Featured artists – Lotus And Rose http://lotusandrose.com/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:43:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lotusandrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/lotus.png Featured artists – Lotus And Rose http://lotusandrose.com/ 32 32 Introducing RFT’s ChangeMaker Award Winners | Art Stories and Interviews | Saint Louis https://lotusandrose.com/introducing-rfts-changemaker-award-winners-art-stories-and-interviews-saint-louis/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:08:00 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/introducing-rfts-changemaker-award-winners-art-stories-and-interviews-saint-louis/ Click to enlarge Adam Newsham, Adam Ouahmane, Jessica Rogen, courtesy photo Chad Eivins, Maxi Glamour, Sukanya Mani and KVtheWriter Let’s face it, our art scene is one of the coolest things in St. Louis. (Maybe the coolest thing?) Thanks to the tireless efforts of our artists, we have a city full of theater, music, painting, […]]]>
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Chad Eivins, Maxi Glamour, Sukanya Mani and KVtheWriter

Let’s face it, our art scene is one of the coolest things in St. Louis. (Maybe the coolest thing?) Thanks to the tireless efforts of our artists, we have a city full of theater, music, painting, dancing and more. But being an artist is hard. We know. OK, we’re not exactly artists here at home. RFTbut writing, even journalistic, is hard.

We’ve been staring at a blank page not knowing where to start. We’ve been there full of doubt in the middle of a story, wondering if it will ever make sense. We continued in the face of sometimes harsh criticism (ahem). It might sound familiar to artists, as they face the same and more as they strive to not only build meaningful artistic careers, but also improve the city they call home. That’s why we’ve selected four people who are helping to shape the St. Louis art scene as our first cohort of RFT ChangeMakers.

Our ChangeMakers win a no-commitment prize of $750 to advance their art. How did we select our winners? After a call for applications in May, we reviewed over 130 applications. We were looking for artists who were not only doing groundbreaking work, but also building community.

Chad Eivins pushed the boundaries of analog, outdated cinema with its multimedia displays and live concert videography. Maxi Glamor runs his own brand of flirt in the face of political backsliding, while Sukanya Mani tries to understand the toll of domestic violence through paper art. And KVtheWriter used music to deal with grief and build community.

All contribute to making St. Louis a better place to live, and we are delighted to honor them at art fairThursday, June 23. Two of our winners, Chad Eivins and Maxi Glamour, will showcase their art along with other local artists like Alexis Tucci, Dre’Co, Mammoth Piano, Dubb Nubb, Justin Ra, DJ Limewire Prime and more.

We’re excited to introduce our inaugural class of ChangeMakers and hope that in a small way we can help them bring even more art to the city.

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What to watch on Tuesday: ‘The Future Of’ premieres on Netflix https://lotusandrose.com/what-to-watch-on-tuesday-the-future-of-premieres-on-netflix/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:00:31 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/what-to-watch-on-tuesday-the-future-of-premieres-on-netflix/ Placeholder while loading article actions Timeline: Unforgettable (Oxygen at 8) Andrea Canning recalls a case where investigators set up an undercover operation to call off a murder-for-hire plot. Deadliest Take (Discovered at age 8) Jake takes his niece to an ancestor’s land, but when a crew member leaves a hatch open, black cod escape en […]]]>
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Timeline: Unforgettable (Oxygen at 8) Andrea Canning recalls a case where investigators set up an undercover operation to call off a murder-for-hire plot.

Deadliest Take (Discovered at age 8) Jake takes his niece to an ancestor’s land, but when a crew member leaves a hatch open, black cod escape en masse; When the Time Bandit heads for fresh water, Jonathan risks his entire catch alive.

Chopped (Food Network at 9) The four contestants find a special seafood item in the appetizer basket; as a starter, the chefs work with Asian street food and a soft drink.

dance with myself (NBC at 10) A stay-at-home mom, a barista, a graphic designer and nine other hopefuls enter the “dancing with myself” modules and compete in six dance challenges.

