ternational journey through her viol<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

str<strong>in</strong>gs. The world eagerly awaits <strong>the</strong> magical melodies that<br />

Maria Viol<strong>in</strong>ist will craft <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> years to come.<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY GEORDANNA CORDERO ON UNSPLASH<br />

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