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“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ― Andy Warhol Step into creativity and change with Magzoid Magazine's April 2024 edition, "Art for Change." This edition highlights artists pushing boundaries and innovating in their respective fields, inspiring transformative shifts in the artistic landscape. Featured artists include En Iwamura, Erik Minter, Jen Stark, Refik Anadol, and Sougwen Chung, whose visionary works challenge conventions and ignite conversations. April brings moments of cultural celebration, including Eid al-Fitr. We extend warm wishes to all, saying Eid ul Fitr Mubarak, and embracing unity and joy. Special days in April beckon reflection and awareness, including World Autism Awareness Day, World Earth Day, World Health Day, and World Heritage Day, underscoring the importance of global understanding and environmental stewardship.

“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
― Andy Warhol

Step into creativity and change with Magzoid Magazine's April 2024 edition, "Art for Change." This edition highlights artists pushing boundaries and innovating in their respective fields, inspiring transformative shifts in the artistic landscape.

Featured artists include En Iwamura, Erik Minter, Jen Stark, Refik Anadol, and Sougwen Chung, whose visionary works challenge conventions and ignite conversations.

April brings moments of cultural celebration, including Eid al-Fitr. We extend warm wishes to all, saying Eid ul Fitr Mubarak, and embracing unity and joy. Special days in April beckon reflection and awareness, including World Autism Awareness Day, World Earth Day, World Health Day, and World Heritage Day, underscoring the importance of global understanding and environmental stewardship.

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Step <strong>in</strong>to creativity and change with <strong>Magzoid</strong> <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>’s <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong> edition, “Art for<br />

Change.” This edition highlights artists push<strong>in</strong>g boundaries and <strong>in</strong>novat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir respective<br />

fields, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g transformative shifts <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> artistic landscape.<br />

Featured artists <strong>in</strong>clude En Iwamura, Erik M<strong>in</strong>ter, Jen Stark, Refik Anadol, and<br />

Sougwen Chung, whose visionary works challenge conventions and ignite conversations.<br />

<strong>April</strong> br<strong>in</strong>gs moments of cultural celebration, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Eid al-Fitr. We extend warm<br />

wishes to all, say<strong>in</strong>g Eid ul Fitr Mubarak, and embrac<strong>in</strong>g unity and joy. Special days <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>April</strong> beckon reflection and awareness, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g World Autism Awareness Day, World<br />

Earth Day, World Health Day, and World Heritage Day, underscor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> importance of<br />

global understand<strong>in</strong>g and environmental stewardship.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> Designer’s Corner, discover <strong>the</strong> fusion of time and music with <strong>the</strong> Audemars<br />

Piguet x John Mayer collaboration. Adorn yourself with <strong>the</strong> exquisite Fabergé Amethyst<br />

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to embrace creativity, diversity, and <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art. Happy read<strong>in</strong>g!<br />

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

Saleha Khanam<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

FEATURED ARTIST<br />

08<br />

22<br />

30<br />

40<br />

49<br />

54<br />

EDITORIAL<br />

12<br />

59<br />

Refik Anadol<br />

En Lwamura<br />

Sougwen Chung<br />

Jen Stark<br />

Sandeep Soni<br />

Erik M<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

Embrac<strong>in</strong>g Diversity: The<br />

Transformative Power of Special<br />

Needs <strong>in</strong> Art<br />

Art for a Change: Redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

purpose of art <strong>in</strong> society<br />

CONVERSATIONS<br />

16<br />

Dr. Khaled Alawadi<br />

SPECIAL DAY<br />

19<br />

29<br />

39<br />

65<br />

World Autism Awareness Day<br />

World Earth Day<br />

World Health Day<br />

World Heritage Day<br />

BRUSHTROKES FROM THE PAST<br />

34<br />

Explor<strong>in</strong>g Henri Matisse’s “The<br />

Dessert: Harmony <strong>in</strong> Red”<br />

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ART FACTS<br />

51<br />

10 Fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g Art Facts You Probably<br />

Didn’t Know<br />

BLINK<br />

53<br />

Captur<strong>in</strong>g L<strong>in</strong>gnan Culture: The Unveil<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

Banyan Tree Dongguan Songshan Lake<br />

GALLERY<br />

60<br />

“Carpets of Eden, Gardens of Fantasy”<br />

Exhibition Unveiled: Explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Artistic<br />

Potential of Carpets<br />

DESIGNER’S CORNER<br />

68<br />

70<br />

72<br />

76<br />

78<br />

83<br />

86<br />

92<br />

94<br />

95<br />

96<br />

About Time<br />

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

On Foot<br />

Lux<br />

Unorthodox<br />

Toons & Manga<br />

Architectural Wonders<br />

Art Exhibitions & Events<br />

Featured Artwork<br />

Featured Photographs<br />

<strong>April</strong>’s Flavorful Thrills<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

Exclusive<br />

REFIK<br />

A N A D O L<br />

Refik Anadol stands at <strong>the</strong> forefront of a new era <strong>in</strong> art, where data and mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

converge to redef<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> boundaries of creativity. Born <strong>in</strong> Istanbul, Turkey, Anadol has<br />

established himself as an <strong>in</strong>ternationally renowned media artist, director, and pioneer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics of mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence. Currently based <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles, California, Anadol’s work<br />

transcends traditional artistic boundaries, offer<strong>in</strong>g audiences immersive experiences that<br />

challenge perceptions of space, time, and humanity itself.<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of Anadol’s practice lies<br />

a fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection<br />

of technology and art. Through his<br />

studio, Refik Anadol Studio, and research<br />

practice, RAS LAB, Anadol explores<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative approaches to data narratives,<br />

employ<strong>in</strong>g cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge techniques to create<br />

breathtak<strong>in</strong>g visualizations of unseen<br />

worlds. Utiliz<strong>in</strong>g a diverse array of media,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g three-dimensional data sculptures,<br />

live audio/visual performances, and immersive<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations, Anadol transforms raw<br />

data <strong>in</strong>to captivat<strong>in</strong>g works of art.<br />

Anadol’s oeuvre reflects a deep engagement<br />

with <strong>the</strong> implications of ubiquitous<br />

comput<strong>in</strong>g and mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence on<br />

contemporary society. His projects, such as<br />

“Mach<strong>in</strong>e Halluc<strong>in</strong>ation: NYC” and “Sense of<br />

Heal<strong>in</strong>g,” seamlessly blend digital and physical<br />

realities, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to reconsider<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir relationship with technology and <strong>the</strong><br />

environment. By harness<strong>in</strong>g vast datasets,<br />

Anadol crafts immersive environments that<br />

offer a dynamic reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g of our world.<br />

Central to Anadol’s practice is <strong>the</strong> concept<br />

of “post-digital architecture,” where<strong>in</strong> he<br />

envisions alternative realities by redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> functionalities of architectural elements.<br />

Through his pioneer<strong>in</strong>g use of artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

<strong>in</strong> public artworks, Anadol pushes <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of what is possible, collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stitutions and organizations<br />

such as Google, Microsoft, and NASA/JPL.<br />

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Anadol’s impact extends beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of art, as he actively engages <strong>in</strong> global<br />

conversations on technology, creativity, and<br />

humanity. Through lectures, talks, and symposiums,<br />

Anadol shares his <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative potential of AI <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

collective future.<br />

As accolades and awards cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

pour <strong>in</strong> for his groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g work, Refik<br />

Anadol rema<strong>in</strong>s committed to push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries of artistic expression, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

audiences glimpses <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities<br />

of <strong>the</strong> digital age. In a world where<br />

data reigns supreme, Anadol’s visionary creations<br />

serve as a beacon of <strong>in</strong>spiration, challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us to reimag<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> world around us<br />

through <strong>the</strong> lens of mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence.<br />

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EMBRACING DIVERSITY:<br />

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER<br />

OF SPECIAL NEEDS IN ART<br />

In <strong>the</strong> vast canvas of human expression, art transcends boundaries, speaks languages untold, and<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts realities both seen and unseen. With<strong>in</strong> this tapestry lies a vibrant thread often overlooked but<br />

rich with nuance and beauty—<strong>the</strong> artistry of <strong>in</strong>dividuals with special needs. In <strong>the</strong> realm of creativity,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>dividuals offer perspectives that challenge norms, redef<strong>in</strong>e boundaries, and enrich <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

landscape <strong>in</strong> profound ways.<br />

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EDITORIAL<br />

As we navigate a world <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly<br />

recogniz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> importance of <strong>in</strong>clusivity<br />

and diversity, it becomes<br />

imperative to acknowledge and celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>valuable contributions of artists<br />

with special needs. Their works not only mirror<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir unique experiences but also serve<br />

as a mirror to society, reflect<strong>in</strong>g our collective<br />

journey toward understand<strong>in</strong>g, empathy,<br />

and acceptance.<br />

Art, <strong>in</strong> its essence, is a universal language—a<br />

conduit through which emotions,<br />

ideas, and narratives flow freely. For <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

with special needs, art becomes a<br />

sanctuary—a realm where limitations dissipate,<br />

and boundless imag<strong>in</strong>ation takes<br />

flight. In <strong>the</strong> strokes of a brush, <strong>the</strong> notes of a<br />

melody, or <strong>the</strong> dance of movement, <strong>the</strong>y f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

liberation from <strong>the</strong> constra<strong>in</strong>ts of <strong>the</strong>ir condition,<br />

express<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mselves with an au<strong>the</strong>nticity<br />

that resonates deeply with audiences<br />

worldwide.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, <strong>the</strong> process of creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art offers myriad <strong>the</strong>rapeutic benefits, empower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals with special needs<br />

to navigate <strong>the</strong> complexities of <strong>the</strong>ir world<br />

with newfound confidence and self-awareness.<br />

Through art <strong>the</strong>rapy programs, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

discover a medium through which <strong>the</strong>y can<br />

confront <strong>the</strong>ir challenges, channel <strong>the</strong>ir emotions,<br />

and cultivate a sense of agency over<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir lives. In this way, art becomes not only<br />

a form of expression but also a catalyst for<br />

personal growth and empowerment.<br />

Moreover, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g special needs artists<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> broader artistic community enriches<br />

our cultural tapestry, challeng<strong>in</strong>g conventional<br />

notions of beauty, skill, and creativity.<br />

Their works serve as a testament to <strong>the</strong> diversity<br />

of human experience, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

to embrace <strong>the</strong> beauty <strong>in</strong> imperfection,<br />

<strong>the</strong> poetry <strong>in</strong> difference, and <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

humanity that b<strong>in</strong>ds us all toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

As a society, we must strive to create <strong>in</strong>clusive<br />

spaces that nurture and celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> talents of <strong>in</strong>dividuals with special needs.<br />

Art galleries, museums, and cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

must actively seek out and showcase<br />

<strong>the</strong> works of <strong>the</strong>se artists, provid<strong>in</strong>g platforms<br />

for <strong>the</strong>ir voices to be heard and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

stories to be told. By do<strong>in</strong>g so, we not only<br />

honor <strong>the</strong>ir contributions but also foster a<br />

more <strong>in</strong>clusive and compassionate society—one<br />

where diversity is celebrated, and<br />

everyone has <strong>the</strong> opportunity to sh<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> pages of this magaz<strong>in</strong>e dedicated<br />

to special needs and arts, we embark<br />

on a journey of discovery—a journey that<br />

celebrates <strong>the</strong> transformative power of creativity,<br />

<strong>the</strong> resilience of <strong>the</strong> human spirit,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities that emerge<br />

when we embrace diversity <strong>in</strong> all its forms.<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> lens of art, we f<strong>in</strong>d a reflection<br />

of ourselves—a rem<strong>in</strong>der that, despite our<br />

differences, we are all connected by <strong>the</strong> universal<br />

language of creativity and expression.<br />

As we navigate <strong>the</strong> complexities of <strong>the</strong><br />

world around us, let us heed <strong>the</strong> call to celebrate<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistry of <strong>in</strong>dividuals with special<br />

needs—to amplify <strong>the</strong>ir voices, honor <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

stories, and embrace <strong>the</strong> beauty of diversity<br />

<strong>in</strong> all its forms. In do<strong>in</strong>g so, we not only enrich<br />

our artistic landscape but also reaffirm<br />

our commitment to build<strong>in</strong>g a more <strong>in</strong>clusive<br />

and equitable society for all.<br />

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14 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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REVIVING URBAN SPACES:<br />

INLOCO STORAGE’S<br />

COLLABORATION WITH SCHOLAR<br />

DR. KHALED ALAWADI<br />

For Inloco, <strong>the</strong> “Alleys: Regional and Local Perspectives” project holds particular relevance as <strong>the</strong><br />

ways people claim spaces <strong>in</strong> small alleys resemble urban art practices. This Initiative curated by<br />

Dr. Khaled Alawadi, <strong>the</strong> first UAE national scholar <strong>in</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>able urbanism and an Assistant Professor<br />

at Khalifa University extends beyond just a public talk and <strong>in</strong>corporates <strong>the</strong> temporary sikka<br />

display, which br<strong>in</strong>gs to life <strong>the</strong> ambiance of a traditional alleyway.<br />

INLOCO<br />

This hidden gem <strong>in</strong> Dubai provides<br />

a sanctuary where visitors can unw<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> shade and rejuvenate<br />

amidst <strong>the</strong> urban art milieu. Access<br />

to Inloco Gallery is through a lush alleyway,<br />

embellished with flowers, carefully selected<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage furniture, and carpets, sett<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

tranquil stage for <strong>the</strong> art that lies with<strong>in</strong>. As<br />

dusk settles, <strong>the</strong> space is gently lit with warm<br />

fairy lights, foster<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g environment<br />

for <strong>in</strong>timate discussions about art. With<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Sikka, visitors are presented with <strong>the</strong> chance<br />

to delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> photo works of Dr. Khaled<br />

Alawadi, showcased <strong>in</strong> a series that pays<br />

homage to <strong>the</strong> essence of alleyways.<br />

Through <strong>in</strong>itiatives like <strong>the</strong> public talk<br />

“Alleys: Regional and Local Perspectives,”<br />

hosted by Inloco Gallery, Dr. Alawadi has<br />

significantly contributed to <strong>the</strong> discourse<br />

on urban design. The project illustrates <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative effect of small-scale, grassroots<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essential<br />

role of alleys <strong>in</strong> improv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> livability and<br />

vibrancy of urban sett<strong>in</strong>gs. This discussion,<br />

which delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> narrow, hidden pathways<br />

that serve as lifel<strong>in</strong>es of social <strong>in</strong>teraction<br />

and connectors of communities, reflects<br />

a deeper understand<strong>in</strong>g of alleys, or ‘sikkak’,<br />

as holders of historical and cultural layers<br />

and as crucial elements <strong>in</strong> urban plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and community <strong>in</strong>teraction.<br />

The significance of Dr. Alawadi’s work<br />

becomes even more pronounced aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

<strong>the</strong> backdrop of a significant shift <strong>in</strong> urban<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, from pedestrian-focused<br />

designs to a more car-centric and mega-scale<br />

project orientation. This evolution <strong>in</strong><br />

urban design, while lead<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> development<br />

of gated communities, tower complexes,<br />

and large shopp<strong>in</strong>g malls, needs to pay<br />

more attention to <strong>the</strong> vibrancy and diversity<br />

that pedestrian-oriented spaces br<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

urban life. Such spaces, as highlighted <strong>in</strong><br />

historical districts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi<br />

and evolv<strong>in</strong>g residential areas, are not only<br />

crucial for facilitat<strong>in</strong>g pedestrian movement<br />

but also act as lively venues for social gath-<br />

er<strong>in</strong>gs, contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> rich tapestry of<br />

urban life.<br />

Dr. Alawadi’s devoted research and public<br />

engagement illum<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong> critical need for a<br />

paradigm shift back towards human-scale<br />

urbanism, where diversity, susta<strong>in</strong>ability, and<br />

community engagement are prioritized. This<br />

approach to urban plann<strong>in</strong>g advocates for<br />

environments that not only cater to economic<br />

activities but also enrich <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>habitants’<br />

social and cultural lives. By <strong>in</strong>tegrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

essence of Dr. Alawadi’s <strong>in</strong>sights with <strong>the</strong><br />

broader trends of urban development, a<br />

compell<strong>in</strong>g case is made for <strong>the</strong> re<strong>in</strong>tegration<br />

of pedestrian-friendly spaces <strong>in</strong>to modern<br />

urban plann<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

As urban landscapes cont<strong>in</strong>ue to evolve,<br />

advocacy for preserv<strong>in</strong>g and appreciat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pedestrian-friendly, human-scale spaces<br />

highlights <strong>the</strong> importance of traditional urban<br />

elements and <strong>the</strong>ir adaptation to contemporary<br />

needs. This perspective not only<br />

ensures <strong>the</strong> livability and vibrancy of cities<br />

but also fosters urban spaces that are economically<br />

vibrant, socially <strong>in</strong>clusive, and<br />

culturally rich. Dr. Alawadi’s work, embody<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> language of<br />

science with <strong>the</strong> visual language, becomes<br />

a crucial touchstone for those seek<strong>in</strong>g to enhance<br />

<strong>the</strong> quality of urban life, creat<strong>in</strong>g more<br />

dynamic, <strong>in</strong>clusive, and susta<strong>in</strong>able urban<br />

ecosystems.<br />

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alleys are not only understood as functional<br />

pathways but also as dynamic spaces<br />

where diverse social, cultural, and economic<br />

exchanges unfold. Embrac<strong>in</strong>g this holistic<br />

view of alleys enriches <strong>the</strong> discourse on urban<br />

design by expand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> conceptual<br />

framework to encompass <strong>the</strong> nuanced dynamics<br />

of everyday urban life.<br />

IN A TALK WITH<br />

DR. KHALED<br />

ALAWADI<br />

we dug deeper <strong>in</strong>to his idea of alleyways and how <strong>the</strong> potential of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

growth can be explored <strong>in</strong> modern urbanism.<br />

What <strong>in</strong>spired you to <strong>in</strong>itiate <strong>the</strong><br />

“Alleys: Regional and Local<br />

Perspectives” project, and<br />

how do you see it contribut<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> discourse on urban design?<br />

