Sunday, December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Kuwait!

These fine Santa helpers greeted me when I left my apartment building early this morning on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2011 in Salmiya, Kuwait.  Not to make fun of them at all, these Bangladeshi street cleaners work hard for very very little pay but were all smiles this morning and were so happy that I was taking their photo.  THANK you for all your hard work and MERRY CHRISTMAS  to ALL!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE EVERYONE!

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE EVERYONE!

Japanese Sun goddess Amaterasu emerging from a cave.

Thousands of Women Mass in Major March in Cairo

A poster showing a woman attacked by officers was carried by one of several thousand marchers Tuesday in downtown Cairo.
www.nytimes.com
The demonstration that grew by the minute into an extraordinary expression of anger at the treatment of women by the military police.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shocking Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military

Shocking Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military
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The blog-o-sphere is boiling at the cruel beating of a female protester by Egyptian military police, who continued battling protesters in Tahrir Square on Sunday. The clashes, into their third day now, have left 10 people dead and hundreds injured. ­The video uploaded on YouTube Sunday reveals the extreme cruelty of the country's law enforcers during the crackdown. The army soldiers in full riot gear have been savagely beating a seemingly unconscious female protester with big sticks, kicking her and stomping on her chest. Security forces lashed out ruthlessly on armless civilians and burned down tents that had been put up by activists outside the parliament building to camp in protest against the military rule. The internet community therefore questions the methods of the military regime who took over power after the ousting of the ex-President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Art as the politics of the impossible


In light of a recent art exhibition in Doha, Hamid Dabashi writes that art must respond to a renewed Arab consciousness that is aware of what is happening in the Arab World. 

Cai Guo-Giang's opening at Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha [Hamid Dabashi/ Al Jazeera]
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Art scenes in the Arab world should reflect and anticipate the art that will emerge from these historical times.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Emergency Message for U.S Citizens in Kuwait– Bidoon Demonstrations

Kuwait City, Kuwait
December 19, 2011

Subject: Emergency Message for U.S Citizens 21-2011– Demonstrations

Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all U.S.  Citizens within your area of responsibility.

A sit-in to demonstrate solidarity with the Bidoon (stateless people) is scheduled potentially for 8:00pm at Determination Square on Monday, December 19 in downtown Kuwait City.  There are also reports of possible demonstrations in support of Bidoon rights tomorrow afternoon at Taima in the city of Jahra around 3:00 pm.  An increased police and security presence is expected in these areas.

Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations do occur in Kuwait in response to global, regional, and local developments.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations are ongoing and exercise caution if within the vicinity of large gatherings.

Please stay current with media coverage of local events, be aware of your surroundings, and continue to practice personal security awareness.
U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).   For further information, please consult the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information can be found.  In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance in Kuwait, you may reach the U.S. Embassy by calling +965-2259-1001 and requesting the duty officer.

U.S. citizens in Kuwait who would like to receive future Emergency and Informational Messages from the Embassy directly by e-mail may sign up for this service by sending an e-mail to the following address: join-wardenmessagekuwait@mh.databack.com

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Please note that the Consular Section is closed for U.S. and most local holidays.  The current holiday schedule for 2011 is posted on http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/holidays.html.

Kim Jong-il is dead: pretty weird and scary guy...

Just for fun- it is also important to note that the N. Korean media also reports that Kim Jong-il bowled a perfect game-300, on his first time out bowling!
Kim Jong-il: Best Golfer in the World
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This is from a couple years ago- but it's too good not to post. North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il is the best golfer in the world, hands down. On his first ever trip to the golf course, he shot 38-under par, including 5 hole-in-ones! This is reported by the government controlled media. He routine...

Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.
www.slate.com
Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial "minder" whom I'll call Mr. Chae. He guided me patiently around the ruined and starving country, explaining things away by means of a sort of denial mechanism and never seeming to lose interest in the gargantuan...

