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People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love. — Claude Monet Dive into the vibrant canvas of Magzoid Magazine's February edition, "The Red Edition," as we usher in the month of love with a celebration of passion, creativity, and design. Redefine your senses with the cover story unveiling the depth and intensity of the color red, a symbolic ode to love and artistic expression. In the realm of art, our exclusive interview features Pouran Jinchi, unraveling her exhibition "Fly like a Dandelion" at Third Line, exploring themes of migration. Kamran Samimi takes center stage with "Before Nature (I Am Both Created and Destroyed)," drawing inspiration from Dubai's natural materials, creating a profound dialogue between creation and destruction.

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.

— Claude Monet

Dive into the vibrant canvas of Magzoid Magazine's February edition, "The Red Edition," as we usher in the month of love with a celebration of passion, creativity, and design. Redefine your senses with the cover story unveiling the depth and intensity of the color red, a symbolic ode to love and artistic expression.

In the realm of art, our exclusive interview features Pouran Jinchi, unraveling her exhibition "Fly like a Dandelion" at Third Line, exploring themes of migration. Kamran Samimi takes center stage with "Before Nature (I Am Both Created and Destroyed)," drawing inspiration from Dubai's natural materials, creating a profound dialogue between creation and destruction.

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“People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to<br />

understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” - Claude Monet<br />

Dive <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> vibrant canvas of <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>’s <strong>February</strong> edition, “The Red Edition,”<br />

as we usher <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> month of love with a celebration of passion, creativity, and<br />

design. Redef<strong>in</strong>e your senses with <strong>the</strong> cover story unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> depth and <strong>in</strong>tensity of<br />

<strong>the</strong> color red, a symbolic ode to love and artistic expression.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of art, our exclusive <strong>in</strong>terview features Pouran J<strong>in</strong>chi, unravel<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

exhibition “Fly like a Dandelion” at Third L<strong>in</strong>e, explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mes of migration. Kamran<br />

Samimi takes center stage with “Before Nature (I Am Both Created and Destroyed),”<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from Dubai’s natural materials, creat<strong>in</strong>g a profound dialogue between<br />

creation and destruction.<br />

Express<strong>in</strong>g love for art, we spotlight featured artists Asma Belhamar, Hassan Sharif,<br />

and Noura Al Serkal, whose work sets <strong>the</strong> stage for an <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> depths<br />

of creative expression.<br />

Celebrate <strong>February</strong> with special days such as International Development Week, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

Day, World Cancer Day, and World Day of Social Justice. Our Designer’s Corner<br />

unveils <strong>the</strong> latest <strong>in</strong> timepieces, jewelry, footwear, and fashion threads, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

essence of love and design.<br />

A special segment, “Love Unwrapped,” br<strong>in</strong>gs forth unique gift<strong>in</strong>g ideas for your loved<br />

ones, captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> true essence of love. Architectural wonders grace our pages with<br />

<strong>the</strong> SkyGarden House and Unileão School Veter<strong>in</strong>ary Hospital, showcas<strong>in</strong>g brilliance <strong>in</strong><br />

design and functionality.<br />

Explore “<strong>February</strong>’s Flavorful Love: Dubai’s Div<strong>in</strong>e D<strong>in</strong>es and Cozy Inns,” a curated<br />

list of places to eat and stay, creat<strong>in</strong>g unforgettable moments with your loved ones. We’re<br />

also thrilled to collaborate with Bestune for an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary event celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> 70th<br />

anniversary of FAW Group. Immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> artistic collaboration featur<strong>in</strong>g murals<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> showroom and calligraphy adorn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> cars—a testament to <strong>the</strong> harmonious<br />

fusion of art and automotive excellence.<br />

“The Red Edition” promises a passionate journey through <strong>the</strong> colors of love, art, and<br />

design, ensur<strong>in</strong>g your <strong>February</strong> is filled with warmth and <strong>in</strong>spiration. Happy read<strong>in</strong>g!<br />

Editor <strong>in</strong> Chief<br />

Saleha Khanam<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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CONTENTS<br />

FEATURED ARTIST<br />

09 Hassan Sharif<br />

15 Asma Belhamar<br />

27 Noura Al Serkal<br />

31 Sandeep Soni<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

23 International Development Week<br />

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

49 World Cancer Day<br />

59 World Day of Social Justice<br />

EDITORIAL<br />

25<br />

The Inseparable Bond of Love and<br />

Art: A Palette of Emotions<br />

BESTUNE X MAGZOID<br />

32<br />

Bestune Celebrates 70 Years of<br />

FAW’s Legacy with a Dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

Artistic Showcase<br />

BRUSHTROKES FROM THE PAST<br />

39<br />

Alma-Tadema’s “A Foregone<br />

Conclusion”<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

19<br />

44<br />

Kamran Samimi<br />

Pouran J<strong>in</strong>chi<br />

KNOWLEDGE BASE<br />

56<br />

Love and Art: A Timeless Tapestry<br />

of Emotion<br />

DESIGNER’S CORNER<br />

66<br />

68<br />

70<br />

72<br />

74<br />

76<br />

81<br />

87<br />

90<br />

92<br />

93<br />

94<br />

About Time<br />

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

On Foot<br />

Max Mara<br />

Unorthodox<br />

FOG X Adidas<br />

Toons & Manga<br />

Architectural Wonders<br />

Art Exhibitions & Events<br />

Featured Artwork<br />

Featured Photographs<br />

<strong>February</strong>’s Flavorful Love: Dubai’s<br />

Div<strong>in</strong>e D<strong>in</strong>es and Cozy Inns<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

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Exclusive<br />

HASSAN<br />

S H A R I F<br />

Hassan Sharif rema<strong>in</strong>s an <strong>in</strong>delible force with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of contemporary<br />

art, leav<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d a legacy that cont<strong>in</strong>ues to resonate with profound<br />

impact and <strong>in</strong>fluence. Born on 1 January 1951 <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab<br />

Emirates, Sharif’s artistic journey and <strong>in</strong>tellectual contributions have solidified<br />

his reputation as a pivotal figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> development and proliferation<br />

of conceptual art with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gulf region.<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, Sharif’s multifaceted<br />

practice encompassed a wide array<br />

of mediums, from sculpture and <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

to performance and draw<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

His <strong>in</strong>novative approach to artmak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

transcended conventional boundaries, challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

established norms and redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> parameters of artistic expression. Sharif’s<br />

unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to experimentation<br />

and exploration earned him <strong>the</strong> title of<br />

“fa<strong>the</strong>r of conceptual art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gulf,” a testament<br />

to his groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g contributions<br />

and visionary perspective.<br />

In addition to his prolific artistic practice,<br />

Sharif was also a dedicated writer, articulat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his thoughts, ideas, and philosophies<br />

with eloquence and <strong>in</strong>sight. His writ<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

provided <strong>in</strong>valuable <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to his creative<br />

process, offer<strong>in</strong>g readers and fellow artists<br />

a deeper understand<strong>in</strong>g of his artistic vision<br />

and <strong>in</strong>tellectual pursuits.<br />

Sharif’s endur<strong>in</strong>g impact on <strong>the</strong> art world<br />

is fur<strong>the</strong>r evidenced by <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>clusion of his<br />

work <strong>in</strong> major public collections across <strong>the</strong><br />

globe. Institutions such as <strong>the</strong> Guggenheim<br />

New York, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Centre<br />

Pompidou, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern<br />

Art, Tate Modern, and Sharjah Art Foundation<br />

have recognized <strong>the</strong> significance of his<br />

contributions, preserv<strong>in</strong>g his artworks for<br />

future generations and ensur<strong>in</strong>g his legacy<br />

endures.<br />

Through his found<strong>in</strong>g of Al Marijah Art<br />

Atelier and his mentorship of emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists,<br />

Sharif played a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic landscape of <strong>the</strong> United Arab<br />

Emirates. His dedication to foster<strong>in</strong>g creativity,<br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g talent, and champion<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative power of art has left an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark on <strong>the</strong> cultural fabric of <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Hassan Sharif’s life and work serve as a<br />

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

vision, <strong>in</strong>tellectual curiosity, and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dedication. His endur<strong>in</strong>g legacy cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to <strong>in</strong>spire and resonate, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us of <strong>the</strong><br />

boundless possibilities of artistic exploration<br />

and <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power of creativity to transcend<br />

boundaries, challenge conventions,<br />

and foster mean<strong>in</strong>gful dialogue.<br />

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UAE<br />

ART DUBAI ANNOUNCES<br />

PROGRAMMES AND PARTNERSHIPS<br />

FOR <strong>2024</strong> EDITION<br />

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 9<br />

January <strong>2024</strong> – Art Dubai today<br />

announces details of <strong>the</strong> programm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and partnerships for its 17th<br />

edition, which will take place at Mad<strong>in</strong>at Jumeirah,<br />

Dubai from 1 to 3 March, (previews<br />

on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 <strong>February</strong>).<br />

Art Dubai’s <strong>2024</strong> will feature an expanded<br />

programme of collaborations with local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational partners, underscor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fair’s<br />

position as <strong>the</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t for <strong>the</strong> Global<br />

South’s creative communities and its mission<br />

to redef<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> role an art fair can play <strong>in</strong><br />

support<strong>in</strong>g local and regional ecosystems.<br />

Programme highlights will <strong>in</strong>clude major new<br />

commissions and premières by <strong>in</strong>ternationally<br />

renowned artists and <strong>the</strong> most extensive<br />

education, talks and thought-leadership programme<br />

of any <strong>in</strong>ternational art fair.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce its found<strong>in</strong>g, Art Dubai has been<br />

committed to work<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>in</strong>stitutional and<br />

commercial partners to develop new commission<strong>in</strong>g<br />

models and long-term <strong>in</strong>novative,<br />

high-impact cultural programm<strong>in</strong>g. These<br />

collaborations place particular emphasis on<br />

education and digital technologies, which<br />

are cornerstones of Art Dubai’s extensive<br />

year-round programm<strong>in</strong>g; <strong>the</strong>y play a crucial<br />

role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> future of Dubai’s cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>frastructure, as well as respond<strong>in</strong>g to some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> most important issues of our time.<br />

Pablo del Val, Art Dubai’s Artistic Director<br />

commented:<br />

“Art fairs like Art Dubai have a responsibility<br />

to be far more than commercial platforms<br />

and Art Dubai cont<strong>in</strong>ues to play an important<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutional role <strong>in</strong> this region’s cultural ecosystem,<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g artists, scholarship, cultural<br />

education and thought-leadership. Our<br />

programme this year reflects <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

diverse and multicultural communities of<br />

our home city, provid<strong>in</strong>g more opportunities<br />

than ever for artists from across <strong>the</strong> Global<br />

South. Dubai is a place of relentless re<strong>in</strong>vention,<br />

possibility and opportunity, and <strong>the</strong>se<br />

commercial and <strong>in</strong>stitutional partnerships<br />

are central to all our activity, support<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

world-class non-commercial programmes.”<br />

Art Dubai’s Executive Director Benedetta<br />

Ghione commented:<br />

“The Art Dubai Group is committed to<br />

lay<strong>in</strong>g foundations for a thriv<strong>in</strong>g cultural<br />

and creative ecosystem, <strong>in</strong>spired by and<br />

respond<strong>in</strong>g to our home city of Dubai. The<br />

cultural scene here is matur<strong>in</strong>g rapidly and<br />

we are proud of <strong>the</strong> role we play <strong>in</strong> engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g audiences of all ages and<br />

backgrounds, and <strong>in</strong> support<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> next<br />

generation of cultural professionals. Our<br />

year-round education, scholarship, and<br />

thought-leadership programmes, developed<br />

alongside our long-term partners, create<br />

significant opportunities for people from all<br />

over <strong>the</strong> world to build careers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creative<br />

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

Art Dubai is held under <strong>the</strong> patronage of<br />

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid<br />

Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The event<br />

is held <strong>in</strong> partnership with A.R.M. Hold<strong>in</strong>g. It<br />

is sponsored by Swiss Wealth Management<br />

Group Julius Baer. Art Dubai’s exclusive<br />

high jewellery and watch partner is Piaget.<br />

Culturally driven lifestyle developer HUNA<br />

is a partner of Art Dubai. The Dubai Culture<br />

& Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is <strong>the</strong> fair’s<br />

strategic partner. Mad<strong>in</strong>at Jumeirah is <strong>the</strong><br />

home of Art Dubai.<br />

Full speaker l<strong>in</strong>e-ups and conference session<br />

tim<strong>in</strong>gs will be released <strong>in</strong> early <strong>February</strong>.<br />

View <strong>the</strong> list of galleries participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

Art Dubai <strong>2024</strong> here.<br />

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Thought-leadership<br />

In <strong>the</strong> 21st century, extreme wea<strong>the</strong>r - from<br />

floods, droughts and storms to smog - is no<br />

longer limited to “<strong>the</strong> develop<strong>in</strong>g world,”<br />

but is now happen<strong>in</strong>g everywhere. Meanwhile,<br />

<strong>the</strong> threat of ext<strong>in</strong>ction elicits urgent<br />

<strong>in</strong>novations — and imag<strong>in</strong>ation. Over two<br />

days, Art Dubai’s flagship transdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

summit <strong>the</strong> Global Art Forum will present<br />

<strong>the</strong> cultures, technologies, sciences and<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives around extreme wea<strong>the</strong>r and extreme<br />

change with many of <strong>the</strong> world’s most<br />

compell<strong>in</strong>g artists, architects, academics,<br />

curators, and th<strong>in</strong>kers. Entitled “Whe<strong>the</strong>r or<br />

Not,” Global Art Forum 17 is organised by<br />

Commissioner Shumon Basar and Curator<br />

Nad<strong>in</strong>e El- Khoury, and will take place on 29<br />

<strong>February</strong> and 1 March <strong>2024</strong>. Speakers contribut<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> forum <strong>in</strong>clude Dr. Stephanie<br />

Rosenthal, Director, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi,<br />

Samir Bantal, Director, AMO at Office of<br />

Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, Anne<br />

Holtrop, Founder, Studio Anne Holtrop, Bahra<strong>in</strong>,<br />

Monira Al Qadiri, Artist, Kuwait and Berl<strong>in</strong>,<br />

Gabriel Alonso, Artist and Researcher,<br />

Madrid, amongst o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Support<strong>in</strong>g Art Dubai’s commitment to<br />

scholarship, Art Dubai Modern and Collector<br />

Talks are presented <strong>in</strong> partnership with<br />

Dubai Collection, <strong>the</strong> first <strong>in</strong>stitutional art<br />

collection for <strong>the</strong> city of Dubai. Art Dubai<br />

Modern Talks will highlight <strong>the</strong> artistic l<strong>in</strong>ks<br />

made possible by Soviet geopolitics of <strong>the</strong><br />

Cold War, shift<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> focus from Western<br />

metropoles and focus<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> conversations<br />

on <strong>the</strong> impact of Soviet education and exhibitions<br />

on artists from <strong>the</strong> Middle East, South<br />

Asia, and Africa. Though <strong>the</strong>se East-East<br />

and South-South networks may no longer be<br />

obvious today, <strong>the</strong>y were critical to <strong>the</strong> formation<br />

of modern art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region. Br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r a culturally diverse group of curators,<br />

scholars, and gallerists, each panel will<br />

highlight <strong>the</strong> personal stories of <strong>the</strong> artists<br />

represented <strong>in</strong> Art Dubai Modern. They will<br />

also provide historical context to <strong>the</strong> unique<br />

group<strong>in</strong>g of artists <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> section, reveal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

why <strong>the</strong>se works rema<strong>in</strong> valuable and relevant<br />

to audiences, collectors, and <strong>in</strong>stitutions.<br />

Individual and <strong>in</strong>stitutional collectors<br />

are driv<strong>in</strong>g cultural shifts <strong>in</strong> emerg<strong>in</strong>g cultural<br />

centres. With a focus on topics <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

philanthropy, corporate support for <strong>the</strong> arts<br />

and <strong>in</strong>stitutional collect<strong>in</strong>g, Art Dubai Collector<br />

Talks will shed light on <strong>the</strong> unique forces,<br />

strategies and passions that are shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

global arts and culture.<br />

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UAE<br />

Education<br />

Re<strong>in</strong>forc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fair’s longstand<strong>in</strong>g commitment<br />

to education, professional development<br />

and thought-leadership will be <strong>the</strong><br />

largest-ever programme of talks, workshops<br />

and events, tak<strong>in</strong>g place across all five days<br />

of <strong>the</strong> fair.<br />

The A.R.M. Hold<strong>in</strong>g Children’s Programme<br />

is now <strong>in</strong> its fourth year and <strong>the</strong> <strong>2024</strong> edition<br />

will be <strong>the</strong> largest to date, reach<strong>in</strong>g more<br />

than 15,000 students <strong>in</strong> over 100 schools <strong>in</strong><br />

what is <strong>the</strong> most ambitious such education<br />

programme <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE. Each year, an artist<br />

is selected to develop <strong>the</strong> workshops, which<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> at Art Dubai before expand<strong>in</strong>g to private,<br />

government, and special educational<br />

needs schools across all seven Emirates.<br />

Goa-based artist Sahil Naik has been selected<br />

to develop <strong>the</strong> <strong>2024</strong> programme and<br />

his sculptural, architectural and arts education-based<br />

practice will take participants<br />

on a journey through creation us<strong>in</strong>g dioramas,<br />

memory and <strong>the</strong> built environment as<br />

sources of <strong>in</strong>spiration. Centr<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong>mes of<br />

ecology and nature, <strong>the</strong>se workshops will <strong>in</strong>vite<br />

children to explore <strong>the</strong> central question:<br />

“How do younger generations imag<strong>in</strong>e future<br />

cities, and what <strong>the</strong>y will comprise?”<br />

Aimed at nurtur<strong>in</strong>g emerg<strong>in</strong>g talent and<br />

future cultural leaders, <strong>the</strong> fair will cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to run Campus Art Dubai (CAD) professional<br />

development and tra<strong>in</strong>eeship programme.<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g its 11th year, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiative is<br />

designed to provide recent graduates with<br />

mentorship, masterclasses and hands-on<br />

experience across diverse departments at<br />

<strong>the</strong> fair. Additionally, participants will benefit<br />

from curated tours of lead<strong>in</strong>g cultural organisations<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city, provid<strong>in</strong>g practical <strong>in</strong>sights<br />

and a clear pathway for <strong>the</strong>m to enter<br />

and thrive with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> dynamic art scene.<br />

