The first publication covering the practice of Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan, examining a large body of his work over the course of his career. Abbas Akhavan's practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an on-going area of research in Abbas' work. More recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces just outside the home, the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.
The artistic style of Abderrahim Yamou was born at the end of the 1980's in the textural abstract movement using Moroccan earth as a medium, and was gradually consolidated over following decades. His paintings show disquieting vegetal images, followed by cosmic visions and figurations of the microcellular world. In the garden it has created, Yamou's painting has become established as among the most unusual styles in the world of art today.
A descendant of the most ancient population of the banks of the Nile, Adam Henein has every right to lay claim to the heritage of pharaonic Egypt. The fact that he is a repository of this legacy in no way impairs the modernity of his artistic expression and the freedom in the choice of his themes, which mix noble subjects with familiar ones. But this freedom, which is that of an accomplished artist, is also a reference to the past. Beneath the deliberate simplicity of the lines lies ancient Egypt, which he translates with the same elegance and same force, whether the images are of pharaohs or of everyday objects; it can also be found under the density of the materials chosengranite, bronze, sandstone, plaster, slate or woodgiving the most massive forms the lightness of a bird.
Traditional African crafts including household objects, weapons and jewellry are presented in such a way that will appeal to designers and decorators and to craft hobbyists who have interest in African traditions and cultures.
A stunning exhibition catalogue showing the splendours of one of the greatest rulers of the world, India's emperor Akbar (1542-1605) Akbar The Great is considered one of the most splendid sovereigns of the humankind. Though being himself an illiterate, he was a great protector of poetry and literature, the builder of the grandiose capital Fathepur Sikri, the City of Victory, and the promoter of a new style in arts and crafts. His deep religious tolerance even brought him to attempt the creation of a syncretistic religion bringing together Islam and Hinduism. The catalogue illustrates all these aspects, covering the court life with portraits and pictures of the political activities and cultural events; describing the development of arts and crafts through paintings and objects; showing the military glory through arms, armours, matchlocks, daggers as well as the Royal Mughal tent; enhancing the splendours through jewel boxes, turban ornaments, earrings, necklaces, etc. The aim of the project also is to stress Akbar's cultural as well as political achievements, and his profound religious spirit and open mind towards all religions he came in contact with.