Major Historic Egyptian Library Devastated by Fire

A major library gets torched in Cairo during protest clashes with the Egyptian military.
A scene from the fire. (via lemonde.fr/Reuters)
Major Historic Egyptian Library Devastated by Fire
hyperallergic.com
La Libération has confirmed that the 213-year-old Institut d’Égypte, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798, has been ravaged by fire.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

a few posts about my artwork...


radio interview on art exhibit
Click on the words above to hear my interview on the local Madison radio show WORT's 8 o'Clock BUZZ with Jonathon Zarov about my art exhibit titled "veiled ramblings."









Exhibit lifts veil on Middle Eastern tradition
Click on link above or below to read Lindsay Christian's review of my exhibition, "veiled ramblings"...




I don't think things are going to end well in Wukan!!!

I don't think things are going to end well!!!

Relatives carried a picture of Xue Jinbo, who died in police custody after villagers chose him to negotiate a solution to a land deal in Wukan, China.

By MICHAEL WINES (NYT)
Anger at a possible land deal boiled over in Wukan, China, after a popular villager chosen to negotiate a solution died in police custody.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Opening tomorrow of Arabic Calligraphy exhibit, 7pm, Lexus Center Shuwaikh


Tomorrow at Lexus Center Shuwaikh, to celebrate the Beauty of Arabic Alphabet with the works of
11 artists Inspired from the Holly Quraan and Hadith, Literature and Poetry.
The exhibition titled " Letters' Whisper" is  in cooperation with Al Sayer Group and Boubyan Bank
Opening will be at 7:00 pm and the show will run for three days only! 



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Chinese Contemporary Art in the Middle East!

One of my favorite artists now has a solo show up in Qatar!  I believe Doha's Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art, is really smart in bringing in a big name artist from outside the region, but also just as importantly, not the typical Western artist.   I like Cai Guo-Qiang because he consistently comes up with  thoughtful but unconventional ways to talk about his own heritage as well as historical and contemporary global trade and exchange.  His artwork is smart but fun and easily appreciated by a larger audience.  I hope to go soon!

Pictured above: Installation view of Fragile (2011), Gunpowder on 480 panels of porcelain, 318 x 1800 cm (125 3/16 x 708 11/16 in.) overall, approximately 30 x 39.75 cm (11 13/16 x 15 5/8 in.) each panel, 480 panels in total, Commissioned by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Photo by Hiro Ihara, Courtesy Cai Studio





And from Art Kuwait: 
www.artkuwait.org
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art presents Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab, a major exhibition featuring newly commissioned work by Cai Guo-Qiang. As Cai’s first solo exhibition in the Middle East and the first single-artist exhibition presented by Mathaf, Saraab opens new...

lots of art opening in Kuwait this week!


www.artkuwait.org
Boushahri Gallery cordially invites to the Opening of Exhibition Kuwaiti artist Jafar Islah Saturday, 10th of December, 2011 at 7 pm



www.artkuwait.org
Dar Al Funoon Gallery invites to the Exhibition Artificial color by Jeffar Khaldi Opening Monday, 12th of December, 2011 at 7 pm Artist statement: My work usually takes view of social, cultural issues, fused with political undertones.My perspective on the...

Would be delighted if you joined us in celebrating this young talent.


Wednesday, December 14 at 5:00pm at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait

Sunday, December 4, 2011

opening tonight Ghadah Alkandari, Dar Al Funoon, 7pm!

 
 
Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to an exhibition of works from Ghadah Alkandari

PrettyGreenBullet
The Second Exhibition

Opening at 7pm - 9pm on Monday 5th December 2011
One Night Only!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

Twelfth Tibetan Self-Immolates in anti-China protest

Tibetan monks lie under a banner showing flames. 
Picture: AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia
By EDWARD WONG (NYT)
A former Tibetan monk set fire to himself on Thursday as an anti-China political protest in Tibet’s Chamdo township.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Facebook censors Ai Weiwei nude protest pictures!


www.huffingtonpost.com
I posted Ai Weiwei's images on Facebook. I was sent a warning, so I censored the photos using Facebook logos. Tuesday morning my account was disabled without notice or further details...