Hip Hop My House (Paramount Plus) The home improvement show is hosted by rapper Cam’ron and interior designer Zeez Louize; they transform a lucky fan’s home into a tribute to rap icons. 24KGoldn, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Erica Banks, Migos, Polo G, Rae Sremmurd, Tyga and Nelly are featured artists.

The future of (Netflix) This docuseries dives into new and emerging technology trends to imagine far-reaching possibilities. Jurnee Smollett narrates, and all episodes will drop at the same time.

Jon Stewart: The Mark Twain Prize (PBS at age 9) Comic book and talk show host Jon Stewart is named the 23rd recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award for American Humor.

Exclusively Elvis: a special edition of 20/20 (ABC at 10) A dive into the making of the movie “Elvis” with Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Presley’s surviving family reflects on the 45 years since his death.

Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual (Netflix) ‘Fire Island’ star Joel Kim Booster discusses leaked selfies, dining experience at PF Chang’s, keeping secrets and why cats are superior to dogs at his booth -up special.

Superman and Lois (CW at 8) Lois holds a wake at Superman’s bedside; Jonathan and Jordan worry about their father; and John Henry and Natalie collaborate to find a way around Ally Allston’s powers.

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out (VH1 to 8) Season 18.

Celebrity game face (E! at age 9) Season 3.

Homeland: Fort Salem (Free Form at 10) Season 3.

Tonight Show/Fallon (NBC at 11:34 a.m.) Kim Kardashian, Hannah Einbinder, Mo Willems, Paris Jackson.

Late Show/Colbert (CBS at 11:35) Werner Herzog, Roger Waters.

Jimmy Kimmel live (ABC at 11:35 a.m.) Joe Manganiello, Aisling Bea, Eddie Benjamin, guest host Sean Hayes.

Late Show / Corden (CBS at 12:37) Constance Wu, Bright Eyes.

Late Night/Meyers (NBC at 12:37) Elliot Page, Mason Hereford, Ralph Alexander.

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Swedish Days returns to Geneva with food, entertainment, parade and more https://lotusandrose.com/swedish-days-returns-to-geneva-with-food-entertainment-parade-and-more/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:07:26 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/swedish-days-returns-to-geneva-with-food-entertainment-parade-and-more/ The 72nd annual Geneva Swedish Days Festival, supported by Northwestern Medicine, is a must stop for a fun summer destination. “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” will take place Wednesday through Sunday, June 22-26, in downtown Geneva. Over 200,000 visitors and residents stop here for a variety of activities, combining traditional events and new attractions. “The […]]]>

The 72nd annual Geneva Swedish Days Festival, supported by Northwestern Medicine, is a must stop for a fun summer destination.

“The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” will take place Wednesday through Sunday, June 22-26, in downtown Geneva. Over 200,000 visitors and residents stop here for a variety of activities, combining traditional events and new attractions.

“The Geneva Chamber is happy and thrilled to bring back the Swedish Days in all their blue and yellow glory,” said Laura Rush, communications manager. “We know that Genevans and visitors are ready for five days of fun.”

Here’s a preview of what visitors can expect.

Shopping and treasures

Some stores will offer promotions during Swedish Days. Sweden Väst on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26 will specialize in Swedish articles. If you’re looking for that Swedish Days souvenir, you’ll find it here.

Free entertainment

Free evening musical entertainment on the central stage will begin on Wednesday with performances by Geneva Park District and Geneva’s Got Talent. On Friday and Saturday bands will play. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m., relax on the courthouse lawn and listen to featured artists.


Swedish Days will feature a car show from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23 on South Third Street.
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The Swedish Days Car Show is back on South Third Street from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

Food stalls

Festival-goers can feast on traditional Swedish and American and ethnic favorites including brats, corn dogs, turkey legs, sandwiches, meatballs, pizza, garlic crab pasta and roast corn, to name a few, at the many non-profit food stalls. Desserts will also be available.

Restaurants and pubs


Festival-goers can sample craft beers in the Swedish Days beer tent.

