Highlights from Elmarsa Gallery’s ‘Nuances of Black and White’

The gallery is available to view at alserkal.online/elmarsa. (Supplied)
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Updated 10 April 2020

Highlights from Elmarsa Gallery’s ‘Nuances of Black and White’

  • Here are some highlights from Elmarsa Gallery’s ‘Nuances of Black and White’ available to view at alserkal.online/elmarsa

“Untitled 2”

Raeda Ashour

Elmarsa’s exhibition presents “a group of artists using black and white and the nuanced shades in between” and “works that range from realism to abstraction to modern art.” The Saudi artist Raeda Ashour is a member of the women’s Saudiaat Art Group in Jeddah and contributes this manually embossed work to the show.


Gouider Triki

The Tunisian artist, born in 1949, is known for his use of “mystical symbols and patterns inspired by his Berber heritage,” according to the gallery. “His abstract, surreal compositions are filled with flora and animal forms — reflecting his experience of working on the land — but also with popular figures wearing archaic outfits. 

‘L’inaccessible étoile’

Omar Bey

Another Tunisian artist, Bey’s work, the exhibition brochure says, displays “an innovative command of materials that enables him to evoke surprise humor and contemplation in viewers.” His main theme is “the paradoxical excess of human existence.”

‘Work It’ playfully explores ambition through music and dance

Updated 11 August 2020

‘Work It’ playfully explores ambition through music and dance

CHENNAI: Laura Terruso’s “Work It” — one of Netflix’s better releases in the recent months of the pandemic — centers on a young woman’s dream to get into the college that her late father attended. The charming film has an easy pace and, despite its predictable nature, makes for a compelling watch, largely owing to the dance sequences, which form the core of the plot.

Produced by Alicia Keys and performed by a cast of actors in their twenties posing as high schoolers, “Work It” is essentially the story of Quinn (singer and Disney star Sabrina Carpenter), a student who receives excellent grades at school, is focused and has few interests outside her campus. She does have a dream, however, and a desperate one at that — to get into Duke University. Quinn is determined to receive admission into Duke after she graduates from high school.

“Work It” centers on a young woman’s dream to get into the college that her late father attended. Supplied

It seems her grades alone are not enough, however, and in an interview with the head of Duke, a slight misunderstanding occurs. Quinn is mistaken for a dancer, and it appears her admission hinges on her being one. She is not even part of her school’s award-winning dance team. So, she enlists the help of her best friend, Jas (YouTuber-turned-actor Liza Koshy), who is a superb dancer. As the plot progresses, Quinn falls in love with Jake (singer and “Hamilton” star, Jordan Fisher), also an accomplished artist, who doubles as her coach. 

Quinn assembles a team of girls and boys — who can barely shake a leg but who are eager to be part of her efforts — to join a dance competition. The group has difficulty finding a place to practice but eventually find a spot at a nursing home, where residents turn in by seven in the evening. There is a hilarious scene in which Quinn and the dance group begin a practice session only to elicit the interest of one of the residents, who appears to have been disturbed by the noise but who, much to the surprise and amusement of the group, sportingly joins in!

“Work It” is playful, and the dance sessions are a lot of fun to watch, despite Quinn’s desperation to get it right. The 93-minute run time has never a dull moment, not even when Quinn is deep in the dumps, having been rejected by Duke and finding it a struggle to get her body to sway to the beat.