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New Commissions<br />

This year’s Art Dubai Commissions will<br />

feature a series of new performances, films<br />

and activations focus<strong>in</strong>g on topics of hope,<br />

community and <strong>the</strong> power of art to help us<br />

navigate challeng<strong>in</strong>g times. Complement<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Art Dubai’s Bawwaba gallery section, and<br />

curated by Emiliano Valdes, participat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists hail from <strong>the</strong> Global South, and will<br />

explore various aspects of <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g process,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g spaces for contemplation and<br />

<strong>in</strong>trospection, socially-oriented practices<br />

that engage with local communities as well<br />

as creat<strong>in</strong>g nurtur<strong>in</strong>g and liberat<strong>in</strong>g experiences.<br />

The Swiss Wealth Management Group Julius<br />

Baer, lead partner of Art Dubai will present<br />

a newly commissioned digital <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

by Canadian-Korean artist Krista Kim. ‘Heart<br />

<strong>Space</strong>’ is an immersive experience that will<br />

allow guests to connect with one ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

through <strong>the</strong> universal language of <strong>the</strong> human<br />

heartbeat. In real-time, each visitor’s unique<br />

heart rhythm will be visualised through<br />

hypnotic patterns and meditative shapes<br />

displayed across a dynamic LED canvas.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>stallation puts forward <strong>the</strong> concept of<br />

‘oneness’ where participants come toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to create a social fabric harness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> power<br />

of art and technology. Heart <strong>Space</strong> is a<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>uation of Kim’s ongo<strong>in</strong>g exploration<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> creative potential of screens as digital<br />

<strong>in</strong>struments of wellbe<strong>in</strong>g and longevity,<br />

and is part of Julius Baer’s NEXT universe,<br />

which explores <strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>the</strong>matics around<br />

<strong>the</strong> emergence of megatrends across arts,<br />

science, and technology. This is <strong>the</strong> second<br />

major digital commission by Julius Baer to<br />

debut at Art Dubai, follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> acclaimed<br />

collaboration with Refik Anadol <strong>in</strong> 2023.<br />

Inaugurat<strong>in</strong>g a new partnership with Art<br />

Dubai, return<strong>in</strong>g partner Piaget will debut<br />

a new exhibition ‘The House of Gold’ at Art<br />

Dubai <strong>2024</strong>. Spotlight<strong>in</strong>g gold as <strong>the</strong> ultimate<br />

luxury and a symbol of perfection, central to<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand’s philosophy, <strong>the</strong> presentation will<br />

showcase a series of high-end jewellery and<br />

watches, patrimony pieces and private collections<br />

<strong>in</strong> a bespoke booth featur<strong>in</strong>g newly<br />

commissioned artworks, workshops and immersive<br />

experiences.<br />

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ASMA<br />

B E L H A M A R<br />

Asma Belhamar stands as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent Emirati visual artist, renowned for<br />

her <strong>in</strong>novative exploration of ‘megastructures’ with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE landscape<br />

and <strong>the</strong> nuanced <strong>in</strong>terplay between visual memory and spatial experience.<br />

With a diverse artistic background encompass<strong>in</strong>g textile design,<br />

surface patterns, and three-dimensional <strong>in</strong>stallations, Belhamar’s work<br />

transcends conventional artistic boundaries, offer<strong>in</strong>g viewers a unique<br />

perspective on <strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g architectural and cultural landscape of <strong>the</strong><br />

Emirates.<br />

as a lead<strong>in</strong>g voice <strong>in</strong> contemporary Emirati<br />

art.<br />

In recognition of her artistic excellence,<br />

Belhamar was honored with <strong>the</strong> Shaikha<br />

Manal Young Artist Award <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> F<strong>in</strong>e Arts<br />

category <strong>in</strong> 2011, underscor<strong>in</strong>g her significant<br />

contributions to <strong>the</strong> cultural landscape<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE. Asma Belhamar’s visionary approach<br />

to artistry, coupled with her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

commitment to <strong>in</strong>novation and exploration,<br />

positions her as a trailblazer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of contemporary visual arts, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

audiences and fellow artists alike with her<br />

transformative creations.<br />

A<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>guished alumna of Zayed University,<br />

where she majored <strong>in</strong> visual<br />

arts, Belhamar fur<strong>the</strong>r honed her<br />

creative acumen at <strong>the</strong> prestigious<br />

Rhode Island School of Design, earn<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

MFA degree <strong>in</strong> textile design <strong>in</strong> 2017. Her<br />

educational journey provided her with a<br />

solid foundation <strong>in</strong> design pr<strong>in</strong>ciples, which<br />

she seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tegrates <strong>in</strong>to her practice,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g captivat<strong>in</strong>g fabric and paper wall<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations that engage viewers on both visual<br />

and tactile levels.<br />

Belhamar’s artistic oeuvre is characterized<br />

by a profound exploration of surface,<br />

pattern, and spatial dynamics. Her meticulous<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and project<strong>in</strong>g techniques<br />

brea<strong>the</strong> life <strong>in</strong>to her creations, transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

two-dimensional designs <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

three-dimensional structures that challenge<br />

perceptions and evoke a sense of wonder.<br />

Through her <strong>in</strong>novative use of materials and<br />

techniques, Belhamar <strong>in</strong>vites viewers to reconsider<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir relationship with <strong>the</strong> built environment,<br />

prompt<strong>in</strong>g contemplation on <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection of memory, identity, and space.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g exhibited extensively <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 2009, Belhamar’s work has garnered<br />

acclaim both locally and <strong>in</strong>ternationally. Her<br />

recent exhibitions at <strong>the</strong> 1stdibs gallery <strong>in</strong><br />

New York and <strong>the</strong> Art: Process & Practice<br />

SEAF exhibition at Warehouse 421 <strong>in</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi have fur<strong>the</strong>r solidified her reputation<br />

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16 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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UAE<br />

INLOCO INITIATIVE UNVEILS<br />

GROUNDBREAKING ARTISTIC<br />

ENDEAVOR IN DUBAI: INLOCO<br />

STORAGE PREMIERES WITH FILIPPO<br />

MINELLI’S “THE IDEALISED CITY”<br />

Inloco Initiative has set <strong>the</strong> stage for a<br />

revolutionary art representation with <strong>the</strong><br />

grand open<strong>in</strong>g of Inloco Storage <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>augural event <strong>in</strong>troduces an entirely<br />

novel form of artistic expression, headl<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

by <strong>the</strong> first solo exhibition <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE by contemporary<br />

artist Filippo M<strong>in</strong>elli, titled “The<br />

Idealised City.”<br />

M<strong>in</strong>elli’s avant-garde approach, rooted <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> concept of art <strong>in</strong>tervention, promises a<br />

profound exploration of urban and cultural<br />

transformations that shape identity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

post-globalization era. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from a culm<strong>in</strong>ation of experiences work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

rapidly evolv<strong>in</strong>g landscapes worldwide, M<strong>in</strong>elli<br />

crystallized his vision after <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>sightful<br />

Inloco Talks 2023. This event brought<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r urbanists, architects, curators, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r professionals, provid<strong>in</strong>g M<strong>in</strong>elli with a<br />

platform to deepen his understand<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection between identity and space.<br />

“The subject came to me after work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

various cities on different cont<strong>in</strong>ents, which,<br />

like <strong>the</strong> place I was born, are rapidly chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

landscapes that cont<strong>in</strong>ually remix references.<br />

However, I developed <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

after Inloco Talks 2023, where urbanists,<br />

architects, curators, and o<strong>the</strong>r professionals<br />

shared ideas about identity space and<br />

city-mak<strong>in</strong>g. It was a great opportunity to<br />

deepen my understand<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong>ir th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and f<strong>in</strong>d connections between it and my past<br />

research,” says Filippo M<strong>in</strong>elli.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>elli’s artistic practice challenges <strong>the</strong><br />

conventional construction and deconstruction<br />

of narratives that frame recognition. “The<br />

Idealised City” delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> role of architectural<br />

and urban elements <strong>in</strong> personal and<br />

collective self-formation with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context of<br />

our globalized world. The exhibition draws<br />

on historical perspectives, juxtapos<strong>in</strong>g Leon<br />

Battista Alberti’s Renaissance ‘Ideal City’<br />

with Al-Farabi’s ‘Virtuous City’ (Mad<strong>in</strong>at al-<br />

Fadilah), explor<strong>in</strong>g modern urbanism and its<br />

departure from past models.<br />

Influential figures such as Khaled Al Alawadi,<br />

Associate Professor of Susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

Urbanism at Khalifa University, and George<br />

Katodrytis, Professor of Architecture at <strong>the</strong><br />

American University of Sharjah, <strong>in</strong>spired Inloco<br />

Talks 2023. They explored Dubai’s dynamic<br />

landscape, transformative power, and<br />

leadership <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g modern cityscapes.<br />

“The Idealised City” confronts <strong>the</strong> homogeneity<br />

prevalent <strong>in</strong> urban development<br />

globally, contrast<strong>in</strong>g it with <strong>the</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>ct cultural<br />

and historical identities of ancient city<br />

centers, now relegated to tourist attractions.<br />

This stark dichotomy forms <strong>the</strong> foundation<br />

for question<strong>in</strong>g contemporary <strong>in</strong>terpretations<br />

of ‘au<strong>the</strong>nticity’ and ‘collective identity.’<br />

M<strong>in</strong>elli’s exhibition also reflects on <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence of Bedou<strong>in</strong> traditions and<br />

nomadic practices <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Gulf Region’s urban<br />

development. These elements emerge<br />

as alternative perspectives to traditional<br />

preservation methods, enrich<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> contemporary<br />

landscape.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> medium of photography, video,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>stallation art, Filippo M<strong>in</strong>elli crafts<br />

an immersive environment that seamlessly<br />

extends <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> digital realm. “The Idealised<br />

City” beckons viewers to engage with<br />

profound <strong>the</strong>mes of <strong>in</strong>trospection, au<strong>the</strong>nticity,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> representation of reality <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g digital age. Inloco Storage <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai is a testament to <strong>the</strong> convergence of<br />

art, urbanism, and cultural dialogue, sett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a new benchmark for <strong>the</strong> global art scene.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Q.Your upcom<strong>in</strong>g exhibition, “Before Nature (I Am Both Created<br />

and Destroyed),” draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from Dubai’s natural<br />

materials. Can you delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> specific aspects of <strong>the</strong><br />

land’s tapestry that have <strong>in</strong>fluenced your work, and how do<br />

you explore <strong>the</strong> ancient tales concealed with<strong>in</strong> its golden<br />

dunes?<br />

Dubai is well-known for its modern metropolis but I wanted to<br />

explore and unearth <strong>the</strong> landscape which envelops and lies beneath<br />

<strong>the</strong> city, to discover and connect with <strong>the</strong> deeper history<br />

of this place. For me this <strong>in</strong>vestigation is a means of connect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with our ancestors – <strong>the</strong> humans who lived and navigated this<br />

terra<strong>in</strong> over millennia, but also <strong>the</strong> stones, soil, and sand which<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir bodies <strong>in</strong>evitably merged with. When I create a rubb<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from stone, it is a means of <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g myself to <strong>the</strong> physical<br />

place – a k<strong>in</strong>d of ask<strong>in</strong>g permission to create an artwork from<br />

it. When I’m ready to beg<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong> work emerges pretty quickly, as<br />

<strong>the</strong> earth and I collaborate to create it. The four “Translations”<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> this exhibition were created from four dist<strong>in</strong>ct stone<br />

formations which protruded out of <strong>the</strong> gravel and sand <strong>in</strong> Wadi<br />

Shawka.<br />

Q.The pieces “Small Monuments (2023)” <strong>in</strong>volve stones from<br />

significant global locations. How does your artistic process<br />

change when work<strong>in</strong>g with stones from different parts of <strong>the</strong><br />

world, and what message or narrative are you aim<strong>in</strong>g to convey<br />

through this exploration?<br />

Regardless of where I am <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, I always start by ask<strong>in</strong>g<br />

permission of <strong>the</strong> stones which I’m drawn to. If it feels will<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

collaborate with me, I br<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>to my studio and study it fur<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Each stone has a face, a will, and an <strong>in</strong>dividuality, and upon<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g it, I’m able to understand how best to work with it. I always<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> by ask<strong>in</strong>g myself - ‘what is <strong>the</strong> smallest action I can<br />

take to best reta<strong>in</strong> or express its true essence?’ Some sculptures<br />

take years to fully realize, and o<strong>the</strong>rs take hours – perhaps some<br />

stones are shy and o<strong>the</strong>rs are gregarious.<br />

I aim to communicate two ma<strong>in</strong> ideas –<br />

1. That everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> this world exists <strong>in</strong> a constant state of<br />

change. “Th<strong>in</strong>gs” as we know <strong>the</strong>m are more like events.<br />

Ie. even a stone, a symbol of permanence, is a process of<br />

m<strong>in</strong>erals slowly erod<strong>in</strong>g over millions of years. By understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and embrac<strong>in</strong>g this impermanence, I hope to better<br />

accept my own mortality.<br />

2. Humans have gotten used to controll<strong>in</strong>g and shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

world to suit our needs. I choose to shape my materials accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir personalities, ra<strong>the</strong>r than impos<strong>in</strong>g my will<br />

as <strong>the</strong> artist. Thus, my sculptures are are asymmetrical and<br />

organic. Even my measured, straight marks are irregular<br />

upon close <strong>in</strong>spection. Michelangelo saw <strong>the</strong> angel hidden<br />

<strong>in</strong> his block of marble, but I see <strong>the</strong> story of <strong>the</strong> stone’s violent<br />

creation, and millenia of stillness. My process of mark<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and form<strong>in</strong>g each stone <strong>in</strong>tegrates its spoken memories<br />

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

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Exclusive<br />

Kamran<br />

Samimi<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g world of Kamran Samimi’s upcom<strong>in</strong>g exhibition,<br />

“Before Nature (I Am Both Created and Destroyed),” where <strong>the</strong> artist draws<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from Dubai’s natural materials. Delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> hidden tales of<br />

<strong>the</strong> city’s landscape, Samimi’s work is a dialogue with <strong>the</strong> earth, explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> ancient history beneath <strong>the</strong> modern metropolis.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> symbolic “Small Monuments (2023)” crafted from stones worldwide<br />

to <strong>the</strong> evocative “Ra<strong>in</strong> Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs (2023)” captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

childhood memories, each piece is a collaboration between <strong>the</strong> artist and<br />

<strong>the</strong> forces of nature.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> sculpture “Unbroken Column (2023),” Samimi pays homage to ancient<br />

structures, question<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> endurance of contemporary aspirations<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> backdrop of Dubai’s modernity. Guided by Zen Buddhism and<br />

Sufi Mysticism, his artistic process delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> relationships and tensions<br />

between human and non-human ancestors, creat<strong>in</strong>g a profound and<br />

immersive experience <strong>in</strong> this exhibition.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Q.”Ra<strong>in</strong> Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs (2023)” is described as a poetic homage to<br />

your childhood <strong>in</strong> rural Hawai’i. Could you share more about<br />

how <strong>the</strong>se artworks capture <strong>the</strong> essence of nightly ra<strong>in</strong> and<br />

its significance dur<strong>in</strong>g challeng<strong>in</strong>g times? How does personal<br />

experience weave <strong>in</strong>to your artistic narratives?<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g traumatic times , <strong>the</strong> sound of <strong>the</strong> ra<strong>in</strong>fall was a lullaby<br />

and source of comfort, wash<strong>in</strong>g away <strong>the</strong> darkness of this world.<br />

Even now, I often return to my memories of <strong>the</strong> ra<strong>in</strong>. Each of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs recall a different aspect of <strong>the</strong> ra<strong>in</strong>, embody<strong>in</strong>g<br />

its many forms and expressions, and each has been left out <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> ra<strong>in</strong> at some po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> its creation. Thus, <strong>the</strong>y are a collaboration<br />

with <strong>the</strong> very force which <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>the</strong>m, shaped both by<br />

my hands and those of Nature. In <strong>the</strong> early days of plann<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

exhibition, my first thought was to share some of Hawaii’s ra<strong>in</strong> –<br />

my ra<strong>in</strong>– with <strong>the</strong> desert.<br />

All of my work i make is deeply personal and I f<strong>in</strong>d by delv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>se memories, I’m able to access truths and concepts that<br />

are universal. Each work is a k<strong>in</strong>d of memento mori, conta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

my emotional space which surrounded its creation, as well as<br />

expressions of my life on this planet.<br />

Q.The sculpture “Unbroken Column (2023)” is crafted from<br />

limestone segments, pay<strong>in</strong>g tribute to ancient religious<br />

structures <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region. What symbolism does this sculpture<br />

carry, especially <strong>in</strong> juxtaposition to Dubai’s modernity,<br />

and how does it reflect <strong>the</strong> connection between ancient traditions<br />

and contemporary aspirations?<br />

This sculpture was conceived when I saw an image of a s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

column stand<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> 2500 yr old ru<strong>in</strong>s of Pasargade, <strong>the</strong><br />

palace of K<strong>in</strong>g Cyrus <strong>in</strong> Iran. I’ve never been to <strong>the</strong> country of<br />

my fa<strong>the</strong>r’s birth, but I’ve always been fasc<strong>in</strong>ated with its history<br />

and ru<strong>in</strong>s. Just as ancient peoples created monuments which<br />

commemorate <strong>the</strong>ir story on this earth and <strong>the</strong>ir spiritual beliefs.<br />

I created a tribute to my own. It is both a pillar which unites heaven<br />

and earth, and a means of spiritual transmission to my ancestors<br />

from <strong>the</strong> region and beyond. I don’t speak <strong>the</strong> language of<br />

my ancestors, but this monument is carved with many marks, a<br />

wordless prayer offered to <strong>the</strong>m. In <strong>the</strong> midst of Dubai’s modern<br />

architecture devoted to commerce and progress, it is crucial we<br />

reach back <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> past and honor <strong>the</strong> people who walked this<br />

earth long before us, but also realize that all civilizations eventually<br />

crumble. It provokes <strong>the</strong> question: <strong>in</strong> 2500 years, what will<br />

rema<strong>in</strong> of this modern city?<br />

As I worked on this sculpture I recalled Omar Khayyam’s poem<br />

on impermanence: ““The Worldly Hope men set <strong>the</strong>ir Hearts<br />

upon Turns Ashes--or it prospers; and anon, Like Snow upon <strong>the</strong><br />

Desert’s dusty Face Light<strong>in</strong>g a little Hour or two--is gone.”<br />

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Q.Your artistic process is described as be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>formed by<br />

Zen Buddhism and Sufi Mysticism. How do <strong>the</strong>se philosophical<br />

foundations shape your approach to creat<strong>in</strong>g art, particularly<br />

