E-Issues Info — Contributors
In alphabetical order:
Zeina Abedarbo, DXB
Zeina Abedarbo is based in Dubai and currently works at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. She studied at Central Saint Martins and has an Art History degree from the University of Brighton. She is interested in the role of contemporary practice and film making at the intersection of aesthetics and cultural anthropology.
Larayb Abrar, DXB
Larayb Abrar is an arts journalist, cultural critic, and hip-hop fan based in Abu Dhabi. She graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a major in Literature and Creative Writing, and minors in Social Research and Public Policy and French Language.
Sarah Afaneh, DXB
Sarah Afaneh is a UAE-based artist and writer who recently participated in “After the Beep” at Satellite, Alserkal Avenue.
Farah Fawzi Ali, DXB
Farah Fawzi Ali is a Filipina-Egyptian researcher and writer based in the United Arab Emirates with a B.A. in Political Science from The American University in Cairo. She is a member of the third iteration of The Assembly at Jameel Arts Centre.
Nada Ammagui, AUH/DCA
Nada Ammagui is a Research Associate (politics, society, and culture) at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington D.C. and currently a first-year MA student in Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Christian Barberena, LAX
Christian Barberena is a stylist based in Los Angeles. His past experience includes being assisting Beyonce’s Black is King’s styling team, and co-styling Chloe x Halle, amongst co-styling other published editorial work.
Christopher Benton, DXB/BOS
Christopher Benton is a UAE-based artist and advertising creative director working across photography, film, and installation art. Past work has been presented at museums and institutions across the Middle East, including Alserkal Avenue, the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, and Jameel Arts Centre. He is currently pursuing his MS in Art, Culture, and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Anna Bernice, DXB/BLN
Anna Bernice is an independent arts and culture writer, culture researcher and curator based in Dubai, contributing to platforms such as Vice Arabia and Global Art Daily. She’s the co-founder of Sa Tahanan Collective, a UAE-based Filipino art collective dedicated to creating an inclusive artistic platform for Filipino artists in the Gulf.
Emília Vieira Branco, AUH
Emília Vieira Branco studies Theater and History at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Athoub N. Al Busaily, DXB
Athoub N. Al Busaily a Kuwaiti artist currently living in Abu Dhabi. In her work, she investigates the notion of borders, hunting, and the desert environment of Kuwait, often underlined by a tone of irony and the use of visual metaphors. She is currently completing an MA in Art History and Museum Studies at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
Blair Cannon, LAX
Blair Cannon is a stylist based in Los Angeles, who has served as Creative Coordinator for Beyonce’s Black is King visual album. Blair’s clients include DVF, Levi's, Khaite, Cadillac and Rockstar, as well as styling starlets such as Chloe x Halle, Audrey Nuna, and Yumi Ni. Her editorial work has been published in magazines V, Puss Puss, Office, Wonderland and Paper among others.
Sarah Daher, DXB/LHR
Sarah Daher is a Lebanese curator, researcher, and writer who graduated with a BA in Theater and Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi and recently completed her Masters in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London. She is a regular contributor to Global Art Daily and co-hosts the Khosh Bosh podcast.
Ji Young Kim, RAK
Ji Young graduated with a B.A. in Arab Crossroads Studies from NYU Abu Dhabi where she studied the Arabic language and conducted research on development of Emirati youth subcultures in Abu Dhabi. Currently, she is working in the norther emirate of Ras Al Khaimah as an Events Specialist.
Johann C. Muñoz, MIA
Johann C. Muñoz was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in Miami, FL. Throughout his career, he has worked on a series of collaborative projects, including DOMESTIC (2019) and Concerto on the River in Washington, D.C. (2019). Exhibitions include Miami Zine Fair (2019), Activist Small Press Fair at Exile Books (2018), 23rd International Biennial in Gabrovo, Bulgaria (2017).
Akimi Ota, TYO
Akimi Ota is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and director based in Tokyo. While completing his PhD in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, he conduct a year-long fieldwork in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador and Peru. In 2020, he completed his first feature-length documentary film, titled “Kanarta: Alive in Dreams”.
Alessia Piacitelli, AUH/DXB
Alessia is an Italian and Russian student at New York University Abu Dhabi where she studies Art History and Economics. She was raised in Russia where she studied Academic Art and Design. Alessia is very interested in the development of the art market in the UAE and she currently interning for Carbon 12 gallery and pursuing a Student Assistantship for NYUAD Art Gallery.
Sala Shaker, LHR
Sala Shaker is an art publicist based in London. She graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi and has previously worked for the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.
Hanan Sultan, LHR
Hanan Sultan is a jewelry designer based between Muscat, Dubai and London, who has previously participated in student collaborative projects with the British Art Medal Society, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski and Vitsœ. She graduated with a B.A. in Jewelry Design from Central Saint Martins and is currently pursuing her MA in Jewelry and Metal at the Royal College of Art.