Art Dubai will display the Ithra prize-winning 'Sawtam' for the first time

The multimedia work displays the visuals of the 28 Arabic phonemes. (Art Dubai)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Art Dubai will display the Ithra prize-winning 'Sawtam' for the first time

  • Sawtam stands for phoneme in Arabic
  • Al-Saleh hopes to inspire other women to fulfill their dreams

DUBAI: Daniah Al-Saleh, winner of the second edition of Ithra Art Prize, will exhibit her winning commission, Sawtam, for the first time at Art Dubai.

Sawtam is a multimedia artwork that is Arabic for phoneme, the smallest unit of sound in a language. The artwork combines sounds and images to create a work that emotionally moves audiences.

The artist recorded herself pronouncing all the 28 Arabic phonemes, and created visual images of the sound waves of each phoneme. Al-Saleh used her own voice to signify the increasing recognition and rights women in Saudi Arabia are starting to enjoy.

“With the changes in Saudi Arabia, women are more prominent now. Many are holding very high positions,” the artist said.

“So I can use my own voice to say, ‘I am a female. I am a Saudi. Here I am,’” she added.

Al-Saleh hopes to inspire other women artists to realize their dreams. She is currently doing her Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, with a specialization in Computational Arts – a form of art that combines technology and culture.

The Ithra Art Prize was started by The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Saudi and Art Dubai in 2017, to support emerging Saudi and Saudi-based contemporary artists. The annual prize awards the winner with up to $100,000 to realize their submitted proposal, which will also then be displayed at Art Dubai.

Art Dubai will organize a panel talk on Ithra Art Prize at 2pm on Friday, March 22.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”