Alleys have been neglected <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong>ition<br />

of urban form even though <strong>the</strong>y have<br />

existed s<strong>in</strong>ce antiquity and have served a<br />

variety of purposes. My work identifies alleys<br />

as a critical space, especially at <strong>the</strong> neighborhood<br />

scale. Cities are complex systems<br />

that are agglomerations of a variety of components.<br />

A city’s physical characteristics<br />

are often collectively labelled ‘urban form’,<br />

‘urban typology’, or ‘urban pattern’, and its<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation of street patterns, build<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

and plots is known as ‘urban gra<strong>in</strong>’. The elements<br />

of urban form not only <strong>in</strong>clude build<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

street patterns, and land parcels, but<br />

also consist of urban blocks, green <strong>in</strong>frastructure,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> layout of public spaces.<br />

However, one critical component, alleyways,<br />

has been marg<strong>in</strong>alized <strong>in</strong> def<strong>in</strong>itions and<br />

analyses of urban form, despite alleys’ major<br />

role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g many cities’ urban life and<br />

network systems.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of urban design discourse,<br />

alleys emerge as <strong>in</strong>dispensable components<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> urban framework, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

significance ak<strong>in</strong> to that of streets and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

tangible urban features. Acknowledg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

alleys as pivotal elements <strong>in</strong> urban fabric,<br />

my professional perspective emphasizes<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir transformative role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g societal<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractions and foster<strong>in</strong>g community cohesion.<br />

Contrary to prevail<strong>in</strong>g misconceptions<br />

portray<strong>in</strong>g alleys as mere remnants or neglected<br />

spaces with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cityscape, my approach<br />

underscores <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sic value as<br />

vital conduits, host<strong>in</strong>g a myriad of activities<br />

and narratives.<br />

By recogniz<strong>in</strong>g alleys as essential corridors,<br />

my work elevates <strong>the</strong>ir status with<strong>in</strong><br />

urban design discourse, advocat<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegration <strong>in</strong>to comprehensive urban plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

strategies. Through this perspective,<br />

Can you elaborate on how small alleys<br />

and urban art practices <strong>in</strong>tersect, and<br />

what significance <strong>the</strong>y hold with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

context of contemporary urban environments?<br />

Small alleys serve as dynamic canvases<br />

for urban art practices, <strong>in</strong>tersect<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

contemporary urban environments <strong>in</strong> multifaceted<br />

ways. With<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

narrow passageways, a diverse range of activities<br />

can unfold, spann<strong>in</strong>g from impromptu<br />

art galleries to communal social ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and even spontaneous sport<strong>in</strong>g events. The<br />

significance of <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>teractions lies <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

ability to transform alleys from overlooked<br />

spaces <strong>in</strong>to vibrant hubs of creativity and<br />

community engagement.<br />

In contemporary urban environments,<br />

alleys emerge as fertile grounds for urban<br />

artists seek<strong>in</strong>g unconventional spaces to express<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creativity. The <strong>in</strong>timate scale and<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive characteristics of alleys provide<br />

a unique backdrop for artistic exploration,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g both established professionals and<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g talents alike. From <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate architectural<br />

details to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terplay of light and<br />

shadow, alleys offer a rich tapestry of micro<br />

and macro elements that stimulate artistic<br />

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

Moreover, <strong>the</strong> visual diversity <strong>in</strong>herent <strong>in</strong><br />

alley environments, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g unique color<br />

palettes and architectural features, serves<br />

as a wellspr<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>in</strong>spiration for urban artists.<br />

By harness<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>herent character of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se spaces, artists have <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to create site-specific <strong>in</strong>stallations that resonate<br />

with <strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g urban context.<br />

Beyond serv<strong>in</strong>g as platforms for artistic expression,<br />

alleys also hold immense potential<br />

to engage <strong>the</strong> public and foster a sense of<br />

place with<strong>in</strong> urban communities. Through<br />

curated art <strong>in</strong>itiatives and participatory projects,<br />

alleys can be transformed <strong>in</strong>to dynamic<br />

cultural corridors that enrich <strong>the</strong> urban<br />

experience for residents and visitors alike.<br />

In essence, <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of small alleys<br />

and urban art practices underscores<br />

<strong>the</strong> dynamic <strong>in</strong>terplay between creativity,<br />

community, and <strong>the</strong> built environment. By<br />

recogniz<strong>in</strong>g alleys as both catalysts for artistic<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation and conduits for social <strong>in</strong>teraction,<br />

contemporary urban environments<br />

can harness <strong>the</strong>ir full potential as vibrant and<br />

<strong>in</strong>clusive spaces for cultural expression and<br />

urban renewal.<br />

In what ways do you believe pedestrian-friendly<br />

spaces, such as <strong>the</strong> sikka display<br />

at Inloco Gallery, can enhance community<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction and contribute to <strong>the</strong><br />

vibrancy of urban life?<br />

Pedestrian-friendly spaces, such as <strong>the</strong><br />

sikka display at Inloco Gallery, play a pivot-<br />

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al role <strong>in</strong> enhanc<strong>in</strong>g community <strong>in</strong>teraction<br />

and contribut<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> vibrancy of urban<br />

life. The urban <strong>in</strong>tervention at Inloco Gallery<br />

Alley exemplifies <strong>the</strong> transformative potential<br />

of bottom-up approaches to urban development,<br />

orchestrated by <strong>the</strong> power of people.<br />

By reclaim<strong>in</strong>g an underutilized and <strong>in</strong>dustrial<br />

alley and repurpos<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>to a livable space,<br />

Inloco Alley serves as a beacon of community-driven<br />

revitalization. Inloco Alley sends<br />

a clear message to both professionals and<br />

city builders that modest, small-scale <strong>in</strong>terventions<br />

can yield significant impacts on<br />

community well-be<strong>in</strong>g and urban vitality. By<br />

deviat<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>the</strong> tendency towards monumental<br />

development and embrac<strong>in</strong>g grassroots<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives, Inloco Alley exemplifies how<br />

thoughtful, community-based <strong>in</strong>terventions<br />

can brea<strong>the</strong> new life <strong>in</strong>to neglected spaces<br />

and enhance <strong>the</strong> overall quality of urban environments.<br />

Moreover, Inloco Alley serves as a catalyst<br />

for <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g fur<strong>the</strong>r bottom-up and community-based<br />

<strong>in</strong>terventions <strong>in</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r areas,<br />

demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> potential for transformative<br />

change <strong>in</strong> blighted and underutilized<br />

spaces. By showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> success of this<br />

approach, Inloco Alley encourages collaboration<br />

between residents, local bus<strong>in</strong>esses,<br />

and government entities to co-create<br />

vibrant, attractive landscapes that prioritize<br />

community needs and aspirations.<br />

Pedestrian-friendly spaces like <strong>the</strong> sikka<br />

display at Inloco Gallery Alley not only<br />

enhance community <strong>in</strong>teraction and urban<br />

vibrancy but also demonstrate <strong>the</strong> power<br />

of grassroots <strong>in</strong>itiatives <strong>in</strong> revitaliz<strong>in</strong>g urban<br />

environments. Through community engagement<br />

and bottom-up approaches, such <strong>in</strong>terventions<br />

have <strong>the</strong> potential to transform<br />

neglected areas <strong>in</strong>to thriv<strong>in</strong>g, livable landscapes<br />

that foster a sense of belong<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

well-be<strong>in</strong>g among residents.<br />

Given <strong>the</strong> current shift towards car-centric<br />

urban plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE, what<br />

challenges do you face <strong>in</strong> advocat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for human-scale urbanism and pedestrian-friendly<br />

designs?<br />

Advocat<strong>in</strong>g for human-scale urbanism<br />

and pedestrian-friendly designs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> face<br />

of <strong>the</strong> current shift towards car-centric urban<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE presents several challenges<br />

rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> exist<strong>in</strong>g urban fabric<br />

and cultural norms. These challenges <strong>in</strong>clude:<br />

Lack of walk<strong>in</strong>g facilities and <strong>in</strong>frastructure:<br />

Many areas and developments <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE lack proper sidewalks, crosswalks, and<br />

pedestrian-friendly amenities, mak<strong>in</strong>g walk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a less viable option for transportation.<br />

Scale of street systems: The massive<br />

scale of street systems and highways <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE prioritizes vehicular movement over pedestrian<br />

access, creat<strong>in</strong>g barriers to walk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and discourag<strong>in</strong>g pedestrian-friendly urban<br />

environments.<br />

Long distances between orig<strong>in</strong>s and dest<strong>in</strong>ations:<br />

The sprawl<strong>in</strong>g nature of urban development<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE often results <strong>in</strong> long<br />

distances between residential areas and<br />

commercial centers, discourag<strong>in</strong>g walk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as a mode of transportation.<br />

Cultural norms favor<strong>in</strong>g door-to-door travel:<br />

People <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region are accustomed to<br />

door-to-door travel, rely<strong>in</strong>g heavily on cars<br />

for convenience and speed. This cultural<br />

preference makes walk<strong>in</strong>g less appeal<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

particularly if it is not perceived as convenient<br />

or efficient.<br />

Challenges posed by <strong>the</strong> extended summer<br />

season: The harsh climate, particularly<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> extended summer season, poses<br />

significant barriers to walk<strong>in</strong>g, fur<strong>the</strong>r discourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pedestrian-friendly urban design<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives.<br />

Infrastructure designed by traffic eng<strong>in</strong>eers:<br />

The prioritization of cars over pedestrians<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> design of <strong>in</strong>frastructure systems,<br />

largely led by traffic eng<strong>in</strong>eers, perpetuates<br />

a car-centric urban landscape that prioritizes<br />

vehicular movement at <strong>the</strong> expense of<br />

pedestrian safety and accessibility.<br />

In light of <strong>the</strong>se challenges, alleys emerge<br />

as a critical element <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> discourse surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

future urban and suburban walkability<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region. By reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g alleys as<br />

pedestrian-friendly corridors and community<br />

spaces, urban designers can mitigate some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> challenges posed by car-centric plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and create more <strong>in</strong>clusive and livable<br />

urban environments. Incorporat<strong>in</strong>g alleys<br />

<strong>in</strong>to urban design strategies can provide<br />

pedestrian-friendly alternatives, enhance<br />

connectivity, and foster vibrant community<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractions, ultimately promot<strong>in</strong>g a more<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able and people-centric approach to<br />

urban development <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

How do you envision <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tegration of<br />

traditional urban elements, like alleys and<br />

pedestrian pathways, <strong>in</strong>to modern urban<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g frameworks to create more dynamic,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clusive, and susta<strong>in</strong>able urban<br />

ecosystems?<br />

Several projects designed to make use of<br />

alleys’ potential have been <strong>in</strong>itiated <strong>in</strong> U.S.<br />

cities such as Seattle, Wash<strong>in</strong>gton D.C.,<br />

Chicago, Vancouver, Baltimore, and Los<br />

Angeles, as well as cities <strong>in</strong> Europe. However,<br />

most of <strong>the</strong>se programs are narrowly<br />

focused on stormwater management. Only<br />

limited projects <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles (South Park<br />

Green Alley Network) aimed to encourage<br />

non-motorized transport, <strong>in</strong>crease connectivity<br />

to daily dest<strong>in</strong>ations, and facilitate recreational<br />

activities, while o<strong>the</strong>r projects, <strong>in</strong><br />

Los Angeles and Baltimore, had <strong>the</strong> objective<br />

of expand<strong>in</strong>g green spaces. In <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

and many o<strong>the</strong>r regions, such alleyway projects<br />

have not started yet. For that reason,<br />

planners and designers can offer strategies<br />

and policies that could promote <strong>the</strong> use of<br />

alleyways. For <strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> neighborhood<br />

design and plan of new neighborhoods<br />

should maximize <strong>the</strong> potential use of alleys.<br />

The alleys need to be functionally planned<br />

to facilitate efficient movement with<strong>in</strong> neighborhoods<br />

by shorten<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> routes to daily<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ations. Alleys can also transform a<br />

disjo<strong>in</strong>ted urban fabric consist<strong>in</strong>g of long urban<br />

blocks <strong>in</strong>to shorter and more connected<br />

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blocks, thus improv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> directness between<br />

every possible orig<strong>in</strong> and dest<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

by provid<strong>in</strong>g shorter direct paths. However,<br />

an adequate number of alleys need to be<br />

placed strategically to mitigate <strong>the</strong> street<br />

layout’s drawbacks, which are difficult to<br />

resolve o<strong>the</strong>rwise because once streets are<br />

built, <strong>the</strong>y are difficult to alter.<br />

In retrofitt<strong>in</strong>g exist<strong>in</strong>g neighborhoods, <strong>the</strong><br />

physical condition of alleyways needs to be<br />

improved through pav<strong>in</strong>g, landscap<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

light<strong>in</strong>g upgrades. For example, alleys from<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dispersion periods of Dubai and Abu<br />

Dhabi are less suitable for pedestrian use.<br />

They are ma<strong>in</strong>ly sandy and full of dirt and<br />

debris. An urban design program to revitalize<br />

those alleys would be necessary to make<br />

<strong>the</strong>m suitable for pedestrians. For example,<br />

<strong>the</strong> exist<strong>in</strong>g alley network could be upgraded<br />

through strategic <strong>in</strong>vestment. The UAE’s<br />

hot, arid climate and Islamic traditions could<br />

shape and contextualize <strong>the</strong> function of alleys.<br />

For <strong>in</strong>stance, Islamic values encourage<br />

<strong>the</strong> privacy of each house while also promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

community bonds through <strong>the</strong> creation<br />

of semi-public spaces where neighbors<br />

can meet. In this way, alleys can serve as<br />

desirable elements <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> urban fabric because<br />

<strong>the</strong>y contribute to privacy, promote<br />

social ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g and bonds between neighborhoods,<br />

and enhance <strong>the</strong> experience of<br />

walk<strong>in</strong>g to daily uses such as retail stores<br />

and mosques. The UAE’s harsh climate and<br />

extended summer season discourage any<br />

form of walk<strong>in</strong>g if adequate shad<strong>in</strong>g is not<br />

available. The practice of mitigat<strong>in</strong>g extreme<br />

temperatures through merg<strong>in</strong>g landscap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

strategies and build<strong>in</strong>g light structures for<br />

shad<strong>in</strong>g purposes would modify ambient air<br />

temperatures and enhance <strong>the</strong>rmal comfort<br />

<strong>in</strong> alleys, thus mak<strong>in</strong>g walk<strong>in</strong>g more desirable.<br />

Moreover, <strong>in</strong> low-density areas, <strong>the</strong><br />

safety of women and children needs to be<br />

guaranteed by ensur<strong>in</strong>g a significant presence<br />

of people or ‘eyes on <strong>the</strong> street’, or<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r eyes on alleys <strong>in</strong> this case. This can<br />

be achieved by upgrad<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> conditions of<br />

alleys through light<strong>in</strong>g and pav<strong>in</strong>g to make<br />

<strong>the</strong>m more suitable for casual meet<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

walk<strong>in</strong>g. F<strong>in</strong>ally, allow<strong>in</strong>g some w<strong>in</strong>dows and<br />

plot entrances to open towards alleys would<br />

enable <strong>in</strong>formal surveillance of <strong>the</strong> urban environment.<br />

Alleys that connect disjo<strong>in</strong>ted blocks or<br />

provide efficient thoroughfares for pedestrians,<br />

cyclists, and micro-mobility users en<br />

route to daily dest<strong>in</strong>ations like mosques,<br />

grocery stores, and schools can be prioritized<br />

for reclamation. In new and exist<strong>in</strong>g<br />

neighborhoods alike, alleys can accommodate<br />

a system of landscap<strong>in</strong>g featur<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>in</strong>ear<br />

parks, urban farms, playgrounds, and<br />

places of respite. In addition to <strong>the</strong>ir social<br />

benefits, l<strong>in</strong>ear parks, and urban farms can<br />

improve <strong>the</strong> microclimate <strong>in</strong> hot, arid cities<br />

such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai and can provide<br />

locally grown food to local residents as<br />

well as bus<strong>in</strong>esses. Likewise, a network of<br />

public spaces can be created by connect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

landscaped and reclaimed alleyways.<br />

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SPECIAL DAY<br />

EMBRACING NEURODIVERSITY:<br />

ART AS A CATALYST FOR<br />

UNDERSTANDING ON WORLD<br />

AUTISM AWARENESS DAY<br />

As <strong>April</strong> approaches, <strong>the</strong> global community<br />

gears up to observe World<br />

Autism Awareness Day on <strong>the</strong> 2nd<br />

of <strong>the</strong> month. This day serves as a<br />

poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der to foster understand<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

acceptance, and <strong>in</strong>clusion for <strong>in</strong>dividuals on<br />

<strong>the</strong> autism spectrum. In <strong>the</strong> realm of art, this<br />

celebration takes on a special significance<br />

as creativity knows no bounds, transcend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

barriers and offer<strong>in</strong>g a unique avenue for expression<br />

and connection.<br />

Autism, a spectrum disorder, encompasses<br />

a wide range of characteristics and challenges,<br />

from difficulties <strong>in</strong> social <strong>in</strong>teraction<br />

and communication to sensory sensitivities<br />

and repetitive behaviors. However, with<strong>in</strong><br />

this spectrum lies a rich tapestry of perspectives,<br />

talents, and <strong>in</strong>sights wait<strong>in</strong>g to be explored.<br />

Art, <strong>in</strong> its myriad forms, has emerged as<br />

a powerful tool <strong>in</strong> bridg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> gap between<br />

neurotypical <strong>in</strong>dividuals and those on <strong>the</strong> autism<br />

spectrum. It provides a platform for <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

to communicate thoughts, emotions,<br />

and experiences that may be challeng<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

express verbally. Through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, sculpture,<br />

music, dance, and o<strong>the</strong>r artistic mediums,<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals with autism f<strong>in</strong>d a means to<br />

communicate <strong>the</strong>ir unique perspectives and<br />

connect with o<strong>the</strong>rs on a deeper level.<br />

One remarkable aspect of autism is <strong>the</strong><br />

capacity for <strong>in</strong>tense focus and attention to<br />

detail, traits that often sh<strong>in</strong>e through <strong>in</strong> artistic<br />

endeavors. Many <strong>in</strong>dividuals on <strong>the</strong> spectrum<br />

possess an <strong>in</strong>nate talent for visual arts,<br />

display<strong>in</strong>g exceptional skill <strong>in</strong> areas such as<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, and photography. Their<br />

keen observation skills and ability to perceive<br />

<strong>the</strong> world <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate detail often result<br />

