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Gallery Girl

By Lizzy
The Gallery Girl Podcast is dedicated to highlighting female artists, curators, practitioners and collectives who champion art with roots in West Asia and North Africa
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Gallery Girl X Hunna: Meet Aysha Almoayyed
Welcome to a special episode of the Gallery Girl podcast in partnership with Hunna, a contemporary art gallery representing women artists from the Arabian Peninsula. In this episode, my guest is Aysha Almoayyed, a multi-disciplinary artist from Bahrain, who lives and works in Paris.
29:15
May 12, 2021
Gallery Girl X Hunna: Meet Aidha Badr
This episode is in partnership with Hunna, a Contemporary art gallery representing women artists from the Arabian Peninsula. In this episode, my guest is Aidha Badr, an artist from Brooklyn, NY who formally trained as a portrait painter. She is currently living and working between Cyprus and Istanbul and has recently begun exploring a more honest style of painting that she feels truly reflects her subjects' desires, memories, and allure, and we’re super excited to have her!
21:38
April 28, 2021
Gallery Girl Meets Alymamah Rashed
Today my guest is Alymamah Rashed, a Kuwaiti visual artist who investigates the discourse of her own body as a Muslima Cyborg, fluctuating between the east and the west. The Muslima Cyborg rests in a liminal spectacle that compartmentalizes the collective tangibility of the mind, the body, and the ornament.
29:60
March 3, 2021
Gallery Girl Meets Yasmine Nasser Diaz
Today my guest is Yasmine Nasser Diaz, a Yemeni-American multidisciplinary artist whose practice navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity.
30:41
February 17, 2021
Gallery Girl Meets Maryam Yousif
Today on the Gallery Girl podcast my guest is Maryam Yousif, a San Francisco based artist working in ceramics, painting and installation, whose work has been a means of processing diasporic shifts of cultural aesthetics
21:55
February 3, 2021
Gallery Girl Meets Armenian Women Artists
Today on the Gallery Girl podcast my guest is Cassandra Tavukciyan founder of Armenian Women Artists, an Instagram account documenting and presenting Armenian women artists, both in Armenia and in diaspora communities.
21:52
January 20, 2021
Gallery Girl Meets Reem Al Jeally
Today my guest is Reem Al Jeally, an architect, designer and visual artist based in Khartoum, whose work comments on social change, women’s issues in Sudan and her own life experiences.
18:23
January 6, 2021
Gallery Girl Meets Sahaba
On this episode of the Gallery Girl Podcast, I’m joined by Wejdan Reda, a Saudi contemporary art curator and the founder of Sahaba; a consultancy agency and research hub in Jeddah dedicated to serve the art community through providing specialised services to artists, galleries and institutions.
29:06
November 25, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Saria Sakka
Today on the Gallery Girl podcast I am joined by Saria Sakka, a Lebanese art professional who seeks to preserve, promote and celebrate Lebanese and Levantine arts and crafts. She is the curator of an auction that has just gone live with Auc.Art called Beirut Never Dies and is also the founder of The Good Shop.
21:48
November 18, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Zahra Marwan
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast, we’re joined by Zahra Marwan, a Kuwaiti artist who grew up between two very different desserts: Kuwait and New Mexico.
17:35
November 11, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Nada Elkalaawy
In this episode of the  podcast my guest is Nada Elkalaawy, an Egyptian visual artist whose personal history is her primary work material dealing with loss, traces of memories and fiction.
33:54
October 28, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Hana Shahnavaz
Today my guest is Hana Shahnavaz, a British-Iranian painter inspired by Persian art, who makes paint from the earth, minerals plants and gold, celebrating the natural world.
25:17
October 14, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Maral Matig
In this episode of the podcast I am joined by Armenian artist Maral Matig, who is based in Montreal, Canada. Her paintings explore existentialism, duality and what it means to be a diasporan Armenian living outside the homeland. All of her subjects share traditional Middle Eastern features in some form or another and each tell their own story, often mirroring her own feelings and experiences.
21:52
October 7, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Tamara Al Mashouk
In this episode we are joined by Tamara Al-Mashouk, a London-based artist and curator. Through multi-channel video, performance, and architectural installation, her work explores the epigenetics of place and the movement of people across societal and geographic borders with particular focus on the intersectional body. She engages with decolonial feminisms and explores resistance as a site of potential.
33:29
September 23, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Bayan Dahdah
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast my guest is Bayan Dahdah, an artist based between Doha and Amman. Bayan is the creator of a gorgeous digital scrapbook as well as an artist’s stool called the sarj seat.
18:02
September 16, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Ghadah Al Kandari
On this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast I am joined by Ghadah Alkandari, an artist living and working in Kuwait. Her work includes paintings in acrylics as well as intimate pen and ink drawings, and you may also know her from her blog Pretty Green Bullet.
27:44
September 10, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Diaspora In Bloom
Today my guest is Akadina Yadegar, who together with Nardin Sarkis co-founded Diaspora In Bloom, a group exhibition showcasing emerging contemporary Assyrian artists.