<strong>in</strong> terms of <strong>the</strong> relationships and tensions between<br />

human and non-human ancestors?<br />

The most essential part of my practice is those moments of<br />

deep concentration when <strong>the</strong> artist Kamran Samimi dissolves.<br />

It is <strong>the</strong>se brief seconds, m<strong>in</strong>utes which save me, help<strong>in</strong>g me to<br />

cope with <strong>the</strong> constant barrage of suffer<strong>in</strong>g which fills this earth.<br />

Zen and Sufism both emphasize a direct experience with Nature<br />

and God, and this is what I seek when I work, a k<strong>in</strong>d of merg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with my materials and a space of solace. As <strong>the</strong> zen say<strong>in</strong>g<br />

goes: “When you do someth<strong>in</strong>g, burn yourself up completely,<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g no trace of yourself.”<br />

Additionally, each of <strong>the</strong>se traditions present a view of reality <strong>in</strong><br />

which <strong>the</strong>re is no separation between th<strong>in</strong>gs, a worldview which<br />

I have also gleaned from <strong>in</strong>digenous cultures throughout my life<br />

<strong>in</strong> Hawai’i. I see <strong>the</strong> source of all of my materials -both <strong>the</strong> raw<br />

and manufactured - as extend<strong>in</strong>g from nature. When one spends<br />

quiet time observ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> natural world, it becomes very clear<br />

how <strong>in</strong>extricably l<strong>in</strong>ked each of us is with <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d, <strong>the</strong> ra<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong><br />

soil, and of course, <strong>the</strong> stones.<br />

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PHOTO BY ALEXANDER GREY ON UNSPLASH<br />

22 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK:<br />

CELEBRATING GLOBAL<br />

PROGRESS AND COOPERATION<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

International Development Week (IDW)<br />

stands as a beacon of hope and a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> collective commitment of<br />

nations toward a better, more equitable<br />

world. Celebrated annually, IDW offers an <strong>in</strong>valuable<br />

platform to reflect upon <strong>the</strong> strides<br />

made <strong>in</strong> global development and to reiterate<br />

our shared responsibilities toward <strong>the</strong> most<br />

press<strong>in</strong>g challenges of our times.<br />

At its heart, IDW is a celebration of partnerships—between<br />

countries, organizations,<br />

communities, and <strong>in</strong>dividuals. These<br />

partnerships are <strong>the</strong> driv<strong>in</strong>g force beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

transformative <strong>in</strong>itiatives that uplift communities,<br />

foster susta<strong>in</strong>able growth, and promote<br />

<strong>in</strong>clusive development. By foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collaboration and knowledge-shar<strong>in</strong>g, IDW<br />

nurtures a culture of mutual learn<strong>in</strong>g and understand<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

essential for craft<strong>in</strong>g effective,<br />

context-sensitive solutions to complex global<br />

issues.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> years, IDW has witnessed remarkable<br />

achievements across various sectors.<br />

From advancements <strong>in</strong> healthcare that<br />

have saved countless lives to educational<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives that have empowered generations,<br />

<strong>the</strong> impact of <strong>in</strong>ternational development efforts<br />

is tangible and far-reach<strong>in</strong>g. However,<br />

<strong>the</strong> journey towards susta<strong>in</strong>able development<br />

is ongo<strong>in</strong>g, and IDW serves as a rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

of <strong>the</strong> work yet to be done.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g features of IDW is its<br />

emphasis on <strong>in</strong>clusivity. Recogniz<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

every <strong>in</strong>dividual, regardless of <strong>the</strong>ir background<br />

or circumstances, has a role to<br />

play <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> future, IDW promotes<br />

dialogue and engagement at all levels. By<br />

amplify<strong>in</strong>g diverse voices and perspectives,<br />

IDW enriches <strong>the</strong> discourse on global development,<br />

ensur<strong>in</strong>g that policies and <strong>in</strong>terventions<br />

are <strong>in</strong>clusive and equitable.<br />

Moreover, IDW underscores <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of resilience and <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong> navigat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> complex challenges of our <strong>in</strong>terconnected<br />

world. Whe<strong>the</strong>r address<strong>in</strong>g<br />

climate change, promot<strong>in</strong>g gender equality,<br />

or combat<strong>in</strong>g poverty, <strong>the</strong> need for <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

approaches and solutions is paramount.<br />

Through workshops, sem<strong>in</strong>ars, and collaborative<br />

projects, IDW fosters an environment<br />

conducive to <strong>in</strong>novation, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g stakeholders<br />

to th<strong>in</strong>k creatively and adaptively.<br />

As we commemorate International Development<br />

Week, it is crucial to acknowledge<br />

<strong>the</strong> pivotal role of grassroots movements<br />

and local communities <strong>in</strong> driv<strong>in</strong>g change.<br />

Their resilience, <strong>in</strong>genuity, and unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

commitment to progress serve as a source<br />

of <strong>in</strong>spiration and a powerful rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative potential <strong>in</strong>herent <strong>in</strong> collective<br />

action.<br />

International Development Week is not<br />

just a celebration but a call to action—a call<br />

to redouble our efforts, forge mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

partnerships, and strive relentlessly towards<br />

a world where every <strong>in</strong>dividual can realize<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir full potential. By embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> spirit<br />

of collaboration and solidarity, we can build<br />

a future that is susta<strong>in</strong>able, <strong>in</strong>clusive, and<br />

prosperous for all.<br />

INTERNATIONAL<br />

DEVELOPMENT WEEK<br />

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THE INSEPARABLE BOND<br />

OF LOVE AND ART: A<br />

PALETTE OF EMOTIONS<br />

Love and art, are two <strong>in</strong>tricately woven<br />

threads that have danced toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> annals of human history.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> immortal words of V<strong>in</strong>cent<br />

van Gogh to <strong>the</strong> passionate strokes of<br />

Frida Kahlo, artists have eternally found <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> complex tapestry of human<br />

emotions, particularly love. As Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

Day approaches, it is an opportune moment<br />

to delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> profound connection<br />

between love and art, explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> myriad<br />

ways <strong>in</strong> which artists express and channel<br />

<strong>the</strong> depths of <strong>the</strong>ir affections.<br />

The iconic quote by Van Gogh, “There is<br />

noth<strong>in</strong>g more truly artistic than to love people,”<br />

sets <strong>the</strong> stage for an exploration of <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection between love and artistic creation.<br />

Love, a universal <strong>the</strong>me, has found its<br />

resonance <strong>in</strong> literature, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, and <strong>the</strong><br />

lives of real-life artistic couples. Georges<br />

Polti’s “The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations”<br />

attests to <strong>the</strong> centrality of love, with over half<br />

of <strong>the</strong> situations <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g this profound emotion.<br />

Literature, a vast repository of human experiences,<br />

is replete with love stories. From<br />

ancient Greek mythology to Udmurt tales,<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of love permeates through <strong>the</strong><br />

pages of time. Pygmalion, Ovid’s narrative<br />

about a sculptor who falls <strong>in</strong> love with his<br />

creation, poses <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g questions about<br />

<strong>the</strong> relationship between art and its creator.<br />

Muses, too, play a pivotal role – <strong>the</strong> union of<br />

Salvador Dali and Gala, or <strong>the</strong> sacrifice of<br />

family for art by Paul Gaugu<strong>in</strong>, exemplify <strong>the</strong><br />

complexities of this <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Visual arts, with its kaleidoscope of expressions,<br />

offer poignant portrayals of love.<br />

Rubens’ “The Honeysuckle Bower,” Rembrandt’s<br />

“The Jewish Bride,” and Canova’s<br />

“Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss” immortalize<br />

moments of love, each artist captur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> tenderness and passion unique to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

perspectives. Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece,<br />

“The Kiss,” weaves mascul<strong>in</strong>e and fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e<br />

energies toge<strong>the</strong>r, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g a moment of<br />

<strong>in</strong>tense sensual pleasure with<strong>in</strong> a stylized<br />

composition.<br />

Mov<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> 20th century, Frida Kahlo’s<br />

self-portraits become an emotional canvas<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> depth of her love, heartbreak,<br />

and personal identity. From “Self-Portrait<br />

with Thorn Necklace and Humm<strong>in</strong>gbird” express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> desolation post-divorce to <strong>the</strong><br />

celebration of self-love through countless<br />

self-portraits, Kahlo’s art serves as a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> multifaceted nature of love.<br />

As we traverse <strong>the</strong> artistic landscape, we<br />

encounter <strong>the</strong> works of V<strong>in</strong>cent van Gogh,<br />

Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. Van<br />

Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms” and “The Sower”<br />

speak of familial love and bro<strong>the</strong>rly affection.<br />

Picasso’s “Le Rêve” encapsulates <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tensity of his feel<strong>in</strong>gs for his mistress, while<br />

Monet’s “Water Lilies” becomes a tribute to<br />

<strong>the</strong> love shared with his wife, Alice.<br />

These artists and <strong>the</strong>ir masterpieces underscore<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of art to express love.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r through grand gestures or subtle<br />

nuances, artists have harnessed <strong>the</strong>ir creativity<br />

to immortalize <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate dance between<br />

hearts. Love <strong>in</strong>spires sonnets, songs,<br />

and portraits – it catalyzes some of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

profound works of literature, music, and visual<br />

art <strong>in</strong> history.<br />

As we approach Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day, let us<br />

celebrate <strong>the</strong> synergy between love and art.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r exchang<strong>in</strong>g works of art as gifts or<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g pieces that express self-love, <strong>the</strong><br />

artistic realm becomes a realm of <strong>in</strong>spiration,<br />

transformation, and celebration of <strong>the</strong><br />

profound and complex emotion that is love.<br />

Love and art, entw<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> a timeless dance,<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>the</strong> canvas of human existence<br />

with strokes of passion, tenderness,<br />

and boundless creativity.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

NOURA<br />

A L S E R K A L<br />

Noura Alserkal stands as a captivat<strong>in</strong>g presence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of contemporary<br />

art and jewelry design, seamlessly blend<strong>in</strong>g artistic <strong>in</strong>novation<br />

with profound <strong>in</strong>tellectual <strong>in</strong>quiry. Based <strong>in</strong> Sharjah, Alserkal’s work transcends<br />

traditional boundaries, weav<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>tricate narratives that<br />

explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersections of personal history, cultural heritage, and <strong>the</strong><br />

enigmatic <strong>in</strong>terplay between <strong>the</strong> known and <strong>the</strong> unknown.<br />

A<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>guished alumna of <strong>the</strong> Royal<br />

College of Art, Alserkal honed her<br />

craft and expanded her creative<br />

horizons, earn<strong>in</strong>g a Master of Art <strong>in</strong><br />

Jewellery and Metal. Her exceptional talent<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novative approach were recognized<br />

on a global stage when she was awarded<br />

<strong>the</strong> RCA x Swarovski Design Project <strong>in</strong><br />

2018, a testament to her visionary creativity<br />

and technical prowess. This accolade led<br />

to an artist’s talk <strong>in</strong> Wattens, Austria, where<br />

Alserkal engaged with fellow artists, fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

solidify<strong>in</strong>g her position as a lead<strong>in</strong>g voice <strong>in</strong><br />

contemporary jewelry design.<br />

Alserkal’s artistic practice is deeply rooted<br />

<strong>in</strong> a profound exploration of her family history<br />

and genealogy. Through meticulous archival<br />

research and <strong>the</strong> re-eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g of narratives,<br />

she excavates <strong>the</strong> layers of her past,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g compell<strong>in</strong>g visual and conceptual<br />

dialogues that resonate with universal<br />

<strong>the</strong>mes of identity, memory, and belong<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Each piece she creates serves as a tangible<br />

embodiment of her quest for understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and connection, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to embark<br />

on a journey of <strong>in</strong>trospection and discovery.<br />

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Alserkal<br />

has actively participated <strong>in</strong> various cultural<br />

exchange programs and fellowships,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Dubai-Berl<strong>in</strong> Exchange Program<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Cultural Excellence Fellowship<br />

organized by ADMAF and <strong>the</strong> British Council.<br />

These experiences have enriched her<br />

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

dialogue and collaboration while fur<strong>the</strong>r amplify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her dist<strong>in</strong>ctive voice with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> global<br />

art community.<br />

Noura Alserkal’s work transcends mere<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic appeal, offer<strong>in</strong>g profound <strong>in</strong>sights<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> complexities of personal and collective<br />

identity. Through her exquisite jewelry<br />

and multi-dimensional artworks, she <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

us to contemplate <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate tapestry of<br />

history, memory, and human experience,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g a deeper appreciation for <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

connections that unite us all.<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY GAELLE MARCEL ON UNSPLASH<br />

28 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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ART FACTS<br />

THE EVOLUTION OF HEART<br />

SYMBOLS: FROM ANCIENT ROOTS<br />

TO MODERN EXPRESSIONS<br />

Ancient Elegance:<br />

Heart shapes were employed <strong>in</strong> ancient<br />

societies for decorative art, as seen <strong>in</strong> artifacts<br />

like <strong>the</strong> Indus Valley pendant, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g elegance of this symbol<br />

across centuries.<br />

Botanical Roots:<br />

The heart shape’s evolution may have<br />

been <strong>in</strong>fluenced by botanical elements such<br />

as ivy and <strong>the</strong> silphium seed pods, illustrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> diverse natural <strong>in</strong>spirations that contributed<br />

to its symbolism.<br />

Medieval Heraldic Splendor:<br />

Medieval German coats of arms featured<br />

heart shapes, reveal<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> symbol’s <strong>in</strong>corporation<br />

<strong>in</strong>to heraldic art and its role <strong>in</strong> convey<strong>in</strong>g<br />

identity and ideals dur<strong>in</strong>g that historical<br />

period.<br />

Anatomy <strong>in</strong> Art:<br />

The heart shape’s potential connection to<br />

human anatomy, represent<strong>in</strong>g curved body<br />

parts, offers a unique perspective on its orig<strong>in</strong>s<br />

and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection between art and<br />

anatomy.<br />

Philosophical and Medical Insights:<br />

The heart shape’s l<strong>in</strong>k to ancient philosophical<br />

beliefs, consider<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> heart as<br />

<strong>the</strong> seat of <strong>the</strong> soul, and medical descriptions<br />

by figures like Galen, add <strong>in</strong>tellectual<br />

depth to its symbolic <strong>in</strong>terpretation.<br />

Courtly Love’s Influence:<br />

The heart shape ga<strong>in</strong>ed prom<strong>in</strong>ence <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> thirteenth century, particularly through<br />

illustrations of courtly love, becom<strong>in</strong>g a symbol<br />

of romance and emotional connection.<br />

Artistic Evolution:<br />

Witness <strong>the</strong> transformation of <strong>the</strong> heart<br />

symbol from its upside-down depictions to<br />

<strong>the</strong> familiar shape we recognize today <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

fifteenth century, signify<strong>in</strong>g a shift <strong>in</strong> artistic<br />

representation.<br />

Church and Symbolism:<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong> Catholic Church’s later claims,<br />

<strong>the</strong> heart symbol’s existence predates Sa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Margaret Mary Alacoque’s vision, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> church’s role <strong>in</strong> populariz<strong>in</strong>g an already<br />

established symbol.<br />

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

The growth of Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> seventeenth<br />

century fur<strong>the</strong>r promoted <strong>the</strong> heart<br />

shape, as it became <strong>in</strong>tricately l<strong>in</strong>ked with<br />

romantic expressions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> form of love<br />

notes and adornments.<br />

Modern Ubiquity:<br />

From <strong>the</strong> iconic “I ♥ NY” shirt <strong>in</strong> 1977 to<br />

its present use as a nuanced shorthand <strong>in</strong><br />

communication, <strong>the</strong> heart shape rema<strong>in</strong>s a<br />

timeless symbol with evolv<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gs, reflect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> dynamic nature of our emotions<br />

and language.<br />

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Exclusive<br />

SANDEEP<br />

S O N I<br />

Sandeep Soni emerges as a captivat<strong>in</strong>g force, seamlessly blend<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

roles as a petroleum eng<strong>in</strong>eer and a versatile artist. Hail<strong>in</strong>g from a background<br />

adorned with academic laurels, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g an MBA and MS <strong>in</strong><br />

Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Analytics from <strong>the</strong> University of Massachusetts, USA, an MS<br />

<strong>in</strong> Petroleum Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g from Heriot-Watt University, UK, and a B.Tech<br />

from IIT, India, Soni transcends conventional boundaries, embody<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> fusion of technology and artistic expression.<br />

Sandeep Soni’s multifaceted journey<br />

unveils a profound love for <strong>the</strong> arts,<br />

where oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g takes center stage<br />

<strong>in</strong> his expressive repertoire. As a<br />

digital technology enthusiast, Soni leverages<br />

his expertise <strong>in</strong> Digital Oil Field solutions,<br />

<strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g traditional oil field operations with<br />

data analytics, mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g, and data<br />

science concepts. For him, art is not just a<br />

pastime; it is a way of life that permeates every<br />

facet of his existence.<br />

His artistic endeavors extend beyond conventional<br />

mediums, delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

speed pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with acrylics. This medium<br />

empowers Soni to swiftly translate his modern<br />

and surrealistic imag<strong>in</strong>ations onto canvas,<br />

captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of his creativity<br />

<strong>in</strong> real time. His specialization <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

giant-sized art on canvases and walls us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

acrylics and mixed media showcases a penchant<br />

for push<strong>in</strong>g artistic boundaries.<br />

Soni’s artistic philosophy revolves around<br />

<strong>the</strong> belief that <strong>the</strong> “art of liv<strong>in</strong>g” propels <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

to explore, <strong>in</strong>novate, and <strong>in</strong>fuse<br />

freshness <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir work. His aff<strong>in</strong>ity for oil<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g lies <strong>in</strong> its flexibility – a medium that<br />

allows him to dive <strong>in</strong>to a world of imag<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

fueled by textures, colors, subjects, and<br />

strokes. Meanwhile, speed pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

acrylics enables him to embrace spontaneity<br />

and translate his ideas onto <strong>the</strong> canvas<br />

with immediacy.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> canvas, Sandeep Soni explores<br />

a myriad of artistic expressions. From<br />

play<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> guitar and ukulele to graphic design<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

video edit<strong>in</strong>g, origami, and photography,<br />

his creative spirit knows no bounds.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r immersed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> serene practice<br />

of yoga or experiment<strong>in</strong>g with cul<strong>in</strong>ary arts,<br />

