Lebanon visit inspires launch of Galerie Salahin art showroom in Paris

Lebanon visit inspires launch of Galerie Salahin art showroom in Paris
Pierre-Edouard Grandsire, Une révolution en cabriolet, Argentique, 2019. Supplied
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Updated 09 October 2021

Lebanon visit inspires launch of Galerie Salahin art showroom in Paris

Lebanon visit inspires launch of Galerie Salahin art showroom in Paris

DUBAI: Galerie Salahin, a new art gallery opening in the popular Marais district of Paris, is the brainchild of French-Lebanese art entrepreneur Chloe Chidiac de Missolz, who at the age of 30 is realizing her dream of setting up her own platform in the art world.

De Missolz’s lifelong interest in art has led to studies in art history at the Ecole du Louvre, and work at Beirut’s Mark Hachem Gallery and at the Grand Palais in the French capital.

“It was always about art in this period,” she told Arab News.




Chloe Chidiac de Missolz at  Galerie Salahin. Supplied

Opening a solo business during a pandemic is a risky move, but de Missolz believed the time was right. “I felt the need to start something new,” she said.

Her gallery, inspired by the name of her grandfather’s village, pays homage to her Lebanese roots. “I grew up in France, but I used to go to Lebanon with my family during the holidays to discover the country. I have a lot of strong memories,” she said.

But it was the art entrepreneur’s most recent visit to economically hit Lebanon in September that inspired her to showcase the works of young Lebanese contemporary artists.




Dia Mrad, SIOUFI II. Supplied

“It was very difficult to see the country’s situation,” she said. “I have a strong desire to show the Middle Eastern scene, especially Lebanon. I want to show a positive image of Beirut and Lebanon, which will be the main theme for this first exhibition.”

Galerie Salahin’s debut show, which ends on Oct. 10, will feature four artists associated with Lebanon.




Cha Gonzalez, Abandon. Supplied

Lebanese photographer Dia Mrad will present images of Beirut’s colorful and geometrical facades, while Cha Gonzalez, who was raised in Lebanon, explores the nightlife of Beirut through photography as well.

Paris-based ceramicist Tania Nasr draws inspiration from Lebanon’s mountainous landscape for her organic, porcelain bowls.

Photographer Pierre-Edouard Grandsire, born to a Lebanese mother and French father, captures black-and-white images of everyday life in the Lebanese capital. 


EgyptAir ‘Green Service Flights’ to cut single-use plastics 

A new “Green Service Flight” logo will mark all sustainable flights and EgyptAir is offering a 40 percent discount on the Cairo to Paris flight. (Reuters/File Photo)
A new “Green Service Flight” logo will mark all sustainable flights and EgyptAir is offering a 40 percent discount on the Cairo to Paris flight. (Reuters/File Photo)
Updated 18 January 2022

EgyptAir ‘Green Service Flights’ to cut single-use plastics 

A new “Green Service Flight” logo will mark all sustainable flights and EgyptAir is offering a 40 percent discount on the Cairo to Paris flight. (Reuters/File Photo)
  • Saturday’s flight, from Cairo, Egypt to Paris, France, will be the first of its kind for an African airline

CAIRO: EgyptAir will operate a new environmentally friendly service on Saturday as part ‘Green Service Flights,’ a new program to combat climate change and pollution.

The new flight category aims to eliminate single-use plastics and pollution. Saturday’s flight, from Cairo, Egypt to Paris, France, will be the first of its kind for an African airline.

Mohamed Manar, Egyptian minister of civil aviation, said that the Egyptian aviation sector “attaches great importance to confronting the effects of climate change.”

Environmental sustainability will be achieved through an “integrated ecosystem” that applies international legalislation to domestic aviation standards, he added.

According to the minister, EgyptAir’s future plan aims to reduce single-use plastics on flights by 90 percent. The airline has identified 27 single-use plastic products, which have been replaced with sustainable alternatives.

A new “Green Service Flight” logo will mark all sustainable flights.

EgyptAir is offering a 40 percent discount on the Cairo to Paris flight.

