Highlights from artist Nabil Anani’s ‘In Pursuit of Utopia’ at Dubai’s Zawyeh Gallery

Highlights from artist Nabil Anani’s ‘In Pursuit of Utopia’ at Dubai’s Zawyeh Gallery
For some of the work in this show, Nabil Anani has used natural resources including dried flowers, straw, spices and herbs to add another dimension to his idealistic vision. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 January 2021

Highlights from artist Nabil Anani’s ‘In Pursuit of Utopia’ at Dubai’s Zawyeh Gallery

Highlights from artist Nabil Anani’s ‘In Pursuit of Utopia’ at Dubai’s Zawyeh Gallery
  • Here are some highlights from Nabil Anani’s ‘In Pursuit of Utopia,’ at Zawyeh Gallery in Dubai until April 29

‘In Pursuit of Utopia #1’

The 78-year-old artist — one of the most significant figures in Palestine’s contemporary art scene — uses this show to present his vision of his homeland as “a prosperous, thriving place free from occupation; a land that takes pride in its nature and parades it jubilantly; a dream worth pursuing,” according to the gallery.

‘Olive Groves #6’

“Anani paints the picturesque hills of Palestine without the ever increasing Israeli settlements, bypass roads, roadblocks, walls and watch towers that are normally visible on every corner,” the gallery’s statement continues. “He creates the Palestine of his dreams, inspired by his memories of growing up on the hills of Halhoul.”

‘Landscape Dream’

For some of the work in this show, Anani has used natural resources including dried flowers, straw, spices and herbs to add another dimension to his idealistic vision, which is closely tied to the land. Whether you see it as a hopeful imagining of the future or a lament for what has been lost under occupation, Anani’s work is deeply emotional.


What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo
Updated 16 January 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us.
After the election of Donald Trump, and the escalation of white male rage and increased hostility toward immigrants that came with him, New York Times-bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo found herself in conversation with Americans around the country, pondering one central question: How did we get here?
Oluo answers that question by pinpointing white men’s deliberate efforts to subvert women, people of color, and the disenfranchised. Through research and interviews, Oluo investigates the backstory of America’s growth, from immigrant migration to our national ethos around ingenuity, from the shaping of economic policy to the protection of sociopolitical movements that fortify male power. In the end, she shows how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership and sorely undermined the pursuit of happiness for all, according to a review at goodreads.com.