HIGHLIGHTS from ‘In the Age of New Media’ exhibit in Dubai

"Fish" by Youssef Abdelke. (Supplied)
Updated 18 December 2018
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HIGHLIGHTS from ‘In the Age of New Media’ exhibit in Dubai

DUBAI:“In the Age of New Media” presented six works from five Syrian artists and is described by curators at the Atassi Foundation as “a thoughtful selection of contemporary classics, referring to the traditional art of painting.” The exhibit was showing at Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai and closed on Dec.16.

“Fish” (2015)
Youssef Abdelke
In this piece, Abdelke conveys oppression and violence, but through the gradation of the charcoal also implies a sense of optimism to the viewer.

“Time Immortal” (2018)
Kevork Mourad
New York-based Murad is originally of Armenian origin, and this work, drawn on muslin fabric then cut out and arranged in rows to create “an installation of sorts,” is connected to Mesopotamia and, according to the release that marked the exhibition’s launch “declares his affiliation to this part of the earth.”

“The Deluge” (2012)
Elias Zayat
The subtitle of this piece is “The Gods Abandon Palmyra,” and it is based on the ancient flood story of Mesopotamian legends, the Holy Qur’an and the Bible, but retold in “a fantastic contemporary artistic language.” Zayat has described the essence of the story as an attempt to “reorganize the universe and rebuild it in an honorable manner after it was over-flooded by evils…”

 


Sony Music ends contract with US singer R. Kelly

Updated 19 January 2019
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Sony Music ends contract with US singer R. Kelly

  • The singer of ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ fame — who recently announced a new album — has seen his reputation more and more seriously hard hit
  • Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated ‘playlists’

NEW YORK: Sony Music has called it quits with embattled singer R. Kelly, ending his contract with subsidiary RCA after a documentary aired accusing him of repeated cases of sexual abuse, media reports said Friday.
While Variety and Billboard reported the breakup, Sony Music did not immediately confirm it when contacted by AFP.
One woman who sued R. Kelly, accusing him of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease and false imprisonment, also says he has threatened her.
Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred told reporters on Monday that her client Faith Rodgers, 20, faced “efforts to intimidate and retaliate” from Kelly after she filed the lawsuit now pending in New York’s Supreme Court.
And just after Rodgers testified in the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” that aired this month, her lawyers say Kelly and his team created a Facebook page — which the social media giant removed within hours — seeking to discredit accusers including Rodgers, posting “private” photos of her.
But the singer of “I Believe I Can Fly” fame — who recently announced a new album — has seen his reputation more and more seriously hard hit.
Calls for a boycott gathered pace in some measure thanks to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and via the #MuteRKelly hashtag on Twitter.
Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated “playlists.”
The last straw was the broadcast in early January of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a documentary in which several women accused the singer and producer, 52, of having sex with girls under the age of 16, and of having surrounded themselves with women whom he made sex slaves.