<strong>in</strong> awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g creations that captivate audiences<br />

worldwide.<br />

Moreover, art offers a sanctuary—a safe<br />

space where <strong>in</strong>dividuals with autism can<br />

unleash <strong>the</strong>ir imag<strong>in</strong>ation, explore <strong>the</strong>ir creativity,<br />

and f<strong>in</strong>d solace amidst <strong>the</strong> chaos of<br />

everyday life. It serves as a form of <strong>the</strong>rapy,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a means of self-expression<br />

and empowerment for <strong>in</strong>dividuals who may<br />

struggle to navigate <strong>the</strong> complexities of <strong>the</strong><br />

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

In recent years, <strong>the</strong>re has been a grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

recognition of <strong>the</strong> importance of embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

neurodiversity with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world. Galleries,<br />

museums, and cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions worldwide<br />

are <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> work<br />

of artists on <strong>the</strong> autism spectrum, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir unique talents and contributions to<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic landscape. These <strong>in</strong>itiatives not<br />

only raise awareness about autism but also<br />

challenge societal norms and stereotypes,<br />

foster<strong>in</strong>g a more <strong>in</strong>clusive and accept<strong>in</strong>g<br />

society.<br />

As we commemorate World Autism<br />

Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment<br />

to embrac<strong>in</strong>g neurodiversity and celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> talents and achievements of<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals on <strong>the</strong> autism spectrum. Let us<br />

recognize <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art<br />

<strong>in</strong> break<strong>in</strong>g down barriers, foster<strong>in</strong>g understand<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and build<strong>in</strong>g bridges of empathy<br />

and compassion. Through art, we can create<br />

a world where everyone, regardless of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

neurodiversity, is valued, respected, and<br />

celebrated for <strong>the</strong> unique gifts <strong>the</strong>y br<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

our collective human experience.<br />

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ceramic creations. Influenced by his upbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

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Iwamura’s journey <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> world of art seemed predest<strong>in</strong>ed.<br />

After earn<strong>in</strong>g a Bachelor of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts degree <strong>in</strong> craft from <strong>the</strong><br />

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What sets Iwamura apart is his<br />

fusion of traditional Japanese<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluences with contemporary<br />

elements, particularly from <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of Japanese Manga. His ceramic figures,<br />

characterized by <strong>the</strong>ir quirky demeanor,<br />

exude a charm that captivates viewers<br />

worldwide. Despite study<strong>in</strong>g arts <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United<br />

States, Iwamura’s work as a sculptor has<br />

found resonance across <strong>the</strong> globe, with his<br />

pieces sell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> various countries.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> core of Iwamura’s artistic philosophy<br />

lies <strong>the</strong> belief that ceramic art, particularly<br />

with a Manga-like aes<strong>the</strong>tic, possesses<br />

<strong>the</strong> potential to transcend cultural boundaries<br />

and serve as an <strong>in</strong>ternational language.<br />

This notion is reflected <strong>in</strong> his substantial onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g, with over 58,000 Instagram<br />

followers eagerly await<strong>in</strong>g glimpses of his<br />

latest creations. Iwamura’s Instagram not<br />

only showcases f<strong>in</strong>ished works but also offers<br />

<strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to his creative process, foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a deeper connection with his audience.<br />

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Delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to his artistic statement, Iwamura’s<br />

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artworks. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> Japanese<br />

concept of Ma, which encompasses<br />

notions of distance, moment, and relationship,<br />

Iwamura seeks to create immersive<br />

experiences that prompt viewers to engage<br />

with <strong>the</strong> concept of Ma <strong>the</strong>mselves. Through<br />

site-responsive <strong>in</strong>stallations, he <strong>in</strong>vites viewers<br />

to navigate <strong>the</strong> spaces he constructs,<br />

facilitat<strong>in</strong>g moments of <strong>in</strong>trospection and<br />

connection.<br />

In essence, En Iwamura’s artistic journey<br />

is a testament to <strong>the</strong> power of creativity to<br />

transcend borders and forge connections.<br />

With his <strong>in</strong>novative approach to ceramic art<br />

and a profound understand<strong>in</strong>g of cultural<br />

nuances, Iwamura cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate<br />

audiences worldwide, bridg<strong>in</strong>g cultures one<br />

ceramic creation at a time.<br />

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UAE<br />

EXPLORING THE FUTURE OF CULTURE:<br />

ACCIONA CULTURA PRESENTS<br />

NEXT IN SUMMIT <strong>2024</strong><br />

ACCIONA Cultura, <strong>the</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g cultural firm specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creation of cultural experiences,<br />

museums, and events, is beh<strong>in</strong>d one of <strong>the</strong> biggest events happen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong> this com<strong>in</strong>g <strong>April</strong>:<br />

NEXT IN Summit.<br />

NEXT IN Summit <strong>2024</strong>, tak<strong>in</strong>g place<br />

at <strong>the</strong> ACCIONA Campus (Madrid,<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong>) from <strong>April</strong> 24-25th, aims to<br />

serve as a unique ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g to explore<br />

what comes next <strong>in</strong> museums, architecture,<br />

design, technology, and susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

It’s a platform created by ACCIONA<br />

Cultura to connect leaders <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

cultural <strong>in</strong>dustry: museum directors,<br />

renowned architects and designers, cultural<br />

managers and programmers, along with collection<br />

and exhibition curators.<br />

This cultural summit will ga<strong>the</strong>r over 40<br />

speakers, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g artists such as Refik<br />

Anadol and Mario Kl<strong>in</strong>geman; architects like<br />

Paola Cattar<strong>in</strong> from Zaha Hadid, Jens Ritcher<br />

from Estudio Herreros, Sumayya Vally from<br />

Counterspace, <strong>the</strong> director of <strong>the</strong> Biennale of<br />

Islamic Art, and Enrique Sobejano; designers<br />

such as Gary Walker Kerr from Haley<br />

Sharpe Design, Shir<strong>in</strong> Brückner from Atelier<br />

Brückner, Femke Bijlsma from Kossmann<br />

Dejong, Patrick Gallagher from Gallagher &<br />

Associates and Nick Appelbaum from RAA.<br />

Additionally, we’ll have representatives from<br />

Qatar Museums, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Victoria<br />

and Albert Museum, Misk Art Institute,<br />

Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, and <strong>the</strong><br />

Grand Palais Immersif, among o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

What will we talk about at NEXT IN?<br />

NEXT IN will provide a space to showcase<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative projects that are transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

public spaces and creat<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

visitor experiences. The attendees will have<br />

<strong>the</strong> chance to go deeply through three different<br />

topics dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> two days of <strong>the</strong> event,<br />

developed by <strong>the</strong> more than 40 renowned<br />

speakers <strong>in</strong> different formats: keynotes, presentations,<br />

and round tables:<br />

Latest Trends: craft<strong>in</strong>g mean<strong>in</strong>gful missions<br />

for museums.<br />

Questions such as How can museums<br />

transcend fleet<strong>in</strong>g trends and establish endur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

missions that truly resonate with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

communities? Or what are <strong>the</strong> essential<br />

qualities that def<strong>in</strong>e a mean<strong>in</strong>gful mission for<br />

a museum? Will be answered at <strong>the</strong> Summit.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to a global survey conducted<br />

by <strong>the</strong> International Museum Council <strong>in</strong><br />

2021, 82% of museums worldwide are actively<br />

engaged <strong>in</strong> redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir missions<br />

and purposes to <strong>the</strong> chang<strong>in</strong>g needs of society.<br />

Museums as catalysts for community engagement<br />

and positive change.<br />

How are museums becom<strong>in</strong>g dynamic<br />

hubs of cultural exchanges social progress<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>able <strong>in</strong>novation? How can we<br />

design for transformation? A study conducted<br />

by <strong>the</strong> American Alliance of Museums<br />

revealed that 73% of museums see <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

leadership role extend<strong>in</strong>g beyond cultural<br />

preservation to actively address<strong>in</strong>g contemporary<br />

issues such as social justice and environmental<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

The transformative power of storytell<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

narratives and experiences.<br />

How can a museum effectively engage<br />

with different audiences and visitors us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

powerful storytell<strong>in</strong>g? How to balance <strong>the</strong><br />

use of storytell<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> preservation and<br />

<strong>in</strong>terpretation of <strong>the</strong>ir collections? The 2022<br />

MCN Annual Survey, which polled over 1,000<br />

professional museums worldwide, found that<br />

85% of respondents reported us<strong>in</strong>g immersive<br />

technologies such as virtual reality (VR),<br />

augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality<br />

(MR) <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir museums.<br />

Where?<br />

The two-day summit will be held at <strong>the</strong><br />

headquarters of ACCIONA, <strong>the</strong> new ACCIO-<br />

NA Campus, located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of Madrid,<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong>. A beacon of <strong>in</strong>novation and susta<strong>in</strong>ability,<br />

ACCIONA’s new campus rises as a<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> company’s commitment to<br />

excellence and environmental consciousness.<br />

The campus’s dynamic spaces, brimm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with natural light and verdant greenery,<br />

provide a stimulat<strong>in</strong>g environment for two<br />

days of collaborative th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g at NEXT IN.<br />

Overall, NEXT IN will be with no doubt a<br />

call to action for <strong>the</strong> museum community to<br />

embrace <strong>in</strong>novation, preserve cultural heritage,<br />

and work toge<strong>the</strong>r to shape <strong>the</strong> future<br />

of culture.<br />

Who is beh<strong>in</strong>d NEXT IN Summit<br />

ACCIONA Cultura creates museums that<br />

become cultural landmarks. <strong>Space</strong>s that<br />

serve as catalysts for growth, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g positive<br />

change and enrich<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> lives of those<br />

who visit <strong>the</strong>m. The company crafts unique<br />

experiences that transcend <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary,<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries and explor<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

perspectives. Through cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technology<br />

and storytell<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>y take people on<br />

a journey that ignites curiosity and wonder.<br />

ACCIONA Cultura also develops events with<br />

a conscious approach, aspir<strong>in</strong>g to leave a<br />

mark on people, not on <strong>the</strong> planet. From<br />

choos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> venue to <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> latest<br />

technology, <strong>the</strong>y aim to ensure that every<br />

aspect aligns with our susta<strong>in</strong>able values.<br />

ACCIONA Cultura is well established <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Middle East. Achievements <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude <strong>the</strong> National Museum of Oman,<br />

Dubai Expo 2020 (Susta<strong>in</strong>ability Pavilion,<br />

UAE Pavilion, Spanish Pavilion, Youth Pavilion,<br />

Expo Live Pavilion, Thematic Pavilions,<br />

and Micro-museums), as well as <strong>the</strong> Sh<strong>in</strong>dagha<br />

Museums <strong>in</strong> Dubai and <strong>the</strong> Qasr Al<br />

Watan Presidential Palace <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi.<br />

They also have a strong presence <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Museums, Exhibitions, and Events sector <strong>in</strong><br />

Qatar, with outstand<strong>in</strong>g works such as <strong>the</strong><br />

design, development, and execution of 150<br />

media productions for <strong>the</strong> National Museum<br />

of Qatar; <strong>the</strong> museum development and implementation<br />

of Msheireb Museums, and <strong>the</strong><br />

production of various temporary exhibitions<br />

for Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art and <strong>the</strong><br />

Orientalist Museum.<br />

ACCIONA Cultura has designed <strong>the</strong> Net<br />

Zero Exhibition as well for Ithra opened <strong>in</strong><br />

Dhahran, K<strong>in</strong>gdom of Saudi Arabia. To convey<br />

<strong>the</strong> net-zero concept, all <strong>the</strong> elements<br />

designed and delivered by ACCIONA Cultura<br />

will have a second life when <strong>the</strong> exhibition<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ishes (October <strong>2024</strong>), adher<strong>in</strong>g to a<br />

zero-waste philosophy.<br />

ACCIONA Cultura is part of <strong>the</strong> ACCIONA<br />

Group, a global company lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> transition<br />

towards a low-carbon economy by address<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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

challenges through susta<strong>in</strong>able <strong>in</strong>frastructure<br />

solutions. With several projects here <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Middle East region carried out by <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

different susta<strong>in</strong>able solutions (especially<br />

Water and Transport solutions), through AC-<br />

CIONA Cultura, ACCIONA aims to contribute<br />

to <strong>the</strong> foundations of a prosperous society<br />

and ensure public welfare.<br />

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PHOTO BY ELLIOT GOUY ON UNSPLASH<br />

28 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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SPECIAL DAY<br />

CELEBRATING WORLD EARTH DAY:<br />

ART AS A CATALYST FOR<br />

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS<br />

As <strong>April</strong> blooms and <strong>the</strong> world prepares<br />

to celebrate World Earth Day,<br />

<strong>the</strong> call for environmental awareness<br />

and action resonates louder<br />

than ever. In <strong>the</strong> realm of art, this occasion<br />

holds particular significance, as creatives<br />

around <strong>the</strong> globe utilize <strong>the</strong>ir talents to shed<br />

light on press<strong>in</strong>g ecological issues and <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

positive change.<br />

Art has always been a powerful medium<br />

for express<strong>in</strong>g human emotions, thoughts,<br />

and concerns. In recent years, artists have<br />

<strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly turned <strong>the</strong>ir attention to <strong>the</strong> environment,<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir work to raise awareness<br />

about climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> urgent need for susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> remarkable aspects of art is<br />

its ability to transcend language barriers<br />

and connect with people on a visceral level.<br />

Through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, sculptures, <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r forms of artistic expression, artists<br />

communicate <strong>the</strong> beauty of nature, <strong>the</strong> fragility<br />

of ecosystems, and <strong>the</strong> profound impact<br />

of human activity on <strong>the</strong> planet.<br />

Take, for example, <strong>the</strong> breathtak<strong>in</strong>g landscape<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of artists like Thomas Moran<br />

and Albert Bierstadt from <strong>the</strong> 19th century.<br />

Their majestic depictions of <strong>the</strong> American<br />

wilderness captured <strong>the</strong> imag<strong>in</strong>ation of viewers<br />

and played a significant role <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> establishment<br />

of national parks, preserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se<br />

natural treasures for future generations.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> contemporary art world, artists are<br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novative ways to address environmental<br />

issues and provoke mean<strong>in</strong>gful dialogue.<br />

From large-scale <strong>in</strong>stallations made<br />

from recycled materials to thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performance art pieces, <strong>the</strong>se creatives<br />

are push<strong>in</strong>g boundaries and challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

perceptions.<br />

One such artist is Olafur Eliasson, whose<br />

immersive <strong>in</strong>stallations often explore <strong>the</strong><br />

relationship between humans and nature.<br />

In works like “The Wea<strong>the</strong>r Project,” which<br />

transformed <strong>the</strong> Tate Modern’s Turb<strong>in</strong>e Hall<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g sunlit space, Eliasson<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites viewers to contemplate <strong>the</strong>ir place <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> natural world and consider <strong>the</strong> consequences<br />

of climate change.<br />

Similarly, photographer Edward Burtynsky<br />

captures <strong>the</strong> scale and impact of human <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

on <strong>the</strong> environment through his strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

aerial photographs. From vast open-pit<br />

m<strong>in</strong>es to sprawl<strong>in</strong>g urban landscapes, Burtynsky’s<br />

images offer a sober<strong>in</strong>g glimpse<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> consequences of unchecked consumption<br />

and development.<br />

But art is not just a tool for rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness;<br />

it also has <strong>the</strong> power to <strong>in</strong>spire action<br />

and drive positive change. Through community<br />

art projects, workshops, and collaborations<br />

with environmental organizations,<br />

artists are empower<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals to take<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful steps toward susta<strong>in</strong>ability and<br />

conservation.<br />

For <strong>in</strong>stance, <strong>the</strong> “Washed Ashore” project,<br />

founded by artist Angela Haselt<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Pozzi, transforms mar<strong>in</strong>e debris collected<br />

from beaches <strong>in</strong>to larger-than-life sculptures<br />

of mar<strong>in</strong>e animals. By showcas<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se<br />

sculptures <strong>in</strong> public spaces and educational<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>the</strong> project raises awareness about<br />

ocean pollution and encourages communities<br />

to reduce <strong>the</strong>ir plastic consumption.<br />

As we celebrate World Earth Day this<br />

<strong>April</strong>, let us not only admire <strong>the</strong> beauty of<br />

nature but also reflect on our collective responsibility<br />

to protect it. Through <strong>the</strong> lens of<br />

art, we can explore complex environmental<br />

issues, foster empathy for <strong>the</strong> natural world,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire positive action.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s through a powerful pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

a thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g sculpture, or an immersive<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation, artists have <strong>the</strong> unique ability<br />

to ignite passion, provoke reflection, and<br />

spark change. As we look to <strong>the</strong> future, let<br />

us harness <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art to<br />

create a more susta<strong>in</strong>able and harmonious<br />

relationship with our planet.<br />

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boundaries between human creativity and technological <strong>in</strong>novation. As a Ch<strong>in</strong>ese-Canadian<br />

artist and researcher, Chung has captivated <strong>the</strong> global art scene with her groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exploration of human-mach<strong>in</strong>e collaboration. Her work transcends traditional artistic paradigms,<br />

delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate relationship between <strong>the</strong> mark-made-by-hand and <strong>the</strong> mark-made-bymach<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g profound <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> dynamics of humans and systems.<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