Festival-goers can sample craft beers in the Swedish Days beer tent.
– Courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Don’t forget all the good restaurants in Geneva. From casual bistros to five-star formal dining, a day in Geneva isn’t complete without sampling one or more of its restaurants and brasseries. Or stop by one of the beer gardens which will offer great food, drink and entertainment during the festival, including the Chamber Craft Beer Tent on James Street. Visit genevachamber.com for a list of restaurants, pizzerias and pubs.

Looking for a long-time resident of Geneva

If you’ve lived in Geneva for more than 15 years, join the others for the Geneva Settlers’ Breakfast on Thursday, June 23. This popular event moves to Copper Fox, 477 S. Third St., starting at 8:30 a.m. No reservation necessary. .

For young visitors


The carnival will be open every day during the Swedish Days.

The carnival will be open every day during the Swedish Days.
-Steven Buyansky for the Daily Herald, 2021

Wednesday brings carnival to town. It is open every day of the festival and offers an unlimited opportunity to wear a bracelet every day.

Swedish Days 2022 is packed with favorites including a dodgeball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and mini-golf.

Friday, June 24 is “Children’s Day”, where from early morning until late at night children can stay busy. The day begins with the children’s parade departing from the Kane County Courthouse lawn on the Campbell Street side. The fun continues with a multitude of activities at the Geneva Public Library, both outdoors and indoors.

The Kids’ Day Parade invites children aged 10 and under to enter one of the parade categories.

5K Lopp

Moved to a new location and a new day, the Swedish Days 5K Lopp promises an incredible racing experience. Join the runners at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course. See details on genevachamber.com.

Grand Parade


Special Olympics athlete Mari Landwehr will be the parade marshal for this year's Swedish Days.

Special Olympics athlete Mari Landwehr will be the parade marshal for this year’s Swedish Days.
– Courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, bring chairs and blankets so the whole family can enjoy the Grand Parade – a true community parade that over 45,000 people will see. This year’s grand marshal is Mari Landwehr, 19, a Special Olympics athlete and Geneva high school graduate who volunteers at the church and feeds my hungry children.

Admission to Swedish Days is free. Visit genevachamber.com for a full schedule of events or call (630) 232-6060.

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72nd Annual Swedish Days

What: A St. John’s Day celebration with food, entertainment, carnival, kids’ activities, Swedish offerings, shopping and more.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, June 22 to 26. Activities for each day generally start at 11 a.m.; see calendar for exact times.

Where: Most activities take place throughout downtown Geneva; see map for specific locations.

Cost: Free general admission; cost of certain activities.

Parking: Public festival parking is nearby, with four parking lots located within a few blocks of the festivities, courtesy of Geneva merchants. Search Find Us/Parking on the genevachamber.com homepage. Details: (630) 232-6060 or www.genevachamber.com/swedish_days.php

]]> Drake releases a new album Honestly, Nevermind: listen https://lotusandrose.com/drake-releases-a-new-album-honestly-nevermind-listen/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 03:56:15 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/drake-releases-a-new-album-honestly-nevermind-listen/ Drake released his sixth solo studio album, Certified loverin September 2021. It was originally scheduled to arrive in January of that year, but was delayed following surgery for a knee injury Drake suffered in the fall of 2020. When it finally arrived several months later , the LP quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard […]]]>

Drake released his sixth solo studio album, Certified loverin September 2021. It was originally scheduled to arrive in January of that year, but was delayed following surgery for a knee injury Drake suffered in the fall of 2020. When it finally arrived several months later , the LP quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, surpassing that of Kanye West donda with what was at the time the biggest first week of 2021. Following the release of the record, Drake shared music videos for “Way 2 Sexy” and “Knife Talk.”

Drake’s goofy ‘Way 2 Sexy’ music video was directed by a frequent collaborator David Meyers, which captured the rapper representing many “sexy” archetypes. Drake portrayed a workout video instructor, cartoon character, older man at the beach, romance novel protagonist, action hero, and Cologne spokesperson in the visual. The clip also featured Toronto raptor Kawhi Leonard, as well as star performers Future and Young Thug.