Soni’s commitment to explor<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong> every<br />

form is evident.<br />

Soni’s educational journey, coupled with<br />

his professional expertise <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> oil and gas<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry, forms a unique backdrop for his<br />

artistic pursuits. His ability to <strong>in</strong>tegrate bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

analytics and technology with <strong>the</strong> world<br />

of oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g showcases a rare synergy of<br />

left and right-bra<strong>in</strong> th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Sandeep Soni’s artistic odyssey has taken<br />

him to prom<strong>in</strong>ent <strong>in</strong>ternational art exhibitions,<br />

solidify<strong>in</strong>g his presence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> global<br />

art scene. From <strong>the</strong> MADS Gallery <strong>in</strong> Italy<br />

and art display at Times Square New York<br />

and to <strong>the</strong> BAHI Palace Hotel <strong>in</strong> Ajman,<br />

Dubai, his work has been showcased <strong>in</strong> various<br />

exhibitions such as “GENESI,” “Teslam,”<br />

“LIGHT,” and “BE THE CHANGE,” among<br />

many o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Notably, Soni participated <strong>in</strong> live art<br />

events at <strong>the</strong> Embassy of India <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi<br />

and Th8-Palm Dubai Beach Resort, engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with diverse audiences. Soni’s artistic<br />

prowess has garnered recognition on a<br />

global scale. From exhibitions <strong>in</strong> prestigious<br />

locations like ArtExpo NYC, Telavi Historic<br />

Museum Georgia, Al-Husse<strong>in</strong> Cultural<br />

Center Amman Jordon, Gallery 21, Tokyo<br />

to be<strong>in</strong>g special featured <strong>in</strong> Artventurous<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>e-Art Basel Miami Beach edition,<br />

his journey is marked by accolades. Nom<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

for Best Contemporary Artist and Best<br />

Abstract Art categories <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Magazoid Art<br />

Icon 2023 Event, Soni cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be a ris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

star <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world.<br />

Sandeep Soni’s approach to art and life<br />

is encapsulated by <strong>the</strong> philosophy of ‘Carpe<br />

Diem’ – seiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> moment to its fullest while<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> past and prepar<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong><br />

future. His art becomes a vessel through<br />

which he communicates stories, surrealism,<br />

fantasy, <strong>in</strong>tellect, science, imag<strong>in</strong>ation,<br />

love, and life. As he cont<strong>in</strong>ues to evolve as<br />

an artist and eng<strong>in</strong>eer, Sandeep Soni <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs to jo<strong>in</strong> him on this captivat<strong>in</strong>g journey<br />

where art transcends boundaries and connects<br />

diverse worlds.<br />

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BESTUNE X MAGZOID<br />

BESTUNE<br />

MURAL SHOWCASE<br />

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF FAW<br />

MAGZOID<br />

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BESTUNE X MAGZOID<br />

BESTUNE<br />

CELEBRATES 70<br />

YEARS OF FAW’S<br />

LEGACY WITH<br />

A DISTINCTIVE<br />

ARTISTIC<br />

SHOWCASE<br />

The spotlight of <strong>the</strong> even<strong>in</strong>g was on<br />

Bestune’s flagship SUV, <strong>the</strong> T99, which underwent<br />

a stunn<strong>in</strong>g transformation under <strong>the</strong><br />

skilled hands of artist Rubab Zahra. Zahra,<br />

renowned for her mastery <strong>in</strong> Arabic calligraphy,<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricately adorned <strong>the</strong> vehicle with<br />

phrases like “Drive your Senses” and “Start<br />

a new Journey,” captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

Bestune’s design philosophy.<br />

Add<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> artistic fervour was a live<br />

mural pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g by <strong>the</strong> exceptionally talented<br />

Snehita. Conceptualized by <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>,<br />

<strong>the</strong> mural served as a visual ode to<br />

FAW’s seventy years of remarkable progress.<br />

From be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> first to mass-produce<br />

vehicles <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a to achiev<strong>in</strong>g an annual<br />

production of over four million high-end cars,<br />

trucks, and buses, FAW has solidified its position<br />

as one of <strong>the</strong> world’s largest vehicle<br />

manufacturers and a Fortune 500 company.<br />

Mr. Andrew Squires, CEO of Al Khalid<br />

Auto, <strong>the</strong> official distributor of Bestune <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE, expressed his enthusiasm, stat<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

“This marks a true milestone for Bestune and<br />

FAW, encapsulat<strong>in</strong>g seventy years of manufactur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

excellence. We are delighted to<br />

convey our history of design-led vehicles<br />

through <strong>the</strong> lens of art. Our commitment extends<br />

beyond <strong>in</strong>novative vehicles; we are<br />

dedicated to provid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> UAE market with<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g new Bestune products and unparalleled<br />

after-sales care.”<br />

The event successfully bridged <strong>the</strong> realms<br />

of art and automotive design heritage, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Bestune’s commitment to excellence.<br />

Attendees were immersed <strong>in</strong> a captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fusion of creativity, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g not only <strong>the</strong><br />

legacy of FAW but also <strong>the</strong> promis<strong>in</strong>g future<br />

that Bestune envisions for <strong>the</strong> next seventy<br />

years. This artistic showcase stands as a<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> brand’s endur<strong>in</strong>g legacy,<br />

<strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sophistication of automotive<br />

design with <strong>the</strong> timeless beauty of art.<br />

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BRUSHSTROKES FROM THE PAST<br />

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ALMA-TADEMA’S “A FOREGONE<br />

CONCLUSION”<br />

In <strong>the</strong> tapestry of art history, certa<strong>in</strong> brushstrokes weave tales of love, societal norms, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate dance between<br />

<strong>the</strong> ancient and <strong>the</strong> contemporary. Among <strong>the</strong>se strokes, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s “A Foregone Conclusion”<br />

stands as a poignant portrayal commissioned by Sir Henry Tate <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> late 19th century. This article delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

nuances of this masterpiece, explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> historical context, artistic evolution, and <strong>the</strong> personal narratives that converged<br />

to create this <strong>in</strong>timate scene from <strong>the</strong> past.<br />

Set aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> backdrop of <strong>the</strong> early<br />

Roman Empire, “A Foregone Conclusion”<br />

unfolds a narrative of courtship,<br />

portray<strong>in</strong>g a man fervently offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an engagement r<strong>in</strong>g to his beloved.<br />

Alma-Tadema’s meticulous attention to detail<br />

captures <strong>the</strong> expectant gaze of <strong>the</strong> lady<br />

and her attendant, subtly suggest<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

<strong>the</strong> outcome of this proposal is already predeterm<strong>in</strong>ed—a<br />

‘foregone conclusion.’ The<br />

artist’s exploration of Roman courtship rituals<br />

aligns with <strong>the</strong> societal norms prevalent<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> depicted era.<br />

Historian Barrow contextualizes Alma-Tadema’s<br />

courtship scenes with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> framework<br />

of Roman law and practice. Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

depicted time, marriages among women of<br />

high birth often transpired at a young age,<br />

driven by political alliances and social advantages.<br />

Barrow notes that love <strong>in</strong>terests<br />

frequently developed post-marriage through<br />

<strong>the</strong> acquisition of illicit lovers. While this historical<br />

<strong>in</strong>sight enriches <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terpretation, it<br />

is essential to recognize that Sir Henry Tate,<br />

<strong>the</strong> commissioner, likely saw <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

a heartfelt tribute to his wife’s affection.<br />

Commissioned by <strong>the</strong> founder of <strong>the</strong> Tate<br />

Gallery, Sir Henry Tate, “A Foregone Conclusion”<br />

serves as a unique w<strong>in</strong>dow <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

personal life of this self-made bus<strong>in</strong>essman.<br />

Presented as a wedd<strong>in</strong>g gift to his second<br />

wife, Amy Hislop, <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g reflects <strong>the</strong><br />

Victorian ethos of express<strong>in</strong>g sentiment<br />

through art. Tate, a man of accomplishment,<br />

would have undoubtedly cherished <strong>the</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as a symbol of his endur<strong>in</strong>g love for<br />

Amy, who was 31 years his junior. The <strong>in</strong>timate<br />

scene depicted by Alma-Tadema becomes<br />

a testament to <strong>the</strong> timeless nature of<br />

love and commitment.<br />

Alma-Tadema’s oeuvre underwent a noticeable<br />

transformation over <strong>the</strong> years. While<br />

earlier works, such as “An Audience at<br />

Agrippa’s,” depicted grand historical events<br />

on a large scale, his later pieces, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“A Foregone Conclusion,” embraced smaller,<br />

domestic scenes. The shift <strong>in</strong> scale is<br />

accompanied by a departure from elaborate<br />

historical sett<strong>in</strong>gs, with Alma-Tadema <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fewer statues and artifacts. Instead,<br />

he opts for a more <strong>in</strong>timate focus, often featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a limited number of figures aga<strong>in</strong>st a<br />

backdrop of sea and flowers—a departure<br />

from his earlier, more expansive compositions.<br />

Alma-Tadema’s frequent visits to Italy,<br />

particularly <strong>the</strong> ancient sites of Pompeii and<br />

Herculaneum, played a crucial role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his artistic vision. The pa<strong>in</strong>ter, who meticulously<br />

documented his journeys through<br />

photography, drew <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> Italian<br />

landscape. “A Foregone Conclusion”<br />

bears witness to this <strong>in</strong>fluence, as Alma-Tadema<br />

recreates <strong>the</strong> Italian sett<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>clusion<br />

of figures seated on a marble bench,<br />

a semi-circular exedra, and <strong>the</strong> distant sea,<br />

adorned with vibrant flowers.<br />

By <strong>the</strong> time Alma-Tadema pa<strong>in</strong>ted “A<br />

Foregone Conclusion,” he had ascended<br />

to prom<strong>in</strong>ence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Victorian art world.<br />

Elected as a Royal Academician <strong>in</strong> 1879,<br />

his stature was fur<strong>the</strong>r solidified with a major<br />

exhibition at <strong>the</strong> Grosvenor Gallery three<br />

years later. This recognition paved <strong>the</strong> way<br />

for his endur<strong>in</strong>g legacy, with Sir Henry Tate<br />

later commission<strong>in</strong>g ano<strong>the</strong>r work, “A Silent<br />

Greet<strong>in</strong>g,” as a companion piece to <strong>the</strong> celebrated<br />

“Foregone Conclusion.”<br />

“A Foregone Conclusion” by Alma-Tadema<br />

is not merely a canvas adorned with<br />

strokes of pa<strong>in</strong>t; it is a testament to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

of personal narratives, historical context,<br />

and artistic evolution. Sir Henry Tate’s<br />

commission<strong>in</strong>g of this work as a wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

present adds a layer of <strong>in</strong>timacy to <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

while Alma-Tadema’s departure from<br />

grand historical scenes <strong>in</strong> favor of smaller,<br />

domestic sett<strong>in</strong>gs marks a significant chapter<br />

<strong>in</strong> his artistic journey. As we gaze upon<br />

this masterpiece, we are beckoned to unravel<br />

<strong>the</strong> threads of time, transcend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries between ancient Rome and Victorian<br />

England.<br />

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UAE<br />

UNRAVEL A MYSTERIOUS STORY OF<br />

ANCIENT EGYPT<br />

The Hatshepsut experience reveals<br />

<strong>the</strong> untold story of <strong>the</strong> woman who<br />

would be k<strong>in</strong>g. In <strong>the</strong>ir newest experience,<br />

kanvas, <strong>the</strong> creative and immersive<br />

hub <strong>in</strong> Dubai’s newest cultural district<br />

<strong>in</strong> Al Quoz 1, transports visitors through<br />

<strong>the</strong> pages of history and lets <strong>the</strong>m step <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> world of ancient Egypt <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> first-ever<br />

immersive show to tell <strong>the</strong> story of Hatshepsut,<br />

<strong>the</strong> first female pharaoh of <strong>the</strong> empire.<br />

This extraord<strong>in</strong>ary visual experience, on<br />

show until 18 <strong>February</strong>, blends historical<br />

facts with mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g storytell<strong>in</strong>g and flies<br />

us back more than 3000 years. Hatshepsut,<br />

<strong>the</strong> audacious pharaoh queen, hail<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

<strong>the</strong> celebrated Eighteenth Dynasty of ancient<br />

Egypt, defied conventions, dared to<br />

transcend traditional roles by stepp<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> shoes of k<strong>in</strong>gs and thus left an <strong>in</strong>delible<br />

mark on <strong>the</strong> legacy of pharaohs.<br />

The ultimate goal of Ram Nath, <strong>the</strong> show’s<br />

producer was to <strong>in</strong>troduce us to <strong>the</strong> once<br />

nearly erased legacy of this trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g pharaoh<br />

queen who has sculpted Egypt <strong>in</strong>to an<br />

era of unprecedented prosperity <strong>in</strong> trade,<br />

culture and architecture.<br />

kanvas, <strong>the</strong> new media art and event hub<br />

<strong>in</strong> Al Khayat Art Avenue serves as <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

backdrop for this extraord<strong>in</strong>ary experience,<br />

a perfect fusion of enterta<strong>in</strong>ment and<br />

education that unravels <strong>the</strong> enigmatic saga<br />

of <strong>the</strong> queen who dared to be k<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g Hathsepsut experience<br />

followed a series of exceptional artplugged-<strong>in</strong><br />

exhibitions over <strong>the</strong> past year,<br />

embody<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> core mission of kanvas: to<br />

become an <strong>in</strong>tegral player on <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

canvas of <strong>the</strong> Middle East and br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

art forms closer to a broader audience.<br />

Build<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> narratives of past experiences,<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir upcom<strong>in</strong>g shows promise a visual<br />

feast for art enthusiasts.<br />

First <strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e is a retrospective solo exhibition<br />

of <strong>the</strong> visionary contemporary visual<br />

artist, Kristel Bechara titled “A Symphony<br />

of Shadows and Light” co<strong>in</strong>cid<strong>in</strong>g with Art<br />

Dubai, <strong>the</strong> region’s largest art fair. In her new<br />

vernissage, Bechara pushes her boundaries<br />

to embrace new dimensions of advanced<br />

technologies.<br />

That will be followed by a trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

data visualization project titled „What Lies<br />

Beneath” which delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> mysterious<br />

depths of <strong>the</strong> oceans. The unprecedented<br />

visual experience, redesigned and upgraded<br />

for kanvas, is crafted from open-source<br />

datasets of ocean life by talented media artist<br />

and motion graphic designer, Susan Kosti.<br />

The orig<strong>in</strong>al work was commissioned by<br />

NSW Dest<strong>in</strong>ation for Vivid Sydney, one of <strong>the</strong><br />

largest digital art festivals of <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY ED ROBERTSON ON UNSPLASH<br />

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VALENTINE’S DAY:<br />

A CELEBRATION OF LOVE<br />

AND AFFECTION<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

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

on <strong>February</strong> 14th, has transcended<br />

its historical roots to become a global<br />

celebration of love, affection, and<br />

connection. While <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>s of this romantic<br />

holiday are shrouded <strong>in</strong> legend and myth, its<br />

contemporary significance is unmistakable:<br />

a day dedicated to express<strong>in</strong>g love, cherish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

relationships, and celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> human<br />

heart’s myriad emotions.<br />

Historically, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day traces its l<strong>in</strong>eage<br />

to ancient Rome, where mid-<strong>February</strong><br />

marked <strong>the</strong> Lupercalia festival—a pagan<br />

celebration of fertility. As Christianity spread,<br />

<strong>the</strong> holiday underwent a transformation, with<br />

St. Valent<strong>in</strong>e emerg<strong>in</strong>g as its central figure.<br />

Legend has it that Valent<strong>in</strong>e, a Roman priest,<br />

defied Emperor Claudius II’s decree prohibit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

young men from marry<strong>in</strong>g, believ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle men made better soldiers. For his<br />

defiance, Valent<strong>in</strong>e was martyred, and his<br />

feast day was set for <strong>February</strong> 14th. Over<br />

time, <strong>the</strong> celebration evolved from religious<br />

observance to a more secular, yet deeply romantic,<br />

occasion.<br />

Today, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day is synonymous with<br />

tokens of affection—heart-shaped chocolates,<br />

fragrant roses, and sentimental cards.<br />

It’s a day when lovers exchange gifts, share<br />

<strong>in</strong>timate d<strong>in</strong>ners, and create memories that<br />

endure lifetimes. Yet, beyond <strong>the</strong> chocolates<br />

and roses lies a deeper essence: <strong>the</strong> celebration<br />

of love <strong>in</strong> all its forms. It’s a day that<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>ds us of <strong>the</strong> profound human need to<br />

connect, to feel cherished, and to express<br />

our deepest emotions unabashedly.<br />

However, as with any widely celebrated<br />

occasion, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day has its share of<br />

critics. Some argue it’s overly commercialized,<br />

reduc<strong>in</strong>g love to mere commodities.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>rs po<strong>in</strong>t out that love should be celebrated<br />

every day, not just on a designated<br />

date. While <strong>the</strong>se critiques hold merit,<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day transcends<br />

commercialism. At its core, it serves as a<br />

poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der to pause amidst life’s<br />

hustle and reflect on <strong>the</strong> love that enriches<br />

our lives—be it romantic, platonic, or familial.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day has evolved<br />

beyond romantic love. In recent years, <strong>the</strong><br />

concept of ‘Galent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day’ has ga<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

traction—a day preced<strong>in</strong>g Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s, where<br />

women celebrate <strong>the</strong>ir female friendships<br />

and empowerment. Similarly, ‘Palent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

Day’ acknowledges <strong>the</strong> importance of platonic<br />

friendships, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g that love isn’t<br />

conf<strong>in</strong>ed to romantic partnerships.<br />

In essence, Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day, with its rich<br />

tapestry of history and contemporary <strong>in</strong>terpretations,<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>s a testament to love’s endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

power. It encourages us to celebrate<br />

connections, cherish memories, and above<br />

all, recognize love as <strong>the</strong> universal language<br />

that b<strong>in</strong>ds humanity. As we exchange tokens<br />

of affection and whisper sweet noth<strong>in</strong>gs, let’s<br />

also embrace <strong>the</strong> day’s deeper message:<br />

that love, <strong>in</strong> all its myriad forms, is truly <strong>the</strong><br />

greatest gift of all.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Exclusive<br />

Pouran J<strong>in</strong>chi<br />

WINDS OF CHANGE: EXPLORING RESILIENCE<br />

IN ‘FLY LIKE DANDELIONS<br />

Embark on a visual journey through “Fly Like Dandelions” by Pouran J<strong>in</strong>chi, where <strong>the</strong> artist explores<br />

<strong>the</strong> resilience of <strong>the</strong> human spirit amidst climate challenges. Inspired by Jorge A.’s narrative and landscapes<br />

affected by climate change, J<strong>in</strong>chi merges Persian calligraphy with abstraction, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> vulnerability of ecosystems. The color palette, a blend of somber tones and hopeful blues signifies<br />

devastation and resilience. The dandelion, rendered <strong>in</strong> calligraphy, becomes a powerful metaphor<br />

for migrant experiences. Rooted <strong>in</strong> Mashhad, Iran, and with a background <strong>in</strong> civil eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

classical calligraphy, J<strong>in</strong>chi weaves personal and global narratives, offer<strong>in</strong>g a profound exploration of<br />

migration and climate change.<br />

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Q.The series “Fly Like Dandelions” was <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> New<br />

