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.

ArtX
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.


Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s ‘Free Solo’ sweeps Creative Emmys

‘Free Solo’ follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan. (Supplied)
Updated 15 September 2019

Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s ‘Free Solo’ sweeps Creative Emmys

  • “Free Solo’” has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards
  • The documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles

DUBAI: Co-produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the critically-acclaimed documentary “Free Solo’” has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards, adding to a slate of honors that already includes a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles, including outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, picture editing, music composition and best achievement in interactive media.

Presented by National Geographic, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and co-produced by Image Nation, “Free Solo” follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan – a 3,000 foot high vertical rock in Yosemite National Park – with no ropes or safety gear.

The documentary was co-produced by Parkes+MacDonald, Image Nation, Little Monster Films and National Geographic.

"I think it always comes back to Alex, the diligence and discipline and teaching himself over the years," Vasarhelyi told the Hollywood Reporter backstage at Sunday’s award ceremony. "I think in terms of the Creative Arts Emmys, Alex brought so much craft to what he did, that all of us, every member of our team got a nomination. So it’s incredible to see the Academy appreciates the hard work that went into it."

In February, “Free Solo” won an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards. After the ceremony Chin told reporters, “Hanging off the wall, I couldn’t see Alex Honnold below, and I just had to trust that he was just being perfect. We also had to carry the weight of the entire production being perfect, because if we made any mistakes, it could have been catastrophic.”

UAE-based fans were treated to a special screening of the film in March and chief content office of Image Nation Ben Ross shared his thoughts at the event.

“From the incredible reviews to the Academy Award and BAFTA wins, we are so proud that Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the UAE can say it helped to support this incredible film…It has been an honor to work with the National Geographic.”