ARTS & CULTURES

A Conversation with Alaa Balkhy on Conscious Creation

In her iconic illustration ‘Baba, I want a Birkin,’ Alaa Balkhy seamlessly weaves local and pop culture. The Jeddah and New York-based serial entrepreneur has achieved massive success as a leading Saudi Cultural Consultant, Art Director, Illustrator and Fashion Designer.  As someone who notoriously encourages her hundred thousand followers to go vintage, local and sustainable, we gain insight into what inspires her during the creative process and what it really means to positively contribute.

Egypt, the bawab and the idea of collectivism

“Make sure you have a good bawab.” A sentence often heard in Egypt when looking for an apartment to live in. From a western perspective it’s a rather strange saying. How can the doorman have such an influence on the lives of the residents?

Solidifying an identity through spoken word: Mariam Ben Slama

Street walls are the uncensored depictions of us, they are like clear boards portraying our aspirations and objections. Everything is real on the street walls, designs, dreams and slogans. These surfaces  are the only hope left for the artist whose expression goes beyond the delamination and space of a canvas. 

Raï Music: From Oran to Paris

During the French colonial occupation of Algeria, a new type of sound was born in the poorer surrounding neighborhoods. Raï, as it came to be called, grew out of the bubbling nightlife where people from various backgrounds crossed paths.

Hymns of Love & Revolution: Arabic Poems to Read Now

Arabs are the founders of intense and often self-destructive expression. You’ll find that Arab poets effortlessly and intensely evoke love and revolution, creating timeless art. The poems below serve as a humble archive of passion. In them, I hope you find yourself inspired.

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Salam Yousry’s disfiguration

ART / PAINTING Salam Yousry’s disfiguration by Nour Team Salam Yousry @salamyousry is a Cairo-based visual artist and filmmaker. Yousry engages in a

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Seeing Algeria through curiosity: An interview with Nassim Herkat

Nassim is an Algerian, born and raised in Saint-Denis, Paris, who now spends his time living between Nice and Algiers. In 2017, he created ‘Kabtihkayti’, whose name stems from the Algerian Arabic phrase ‘my bag, my story’. His main aim in creating the project was to break stereotypes that those from developing nations and modest financial backgrounds cannot travel and explore the world.

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INTERVIEWS

Seeing Algeria through curiosity: An interview with Nassim Herkat

Nassim is an Algerian, born and raised in Saint-Denis, Paris, who now spends his time living between Nice and Algiers. In 2017, he created ‘Kabtihkayti’, whose name stems from the Algerian Arabic phrase ‘my bag, my story’. His main aim in creating the project was to break stereotypes that those from developing nations and modest financial backgrounds cannot travel and explore the world.