York Times article on <strong>the</strong> Great Climate Migration. Could you<br />

delve deeper <strong>in</strong>to how <strong>the</strong> narrative of Jorge A., <strong>the</strong> Guatemalan<br />

farmer, and landscapes affected by climate change <strong>in</strong>fluenced<br />

your artistic exploration <strong>in</strong> this body of work?<br />

The story was an anchor for my artistic exploration. I wanted to<br />

highlight both <strong>the</strong> light and <strong>the</strong> dark. But, more importantly, <strong>the</strong><br />

journey of resilience and strength. The landscapes <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> pieces<br />

are a powerful metaphor for <strong>the</strong> wider shifts happen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> our<br />

world. In “Fly Like Dandelions,” I wanted to capture <strong>the</strong>se devastation<br />

and hope, aim<strong>in</strong>g to make people feel, understand, and<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong> human spirit <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> face of adversity.<br />

Q.Your work merges traditional calligraphy techniques with<br />

abstraction, us<strong>in</strong>g Persian characters to depict trees and tree<br />

trunks. How does this fusion allow you to delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> complexities<br />

of perception, reality, and mean<strong>in</strong>g, especially <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

context of climate change’s impact on landscapes?<br />

The use of Persian characters adds cultural depth, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> connection between language and nature. By portray<strong>in</strong>g<br />

trees through this lens, I am try<strong>in</strong>g to highlight <strong>the</strong> vulnerability of<br />

ecosystems affected by climate change. The <strong>in</strong>terplay between<br />

traditional script and abstract representation allows for reflection<br />

on <strong>the</strong> evolv<strong>in</strong>g relationship between humans and <strong>the</strong> environment,<br />

this helps <strong>the</strong> viewers contemplate <strong>the</strong> chang<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

embedded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> landscapes around us.<br />

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CONVERSATIONS<br />

Q.The color palette <strong>in</strong> your pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, particularly <strong>the</strong> use of<br />

black, grey, and blue, holds symbolic mean<strong>in</strong>g. Could you<br />

expla<strong>in</strong> how <strong>the</strong>se colors express notions of devastation and<br />

hope with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context of your artistic narrative?<br />

Choos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se color palettes is second nature to me. The darker<br />

tones convey urgency and devastation, while blue adds hope<br />

and resilience. The dusty, muted dystopian tones <strong>in</strong> my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

reflect <strong>the</strong> dark moments of our current climate crisis, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

loss and ext<strong>in</strong>ction.<br />

Q.The dandelion, transformed <strong>in</strong>to a calligraphic symbol,<br />

seems to carry significant metaphorical weight <strong>in</strong> your work.<br />

How does this delicate imagery serve as a representation of<br />

resilient migrants and <strong>the</strong>ir experiences of displacement and<br />

determ<strong>in</strong>ation to navigate new paths?<br />

Like <strong>the</strong> dandelion’s dispers<strong>in</strong>g seeds, migrants adapt and thrive<br />

<strong>in</strong> diverse environments, embody<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> human spirit’s despite<br />

challenges. It is <strong>the</strong> universal human experience of seek<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

way forward despite uncerta<strong>in</strong>ties and changes.<br />

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Q.Com<strong>in</strong>g from Mashhad, Iran, and with a background <strong>in</strong> civil<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g and classical calligraphy, your work reflects a<br />

unique <strong>in</strong>tersection of culture and diverse <strong>in</strong>fluences. How<br />

do <strong>the</strong>se varied aspects of your background contribute to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate emotional and narrative layers <strong>in</strong> your art, particularly<br />

<strong>in</strong> address<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mes of migration and climate change?<br />

Artists br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir collective life experience <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir art. This<br />

series is a life lived start<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Mashhad to present time. There<br />

is always clues <strong>in</strong> my art <strong>in</strong>fluenced by calligraphy, educational<br />

background and diverse cultures I have experienced. This series<br />

called Fly Like Dandelions reveals <strong>the</strong> layers of of migration<br />

and climate change effect<strong>in</strong>g us globally. At <strong>the</strong> end we are all<br />

dandelions.<br />

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WORLD CANCER DAY:<br />

A GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

Every year, on <strong>February</strong> 4th, <strong>the</strong> world<br />

meets to observe World Cancer Day.<br />

It’s a poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> global<br />

impact of cancer and <strong>the</strong> collective<br />

effort required to combat this pervasive disease.<br />

Initiated by <strong>the</strong> Union for International<br />

Cancer Control (UICC) and supported by<br />

organizations, governments, and <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

worldwide, this day serves as a platform to<br />

raise awareness, encourage prevention, and<br />

promote early detection and treatment.<br />

Cancer knows no boundaries; it affects<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity,<br />

or socioeconomic status. The statistics<br />

are stagger<strong>in</strong>g. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> World<br />

Health Organization, cancer is <strong>the</strong> second<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g cause of death globally, account<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for nearly 10 million deaths <strong>in</strong> 2020 alone.<br />

Beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>se numbers lie countless stories<br />

of pa<strong>in</strong>, resilience, hope, and loss.<br />

The <strong>the</strong>me for World Cancer Day often<br />

varies, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> multifaceted challenges<br />

posed by cancer. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s highlight<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of early detection, ad-<br />

vocat<strong>in</strong>g for equitable access to treatment,<br />

or emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g prevention through healthy<br />

lifestyles and vacc<strong>in</strong>ation, each <strong>the</strong>me underscores<br />

<strong>the</strong> urgency and importance of<br />

address<strong>in</strong>g cancer globally.<br />

Awareness is a cornerstone of World Cancer<br />

Day. By foster<strong>in</strong>g a deeper understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of cancer, its risk factors, and its impact,<br />

we empower <strong>in</strong>dividuals to take proactive<br />

steps toward prevention and early detection.<br />

Education campaigns, public sem<strong>in</strong>ars, and<br />

media coverage are pivotal <strong>in</strong> dissem<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

accurate <strong>in</strong>formation and dispell<strong>in</strong>g myths<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g cancer.<br />

Equally crucial is <strong>the</strong> emphasis on prevention.<br />

Adopt<strong>in</strong>g a healthy lifestyle, avoid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tobacco, limit<strong>in</strong>g alcohol consumption,<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a balanced diet, and engag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> regular physical activity can significantly<br />

reduce <strong>the</strong> risk of develop<strong>in</strong>g certa<strong>in</strong> types<br />

of cancer. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, vacc<strong>in</strong>ation aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

viruses such as HPV and Hepatitis B can<br />

prevent <strong>in</strong>fections that may lead to specific<br />

cancers.<br />

However, for those already grappl<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

cancer, timely diagnosis and access to quality<br />

treatment are paramount. World Cancer<br />

Day serves as a rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>equalities<br />

<strong>in</strong> cancer care worldwide. While advancements<br />

<strong>in</strong> research and treatment have revolutionized<br />

cancer care <strong>in</strong> many high-<strong>in</strong>come<br />

countries, disparities persist, with many lowand<br />

middle-<strong>in</strong>come countries lack<strong>in</strong>g adequate<br />

resources and <strong>in</strong>frastructure.<br />

As we commemorate World Cancer Day,<br />

let us reflect on <strong>the</strong> progress made, celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> stories of survival and resilience,<br />

and recommit ourselves to <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fight aga<strong>in</strong>st cancer. It’s a day to unite, <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

change, and work collectively toward<br />

a world where cancer no longer poses a<br />

threat to our loved ones or future generations.<br />

Through awareness, prevention, and<br />

advocacy, we can make strides <strong>in</strong> reduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> global burden of cancer and ensur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

brighter, cancer-free future for all.<br />

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UAE<br />

MORE THAN 35,000 ATTEND<br />

QUOZ ARTS FEST <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

11th Edition saw a weekend of over 200 cultural activations and live<br />

music performances from morn<strong>in</strong>g to midnight<br />

More than 35,000 visitors of all ages<br />

and from all walks of life attended<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>2024</strong> edition of Quoz Arts Fest,<br />

<strong>the</strong> region’s highly anticipated arts<br />

and culture festival. The 11th edition, supported<br />

by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority<br />

(Dubai Culture) as Strategic Partner, took<br />

place on 27 & 28 January, transform<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

lanes of Alserkal Avenue and <strong>the</strong> Al Quoz<br />

<strong>Creative</strong> Zone <strong>in</strong>to a bustl<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>clusive<br />

hive of arts, culture, food and music.<br />

Quoz Arts Fest <strong>2024</strong> featured more than<br />

30 live performances, 16 art exhibitions, 9<br />

art <strong>in</strong>stallations, over 75 food and retail concepts,<br />

and numerous community activations<br />

and workshops, from morn<strong>in</strong>g till midnight,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g an emotionally resonant festival experience<br />

for everyone. S<strong>in</strong>ce its <strong>in</strong>ception<br />

<strong>the</strong> festival has become known for br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r a wide range of <strong>the</strong> creative communities<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE and <strong>the</strong> region and al-<br />

low<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to <strong>in</strong>tersect and create shared<br />

dialogue.<br />

A Celebration of <strong>the</strong> region’s contemporary<br />

art scene<br />

The festival launched on <strong>the</strong> morn<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

27 January with a slew of major public <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

artworks, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g French-Tunisian<br />

artist eL Seed’s larger-than-life mural, ‘Collection<br />

of Moments’, on <strong>the</strong> facade of his studio;<br />

‘Red Flags’ by Anahita Razmi, courtesy<br />

of CARBON 12, featur<strong>in</strong>g a series of vividly<br />

colourful banners and flags across various<br />

sites; ‘Every Color is a Shade of Black’ by<br />

Hamra Abbas and curated by Lawrie Shabibi,<br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g colour <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context of faith,<br />

identity, race, and beauty.<br />

With<strong>in</strong> Concrete, ‘Echoes of Nature’ by<br />

London-based Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited visitors to play with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>teractive<br />

sound <strong>in</strong>stallation. Basma Choir’s mesmeris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

celebration of Arabic music and heritage<br />

<strong>in</strong> response to Suzuki’s ambient sound<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation was much-loved by attendees,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g a crowd for each of <strong>the</strong>ir hourly performances.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r popular standout work at Quoz<br />

Arts Fest <strong>2024</strong> was <strong>the</strong> light <strong>in</strong>stallation Still<br />

from Here by PHI Studio, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from knowledge possessed by nomadic<br />

Bedou<strong>in</strong>s and orig<strong>in</strong>ally commissioned for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Noor Riyadh Light Festival. Tanzanian-born<br />

artist Dipesh Pandya’s transformation<br />

of a car <strong>in</strong>to a sonic sculpture through a<br />

site-specific spoken word performance, also<br />

surprised festival visitors, creat<strong>in</strong>g a po<strong>in</strong>t<br />

of artistic connection. Sima Dance Company,<br />

a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> Arab contemporary<br />

dance, put on a visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

emotional performance that stole audiences’<br />

hearts.<br />

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Music with Passion & Purpose<br />

In <strong>the</strong> even<strong>in</strong>g, crowds were brought to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir feet by Sudanese fusion artists MarSimba’s<br />

blend of Sudanese l<strong>in</strong>go and African<br />

beats, and <strong>the</strong> remixed South Asian DJ sets<br />

of UAE-based Stick No Bills, who was accompanied<br />

by musicians play<strong>in</strong>g traditional<br />

South Asian <strong>in</strong>struments such as <strong>the</strong> sitar,<br />

tabla, and harmonium. Festival-goers were<br />

<strong>in</strong> awe of millennial artist Usha Jey’s hybrid<br />

performance of hip-hop and Bharatanatyam<br />

ft. Mithu and Janu, while enthused by <strong>the</strong> return<br />

of Big Hass, a Dubai-based hip-hop DJ<br />

as emcee and show-runner.<br />

The second day of Quoz Arts Fest saw a<br />

huge turnout for <strong>the</strong> highly anticipated live<br />

music performances by The Synaptik and<br />

Friends, helmed by <strong>the</strong> Palest<strong>in</strong>ian-Jordanian<br />

rapper at <strong>the</strong> forefront of a popular wave<br />

of Arabic rap and trap, effortlessly merg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g and rapp<strong>in</strong>g to explore issues such<br />

as migration and social <strong>in</strong>equality. His participation<br />

was <strong>in</strong>vigorated with performances<br />

by Maysa Daw, who captured <strong>the</strong> crowd with<br />

songs explor<strong>in</strong>g her personal experiences,<br />

as well as DJ Sotusura, Egyptian rapper<br />

Feluka, and pioneer of <strong>the</strong> ‘Amman sound’,<br />

Shbash.<br />

Quoz Encore, which has already become<br />

a ma<strong>in</strong>stay of <strong>the</strong> festival, returned for its<br />

sophomore cycle, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> more than<br />

80 entries by homegrown bands look<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for <strong>the</strong>ir big break. Twenty-four were shortlisted<br />

and auditioned, and twelve bands /<br />

musicians were f<strong>in</strong>ally selected to perform<br />

at Quoz Arts Fest this year. Quoz Encore<br />

has fast become a showcase of <strong>the</strong> most<br />

promis<strong>in</strong>g homegrown emerg<strong>in</strong>g musicians<br />

of all ages, genres, and languages, and a<br />

platform from which to grow.<br />

Inclusive & Inspired<br />

The 11th edition of Quoz Arts Fest <strong>2024</strong><br />

stood out for its <strong>in</strong>clusivity dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> entire<br />

weekend, with performers, participants, and<br />

visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>terests, com<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r and fully immers<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> myriad activities.<br />

Children and <strong>the</strong>ir families enjoyed a<br />

dedicated lane of arts and activities, while<br />

foodies of all ages and tastes sated <strong>the</strong>ir appetites<br />

thanks to <strong>the</strong> variety of <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary food offer<strong>in</strong>gs from pop-ups, food<br />

trucks, and permanent restaurants and cafes<br />

at Alserkal Avenue.<br />

To that end, <strong>the</strong> festival was a profound<br />

experience that resonated <strong>in</strong> unique and nuanced<br />

ways with all visitors.<br />

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KNOWLEDGE BASE<br />

LOVE AND ART: A TIMELESS<br />

TAPESTRY OF EMOTION<br />

Love, a universal and timeless emotion,<br />

has <strong>in</strong>spired artists across centuries<br />

to create masterpieces that capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of this complex and profound<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g. In <strong>the</strong> realm of art, love serves<br />

as a muse, driv<strong>in</strong>g creativity, and allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists to explore <strong>the</strong> myriad facets of human<br />

connection. This article delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

of love and art, explor<strong>in</strong>g how this<br />

powerful emotion has shaped and cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to <strong>in</strong>fluence artistic expression.<br />

Art, like love, transcends boundaries and<br />

communicates through a language that sur-<br />

passes words. Whe<strong>the</strong>r expressed through<br />

<strong>the</strong> stroke of a brush, <strong>the</strong> chisel of a sculptor,<br />

or <strong>the</strong> notes of a musician, love f<strong>in</strong>ds its voice<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> diverse mediums of artistic creation.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>terplay of colors, shapes, and forms<br />

becomes a visual symphony that mirrors <strong>the</strong><br />

complexity of human emotions, offer<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> artist’s perception of love.<br />

Throughout art history, love has been a<br />

recurr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>me, from <strong>the</strong> mythological tales<br />

of love and tragedy <strong>in</strong> classical art to <strong>the</strong> romantic<br />

depictions of courtly love <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Renaissance.<br />

Artists like Michelangelo, Leonar-<br />

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do da V<strong>in</strong>ci, and Botticelli wove narratives of<br />

love <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir works, immortaliz<strong>in</strong>g timeless<br />

stories of passion, devotion, and heartbreak.<br />

The endur<strong>in</strong>g appeal of <strong>the</strong>se pieces lies <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir ability to tap <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> universal experiences<br />

of love that resonate across cultures<br />

and periods.<br />

The 19th century witnessed <strong>the</strong> emergence<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Romantic movement, where<br />

love took center stage as a powerful force<br />

driv<strong>in</strong>g creativity. Romantic artists sought to<br />

express <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tensity of emotions, often portray<strong>in</strong>g<br />

love as an idealized and transcendent<br />

force. The works of artists like Caspar<br />

David Friedrich and Eugène Delacroix exemplify<br />

<strong>the</strong> Romantic fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong><br />

sublime and <strong>the</strong> emotional depths of love.<br />

As art evolved <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> 20th and 21st centuries,<br />

so did <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terpretations of love <strong>in</strong><br />

artistic expression. From <strong>the</strong> cubist explorations<br />

of fragmented emotions to <strong>the</strong> abstract<br />

representations of <strong>the</strong> human connection,<br />

artists like Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock<br />

expanded <strong>the</strong> visual vocabulary of<br />

love. Contemporary artists cont<strong>in</strong>ue to push<br />

boundaries, explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mes of love <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

context of diverse identities, relationships,<br />

and societal shifts.<br />

The spectrum of love extends beyond<br />

romantic relationships, encompass<strong>in</strong>g familial<br />

bonds, friendships, and self-love. Artists<br />

capture <strong>the</strong> nuances of <strong>the</strong>se relationships,<br />

portray<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> tenderness of a mo<strong>the</strong>r’s embrace,<br />

<strong>the</strong> camaraderie between friends,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>trospective journey of self-discovery.<br />

Each representation adds layers to <strong>the</strong><br />

rich tapestry of love <strong>in</strong> art, showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

versatility of this profound emotion.<br />

Love and art share an <strong>in</strong>separable bond,<br />

each <strong>in</strong>fluenc<strong>in</strong>g and enrich<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong> a<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>uous dance of <strong>in</strong>spiration and expression.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> ages, artists have harnessed<br />

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

masterpieces that resonate with viewers on<br />

a deep, emotional level. As we explore <strong>the</strong><br />

world of art, we f<strong>in</strong>d that love, <strong>in</strong> all its forms,<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>s a timeless and captivat<strong>in</strong>g subject<br />

that transcends cultural and temporal<br />

boundaries, connect<strong>in</strong>g us to <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

what it means to be human.<br />

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WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE:<br />

