Visual Art

Syria: The drums of war

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Syria: The drums of war

As Syria becomes more and more prominent on the world stage, a look at contemporary art in the country provides a fascinating glimpse of the conflict as experience by Syrians themselves and constructs an important counter-narrative to that being told by the West.

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Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning art scene

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Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning art scene

Perhaps better known for its oil exports and its ruling oligarchy, Saudi Arabia is currently experiencing an unprecedented boost to its arts scene. Sarah Zakzouk investigates by taking a trip to Athr Gallery in the Kingdom's artistic hub of Jeddah..

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Zamaaan: Capturing the past

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Zamaaan: Capturing the past

Online crowdsourcing project Zamaaan has accumulated over 400 images of personal and poignant moments from the Middle East's history in the few months since its inception in January 2013. Founder Fatima explains more about this original testament to the rich and varied history of the Arab world.

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“A woman is a sponge…”

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“A woman is a sponge…”

Palestinian organisation Shashat is helping change the image of female filmmakers in the Occupied Territories for good, says Lena Odgaard.

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Khaled El Nabawy: The Strength Within

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Khaled El Nabawy: The Strength Within

Egyptian actor Khaled El Nabawy is beginning to make waves on the international screen. Nina E. Rothe catches up with him at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival to find out more about this enigmatic and charming man.

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