Here are some highlights from the Saudi artist Muhannad Shono’s ‘The Silence is Still Talking,’ showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery until September 25.
The Riyahd-based artist’s solo exhibition “explores ‘the word’ and its emergence,” according to the gallery’s promotional material. It continues Shono’s practice of pigment on paper: He ground charcoal ‘words’ to dust, then used inaudible sound waves to reform the words on paper.
‘The Silent Press’
The centerpiece of the show is this large installation, which consists of three conjoined pigment-on-paper scrolls, and which the gallery says “refers to the spoken silences of animate and inanimate practitioners of the free word that await patiently to be experienced.”
The specks of pigment left by the charcoal after it has been manipulated by sound represent, the gallery suggests, “the nuance, context and depth of meaning that accompany each word as it reemerges” and also “the infinite possibilities of meaning.”
Lebanese it girls Nathalie Fanj and Nour Arida join protests in Beirut
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DUBAI: On Saturday, thousands took to the streets of Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square in anger to protest against Lebanon’s leaders following the devastating, mushroom-shaped explosion on Aug. 4 that killed over 150, wounded thousands, and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
Among the protestors was Lebanese fashion blogger and fashion week Dior Beauty ambassador Nathalie Fanj, who documented the demonstrations, which took place not far from the blast site, on her Instagram Stories.
Fanj, who earlier this week wrote she was “devastated” and “scared for her kids” following the deadly blast, posted clips of protesters holding up the Lebanese flag and carrying signs demanding an international investigation against the government that seemingly allowed a stockpile of explosive material to sit unattended at their port for more than six years, only to explode on Tuesday with such power that it was felt more than 120 miles away in Cyprus.
Fanj also reported to her 855,000 Instagram followers that the authorities were allegedly firing at the protesters.
“We were not armed, protesting peacefully and they shot at us and it wasn’t rubber bullets!” she alleged in her Stories. “They were firing at us! As if we’re the corrupt ones stealing and killing!”
Among the protestors demanding justice for the lives lost due to government negligence was model and actress Nour Arida. The model also shared pictures and clips from the demonstrations on her Instagram Stories.
“Today we were in the streets to get back this little angel’s rights,” wrote Arida on Instagram alongside a series of images of the protests and a photo of Alexandra, the 3-year-old girl, who passed away during the blast.
Dubai-based fashion influencer Karen Wazen reposted one of Arida’s images of the demonstrators in Beirut and captioned it: “Every expat is there today in spirit. We want our Lebanon back.”
Lebanese fine jewelry designer, Ralph Masri, whose pieces are beloved by Celine Dion, also shared footage of protestors gathered in Martyrs’ Square on his social media platform. The designer, whose atelier was destroyed during the blast, wrote there was “no going back.”
A number of public figures are showing solidarity for the Lebanese people. Amal and George Clooney recently donated $100,000 to Lebanese charities, while British hitmaker Dua Lipa urged her 50.1 million Instagram followers to help by donating blood.