A Journey Into The World Of Nigerian Art

The history of Nigerian art is fascinating. The dawn of the 15th century saw an explosion in the art scene. That century saw the death of Iyoba Idia (Queen Mother of Oba Esigie) which occasioned the carving of the famous figurine. The figurine became popular and placed the Benin Kingdom into the world of arts. Other ancient civilizations also came forth with their different art forms which included but not limited to painting, carving, sculpture, and poetry. Continue reading A Journey Into The World Of Nigerian Art

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French Demand for Syrian Soap Keeps an Ancient Art Alive

Samir Constantini would have been born in France, but his Syrian mother insisted on traveling back home to Damascus just to give birth.

Even though Constantini grew up in France, he never lost his affinity for his parents’ culture, including a love for an ancient household staple — Aleppo soap. Continue reading French Demand for Syrian Soap Keeps an Ancient Art Alive

Travelers Arriving in the Netherlands Will Once Again be Treated to the Sight of Great Dutch Artworks

Travelers arriving in the Netherlands will once again be treated to the sight of great Dutch artworks when they come to pick up their suitcase at the baggage reclaim. Both carousel 10 in Baggage Hall 2 and carousel 16 in Baggage Hall 3 have been adorned with Rijksmuseum art. Continue reading Travelers Arriving in the Netherlands Will Once Again be Treated to the Sight of Great Dutch Artworks

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist Laura Durban Brings Her Magic to Iceland

It’s just another grey morning in Reykjavik and one cannot help feeling a little low, maybe even anxious. It is an emotion that, along with the feeling of sadness or pain, we humans often try to reject. Feeling happy is seen as being the norm. But how can light exist without creating shadow? Continue reading Multidisciplinary Visual Artist Laura Durban Brings Her Magic to Iceland

In Syria’s Yarmuk, Artists Paint Amid the Ruins

Not far from his destroyed home in Syria’s Yarmuk camp for Palestinian refugees, 21-year-old Abdallah Al-Harith dabs bright red paint onto a canvas standing amid the grey ruins.

Last week, he was among 12 young artists to set up their easels in the once-crowded camp turned Damascus suburb, now largely abandoned after seven years of civil war. Continue reading In Syria’s Yarmuk, Artists Paint Amid the Ruins

Giving Form to the Stories of Syrian Refugee Children

Syrian-American artist Essma Imady is hopping from one major Minnesota art museum to another this year, closing up an incredible exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) in June and curating a one-day exhibition and event at the Walker Art Center this month. Continue reading Giving Form to the Stories of Syrian Refugee Children

Changing the Narrative on Ethiopia, One Photo at a Time

When you look at Aida Muluneh’s work, it’s clear where her passion lies: Ethiopia. The photographer has been telling the story of Ethiopia long before it started trending this year. The country has undergone tremendous change in 2018, most of which stems from the election of its new 41-year-old Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, one of the most progressive leaders in the country’s history.

Continue reading Changing the Narrative on Ethiopia, One Photo at a Time