ADVOCATING FOR EQUALITY<br />

AND FAIRNESS<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

In a world marred by disparities and <strong>in</strong>equalities,<br />

<strong>the</strong> observance of <strong>the</strong> World<br />

Day of Social Justice on <strong>February</strong> 20th<br />

serves as a poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der of our<br />

collective responsibility to foster <strong>in</strong>clusivity,<br />

equality, and fairness for all. This day underscores<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sic l<strong>in</strong>k between social justice<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>able development, highlight<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> imperative of address<strong>in</strong>g issues such<br />

as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment to<br />

achieve a more equitable global society.<br />

At its core, social justice revolves around<br />

<strong>the</strong> fair distribution of resources, opportunities,<br />

and privileges with<strong>in</strong> societies. It calls<br />

for <strong>the</strong> elim<strong>in</strong>ation of barriers that prevent<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals from realiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir full potential<br />

due to factors such as race, gender, ethnicity,<br />

disability, or socioeconomic status. By<br />

promot<strong>in</strong>g social justice, we are not merely<br />

advocat<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong> eradication of visible <strong>in</strong>equalities<br />

but are also striv<strong>in</strong>g to dismantle<br />

<strong>the</strong> systemic structures that perpetuate <strong>in</strong>justice<br />

and marg<strong>in</strong>alization.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> key tenets of social justice is<br />

<strong>the</strong> pursuit of economic equality. As econ-<br />

omies become <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly globalized, <strong>the</strong><br />

gap between <strong>the</strong> rich and <strong>the</strong> poor cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to widen, exacerbat<strong>in</strong>g social tensions and<br />

underm<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of fairness and<br />

solidarity. Address<strong>in</strong>g economic <strong>in</strong>equalities<br />

requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses<br />

equitable access to education,<br />

healthcare, employment, and o<strong>the</strong>r essential<br />

services. It also necessitates <strong>the</strong> implementation<br />

of progressive taxation policies and<br />

<strong>the</strong> promotion of <strong>in</strong>clusive growth strategies<br />

that prioritize <strong>the</strong> needs of marg<strong>in</strong>alized and<br />

vulnerable populations.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, social justice is <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sically<br />

l<strong>in</strong>ked to <strong>the</strong> realization of human rights. It is<br />

essential to recognize that every <strong>in</strong>dividual,<br />

regardless of <strong>the</strong>ir background or circumstances,<br />

is entitled to fundamental rights<br />

and freedoms. This <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong> right to live<br />

a life free from discrim<strong>in</strong>ation, violence, and<br />

oppression. By uphold<strong>in</strong>g human rights pr<strong>in</strong>ciples,<br />

we can create an enabl<strong>in</strong>g environment<br />

where everyone can participate fully<br />

and mean<strong>in</strong>gfully <strong>in</strong> society, irrespective of<br />

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

Education plays a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> advanc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

social justice objectives. By foster<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

culture of <strong>in</strong>clusivity and diversity with<strong>in</strong> educational<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions, we can empower future<br />

generations with <strong>the</strong> knowledge, skills, and<br />

values necessary to challenge prejudice<br />

and discrim<strong>in</strong>ation. Education also serves<br />

as a catalyst for social mobility, provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals with <strong>the</strong> tools <strong>the</strong>y need to break<br />

free from <strong>the</strong> cycle of poverty and achieve<br />

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

As we commemorate <strong>the</strong> World Day of Social<br />

Justice, let us reaffirm our commitment<br />

to build<strong>in</strong>g a world where justice, equality,<br />

and dignity prevail. It is <strong>in</strong>cumbent upon<br />

all of us, as global citizens, to work collaboratively<br />

towards creat<strong>in</strong>g a more just and<br />

equitable society, where every <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

has <strong>the</strong> opportunity to thrive and contribute<br />

to <strong>the</strong> collective well-be<strong>in</strong>g of humanity. By<br />

champion<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of social justice,<br />

we can pave <strong>the</strong> way for a brighter and more<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able future for generations to come.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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LOVE UNWRAPPED<br />

LOVE UNWRAPPED<br />

An Artful Celebration of Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Gift<strong>in</strong>g - Elevate Your Expression<br />

of Affection with Unique and <strong>Creative</strong> Gifts<br />

BLOOMINGBOX<br />

ETERNAL EXPRESSIONS:<br />

A SYMPHONY OF LOVE IN<br />

EVERY GIFT<br />

Immerse <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> timeless beauty of an exquisite<br />

assortment carefully curated and<br />

beautifully arranged <strong>in</strong> a signature maroon<br />

box. This classic love box allows <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

to declare <strong>the</strong>ir affection with sophistication.<br />

For those seek<strong>in</strong>g an extra touch of<br />

exclusivity, <strong>the</strong>re’s <strong>the</strong> Limited Edition Arabic<br />

Calligraphy Packag<strong>in</strong>g – a true piece of art<br />

that elevates <strong>the</strong> expression of love. In addition,<br />

<strong>the</strong> ‏َتنأ“‏ ‏”يرمُع Collection, mean<strong>in</strong>g “You<br />

are my life,” offers a poetic exploration of<br />

love, provid<strong>in</strong>g a unique selection of gifts<br />

that speak volumes <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> language of <strong>the</strong><br />

heart. Whe<strong>the</strong>r one opts for <strong>the</strong> classic or<br />

limited edition, this Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s celebration<br />

is an opportunity to choose <strong>the</strong> perfect embodiment<br />

of love, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a masterpiece of<br />

emotions.<br />

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FLOWARD<br />

WHISPERS<br />

OF LOVE: A<br />

SYMPHONY<br />

OF ROSES TO<br />

CAPTIVATE HER<br />

HEART”<br />

Enchant her on Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day with a<br />

bouquet that transcends words—25<br />

crimson roses cradled <strong>in</strong> soft p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

packag<strong>in</strong>g, a romantic testament to<br />

your deep affection. This gift encapsulates<br />

a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g moment, mirror<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> profoundness<br />

of your emotions. The scarlet roses<br />

embody <strong>in</strong>tense love and ardor, while <strong>the</strong><br />

delicate p<strong>in</strong>k wrapp<strong>in</strong>g exudes an air of romance.<br />

Revel <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creation of an ambiance<br />

filled with enchantment and elegance as you<br />

celebrate your love.<br />

Bouquet Composition:<br />

Red Rose: 25<br />

Eucalyptus: 3<br />

P<strong>in</strong>k Wrapp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

FLOWERS.AE<br />

CHERISHED MOMENTS: RADIANT<br />

RED ROSES HATBOX GIFT SET<br />

Indulge <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> perfect gift for any occasion<br />

with our beautiful petite red Roses hatbox.<br />

Overflow<strong>in</strong>g with premium red roses,<br />

this exquisite arrangement is a surefire<br />

way to brighten up any room. Meticulously<br />

hand-crafted with a sturdy and stylish design,<br />

<strong>the</strong> gift box is adorned with a classic<br />

black ribbon, ensur<strong>in</strong>g it captivates <strong>the</strong> eye.<br />

A delightful gesture for anyone fortunate<br />

enough to receive it, <strong>the</strong>se high-quality roses<br />

convey a message of care and affection.<br />

With Balloons (3pcs)<br />

With Teddy Bear<br />

With Chocolates (25pcs)<br />

This Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s, make every moment special<br />

with our Radiant Red Roses Hatbox Gift Set,<br />

a thoughtful expression of love and appreciation.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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RASASI<br />

AURA D’AMOUR - POUR FEMME<br />

Aura D’Amour for women captures<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of everlast<strong>in</strong>g love,<br />

pay<strong>in</strong>g homage to timeless and<br />

universal emotion. This fragrance<br />

encapsulates purity, exudes romance, and<br />

summons enchant<strong>in</strong>g moments of love.<br />

Housed <strong>in</strong> a stunn<strong>in</strong>g bottle adorned<br />

with hues of deep red and silver, reflect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

love and tranquility, Aura D’Amour is a floral<br />

symphony that opens with <strong>the</strong> joyful notes<br />

of bergamot, neroli, and grapefruit. Infused<br />

with <strong>the</strong> qualities that set hearts aflutter, its<br />

heart reveals <strong>the</strong> seductive comb<strong>in</strong>ation of<br />

rose and spice-t<strong>in</strong>ged woods, guid<strong>in</strong>g you<br />

on a romantic olfactory voyage. The base<br />

note wraps up with smoky vetiver, sensuous<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r, and <strong>the</strong> dark, animalistic allure of Indian<br />

oud, leav<strong>in</strong>g an irresistible and <strong>in</strong>vigorat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

trail of passion and pleasure.<br />

The Aura D’Amour woman embodies <strong>the</strong><br />

epitome of elegance and charm. She is <strong>the</strong><br />

enchantress who captivates hearts with her<br />

grace, courage, and allure. This floral-woody<br />

oriental bouquet is a perfect expression of<br />

love, mak<strong>in</strong>g it an ideal gift for that special<br />

someone.<br />

Top: Bergamot, Neroli, Grapefruit<br />

Middle: Cedarwood, Rose, Cardamom &<br />

C<strong>in</strong>namon<br />

Base: Patchouli, Vetiver, Lea<strong>the</strong>r, Woods &<br />

Indian Oud<br />

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RITUALS<br />

OPULENT AROMAS: INDULGE IN THE PRIVATE<br />

COLLECTION XL - SWEET JASMINE GIFT SET XL<br />

Unveil <strong>the</strong> opulence of our Private<br />

Collection XL - Sweet Jasm<strong>in</strong>e Gift<br />

Set XL, a sensory journey that captivates<br />

with every element. This luxurious<br />

ensemble features Fragrance Sticks <strong>in</strong><br />

a generous 450ml size, Hand Soap provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a refresh<strong>in</strong>g cleanse <strong>in</strong> a 300ml <strong>in</strong>dulgence,<br />

Hand Balm for a velvety touch <strong>in</strong> an ample<br />

175ml, and a Scented Candle with an <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fragrance <strong>in</strong> a substantial 360g size. Elevate<br />

your surround<strong>in</strong>gs with <strong>the</strong> sweet and<br />

enchant<strong>in</strong>g essence of jasm<strong>in</strong>e, creat<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

ambiance of luxury and ref<strong>in</strong>ement. Immerse<br />

yourself <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> grandeur of this lavish collection,<br />

a symphony of scents that transforms<br />

any space <strong>in</strong>to a haven of <strong>in</strong>dulgence.<br />

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Welcome to <strong>the</strong> all-new Designer’s Corner,<br />

an excit<strong>in</strong>g space divided <strong>in</strong>to four captivat<strong>in</strong>g segments


ABOUT TIME<br />

VACHERON CONSTANTIN’S<br />

OVERSEAS MOON PHASE RETROGRADE<br />

Embark on a journey through time with <strong>the</strong> Vacheron Constant<strong>in</strong> Overseas Moon Phase<br />

Retrograde, a masterpiece that seamlessly blends technical prowess and artistic f<strong>in</strong>esse.<br />

This article explores <strong>the</strong> captivat<strong>in</strong>g fusion of astronomical precision, <strong>in</strong>novative design, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Maison’s endur<strong>in</strong>g commitment to elegance.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm where technical sophistication meets<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic brilliance, <strong>the</strong> Overseas Moon Phase Retrograde<br />

stands as a testament to Vacheron Constant<strong>in</strong>’s<br />

pursuit of excellence. The sta<strong>in</strong>less steel case,<br />

with its 41mm diameter and 10.48mm thickness, exudes<br />

sporty elegance. The Geneva Seal, a hallmark<br />

of craftsmanship, ensures a standard of quality that<br />

transcends time.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of this timepiece is <strong>the</strong> self-w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Caliber 2460 R31L/2, a marvel of eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g compris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

275 parts and 27 jewels. The precision moon<br />

phase complication, depict<strong>in</strong>g two gold moons<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st a star-studded sky, only requires adjustment<br />

once every 122 years. This poetic dance of celestial<br />

bodies is a true embodiment of <strong>the</strong> Maison’s commitment<br />

to <strong>the</strong> art of watchmak<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The Overseas collection, re<strong>in</strong>vented <strong>in</strong> 2016, embraces<br />

<strong>the</strong> spirit of travel. With a self-<strong>in</strong>terchangeable<br />

system offer<strong>in</strong>g three straps – sta<strong>in</strong>less steel,<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r, and rubber – this timepiece becomes a<br />

canvas for personalization. The watch, weigh<strong>in</strong>g 163<br />

grams, effortlessly transitions from <strong>the</strong> boardroom to<br />

<strong>the</strong> Ural mounta<strong>in</strong>s, a true companion for <strong>the</strong> modern<br />

explorer.<br />

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Trac<strong>in</strong>g back to <strong>the</strong> late 19th century, Vacheron<br />

Constant<strong>in</strong> has been at <strong>the</strong> forefront of sports watch<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation. The Overseas collection, born out of this<br />

legacy, pays homage to <strong>the</strong> famous reference “222”<br />

from <strong>the</strong> 1970s.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> spirit of travel, <strong>the</strong> Overseas timepieces<br />

prioritize essential functionalities. With self-w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mechanical movements, a generous 40-hour power<br />

reserve, and impeccable water resistance up to 5<br />

bar, <strong>the</strong>se watches promise reliability and durability.<br />

The soft iron carriage protects aga<strong>in</strong>st magnetic disturbances,<br />

ensur<strong>in</strong>g precision <strong>in</strong> any circumstance.<br />

The Overseas Moon Phase Retrograde carries<br />

a signature aes<strong>the</strong>tic that transcends borders. The<br />

hexagonal bezel, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of <strong>the</strong> Maltese cross,<br />

<strong>the</strong> fluted crown, and <strong>the</strong> translucent lacquered dial<br />

with lum<strong>in</strong>escent gold hour markers create a timeless<br />

yet contemporary allure. The sapphire-crystal-topped<br />

case back reveals a 22-carat gold<br />

oscillat<strong>in</strong>g weight adorned with a compass rose,<br />

symboliz<strong>in</strong>g travel and exploration.<br />

As you delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> artistry and functionality of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Vacheron Constant<strong>in</strong> Overseas Moon Phase Retrograde,<br />

you witness a harmonious marriage of precision<br />

and design. In <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g landscape of<br />

timepieces, this watch stands as a beacon of celestial<br />

beauty and endur<strong>in</strong>g craftsmanship, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g you<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> world with sophistication on your wrist.<br />

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BLING BOW<br />

The Elegance of Earr<strong>in</strong>gs: Colours of Love Yellow Gold<br />

Tsavorite Fluted Hoop Earr<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

Handcrafted <strong>in</strong> 18-karat yellow gold, <strong>the</strong>se earr<strong>in</strong>gs are<br />

a testament to timeless elegance. Featur<strong>in</strong>g forty-six round<br />

tsavorites and two round Mozambican rubies, <strong>the</strong>y form a<br />

vibrant symphony of colors. The 15mm diameter hoop design<br />

adds a touch of sophistication, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m a perfect<br />

accessory for any occasion.<br />

Pendant Perfection: Colours of Love Plat<strong>in</strong>um Round<br />

Cut Demantoid Garnet Pendant Set With Diamonds Halo<br />

A mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g pendant crafted <strong>in</strong> plat<strong>in</strong>um, this piece<br />

showcases a round demantoid garnet encircled by a halo<br />

of round white diamonds. The comb<strong>in</strong>ation of precious metals<br />

and gemstones creates a stunn<strong>in</strong>g contrast, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

a show-stopp<strong>in</strong>g centerpiece. Suspended on a 45cm plat<strong>in</strong>um<br />

cha<strong>in</strong>, it epitomizes grace and sophistication.<br />

R<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Style: Colours of Love Plat<strong>in</strong>um Round Cut<br />

Demantoid Garnet R<strong>in</strong>g Set With Diamond Halo<br />

A r<strong>in</strong>g that exudes opulence, this plat<strong>in</strong>um masterpiece<br />

features a round demantoid garnet complemented by a<br />

dazzl<strong>in</strong>g diamond halo. The <strong>in</strong>tricate design and craftsmanship<br />

make it a symbol of timeless beauty. Whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

worn as a statement piece or as a symbol of love, this r<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is a testament to Fabergé’s commitment to excellence.<br />

Cosmic Curve Eternity: Colours of Love Cosmic Curve<br />

Yellow Gold Tsavorite Garnet Eternity R<strong>in</strong>g<br />

In a celebration of eternal bonds, this 18-karat yellow<br />

gold eternity r<strong>in</strong>g is adorned with twenty round green tsavorite<br />

garnets. The Cosmic Curve design symbolizes <strong>the</strong><br />

everlast<strong>in</strong>g connections between family, friends, and partners.<br />

Delightfully, Fabergé has concealed a ruby <strong>in</strong>side <strong>the</strong><br />

band, add<strong>in</strong>g an element of surprise and discovery to this<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful piece.<br />

Hidden Treasures: Colours of Love Yellow Gold Tsavorite<br />

Garnet Fluted Eternity R<strong>in</strong>g<br />

A r<strong>in</strong>g that conceals secrets with<strong>in</strong> its beauty, this 18-karat<br />

fluted yellow gold piece features round Tsavorite Garnets.<br />

The fluted design adds a unique touch, and hidden<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> band is a concealed ruby, embody<strong>in</strong>g Fabergé’s<br />

love for delight and surprise. The shank’s measurements of<br />

2.7mm <strong>in</strong> width and 1.9mm <strong>in</strong> depth ensure comfort without<br />

compromis<strong>in</strong>g on style.<br />

Treasures Fire: White Gold 5.68ct Round Demantoid<br />

Garnet & Diamond R<strong>in</strong>g<br />

This white gold r<strong>in</strong>g is a true marvel from <strong>the</strong> charismatic<br />

and diverse Treasures Fire collection. With a 5.68ct round<br />

demantoid garnet and round white diamonds set <strong>in</strong> 18-karat<br />

white gold, it exemplifies <strong>the</strong> Fabergé ethos of embark<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on new adventures and creat<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g extraord<strong>in</strong>ary.<br />

Fabergé’s “Colours of Love” collection, with its vibrant<br />

garnet gemstones and masterful craftsmanship, offers a<br />

dazzl<strong>in</strong>g array of choices for those seek<strong>in</strong>g to embrace<br />

<strong>the</strong> allure of high jewelry. The “Bl<strong>in</strong>g Bow” presented by<br />

Fabergé <strong>in</strong> this stunn<strong>in</strong>g collection is not merely an accessory<br />

but a testament to <strong>the</strong> artistry and passion that goes<br />

<strong>in</strong>to creat<strong>in</strong>g timeless pieces that transcend generations.<br />

Each jewel tells a story of love, luck, and light, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

<strong>the</strong> perfect adornment for those who appreciate <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>er<br />

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

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DAZZLING DELIGHTS: FABERGÉ’S<br />