Drake’s “Knife Talk” music video was a bit simpler; Pablo RochatThe visual included archival clips, vintage cartoons and grainy security camera footage of Drake, alongside MCs 21 Savage and Project Pat, all of whom wielded large kitchen knives.

In November 2021, the Recording Academy nominated Drake for Best Rap Album (for Certified lover) and best rap performance (for “Way 2 Sexy”) at the 2022 Grammy Awards. Shortly after, Drake retired from litigation for the awards. Drake, who has won four Grammys, has criticized the academy in the past.

Around the same time, Drake and Kanye West officially crushed their longtime beef. The pair appeared together in a photo alongside J Prince; his caption was simply the dove of peace emoji. A few days later, the rappers announced a one-time benefit concert titled “Free Larry Hoover.” The show took place on December 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, and was streamed live on Amazon.

After cooling down Certified lover deployment, Drake appeared on Future’s latest album I never loved you, which fell in April. Drake contributed to “Wait for U” (alongside Tems) and “I’m on One”. Drake also starred in the music video for the first, which was set in medieval times (the historical period, not the restaurant).

Certified lover scored the full sequel of 2018 Scorpio. Between these two LPs, Drake dropped Dark Lane Demo cassettes, which landed in 2020, as well as his 2019 compilation Care package.

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Tourmaline and Helena Uambembe win the Baloise Art Prize 2022 https://lotusandrose.com/tourmaline-and-helena-uambembe-win-the-baloise-art-prize-2022/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:39:21 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/tourmaline-and-helena-uambembe-win-the-baloise-art-prize-2022/ American filmmaker and writer Tourmaline and South African installation artist Helena Uambembe have been awarded the twenty-third Baloise Art Prize, the highest art prize affiliated with the Swiss iteration of Art Basel. The CHF30,000 ($32,500) prize is awarded annually to artists exhibiting in the fair’s Statements section, which focuses on emerging artists. The Baloise Group, […]]]>

American filmmaker and writer Tourmaline and South African installation artist Helena Uambembe have been awarded the twenty-third Baloise Art Prize, the highest art prize affiliated with the Swiss iteration of Art Basel. The CHF30,000 ($32,500) prize is awarded annually to artists exhibiting in the fair’s Statements section, which focuses on emerging artists. The Baloise Group, a Swiss insurer that manages the prize in partnership with the fair, will buy works by the two artists and donate them to the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt and MUDAM in Luxembourg.

Tourmaline, born in Roxbury, Masachusetts, chronicles queer and trans stories. She won for her film pollinator, in which the artist intercuts found footage with aerial shots of herself drifting through the Edwardian galleries of the Brooklyn Museum before heading to the nearby Brooklyn Botanical Garden, billed as a site of pleasure. The work pays homage to queer activist Marsha P. Johnson, a crucial figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Tourmaline was represented at Art Basel by the New York gallery Chapter NY.

Uambembe, who was born to Angolan refugees in Pomfret, South Africa, is known for her work examining history, place and her own heritage through the use of symbols and archival documents. Shewon won for his installation replicating the TV room and living room of his parents’ home after they left their home country as the civil war raged there. The work includes vases, teacups and other intimate objects belonging to Uambembe’s parents, as well as personal photographs. The artist was represented at Art Basel by Jahmek Contemporary Art, Luanda, Angola.

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Poughkeepsie Open Studios Event Returns | Music | Hudson Valley https://lotusandrose.com/poughkeepsie-open-studios-event-returns-music-hudson-valley/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:00:27 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/poughkeepsie-open-studios-event-returns-music-hudson-valley/ Click to enlarge On June 18 and 19, the Poughkeepsie Open Studios The Art Walk event will return to the Dutchess County town, allowing local artists to show off their work and attendees to enjoy it while meeting the creators and each other. Launched in 2015, Poughkeepsie Open Studios is recognized as a […]]]>

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On June 18 and 19, the Poughkeepsie Open Studios The Art Walk event will return to the Dutchess County town, allowing local artists to show off their work and attendees to enjoy it while meeting the creators and each other.

