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NEVER A WORD

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Sylvia Smith with photography by Richard Duebel Dubai brings together creative people from all over the world presenting them with opportunities that they wouldn’t have in more established markets. It’s a chance to blend cultures and often the result is … Continue reading

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London 1:54

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Sylvia Smith After its fifth year in London the world’s leading contemporary African art fair, 1:54, will go on show in Africa with its first edition in Marrakech between 24 and 25 February, 2018 at La Mamounia, a hotel with … Continue reading

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A Lasting Legacy for Yves St. Laurent in Morocco

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Sylvia Smith   Almost a decade has passed since the untimely death of Algerian-born, French couturier Yves St. Laurent whose ashes are buried in the Jardin Majorelle, the garden that he created next to his house in Marrakesh. A new … Continue reading

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Sword making in Bahrain

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Sylvia Smith Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated … Continue reading

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PAINTING BY NUMBERS

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Sylvia Smith In tune with the movement towards giving exhibitions numbers as titles (21.39 Jeddah’s co-ordinates and title of the annual contemporary art show, and the London-based  contemporary African art fair 1:54, denoting the number of countries on the continent),  … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Success

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  Sylvia Smith The craft of perfumery is an essential part of Muslim culture. Arabian perfumes were refined and revered even as early as the early 16th century. In Shakespeare’s MacBeth written in 1606 Lady MacBeth cries out, “All the … Continue reading

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A is for Architecture

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Sylvia Smith One of the world’s most prestigious architectural prizes is being presented in a late 19th century fort in the United Arab Emirates. But far from suggesting that Islamic architecture is a nostalgic journey into a fabled Arabian Nights … Continue reading

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Leighton in the Limelight

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Mosaic Video Arts Sylvia Smith: This year marks 120 years since the death of Frederick, Lord Leighton, perhaps best remembered for his remarkable house in Kensington, near Holland Park. This personal, architectural tribute to Middle Eastern art and decorative crafts … Continue reading

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Coming up for Air

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Sylvia Smith The British Museum has a knack for displaying forgotten treasures, but its current, atmospheric exhibition, devoted to the underwater cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, goes one step further. The six-month show takes visitors on a semi-immersive journey to … Continue reading

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