Artists of all ethnicities, cultures and colors are the hallmark of the region’s artistic landscape; they say how welcome they feel here
The United Arab Emirates is home to over 200 nationalities, which is just one of the many reasons each of us experiences diversity in the country, from the meals we eat to the languages we speak. Yes, diverse ethnicities, cultures and colors are the hallmark of the UAE artistic landscape. From global arts events that see the participation of artists from around the world to the continuous efforts being made to cultivate local talent in the country, Dubai in particular and the UAE in general, is indeed the stage of cultural diversity.
A land of positive stories
Dubai-born and raised Hossein Kiani, The Fab Hub, the Iranian artist said: “Over the past few years, the UAE has become the hub of art and culture, so for me as As an artist, it has always been important to be part of this city’s innovative art scene. Although he has a master’s degree in marketing from the American University of Dubai, Hossein has rediscovered his artistic passions with the ambition to leave a legacy in the cultural fabric of the region. Mher Chilingirian and Zepur Giragossian, Lebanese Artists, Chillout Accessories, who moved to Dubai in 2021, said: “We believe the UAE art scene is very important as the country connects us to other parts of the world. Lovers of jewelry design from an early age, the duo work with a vision to instill confidence in women. They added: “People come to the UAE to see something different, and they always bring back positive stories with them.”
A welcoming audience
As a visitor or expatriate pursuing artistic activities here, do artists feel a difference in the audience back home? “If you asked me this question ten years ago, I would have thought that the public in the United Arab Emirates is very different from that of the United States and my country of origin, Chile. In a way, it is. And in a way it’s not. All locations have unique vantage points. However, the geographic and cultural gaps that separate the peoples of the planet have shrunk and these boundaries are increasingly disappearing thanks to technology and a global economy. Art too is now part of the global economy and global culture. Dubai is home to Art Dubai and art lovers come from all over the world to visit the fair,” said Alonsa Guevara, a Chilean-American artist (based in New York), currently in Dubai as part of her year-long residency. in Tashkeel. , a contemporary art center and installation in Dubai.
“I was completely amazed by the feeling of welcome I felt from the public in the United Arab Emirates. I met many art lovers, who appreciate my work, and I was even surprised to find that many of them have been following my journey for some time, especially at Expo 2020, abroad and recently at Zeman Awwal, Mall of the Emirates,” said Lydia Moawad, Lebanese artist, Galerie Lydia Moawad Hossein, who also recently exhibited his work at Zeman Awwal, added: “It was always important for me to showcase my work in one of the most prestigious malls in the UAE in order to attract an audience from around the world. Middle East, so when the opportunity arose to showcase my work, I jumped at the chance and the feedback I received throughout my experience in the UAE has been amazing. the United Arab Emirates’ Golden Jubilee, the Mall of the Emirates launched Zeman Awwal, a unique cultural center honoring the rich heritage and traditions of the United Arab Emirates, with an impressive 1,100 m² space and comprising nine different inspiration zones.
The focus is on the art
Lydia, who has exhibited in Dubai since 2013, added: “It is a great honor to witness a country that places such importance on art. I feel lucky enough to have my paintings exhibited in the United Arab Emirates and part of many private collections of art collectors. Honored with the 2018 Excellence Award in Hong Kong, Lydia is considered one of the renowned contemporary Lebanese painters. His paintings were auctioned at the Modern Art Show in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2014 alongside works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Fateh El Mudaress. “People in this region love art and appreciate handicrafts,” Hossein added. Mher and Zepur added, “We are eternally grateful to be able to showcase our work in the UAE. People really understand what it means to be an artist and they appreciate the work.
Alonsa’s paintings are a window into an imaginary universe where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are blurred. She explained, “New experiences are always good for art. When I was a kid, we moved from an arid, mountainous town in Chile to a tropical rainforest in Ecuador. Later, as a young adult, I moved to New York. Now I look forward to capturing and showcasing the natural environment here in the Emirates. Of course, there is less green in the UAE, but there is still nature everywhere. For me, the connection between nature, humans and our spirituality is indispensable, and I aim to share this beautiful feeling with my work.