Folio

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    Welcome to Folio

    21 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Welcome to our world of feature articles, short documentaries, and insightful podcasts. Scroll through this platform to learn of the wonders that lie within the creative scene of the MENASA region. From the exploration to contemporary art galleries and reviews of theatrical performances, to talks of creative concepts and entrepreneurs, this is the place to get the scoop on this region's art world.

  • Welcome to Folio
  • The Tree of Life
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    The Tree of Life

    20 February 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    A visionary and globally recognised artist, Hassan Sharif will always be remembered for his progressive ideals within the art world. In reflection of his life, there is great respect for the manner in which he paved the way for arts and culture in the Middle East.

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    Hello by Walid Al Wawi

    20 February 2017Walid Al Wawi

    Folio Digital Projects (FDP) are a series of web-based artist commissions which live on the Alserkal Avenue website. In its first year, Alserkal Programming will commission several artists to create new works. This concept developed from a desire to work with and support, a new generation of artists who harness the language of social media and the Internet to explore the shifting nature of a post-Internet existence.

  • Hello by Walid Al Wawi
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    Kickin’ It In The Kingdom

    13 February 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    As it celebrates its fourth edition, 21,39 Jeddah Arts hits its stride, fostering cultural appreciation amongst local audiences, showcasing Saudi Arabian art to the world, and, most importantly, placing the artist firmly at the centre of it all.

  • Kickin’ It In The Kingdom
  • In Conversation with Kamrooz
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    In Conversation with Kamrooz

    12 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Green Art Gallery presented Kamrooz Aram’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, debuting new paintings and sculptural works. The artist was in conversation with curator and critic Murtaza Vali, discussing the inspirations and process that brought his works to fruition.

  • In Conversation with Kamrooz
  • The Anthropocene
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    The Anthropocene

    12 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    This exhibition brings together several photographic series that Richard Allenby-Pratt has created during his 16 years’ exploration of the UAE. Listen in as he talks more about the theory behind his works.

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    The Life of an Artist

    09 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Is artistic skill enough to make an artist successful? Dubai-based artist eL Seed talks about becoming 'successful'; the courage to be outspoken; finding the inspiration to create new series of works and the sacrifices, choices and challenges that he has faced as an artist.

  • The Life of an Artist
  • A Feeling in Perspective
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    A Feeling in Perspective

    08 February 2017Reshma Mehra

    We sit down with artist Raed Yassin, to hear about the roots of inspiration for his 'A Feeling in Perspective' exhibition at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde.

  • Daily Bread

    What Lies Behind the Giant Cactus

    03 February 2017Reshma Mehra

    Patrick and Kenza Jarjour's inspired culinary concept, INKED, offers a chance to bring your imagination to life.

  • What Lies Behind the Giant Cactus
  • Understanding 'Different Air'
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    Understanding 'Different Air'

    02 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Karim Sultan speaks to Tairone Bastien about the meaning and inspiration behind the first iteration of 'Different Air', a performance work commissioned by Alserkal Programming. Have a watch, and understand the truths that lie beneath the intriguing concept of playing live music in a chamber decreasing in oxygen.

  • Understanding 'Different Air'
  • A Designer's Dream
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    A Designer's Dream

    01 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Watch this inspiring video created during Assembly, a celebration of design and making that was held in Alserkal Avenue from 23 - 29 October 2016. The week of exhibitions and programmes put the spotlight on the designers and makers behind the best in design from all over the world. Get a quick insight into some of the truly ingenious works displayed over the course of the week and meet the individuals involved in the making of Assembly.

  • Wheels of Wonder
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    Wheels of Wonder

    01 February 2017George Anastasiades

    Mazin Alkhatib’s passion project, Nostalgia Classic Cars throws light on the beauty of vintage automobiles. For some, cars are just a mechanical structure that take you from point A to point B, but Mazin sheds light on the beauty of these vehicles and how they are much more than just a means of transport.

  • Wheels of Wonder
  • 'Different Air'
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    'Different Air'

    01 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Watch the first iteration of 'Different Air' by Karim Sultan, performed in an oxygen controlled chamber. Commissioned by Alserkal Programming.

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    Drama on the Avenue

    07 January 2017Rahel Aima

    Just over a year old, The Junction has already become a dramatic reflection of Dubai’s multicultural scene. Despite drawbacks, Founder of the Junction - Gautam Goenka, has managed to break through all adversities and plant the seeds of growth for the drama scene in Dubai.

  • Drama on the Avenue
  • Here Be Monsters
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    Here Be Monsters

    28 December 2016Rahel Aima

    Mirzam takes you on a chocolate-infused journey, from plantation to bean to bar. It’s hard not to think of Willy Wonka when you step into Mirzam, Dubai’s first artisanal chocolate factory. Instead of technicolour psychedelia and an army of orange oompa-loompas, however, you’ll find a sleekly industrial affair, all poured concrete, wireframe chairs and massive steel machines behind glass vitrines that allow you to see every step of the chocolate-making process.

  • Here Be Monsters
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    The New Non-Profit

    15 December 2016Anna Wallace-Thompson

    The Jean-Paul Najar Foundation is a private museum that champions what founder Deborah Najar describes as “entrepreneurial philanthropy”, an approach where bigger does not necessarily mean better, and the focus is on programming and a tight curatorial vision.

  • The New Non-Profit