Regional pop art prints to go on sale at Sole DXB

The Library. (Courtesy of The Third Line Gallery)
Updated 11 December 2018

Regional pop art prints to go on sale at Sole DXB

DUBAI: Dubai-based urban festival Sole DXB is set to return on Dec. 6 with an exciting line-up of musicians set to perform at the celebration of all things hip-hop, fashion, art and basketball.

This year, Dubai-based The Third Line art gallery will set up a shop at the event, selling limited-edition prints by regional artists Amir H. Fallah, Farah Al-Qasimi, Hassan Hajjaj, Lamya Gargash, Nima Nabavi and Sara Naim.

Hassan Hajjaj "The Narcicyst" 2013. (Supplied)

Dubbed The Library, the shop will also offer up exclusive collaborations with three regional designers, including furniture pieces by Local Industries, which was founded in 2011 by Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas, jewelry inspired by Bedouin culture by HOOKED|HKD and glass vessels by Dima Srouji, who works with traditional glassblowers from the West Bank village of Jaba’.

Srouji’s project aims to reactivate the dying industry of Palestinian glassblowing and features glass objects that look like spiky goats, transparent cacti and giant millipedes.

Farah Al Qasimi "Falcon Hospital" 2017. (Supplied)

For art lovers who are seeking cutting-edge wall decoration, The Library’s offering of limited-edition prints is set to be quite a draw, with prints of work by the so-called “Andy Warhol of Marrakech” Hassan Hajjaj going on sale.

Hajjaj has scored more than a few celebrity fans, with US pop icon Madonna posting photos of a fun photo shoot with the artist on her Instagram account in August.

The Third Line’s booth at Sole DXB isn’t the only reason fans of art and urban culture should check out the event — a stellar lineup of performers is also set to attract hip-hop fans from around the region.

Nima Nabavi "Pixel Print" 2018. (Supplied)

Rap legend Nas will take to the stage with his socially conscious brand of hip-hop and New York-based rap duo Lion Babe, made up of Lucas Goodman and singer Jillian Harvey, will also perform. Meanwhile, Dominican-American singer DaniLeigh and British grime artist Giggs will entertain the crowd, among a host of other performers.

Founded in 2005, The Third Line represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally and its shop, The Library, is just one step toward making regional art a tad more affordable.

Screen scene: Films, series to stream this week

Updated 04 August 2020

Screen scene: Films, series to stream this week

Chicago Street

Starring: Sulaf Fawakherji, Abbas Al-Nouri, Mehyar Khaddour

Where: OSN Stream

Hotly anticipated Syrian drama inspired by true events and weaving together narratives from the 1960s and modern day. Part love story and part detective drama, the show explores “what (people) are willing to do for love.”

Indian Match-making

Starring: Various millennials

Where: Netflix

Having given up on dating apps, several single millennials revert to ancient methods of finding a potential spouse in this reality series. Indian matchmaker Sima Taparia does her best to spark true romance.

Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia

Director: Sam Hobkinson

Where: Netflix

Three-part docuseries telling the story of the groundbreaking legal case against the mob bosses of New York’s five families who held sway over the Big Apple throughout the Seventies and Eighties. Featuring interviews with law enforcement officials and ex-mafia associates.

I’m Only Joking

Starring: Jack Whitehall

Where: Netflix

The British comedian and award-winning actor’s second Netflix stand-up special sees him tackling topics including tales about his (almost equally) famous father and travel troubles, and features, according to the blurb, a “disastrous audience interaction.”

The Speed Cubers

Starring: Max Park, Feliks Zemdegs

Where: Netflix

Director Sue Kim has put together a short but very sweet documentary about the world of ‘speedcubing’ (solving Rubiks cubes as quickly as possible) that stars arch rivals, good friends, and speedcubing champs Max and Feliks.