One of Chung’s most notable<br />

achievements is her piece “MEM-<br />

ORY (Draw<strong>in</strong>g Operations Unit:<br />

Generation 2),” which has earned<br />

its place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> permanent collection of <strong>the</strong><br />

prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum.<br />

This artwork represents a milestone <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection of art and technology, be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

first AI model to be collected by a major <strong>in</strong>stitution—a<br />

testament to Chung’s pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

spirit and <strong>in</strong>novative approach.<br />

Chung’s <strong>in</strong>fluence extends far beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

realm of art, as she has been recognized<br />

as a Cultural Leader at <strong>the</strong> World Economic<br />

Forum and named one of TIME’s 100 Most<br />

Influential People <strong>in</strong> AI. Her work has been<br />

showcased <strong>in</strong> renowned <strong>in</strong>stitutions and<br />

events worldwide, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Espoo Museum<br />

of Modern Art, Art Basel, MIT Media<br />

Lab, and <strong>the</strong> Tribeca Film Festival, among<br />

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

In addition to her impressive exhibition<br />

history, Chung’s work has garnered widespread<br />

acclaim <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> media, with features<br />

<strong>in</strong> publications such as Forbes, The New<br />

Yorker, and Wired, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> profound<br />

impact of her visionary artistry.<br />

A seasoned speaker and researcher,<br />

Chung has graced <strong>in</strong>ternational conferences<br />

and platforms, shar<strong>in</strong>g her <strong>in</strong>sights on human-mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

collaboration and <strong>the</strong> future of<br />

art and technology. From <strong>the</strong> United Nations<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Cannes Lions Festival, Chung’s voice<br />

resonates across diverse arenas, spark<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dialogue and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

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Recognized for her outstand<strong>in</strong>g contributions<br />

to <strong>the</strong> arts and sciences, Chung has<br />

received numerous accolades and awards,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Lumen Prize for Art <strong>in</strong> Technology<br />

and be<strong>in</strong>g selected as one of <strong>the</strong> Top 20<br />

New Visual Artists by Pr<strong>in</strong>t <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> founder of SCILICET, an experimental<br />

studio based <strong>in</strong> London, Chung<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push <strong>the</strong> boundaries of artistic<br />

expression, challeng<strong>in</strong>g conventions, and<br />

redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> possibilities of human-mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creative process.<br />

With her relentless pursuit of <strong>in</strong>novation and<br />

her profound vision for <strong>the</strong> future, Sougwen<br />

Chung rema<strong>in</strong>s a trailblazer <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

landscape of contemporary art.<br />

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EXPLORING HENRI MATISSE’S<br />

“THE DESSERT:<br />

HARMONY IN RED”<br />

In <strong>the</strong> vast landscape of art history, few names sh<strong>in</strong>e as brightly as Henri Matisse. A revolutionary<br />

figure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of modern art, Matisse’s bold colors, expressive brushstrokes, and<br />

dar<strong>in</strong>g compositions cont<strong>in</strong>ue to captivate audiences around <strong>the</strong> world. Among his many<br />

masterpieces, “The Dessert: Harmony <strong>in</strong> Red” stands as a testament to his unparalleled<br />

talent and <strong>in</strong>novative vision.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> 1908, “The Dessert: Harmony<br />

<strong>in</strong> Red” is a strik<strong>in</strong>g example of<br />

Matisse’s Fauvist period, characterized<br />

by its vivid colors and simplified<br />

forms. The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g depicts a sumptuous<br />

<strong>in</strong>terior scene, with a table laden with fruit, a<br />

vase of flowers, and various decorative objects.<br />

Yet, it is not <strong>the</strong> subject matter itself<br />

that commands attention, but ra<strong>the</strong>r Matisse’s<br />

bold and unapologetic use of color.<br />

At first glance, <strong>the</strong> dom<strong>in</strong>ant red hues of<br />

<strong>the</strong> composition overwhelm <strong>the</strong> senses, envelop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> viewer <strong>in</strong> a warm, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g atmosphere.<br />

Matisse’s mastery of color <strong>the</strong>ory is<br />

evident <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> careful orchestration of tones<br />

and shades, creat<strong>in</strong>g a sense of harmony<br />

and balance despite <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tensity of <strong>the</strong> palette.<br />

The reds are punctuated by accents of<br />

green, blue, and yellow, which serve to enliven<br />

<strong>the</strong> composition and add depth to <strong>the</strong><br />

overall arrangement.<br />

One cannot help but be struck by <strong>the</strong><br />

sheer joy and exuberance that emanates<br />

from “The Dessert: Harmony <strong>in</strong> Red.” Matisse’s<br />

brushstrokes are bold and expressive,<br />

imbu<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with a sense of dynamism<br />

and movement. Each stroke seems<br />

to dance across <strong>the</strong> canvas, convey<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s passion and vitality.<br />

Beyond its aes<strong>the</strong>tic appeal, “The Dessert:<br />

Harmony <strong>in</strong> Red” is also a reflection of<br />

Matisse’s philosophical beliefs about art and<br />

life. For Matisse, color was not merely a tool<br />

for representation but a means of express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emotion and spirituality. In this sense, “The<br />

Dessert: Harmony <strong>in</strong> Red” becomes more<br />

than just a still life; it is a meditation on <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty and abundance of <strong>the</strong> world around<br />

us.<br />

Over a century after its creation, “The<br />

Dessert: Harmony <strong>in</strong> Red” cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

and enchant viewers with its timeless<br />

beauty and vitality. It serves as a testament<br />

to Matisse’s endur<strong>in</strong>g legacy as one of <strong>the</strong><br />

greatest artists of <strong>the</strong> 20th century and a pioneer<br />

of modern art. As we gaze upon its<br />

vibrant hues and dynamic brushwork, we<br />

are rem<strong>in</strong>ded of <strong>the</strong> boundless potential of<br />

artistic expression and <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g power<br />

of creativity to uplift and <strong>in</strong>spire.<br />

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MESTARIA GALLERY<br />

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MESTARIA GALLERY UNVEILS “PARADIMENSIONAL”<br />

BY SASAN NASERNIA:<br />

AN EXPLORATION OF SPACE AND TIME<br />

Mestaria Gallery is set to captivate art enthusiasts with <strong>the</strong> unveil<strong>in</strong>g of “Paradimensional,” an eagerly<br />

anticipated exhibition by visionary Iranian artist Sasan Nasernia. Scheduled to commence on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18th, this mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g collection <strong>in</strong>vites viewers on a journey through <strong>the</strong> realms of space and<br />

time, as Nasernia’s <strong>in</strong>novative exploration of form and plasticity takes center stage.<br />

Nasernia’s latest collection represents<br />

a boundless play of fluid<br />

and dynamic relationships between<br />

<strong>the</strong> tangible and <strong>the</strong> ephemeral.<br />

Each piece serves as an <strong>in</strong>vitation to witness<br />

<strong>the</strong> beauty of moments frozen <strong>in</strong> time,<br />

where <strong>the</strong> artist’s mastery of contemporary<br />

art and calligraphy challenges perceptions<br />

and encourages deeper engagement with<br />

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

“Paradimensional” blurs <strong>the</strong> l<strong>in</strong>es between<br />

presence and absence, draw<strong>in</strong>g attention to<br />

<strong>the</strong> malleable nature of reality and stretch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries of calligraphy to extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

limits. Through <strong>in</strong>tricate <strong>in</strong>terplays of<br />

form and color, Nasernia creates a visual<br />

symphony that appears to warp and twist<br />

before <strong>the</strong> viewer’s eyes. The calligraphic<br />

patterns, fluidity, and rhythm are overlaid<br />

with bold distortions, creat<strong>in</strong>g a dynamic<br />

tension that suggests a portal <strong>in</strong>to ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

dimension.<br />

This exhibition not only showcases Nasernia’s<br />

unparalleled skill <strong>in</strong> manipulat<strong>in</strong>g form<br />

and texture but also offers an impressive<br />

experience that echoes visual captivation.<br />

With each piece, he ventures beyond <strong>the</strong><br />

physical realm, creat<strong>in</strong>g a dialogue with <strong>the</strong><br />

canvas that transcends conventional limits,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g both <strong>in</strong>ner reflection and outward<br />

contemplation.<br />

As Nasernia himself expla<strong>in</strong>s, “Paradimensional”<br />

serves as a diary of yet ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

journey <strong>in</strong>to areas of utmost fasc<strong>in</strong>ation,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> ever-present enigmas of<br />

existence. His playful attempts at <strong>in</strong>terplays<br />

between be<strong>in</strong>g and non-be<strong>in</strong>g, dimensionality<br />

and void, <strong>in</strong>vite viewers to engage with<br />

philosophical concepts that question our understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of existence itself.<br />

The exhibition will run from <strong>April</strong> 18th to<br />

May 9th, <strong>2024</strong>, at Mestaria Gallery, located<br />

<strong>in</strong> Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. Open daily from<br />

10 am to 7 pm, this unforgettable exploration<br />

of Sasan Nasernia’s visionary world promises<br />

to leave a last<strong>in</strong>g impression on all who<br />

attend.<br />

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SPECIAL DAY<br />

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS OF HEALING:<br />

CELEBRATING WORLD HEALTH DAY<br />

As we approach World Health Day,<br />

a global event celebrated on <strong>April</strong><br />

7th each year, we are rem<strong>in</strong>ded<br />

of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of art<br />

and well-be<strong>in</strong>g. In a world where health is<br />

paramount, art serves as a powerful medium<br />

for heal<strong>in</strong>g, offer<strong>in</strong>g solace, <strong>in</strong>spiration,<br />

and hope to <strong>in</strong>dividuals fac<strong>in</strong>g physical and<br />

mental health challenges. As we navigate<br />

through <strong>the</strong> complexities of <strong>the</strong> human experience,<br />

artists cont<strong>in</strong>ue to harness <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

power of creativity to illum<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong><br />

path toward wellness.<br />

This <strong>April</strong>, <strong>in</strong> honor of World Health Day,<br />

we celebrate <strong>the</strong> profound impact of art on<br />

our physical, emotional, and mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> sooth<strong>in</strong>g strokes of a pa<strong>in</strong>tbrush<br />

to <strong>the</strong> rhythmic movements of a dancer,<br />

artistic expressions serve as catalysts for<br />

heal<strong>in</strong>g, provid<strong>in</strong>g comfort and encouragement<br />

<strong>in</strong> times of adversity.<br />

Art <strong>the</strong>rapy, a form of expressive <strong>the</strong>rapy<br />

that utilizes <strong>the</strong> creative process of mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art to improve and enhance physical, mental,<br />

and emotional well-be<strong>in</strong>g, has ga<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

recognition as an effective tool for heal<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Through guided artistic activities, <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

can explore and confront <strong>the</strong>ir emotions,<br />

reduce stress, and develop cop<strong>in</strong>g mechanisms<br />

to navigate life’s challenges. Whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, draw<strong>in</strong>g, sculpture, or<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r mediums, art <strong>the</strong>rapy empowers <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

to discover <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ner strengths and<br />

resilience.<br />

In addition to art <strong>the</strong>rapy, <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g power<br />

of art is evident <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> works of artists who<br />

draw <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong>ir own experiences<br />

with illness and adversity. Through <strong>the</strong>ir art,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>dividuals offer a glimpse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

journey toward heal<strong>in</strong>g, shar<strong>in</strong>g stories of resilience,<br />

courage, and hope. Their creations<br />

serve as beacons of light, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g us of<br />

<strong>the</strong> beauty that can emerge from even <strong>the</strong><br />

darkest of circumstances.<br />

One such artist is Frida Kahlo, whose<br />

iconic self-portraits capture her physical and<br />

emotional struggles follow<strong>in</strong>g a debilitat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bus accident. Through her art, Kahlo transformed<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>to beauty, us<strong>in</strong>g vibrant<br />

colors and symbolism to express her <strong>in</strong>nermost<br />

thoughts and feel<strong>in</strong>gs. Her work cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to resonate with audiences around <strong>the</strong><br />

world, serv<strong>in</strong>g as a testament to <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

power of creativity.<br />

Similarly, contemporary artists like Yayoi<br />

Kusama and Louise Bourgeois have used<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir art to confront issues of mental health<br />

and trauma. Kusama’s immersive <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

<strong>in</strong>vite viewers to step <strong>in</strong>to her world of<br />

<strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite dots and mirrors, offer<strong>in</strong>g a sense<br />

of transcendence and escape. Bourgeois,<br />

known for her evocative sculptures and<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>ts, explores <strong>the</strong>mes of childhood trauma<br />

and emotional vulnerability, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

to confront <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ner demons.<br />

As we reflect on <strong>the</strong> importance of health<br />

and well-be<strong>in</strong>g this World Health Day, let us<br />

not forget <strong>the</strong> role that art plays <strong>in</strong> our lives.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r as creators or observers, we have<br />

<strong>the</strong> power to harness <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g energy<br />

of art to promote wellness and resilience.<br />

Let us embrace <strong>the</strong> transformative power<br />

of creativity and celebrate <strong>the</strong> beauty that<br />

emerges from our collective journey toward<br />

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

In <strong>the</strong> words of <strong>the</strong> renowned artist Pablo<br />

Picasso, “Art washes away from <strong>the</strong> soul<br />

<strong>the</strong> dust of everyday life.” This <strong>April</strong>, let us<br />

immerse ourselves <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g waters of<br />

art, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g solace and renewal <strong>in</strong> its timeless<br />

embrace. Happy World Health Day!<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

Exclusive<br />

EXPLORING THE PSYCHEDELIC UNIVERSE OF<br />

JEN STARK<br />

AN ARTISTIC ODYSSEY<br />

In <strong>the</strong> kaleidoscopic realm of contemporary art, where boundaries blur and imag<strong>in</strong>ation reigns<br />

supreme, Jen Stark emerges as a visionary explorer of <strong>the</strong> cosmos with<strong>in</strong>. Stark’s artistic journey<br />

is a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g odyssey, guided by an <strong>in</strong>satiable curiosity for <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies of nature and <strong>the</strong><br />

boundless possibilities of human creativity. With a portfolio spann<strong>in</strong>g immersive <strong>in</strong>stallations, vibrant<br />

murals, hypnotic animations, and pioneer<strong>in</strong>g ventures <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> digital realm of NFTs (non-fungible<br />

tokens), Stark’s multidimensional practice transcends conventional categorizations, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

<strong>in</strong>to an o<strong>the</strong>rworldly ecosphere of color, motion, and <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite wonder.<br />

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At <strong>the</strong> heart of Stark’s artistic ethos lies a profound<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong> organic processes<br />

of growth, evolution, and <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness.<br />

Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g patterns<br />

found <strong>in</strong> plant life, sacred geometries, and <strong>the</strong> cosmic<br />

tapestry of existence, Stark conceptualizes visual<br />

systems that pulsate with life and energy. Through meticulous<br />

craftsmanship and an <strong>in</strong>tuitive understand<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

materials, she brea<strong>the</strong>s life <strong>in</strong>to paper, wood, metal, and<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t, transform<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong>to dynamic manifestations of<br />

her boundless imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

Stark’s creations are imbued with a sense of fluidity and<br />

movement, as if <strong>the</strong>y were alive, undulat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> response<br />

to unseen rhythms and forces. Her works often evoke <strong>the</strong><br />

microscopic landscapes of cellular structures, <strong>the</strong> swirl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

depths of <strong>in</strong>terstellar space, or <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricate dance<br />

of light and color refracted through prisms. With<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g compositions, viewers f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

transported to a realm where <strong>the</strong> boundaries between art<br />

and reality dissolve, and <strong>the</strong> mysteries of existence unfold<br />

before <strong>the</strong>ir eyes.<br />

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Central to Stark’s practice is her embrace of cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge<br />

technologies as tools for artistic expression. In<br />

recent years, she has ventured <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> digital frontier, explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> possibilities of <strong>in</strong>teractive projections and creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive NFTs that push <strong>the</strong> boundaries of what<br />

art can be <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital age. Through <strong>the</strong>se <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

endeavors, Stark cont<strong>in</strong>ues to expand <strong>the</strong> horizons of her<br />

artistic universe, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g audiences to engage with her<br />

work <strong>in</strong> new and transformative ways.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of traditional gallery spaces,<br />

Stark’s art resonates across <strong>the</strong> globe, permeat<strong>in</strong>g both<br />

physical and digital realms. From major exhibitions <strong>in</strong><br />

New York, Los Angeles, and Miami to public art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

<strong>in</strong> cities around <strong>the</strong> world, her vibrant creations<br />

captivate audiences with <strong>the</strong>ir hypnotic beauty and<br />

thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g complexity. Whe<strong>the</strong>r adorn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

walls of museums, galleries, or city streets, Stark’s work<br />

serves as a testament to <strong>the</strong> transcendent power of art to<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire, uplift, and transform.<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

As <strong>the</strong> first female artist to make Foundation’s top 10<br />

highest-sell<strong>in</strong>g NFT creatives, Stark has carved out a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

path <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> burgeon<strong>in</strong>g world of digital art, challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

established norms and reshap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> landscape<br />

of <strong>the</strong> art market. Her visionary approach to artmak<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

coupled with her unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to push<strong>in</strong>g<br />

boundaries and embrac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novation, cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate<br />

audiences and <strong>in</strong>spire a new generation of artists<br />

to explore <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite possibilities of creative expression.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> ever-expand<strong>in</strong>g universe of Jen Stark’s imag<strong>in</strong>ation,<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries between art and reality blur, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> vibrational phases of existence become a sacred<br />

and curative experience for <strong>the</strong> viewer. With each brushstroke,<br />

each pixel, each k<strong>in</strong>etic gesture, Stark <strong>in</strong>vites us to<br />

embark on a journey of exploration and discovery, where<br />

<strong>the</strong> wonders of <strong>the</strong> cosmos unfold <strong>in</strong> all <strong>the</strong>ir breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

splendor. In her art, we f<strong>in</strong>d not only beauty and wonder<br />

but also a profound rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness<br />

of all th<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>the</strong> boundless potential of <strong>the</strong> human<br />

spirit.<br />

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ALSERKAL INITIATIVES<br />

COLLABORATES WITH CITÉ<br />

INTERNATIONAL DES ARTS FOR<br />

AN EXHIBITION IMAGINING<br />

SOLIDARITY AS LIVED PRACTICE<br />

46 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Created by Alserkal Initiatives <strong>in</strong><br />

partnership with Cité <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

des arts and <strong>in</strong> collaboration with<br />

Lightbox, When Solidarity Is Not a<br />

Metaphor will take place from 16 to 21 <strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>2024</strong> at My Art Guides Venice Meet<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

