Now and ThenBy Sara Elkamel, 21, from EgyptThe artist on her work.
‘It represents a state of limbo, being caught up somewhere between the present and the past, but unable to look forwards to a future. The figure stands still in the piece, while the surroundings strive to move. The message is that you have a choice, to stop being paralysed by the past and start visualising a future. The painting depicts the way women are stuck between the traditional roles of the past and their undefined realities. I used images and text from foreign magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan and added my own Arab perspective.’What is the most widely held misconception about Arab culture?
‘That Muslims are extremists and terrorists. But I don’t think that’s the only, or the most threatening, misconception.’The lowdownExhibition:
‘Raising the Stereotype’ at The Ara Gallery
, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 454 2781) until October 29.Artists:
Imann Aldakheel, Laudi Abilama, Malak ElShazly, Mona F Al Gurg & Wendy W Fok, Mona Al Qahtani, Sara Elkamel, Sarah Ayoub Agha, Soraya Darwish.From:
Across the region. Price range:
Dhs4,500 to Dhs20,000.