Studio Stories

  • The Gaze | Nadine Khalil shares a personal reflection on Aya Haidar’s art practise

    The Gaze | Nadine Khalil shares a personal reflection on Aya Haidar’s art practise

    As a fellow member of the Lebanese diaspora, the curator and art writer charts themes of motherhood, displacement, and the inseparability of art from life that came up following an extensive conversation with Aya Haidar.

     

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  • The Voice | Alymamah Rashed: Arriving at Strawberry Fields

    The Voice | Alymamah Rashed: Arriving at Strawberry Fields

    As she unveils her most recent work—a series of crimson-hued strawberry fields captured in watercolour—Alymamah Rashed reflects on the spectrums of love she’s experienced on her journey.

     

    In this poetic reflection, authored by Rashed, she discusses her arrival at the colour red, the intertwining of her personal world with her creative expression, the symbolism of the eye in her oeuvre and the significance of strawberry fields in the current moment.

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Gaze | Curator Munira Al Sayegh on Gauze by Hazem Harb

    The Gaze | Curator Munira Al Sayegh on Gauze by Hazem Harb

    Ahead of this highly anticipated solo exhibition of visual artist, Hazem Harb at Tabari Artspace art gallery, curator Munira Al Sayegh, shares her reflections on this evocative new body of work.

     

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  • The Voice | Nicky Ure on The Art x Sustainability Axis

    The Voice | Nicky Ure on The Art x Sustainability Axis

    During her visit to the Cop28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai, we caught up with Nicky Ure, the founder of UreCulture. We delved into her groundbreaking initiatives, focusing on the empowerment of artists and cultural institutions as trailblazers in the realm of sustainability leadership.

     

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  • The Gaze | Anthony Downey on Khaled Zaki’s Resurrection Series

    The Gaze | Anthony Downey on Khaled Zaki’s Resurrection Series

    In this insightful essay, academic and author Anthony Downey explores Khaled Zaki’s Resurrection series.

     
  • The Voice | Aya Haidar: Art As Resistance

    The Voice | Aya Haidar: Art As Resistance

    British-Lebanese visual artist Aya Haidar renders the banal extraordinary through her artistic practice that challenges constructed notions of womanhood, motherhood, and domesticity. It’s art that reminds us that everyday actions can serve as a potent form of resistance.

     

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  • THE NARRATIVE | Aya Haidar on developing a social integration programme for Syrian refugees

    THE NARRATIVE | Aya Haidar on developing a social integration programme for Syrian refugees


    "As part of a 4 month residency, I was invited as creative practitioner alongside anthropologist Marc Higgin to develop a social integration program for 120 Syrian refugees newly settled within a local Scot
     community, across rural Aberdeenshire. 

    We decided to bring these two extremely disparate communities round the table together by literally bringing them round a table. 

    We set up No.11 Café, a donations based hub for local, vulnerable and isolated community members to come together, transcending language and borders in a bid to share stories, customs and culture through food and communality.”

     

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  • THE VOICE | Talal Al Najjar

    THE VOICE | Talal Al Najjar

    We step into the studio of the interdisciplinary Emirati artist as he opens his group exhibition, Postmordial Soup, in Dubai.

     
  • The Voice | Reflections On The Homeland: Tagreed Darghouth

    The Voice | Reflections On The Homeland: Tagreed Darghouth

    In this series we delve into the lives and artistic journeys of artists in diaspora. Despite the passage of time and physical distance, their homelands continue to shape their artistic practice in profound ways. 

     

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  • The Narrative | Discover The Art of The Middle East in Forte Dei Marmi

    The Narrative | Discover The Art of The Middle East in Forte Dei Marmi

    Ahead of its official opening we step inside La Serena, a newly renovated boutique hotel that doubles as an artist residency and gallery.
     
     
  • The Voice | Reflections On The Homeland: Samah Shihadi

    The Voice | Reflections On The Homeland: Samah Shihadi

    In this series we delve into the lives and artistic journeys of artists in diaspora. Despite the passage of time and physical distance, their homelands continue to shape their artistic practice in profound ways.

     

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  • THE VOICE | Almaha Jaralla

    THE VOICE | Almaha Jaralla

    As she launches her first solo exhibition at Tabari Artspace Gallery, Emirati visual artist Almaha Jaralla shares insight into her artistic inspirations that span her aunt’s archival photography and the shifting architecture of the region.

     

    For Seham, the visual artist has produced a series of mixed media artworks on canvas that depart from the artist’s own archival family portraits taken in Abu Dhabi during the 1980s. Jaralla understands these intimate portraits as a window into the essence of the city during a period of rapid social and physical transformation in the Gulf. Jaralla's work highlights the fashions and familial dynamics of that era, a moment when parks and beaches were key physical spaces that shaped the community, and when large family outings were commonplace.

     

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  • The Voice | Khaldoun Hijazin

    The Voice | Khaldoun Hijazin

    Through his compositions, visual artist Khaldoun Hijazin exposes dense webs of allusion. His works on canvas negotiate systems of power and ideologies, particularly relating to the Arab world, approached through the artists own blend of dark humour. The son of a comedian and key progenitor of social and political theatre in Jordan, Hijazins choice of subject matter demonstrates a preoccupation with the dynamics of representation and the hierarchies of the visible.

     

    We step into the studio of the Amman-based creative to discover the ways that inspirations as varied as political theatre, baroque and critical theory contribute to his art.

     

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  • The Narrative | Art’s Female Trailblazers

    The Narrative | Art’s Female Trailblazers

    We celebrate the women artists breaking boundaries and reconfiguring gendered stereotypes. In this article, contemporary women artists share their perspectives on how gender, as a category of identification, shapes their experience as an artist. For some art forms a medium through which gendered stereotypes might be addressed while for others art is a space where they can reflect upon their womanhood. Then, there are those that find gender an invalid and limiting lens.

     

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  • The Gaze | Textural Intimacies: Skin as Surface

    The Gaze | Textural Intimacies: Skin as Surface

    As part of the launch of her gallery solo exhibiton at Tabari Artspace, Dubai, editor and critic, Nadine Khalil, reflects on the on the oeuvre of contemporary Lebanese artist, Chafa Ghaddar.

     

    Khalil explains that Chafa Ghaddar’s visual vocabulary draws from her professional background in decorative painting and fresco, an industry that can be separated from her education in the fine arts even while she has merged the two. Early memories that pulled her towards this field include how physical traces of humidity manifested on the walls of her childhood home in Lebanon and the need for constant repair against contamination. While she has translated this understanding of transformative surfaces in an embodied way, through attempts at capture, her process of accruing sediments and consequently stripping them away gesture towards abstract expressionism, albeit in a more controlled manner than action painting.

     

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  • The Voice | Chafa Ghaddar

    The Voice | Chafa Ghaddar

    Ahead of her first solo exhibition at Tabari Artspace gallery in Dubai we step into the Tashkeel studio of Chafa Ghaddar. In this recent interview with Tabari Artspace Ghaddar unpacks her process, conceptual concerns and her enduring bond with the tradition of fresco that sprung from the sweltering walls of her childhood home.