Navy Officers’ Club, Arsenale, Venice.<br />

Curated by Nataša Petreš<strong>in</strong>-Bachelez,<br />

Arts and Culture Programme Manager at<br />

Cité <strong>in</strong>ternational des arts, <strong>the</strong> exhibition<br />

spans <strong>in</strong>stallations, photographs, performances,<br />

listen<strong>in</strong>g sessions, and heart-toheart<br />

conversations.<br />

The exhibition offers a counter-space<br />

to <strong>the</strong> reign<strong>in</strong>g agendas of war, patriarchy,<br />

and colonialism, and <strong>the</strong>ir toxic impacts<br />

on human and non-human ecosystems.<br />

The exhibit<strong>in</strong>g artists—alumni, residents,<br />

and collaborators of both Cité <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

des arts <strong>in</strong> Paris and Alserkal Initiatives <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai—challenge <strong>the</strong> understand<strong>in</strong>g of ‘solidarity’<br />

as merely an object of <strong>the</strong>oris<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

discourse.<br />

Featured artists <strong>in</strong>clude Majd Abdel Hamid,<br />

Yana Bachynska, Rehaf Al Batniji, Paula<br />

Valero Comín, Saad Elt<strong>in</strong>ay, D Hard<strong>in</strong>g, Adelita<br />

Husni-Bey, Nge Lay, Museum of Breath,<br />

Koushna Navabi, Shada Safadi, Dima Srouji<br />

and Jasbir Puar.<br />

The exhibition is complemented by a diverse<br />

programme start<strong>in</strong>g at 3pm daily, with<br />

contributions by DAAR - Sandi Hilal and<br />

Alessandro Petti, Initiative for Practices and<br />

Visions of Radical Care (Bani Khoshnoudi,<br />

Magdi Masaraa, Elena Sorok<strong>in</strong>a), Maya Al<br />

Khaldi and Sarouna, R22 Tout-Monde, Zora<br />

Snake, Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman.<br />

Intentionally foreground<strong>in</strong>g artistic practices,<br />

When Solidarity is Not a Metaphor<br />

focuses on simple gestures, often evok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

quotidian existences on <strong>the</strong> periphery<br />

of conflict. Inspired by <strong>the</strong> title of <strong>the</strong> book<br />

Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor (2012), <strong>in</strong><br />

which authors Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang<br />

analyse <strong>the</strong> material and factual violences of<br />

colonialism, <strong>the</strong> exhibition positions solidarity<br />

as praxis.<br />

Throughout <strong>the</strong> six-day exhibition and correspond<strong>in</strong>g<br />

programme, solidarity is articulated<br />

as compassionate porosity; a fem<strong>in</strong>ist,<br />

care-driven fluidity of mov<strong>in</strong>g across m<strong>in</strong>dsets.<br />

Its most humble unit of expression is<br />

held <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> word ‘with’—work<strong>in</strong>g, th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

speak<strong>in</strong>g, and simply be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a state of<br />

with-ness.<br />

Many of <strong>the</strong> featured artists <strong>in</strong> When Solidarity<br />

Is Not a Metaphor share <strong>the</strong> dest<strong>in</strong>y<br />

of forced displacement and are doubly committed,<br />

both to ignit<strong>in</strong>g questions that address<br />

<strong>the</strong>se displacements and to susta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

ethical practices of production.<br />

Vilma Jurkute, Executive Director of<br />

Alserkal Initiatives, remarked: “When Solidarity<br />

is Not a Metaphor is a collective attempt<br />

grounded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cognitive generosity<br />

of our partner <strong>in</strong>stitutions and a global civic<br />

network of multi-discipl<strong>in</strong>ary practitioners.<br />

In light of <strong>the</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>justices <strong>in</strong> Palest<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

Sudan, Ukra<strong>in</strong>e, and o<strong>the</strong>r parts of <strong>the</strong><br />

world, it feels imperative for us at Alserkal<br />

to embody <strong>the</strong> spirit of lived practice and<br />

extend our platform to <strong>the</strong> Venice Biennial.<br />

By work<strong>in</strong>g with artists whose practices are<br />

embedded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ethics of care, we hope to<br />

encourage whole-th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g structures and<br />

shared moments of <strong>in</strong>tention to emerge.”<br />

Benedicte Alliot, Director General of<br />

Cité <strong>in</strong>ternational des arts, said: As a private<br />

foundation embedded <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> values<br />

of hospitality, conviviality and safe space<br />

and dedicated to <strong>the</strong> well-be<strong>in</strong>g of artists,<br />

it is with deep gratitude that we accepted<br />

Alserkal Initiatives’ <strong>in</strong>vitation to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong><br />

present<strong>in</strong>g this project at <strong>the</strong> My Art Guides<br />

Venice Meet<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t. We deem it of <strong>the</strong> utmost<br />

importance and <strong>in</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>uation with our<br />

mission to stand <strong>in</strong> solidarity dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se<br />

difficult times—times that are challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for artists, practitioners and art <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

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

Mara Sartore, Director of Lightbox, said:<br />

“The Venice Meet<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t was established<br />

with <strong>the</strong> purpose of promot<strong>in</strong>g dialogue<br />

among artists, whilst foster<strong>in</strong>g a sense of<br />

unity and mean<strong>in</strong>gful connections. In today’s<br />

context, stimulat<strong>in</strong>g this dialogue, nurtur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a community spirit and solidarity are more<br />

crucial than ever. That is why this year, we<br />

have partnered with Alserkal Initiatives and<br />

Cité <strong>in</strong>ternational des arts, both of which<br />

embody <strong>the</strong> core pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of our project<br />

through this exhibition.”<br />

The exhibition will run from 16 to 21 <strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>2024</strong>, and will be open from 09.00 to 19.00<br />

daily, with an ancillary programme tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

place <strong>in</strong> conjunction with <strong>the</strong> exhibition from<br />

15.00 every day.<br />

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CHARTING NEW HORIZONS:<br />

SANDEEP<br />

SONI’S<br />

ARTISTIC ODYSSEY SHINES AT WORLD ART DUBAI <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sandeep Soni is a remarkable <strong>in</strong>dividual who effortlessly comb<strong>in</strong>es his technical expertise<br />

with a deep passion for art. With a diverse educational background spann<strong>in</strong>g cont<strong>in</strong>ents,<br />

Soni holds degrees from prestigious <strong>in</strong>stitutions such as <strong>the</strong> Indian Institute of Technology<br />

(IIT), Heriot-Watt University <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UK, and <strong>the</strong> University of Massachusetts <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> USA.<br />

Beyond his professional career, Soni’s<br />

true passion lies <strong>in</strong> art. He is a versatile<br />

artist, proficient <strong>in</strong> various mediums,<br />

such as oil and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

His artistry is characterized by surrealistic<br />

and abstract contemporary styles, reflect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with life and <strong>the</strong> cosmos.<br />

Over <strong>the</strong> years, Soni has showcased his<br />

artwork at numerous <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions,<br />

earn<strong>in</strong>g recognition for his mastery of<br />

light, color, and storytell<strong>in</strong>g. His exhibitions<br />

have taken him to renowned venues worldwide,<br />

from galleries <strong>in</strong> Italy and Jordan to <strong>the</strong><br />

vibrant art scene of Dubai.<br />

The upcom<strong>in</strong>g World Art Dubai, set to take<br />

place from May 2nd to May 5th at <strong>the</strong> World<br />

Trade Centre Dubai, presents a significant<br />

opportunity for Soni to showcase his talent<br />

on a global stage. Exhibit<strong>in</strong>g under booth<br />

number MA03, Soni will unveil a collection of<br />

his larger-than-life pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, mark<strong>in</strong>g a milestone<br />

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

For Soni, art is not just a form of expression;<br />

it’s a way of life—a philosophy that permeates<br />

his every endeavor. His artwork reflects<br />

a deep connection to <strong>the</strong> world around<br />

him, blend<strong>in</strong>g elements of science, imag<strong>in</strong>ation,<br />

and emotion.<br />

As visitors explore <strong>the</strong> diverse offer<strong>in</strong>gs of<br />

World Art Dubai, Soni’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs will serve<br />

as a rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities<br />

that emerge when art and eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g converge.<br />

His work <strong>in</strong>vites viewers to embark<br />

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

where each brushstroke tells a story and every<br />

color evokes a feel<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In a world where boundaries are constantly<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g redef<strong>in</strong>ed, Soni’s art is a testament<br />

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

universal language of expression. As he prepares<br />

to unveil his latest creations at World<br />

Art Dubai, Soni <strong>in</strong>vites art enthusiasts and<br />

curious m<strong>in</strong>ds to jo<strong>in</strong> him on a journey of <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

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

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY MATEJ PRIBANIC ON UNSPLASH<br />

50 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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ART FACTS<br />

10 FASCINATING ART FACTS YOU<br />

PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW<br />

Art is a timeless expression of human<br />

creativity, spann<strong>in</strong>g centuries and<br />

cultures. From ancient cave pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

to modern digital masterpieces,<br />

art cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate and <strong>in</strong>spire us.<br />

Here are 10 fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g facts about art that<br />

may surprise you:<br />

The Oldest Known Artwork:<br />

The oldest known artwork is believed to be<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bhimbetka petroglyphs, found <strong>in</strong> central<br />

India, dat<strong>in</strong>g back to approximately 30,000<br />

years ago. These <strong>in</strong>tricate cave pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

depict animals, humans, and everyday life<br />

scenes, provid<strong>in</strong>g valuable <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to early<br />

human culture.<br />

Leonardo da V<strong>in</strong>ci’s Mirror Writ<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

Renaissance polymath Leonardo da V<strong>in</strong>ci<br />

was known for his exceptional artistic talent<br />

as well as his scientific prowess. Many of<br />

his notebooks conta<strong>in</strong> mirror writ<strong>in</strong>g, a technique<br />

where <strong>the</strong> text is written backward.<br />

Scholars speculate that da V<strong>in</strong>ci used mirror<br />

writ<strong>in</strong>g to prevent o<strong>the</strong>rs from easily decipher<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his notes.<br />

The Mona Lisa’s Popularity:<br />

Leonardo da V<strong>in</strong>ci’s masterpiece, <strong>the</strong><br />

Mona Lisa, is one of <strong>the</strong> most famous and<br />

recognizable pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. However,<br />

its current status as an icon was cemented<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1911 when it was stolen from <strong>the</strong><br />

Louvre Museum <strong>in</strong> Paris. The subsequent<br />

media frenzy catapulted <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

fame.<br />

Jackson Pollock’s Unique Technique:<br />

American artist Jackson Pollock is renowned<br />

for his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style of drip pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

which he developed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> late 1940s.<br />

Ra<strong>the</strong>r than us<strong>in</strong>g traditional brushes, Pollock<br />

would pour and splatter pa<strong>in</strong>t onto his<br />

canvases, creat<strong>in</strong>g dynamic and abstract<br />

compositions. His <strong>in</strong>novative approach revolutionized<br />

<strong>the</strong> art world and laid <strong>the</strong> groundwork<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Abstract Expressionist movement.<br />

The Sist<strong>in</strong>e Chapel Ceil<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>ted by Michelangelo between 1508<br />

and 1512, <strong>the</strong> ceil<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> Sist<strong>in</strong>e Chapel<br />

<strong>in</strong> Vatican City is one of <strong>the</strong> greatest artistic<br />

achievements of <strong>the</strong> Renaissance. Michelangelo’s<br />

frescoes, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> iconic<br />

depiction of God and Adam’s outstretched<br />

hands, cont<strong>in</strong>ue to awe visitors with <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

scale, detail, and beauty.<br />

The Persistence of Memory:<br />

Salvador Dalí’s surreal masterpiece, “The<br />

Persistence of Memory,” is famous for its<br />

melt<strong>in</strong>g clocks and dreamlike imagery. Created<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1931, <strong>the</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is often <strong>in</strong>terpreted<br />

as a meditation on <strong>the</strong> fluidity of time and <strong>the</strong><br />

subconscious m<strong>in</strong>d. Despite its small size,<br />

<strong>the</strong> work has left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on <strong>the</strong> art<br />

world and popular culture.<br />

The Largest Art Heist <strong>in</strong> History:<br />

In 1990, two thieves disguised as police<br />

officers stole 13 pieces of artwork worth over<br />

$500 million from <strong>the</strong> Isabella Stewart Gardner<br />

Museum <strong>in</strong> Boston. Among <strong>the</strong> stolen<br />

pieces were works by Vermeer, Rembrandt,<br />

and Degas. To this day, <strong>the</strong> case rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

unsolved, and <strong>the</strong> whereabouts of <strong>the</strong> stolen<br />

artworks rema<strong>in</strong> unknown.<br />

The World’s Most Expensive Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

In 2017, Leonardo da V<strong>in</strong>ci’s “Salvator<br />

Mundi” shattered records when it sold at<br />

auction for a stagger<strong>in</strong>g $450.3 million. The<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, depict<strong>in</strong>g Christ with his right hand<br />

raised <strong>in</strong> bless<strong>in</strong>g, is one of fewer than 20<br />

known works by da V<strong>in</strong>ci and had been lost<br />

for centuries before its rediscovery <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

20th century.<br />

The Art of Forgery:<br />

Throughout history, skilled forgers have<br />

created conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g replicas of famous artworks,<br />

fool<strong>in</strong>g experts and collectors alike.<br />

One notable example is Han van Meegeren,<br />

a Dutch artist who successfully passed off<br />

his own pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs as works by Vermeer <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> 1930s. Van Meegeren’s forgeries were so<br />

conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>the</strong>y were only exposed after<br />

he confessed to his crimes dur<strong>in</strong>g World<br />

War II.<br />

Artificial Intelligence <strong>in</strong> Art:<br />

In recent years, artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence (AI)<br />

has emerged as a new tool for artistic creation.<br />

AI algorithms can analyze vast datasets<br />

of artwork to generate orig<strong>in</strong>al pieces,<br />

imitate <strong>the</strong> styles of famous artists, and even<br />

collaborate with human artists. This fusion of<br />

technology and creativity raises <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g<br />

questions about <strong>the</strong> nature of art and <strong>the</strong> role<br />

of <strong>the</strong> artist <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital age.<br />

From ancient cave pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs to cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge<br />

AI-generated art, <strong>the</strong>se 10 facts<br />

highlight <strong>the</strong> rich and diverse world of artistic<br />

expression. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s a timeless masterpiece<br />

or a bold experiment, art cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to push boundaries, challenge perceptions,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire wonder.<br />

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BLINK<br />

52 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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CAPTURING LINGNAN CULTURE:<br />

THE UNVEILING OF BANYAN TREE<br />

DONGGUAN SONGSHAN LAKE<br />

In a majestic symphony of contemporary f<strong>in</strong>esse and ancient charm, BLINK DESIGN GROUP<br />

has orchestrated a masterpiece at <strong>the</strong> newly launched Banyan Tree Dongguan Songshan Lake<br />

hotel and spa. Nestled amidst <strong>the</strong> tranquility of <strong>the</strong> Songshan Lake resort area <strong>in</strong> Dongguan, this<br />

architectural marvel pays homage to <strong>the</strong> rich heritage of L<strong>in</strong>gnan culture, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

centuries-old traditions and <strong>the</strong> picturesque landscapes of Guangdong’s thriv<strong>in</strong>g Silicon Valley.<br />

Designed by BLINK founder and creative<br />

partner Cl<strong>in</strong>t Nagata, <strong>the</strong> hotel<br />

is a testament to <strong>the</strong> meticulous exploration<br />

of local culture and history.<br />

Rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ethos of ‘placemak<strong>in</strong>g’, BLINK<br />

has seamlessly woven toge<strong>the</strong>r elements of<br />

L<strong>in</strong>gnan culture, from <strong>in</strong>tricate architectural<br />

details to <strong>the</strong> serene beauty of <strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

forests and lakes.<br />

Guests are welcomed <strong>in</strong>to a world of<br />

serene oases, where 141 guestrooms and<br />

suites, along with 18 villas, offer panoramic<br />

views of lush greenery and shimmer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waters. Connected by float<strong>in</strong>g bridges and<br />

corridors, <strong>the</strong> hotel’s design allows guests<br />

to traverse between public spaces and private<br />

sanctuaries with ease, even offer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

unique experience of travel<strong>in</strong>g by boat.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> design lies a deep reverence<br />

for L<strong>in</strong>gnan culture, evident <strong>in</strong> every<br />

aspect of <strong>the</strong> hotel’s architecture and <strong>in</strong>teriors.<br />

Traditional L<strong>in</strong>gnan mansions serve as a<br />

primary source of <strong>in</strong>spiration, <strong>in</strong>fluenc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

layout, flow, and <strong>in</strong>tricate decorations found<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> property. From sumptuous<br />

wall panels adorned with motifs rem<strong>in</strong>iscent<br />

of ancient ancestral halls to ceil<strong>in</strong>g patterns<br />

echo<strong>in</strong>g traditional architecture, every detail<br />

tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship.<br />

The cul<strong>in</strong>ary journey at Banyan Tree<br />

Dongguan Songshan Lake is equally enchant<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

with two exquisite d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g establishments<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g a fusion of Ch<strong>in</strong>ese and<br />

Western cuis<strong>in</strong>es. M<strong>in</strong>g Yue, <strong>the</strong> hotel’s allday<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g restaurant, treats guests to tantaliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

lakeside vistas framed by geometric<br />

screens and <strong>in</strong>tricate wood carv<strong>in</strong>gs. Meanwhile,<br />

Bai Yun Ch<strong>in</strong>ese restaurant entices<br />

d<strong>in</strong>ers with creative Jiangnan and Cantonese<br />

delicacies, served aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> backdrop<br />

of breathtak<strong>in</strong>g lake views.<br />

For those seek<strong>in</strong>g relaxation and rejuvenation,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Banyan Tree spa is a sanctuary of<br />

tranquility <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> local marketplaces<br />

where eaglewood is sold. Here, guests can<br />

immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> century-old treatments<br />

amidst <strong>the</strong> scent of eaglewood and<br />

<strong>the</strong> sooth<strong>in</strong>g melodies of ‘s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g bowls’, experienc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a harmonious blend of tradition<br />

and modern luxury.<br />

As guests wander through <strong>the</strong> corridors<br />

of Banyan Tree Dongguan Songshan Lake,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are transported on a journey through<br />

time, where ancient customs and contemporary<br />

design converge <strong>in</strong> perfect harmony.<br />

With its homage to L<strong>in</strong>gnan culture, this<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary hotel stands as a testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g legacy of Ch<strong>in</strong>a’s rich heritage.<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

