HIGHLIGHTS from Sara Naim’s ‘Building Blocks,’ at The Third Line in Dubai

“Building Blocks” by Sara Naim. (Supplied)
Updated 01 January 2019
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HIGHLIGHTS from Sara Naim’s ‘Building Blocks,’ at The Third Line in Dubai

DUBAI: Sara Naim’s exhibition ‘Buidling Blocks’ will be at The Third Line in Dubai from Jan.16 – Feb. 27

“Building Blocks”
This titular piece is created from one of three elements that Syrian artist Sara Naim has used in her second solo exhibition at The Third Line —  soap from Aleppo. The other two are jasmine and soil from Naim’s grandmother’s garden in Damascus. All three are triggers of scent memories from Naim’s homeland.

“Form 1”
Most of the exhibition features photographs taken through a scanning electron microscope, capturing the cellular structure of each element and magnifying it, then mounting the images on wood and plexiglass. The results included “deliberate glitches,” that, the artist says, “hint at the imperfections of memory and … human nature.”

“Form 5”
Naim’s large-scale reproduction of the organic “topographies” she views through the microscope, the artist suggests, “dissects how proportion shapes of perception and notion of boundary.” The press release asks: “If borders do not exist on a cellular scale, can we define ‘border’ on a macro scale?”

 


Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

Updated 24 April 2019
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Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

  • The author will receive a prize of $50,000 for her winning novel “The Night Mail”
  • The book includes a series of letters from individuals who are facing social and personal issues

ABU DHABI: Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the Booker international prize for Arabic fiction for her novel “The Night Mail.”
She will receive $50,000 and the five other authors who reached the final short-list will each receive $10,000, the organizers revealed late Tuesday.
Conceived in Abu Dhabi in 2007, the prize is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and financed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
Born in Beirut, Hoda Barakat lives in Paris and has published several novels including “The Stone of Laughter” and “My Master and My Lover.”
“The Night Mail” is her sixth novel and has been translated into French.
Alongside the prize money, funds will also be provided for translating the book into English.
The novel consists of a series of letters by individuals “facing social misery and their own demons,” according to publisher Actes Sud.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the emirate of the same name, has become an increasingly significant cultural hub.
The city hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi — the first museum to take the name “Louvre” outside France — which houses nearly 600 works in a futuristic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.