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A discussion about art, design, and living creatively with female artists and makers from across the MENASA region.

Tavan Studio in Conversation Yosra Emamizadeh

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A discussion about art, design, and living creatively with female artists and makers from across the MENASA region.

    Alia Ali

    Alia Ali

    Kicking off season 2 with multi media artist Alia Ali. Alia dives deep into her practice, expanding on how her work is driven by her multicultural Yemeni-Bosnian roots within a geopolitical context. We learn about her love and deep connection with textile, the reason behind her “faceless” images, and the power of repeated texts.  Alia gives us a look into her day to day studio practice and the things she draws inspiration from which contribute to her creative living. 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Chafa Ghaddar

    Chafa Ghaddar

    Wrapping up season 1 of Tavan Studio in Conversation with an in-depth chat about frescos, surfaces, decay, and time with artist and muralist Chafa Ghaddar. Chafa walks us through her journey of observing the natural and also distressed landscapes of Lebanon and the transition to the heat and crystal blue pool surfaces of Dubai and how that has impacted her fresco thought process and work. Chafa also opens up about her experience as a new mother and gives us a very honest and raw depiction of her time spent during the lockdown.

    • 53 min
    Afra Al Dhaheri

    Afra Al Dhaheri

    In this episode I get to sit down and have a late night chat with visual artist Afra Al Dhaheri.  Afra's work is rooted in her experiences growing up in Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE – a place of recent and rapid change. We really get to go deep into her practice and the visual language of her work, her relationship with materials, and the questions she ponders while creating . We also talk about the importance of choosing the right gallery to be represented by,  how productivity and creativity have been challenged during the lock down, and much more.  Afra is also an Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at Zayed University , Abu Dhabi, and the cofounder of Bait15.

    You can follow Afra on instagram @afra_aldhaheri

    • 46 min
    Nahla Al Tabbaa

    Nahla Al Tabbaa

    Nahla Al Tabbaa is an independent educator, artist, consultant and urban researcher with various institutions including Art Jameel, Frying Pan Adventures, previously the Sharjah Art Foundation, and the co-founder of Daftar Asfar, an artist sketchbook platform.

    In this episode we delve deep into Nahla's socially engaged art practice, her love of food and storytelling, her approach to the reactivity of art especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and how all her various interests and skills enhance and complement one another to create her wholehearted creative lifestyle.

    You can find her on instagram @nahlatabbaa

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    • 56 min
    Soheila Sokhanvari

    Soheila Sokhanvari

    One of my 2019 highlights was having the opportunity to interview a fave artist of mine, Soheila Sokhanvari! Her intricate and masterful work is thought provoking and enchanting, wistfully transporting you into a world of patterns and nostalgia. In this episode Soheila talks to us about her collection of family photos, magic realism, how textile and patterns are political, her creative process, and much more. I would also like to thank Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery for allowing me to crash their private party and Aziz Bindeid-Barnes for fixing me a hot cup of hibiscus tea on that chilly London evening. 

    You can follow Soheila on instagram @soheila_sokhanvari_ 

    • 32 min
    Sara Naim

    Sara Naim

    In this episode, artist Sara Naim talks about her love of photography,  experimenting with different materials, what "home" means to her, and how borders (on all levels) are ultimately just illusions. We discuss her at home studio practice and how being represented by a gallery has impacted her lifestyle and much more. Tune in to learn  about Sara's creative process and her thought provoking work and make sure to check her out on instagram @saranaim_

    • 32 min

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