International Air Transport Association data shows that a single passenger on a short or long-term flight produces about 1.43 kilograms of waste, much of it single-use plastics, which threatens human health and marine life.


James Blunt, Wyclef Jean announced for Diriyah E-Prix concerts

James Blunt and Wyclef Jean have been announced as part of the line-up for the day one concert as part of the Formula E Diriyah E-Prix weekend. (Supplied)
James Blunt and Wyclef Jean have been announced as part of the line-up for the day one concert as part of the Formula E Diriyah E-Prix weekend. (Supplied)
Updated 18 January 2022

James Blunt, Wyclef Jean announced for Diriyah E-Prix concerts

James Blunt and Wyclef Jean have been announced as part of the line-up for the day one concert as part of the Formula E Diriyah E-Prix weekend. (Supplied)
  • The Diriyah E-Prix kicks off the eighth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with a double header of back-to-back races

RIYADH: James Blunt and Wyclef Jean have been announced as part of the line-up for the day one concert as part of the Formula E Diriyah E-Prix weekend in Riyadh.

A third artist who will join the performers will be announced soon, organizers said.

Singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer Blunt has a stellar 17-year career that has spawned over 23 million album sales. The Grammy Award nominated singer is known for his global smash hits “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover”.

He is joined at the event by rapper Wyclef Jean, a three-time Grammy Winner who after founding the Fugees, has had a successful solo career for more than two decades. The Fugees monumental album, “The Score,” which hit No. 1 on the US Billboard chart, spawned a trio of smash singles (including their reinvention of Roberta Flack’s 1973 ballad “Killing Me Softly”), and is now certified six times platinum.

The Diriyah E-Prix kicks off the eighth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with a double header of back-to-back races across two days. 

In accordance with the latest health and safety protocols, the organizers have said daily attendance will be limited to ensure all fans have a safe experience, and those interested in enjoying the events live are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

General admission tickets start from SR150 and provide access to E-village, while Grandstand tickets grant access to the E-village and the after-race concerts, and can be bought at this link.


Review: Denzel Washington gives a haunting performance in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

Review: Denzel Washington gives a haunting performance in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
Denzel Washington stars in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth.’ Supplied
Updated 18 January 2022

Review: Denzel Washington gives a haunting performance in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

Review: Denzel Washington gives a haunting performance in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

CHENNAI: “The Tragedy of Macbeth” — directed by Joel Coen, who after 18 films has gone solo without his brother Ethan — takes us to the old world cinematic charm of monochrome frames in 1.19:1 aspect ratio, which was popular the end of the silent era with its nearly perfect square frames. 

One of the most distressing tragedies that Shakespeare penned, Coen's version of Macbeth is the latest in a long line of adaptations. But the latest one on Apple TV+ sticks to Shakespearean original, though Coen, who also wrote the screenplay, has trimmed it to a comfortable 103 minutes that has every chance of appealing to even those who may not be among the Bard’s most ardent admirers. 

Coen's version of Macbeth is the latest in a long line of adaptations. Supplied

The brilliant conceptualization — with starkly powerful photography by Bruno Delbonnel and scintillating performances by its leads, Denzel Washington as Macbeth and Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth — takes the film visually and narratively to an exhilarating high. Mostly shot indoors, the sparse frames are richly engrossing and tell us a classic story that many of us will be familiar with. The imaginative camera placements create an overall experience that is as appealing as it is disturbing and destructive.

he imaginative camera placements create an overall experience that is as appealing as it is disturbing and destructive. Supplied

Unfolding sometimes against white foggy landscapes with the frightening cawing of black birds, we see the movie open with Macbeth returning victorious from war with Ireland and Norway and meeting a witch who prophesies that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and later the King of Scotland, thus planting a foreboding thought in his head. But when King Duncan (Brendan Gleeson) proclaims that his son, Malcolm (Harry Melling), will succeed him on the throne, we see a faint but unmistakable trace of disappointment, pain and anger in Macbeth, portrayed with haunting intensity. Lady Macbeth nudges him to murder the king, and as he walks along a never-ending corridor with a sword beckoning him, we know that a tragedy will eventually be their undoing. 