15:51
September 2, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Varduhi Kirakosyan
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we speak to Varduhi Kirakosyan, a researcher in Armenian embroidery. She is also an assistant curator at HAYP Pop Up Gallery and IN SITU art agency.
20:56
August 19, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Tewa Barnosa
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we are joined by Tewa Barnosa, a Libyan Tamazight artivist based in Berlin. She is also the founder and curator of Waraq Art Foundation, a foundation that aims to support the Libyan art scene locally and in diaspora through encouraging socio-critical dialogue between artists and audiences.
36:51
August 14, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Moza Al Matrooshi
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we are joined by Moza Al Matrooshi, an artist based in Sharjah whose work consists of cooking, storytelling and summoning higher powers.
40:10
July 29, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Nadine Editions
In this episode our guest is Nadine Nour El Din, an artist and cultural practitioner. She is also the founder of Nadine Editions, a series of art activity books focusing on artists from the MENA region for children and adults of all ages.
22:02
July 22, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Inti Bint And Shaima Al Tamimi
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we are joined by Inti Bint and Shaima Al Tamimi, both Yemeni artists based in diaspora. We speak about their artwork, as well as their initiative Prints For Yemen, raising money for Yemen Aid with Al Yamaniah.
30:52
July 14, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets The Hakawati Project
In this episode of the Gallery Girl Podcast we are joined by Sona Tatoyan, a first generation Syrian-Armenian-American storyteller, actor, producer and founder of The Hakawati Project. The Hakawati Project is an initiative that works with communities on the front-lines of suffering and change, providing innovative human transformation through creative labs in film.
23:57
July 8, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Artmejo
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we chat with Hind Joucka, founder of artmejo and Sama Shahrouri, editor of artmejournal. artmejo is an online platform based in Jordan, that champions art and culture from the Arab world.
29:05
July 1, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Mid East Art
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast, we speak to Suzy Sikorski, founder of Mid East Art, an online platform that acts as both an art historical archive and periodical featuring a comprehensive coverage of interviews and exhibition reviews of artists from the Middle East.
35:25
June 24, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Lena Kassicieh
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we speak to Lena Kassicieh, a Palestinian-American artist and cultural practitioner currently based in Dubai. Lena is also co-founder of Daftar Asfar, a travelling sketchbook built on the spirit of collaboration. We speak about Lena's background, her own art and what she's been up to in quarantine. 
30:23
June 17, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Young Shubbak
In this episode I am joined by Sarah Hamed, Malak Khalil, Mana Merikhy and Laila Staubmann, who are all members of Young Shubbak, an initiative by London’s Middle East focused Shubbak Festival. Gallery Girl spoke to the Young Shubbak team about how the group came together, their recent projects and what they’re up to in quarantine.
28:38
June 10, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Emergeast
In this episode of the podcast, we speak to Nikki Meftah and Dima Abdul Kader of Emergeast, the Middle East's first online gallery. We speak about how they founded their business, working with emerging artists and the future of the digital art world. 
24:22
May 27, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Thana Faroq
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we speak with Thana Faroq, a Yemeni documentary photographer and storyteller based in the Netherlands.
30:29
May 20, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Joanna Barakat
In this episode we are joined by Joanna Barakat, an artist, embroiderer and founder of The Tatreez Circle, a platform promoting and preserving the art of Palestinian embroidery. We discuss the tradition and symbolism of Palestinian embroidery, how she created the Tatreez Circle and incorporating embroidery into her paintings.
29:08
May 13, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Banat Collective
In this episode Gallery Girl speaks to Sara bin Safwan and Sarah Al Agroobi, curators of Banat Collective, an independent platform for showcasing and discussing womanhood & intersectionality in the Middle East and North Africa. Amongst many topics, we discuss how the platform was founded, the art scene in the UAE and their upcoming exhibition The Mystical Woman. 
27:07
May 6, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Anna Kamay
In this episode we speak to Anna Kamay a Yerevan-based curator and writer. She is also the founder of Artsakh Fest and arts initiative Juggling Dinosaurs.  We discuss how she created the first ever international contemporary art festival in Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno Karabakh (also known as Artsakh), navigating the art world as a mother, and the post-corona art space.
55:14
April 29, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Habibi Collective
In this episode of the Gallery Girl podcast we speak to Roisin Tapponi, founder of Habibi Collective, a platform that celebrates films made by women from, in and around the Middle East and North Africa. We talk about why she started Habibi Collective, creating a community through film and the move from the digital to an IRL space.
28:18
April 22, 2020
Gallery Girl Meets Middle East Archive Project
In this episode Gallery Girl speaks to Darah Ghanem, a Palestinian photographer, journalist, producer and multi-disciplinary artist. She is also the founder of Middle East Archive Project, a digital platform that crowd-sources family archives from the Middle East and North Africa.  We talk about the sentiment around family photographs, democratising archives and privilege surrounding photography. Episode artwork credit: "My grandparents Ziza and Hani during their wedding ceremony in Cairo, summer of 1969" - Submitted by Lara Nour to Middle East Archive Project
39:30
April 14, 2020