Rapture 1957, Shirin Neshat.
Compiled by Enrico Mascelloni, this book explores the unusual art of “war rugs” - hand-woven depictions of battlefields and combatants from every era imaginable. These distinctive works of art, a rather perturbing visual novelty of the late twentieth century, are found in throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and Iran, depicting the inner and outer turmoil of regions that haven’t seen political stability in a long while. Woven by artists or refugees, they depict everything from contemporary art to extremist propaganda. Mascelloni not only captures the stunning range of artistic ability and expression found within these artifacts, but also explores the anthropological tendencies of their dealers, who see haggling as a form of art in its own, and are becoming more and more scarce with the conflict-affected drop in tourism.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic account, free to read in our library’s Fashion & Textiles section.
Join us on International Women’s Day for a free screening of Girl Rising, with Changing Pink.
Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Girl Rising is a ground-breaking film that has already been seen by millions. It is also a movement for girl’s education that we are proud to support.
Join us on Saturday March 8 at 7pm, to find out how educating girls can change the world- and learn how you can make a difference. Investing in girls is not just right, it’s smart.
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
Following from the popularity of our fashion illustration workshop back in January, Sara Japanwalla is back in March with a three week course!
In this course, professional fashion illustrator Sara Japanwalla will be introducing participants to the basics of fashion illustration techniques, using inks and watercolours to capture style and form. Please bring along a sketchpad, and magazines and fashion photography for inspiration, all other materials will be provided.
Sun March 16, 23 & 30 | 7-9.30pm. AED300, to sign up contact email@example.com.
We had a great time at The Youth Festival on Saturday. It was brilliant to see so many young people getting involved in our fashion design and spray-painting workshops, as well as the open mic organised by the GYEM (Global Youth Empowerment). A big thank you to graffiti artist Steffi Bow for leading the spray-painting workshop, and to Anne-Cecile de Chaumont for showing the girls how to make dresses with Tyvek - it didn’t look easy!
Come along on Saturday evening to our next free community film screening.
Whale Rider is a 2002 drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera. The film features Kahu Paikea Apirana, a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only.
In this course, we will introduce your children to the different techniques of pottery, including coil, slab and pinching. We will also glaze the pieces they create at the end of the course.
AED400 includes all materials. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Have you caught a Freshly Ground Sounds gig yet? Here’s a video montage from their latest Archive session at the beginning of Feb. We hope to have them back soon!
Freshly Ground Sounds is a non-profit initiative to create a community and platform for spreading independent acoustic sounds across unassuming venues in the UAE.
Sketchbound had their first Dubai meet-up at The Archive this past week, on Feb 17 in celebration of World Community Art Day. They took inspiration from all the art in our library, and you can see the great results above.
Sketchbound is a sketching group which aims to encourage and nurture creativity through drawing, sketching and doodling. The group is open to all skill levels. All you need is a sketchbook and art materials of choice! Contact email@example.com for more info on upcoming meetings.
Want to try your hand at street art? Sign up for the spray-painting workshop and competition at the Youth Festival this Saturday.
Learn the basics of spraypainting in a workshop mentored by graffiti artist Steffi Bow. Teams will each get a 2x2m section of wall to create their mural, the winning piece to be judged by the mentor.
Steffi is a British stencil and graffiti artist based in Dubai. Steffi has been involved in: painting the largest indoor piece of graffiti art in the UAE at the Aloft Hotel in Abu Dhabi, painting at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, painting live at DIFC Art Night, painting at The Emaar Dubai Pavilion Downtown for its opening and painting for brands such as adidas originals, Coca-Cola, Gap, G-Shock Casio, Lonely Planet, Nokia, Perrier, Sony and Tiger beer.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The OpenMic and Deepening Session brings a day of self-discovery with discussions, music, spoken word, poetry and stage performances mixed with a casual conversation.
Relax and mingle with like minded individuals while enjoying the ambiance at The Youth Festival in collaboration with GYEM on Saturday, February 22.
As part of the Youth Festival on Saturday, we’re having a fashion design competition! Here’s what it will involve:
Learn how to cut, fold, and wrinkle Tyvek, a paper-fabric hybrid, on a dress-making mannequin. Then in teams of four, let your creativity run wild in designing your own piece. The winning piece’s team will win a free place on an upcoming fashion illustration workshop at The Archive, hosted by the brilliant Sara Japanwalla.
If you’re interested in signing up for this activity and being in with a chance of winning this prize, please contact email@example.com.
Find all the info on the event, which we are putting on in collaboration with GYEM (Global Youth Empowerment) here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421687211404708/