Τετάρτη, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2007

last days in Dubai

The film festival is over! Masoud and Simon announced the projects for next year Competition Asia Africa We went to see the opening of the group exhibition Life Drawing approaches to figurative practices at the Third Line gallery http://www.thethirdline.com/ It took a while to find it cause the taxi driver didnt realy know the area but it was worth it .Hayv Kahraman an Iraqi who lives in Sweden was my favouritre work from what I saw..all hermpaintings are doing a strong statement with a great aesthetic technique.I also loved her matriochkas! I am posting some reflections on that on my other blog http://alwaysthesea.blogspot.com/ Later on came Adel Khozam and Samuel Shimon an Iraqi who lives in London who publishes with his wife Margaret the very interesting magazine Banipal http://www.banipal.co.uk/ now celebrating its 10th year.I read very good poetry in this magazine including Adel's.In the picture Adel and Samuel at the third line in an engaged conversation. The next day we met again with another group of writers who have published an anthology of UAE writers in French ! I long to read and i will try to publish it in Greece.We had a chance to discuss about contemporary Arab litterature we shared stories of exile home language and country and we asked a girl to make a group picture..Later on Adel's friend Mohammed Kazem came and the conversation switched into visual arts too

Margaret von Trotta participated in this year's DIFF jury The picture is from the closing party in the desert.And me with the help of Hannah discovered the beauty of the local dress and went thus to the dinner offered generously by the very good greek restaurant Elia,situated at the HC floor of the Majestic Hotel Chef is Mr Baxevanis. Thanks for an excellent dinner!Mario gave an extensive interview to Alexander Lizardos who attended this year's Diff on behalf of Greek Tv

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