On this week’s Six Pillars an interview with Emirati Hind Mezaina, an established artist and blogger in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, plus field recordings taken from a visa run to the nearby Sultanate of Oman, from Dubai, a round trip made in 4 hours. Hind, who is of part-Egyptian descent has been writing under the name The Culturist for many years about arts and culture in the region. She is also a practising artist in her own right, using photography – also expanded into print and other forms, found footage and recently video and installation to convey her ideas.
We speak to Hind about what motivated her to become the cultural commentator and reviewer she is, of local arts and culture ans well as of international film festivals.
Hind’s track record as an artist includes being twice a Global Art Fellow and was a commissioned artist in residence over three consecutive years at Art Dubai, the largest art fair in the Middle East. She is currently a fellow at the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) on a one year intensive residency with academic support, followed by a potential year’s MA funded study abroad, and her photographs have been exhibited in group shows in Dubai, London, Tokyo, Berlin and New York.
You are likely to see Hind talking on panels, presenting film screenings or exhibiting her photography across the UAE and beyond. For example she most recently moderated a talk with film director Nawaf Al Janahi “The Future of Emirati Film Making” at the newly opened Apple Store in Dubai and in the past has spoken on photography at Gulf Photo Plus here. Having been cataloguing and reviewing cultural events in the UAE since the relatively new term ‘blogger’ even entered our language, she’s now on the verge of a different phase as her photography and arts practice receives an immeasurable boost.
Either side of the interview, tense moments discussing nationality, locality and possibility with complete strangers on the mountainous road to and from Oman.
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