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EXPLORING THE VIVID WORLD OF<br />

ERIK MINTER<br />

A FUSION OF COLOR AND EMOTION<br />

Erik M<strong>in</strong>ter, a contemporary artist born <strong>in</strong> 1979 <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

District of Columbia, has carved a unique niche <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

art world with his mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g compositions that blend<br />

vibrant colors, surreal figurations, and abstract elements.<br />

Currently based <strong>in</strong> New Jersey, M<strong>in</strong>ter’s work captivates<br />

viewers, evok<strong>in</strong>g emotions ak<strong>in</strong> to dreams or nostalgia<br />

while push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of visual perception.<br />

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M<strong>in</strong>ter’s artistic journey is a testament to his unconventional<br />

approach to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. His compositions,<br />

though somewhat planned, are imbued<br />

with improvisational flair, where each piece<br />

becomes a manifestation of his creative <strong>in</strong>st<strong>in</strong>cts. His<br />

technique <strong>in</strong>volves a diverse array of methods, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

spray<strong>in</strong>g, pour<strong>in</strong>g, gestur<strong>in</strong>g marks, and employ<strong>in</strong>g tape<br />

to create forms. These techniques, as M<strong>in</strong>ter describes<br />

<strong>the</strong>m, are not rigid rules but ra<strong>the</strong>r a set of tendencies<br />

that guide his artistic process, allow<strong>in</strong>g for spontaneous<br />

expression and fluidity with<strong>in</strong> his work.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g features of M<strong>in</strong>ter’s art is his use of<br />

hyper-color neon-esque elements that seem<strong>in</strong>gly dance<br />

across <strong>the</strong> canvas. These elements, characterized by<br />

explosions, smears, breaks, drips, and cosmic galaxies,<br />

beckon viewers <strong>in</strong>to a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g visual realm. However,<br />

amidst <strong>the</strong> apparent chaos, M<strong>in</strong>ter skillfully navigates<br />

<strong>the</strong> viewer’s gaze, provid<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>in</strong>ear escorts that offer<br />

glimpses of familiarity with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> abstract landscape.<br />

It’s this delicate balance between chaos and order that<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites viewers to engage with M<strong>in</strong>ter’s work on multiple<br />

levels, foster<strong>in</strong>g a dialogue between <strong>the</strong> tangible and <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tangible.<br />

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Gabriel Diego Delgado aptly describes M<strong>in</strong>ter’s work<br />

as exploit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> viewer’s desire to understand and recognize<br />

ambiguous visual cues. Indeed, M<strong>in</strong>ter’s compositions<br />

serve as conduits for <strong>in</strong>trospection, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

to immerse <strong>the</strong>mselves <strong>in</strong> a world where emotions<br />

transcend rationality, and imag<strong>in</strong>ation knows no bounds.<br />

Each brushstroke, each splash of color, becomes a portal<br />

to a realm where <strong>the</strong> subconscious reigns supreme,<br />

where memories <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e with fantasies, and where reality<br />

blurs with <strong>the</strong> surreal.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ter’s artistic journey has been marked by numerous<br />

exhibitions and accolades, showcas<strong>in</strong>g his prolific output<br />

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

like “DOPAMINE” at Mazel Galerie <strong>in</strong> Brussels<br />

to group shows such as “Love Endures” at Stolen<strong>Space</strong><br />

Gallery <strong>in</strong> London, M<strong>in</strong>ter’s work cont<strong>in</strong>ues to captivate<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire. His presence <strong>in</strong> prestigious art fairs and galleries<br />

across <strong>the</strong> globe underscores <strong>the</strong> universal appeal<br />

of his art and its ability to transcend geographical boundaries.<br />

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FEATURED ARTIST<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of galleries and exhibitions, M<strong>in</strong>ter’s<br />

impact extends <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of publications and<br />

<strong>in</strong>terviews. His <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> creative process and his<br />

unique perspective on art have been featured <strong>in</strong> various<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>es and platforms, fur<strong>the</strong>r cement<strong>in</strong>g his status as<br />

a visionary artist of our time.<br />

As we delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> vivid world of Erik M<strong>in</strong>ter, we are<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>ded of <strong>the</strong> transformative power of art to evoke<br />

emotions, stimulate imag<strong>in</strong>ation, and transcend conventional<br />

boundaries. Through his vibrant color palettes, abstract<br />

compositions, and surreal narratives, M<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

us to embark on a journey of self-discovery, where <strong>the</strong><br />

boundaries between reality and illusion blur, and where<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of human experience f<strong>in</strong>ds expression <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> language of pa<strong>in</strong>t and canvas. In M<strong>in</strong>ter’s world, art<br />

becomes not merely a visual spectacle but a conduit for<br />

<strong>in</strong>trospection, a catalyst for dialogue, and a celebration<br />

of <strong>the</strong> boundless possibilities of <strong>the</strong> human imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

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EDITORIAL<br />

ART FOR A CHANGE:<br />

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, socio-political upheavals,<br />

and environmental crises, <strong>the</strong> role of art <strong>in</strong> society has never been more crucial.<br />

While art has traditionally been viewed as a means of aes<strong>the</strong>tic expression or cultural<br />

commentary, <strong>the</strong>re’s a grow<strong>in</strong>g imperative for it to evolve beyond mere decoration<br />

or critique. The call for “art for a change” resonates now more than ever,<br />

urg<strong>in</strong>g artists to harness <strong>the</strong>ir creativity as a force for positive transformation.<br />

Art has <strong>the</strong> power to provoke thought,<br />

challenge perceptions, and <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

action. It serves as a mirror<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g society’s triumphs and<br />

tribulations, but it should also aspire to be a<br />

catalyst for change. This begs <strong>the</strong> question:<br />

What k<strong>in</strong>d of change are we advocat<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

through art?<br />

At its core, art for a change encompasses<br />

a spectrum of <strong>in</strong>tentions, from rais<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awareness about press<strong>in</strong>g issues to foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

empathy and promot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>clusivity. It<br />

transcends <strong>the</strong> boundaries of galleries and<br />

museums, <strong>in</strong>filtrat<strong>in</strong>g public spaces and onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

platforms to engage diverse audiences.<br />

It embraces <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary collaboration,<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g artists, activists, scientists, and<br />

policymakers to jo<strong>in</strong> forces <strong>in</strong> address<strong>in</strong>g<br />

complex global challenges.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> most potent forms of art for a<br />

change is socially engaged art, which prioritizes<br />

community participation and dialogue.<br />

It empowers marg<strong>in</strong>alized voices, amplifies<br />

grassroots movements, and facilitates collective<br />

problem-solv<strong>in</strong>g. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s a mural<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g cultural diversity, a performance<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g environmental degradation, or<br />

a multimedia <strong>in</strong>stallation advocat<strong>in</strong>g for social<br />

justice, <strong>the</strong>se projects create spaces for<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful <strong>in</strong>teraction and reflection.<br />

Moreover, art for a change extends beyond<br />

<strong>the</strong> realm of activism; it encompasses<br />

art <strong>the</strong>rapy programs, creative education<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives, and cultural diplomacy efforts. It<br />

recognizes <strong>the</strong> heal<strong>in</strong>g power of art <strong>in</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mental well-be<strong>in</strong>g, especially <strong>in</strong> times<br />

of crisis. It acknowledges <strong>the</strong> role of art <strong>in</strong><br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g imag<strong>in</strong>ation and critical th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

skills among <strong>the</strong> youth, lay<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> groundwork<br />

for a more compassionate and resilient<br />

society.<br />

In essence, art for a change is about harness<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creativity as a force for good, leverag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it to build bridges, foster dialogue,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire hope. However, realiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> full<br />

potential of art for a change requires a collective<br />

commitment from artists, <strong>in</strong>stitutions,<br />

and society at large.<br />

Artists must be will<strong>in</strong>g to step outside <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

comfort zones, embrac<strong>in</strong>g experimentation<br />

and risk-tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir pursuit of mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

impact. Institutions need to prioritize<br />

accessibility, diversity, and susta<strong>in</strong>ability <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir support of artistic endeavors. Society,<br />

<strong>in</strong> turn, must recognize <strong>the</strong> value of art beyond<br />

its commercial or enterta<strong>in</strong>ment value,<br />

champion<strong>in</strong>g policies that prioritize cultural<br />

enrichment and creative expression.<br />

As we navigate <strong>the</strong> complexities of <strong>the</strong><br />

21st century, let us not underestimate <strong>the</strong><br />

transformative power of art. Let us harness<br />

its potential to imag<strong>in</strong>e alternative futures,<br />

challenge <strong>the</strong> status quo, and cultivate empathy<br />

and understand<strong>in</strong>g. Let us embrace<br />

art for a change as a beacon of hope <strong>in</strong> a<br />

world hungry for positive transformation.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> words of renowned artist and activist,<br />

Ai Weiwei, “Art is not a commodity. Art<br />

does not belong to <strong>the</strong> market. Art is about<br />

our soul, our consciousness.” It’s time we reaffirm<br />

<strong>the</strong> true purpose of art and harness its<br />

power to shape a better world for generations<br />

to come.<br />

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“CARPETS OF EDEN, GARDENS OF FANTASY”<br />

EXHIBITION UNVEILED:<br />

EXPLORING THE ARTISTIC<br />

POTENTIAL OF CARPETS<br />

In <strong>the</strong> e<strong>the</strong>real realm, where fibers and threads converge, carpets emerge as silent narrators,<br />

whisper<strong>in</strong>g tales of transcendent beauty. With<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir woven realms unfolds a ballet of fantasy—a<br />

choreography of patterns and hues that captivates <strong>the</strong> senses and ignites <strong>the</strong> imag<strong>in</strong>ation.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

Historically, carpets have served as<br />

more than mere floor cover<strong>in</strong>gs;<br />

<strong>the</strong>y have been models for pa<strong>in</strong>ters<br />

and symbols of exoticism. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> quiet corners of our homes, <strong>the</strong>se carpets<br />

become sanctuaries where fantasy<br />

blossoms, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g artists <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

embrace.<br />

For some artists, <strong>the</strong> meticulous order of<br />

patterns and rhythmic geometry of carpets<br />

offer solace and <strong>in</strong>spiration. Yet, with<strong>in</strong> this<br />

structured beauty lies a realm of unexplored<br />

creativity—a territory where artists navigate<br />

unbridled fantasies. Carpets cease to be<br />

mere floor cover<strong>in</strong>gs; <strong>the</strong>y metamorphose<br />

<strong>in</strong>to canvases, host<strong>in</strong>g a symphony of<br />

dreams where fantasy begets more fantasy.<br />

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The notion of “fantasy with<strong>in</strong> fantasy” becomes<br />

a portal through which artists journey<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> depths of <strong>the</strong>ir imag<strong>in</strong>ative worlds.<br />

As <strong>the</strong>y <strong>in</strong>fuse <strong>the</strong>se woven tapestries with<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>the</strong>ir dreams, reality and fantasy<br />

<strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g dance.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> “Carpets of Eden, Gardens of Fantasy”<br />

exhibition, viewers are <strong>in</strong>vited on a pilgrimage<br />

through fantastical gardens where<br />

carpets dream and artists awaken dormant<br />

magic. Each step unveils a narrative, a<br />

brushstroke of creativity <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> rich<br />

tapestry beneath our feet. It stands as a testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary potential found<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> overlooked corners of daily life—a celebration<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary transformed <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary.<br />

This exhibition not only offers new perspectives<br />

on carpet research and artistic<br />

exploration but also presents <strong>the</strong> carpet as a<br />

model for understand<strong>in</strong>g art and art histories<br />

<strong>in</strong> a broader sense.<br />

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LEILA HELLER<br />

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY NEOM ON UNSPLASH<br />

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SPECIAL DAY<br />

CELEBRATING WORLD HERITAGE DAY:<br />

PRESERVING CULTURAL TREASURES<br />

FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS<br />

As <strong>April</strong> heralds <strong>the</strong> arrival of spr<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

it also br<strong>in</strong>gs with it a profound opportunity<br />

to reflect on our collective<br />

heritage and <strong>the</strong> importance of preserv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it for future generations. World Heritage<br />

Day, observed on <strong>April</strong> 18th each year,<br />

serves as a poignant rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> cultural,<br />

historical, and natural wonders that enrich<br />

our world. It is a day to celebrate <strong>the</strong> diverse<br />

tapestry of humanity and to reaffirm our commitment<br />

to safeguard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se treasures.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of World Heritage Day lies<br />

<strong>the</strong> UNESCO World Heritage Sites program,<br />

which identifies and protects places of outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cultural or natural significance<br />

around <strong>the</strong> globe. These sites serve as a<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>genuity, creativity, and resilience<br />

of past civilizations, and <strong>the</strong>y offer<br />

<strong>in</strong>valuable <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to our shared history.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> breathtak<strong>in</strong>g architectural marvels<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Taj Mahal and <strong>the</strong> Great Wall of Ch<strong>in</strong>a<br />

to <strong>the</strong> awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g natural landscapes<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Grand Canyon and <strong>the</strong> Serengeti National<br />

Park, each World Heritage Site is a<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> beauty and diversity of our<br />

planet.<br />

However, <strong>the</strong> preservation of <strong>the</strong>se sites is<br />

not without its challenges. Climate change,<br />

urbanization, pollution, and unchecked tourism<br />

pose significant threats to <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>tegrity.<br />

As custodians of our heritage, it is <strong>in</strong>cumbent<br />

upon us to adopt susta<strong>in</strong>able practices<br />

and to strike a delicate balance between<br />

conservation and development. This requires<br />

concerted efforts from governments,<br />

communities, and <strong>in</strong>dividuals alike to ensure<br />

that <strong>the</strong>se treasures endure for generations<br />

to come.<br />

Artists, too, play a pivotal role <strong>in</strong> rais<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awareness about <strong>the</strong> importance of cultural<br />

preservation. Through <strong>the</strong>ir work, <strong>the</strong>y capture<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>the</strong>se sites, immortaliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, sculptures, photographs,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r forms of artistic expression. Their<br />

creations serve as poignant rem<strong>in</strong>ders of<br />

<strong>the</strong> beauty and significance of our shared<br />

heritage, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g o<strong>the</strong>rs to take action to<br />

protect it.<br />

In commemorat<strong>in</strong>g World Heritage Day,<br />

art galleries, museums, and cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world come toge<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong> rich tapestry of our heritage.<br />

Through exhibitions, lectures, workshops,<br />

and guided tours, <strong>the</strong>y offer visitors an opportunity<br />

to delve deeper <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> stories<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>se extraord<strong>in</strong>ary sites and to appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir cultural and historical significance.<br />

Moreover, World Heritage Day serves as<br />

a call to action for <strong>in</strong>dividuals to become<br />

actively <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> preserv<strong>in</strong>g our heritage.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r through volunteer<strong>in</strong>g, donat<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

or simply spread<strong>in</strong>g awareness, each of<br />

us has a role to play <strong>in</strong> safeguard<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se<br />

treasures for future generations. By tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

small but mean<strong>in</strong>gful steps, we can make a<br />

tangible difference <strong>in</strong> ensur<strong>in</strong>g that our cultural<br />

and natural heritage rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong>tact for<br />

centuries to come.<br />

As we celebrate World Heritage Day<br />

this <strong>April</strong>, let us reaffirm our commitment to<br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich tapestry of our shared<br />

humanity. Let us honor <strong>the</strong> visionaries who<br />

came before us and pledge to be stewards<br />

of our heritage for generations yet unborn. In<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g so, we not only safeguard our past but<br />

also lay <strong>the</strong> foundation for a more susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

and culturally vibrant future.<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 />

Audemars Piguet<br />

x<br />

John Mayer<br />

In a harmonious fusion of horology and artistry, Audemars Piguet, <strong>the</strong> renowned Swiss<br />

watchmaker, jo<strong>in</strong>s forces with <strong>the</strong> illustrious musician and watch enthusiast, John Mayer, to unveil<br />

a masterpiece of limited edition luxury: <strong>the</strong> Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar “John Mayer” timepiece.<br />

This collaborative creation represents <strong>the</strong> p<strong>in</strong>nacle of elegance, marry<strong>in</strong>g Audemars Piguet’s<br />

impeccable craftsmanship with Mayer’s discern<strong>in</strong>g eye for design.<br />

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At <strong>the</strong> heart of this horological marvel lies<br />

<strong>the</strong> esteemed Calibre 5134, a self-w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

perpetual calendar movement. Encased<br />

<strong>in</strong> 18-carat white gold, <strong>the</strong> watch boasts a<br />

sleek and slender profile, measur<strong>in</strong>g just<br />

9.5mm <strong>in</strong> thickness. Its 41mm diameter ensures<br />

a command<strong>in</strong>g presence on <strong>the</strong> wrist,<br />

while a water resistance of 20 meters ensures<br />

durability and reliability.<br />

The dial of <strong>the</strong> Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar<br />

“John Mayer” Limited Edition is a<br />

mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g sight. Dubbed <strong>the</strong> “Crystal<br />

Sky,” its dark blue hue captures <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of a starlit night sky. The shimmer<strong>in</strong>g, embossed<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ish adds depth and dimension,<br />

while white gold applied hour-markers and<br />

lum<strong>in</strong>escent Royal Oak hands ensure legibility<br />

<strong>in</strong> any light.<br />

Every aspect of this timepiece exudes luxury<br />

and ref<strong>in</strong>ement, from <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricately crafted<br />

18-carat white gold bracelet to <strong>the</strong> glareproofed<br />

sapphire crystal adorn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> case<br />

back. The attention to detail is impeccable,<br />

with each component meticulously f<strong>in</strong>ished<br />

to perfection.<br />

Beyond its aes<strong>the</strong>tic allure, <strong>the</strong> Royal Oak<br />

Perpetual Calendar “John Mayer” Limited<br />

Edition is a feat of eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g brilliance. The<br />