COLOURS OF LOVE COLLECTION<br />

SHINES IN THE BLING BOW<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of high jewelry, <strong>the</strong> artistry of Fabergé<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate and enchant. The latest addition<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir exquisite repertoire is <strong>the</strong> “Colours of Love”<br />

collection, a celebration of new beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs and a tribute<br />

to <strong>the</strong> January-born adorned with enchant<strong>in</strong>g garnet<br />

gemstone. As we explore <strong>the</strong> magnificent pieces from<br />

this collection, – a dazzl<strong>in</strong>g array of garnet birthstone<br />

jewelry that promises love, luck, and light.<br />

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ON FOOT<br />

Terra Forma: Where Art Meets Utility<br />

The Terra Forma collection is more than just a collaboration;<br />

it’s a testament to <strong>the</strong> harmonious marriage of art<br />

and utility. Inspired by late 80s and early 90s Nike designs,<br />

Virgil Abloh’s vision brea<strong>the</strong>s new life <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> hik<strong>in</strong>g boot<br />

silhouette. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you choose <strong>the</strong> Matte Olive or Mantra<br />

Orange, each step becomes a canvas, and <strong>the</strong> streets<br />

transform <strong>in</strong>to your gallery.<br />

Off-White and Nike break free, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g you to tread<br />

lightly, explore boldly, and celebrate <strong>the</strong> beauty of re<strong>in</strong>vention.<br />

The Terra Forma collection is a masterpiece <strong>in</strong> motion,<br />

an on-foot expression that transcends trends and stands<br />

as a testament to <strong>the</strong> transformative power of collaboration.<br />

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EXPLORING OFF-WHITE X NIKE’S TERRA FORMA:<br />

A SYMBIOSIS OF ART AND INNOVATION<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to a realm where fashion transcends its conventional boundaries, and artistic expression takes center stage. The<br />

latest collaboration between Off-White and Nike unveils a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g dance of form and function with <strong>the</strong> Terra Forma<br />

collection. In this on-foot exploration, we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> details of <strong>the</strong> Matte Olive and Mantra Orange colorways, witness<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a syn<strong>the</strong>sis of late 80s and early 90s Nike designs with <strong>the</strong> avant-garde vision of Virgil Abloh.<br />

Matte Olive: Nature Unleashed<br />

The Matte Olive Terra Forma embraces <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

nature, cloak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> silhouette <strong>in</strong> earthy tones that seamlessly<br />

blend with <strong>the</strong> environment. Suede panels grace<br />

<strong>the</strong> upper, each meticulously stitched with a translucent<br />

Swoosh, creat<strong>in</strong>g an e<strong>the</strong>real play of light. Graffiti-style artwork<br />

adorns <strong>the</strong> canvas, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fusion of urban<br />

culture and outdoor exploration. As you traverse <strong>the</strong> urban<br />

jungle, <strong>the</strong> vibrant splashes on <strong>the</strong> shoe’s canvas become<br />

a canvas of <strong>the</strong>ir own, tell<strong>in</strong>g a story with every step.<br />

The signature spiked Air sole, bear<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Off-White<br />

“TREAD” and “LIGHTLY” messages, not only provides unparalleled<br />

comfort but also serves as a powerful rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

to tread lightly on <strong>the</strong> planet. This Terra Forma iteration<br />

reimag<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong> hik<strong>in</strong>g boot with a cored-out tongue concealed<br />

beneath a zip-up shroud, elevat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> design to<br />

new heights of <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

Mantra Orange: A Blaze of Creativity<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Mantra Orange iteration, <strong>the</strong> Terra Forma becomes<br />

a beacon of creativity, channel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> spirit of bold expression.<br />

The fiery hue ignites <strong>the</strong> streets, turn<strong>in</strong>g heads and<br />

spark<strong>in</strong>g conversations. Suede overlays exude luxury, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> stitched translucent Swoosh adds a touch of <strong>in</strong>trigue to<br />

<strong>the</strong> design. The colorful midsole marbl<strong>in</strong>g, fram<strong>in</strong>g a visible<br />

Air unit, becomes a canvas for abstract art, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of<br />

vibrant brushstrokes on a blank page.<br />

As you walk, <strong>the</strong> outsole detail<strong>in</strong>g sends a poignant message<br />

— a call to treat <strong>the</strong> earth with care. The spiked sole,<br />

adorned with <strong>the</strong> iconic “ZIP TIE” tag, becomes a symbol of<br />

unity between fashion and environmental consciousness.<br />

With every step, you embody a commitment to both style<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

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MAX MARA<br />

UNIQUELY CURATED CAPSULE<br />

COLLECTION FOR RAMADAN <strong>2024</strong><br />

Max Mara’s limited-edition collection will be <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect addition to your wardrobe this Ramadan.<br />

“The Max Mara Ramadan Capsule Collection is as<br />

fresh as a field of flowers.” said Max Mara <strong>Creative</strong><br />

Director Ian Griffiths.<br />

Evok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> profuse herbaceous borders of an English<br />

country garden <strong>in</strong> June, <strong>the</strong>re are floral pr<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

worked <strong>in</strong> head to toe looks.<br />

The modest pieces encapsulate effortless elegance<br />

and ref<strong>in</strong>ement. Dresses, tunics, kaftans and<br />

soft full trousers have a fluid allure. Loose fitt<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

floor skimm<strong>in</strong>g gowns move with subtle fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>ity<br />

or, c<strong>in</strong>ched at <strong>the</strong> waist, create a draped silhouette.<br />

A simple pyjama style two piece provides a relaxed<br />

solution for day or night.<br />

The focus is on <strong>the</strong> details: contrast pip<strong>in</strong>g, subtle<br />

jewel buttons and discrete hand embroidery are<br />

<strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g touches for looks that will work on any<br />

occasion.<br />

Silk twill scarves and mules <strong>in</strong> delicate floral pr<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

and patent designs adorned with logos f<strong>in</strong>ish <strong>the</strong><br />

look. A glamorous clutch will be <strong>the</strong> perfect pair for a<br />

sumptuous dress.<br />

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Fresh floral pr<strong>in</strong>ts and dazzl<strong>in</strong>g bright colours reflect<br />

<strong>the</strong> joyful spirit of this special occasion. Pr<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

or pla<strong>in</strong>, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> shades of <strong>the</strong> rose garden, <strong>the</strong> collection<br />

shows bright yellows and oranges, a vibrant<br />

purple and a gentle cipria.<br />

These pieces, <strong>the</strong> perfect blend of elegance and<br />

simplicity, are wait<strong>in</strong>g for you to discover.<br />

An exclusive presentation of <strong>the</strong> collection will be<br />

held <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Majlis Al Ghorfat, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Jumeirah,<br />

from <strong>the</strong> 11th to 15th Feb and <strong>the</strong>n it will be available<br />

<strong>in</strong> all three Max Mara UAE stores and at MaxMara.ae.<br />

The Limited Edition Capsule Collection will be also<br />

available on <strong>the</strong> onl<strong>in</strong>e marketplace Ounass.com.<br />

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UNORTHODOX<br />

N.HOOLYWOOD’S<br />

TEST PRODUCT EXCHANGE SERVICE:<br />

WHERE FASHION MEETS PREPAREDNESS<br />

In <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g landscape of fashion, designers<br />

often f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> unexpected places. Daisuke<br />

Obana, <strong>the</strong> creative force beh<strong>in</strong>d N. Hollywood,<br />

has once aga<strong>in</strong> pushed <strong>the</strong> boundaries with <strong>the</strong><br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>2024</strong> Menswear Collection of <strong>the</strong> Test Product<br />

Exchange Service (TPES). This unorthodox collection<br />

takes cues from military-<strong>in</strong>spired garments,<br />

skillfully adapt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m for what Obana envisions as<br />

“town use.”<br />

The key <strong>the</strong>me runn<strong>in</strong>g through TPES is <strong>the</strong> fusion<br />

of fashion and functionality. As one delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

collection, it becomes apparent that this is not your<br />

typical runway showcase. Models, adorned with<br />

helmets and goggles, employ parachutes as props,<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> stage for a unique blend of style and preparedness.<br />

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Yet, amid <strong>the</strong> avant-garde appeal<br />

of TPES, <strong>the</strong>re is an underly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

message that transcends <strong>the</strong> realm<br />

of fashion. Aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> backdrop of<br />

recent calls for preparedness by authorities<br />

like Sweden’s Civil Defence<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ister and Commander-<strong>in</strong>-Chief,<br />

Obana emphasizes <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of consider<strong>in</strong>g our situations and responsibilities.<br />

The gray tracksuit and<br />

cargo pants, seem<strong>in</strong>gly ord<strong>in</strong>ary at<br />

first glance, take on new significance<br />

<strong>in</strong> a world where disaster and<br />

emergencies can strike anytime,<br />

anywhere.<br />

Obana’s vision for TPES goes<br />

beyond aes<strong>the</strong>tics; it embraces <strong>the</strong><br />

practicality of military gear designed<br />

for pararescuers. Elements such as<br />

harnesses and padd<strong>in</strong>g, eng<strong>in</strong>eered<br />

to facilitate freedom of movement<br />

and ensure safety <strong>in</strong> challeng<strong>in</strong>g environments,<br />

make a bold statement<br />

on <strong>the</strong> runway. The safety-yellow<br />

hooded topper and tracksuit-<strong>in</strong>spired<br />

looks with adjustable cord<br />

pulls evoke a sense of adventure<br />

and resilience, prompt<strong>in</strong>g onlookers<br />

to question whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> wearer has<br />

just descended from <strong>the</strong> sky or returned<br />

from a dar<strong>in</strong>g mission.<br />

N. Hollywood’s Test Product<br />

Exchange Service challenges<br />

<strong>the</strong> status quo. It transcends <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of conventional runway<br />

presentations, offer<strong>in</strong>g a poignant<br />

commentary on <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

read<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> face of uncerta<strong>in</strong>ty.<br />

As Obana brilliantly states, “Yet, <strong>the</strong><br />

best th<strong>in</strong>g is for noth<strong>in</strong>g scary to happen.”<br />

In this unorthodox exploration<br />

of style and substance, TPES stands<br />

as a testament to <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

power of fashion, urg<strong>in</strong>g us to be not<br />

only trendsetters but also m<strong>in</strong>dful<br />

stewards of our well-be<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In a statement reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ethos<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong> collection, Obana suggests<br />

that it is crucial for viewers to<br />

feel a sense of fear when witness<strong>in</strong>g<br />

TPES. It’s not about spread<strong>in</strong>g panic<br />

but ra<strong>the</strong>r encourag<strong>in</strong>g a thoughtful<br />

contemplation of <strong>the</strong> unpredictable<br />

nature of life. The collection<br />

becomes a canvas for Obana to<br />

advocate for basic knowledge and<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g ord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals like us that preparedness<br />

is key.<br />

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FOG X ADIDAS<br />

Lorenzo’s journey with Athletics began years<br />

ago, a tale of perseverance and a commitment to<br />

excellence. Unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s debut collection<br />

after a three-year wait, Lorenzo is candid about <strong>the</strong><br />

meticulous process that led to this moment. The<br />

focal po<strong>in</strong>t of his attention rests on a pair of tan<br />

basketball shoes, exud<strong>in</strong>g a sleek high-top silhouette<br />

and a thick, gummy sole—<strong>the</strong> result of an unyield<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pursuit of perfection.<br />

The Fear of God Athletics venture is a marriage<br />

of performance and style, a departure from traditional<br />

lifestyle capsules. Lorenzo, known for his uncompromis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

approach, shares <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

brand’s <strong>in</strong>ception, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a revelation about <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>itial pitch to Nike <strong>in</strong> 2015. The journey with Nike<br />

took an unexpected turn, but Lorenzo’s <strong>in</strong>domitable<br />

spirit led him to Adidas, where Fear of God<br />

Athletics found a home.<br />

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In <strong>the</strong> pulsat<strong>in</strong>g heart of downtown LA, amidst<br />

an unexpected late-Autumn ra<strong>in</strong>storm, Jerry Lorenzo,<br />

<strong>the</strong> visionary founder of Fear of God, sits<br />

at a long wooden table <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> airy conf<strong>in</strong>es of his<br />

brand’s headquarters. Clad <strong>in</strong> a luxurious dark<br />

wool Fear of God jacket, Lorenzo is engrossed <strong>in</strong><br />

a discussion about his latest creation—<strong>the</strong> eagerly<br />

awaited Fear of God Athletics <strong>in</strong> collaboration with<br />

Adidas.<br />

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FOG X ADIDAS<br />

The collection draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong><br />

late-n<strong>in</strong>eties and early-aughts football gear of Adidas,<br />

with a creative breakthrough sparked by an<br />

encounter with none o<strong>the</strong>r than David Beckham.<br />

Lorenzo’s ambition is clear—no hype, no collabs,<br />

just pure performance. The debut collection, set<br />

to drop <strong>in</strong> December, encompasses a range of<br />

activewear, featur<strong>in</strong>g signature Fear of God silhouettes,<br />

futuristic bonded seams, and a carefully<br />

curated color palette.<br />

The sneaker l<strong>in</strong>eup, a focal po<strong>in</strong>t of Athletics,<br />

undergoes Lorenzo’s meticulous scrut<strong>in</strong>y. He envisions<br />

not just performance but a cultural impact,<br />

aim<strong>in</strong>g to change <strong>the</strong> narrative around sports<br />

footwear. The collaboration with Adidas aims to<br />

transcend <strong>the</strong> court, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g back <strong>the</strong> era when<br />

sports shoes were more than just utilitarian—<strong>the</strong>y<br />

were a style statement.<br />

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Lorenzo’s commitment to youth sports is evident,<br />

with plans to sponsor high school teams and<br />

academies, emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> brand’s potential<br />

impact beyond <strong>the</strong> crowded performance wear<br />

market. The vision extends to creat<strong>in</strong>g a connection<br />

between sports and culture, challeng<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

notion that performance wear should be limited to<br />

<strong>the</strong> play<strong>in</strong>g field.<br />

The Fear of God Athletics collection, poised to<br />

fill a void left by <strong>the</strong> Yeezy bus<strong>in</strong>ess collapse, is<br />

not positioned as a mere replacement. Lorenzo<br />

asserts his respect for Kanye West’s unique contribution<br />

to Adidas and emphasizes his <strong>in</strong>tent to create<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g dist<strong>in</strong>ctive with Fear of God. Adidas<br />

CEO Bjorn Gulden sees <strong>the</strong> potential for Fear of<br />

God Athletics to be a game-changer commercially<br />

by <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

As Lorenzo reflects on <strong>the</strong> journey, he speaks<br />

of <strong>the</strong> patience required to build a successful<br />

relationship, echo<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sentiment shared with<br />

Adidas. Look<strong>in</strong>g ahead, he promises a trajectory<br />

toward perfection by <strong>the</strong> second half of <strong>2024</strong>—a<br />

culm<strong>in</strong>ation of light, playable, and transcendent<br />

performance shoes that leave noth<strong>in</strong>g compromised.<br />

In Lorenzo’s hands, Fear of God Athletics isn’t<br />

just a collaboration; it’s a testament to unwaver<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dedication, a fusion of style and sport that promises<br />

to redef<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> landscape of performance wear.<br />

The tan basketball shoes <strong>in</strong> his hands may not be<br />

deemed <strong>the</strong> best on <strong>the</strong> court, but <strong>the</strong>ir status as<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> best-look<strong>in</strong>g sneakers is unquestionable—a<br />

glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world where Fear of God<br />

Athletics and Adidas <strong>in</strong>tersect, creat<strong>in</strong>g a legacy<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir own.<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY ALEXANDRU ACEA ON UNSPLASH<br />

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TOONS AND MANGA<br />

KARASU WA ARUJI O ERABANAI<br />

RELEASE MONTH<br />

APRIL <strong>2024</strong><br />

In an excit<strong>in</strong>g announcement, NHK has<br />

revealed its plans to br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> mystical<br />

world of Chisato Abe’s Yatagarasu novel<br />

series to life through a television anime<br />

adaptation. The spotlight is on <strong>the</strong> second<br />

novel <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> series, “Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai”<br />

(The Raven Does Not Choose its<br />

Master), promis<strong>in</strong>g a visual feast for fans of<br />

Japanese folklore and fantasy. The anime is<br />

scheduled to premiere on NHK <strong>in</strong> April <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers <strong>in</strong>to a realm where mythical<br />

god-crows, known as yatagarasu, navigate<br />

a world of <strong>in</strong>trigue and parallel dimensions.<br />

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TOONS AND MANGA<br />

In <strong>the</strong> vast realm of manga and light novels,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re exists a captivat<strong>in</strong>g story that<br />

transcends <strong>the</strong> boundaries of life and<br />

death. “Re:Monster,” crafted by <strong>the</strong> talented<br />

Kanekiru Kogitsune and brought to life<br />

by Alphapolis, <strong>in</strong>vites readers <strong>in</strong>to a world<br />

where <strong>the</strong> unexpected becomes <strong>the</strong> norm<br />

and survival takes center stage.<br />

The narrative centers around Kanata<br />

Tomokui, a once-powerful human whose fate<br />

takes a drastic turn upon his demise. Death,<br />

however, is not <strong>the</strong> end for our protagonist.<br />

Instead, it marks <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of a new<br />

and <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g journey. Re<strong>in</strong>carnated <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

dim<strong>in</strong>utive form of a gobl<strong>in</strong> named Rou, Kanata<br />

discovers that his second life is a far cry<br />

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

RELEASE MONTH APRIL <strong>2024</strong><br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY DIRK RIBBLER ON UNSPLASH<br />

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BRAND LOGO<br />

I<br />

THE HEART OF STYLE: DECODING THE COMME DES GARÇONS PLAY LOGO<br />

n <strong>the</strong> vibrant realm of fashion, where every<br />

brand seeks a unique visual identity,<br />

Comme des Garçons Play stands out with<br />

its unmistakable logo—a bold, red heart<br />

adorned with dist<strong>in</strong>ctive eyes. This emblem,<br />

far from <strong>the</strong> conventional expressions<br />

of love, serves as a symbol not only for <strong>the</strong><br />

brand but also for <strong>the</strong> youthful spirit it encapsulates.<br />

Designed by Polish artist Filip<br />

Pagowski at <strong>the</strong> behest of Rei Kawakubo <strong>in</strong><br />

2002, this logo has become an icon <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world of luxury casual-style products.<br />

Design Philosophy: A Playful Rebellion<br />

The Comme des Garçons Play logo embodies<br />

a rebellious yet playful spirit. Depart<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from <strong>the</strong> conventional symbols of love,<br />

this heart is rendered with angular l<strong>in</strong>es and<br />

a rough texture, impart<strong>in</strong>g a raw and unpolished<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic. Its uniqueness lies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

gaze of <strong>the</strong> almond-shaped eyes, which,<br />

despite <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>nocence, carry a h<strong>in</strong>t of provocation.<br />

