Monday, 29 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
A highlight of the Sharjah International Book Fair was the creative writing workshop that my Sahar Muradi, Lisa Dempster and I ran at a lovely room at the fair itself (held at the Sharjah Expo Center).
We had some writing prompts:
“The first time I…”
and finally “I am…” followed by descriptions using the 5 senses.
We gave everyone 3 minutes to free write.
The results were:
@hamna Hamna Ahmed
‘I remember my 1st accident. I crashed the car and nearly ran *cringe*
my 3min write up:’The first time I cry was the first time I fly|out of my mothers womb into a brighten room.How strange the change’
You can find her full poem Here
@MujeebJaihoon Mujeeb Jaihoon
I remember my own poem My mother my paradise which I wrote for my mom.
Of course, when technology is involved, there is always a glitch as in this case:
He posted the entire poem, rather than 140 characters of it on his blog (quite clever).
@AlaskaMongolia Maryam Ismail also shared her vibrant poetry. Turns out Maryam also knew Suheir Hammad, which was a lovely connection.
Friday, 12 November 2010
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Thursday, 11 November 2010
Here's another piece of art I fell in love with at the Residua exhibition (Al Maraya Gallery Sharjah http://www.artinthecity.com/en/gallery.php?id=208).
New York based Egyptian artist Ghada Amer is known for her intricate acrylic hand embroidered artwork, which employs threads and needles to create artwork that tackles issues of gender and sexuality. Amer’s dynamic body of work encompasses painting, sculpture and multimedia, exploring aspects of feminine identity, sexuality, and the representation of women in Art History and mass media.
Born in Cairo in 1963, Amer emigrated to the United States aged 11 and uses embroidery-an activity often associated with women- as a subversive tool to comment on contemporary women’s issues. Her technique consists of stitching and knotting loose threads on the face of the canvas and then using transparent gel and glue to paste them to the surface, thus creating an appearance likened to paint drips. Due to the complexity of this process, which often demands three months to complete, Amer’s portfolio is limited.
Ghada Amer studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Nice, the School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris. Her art has been exhibited around the world.