HIGHLIGHTS from ‘New Waves’ in Concrete, Dubai

‘New Waves’ opens September 19. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 August 2020

HIGHLIGHTS from ‘New Waves’ in Concrete, Dubai

  • Here are some highlights from ‘New Waves’ in Concrete, Dubai which opens September 19

‘Sleeping Manhattan’ (1962)

This show, subtitled “Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives,” was originally scheduled for March, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It traces the career of Melehi, billed as “a major figure of postcolonial Moroccan art and of transnational modernism.”

‘Untitled’ (1975)

The exhibition contains work from Melehi’s documentary photography, murals from the Asilah Festival, and highlights from his graphic design studio SHOOF, as well as exploring “Melehi’s in-depth engagement with Afro-Berber art and craft through the collection of Bert Flint, from which he drew artistic inspiration.”

‘Vertical’ (1960)

The Casablanca Art School of which Melehi was a member, the gallery says, “challenged convention and collaborated to produce radical forms of pedagogy and exhibition making, bringing the artist from the studio into the streets and public squares.” In that spirit, the show extends into The Yard in Alserkal Avenue, outside the gallery.


Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

Updated 30 September 2020

Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s latest disaster movie offering, “Greenland,” sees humanity threatened by a comet on a collision course with Earth — Arab News sat down with stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin to find out more about the high-octane film.

While many disaster movies focus on experts in big-picture attempts to stop the disaster, “Greenland” keeps the stakes personal by following the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late.

“This story is so relatable because this guy, he’s not a Secret Service agent. He’s not a superhero,” Butler said of his character, John Garrity. “He’s just a dad and he’s not even a perfect dad.”

“Greenland” follows the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late. Supplied

As meteorites decimate cities and people give in to panic, the estranged Garrity family grows closer, mirroring Butler’s real-life relationships with his parents, who despite having not seen him in months due to COVID-19 restrictions, are still just as doting as ever. 

“It’s very sweet that they still care and you’re still their little boy,” Butler said, adding that he mined his relationship with his parents for insight on how to play a caring father. “That definitely helped me in the role, to play that father who will do anything in these trying times to try and protect his family in the midst of this craziness.”

The film was directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Supplied

And while their characters were growing closer, the actors formed a tight knit group as well. Co-star Morena Baccarin told Arab News that she coached and comforted the actor playing the family’s young son — Roger Dale Flloyd — and that she and Butler became good friends on set.

“There are days where you’re just so tired and you’re not in the mood or you don’t want to put yourself through the ringer emotionally,” Baccarin — who plays estranged wife Allison Garrity — said, adding “we just could check in with each other and be there for each other and that was really nice.”

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film has faced repeated delays in the US, but has already hit the big screens in some international markets — including Saudi Arabia and the UAE — where COVID-19 regulations have been amended.