The eyes, with white sockets and<br />

black pupils, stare with a plead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tensity,<br />

establish<strong>in</strong>g a connection with <strong>the</strong> audience.<br />

The Artist’s Vision: An Immersive Design<br />

Process<br />

Filip Pagowski, <strong>the</strong> visionary beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong><br />

emblem, delved <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of Comme<br />

des Garçons Play by attend<strong>in</strong>g several of<br />

Rei Kawakubo’s fashion performances. This<br />

immersion allowed him to grasp <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Play l<strong>in</strong>e—a fusion of modernity, youthfulness,<br />

and a touch of provocation. The result<br />

is a symbol that captures <strong>the</strong> uncerta<strong>in</strong>ty<br />

of adolescence, portrayed through uneven<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es and uncalibrated shapes, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent<br />

of a teenager’s tentative attempts at expression.<br />

Typography: Playful Precision<br />

The font chosen for <strong>the</strong> logo is a grotesque<br />

capital font belong<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> Helvetica<br />

family, resembl<strong>in</strong>g Neue 75 Bold. The<br />

top row of letters is deliberately arranged<br />

unevenly, add<strong>in</strong>g a playful touch, while <strong>the</strong><br />

bottom row rema<strong>in</strong>s smooth and less bold.<br />

This <strong>in</strong>tentional asymmetry contributes to <strong>the</strong><br />

emblem’s overall sense of playfulness and<br />

non-conformity.<br />

Color Palette: Classic with a Pop of Passion<br />

Comme des Garçons Play adheres to a<br />

classic black-and-white palette, consistent<br />

with its parent company. However, <strong>the</strong> logo<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduces a burst of passion with its bright<br />

red heart. The hue, coded as #ff0000, exudes<br />

energy and adds a dynamic element<br />

to <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rwise restra<strong>in</strong>ed color scheme.<br />

The Comme des Garçons Play logo is<br />

not just a visual identifier; it’s a manifesto of<br />

<strong>the</strong> brand’s ethos—youthful, unconventional,<br />

and deeply passionate. It’s a heart that<br />

beats with <strong>the</strong> rhythm of rebellion, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fashion enthusiasts to embrace a style that<br />

transcends <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary.<br />

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

Naturalized Liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Space</strong>s:<br />

SkyGarden House <strong>in</strong>geniously <strong>in</strong>tegrates<br />

nature <strong>in</strong>to its design, with large glass panels,<br />

skylights, and glass doors. This not only<br />

illum<strong>in</strong>ates <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>teriors with natural light but<br />

also fosters a seamless connection with <strong>the</strong><br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g greenery, m<strong>in</strong>imiz<strong>in</strong>g reliance<br />

on artificial light<strong>in</strong>g and promot<strong>in</strong>g energy<br />

efficiency.<br />

Strategic Greenery Placement:<br />

The architects strategically position<br />

greenery around bedrooms and sanitary<br />

areas, creat<strong>in</strong>g simulated green gardens.<br />

This not only enhances air quality and reduces<br />

external dust but transforms <strong>the</strong> highest-floor<br />

master bedroom <strong>in</strong>to a verdant paradise.<br />

The garden becomes a focal po<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

blurr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between <strong>in</strong>terior and exterior<br />

spaces.<br />

Innovative Glass Solutions:<br />

Overcom<strong>in</strong>g challenges associated with<br />

glass structures, <strong>the</strong> architects implement a<br />

multi-layered glass design with gaps to facilitate<br />

air circulation. This approach not only<br />

dissipates <strong>in</strong>ternal heat but also <strong>in</strong>troduces<br />

outside air, align<strong>in</strong>g with a naturalization approach<br />

to air condition<strong>in</strong>g and ensur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

well-ventilated liv<strong>in</strong>g environment.<br />

Simplicity Meets <strong>Luxury</strong>:<br />

The exterior of SkyGarden House boasts<br />

a simple yet dist<strong>in</strong>ctive form, featur<strong>in</strong>g extended<br />

green areas as focal po<strong>in</strong>ts. The<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g pool not only provides a picturesque<br />

view but also serves a functional<br />

purpose by cool<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terior on hot days.<br />

Inside, a m<strong>in</strong>imalist design with warm tones<br />

creates a cozy and luxurious liv<strong>in</strong>g space,<br />

showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> fusion of simplicity, functionality,<br />

and elegance.<br />

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SKYGARDEN HOUSE, VIETNAM<br />

In <strong>the</strong> heart of Nha Trang, Vietnam, Pham Huu Son Architects have crafted a masterpiece on a<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g 100 sq.m plot of land. SkyGarden House, constructed <strong>in</strong> 2023, stands as a testament to<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative urban design, address<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> constra<strong>in</strong>ts of limited space while embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> lush tropical<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs of Central Vietnam.<br />

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

Harmony with Nature:<br />

The design <strong>in</strong>geniously <strong>in</strong>tegrates a large,<br />

detached roof, resembl<strong>in</strong>g waves, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ample shade to <strong>the</strong> structure below. This<br />

not only provides <strong>the</strong>rmal comfort but also<br />

extends its protective reach over paddocks<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternment areas for large animals. The<br />

architecture harmonizes with <strong>the</strong> environment,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a symbiotic relationship between<br />

<strong>the</strong> built and natural elements.<br />

Spatial Innovation:<br />

Utiliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> slop<strong>in</strong>g terra<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong> architects<br />

created two platforms with vary<strong>in</strong>g<br />

elevations to house <strong>the</strong> hospital’s facilities.<br />

Divided <strong>in</strong>to six dist<strong>in</strong>ct blocks, <strong>the</strong> spac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

between <strong>the</strong>m allows for cross ventilation,<br />

foster<strong>in</strong>g a pleasant microclimate. The staggered,<br />

vertical w<strong>in</strong>dows contribute to <strong>the</strong> dynamism<br />

of <strong>the</strong> facades, add<strong>in</strong>g an aes<strong>the</strong>tic<br />

appeal to <strong>the</strong> functional design.<br />

Solar Protection Marvel:<br />

Stand<strong>in</strong>g at an impressive seven-meter<br />

high, a solar protection structure made of solid<br />

ceramic bricks filters <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tense sunlight,<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> region’s climatic challenges.<br />

With a serpent<strong>in</strong>e shape, this element not<br />

only shields <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terior but also serves as a<br />

visually strik<strong>in</strong>g feature, separat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> public<br />

and private sectors of <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Bioclimatic Oasis:<br />

Designed as an oasis <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert, <strong>the</strong><br />

Unileão School Veter<strong>in</strong>ary Hospital <strong>in</strong>corporates<br />

passive bioclimatic strategies to<br />

mitigate <strong>the</strong> effects of <strong>the</strong> semi-arid climate.<br />

The architects have created generous and<br />

pleasant spaces that prioritize susta<strong>in</strong>ability,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g this build<strong>in</strong>g not only a functional<br />

educational space but also an architectural<br />

marvel that thrives <strong>in</strong> harmony with its surround<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

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UNILEÃO SCHOOL VETERINARY<br />

HOSPITAL, BRAZIL<br />

Nestled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil, <strong>the</strong> Unileão School Veter<strong>in</strong>ary Hospital stands as a<br />

testament to <strong>in</strong>novative architectural design with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> challeng<strong>in</strong>g semi-arid climate of <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Crafted by L<strong>in</strong>s Arquitetos Associados, this veter<strong>in</strong>ary cl<strong>in</strong>ic serves as a dynamic learn<strong>in</strong>g space for<br />

students while embrac<strong>in</strong>g nature and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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ART EXIBITIONS<br />

ART EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS<br />

‘EVERY COLOR IS A SHADE OF<br />

BLACK” BY HAMRA ABBAS<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE<br />

8 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 31 AUGUST <strong>2024</strong><br />

Hamra Abbas developed <strong>the</strong> concept “Every Color<br />

is a Shade of Black” over several years, start<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

‘Kaaba Picture as a Mispr<strong>in</strong>t’ (2014). Us<strong>in</strong>g cyan, magenta,<br />

and yellow (CMYK) to symbolize <strong>the</strong> Kaaba’s<br />

identity, she concluded that every color is a shade of<br />

black. This framework connects her work, explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

color about faith, ideology, race, identity, desire, beauty,<br />

gender, and personal relationships. Abbas, tra<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

<strong>in</strong> sculpture and m<strong>in</strong>iature pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, resides between<br />

Boston and Islamabad. Her work has been exhibited<br />

globally, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>the</strong> Victoria and Albert Museum<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Asia Society Triennial.<br />

SHEHER, PRAKRITI, DEVI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - ISHARA<br />

ART FOUNDATION, WAREHOUSE<br />

3<br />

19 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 1 JUNE <strong>2024</strong><br />

“Sheher, Prakriti, Devi” is a groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exhibition curated by artist and<br />

photographer Gauri Gill. Expand<strong>in</strong>g on her<br />

“Rememory” series, <strong>the</strong> show explores <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of dynamic cities, nature,<br />

and spirituality. Featur<strong>in</strong>g twelve artists<br />

and collectives, <strong>the</strong> exhibition transcends diverse<br />

contexts, reveal<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> porous nature<br />

of urban and rural spaces. Gill <strong>in</strong>vites viewers<br />

to perceive ecology as a convergence<br />

of cultural, natural, and spiritual realms. The<br />

curated works, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g pieces by Chamba<br />

Rumal, Chiara Camoni, and o<strong>the</strong>rs,<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong> beauty and truths found <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> mundane to <strong>the</strong> transcendental. Gill acknowledges<br />

artists who persist outside traditional<br />

art networks, foster<strong>in</strong>g a dialogue on<br />

dualistic worlds—depleted and regenerative,<br />

colonial and Indigenous, mundane and<br />

magical. The exhibition, supported by ZEISS<br />

and J. Safra Saras<strong>in</strong> (Middle East) Ltd., is a<br />

unique celebration of diverse voices <strong>in</strong> art.<br />

90 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> www.magzoid.com


“BEFORE NATURE (I AM<br />

BOTH CREATED AND DE-<br />

STROYED)” BY KAMRAN<br />

SAMIMI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - THE<br />

THIRD LINE, WAREHOUSE 78<br />

11 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 16 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

Kamran Samimi’s debut exhibition at The<br />

Third L<strong>in</strong>e, “Before Nature (I Am Both Created<br />

and Destroyed),” draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE’s natural materials. Translations<br />

(<strong>2024</strong>) explores Dubai’s architecture through<br />

organic shapes <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> local mounta<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

Small Monuments (2023) features<br />

stones from global locations transformed<br />

<strong>in</strong>to unique canvases, while Ra<strong>in</strong> Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

(2023) pays homage to Samimi’s Hawai’i<br />

childhood. The centerpiece, Unbroken Column<br />

(<strong>2024</strong>), crafted from limestone, reflects<br />

on ancient religious structures <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

The exhibition delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay between<br />

age-old traditions and modern aspirations,<br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g viewers to hidden forces<br />

shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir existence.<br />

“FLY LIKE DANDELIONS” BY POURAN JINCHI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - THE THIRD LINE, WAREHOUSE 78<br />

11 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 16 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

Pouran J<strong>in</strong>chi’s latest series, “Fly Like Dandelions 9” (2023), draws <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from <strong>the</strong> New York Times article “Great Climate Migration.” Depict<strong>in</strong>g landscapes<br />

affected by climate change, J<strong>in</strong>chi uses Persian characters for “trees”<br />

to create fad<strong>in</strong>g depictions of tree trunks, merg<strong>in</strong>g traditional calligraphy with<br />

abstraction. Her color palette reflects devastation <strong>in</strong> black and grey, with blue<br />

embody<strong>in</strong>g hope. Dandelions, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> nuanced nature of migration,<br />

drift across <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs as calligraphic seed pods, represent<strong>in</strong>g resilient migrants<br />

navigat<strong>in</strong>g new paths amid climate change’s profound impact.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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FEATURED ARTWORK<br />

@01000101_01100111_01101111<br />

@philipsue_art<br />

@raphael.vavasseur.art<br />

92 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

www.magzoid.com


FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHS<br />

@beautifulslowlife<br />

@moises_levy_street<br />

@novusarte<br />

@dirtyalp<strong>in</strong>e<br />

@fubiz<br />

@panoramachannel<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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FEBRUARY’S FLAVORFUL LOVE: DUBAI’S DIVINE DINES AND COZY INNS<br />

FEBRUARY’S<br />

FLAVORFUL LOVE:<br />

DUBAI’S DIVINE DINES AND COZY INNS<br />

Embark on a romantic journey through <strong>the</strong> heart of Dubai with ‘<strong>February</strong>’s Flavorful<br />

Love: Dubai’s Div<strong>in</strong>e D<strong>in</strong>es and Cozy Inns.’ Delight your senses <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city’s gastronomic<br />

wonders, from exquisite d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experiences to <strong>in</strong>timate <strong>in</strong>ns, as you savor <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect blend of love and flavor <strong>in</strong> this enchant<strong>in</strong>g <strong>February</strong> escapade.<br />

OBSERVATORY<br />

BAR & GRILL’S<br />

ENCHANTING DINING<br />

EXPERIENCE<br />

Elevate your Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s Day at Observatory<br />

Bar & Grill, perched on <strong>the</strong><br />

52nd floor of Dubai Marriott Harbour<br />

Hotel & Suites. Immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> an<br />

enchant<strong>in</strong>g even<strong>in</strong>g of love, featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a three-course gourmet menu curated<br />

for <strong>the</strong> occasion. With city views that<br />

steal your breath away, enjoy <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

blend of cul<strong>in</strong>ary mastery and live<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment. Priced at AED 650 per<br />

couple (soft dr<strong>in</strong>ks) or AED 850 per couple<br />

(house beverages), savor a gastronomic<br />

journey crafted by expert chefs.<br />

The romantic ambiance, set aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong><br />

backdrop of Palm Jumeirah and Dubai<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a’s 360-degree vistas, promises<br />

an unforgettable celebration. Jo<strong>in</strong> us on<br />

<strong>February</strong> 14th from 6:30-11:30 pm for a<br />

night of love and <strong>in</strong>dulgence.<br />

AMO AT<br />

VIA TOLEDO<br />

RSVP, an upscale French f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

spot <strong>in</strong> Jumeirah Boxpark. This Michel<strong>in</strong><br />

Guide gem <strong>in</strong>vites you to savor a specially<br />

curated weekend breakfast menu,<br />

fus<strong>in</strong>g French tradition with a Mediterranean<br />

twist and subtle Asian flavors.<br />

Highlights <strong>in</strong>clude Omellette au lard,<br />

Tart<strong>in</strong>e à l’avocat, and crowd-pleasers<br />

like Gallete à la benédict<strong>in</strong>é and Croque-madam.<br />

Situated <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lively Boxpark, RSVP<br />

boasts an aes<strong>the</strong>tically designed space<br />

resembl<strong>in</strong>g a collector’s d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room.<br />

Open for breakfast from 9 am to 3:30<br />

pm and brunch from noon to 3:30 pm<br />

on Saturdays and Sundays, RSVP offers<br />

a ref<strong>in</strong>ed yet approachable environment,<br />

emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> joy of d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and connect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over exquisite food. Don’t miss<br />

<strong>the</strong> chance to conclude your experience<br />

on a sweet note with delightful desserts<br />

A CULINARY SYMPHONY OF<br />

ITALIAN OPULENCE IN DUBAI<br />

RSVP: FRENCH ELEGANCE MEETS CULINARY<br />

MASTERY IN BOXPARK<br />

like French toast and Chouquette au<br />

chocolate.<br />

94 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong> www.magzoid.com


Amo at Via Toledo, <strong>the</strong> epitome of Italian<br />

luxury nestled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Dubai’s<br />

Address Beach Resort. This luxurious<br />

Italian haven <strong>in</strong>vites you to experience<br />

<strong>the</strong> cornerstone of gastronomic excellence<br />

with its au<strong>the</strong>ntic and traditional<br />

approach to Italian cuis<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> welcom<strong>in</strong>g embrace of<br />

familial Italian hospitality at this traditional<br />

trattoria, where exquisite quality,<br />

signature recipes, and a friendly atmosphere.<br />

The captivat<strong>in</strong>g ambiance<br />

seamlessly blends modern luxury with<br />

timeless Italian elegance, sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

stage for an unparalleled d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

Embark on a cul<strong>in</strong>ary odyssey curated<br />

by esteemed chefs, and masters of <strong>the</strong><br />

art of Italian gastronomy. Each dish is a<br />

masterpiece, meticulously crafted with<br />

<strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est, freshest <strong>in</strong>gredients sourced<br />

from Italy, promis<strong>in</strong>g an au<strong>the</strong>ntic taste<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Mediterranean. From mouth-water<strong>in</strong>g<br />

handmade pasta to sumptuous<br />

seafood and decadent desserts, every<br />

plate is a celebration of flavor, texture,<br />

and artistry.<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> art of f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g at Amo<br />

at Via Toledo, where every meal is a<br />

symphony of flavors and a celebration<br />

of Italian cul<strong>in</strong>ary heritage.<br />

SALVAJE UNVEILS EXTRAVAGANT JAPANESE DINING<br />

AT THE ADDRESS OPERA RESIDENCES<br />

Salvaje, <strong>the</strong> globally acclaimed Japanese<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g sensation, has debuted<br />

its first Dubai location at The Address<br />

Opera Residences <strong>in</strong> Downtown Dubai.<br />

Boast<strong>in</strong>g panoramic views of <strong>the</strong> Burj<br />

Khalifa, <strong>the</strong> two-floor restaurant features<br />

chic tropical décor by Lázaro Rosa-Violán.<br />

Upstairs, a smart-casual restaurant<br />

seats 250, while <strong>the</strong> SLVJ lounge<br />

downstairs accommodates 190. Headed<br />

by Chef Fermín Azkue, Salvaje Dubai’s<br />

menu offers a fusion of Japanese and<br />

Spanish flavors. Exclusive experiences<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude Omakase and hand-crafted<br />

cocktails by master mixologist Borja<br />

Goikoetxea. Salvaje is set to redef<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Dubai’s cul<strong>in</strong>ary scene, promis<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

electrify<strong>in</strong>g ambiance and wild cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

adventure.<br />

For reservations, visit salvajedubai.com<br />

or call 04 570 3653.<br />

Operat<strong>in</strong>g hours: Mon-Fri (12 pm-4 pm,<br />

7 pm-1 am), Sat-Sun (12 pm-4 pm, 7<br />

pm-2 am).<br />

Location: The Address Opera Residences,<br />

Downtown Dubai.<br />

Follow @salvaje.dubai on Instagram for<br />

updates.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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