Archive for March, 2014

Mai Al-Nakib : The Hidden Light of Objects – Reading and Book Signing

31/03/2014
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The headlines tell of war, unrest, and religious clashes.  But if you look beyond them you may see another side of life in the Middle East—adolescent love, yearnings for independence, the fragility of marriage, pain of the most quotidian kind.  Mai Al-Nakib’s short stories carefully trace overlooked moments in the lives of those who reside in this fraught region of the world—and the power of objects to hold extraordinary memories.

Mai Al-Nakib will read from The Hidden Light of Objects (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing 2014) and discuss the process of writing what celebrated author A. Manette Ansay has described as “the most original first collection of short fiction I have read in years.”  Reading to be following by book signing.

Mai Al-Nakib is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Kuwait University.  Her academic work deals primarily with cultural politics in the Middle East. The Hidden Light of Objects is her first collection of short stories.  She is currently writing her first novel.

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KRM : L’ESPRIT DU MUR – The Walls

17/03/2014
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L’ESPRIT DU MUR is a concept and style of painting created by KRM, the French-German artist duo Chérif and Geza.

MAN FEELS FREE WHEN HE LEAVES A TRACE ON THE WALL

KRM is a French-German artist couple. Together they create imaginary walls on wood. Their concept and style ESPRIT DU MUR is a rebel, urban art, based on human tragedy and the complexity of existence.

The   ESPRIT   DU   MUR   reveals   a   portrait   of   city-life   and   freely   expresses   interior contradictions, suffering and joy. Their work is iconoclast, based on overlapping images, words and impulsive gests. Working with four hands on the same piece defines the duo’s working process and makes their confrontation authentic. The final result is an assembly of colour, emotions and different techniques. The work witnesses a contemporary actuality and treats social-political subjects and questions.

KRM and a running dog figure on each picture is their signum.

Exhibition Dates : 25th March – 24th April, 2014