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The Second Annual Fez Artist Gathering

Crystal Carnival had the amazing opportunity to interview the founder and organiser of the Fez Artist Gathering that will be held for the second time next weekend in Fez, Morocco. Like its hosting city, Fez, the festival aims to become a meeting point of arts and a multi-cultural conversation.  …

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Lalla Essaydi “Female Photography”

Layla Essayed (Marrakech, 1956)  is a contemporary Moroccan painter and photographer. Many of her works explore expressions of female identity in photography, and through the tool of painting. She often plays on the representation of the female body, many times edging towards the mélange of female body and its environment….

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Désire II: expo by Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick Demarchelier is a french fashion photographer. He was appointed by Lady Diana as personal photographer, and has created iconic photographs of the world’s most famous fashion, art, film and music icons. His expo ‘Désire II’ is taking place in Paris at the A. Galerie until the 20th of January…

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The Fez Artist Gathering

The city of Fez has always been a renowned melting pot  of art, cultures, languages and ideas. The spiritual home of Leo Africanus, Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Battuta, the city has long been one of Morocco’s outstanding historical and architectural gems. The intercultural and inter-linguistic civilizations to be found in…

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MoMA PS1: Greater New York

The Greater New York exhibition was first conceived in 2000, and reoccurring every five years the show provides a place to display works by artists who “have emerged as vital, creative voices in their field over the past five years” and embody “the diversity of ideas and creative practice found in…

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Lalita Lebbaz: Exclusive Interview

Interview by Maya Alshabab. Lalita Lebbaz: beginnings An artist of academic origins, the Parisian artist Lalita Lebbaz first started as a doctoral researcher in Art and Cultural Studies before fully devoting herself to painting. Born in Germany and raised in Algiers, she moved to Paris as a student at the…

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Loud Art

By  Cannes Swilton. After their groundbreaking success in Khobar in 2012, Loud Art and Nuqat celebrated on the 20th of October 2014 the opening of their exhibition in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The exhibition, taking place at Naila Art Gallery is showcasing sculpture, paintings and installations under the theme “culture shock”….

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Finding Emotions: Omar Chennafi

By Maya AlShabab. We make our way together down the winding streets of the old Medina Fez, a maze of fabric covered walls and colorful copper work; fragrant herbs envelope the senses. Among the hustle and bustle, Omar Chennafi – photographer – yells back a hello or stops for a quick…

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Fantasy photography | Interview with Kadeeja Al-Saeed

By Maya AlShabab. Kadeeja “KD” A-Saeed, is a Saudi-American aspiring photographer who has recently started providing services as a professional photographer. She started as a teen snapping photographs of anything and everything, but it was only in her early twenties that she became concerned with  re-working those photos, and adding her…

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Shirin Nishat: Persian reflections

By Maya AlShabab. Fashion, cinema, photography … they’re all really manifestations of the same force of creativity and beauty. And this is what brings us to Shirin Nishat. An artist from Qazvin in north-western Iran, Shirin Nishat grew up the frouth of five children. Her higher studies in Loas Angelos, as well…