Highlights from ‘The Silence is Still Talking,’ showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery

Muhannad Shono's solo exhibition: The Silence Is Still Talking. (Supplied)
Updated 30 August 2019
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Highlights from ‘The Silence is Still Talking,’ showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery

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. 

‘Interpretations 01’

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.”

‘Interpretations 03’

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.”


Rita Ora shows love for Arab fashion in London 

The singer was spotted wearing a shirt dress by Rami Kadi. (Getty Images)
Updated 18 September 2019

Rita Ora shows love for Arab fashion in London 

DUBAI: Earlier this week, celebrities descended on YouTube & LOVE magazine’s London Fashion Week party, including the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Rita Ora — who chose to sport a Lebanese minidress on the occasion. 

Models and pop stars partied the night away at London’s The Standard Hotel on Monday night and Ora dazzled in a Pied-de-Coq patterned outfit from Lebanese designer Rami Kadi’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, dubbed “Ometeo.”

The semi-sheer shirt dress featured pale yellow and ice blue patternwork and Ora paired the outfit with a wide brimmed hat and knee-high black boots. 

The outfit was styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn. 

Rita Ora is no stranger to the Middle East and has performed in the Gulf a few times. (Getty Images)

Young Lebanese designer Kadi has become known for his cutting-edge style and often uses unexpected materials in his work — his latest collection features plexi glass in neon shades. The talent is becoming more and more popular with international celebrities and has already dressed the likes of pop legend Jennifer Lopez and Portuguese model Sara Sampaio, with Ora becoming the latest in a long list of leading ladies to turn to Kadi for sartorial advice. 

Besides her fashion choices, Ora has shown love for the Middle East in other ways — including filming her latest music video in Dubai. 

The singer unveiled the video for her single “New Look” in July and Dubai residents were quick to spot their stomping grounds in the clip. 

One of the neighborhoods to feature in the music video was Meydan — home to Dubai’s premiere racecourse, as well as a clutch of popular party spots.

Ora also performed at The Assembly - the Global Teacher Prize Concert in Dubai in March and at Base, the open-air club in the artsy Dubai Design District, last year.

In 2018, the award-winning singer found time for a quick Instagram-friendly workout in the gym of her Bahrain hotel before going on to wow crowds at the island’s annual Spring of Culture Festival.

The 27-year-old rose to fame in 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh’s UK Number One “Hot Right Now.” Her self-titled debut album, released in August that year, also went to Number One and featured hits including “How We Do (Party),” “R.I.P.” and “Shine Ya Light.”