A review of Nadia Gohar’s solo exhibition, curated by Minh Nguyen at Soil Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA. Written by GalleryGirl (Lizzy Vartanian Collier). The exhibition explored historical memory, migration and sociality as a survival response through an immersive installation that centred around a fountain.
Join Cinema Akil and Banat Collective for a panel discussion following the screening of DREAM, GIRL, a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. The panel brings together three female entrepreneurs from the UAE, moderated by Banat Collective founder Sara Bin Safwan, to discusses the challenges and triumphs of being a female entrepreneur in the Middle East.
Panelists: Priya Bhatia – Hautletic; Lujain Abulfaraj – Twothirds Design & WTD Magazine; Darah Ghanem – Follow the Halo; The panel is curated and moderated by Sara Bin Safwan – Banat Collective
About Banat Collective
Banat collective is a creative community made in response to the lack of artist spaces and discussions about womanhood in the Middle East and North Africa region. However, we aim to be inclusive of all nationalities and genders to promote peace and balance within our community. Our platform aims to support creatives seeking to produce, collaborate and share their work with the world.
In a time where constant media misrepresentation is in our news feeds, the collective seeks to rethink the ways which we perceive women of color through showcasing contemporary art, poetry and writings through online content, print, exhibition-making, and events. We believe that art is the most ideal and useful tool to spread awareness that goes beyond geographical borders.
Discussions of intersectionality, feminism, gender and identity politics from a ‘middle-eastern’ perspective is becoming increasingly relevant and important. Banat collective offers a space for discussion and creation and to address these questions and issues that course through our everyday lives. www.banatcollective.com // Twitter - @banatcollective // Instagram - @banatcollective
Banat Collective interviews Yasmine, a multi-talented Lebanese-Saudi creative who was raised between Montreal, Beirut and Dubai. She is now based in Canada, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law. In between academic pursuits, she takes candid photographs with her cameras and enjoys exploring music from all around the world.
Banat Collective interviews Sarra’a Abdulaziz an Emirati artist and filmmaker who explores difficult topics such as sexual harassment, mental health and the plight of women in the Arab world. “We hear about victims of rape and sexual harassment everyday, but then we must remember that they don’t appear and disappear like a media trend, they’re still out there navigating life and following their dreams.”
Speakers: Rawa Majdi, Co-Founder and President of Kuwait Poets Society, Sara Bin Safwan, Founder of Banat Collective and Sarah Ahmed, Founder of Jaffat El Aqlam, moderated by Raneen Bukhari, Curator, Desert Design, Founder of Loudart and Hunart
Abu Dhabi Art presents Creative Platforms in the GCC, "Bridging the Gap: Collectives & Creative Platforms in the GCC. Featuring Rawa Majdi, Co-Founder and President of Kuwait Poets Society, Sara Bin Safwan, Founder of Banat Collective and Sarah Ahmed, Founder of Jaffat El Aqlam, moderated by Raneen Bukhari, Curator, Desert Design, Founder of Loudart and Hunart.