The first solo Saudi art exhibition in Washington D.C. offers an alternative view of Mecca BY Roshanak Taghavi The entrance into “Symbolic Cities” initiates you into artist Ahmed Mater’s vision for the future of Saudi Arabia. On view at the Smithsonian’s esteemed Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., Mater’s exhibit of installations and photographs is the first
An art exhibit in Sharjah reflects the course of a short century BY Leila Hatoum Different art appeals to different people. Many are attracted by colors and techniques used to create an art piece while for some, an artist’s name is enough of an appeal. I am charmed by the story behind the painting; the
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, April 25 – With a thick black marker pen in hand, Palestinian graffiti artist Belal Khaled carefully draws an intricate Arabic calligraphic design on a silver Skoda. The art work decorates the sides of the car, running along the windows and down its doors, the latest in the 24-year-old’s mission to
BY Bilal Qureshi Nestled above the glittering, modernist skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong is an isolated remnant of the city’s fading colonial past. In the mid-19th century, at the height of its imperial power, the British army built the Old Victoria Barracks to produce explosives and ammunition for the empire’s eastern wing. For a city that
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, March 8 – On a wall in a northern suburb of Bangkok “Asin Acid” puts the finishing touches to a spray-painted picture of a colourful giant chicken holding a broken loudspeaker. “The loudspeaker represents the media. The media is trying to say something but is being interrupted,” said Asin, who
One Syrian refugee recycles pieces of garbage into works of diorama BY Mostapha Raad Four years ago, Miteib Suleiman was forced to flee his hometown of Nabek in Syria because of the ravaging war. Along with his family, he moved to Koura in northern Lebanon where he currently works in the construction sector laying tiles.