Gulf Colloquy Compendium

Gulf Colloquy Compendium

Next week Global Art Forum _ 6 begins @ Mathaf Modern in Doha and moves on to Art Dubai … in Dubai.  I’ll be in attendance…via the holodeck presenting my short dictionary of Gulfisms while an allstar crew of some of my favorite humans including Yasmine El Rashidi, Michael C Vazquez, Alexander Provan, Sukdev Sandhu, … Continue reading



Today’s blog is an act of shamefaced self promotion. Parlour is screening Qatari-American artist Sophia Al-Maria‘s video work, Scifi Wahabi, at Snake Pit this Wednesday 7th March. Come join us at 6.30pm for a 7 o’clock start at Snake Pit, 33 High St. Auckland PARLOURGROUP is followable behind the blue letters. SNAKEPIT behind these.


Live Fast, Die Young – It’s a Free Internet

Romain Gavras’ new video for MIA’s “Bad Girls” really ‘steams up my windowscreen’. I mean it is hot. ‘Hot’ used here in the ‘let’s go do some crimes‘ … sense. I’ma come off like a real trite asshole dear internets, especially with the real revolutions raging all around us… but I just need to get … Continue reading

Turkan Soray

Türkan “The Sinema Sultan” Şoray

Even though She Lives, Türkan Şoray is a kind of picture-ghost. She endures in the memory banks of the internet, ripened to a bright 480×360 pixels. Here fans who have spent 30 years lovelorn over the “Sultan” of Turksih pop Sinema now post videos in dedication to her.  The faces of Turkan’s lovers are often … Continue reading

Picture 3

What Habbens in Lenden…

My video for ma muse Fatima Al-Qadiri’s Genre Specific X-Perience album came out a few weeks ago and I forgot to post it. Pitchfork, Fader and a truck of others featured it and it was Tumbled to its high water mark closing in at around 14,000 views on the Youtube since then. Some info on … Continue reading

The city of grand delusion + the "king of vain"

Burj Olympus

  Last week I went to see Mission Impossible 4 : Ghost Protocol for one reason – Dubai on film – that’s all, I swear. Despite the fact that the Emiratis milling around in the background of the film reminded me of the transparently rendered ‘locals’ in an architectural fly through, I fell for all its Franchise … Continue reading

Liz Memoir

These Memoirs Won’t Dictate Themselves

“Has it ever occured to you that all life is memory, so fast you can hardly catch it?” -Sissy Goforth In celebration of finishing my book (a year late and eight thousand miles from where I started), I want to share some glamorous images of another, far more interesting woman writing her memoir.  I have a … Continue reading

Vanessa Hodgekinson's The Origin of the World

F*cked-Up Re-Appropriation

Fucked-Up Re-Appropriation or In Defense of Vanessa Hodgkinson by Sophia (Mohamed) Al-Maria Orientalism is a bad word. Its offensiveness is gauged not only by inflection but by whose mouth it comes out of. If you are white and you are dealing in the iconography of odalisques and arabesques you will be given a wide berth … Continue reading


Wimples, Hijab & Other Arbitrarily Drawn Connections Between That History and This Future

I found this ‘Muslem Article’ in a Chinese dollar store and had to share the sloe-eyed fancy with you all. Has anyone else has noticed how hijabs these days are looking more and more like wimples? The fashion originated with Gulfie shalas which I am convinced descend directly from the medieval nunnery. As if you … Continue reading

Maman Doha

One Big @#% Ankaboot

Maman, Papa and I Last month Qatar Museums Authority unveiled the newest public art work to be obtained for Doha – one big #@% spider! It is one of Louise Bourgeois’ famous “Maman”s. When QMA requested I write the catalogue essay, I was hesitant. After all, everyone and their er-maman has something to write about … Continue reading

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