Launched in 2015, Poughkeepsie Open Studios is recognized as a free event that allows art lovers to personally interact with many of the exemplary artists who work and live in the Poughkeepsie area. Self-guided tour visitors can visit artist studios, galleries, arts organizations, temporary pop-up spaces and other related locations to learn about the creative processes, inspirations and techniques of participating artists. At the same time, event-goers can get a taste of the rich history and great cultural diversity of the Poughkeepsie community and the beauty of the area. In addition to visual arts, the two-day happening promises live performances and other activities.

Featured artists this year (and more to be added) include Alvin Chiappolini, Anita Kiewra, Art Jones, Hyde Park Artist Collective, Barbara Todd, Bipesh Korala, Imani Jones, Joel Brown, Emmanuel Ofori, Liz O ‘Raffity and the Wise Owls Factory, Matthew Blot, Nikki Hung, Penny Dell and many more.

Poughkeepsie Open Studios will take place throughout Poughkeepsie on June 18 and 19 from 1-5 p.m. Check the website for the full list of artists, participating venues and more information.

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The Grammys add new categories | www.wwltv.com https://lotusandrose.com/the-grammys-add-new-categories-www-wwltv-com/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 17:46:00 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/the-grammys-add-new-categories-www-wwltv-com/ The Recording Academy created a Social Change Song Award and five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year. LOS ANGELES — The Grammys are adding a special Social Change Award song and five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year, giving the Recording Academy an opportunity to honor music’s top composer. The academy announced on […]]]>

The Recording Academy created a Social Change Song Award and five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year.

LOS ANGELES — The Grammys are adding a special Social Change Award song and five new categories, including Songwriter of the Year, giving the Recording Academy an opportunity to honor music’s top composer.

The academy announced on Thursday that the new non-classical songwriter category will recognize a person who has been the “most prolific” non-performing, non-producing songwriter for a set of new works in a year. of eligibility. The category takes a different approach than Song of the Year, which recognizes the songwriter or songwriters who wrote the lyrics or melodies for a song.

“This new category is really for someone who is expert in the art of songwriting,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr told The Associated Press. Songwriters must have written a minimum of five songs in which they are credited “only” as songwriter or co-writer.

“Someone who writes their own music and records it wouldn’t be eligible,” he said. “They should be making songs for other people. We want to highlight the art of writing songs professionally for artists.”

“Songwriters are at the heart of our business and our industry,” he said. “Nothing happens without songwriters. For us, that was a no-brainer. It’s in line with all the changes. We thought, ‘How can we do more? Feature more people and be more inclusive across different genres?”

The new category is another milestone for songwriters. Last year a rules update allowed that any songwriter, producer, engineer or featured artist on an album nominated for Album of the Year could ultimately earn a nomination.

The other four categories include Best Spoken Poetry Album, Alternative Music Performance, Americana Music Performance, and Video Game Soundtrack and Other Interactive Media.

The academy has created a special merit award which determines the best song for social change. The award will be based on lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes “understanding, peacebuilding and empathy”.

“It’s always a good time to recognize music that changes the world,” he said. “I think that deserves special recognition. These songs are important and impactful. We want to make sure we honor and celebrate this art form. It’s a great way to do it.”

Mason said it’s been a year-long process to accept proposals for changes, additions, and updates from music creators and professionals who make up the members’ body.