Calibre 5134 powers various sophisticated<br />

functions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a perpetual calendar<br />

with week <strong>in</strong>dication, day, date, astronomical<br />

moon, month, and leap year <strong>in</strong>dicators. With<br />

38 jewels and a power reserve of 40 hours,<br />

this timepiece is as reliable as it is luxurious.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al iteration of <strong>the</strong> Royal Oak Perpetual<br />

Calendar limited edition to feature<br />

<strong>the</strong> Calibre 5134, this collaboration between<br />

Audemars Piguet and John Mayer marks <strong>the</strong><br />

end of an era. It is a testament to <strong>the</strong>ir shared<br />

commitment to excellence and <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world of haute horlogerie.<br />

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

Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar “John Mayer”<br />

Limited Edition stands as a timeless masterpiece.<br />

With its exquisite design, impeccable<br />

craftsmanship, and unparalleled functionality,<br />

it transcends <strong>the</strong> boundaries of mere<br />

timekeep<strong>in</strong>g to become a true work of art.<br />

For collectors and connoisseurs alike, this<br />

collaboration represents <strong>the</strong> epitome of luxury<br />

and style—an objet d’art to be treasured<br />

for generations to come.<br />

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BLING BOW<br />

Colours of Love Sterl<strong>in</strong>g Silver<br />

Amethyst Fluted Round Cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks<br />

With characteristic Fabergé wit and verve, Fabergé br<strong>in</strong>gs its passion for<br />

craftsmanship and <strong>in</strong>ventive design to <strong>the</strong> realm of cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks and accessories.<br />

Impeccably crafted from <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est materials and gemstones, <strong>the</strong> collection<br />

draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> many cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks, dress-sets and famous cigarette<br />

cases created by Fabergé <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> early 20th century. The Domed Fluted<br />

Sterl<strong>in</strong>g Silver Cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks feature Amethysts at <strong>the</strong>ir centre.<br />

The measurements for <strong>the</strong> front of <strong>the</strong> cuffl<strong>in</strong>k are 13.5mm <strong>in</strong> length, 13.5mm<br />

<strong>in</strong> height and 5.9mm <strong>in</strong> width. The measurements for <strong>the</strong> egg shape<br />

are 11.75mm <strong>in</strong> length, 8mm <strong>in</strong> height and 3.6mm <strong>in</strong> width.<br />

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Imperial Oval Amethyst R<strong>in</strong>g<br />

The collection exemplifies ‘<strong>the</strong> art of colour’, seamlessly fus<strong>in</strong>g extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

coloured gemstones, artistic <strong>in</strong>genuity and exceptional<br />

craftsmanship. Fabergé’s vibrant gemstones are chosen for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

exquisite colour, cut, clarity and character. This collection celebrates<br />

special lifetime events, milestones and memorable moments.<br />

Imperial Oval Amethyst R<strong>in</strong>g features an oval amethyst and round<br />

and rose cut white diamonds, set <strong>in</strong> 18 karat white gold.<br />

Colours of Love Sterl<strong>in</strong>g Silver<br />

Amethyst Fluted R<strong>in</strong>g<br />

This Colours of Love Sterl<strong>in</strong>g Silver Amethyst Fluted R<strong>in</strong>g features<br />

an oval 8x6mm amethyst centre gemstone, set <strong>in</strong> fluted sterl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

silver and adorned with 2 brilliant cut white diamonds. In keep<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with its fondness for delight, surprise and discovery, Fabergé has concealed<br />

a Mozambican ruby on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>side of <strong>the</strong> band. The measurements<br />

for <strong>the</strong> shank are 2.7mm <strong>in</strong> width and 2mm <strong>in</strong> depth.<br />

Emotion Rose Gold Amethyst<br />

Grande R<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Dozens of strik<strong>in</strong>g purple amethysts cover this Emotion Rose<br />

Gold Amethyst Grand R<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The Emotion Collection, <strong>in</strong>fused with <strong>in</strong>tense colour, explores <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tellectual and artistic richness of Fabergé’s world. These bold and<br />

dar<strong>in</strong>g jewels, push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> boundaries of design and craftsmanship<br />

<strong>in</strong> true Fabergé spirit, explore Bohemian, Impressionist<br />

and Fauvist views of vivid colour as an emotional force and<br />

an expression of feel<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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

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ON FOOT<br />

Notwoways Zoysia<br />

A Sartorial Symphony of London’s Essence<br />

72 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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In <strong>the</strong> bustl<strong>in</strong>g streets of London, where culture,<br />

history, and <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e, emerges a<br />

footwear marvel that encapsulates <strong>the</strong> very spirit<br />

of this dynamic city. Introduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Notwoways<br />

Zoysia – a testament to craftsmanship, <strong>in</strong>novation,<br />

and a profound connection with London’s<br />

vibrant essence.<br />

At Notwoways, <strong>the</strong> heartbeat of London<br />

pulses through every design. The Zoysia,<br />

with its roots entrenched <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city’s DNA,<br />

stands as a tribute to its rich heritage and<br />

contemporary flair. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

<strong>the</strong> tranquil green spaces that offer solace<br />

amidst <strong>the</strong> urban hustle, <strong>the</strong>se shoes evoke<br />

a sense of calm sophistication.<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to luxury with Zoysia’s premium<br />

materials and meticulous construction. Each<br />

element tells a story of craftsmanship and<br />

attention to detail. From <strong>the</strong> cushioned heel<br />

l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g ensur<strong>in</strong>g sublime comfort to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>corporation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> new NTW cup sole for unparalleled<br />

support, every feature is thoughtfully<br />

designed to elevate your stride.<br />

Embrace <strong>the</strong> juxtaposition of luxury and<br />

athleticism with Zoysia’s dist<strong>in</strong>ctive aes<strong>the</strong>tic.<br />

Infused with v<strong>in</strong>tage sportswear hues,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se shoes add a pop of color to any ensemble,<br />

effortlessly blend<strong>in</strong>g sophistication<br />

with a h<strong>in</strong>t of playfulness. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re<br />

stroll<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong> city streets or attend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a soirée, <strong>the</strong> Zoysia complements your style<br />

with unparalleled panache.<br />

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

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Experience <strong>the</strong> sensation of walk<strong>in</strong>g on air with<br />

<strong>the</strong> Zoysia’s responsive Phylon midsole. Designed<br />

to provide optimal cushion<strong>in</strong>g and support, <strong>the</strong>se<br />

shoes ensure fatigue-free wear, allow<strong>in</strong>g you to<br />

navigate <strong>the</strong> urban landscape with ease. Additionally,<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>clusion of extra cream laces and a<br />

detachable chrome dubrae offers versatility, allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

you to customize your look with ease.<br />

At Notwoways, environmental consciousness<br />

is <strong>in</strong>gra<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> our ethos. The Zoysia is no exception,<br />

boast<strong>in</strong>g 100% recycled packag<strong>in</strong>g, reaffirm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our commitment to susta<strong>in</strong>able practices<br />

without compromis<strong>in</strong>g on style or quality. With sizes<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from UK 3 to 14 and worldwide shipp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

available, <strong>the</strong>se shoes beckon fashion enthusiasts<br />

worldwide to embrace London’s allure.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> realm of footwear, <strong>the</strong> Notwoways Zoysia<br />

stands as a beacon of London’s essence – a harmonious<br />

blend of heritage, <strong>in</strong>novation, and style.<br />

With its impeccable craftsmanship, unparalleled<br />

comfort, and eco-conscious design, <strong>the</strong>se shoes<br />

redef<strong>in</strong>e sartorial elegance for <strong>the</strong> modern urbanite.<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> spirit of London with <strong>the</strong> Zoysia<br />

and embark on a journey where every stride is a<br />

testament to sophistication and style.<br />

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

75


LUX<br />

AMI Fall/W<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2024</strong> Collection:<br />

A Luxurious Ode to<br />

Parisian Chic<br />

In <strong>the</strong> heart of Paris Fashion Week, amidst<br />

<strong>the</strong> grandeur of haute couture and avantgarde<br />

designs, AMI unveiled a collection<br />

that transcends mere fashion, embody<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a luxurious ode to <strong>the</strong> essence of Parisian<br />

chic. Alexandre Mattiussi, <strong>the</strong> visionary<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d AMI, drew <strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong><br />

vibrant tapestry of Parisian life, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

every stitch with <strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong> city and<br />

<strong>the</strong> elegance of its <strong>in</strong>habitants.<br />

76 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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As <strong>the</strong> bells tolled and <strong>the</strong> bicycle wheels<br />

turned, guests were transported <strong>in</strong>to a c<strong>in</strong>ematic<br />

world with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> conf<strong>in</strong>es of AMI’s Fall/<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2024</strong> runway show. The sett<strong>in</strong>g, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent<br />

of Parisian apartment blocks, set <strong>the</strong><br />

stage for a sartorial journey through <strong>the</strong> everyday<br />

elegance of <strong>the</strong> city’s denizens.<br />

The scene was set with meticulous detail—a<br />

darkened room transformed <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

picturesque Parisian neighborhood. An artificial<br />

sunset ba<strong>the</strong>d <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g’s facade<br />

<strong>in</strong> a warm glow, while wooden doors slowly<br />

swung open, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g models to grace <strong>the</strong><br />

runway <strong>in</strong> a meticulously curated collection.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of FW24 lies Alexandre Mattiussi’s<br />

signature blend of classic bourgeois<br />

styles with a contemporary twist. Each look<br />

exudes sophistication and effortless charm,<br />

portray<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> modern worker with soft silhouettes<br />

and ref<strong>in</strong>ed tailor<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

For Alexandre Mattiussi, <strong>the</strong> runway is not<br />

merely a showcase of clo<strong>the</strong>s but a canvas<br />

for storytell<strong>in</strong>g. With FW24, he <strong>in</strong>vites us <strong>in</strong>to<br />

an idealized world where elegance and sophistication<br />

reign supreme—a world where<br />

every garment is a character <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> narrative<br />

of Parisian life.<br />

In a whirlw<strong>in</strong>d of tailored coats, shimmer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tops, and exquisite detail<strong>in</strong>g, AMI’s Fall/<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2024</strong> collection pays homage to <strong>the</strong><br />

timeless allure of Parisian chic. With each<br />

ensemble, Alexandre Mattiussi <strong>in</strong>vites us to<br />

embrace <strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong> city and revel <strong>in</strong> its<br />

effortless elegance. As <strong>the</strong> curta<strong>in</strong>s close on<br />

yet ano<strong>the</strong>r Paris Fashion Week, AMI stands<br />

as a beacon of luxury, weav<strong>in</strong>g dreams of<br />

Parisian grandeur <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fabric of fashion.<br />

From double - breasted suits to strong -<br />

shouldered coats, AMI’s collection speaks<br />

to <strong>the</strong> cosmopolitan <strong>in</strong>dividual ready to<br />

conquer <strong>the</strong> day ahead. Shades of black,<br />

brown, tan, and grey dom<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong> palette,<br />

lend<strong>in</strong>g versatility and timelessness to each<br />

ensemble.<br />

Grac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> runway were celebrity stars<br />

synonymous with elegance and grace.<br />

American model Gu<strong>in</strong>evere Van Seenus,<br />

French icon Audrey Marnay, and past Victoria’s<br />

Secret angel Laetitia Casta illum<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

<strong>the</strong> catwalk <strong>in</strong> AMI’s latest creations, add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a touch of glamour to <strong>the</strong> Parisian landscape.<br />

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

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UNORTHODOX<br />

La Ha<strong>in</strong>e Inside Us<br />

Fall/W<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

Unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Depths of<br />

Emotion<br />

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In <strong>the</strong> realm where avant-garde meets<br />

streetwear, <strong>the</strong> Fall/W<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2024</strong> collection of<br />

La Ha<strong>in</strong>e Inside Us emerges as a bold testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tricacies of human emotion.<br />

Delv<strong>in</strong>g deep <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> recesses of our genetic<br />

heritage, <strong>the</strong> collection transcends mere<br />

fashion, offer<strong>in</strong>g a profound exploration of<br />

<strong>the</strong> latent forces that reside with<strong>in</strong> us all.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of this collection lies a relentless<br />

pursuit of orig<strong>in</strong>ality <strong>in</strong> both shapes and<br />

fabrics. Each garment serves as a canvas,<br />

meticulously crafted to highlight <strong>in</strong>tricate details<br />

and <strong>in</strong>novative process<strong>in</strong>g techniques.<br />

From cotton to lea<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong> materials speak<br />

volumes, while all-black shades create a<br />

canvas for cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technology pr<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

and unprecedented fabric manipulations.<br />

The fusion of avant-garde aes<strong>the</strong>tics with<br />

street-wear sensibilities def<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong> grounded<br />

identity of <strong>the</strong> La Ha<strong>in</strong>e Inside Us brand.<br />

This fusion is not merely stylistic but embodies<br />

a profound statement on <strong>the</strong> human condition—a<br />

creative and provocative <strong>in</strong>tuition<br />

that challenges norms and sparks dialogue.<br />

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

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UNORTHODOX<br />

As Cormac McCarthy aptly puts it, “It’s<br />

with<strong>in</strong> us, latent, still, as if it’s sleep<strong>in</strong>g.” The<br />

collection draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from this <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>sic<br />

duality of human emotion—particularly<br />

<strong>the</strong> darker, more visceral aspects. It’s an<br />

acknowledgment of <strong>the</strong> existence of hate,<br />

not as a condemnation but as a facet of our<br />

shared genetic heritage.<br />

Yet, amidst this acknowledgment lies a<br />

call to action. The awareness of hate’s existence<br />

serves as our only weapon aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

its <strong>in</strong>sidious <strong>in</strong>fluence. “Good people do like<br />

this. They keep on try<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>y never give<br />

up,” McCarthy rem<strong>in</strong>ds us—a mantra that<br />

echoes throughout <strong>the</strong> collection.<br />

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Driven by this unique <strong>in</strong>sight, <strong>the</strong> creative<br />

crew beh<strong>in</strong>d La Ha<strong>in</strong>e Inside Us presents<br />

a collection that is irreverent, bold, and uncompromis<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Each piece is a testament to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir refusal to shy away from <strong>the</strong> complexities<br />

of human emotion, <strong>in</strong>stead embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m with open arms.<br />

The La Ha<strong>in</strong>e Inside Us Fall/W<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>2024</strong><br />

collection is more than just a fashion statement—it’s<br />

a narrative, a dialogue, a journey<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> depths of our collective psyche. With<br />

each garment, it challenges us to confront<br />

<strong>the</strong> darkness with<strong>in</strong> and emerge stronger,<br />

more resilient, and ultimately, more human.<br />

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

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UNORTHODOX<br />

PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY JASON LEUNG ON UNSPLASH<br />

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83


TOONS & MANGA<br />

Ultraman, <strong>the</strong> iconic kaiju-fight<strong>in</strong>g superhero,<br />

is mak<strong>in</strong>g a grand return like never before<br />

<strong>in</strong> a new animated film titled “Ultraman:<br />

Ris<strong>in</strong>g.” This reimag<strong>in</strong>ed adventure br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

fresh twists to <strong>the</strong> classic tale, <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

audiences to a new Ultraman and a whole<br />

new set of challenges. Set to premiere on<br />

Netflix, this excit<strong>in</strong>g addition to <strong>the</strong> Ultraman<br />

franchise promises to captivate both longtime<br />

fans and newcomers alike.<br />

84 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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In <strong>the</strong> realm of manga and toons, where<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation knows no bounds, a new series<br />

emerges to captivate audiences with its<br />

blend of <strong>the</strong> supernatural and extraterrestrial.<br />

“Surreal Adventures Unfold” <strong>in</strong>troduces<br />

readers to Momo Ayase and a boy whose<br />

encounter sparks an o<strong>the</strong>rworldly journey.<br />

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

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

MENDOZA HOUSE<br />

ARGENTINA<br />

Urban Integration:<br />

Situated at <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of urban grids<br />

and elevated railway <strong>in</strong>frastructure, Mendoza<br />

House seamlessly merges with its<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs. Its design navigates <strong>the</strong> complexities<br />

of <strong>the</strong> cityscape, offer<strong>in</strong>g a harmonious<br />

blend of cosmopolitan liv<strong>in</strong>g and neighborhood<br />

charm.<br />

Transformational Design:<br />

Orig<strong>in</strong>ally built <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1970s, <strong>the</strong> house underwent<br />

a remarkable metamorphosis under<br />

<strong>the</strong> skilled hands of La Base Studio. While<br />

respect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> exist<strong>in</strong>g re<strong>in</strong>forced concrete<br />

structure, <strong>the</strong> architects orchestrated a complete<br />

transformation, elevat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> home<br />

with a new underground level and reimag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

spatial configurations.<br />

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Elegant Simplicity:<br />

Clad <strong>in</strong> solid wood and adorned with <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

latticework, Mendoza House exudes an<br />

aura of understated elegance. The compact<br />

yet thoughtfully designed three-level layout<br />

offers a unique experience on each floor,<br />

seamlessly connect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>door spaces with<br />

<strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g landscape.<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>able Harmony:<br />

Embrac<strong>in</strong>g natural elements and susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

practices, Mendoza House showcases<br />

a harmonious <strong>in</strong>terplay of light, vegetation,<br />

and materiality. From <strong>the</strong> strategic placement<br />

of glazed open<strong>in</strong>gs to reflective surfaces<br />

and <strong>the</strong>rmal protection, every detail<br />

reflects a commitment to environmental consciousness<br />

and occupant comfort.<br />

Mendoza House is not only a residence<br />

but a symbol of architectural <strong>in</strong>novation, urban<br />

adaptation, and susta<strong>in</strong>able liv<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

admiration and <strong>in</strong>spiration from all who<br />

encounter its enchant<strong>in</strong>g presence.<br />

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

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THE LOST<br />

COVE STORE<br />

MALAYSIA<br />

Nestled with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> bustl<strong>in</strong>g TRX Exchange Mall <strong>in</strong> Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Lost Cove Store by<br />