McDormand, while arresting as a woman who drives her husband toward doom and death, was, I felt, not as   intense as she was in “Fargo” or “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”


Bella Hadid dons statement ‘Palestine’ jewelry

Bella Hadid dons statement ‘Palestine’ jewelry
Updated 18 January 2022

Bella Hadid dons statement ‘Palestine’ jewelry

Bella Hadid dons statement ‘Palestine’ jewelry

DUBAI: Bella Hadid is proud to be Palestinian — the part-Arab model, who was born to US-Palestinian real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and Dutch reality television star Yolanda Hadid, often declares her love for her heritage. When she is not using her platform to raise awareness about pressing humanitarian issues in Palestine, the 25-year-old can be found rolling grape leaves and stuffing whole vegetables to make dolma with her father and older sisters on Instagram Stories. This week the catwalker decided to sartorially embrace her roots and let her jewelry do all the talking by stepping out wearing a Chvker Jewelry necklace bearing the text “Palestine,” custom made by the brand’s designer Nazlia Yunus.

Hadid stepped out in West Hollywood for media artist Alana O'Herlihy’s birthday celebrations at The Nice Guy restaurant. For the occasion, the model wore a brown, backless halter dress with an asymmetrical hemline and a pair of white knee-high leather boots. She accessorized the look, which features a plunging neckline, with a gold Palestine necklace, which she paired with a nameplate “Isabella” chain, also from Chvker Jewelry.

The designer revealed that Hadid has asked her to create about eight customized necklaces for her, including “Pizza Queen,” “Libra Angel,” “Hellz Bellz,” “Baby Bellz,” “Bella Hadid” and “Khair,” which is her middle name.

Uzbekistan-born Yunus immigrated to Texas, where she went on to study psychology at Blinn College. Keen to escape the mundaneness of exams and papers, the 25-year-old decided to pursue her first passion, jewelry making. Yunus began by making chokers on online marketplace Etsy, before opening a store on Shopify, where she sold necklaces and earrings.

The jewelry was an instant hit. It wasn’t long before influencers and It-Girls on Instagram took to the photo-sharing platform to showcase Chvker’s playful gold vermeil-plated sterling silver jewelry in the form of heart-shaped hoop earrings, butterfly-emblazoned chokers and evil eye anklets.

Hadid is the latest celebrity to don Chvker’s pieces. Everyone from British actress Millie Bobby Brown and “Euphoria” star Alexa Demie to beauty mogul Kylie Jenner and her three-year-old daughter Stormi have been spotted wearing Yunus’s delicate, handmade designs.


Marvel releases trailer for Mohamed Diab-directed series ‘Moon Knight’

Marvel releases trailer for Mohamed Diab-directed series ‘Moon Knight’
Updated 18 January 2022

Marvel releases trailer for Mohamed Diab-directed series ‘Moon Knight’

Marvel releases trailer for Mohamed Diab-directed series ‘Moon Knight’

DUBAI: Marvel unveiled this week the trailer and release date for its upcoming series “Moon Knight,” directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab. 

The show, in which actor Oscar Isaac stars as a superhero, will premiere on Disney+ on March 30.

Isaac plays the role of an ex-soldier, Marc Spector, who suffers from sleeping disorder. 

“I can’t tell the difference between my waking life and my dreams,” says the character in the trailer. 

The teaser shows that Spector also has an identity disorder, where at times he thinks he is another man named Steven.

After visiting a museum on ancient Egypt, he sees a vision of the Egyptian moon deity Khonshu and becomes his conduit. Spector then meets the villain, played by actor Ethan Hawke, who encourages him to embrace the darkness within himself.

Diab gave us gripping works like “Cairo 678,” “Clash” and most recently “Amira,” which screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2021, the El Gouna Film Festival and the MedFilm Festival in Rome, where it scooped up multiple prizes. 

“Moon Knight” also stars Bahrain-born actress May Calamawy, who acts in “Ramy,” the award-winning comedy series who’s lead character is Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef.