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.
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
“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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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