What We Are Buying Today: La Creation

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Updated 19 September 2020

What We Are Buying Today: La Creation

When it comes to helping make memories last forever La Creation has carved out a market with a difference — for personalized wooden sculptures.
The international shop, available in Riyadh, Denver in the US, and Sheffield in England, produces handmade dolls as constant reminders of special occasions in a person’s life.
The wooden characters, which can be modeled on any individual with a choice of outfit, colors, body pose, and size, can be mounted on a wooden board for home decoration, desk nameplates, to mark the arrival of a baby, and for a host of other events.
The frames offer a way to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, hobbies, professions, sport, family members, or a graduation day, and captions can also be added.
La Creation also produces wooden boxes branded with a person’s name in 3-D which can be requested in Arabic or English.
Customers can choose the background to their memory board — which comes in three sizes — from a standard set or by using their own images.

Abu Dhabi Art shines a light on three emerging UAE artists in virtual fair

Updated 28 October 2020

Abu Dhabi Art shines a light on three emerging UAE artists in virtual fair

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Art’s “Beyond: Emerging Artists” program was established to provide a platform for emerging homegrown creatives and support them in the development of their work through  financial aid and expert guidance from established artists and curators. 

The initiative commissions new work by rising Emirati artists and exhibits them during the Abu Dhabi Art fair, which is returning for its 12 edition from Nov. 19-26 in a virtual format.

For this year’s digital edition of “Beyond: Emerging Artists,” Emirati talents Hind Mezaina, Afra Al-Dhaheri and Afra Al-Suwaidi have been selected to produce works exploring the theme of “memory,” to be presented virtually through Abu Dhabi Art’s website from Nov. 19 to the end of December 2020. The work will also be presented in a physical format at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi in November.

Hind Mezaina. Supplied

“Our program exists as a vehicle to enable exceptional younger artists from across the UAE to realize ambitious new projects and exhibit them to a wide audience,” said Dyala Nusseibeh, director of Abu Dhabi Art. “Part of our mandate is to support the local art ecosystem and this particular project forms one of our cornerstone initiatives in this regard,” she added.

The participating artists were handpicked by Maya El-Khalil, the curator of “Beyond: Emerging Artists.”

Afra Al-Suwaidi. Supplied

“For this year’s ‘Beyond: Emerging Artists’ program at Abu Dhabi Art, I am working with three incredibly talented women. Together, we acknowledge the art world’s currently altered sense of reality and each of the artists, through their distinctive practices, will be investigating how experiences of remembrance are constituted,” El-Khalil said in a press statement.

Mezaina, who often describes her work as a form of “visual archaeology,” will be utilizing multimedia archival materials, such as photography and archival film, to express elements of collective memory, masculinity, heritage and the UAE. 

For her part, Al-Dhaheri will explore identity formation by way of her own hair strands, which she collects after they’ve fallen out. Meanwhile, Al-Suwaidi will present her thought-provoking work through the form of a collage that explores how trauma appears in domestic architecture and everyday surroundings in the home.