A friend told me that famous street 3D illusion painters Julian Beever and Planet Street Painting group have made stunning floor 3D graffiti’s at the Avenues and Marina Mall. Beever is currently working on a 3D floor graffiti at the Avenues close by Starbucks cafe, I think VIVA brought him.
I read on Kuwait Times that officials from the ministry has shutdown the art gallery expo organized by popular Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin on the first day of launching, the officials justified the ban by stating that the displayed galleries were indecent.
“Amin said officials focused on two of her 16 works – a painting of a woman in a mini-dress sitting on a man’s lap entitled “My Mistress and Family” and a picture showing three men playing cards and drinking “grape juice” from a bottle which suggested contraband alcohol.”
What’s more interesting is how she reacted with the ban by stating that she’s now more determined than ever and that she would keep on producing art that challenges local perceptions.
Do you think we have strict censorship in Kuwait bearing in mind that we have achieved a good rank in press freedom? I came across this BBC report stating that Kuwait has one of the strictest censorship policies in the region especially with regards to western music records, the report also reveals the reason behind shutting down Virgin Megastore where they say that half of the music records were blocked by censors which eventually led to financial losses for the store.
The strange thing here is that music industry in Kuwait is very active, the report also states that many music concerts are either cancelled or censored. The same problem also occurs with books and publishers.
I paid a little visit to the Mawaheb expo at the Avenues mall and I liked what I saw, there were a variety of young talents (artists, musicians, inventors, photographers, designers..etc) showcasing their creative work.
As I understood this expo is organized by Sabah Al Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creative (SACGC), this center was created last year, I think, to support gifted individuals.
Some of the talents that I really liked were the painting, computer animation and graphics designing, cartoons and caricature, and the knitting.
The expo will extend for another two days and there are over 20 talents, pay it a visit I promise you won’t regret.
While browsing my photos album, I found these nice sunset photos that I took during my flight to Manchester City so I can use them as screen wallpaper, the plane was at 39,000 feet (11,700m) high and you can see the tiny clouds. Below are the full sized photos if you like to use them.
I saw RedBull booth at the Avenues Mall, they were displaying cool art works made from RedBull empty cans, I asked them about the event and they said they will organize a competition in Kuwait on December at 360 Mall.
I’m a mission to encourage recycling concept in Kuwait by all means.
They say they will select three winners, and they will get a special artistic prize in addition to fame and honour. I liked the idea because it promotes recycling rather than just wasting !
I was leafing through a local magazine this morning and my attention was attracted to a little artist Hamed Al-Refaei, who even at the tender age of 8 creates vibrant canvases which carry the innocence, yet also shows a profound talent.
I looked him on Facebook and managed to find his little cute fan page, he displayed many nice galleries from his works. Isn’t it great to see that we have such creative talents at very young age ? I wish there’s a national program that keeps an eye for all unique talents in Kuwait.