A piece of art for every home

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Updated 06 December 2012

A piece of art for every home

Over 100 national and international artists will display more than 1,000 inexpensive pieces of paintings, sculptures and other art works at the fifth annual Affordable Art exhibition at Jeddah Atelier in Nazer Center Tahlia for the next two and a half weeks. The event was inaugurated on Monday.
Artist and owner of Jeddah Atelier art center, Hisham Qandeel, organized the exhibition, offering art works from beginners to famous artists at affordable prices starting from SR 500 to SR 2,000.
“Artists from all around the Kingdom and the Arab world are participating, including big names like Taha Saban, Othman Al-Khazeem, Abdullah Hammas, Fahad Hijlan and many others. Still, you won’t have to pay more than SR 2,000, because we want this exhibition to make art available to anyone.
At the same time, it is a place for all the artists to show and promote their talent,” said Qandeel.
“The idea behind this exhibition is admirable. New artists get a push and well known artists offer smaller pieces that are affordable for everyone,” said art collector Nadia Al-Zuhair Zahid. “The number of artists participating in the exhibition and the variety of their work this year is amazing.”

Lebanese director wins Cannes jury prize

Nadine Labaki, along with Zain Al-Rafeea, shows the jury prize award for ‘Capernaum’ at Cannes on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated 20 May 2018

Lebanese director wins Cannes jury prize

  • Labaki took six months to make “Capernaum,” which relied on amateur actors.
  • “Shoplifters,” directed by Japanese filmmaker Hizokazu Kore-eda, was awarded the Palme d’Or.

CANNES, France: Lebanese director Nadine Labaki won the Cannes jury prize on Saturday for “Capernaum” — her devastating portrayal of poverty in Beirut.

The film, set among the city’s poor, left audiences in tears with a breathtaking performance by Zain Al-Rafeea, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee boy.

Labaki had been tipped to become only the second woman to win the Palme d’Or, but the jury, led by Cate Blanchett, awarded that honor to “Shoplifters,” directed by Japanese filmmaker Hizokazu Kore-eda.

The winners were announced during the Cannes closing ceremony after one of the strongest festivals for Arab films in decades.

Labaki took six months to make “Capernaum,” which relied on amateur actors. Zain plays a boy of the same name who runs away from home after his desperate mother and father sell his 11-year-old sister into marriage for a few chickens. 

He then takes his parents to court for having brought him into the world.

Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” the highest-profile American film in competition at Cannes, was awarded the grand prize. The film ignited the French Riviera festival with its true tale of a black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. 

Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters” is about a small-time thief who takes a young girl home to his family after seeing scars from abuse. The family decide to keep the girl and raise her as their own.