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French Montana Babyface Ray Harry Fraud “Drive By” single https://lotusandrose.com/french-montana-babyface-ray-harry-fraud-drive-by-single/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:10:12 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/french-montana-babyface-ray-harry-fraud-drive-by-single/ Great news for French Montana fans. Earlier this week, the Bronx emcee took to social media to announce that he and Harry Fraud have reunited again for a new album titled Montega, and said album will arrive on June 24th. To prepare fans, today (June 10), French drops a new single titled “Drive By,” which […]]]>

Great news for French Montana fans. Earlier this week, the Bronx emcee took to social media to announce that he and Harry Fraud have reunited again for a new album titled Montega, and said album will arrive on June 24th. To prepare fans, today (June 10), French drops a new single titled “Drive By,” which features an assist from Detroit’s Babyface Ray. Simply put, the two artists have no problem letting listeners know how much they currently earn in life:

“I gave them the wave around the globe, all over the atlas, all we do is mega, nothing mean, little mama fleek, she’s got the whole package, she’s going strong but her ass is so soft, I’ll pull it like a drive-by, Montana gone, keep an eye on your female dog when we pass by…”

“Drive By” comes just a month after “Alcatraz,” another hard-hitting offering set to appear on the fifth episode of French Montana. Cheese macaroni series. Before that, he released his fourth studio album They have amnesiaa 21-song offering with a slew of assists from John Legend, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Fivio Foreign, Fabolous, and more.

Outside of his own work, French Montana has continued to hold his position as one of hip hop’s greatest products as a featured artist. In addition to his contribution to the film National champions (“If I Go Down”), French could more recently be heard on songs like AB’s “Pit Not the Palace (Remix)”, DreamDoll’s “Ice Cream Dream”, El Alfa’s “Máquina de Dinero” and “Whap Whap (Remix).” Given his track history, it’s a safe bet that many of these collaborators will return the favor for French’s next drop.

In the meantime, you can enjoy French Montana, Harry Fraud and Babyface Ray’s “Drive By” below.

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The Hayy Jameel Arts Center in Jeddah organizes an international collective exhibition https://lotusandrose.com/the-hayy-jameel-arts-center-in-jeddah-organizes-an-international-collective-exhibition/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:37:26 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/the-hayy-jameel-arts-center-in-jeddah-organizes-an-international-collective-exhibition/ From London to Berlin, an Iraqi photographer’s exhibition in the United Arab Emirates shines a light on unity during the pandemic DUBAI: While in many ways the trials and tribulations of the coronavirus pandemic years are mostly in the past, there is no denying the impact the health crisis has had on the world. Artists […]]]>

From London to Berlin, an Iraqi photographer’s exhibition in the United Arab Emirates shines a light on unity during the pandemic

DUBAI: While in many ways the trials and tribulations of the coronavirus pandemic years are mostly in the past, there is no denying the impact the health crisis has had on the world.

Artists who worked during periods of confinement and restriction now present creations often charged with emotion, grief and solidarity.

One such artist is Yamam Nabeel, a London-based Iraqi writer and photographer, who is showing his first exhibition in the region at ICD Brookfield Place, Dubai.

Titled “Waiting for Time/Intersecting Realities” and running through June 30, it features a series of 29 photographic portraits that tell the pandemic stories of more than 60 people from all walks of life and from diverse countries and cultures. The images depict the shared experience of navigating hardships, joys and heartaches during the virus outbreak.

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Nabeel began creating his work in the English capital during the first lockdown in May and June 2020. With his 1960s Hasselblad and Mamiya 7 medium format cameras, he traveled from London to Berlin and then Dubai between 2020 and 2022, recording and interviewing people, including playwrights, comedians, hospital workers, journalists and lawyers.

Through his photos, Nabeel has captured moments of expectation, reflection and joy, all photographed outdoors in a location chosen by the subject. The images highlight commonalities and disparities shared between individuals over the period.

He told Arab News, “My goal was to connect people through a difficult shared experience that the current generation has never had.

“It was a time filled with fear, uncertainty and loneliness. We were all living the same reality, locked in our immediate surroundings, waiting for something no one could predict. I wanted to collect individual stories, weave them together into an interconnected and collective human history.

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Through the works on display, Nabeel wondered if humans would retain the unity gained through tragedy or if old ways of division would return.

He said: “As an Iraqi and as an Arab, the word unity resonates a lot with me. My NGO was called FC Unity and used the global power of football to bring people together. Having this exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates pays homage to this concept.