HAPPY 48TH BIRTHDAY DOCTOR WHO!


From the first aired episode November 23, 1963!
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Fearing that his time machine will be discovered if he lets school teachers Barbara and Ian go, the Doctor sets the TARDIS on its first journey. When the TARDIS finally materialises, it is on a barren, rocky landscape, with an ominous shadow falling across it. Classic clip from the 1963 four-part story 'An Unearthly Child', the very first Doctor Who...  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Egyptian protesters are devising ingenious ways to protect themselves!



I love these goggles!
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Cultural Exchange Offers Respite in U.S.-China Tensions


Why are there not more programs like this?

www.nytimes.com
The success of the U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture raises an uncomfortable question for the United States: Why are there not more programs like it?

Exhibition Opening, Nov. 23, 7pm at Dar Al Funoon



Dar Al Funoon Cordially invites you to an exhibition of Sculptures and  Drawings
By Jamal Abdel Rahim

The Sounds of Love and Freedom
Opening on Wednesday 23rd of Nov. 2011 and continuing through the 3rd of Dec. 2011

The artist will be present to launch his book Om Kalthoum

Monday, November 21, 2011

Analysis: Challenge to PM brings Kuwait a breath of Arab Spring



www.reuters.com
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait has been little touched by the wave of unrest that has swept some of its neighbors this year. But the storming of parliament by protesters last week brought it just a taste of...

Horrifying image of Tibetan nun in flames on street in latest self-immolation protest against China


www.dailymail.co.uk
The image is taken from a video released by protest group Students for a Free Tibet, who smuggled it out of southwest China following the incident.

"the Vampire Squid" conquers Europe!


www.independent.co.uk
The ascension of Mario Monti to the Italian prime ministership is remarkable for more reasons than it is possible to count. By replacing the scandal-surfing Silvio Berlusconi, Italy has dislodged the undislodgeable. By imposing rule by unelected technocrats, it has suspended the normal rules of demo...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Possible Protest Gathering at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait on November 20, 2011

Kuwait City, Kuwait
November 20, 2011

Subject:       Possible Protest Gathering at the U.S. Embassy on November 20, 2011

Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all U.S.  Citizens within your area of responsibility.

There are unconfirmed reports of a possible silent protest gathering in front of the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, November 20 at 19:00.  The gathering may take place near the main Embassy gate.  An increased police and security presence around the Embassy compound is expected.

Spontaneous and planned demonstrations take place in Kuwait from time to time in response to world events or local developments.  At times, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  Please avoid the areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gatherings.  Please stay current with media coverage of local events, be aware of your surroundings, and practice personal security awareness at all times.
U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).   For further information, please consult the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information can be found.  In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance in Kuwait, you may reach the U.S. Embassy by calling +965-2259-1001 and requesting the duty officer.

U.S. citizens in Kuwait who would like to receive future Emergency and Informational Messages from the Embassy directly by e-mail may sign up for this service by sending an e-mail to the following address: join-wardenmessagekuwait@mh.databack.com

This message may be accessed on the Embassy website, http://kuwait.usembassy.gov
Please note that the Consular Section is closed for U.S. and most local holidays.  The current holiday schedule for 2011 is posted on http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/holidays.html.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

a woman posts a nude photo of herself on her blog, and Egypt goes nuts!

