Arab Art and Education Initiative kicks off in New York

Athier Mousawi’s “Clasp and Come Apart,” 2018. (Photo courtesy: Athier Mousawi)
Updated 15 October 2018

Arab Art and Education Initiative kicks off in New York

DUBAI: The Arab Art and Education Initiative (AAEI) on Saturday launched a special year-long arts program in New York that will see exhibitions, artist talks and education programs in schools and universities spread the word about Arab art in the US.

The launch program is set to run from Oct. 13–23 and will feature special programs in collaboration with various cultural organizations.
A range of exhibitions and events are set to kick off during the week — read on for a rundown of what the organizers have in the pipeline.

Brooklyn Museum
Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart
Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019

This exhibition blends the discovery of medieval ceramics in Raqqa in the early 20th century with the present-day refugee crisis in Syria. A selection of artifacts from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection of Islamic Art will be paired with work by three contemporary Arab artists — Mohamad Hafez, Issam Kourbaj and Ginane Makki Bacho — to draw attention to refugees a century apart.

Washington Street Historical Society / Pioneer Works
Poets of Little Syria Guided Tours
Tours on Sunday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

The Washington Street Historical Society will offer tours of what was once known as “Little Syria,” an enclave in the Washington Street area of Lower Manhattan that served as the cultural and economic heart of Arab America from the 1880s until the 1940s.

Arab Street Artists Program
Oct.14 – 24, 2018

Made famous in New York in the 1970s, street art and graffiti have since transformed cities around the world. Launching with the first commission in October 2018, a series of artists from the Arab world, including Athier Mousawi and Abdullah Qandeel and Dubai-based Tahreek Studio will engage with the history of the form and its contemporary innovations in the Middle East.

2 Bridges Music Arts
October 14–24, 2018

2 Bridges Music Arts will showcase a curated selection of music, artists’ books, original artworks and graphic design posters from the Arab World in their Chinatown location.

The Museum of Modern Art
Modern Mondays – An Evening with Monira Al Qadiri
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

In this evening of film and conversation, Kuwaiti artist Monira Al-Qadiri appears at MoMA to present a program of moving image works followed by a discussion.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Arab Women Artist Residency Launch and Open Studio with Farah Al Qasimi

The EFA Studio Program will host a series of Arab women artists in a year-long program as part of the AAEI. Working from a dedicated studio in the acclaimed 90-studio arts building in Manhattan, the artist will be part of a vibrant, cooperative community dedicated to fostering professional development and encouraging open exchange between artists, curators, critics and the public.

The Six: Films to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival

Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk poses on the red carpet of the Cairo International Film Festival 2018. (AFP)
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The Six: Films to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival

DUBAI:The Cairo International Film Festival is set to run from Nov. 20-29 and will feature a bevy of powerful films from the Middle East and beyond.

‘Poisonous Roses’
Ahmed Fawzi Saleh directs this film set in a poor Cairo neighborhood and zooms in on the life of Taheya, who wants to prevent his brother from escaping.

Directed by Hicham Lasri, this 94-minute film follows the story of four different characters dealing with their lives as Eid Al-Adha is banned by the country’s leader.

‘Heaven Without People’
This provocative film is the debut feature-length work of Lucien Bourjeily. It centers on the tense reunion of a large family over lunch.

Moroccan writer-director Mohcine Besri tells a moving story of Laaziza, a troubled mother who is faced with the difficulty of welcoming back a man who once rejected her — all for the love of her only son.

Exploring radicalization and its horrors, this movie is set in Tunis and follows a father’s bid to uncover the truth about his dead son who had links with a radical group.

Kilo 64
Director Amir El-Shenawy follows the journey of an ambitious pharmacy graduate who pursues career in farming just off the Cairo-Alexandria desert road.