“Unity is the foundation of this country. Everything I’ve done in my life has been about bringing people together. In times of fear and trauma as well as in times of security and stability,” he added, referring to his non-profit organization which aims to provide a platform for development and education through football.

Dubai was one of the last cities he visited before the pandemic, in January, and it was the last place he shot, returning in December just as the omicron variant of COVID-19 kicked in. apparition, challenging the world with more uncertainty.

“I decided it was time to include Dubai and tweak the project slightly to show three different world cities at three different times during the pandemic.

“As we were on the verge of returning to so-called normality, I decided to show Dubai on color film, while showing London and Berlin on black and white film. All photographs were taken as images medium-format analog,” he said.

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Born in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, Nabeel grew up in Hungary then moved to London where he has lived since 1992. He is the son of the exiled poet Nabeel Yasin. His family left Iraq in 1980, when he was four years old. They then lived in France, Lebanon and the former East Germany, before settling in Hungary in 1981.

“My mother tongue is Arabic, my first language is Hungarian and the language in which I write and create is English, but my heart and my soul remain Iraqi forever,” he added.

Through her photographic portraits, Nabeel translated a global crisis into the more intimate, individual and personal stories of each sitter. He is now planning a project in Iraq.

He said: “My aim is to present European audiences with a new narrative about our wonderfully diverse and interesting culture and heritage.

“Waiting for Time/Intersecting Realities” marks his eighth solo exhibition.

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Lily Wong’s cinematic paintings are filled with suspense and nostalgia https://lotusandrose.com/lily-wongs-cinematic-paintings-are-filled-with-suspense-and-nostalgia/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:22:02 +0000 https://lotusandrose.com/lily-wongs-cinematic-paintings-are-filled-with-suspense-and-nostalgia/ Art harley wong Lily Wang, Threshold2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ. On the walls of Lily Wong’s Brooklyn studio are pasted black and white reproductions of Martin Wong My Secret World, 1978-1981 (1984); a Betye Saar phrenology assemblage; and performance photos of Patty Chang Fountain (1999) inked on printer paper. These far-reaching references […]]]>

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Lily Wang, Threshold2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ.

On the walls of Lily Wong’s Brooklyn studio are pasted black and white reproductions of Martin Wong My Secret World, 1978-1981 (1984); a Betye Saar phrenology assemblage; and performance photos of Patty Chang Fountain (1999) inked on printer paper. These far-reaching references share in common a sense of mirroring or doubling of subject matter, which is also found in Wong’s more recent works.

In his first solo exhibition in Europe, “The Beginning Place”, presented until June 18 at Galerie LJ in Paris, figures grow a second head or appear twice in the same work, conveying a feeling of movement like planes sequences of a film strip superimposed on each other. In this latest body of work, Wong ventures away from his previous scenes of solitude rendered in limited color palettes and delves into cinematic compositions, collapsing time in vividly colored acrylics on paper.

Lily Wang, Soft cut2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ.

Lily Wang, grand delusion2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ.

Originally trained as a printmaker, Wong earned an MFA from Hunter College in 2020. That same year, she had her first solo exhibition, “Built for Love,” at Kapp Kapp in New York. The show featured Wong’s black-and-white works featuring bulbous women wearing pigtails and braided ponytails, or buns. Although Wong introduced color into his paintings, the flesh of his figures is always carefully rendered through thin, curved lines.

Wong painted her new works at a time when she was particularly interested in Hong Kong films, such as A moment of romance (1990) directed by Benny Chan and the work of filmmaker Fruit Chan. The suspense and longing for these films seeped into his paintings. In Soft cut (2022), a woman uses a glowing blade to cut a rope hanging from an unknown source, while another character turns in anticipation of what is to come. Elsewhere in A moment of romance (2022), a trio looks in different directions at something out of frame; look closely and you can see the reflections of distant galaxies in their eyes.

Lily Wang, A moment of romance2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ.

“I started looking at the cinematography a lot more, the way off-screen color and lighting is used as a narrative tool,” Wong said in an interview with Artsy. Whereas in his past works Wong often emphasized one or two particular colors that seemed most relevant to his subject matter, in “The Beginning Place” various contrasting colors share equal prominence and importance.

