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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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