Fida Alhussan draws the line

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Updated 05 June 2013

Fida Alhussan draws the line

Fida Alhussan is a Saudi Artist who began her art career by drawing caricatures of age fourteen, moving from one form of art to the next, until she became a Pop Art painter and participated with her paintings in a number of exhibitions until her message reached various countries of the world from east to west, which is “to find the identity that expresses her generation away from repetition of the old identity.” Arab News conducted an interview with the artist to learn more about her art and its purpose.
When did you discover your artistic talent?
Since childhood I had always been busy in creating something new so I drew my friends and my teachers at school and perfected the art of caricatures. Then I moved on to the building things, so I built a small house in the garden, took a radio and distributed its speakers around the little house, then I would create and direct films, starring my relatives and my friends. In fact, since I was a child I did not express myself just in one direction, and never thought that art is confined to a paintbrush and canvas.”

What were the first steps toward realizing your art career?
When I stopped working in a safe mode, I have been able to do what I like without thinking too much, and realized that humans do not all conform and love the same thing, and that fear of rejection is what was holding me back, and I inspired many around me to do what I do. What I noticed recently some of the artists they are trying to ask questions about the quality of art and how I am doing and they want to work with me.
I find that some artists are now trying to work in this same type of art, wanting to know how I do it, because I have steered from the safety zone, and started being more adventurous in my vision as an artist.”

From where do you get your inspiration for your drawings and paintings?
My emotions are my first source of inspiration and motivation and play a major role during the work process. Every piece of my work tells the psychological state I live in or enter myself in at that moment. My emotions control me and my paintings reflect that; for sometimes I paint while jumping for joy and happiness, and other times I paint with sadness and negative feelings. In summery, I take advantage of the outpour of my feelings and use them in my artwork.”

I’ve noticed in your drawings an amalgamation of several cultures and you integrate them into a single piece of artwork, how do you do that?
I am often jealous of those countries which own colors, have a sense of belonging and proud of what they have of culture and heritage. I hope there is an identity that reflects my generation that is neither a replica, a trite mixture or vulgar. I try to incorporate that spirit enjoyed by my generation; we travel and study and therefore different from others and yet are similar to them at the same time. All I want to do is show that we are proud of what we have, but in a new manner, away from the display of pictures of the past and glorifying it, but rather glorification of what we are now and what we’ll be in the future. As for the integration of cultures, the goal is to give the sense that we are all similar, and By doing so, I show affiliation in the right place as well as address those distorted images of Arabs that they are about are camels, deserts and women seeking their rights outside the mirage.”

What are your other talents as an artist?
In the past I drew political and social caricatures, but following the news and stories of the community caused me permanent fatigue and angst, which ironically helps to produce those caricatures. but I decided to shift from trying to reform society and criticizing it, to self-reform which has a greater impact and is more positive.”

What exhibitions have participated in locally or internationally?
I participated in the exhibition of art and fashion for a design magazine and won an award for best graphic designer, then participated in Pop Shop Fair at Harvey Nichols, and I intend to display my work in a number of exhibitions locally. As yet I have not participated in international exhibitions, I never thought to show my work outside the scope of the Gulf, but I do not mind the idea. ” Actually a lot of French, British and expatriates like to buy my paintings, and that makes me happy. What I wish now is to find that contemporary new identity that reflects my generation, and not one that lives in the ruins of the past.”

What is your latest venture?
I shall participate in an exhibition starting 07.05.2013 for several days, and later my paintings will be sent to Kuwait. I am currently working on new paintings, but they are still work in progress.

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Nadine Labaki, Rami Malek score Oscar nominations as race kicks off

Updated 22 January 2019

Nadine Labaki, Rami Malek score Oscar nominations as race kicks off

DUBAI: The Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, with Lebanese director Nadine Labaki scoring a nomination for her film, “Capernaum.”

Meanwhile, American-Egyptian actor Rami Malek was nominated for “Leading Actor” for his role as Freddie Mercury in in Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” while breakout star Mahershala Ali scored a “Supporting Actor” nomination for his role in “Green Book.” Ali made history for being reported as the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar in 2017, for his role in "Moonlight."

Actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announced the nominations at 5:20 a.m. in Los Angeles, as film critics, movie stars and producers and directors across the world set their alarms early to catch the eagerly-awaited submissions for Hollywood's most coveted awards.

The show will take place on Feb. 24 and will see Hollywood’s cream of the crop go head to head.

Labaki’s “Capernaum” was widely expected to be nominated as it has been well received by international critics.

The gritty film, which won the 2018 Cannes Jury Prize, centers on a poverty-stricken child who sues his parents in protest of the life they have given him. Last year’s Oscar entry from Lebanon, Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” also earned a nomination.

One of the most buzzed-about foreign language films this year, however, is “Roma” from Alfonso Cuaron — a black and white ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City that took home two Golden Globes, including best director.

The film was produced by streaming giant Netflix, which has come under criticism from its more traditional rivals for its strategy of massive online distribution of original content — and screenings in only a few cinemas.

“Roma” is the first Netflix film to vie for glory in major Oscar categories.

It was also nominated in the coveted “Best Film” category, alongside “Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favorite,” “Green Book,” “Roma” and “A Star is Born.”

Last year, the awards season was marked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the birth of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements against sexual misconduct and harassment in the workplace.

This year, multiple controversies are plaguing the Oscars — none of them related to last year's bombshell.

In August, the Academy — under fire for being too elitist — announced it would add a “best popular film” award. But many saw the new category as a booby prize for blockbusters like “Black Panther” that would keep them out of contention for top honors.

The plan was scrapped a month later.

Then actor-comedian Kevin Hart had perhaps the briefest tenure ever as Oscars host — a few days. He withdrew after homophobic tweets he had written years ago sparked a crippling backlash on social media.

Of course, on Oscars night, the focus will revert to the nominees and the red carpet glamor.

Key Nominations

Best Film

‘Black Panther’


‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

‘The Favorite’

‘Green Book’


‘A Star is Born’


Best Foreign Language Film  

‘Capernaum’ (Lebanon)

‘Cold War’ (Poland)

‘Never Look Away’ (Germany)

‘Roma’ (Mexico)

‘Shoplifters’ (Japan)

Best Actor

Christian Bale, "Vice"

Bradley Cooper, "A Star Is Born"

Willem Dafoe, "At Eternity's Gate"

Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Viggo Mortensen, "Green Book"

Best Actress 

Yalitza Aparicio, "Roma"

Glenn Close, "The Wife"

Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"

Lady Gaga, "A Star Is Born"

Melissa McCarthy, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"