When reviewing lunar mythologies for her 2021 two-man show “Lunations” with Ian Faden at Harper’s in New York, Wong turned to shades of blue and green. Meanwhile, yellow dominated the space in his 2021 solo exhibition “I Wasn’t There” at Kapp Kapp in Philadelphia. “I feel like I’m symbolically using yellow as this racially charged color,” Wong recalled. “I wasn’t trying to reclaim the yellow, maybe re-contextualize it or re-examine it.”

Two paintings from “I Wasn’t There” appear to be set in the Wild West. In The sun does not set (2020), a yellow woman wearing only one cowboy boot sticks her head and foot out from behind a wooden saloon door. Wong speaks more openly about the history of the Chinese people in the United States in Contact (2021). In the sun-drenched scene, a yellow woman wearing a cowboy hat is leaning against a bundled bag. In his hand is a gold coin engraved with a silhouette of a bird parallel to the flock flying across the picture plane, alluding to the migration of Chinese miners during the California Gold Rush in mid 1800s. A woman’s feet rest on railroad tracks, a reminder of the thousands of Chinese workers killed building the first continental railroad and the countless others exploited in the process.

Yellow skin first appeared in Wong’s work in 2017. An untitled work from this period depicts two women facing each other, their purple complexions resembling bruises. On top is superimposed a line of four smaller yellow women who pull the long braided ponytails from each other; two of them drop their hats which look like Qing Dynasty headgear. The yellow woman in the front carries scissors and cuts off the end of the purple woman’s braided ponytail. The scene engages in 19th century anti-Chinese propaganda iconography, such as Louis Dalrymple’s 1989 drawing of a woman acting as an allegory of civilization cutting a Chinese man’s queue; or 1869 by Thomas Nash drawing of a Californian wielding a whip while shooting the queue of a fleeing Chinese.

Lily Wang, Passage2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ.

Although a few characters in Wong’s later work wear their hair in braided ponytails and pigtails, it is a braided rope that is cut into Soft cut and pulled in Passage (2022). If the motif is supposed to evoke the tugging of queues like a rope – as shown by Otto Bettmann around 1880 political cartoon of the lynching of a Chinese with his queue – this remains ambiguous in Wong’s works. “I realized that I was less interested in the historical unfolding of events and more interested in the emotional legacy that permeates our culture,” Wong said. “There is always this lingering desire. It’s something we live with and inherit from our families. The history of racialized violence is visually absent in “The Beginning Place”. Instead, there’s an atmosphere of nostalgia for people, places, or ideas just out of reach.

Say something (2022) depicts a woman reaching out to a figure separated by space, perhaps her own reflection in a mirror or someone in a window. Wong’s use of color in the tightly cropped scene emphasizes the woman’s expression of desire, reminiscent of the moody lighting masterfully managed by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. “I have a strong sense of nostalgia when I watch these movies and it’s largely my own personal projection. I have this deep curiosity about this place, but the [phases in time] in which I am curious that I no longer exist,” said Wong, whose father grew up in Hong Kong under British rule. “I feel like my roots are in this city that I really don’t know anything about.”

Lily Wang, Say something2022. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie LJ.

She refers to the changes Hong Kong has undergone over the past decades with the realization that the way her father experienced the city and the environment that films captured are no longer the same today. This desire for something both intangible and ephemeral is felt in the way Wong’s figures gaze into the distance, a space outside the picture plane that remains unknowable to the viewer.

While Wong’s paintings in 2020 were filled with ominous shadows and spotlights, as seen in Prowlers, I was not thereand Diligence—“The Beginning Place” finds solace in transitional moments. “The anguish [of the earlier works] was born out of that desire to satiate nostalgia or solve that missing piece in life,” Wong said. “With work right now, it’s more about creating space for that feeling. It’s not meant to be resolved.

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Harley Wong is Artsy’s Production Editor.

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