I've been wanting to post something on this for a few days now but have been hesitant since most of the facebook posts that I have seen contained a copy of the offending image (and I do not want to get in any kind of trouble - given where I currently live and work!)  ...then Nicholas Kristof comes to the rescue:


So a woman posts a nude photo of herself on her blog, and Egypt goes nuts:http://nyti.ms/vOPw6F . It's so sad, because there are plenty of things that Egyptians should be going nuts about, not least the way the military council is arresting and torturing people to stay in power. Earlier this year, from Cairo I wrote about how the army was arresting female democracy activists and subjecting them to forcible "virginity exams" as a way to humiliate them:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/opinion/27kristof.html . Now, that's a great reason for a conservative country to be outraged, but most Egyptians shrugged and said that the young women were probably hussies anyway. The issue died. I wish we could accept that what's really horrific and offensive isn't a woman who chooses not to wear clothes but rather a woman who is forced to wear a veil or burka. Your thoughts?

www.nytimes.com
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy had to expect outrage from conservative Muslims when she posted nude photographs of herself online. But liberals have been critical, too.

Police Pepper Spray UC Davis Students = Professor Demands Chancellor Resign!


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Title says all. During peacefully Occupy Movement, police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students p...


thenewcivilrightsmovement.com
A UC Davis Assistant Professor is demanding the resignation of the University’s Chancellor over Friday’s pepper spraying of students at an Occupy Wall Street protest

Friday, November 18, 2011

Neutrinos still faster than light in latest version of experiment ...

Scientists from Cern have repeated their finding of neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light. Photograph: Cern/Science Photo Library
Neutrinos still faster than light in latest version of experiment ...
www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/.../neutrinos-still-faster-than-light?...
Finding that contradicts Einstein's theory of special relativity is repeated with fine-tuned procedures and equipment.

"We Need to Ai Weiwei": The Ai Weiwei Question on Chinese Social Media

As with the Wenzhou train collision last year, Chinese netizens are using images to circumvent censorship and show their support of Ai Weiwei.
This one shows Ai being whipped, with different types of punishments. The one the guard is holding says “tax evasion”. Others include stirring up trouble and causing a revolution.

hyperallergic.com
What has the response to Ai Weiwei’s tax case been like in China? Netizens are using images to circumvent censorship and show support.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How I Learned to Stop Fearing and Love Exotic Art - opens at CAP on Nov. 20th





Celebrated artists from the Middle East and North Africa represented at JAMM’s inaugural exhibition in Kuwait

Strategic art advisory JAMM to hold an exhibition in Kuwait of 40 artworks by Contemporary Arab and Iranian artists

JAMM, an independent art advisory, will host its inaugural exhibition in Kuwait at the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) warehouse located next door to the Life Center in industrial Shuwaikh (block 2, street 28). Curated by Ali Bakhtiari, the exhibition, entitled How I Learned to Stop Fearing and Love Exotic Art, will open on 20th November 2011.  The show will end on 10th December 2011.
Highlighting the use of writing in the field of contemporary Arab and Iranian art, JAMM”s exhibition will feature artworks that incorporate text in its various forms- calligraphy, graffiti, quotations, poems and sometimes just a single letter. Featuring works by both emerging and established Middle Eastern artists, the participating artists include Parviz Tanavoli, Hassan Hajjaj, Farideh Lashai, Katya Traboulsi, Fareed Abdal, Amira Behbehani, Shezad Dawood, Nargess Hashemi, Susan Hefuna and Farhad Moshiri.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to present the works of contemporary Arab and Iranian artists and to showcase works in various artistic media that incorporate text. The use of writing is familiar theme in the field of contemporary Arab and Iranian art. We want to highlight and celebrate that.”
      Sheikha Lulu Al-Sabah, co-founder of JAMM


About JAMM:

JAMM was founded by Kuwait based art-journalist and former Middle East Director for Philips de Pury, Lulu M. Al-Sabah and former head of Christie’s, Middle East, Lydia Limerick. Their mission is to create cultural projects without geographical boundary.

Projects range from large-scale exhibitions and events to small-scale activities focuses on the development of the art market in the Middle East and other key regional markets. For more information on JAMM, please visit www.jamm-art.com

For more information on JAMM, please contact
Lulu Al Sabah: lasabah@jamm-art.com
Gazala Shaikh: gazalashaikh@jamm-art.com