<strong>Space</strong>men Studio stands as a testament to architectural <strong>in</strong>genuity and design f<strong>in</strong>esse. Inspired<br />

by <strong>the</strong> e<strong>the</strong>real qualities of light and shadow, this retail space transcends traditional boundaries,<br />

offer<strong>in</strong>g visitors an immersive journey through an abstract cove of curated treasures.<br />

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS<br />

Lum<strong>in</strong>ous Sanctuary:<br />

The architectural language of The Lost<br />

Cove Store is a mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terplay of<br />

light and shadow, rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hidden alcoves with<strong>in</strong> a natural formation.<br />

L<strong>in</strong>ear shelves stretch seamlessly, mirror<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> undulat<strong>in</strong>g curves of a cave’s <strong>in</strong>terior,<br />

while a circular skylight ba<strong>the</strong>s <strong>the</strong> space <strong>in</strong><br />

natural illum<strong>in</strong>ation, creat<strong>in</strong>g a surreal atmosphere<br />

for shoppers.<br />

Functional Elegance:<br />

Beyond its aes<strong>the</strong>tic allure, <strong>the</strong> store’s<br />

design serves a practical purpose. L<strong>in</strong>ear<br />

shelves, extend<strong>in</strong>g from floor to ceil<strong>in</strong>g, not<br />

only provide a functional display system but<br />

also evoke a sense of discovery ak<strong>in</strong> to uncover<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hidden gems with<strong>in</strong> a cavernous<br />

landscape. Each nook <strong>in</strong>vites patrons to explore<br />

Trove’s curated collection, foster<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

tactile and engag<strong>in</strong>g shopp<strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

Intimate Tranquility:<br />

Transition<strong>in</strong>g towards <strong>the</strong> rear, <strong>the</strong> ambiance<br />

subtly shifts to a more <strong>in</strong>timate sett<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

signal<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> entrance to <strong>the</strong> treatment cove.<br />

Here, secluded enclaves offer patrons a<br />

tranquil escape, where abstract silhouettes<br />

of sunrises symbolize renewal and transformation.<br />

Through meticulous spatial design,<br />

<strong>the</strong> store seamlessly blends retail <strong>the</strong>rapy<br />

with rejuvenat<strong>in</strong>g experiences, cater<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

diverse visitor needs.<br />

Sculptural Sophistication:<br />

Anchor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> front of <strong>the</strong> store is a float<strong>in</strong>g<br />

circular product experience bar, a strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

focal po<strong>in</strong>t that <strong>in</strong>vites visitors to engage<br />

with Trove’s offer<strong>in</strong>gs. Complemented by<br />

discreet display nooks and sculptural design<br />

elements, such as <strong>in</strong>tegrated sunrise motifs,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Trove store emerges as a lum<strong>in</strong>ous cove<br />

where architectural wonders converge with<br />

immersive retail experiences, leav<strong>in</strong>g a last<strong>in</strong>g<br />

impression on all who venture with<strong>in</strong>.<br />

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

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PICTURE STORY<br />

PHOTO BY EGOR MYZNIK ON UNSPLASH<br />

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BRAND LOGO<br />

UNVEILING THE ICONIC BAPE LOGO<br />

A TRIBUTE TO POP CULTURE AND JAPANESE IDIOM<br />

In <strong>the</strong> vibrant realm of streetwear, where fashion and culture <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e, few symbols stand as boldly as<br />

<strong>the</strong> iconic logo of BAPE (A Bath<strong>in</strong>g Ape). This emblem, renowned across <strong>the</strong> globe, is not merely a mark<br />

of a brand but a testament to <strong>the</strong> fusion of 20th-century pop culture and Japanese wit. At <strong>the</strong> heart of its<br />

genesis lies <strong>the</strong> visionary founder, Nigo, whose profound affection for c<strong>in</strong>ematic nostalgia and l<strong>in</strong>guistic<br />

charm bir<strong>the</strong>d a symbol that transcends mere brand<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Nigo’s reverence for 20th-century<br />

pop culture is palpable <strong>in</strong> every<br />

aspect of BAPE’s identity. Draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration from <strong>the</strong> groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

1968 film Planet of <strong>the</strong> Apes, he <strong>in</strong>geniously<br />

encapsulated its essence with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> brand’s<br />

name and logo. The primal allure of <strong>the</strong> film,<br />

coupled with its societal commentary, resonated<br />

deeply with Nigo, compell<strong>in</strong>g him to<br />

weave its imagery <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fabric of BAPE’s<br />

visual identity.<br />

Central to this iconic emblem is <strong>the</strong> notion<br />

of a “bath<strong>in</strong>g ape <strong>in</strong> lukewarm water,”<br />

a playful Japanese idiom that holds layers<br />

of mean<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> its seem<strong>in</strong>gly simple<br />

construct. Orig<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g from a culture rich <strong>in</strong><br />

metaphor and symbolism, this phrase pa<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

a vivid picture of <strong>in</strong>dulgence and excess.<br />

It speaks to a generation characterized by<br />

its penchant for opulence, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

very ethos of <strong>the</strong> youthful demographic that<br />

would come to embrace BAPE wholeheartedly.<br />

The BAPE logo, with its unmistakable<br />

silhouette of an ape, poised amidst <strong>the</strong> letter<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

embodies this duality with f<strong>in</strong>esse.<br />

Its bold l<strong>in</strong>es and strik<strong>in</strong>g simplicity draw<br />

<strong>the</strong> eye, while its underly<strong>in</strong>g narrative adds<br />

depth and <strong>in</strong>trigue. The ape, an emblem of<br />

primal power and untamed energy, becomes<br />

a vessel through which Nigo communicates<br />

his vision of youth culture.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, <strong>the</strong> logo’s aes<strong>the</strong>tic appeal<br />

lies not only <strong>in</strong> its visual composition but<br />

also <strong>in</strong> its cultural resonance. It serves as<br />

a bridge between past and present, seamlessly<br />

blend<strong>in</strong>g elements of nostalgia with<br />

contemporary flair. Its endur<strong>in</strong>g popularity<br />

speaks volumes about its ability to transcend<br />

fleet<strong>in</strong>g trends, anchor<strong>in</strong>g itself as a<br />

timeless icon <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ever-evolv<strong>in</strong>g landscape<br />

of fashion and design.<br />

In essence, <strong>the</strong> BAPE logo stands as a<br />

testament to <strong>the</strong> power of symbolism and<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> realm of brand<strong>in</strong>g. It is<br />

more than just a mark of identification; it is a<br />

cultural artifact, a visual allegory that speaks<br />

volumes about <strong>the</strong> ethos of its creator and<br />

<strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong> times. As we cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

navigate <strong>the</strong> currents of change, <strong>the</strong> BAPE<br />

logo rema<strong>in</strong>s a steadfast beacon, rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

us of <strong>the</strong> endur<strong>in</strong>g allure of art, culture, and<br />

creativity.<br />

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ART EXIBITIONS<br />

ART EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS<br />

‘CARPETS OF EDEN, GARDENS OF FANTASY’ BY<br />

CURATED BY BEHRANG SAMADZADEGAN<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - LEILA HELLER GALLERY -<br />

WAREHOUSE 86/87<br />

25 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 20 SEPTEMBER <strong>2024</strong><br />

In <strong>the</strong> e<strong>the</strong>real realm of fibers, carpets emerge as silent storytellers,<br />

weav<strong>in</strong>g tales of a transcendent Eden. Artists delve <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

patterns, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m with dreams and fantasies. ‘Carpets of Eden,<br />

Gardens of Fantasy’ <strong>in</strong>vites viewers on a journey through <strong>the</strong>se fantastical<br />

realms, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ord<strong>in</strong>ary transformed <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> extraord<strong>in</strong>ary.<br />

Featur<strong>in</strong>g artists like Etel Adnan, Mona Hatoum, and Parviz Tanavoli, this<br />

exhibition explores <strong>the</strong> hidden depths of artistic expression, offer<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

perspectives on both carpet research and <strong>the</strong> broader understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of art.<br />

‘THIS IS NOT YOUR GRAVE’ BY DIMA SROUJI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - THE YARD<br />

26 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 26 FEBRUARY 2025<br />

The <strong>in</strong>stallation “This Is Not Your Grave” by architect and visual artist Dima<br />

Srouji reimag<strong>in</strong>es architecture’s role <strong>in</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g shelter amidst crises, particularly<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> plight of Palest<strong>in</strong>ians <strong>in</strong> Gaza. Through symbolic elements<br />

like tunnels, bathtubs, and staircases, <strong>the</strong> project celebrates makeshift<br />

sanctuaries and moments of respite amid adversity. The structures, each represent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

different sensory experiences, serve as ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g spaces for <strong>the</strong><br />

Alserkal community, foster<strong>in</strong>g reflection, mourn<strong>in</strong>g, and visions of liberation.<br />

Collaborative events with performers and chefs enhance <strong>the</strong> experience, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

visitors to engage with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>stallations. The title references a verse from a<br />

Darwish poem, <strong>in</strong>vok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mes of displacement and resilience. Dima Srouji’s<br />

multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary approach, <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g elements like glass, text, and film,<br />

reflects her exploration of cultural heritage and public space <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> context of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Middle East, particularly Palest<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

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‘HOW TO DISAPPEAR’ BY ANNA MAZZEI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - GREEN ART<br />

GALLERY - WAREHOUSE 28<br />

27 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 20 APRIL <strong>2024</strong><br />

In her latest exhibit “How to Disappear” at Green Art Gallery <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai, Brazilian artist Ana Mazzei presents a captivat<strong>in</strong>g blend<br />

of bronze sculptures and oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

detective stories and crime series, Mazzei <strong>in</strong>vites viewers to delve<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> enigmatic narratives with<strong>in</strong> her art. Through her sculptures,<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g hybrid human-animal figures, and a series of vibrant<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs grouped <strong>in</strong>to symbolic <strong>the</strong>mes, Mazzei explores<br />

<strong>the</strong> concept of disappearance – both as a physical act and a metaphorical<br />

transformation. Her work suggests a long<strong>in</strong>g for renewal<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than mere <strong>in</strong>visibility, offer<strong>in</strong>g viewers a rich tapestry of<br />

clues and <strong>in</strong>terpretations to ponder.<br />

‘TOY WORLD’ BY FARAH AL QASIMI<br />

ALSERKAAL AVENUE - THE THIRD LINE -<br />

WAREHOUSE 78<br />

27 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> - 19 APRIL <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Third L<strong>in</strong>e presents Toy World, Farah Al Qasimi’s<br />

fourth solo exhibition, showcas<strong>in</strong>g a captivat<strong>in</strong>g blend<br />

of black and white and color still and mov<strong>in</strong>g images.<br />

Through her lens, Farah explores <strong>the</strong>mes of control, surveillance,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> shift<strong>in</strong>g nature of reality, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers<br />

to contemplate <strong>the</strong> messages embedded with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

images we encounter. With a keen eye for symbolism<br />

and a dedication to storytell<strong>in</strong>g, Farah’s work delves <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> complexities of our modern world. Dedicated to <strong>the</strong><br />

memory of Hamed Butti Altamimi.<br />

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

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94 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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APRIL’S FLAVORFUL THRILLS: A GASTRONOMIC & STAY DELIGHT!<br />

APRIL’S FLAVORFUL<br />

THRILLS: A GASTRONOMIC<br />

& STAY DELIGHT!<br />

Welcome to “<strong>April</strong>’s Flavorful Thrills: A Gastronomic & Stay Delight!” As we step <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

new month, it’s time to uncover <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est cul<strong>in</strong>ary experiences and accommodations<br />

that <strong>April</strong> has to offer. Jo<strong>in</strong> us on a journey through delectable dishes, tantaliz<strong>in</strong>g tastes,<br />

and luxurious lodg<strong>in</strong>gs as we highlight some of <strong>the</strong> most exceptional restaurants and<br />

hotels await<strong>in</strong>g your discovery. From savory sensations to unparalleled hospitality, let’s<br />

embark on a month-long exploration of cul<strong>in</strong>ary and hospitality excellence.<br />

EASTER DELIGHTS AT<br />

DINNER BY HESTON<br />

BLUMENTHAL!<br />

Jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cul<strong>in</strong>ary journey at D<strong>in</strong>ner by<br />

Heston Blumenthal, a renowned Michel<strong>in</strong>-star<br />

restaurant, this Easter. Delight <strong>in</strong><br />

a special menu <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> tastes<br />

and tales of Brita<strong>in</strong> dat<strong>in</strong>g back to <strong>the</strong><br />

13th century. From <strong>the</strong> farmers’ table<br />

to <strong>the</strong> grand royal courts of England,<br />

savor a four-course tast<strong>in</strong>g menu featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

iconic dishes such as frumenty<br />

grilled octopus, lamb and cucumber,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> acclaimed Meat Fruit. Don’t<br />

miss this cul<strong>in</strong>ary extravaganza!<br />

EID AL FITR<br />

STAYCATION<br />

BLISS AT PARK<br />

HYATT DUBAI!<br />

UNVEILING SHIMA: JAPANESE CULINARY<br />

MARVEL AT ONE PALM JUMEIRAH<br />

Date: Friday, March 29th – Monday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 1st<br />

Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm<br />

Four-Course Tast<strong>in</strong>g Menu<br />

Price: AED 850 per person<br />

Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment: Piped Music<br />

No Age Policy<br />

Location: Atlantis The Royal<br />

Discover <strong>the</strong> allure of SHIMA, <strong>the</strong><br />

latest cul<strong>in</strong>ary gem brought to you by<br />

M<strong>in</strong>e & Yours Group, located with<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> luxurious conf<strong>in</strong>es of One Palm Jumeirah<br />

Dorchester Collection. Prepare<br />

for an unparalleled d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience<br />

as SHIMA merges <strong>the</strong> vibrant flavors<br />

of Japanese cuis<strong>in</strong>e with <strong>the</strong> tranquil<br />

backdrop of <strong>the</strong> Persian Gulf and city<br />

skyl<strong>in</strong>e views.<br />

Helmed by Chef Koyi Tanabe, a<br />

third-generation Japanese native<br />

born <strong>in</strong> Lima, Peru, SHIMA promises<br />

avant-garde dishes crafted with <strong>the</strong><br />

f<strong>in</strong>est <strong>in</strong>gredients and artistic flair. With<br />

16 years of global cul<strong>in</strong>ary experience,<br />

Tanabe’s expertise sh<strong>in</strong>es through <strong>in</strong><br />

every meticulously prepared dish.<br />

Indulge <strong>in</strong> signature plates that embody<br />

<strong>the</strong> Japanese philosophy of seasonal<br />

flavors and traditional <strong>in</strong>gredients<br />

<strong>in</strong>fused with <strong>in</strong>novative cul<strong>in</strong>ary techniques.<br />

From <strong>the</strong> tantaliz<strong>in</strong>g offer<strong>in</strong>gs of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Sushi Bar to <strong>the</strong> savory delights of<br />

heated delicacies, each dish is a masterpiece<br />

<strong>in</strong> its own right.<br />

Open from 12:00 pm until 11:30 pm,<br />

SHIMA <strong>in</strong>vites guests to enjoy an all-day<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> backdrop<br />

of glisten<strong>in</strong>g shorel<strong>in</strong>es and sway<strong>in</strong>g<br />

palms. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it’s a leisurely lunch<br />

or an even<strong>in</strong>g under <strong>the</strong> stars, SHIMA<br />

promises an unforgettable coastal d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

adventure worth see<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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As Eid Al Fitr approaches and <strong>the</strong> anticipation<br />

of a long weekend looms, Park<br />

Hyatt Dubai extends a warm <strong>in</strong>vitation to<br />

<strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a captivat<strong>in</strong>g staycation nestled<br />

along <strong>the</strong> serene Dubai Creek. With<br />

meticulous attention to detail, <strong>the</strong> hotel<br />

has curated an exclusive offer, promis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an unforgettable blend of relaxation,<br />

leisure, and ref<strong>in</strong>ed elegance. Guests<br />

will enjoy perks such as early check-<strong>in</strong>,<br />

late check-out, and a sumptuous complimentary<br />

breakfast spread. Additionally,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’ll receive AED 200 credit to savor<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary delights at select venues with<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> hotel. Retreat to <strong>the</strong> tranquility of<br />

elegantly designed rooms, and <strong>in</strong>dulge<br />

<strong>in</strong> blissful treatments at Amara Spa and<br />

<strong>the</strong> award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Rossano Ferretti Hair<br />

Spa, with exclusive access to Lagoon<br />

Beach by Twiggy. Embrace <strong>the</strong> spirit<br />

of Eid amidst enchant<strong>in</strong>g gardens and<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g vistas, as Park Hyatt Dubai<br />

offers a sanctuary like no o<strong>the</strong>r. Book<br />

now until Friday, <strong>April</strong> 12th, to secure<br />

this offer at Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai<br />

Creek Resort, subject to availability with<br />

prior reservations required.<br />

INDULGE IN EASTER DELIGHTS AT ROYAL<br />

MANSOUR MARRAKECH!<br />

Jo<strong>in</strong> Pastry Chef Jean Lachenal <strong>in</strong><br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g Easter with a delightful<br />

creation at Royal Mansour Marrakech.<br />

This year’s masterpiece is a chocolate<br />

powdered egg adorned with a<br />

charm<strong>in</strong>g bow tie, <strong>in</strong>spired by Moroccan<br />

decorative arts. Inside, discover a<br />

blend of milk chocolate <strong>in</strong>dulgence and<br />

white chocolate tenderness, along with<br />

chocolate bars filled with peanut chip<br />

caramel or vanilla almond biscuits. Coconut-passion<br />

and coconut-raspberry<br />

bars offer a variety of flavors to suit<br />

every palate. For an extra treat, <strong>in</strong>dulge<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> all-chocolate afternoon tea at La<br />

Grande Brasserie by Hélène Darroze.<br />

Easter Egg Details:<br />

Available: March 22nd to <strong>April</strong> 14th<br />

Location: La Grande Brasserie or Royal<br />

Mansour Onl<strong>in</strong>e Epicerie<br />

Price: 750 MAD<br />

All-Chocolate Afternoon Tea Details:<br />

Available: March 30th to <strong>April</strong> 1st, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Time: 3 to 6 pm<br />

Location: La Grande Brasserie<br />

Price: 500 MAD<br />

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

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