One day, while still living in Qatar, I visited a very dear Brazilian friend, also expat in Doha. Upon entering her home, the sweetness of the “MPB”, Música Popular Brasileira came to hug me, reminding me with nostalgia that I had left Brazil for nearly three years already… I plunged back into the greatest Brazilian … More 3 Brazilian songs I’ll never get tired of
I started reading Saramago about two years ago. Of course, as a French Portuguese, his name was not totally unknown to me. The first book I bought from him is his collection of columns entitled A bagagem do viajante, that could be translated by The traveller’s trunk. This title obviously caught my attention. To the … More On my way back from Portugal
This article was originally published in French, on the 29th December 2018. At that time, Brazil had just elected its new president: the conservative Jair Bolsonaro. Considering the political position of the 38th President of the country, I wanted then to know more about how contemporary artists were feeling about their future within this new … More Presidential elections in Brazil: Which future for Brazilian Contemporary Art?
Graduation, early career and moves here and there made that my friend Atéka and I had not seen each other since our student years in Paris. It is on the occasion of a stay in Istanbul that we have been able to meet again and remake the world over a kahvalti. Given that I was … More I discovered Farîd-Ud-Dîn ‘Attar
There is never enough talk about the women traveller’s way to dress. Or at the contrary, yes, there is. Maybe even way too much because to tell the truth, when you are a woman, you are only talked about the way you are dressed. When you wear a covering suit, you are criticized for not … More My abaya & I
I discovered Sarah Al Agroobi’s work a few months ago at the Versus Group Exhibition, a famous art gallery in Istanbul. As you probably already guessed, for some time now, following my experience in the Gulf countries, I am interested in Arabic artists and the way they question the mutations of the world we live … More Between West & East: Sarah Al Agroobi, the experience of a cosmopolitan life
I arrived in Qatar in November 2017 in a relatively complex geopolitical context since the country had just been embargoed by the neighbouring kingdoms. If the fear of the food shortage seemed to be definitively far behind, Qatari identity appeared everytime stronger as a result of this exclusion feeling. Ghada Al Khater, a Qatari artist … More An involved ARToonist: Ghada Al Kather
Fatima Mohammed is a contemporary Qatari artist I met in Doha, a few months ago. At that time, I was working for a French media and was in charge of weekly chronicles about cultural & artistic news in Doha. I met her during a meeting organised to showcase the artists in residence at the DOHA … More In private with Fatima Mohammed