E-Issue 07 –– AUH
Winter 2023-24

January 29th, 2024

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in Abu Dhabi/Dubai
  3. Cover Interview: Shaikha Al Ketbi on Darawan
  4. Rapport: Public Art in the Gulf and a Case Study of Manar Abu Dhabi
  5. Hashel Al Lamki’s Survey Exhibition Maqam Reflects on a Decade of Practice in Abu Dhabi
  6. “You Can’t Stand on a Movement”: Michelangelo Pistoletto Interviews Benton Interviewing Pistoletto

Winter/Spring 2024

Curators Interview May 14, 2024
AUH Embracing Change through an Open System: Maya Allison and Duygu Demir on “In Real Time” at NYUAD Art Gallery

About ––

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    Selected Archive

Artist Interview November 18th, 2016
AUH Raed Yassin in Abu Dhabi

Editorial March 1st, 2018
AUH Abu Dhabi Is The New Calabasas

Exhibition Listing May 22nd, 2018
DXB Christopher Benton: If We Don't Reclaim Our History, The Sand Will

Artist Interview June 15th, 2018
TYO An Interview with BIEN, a Rising Japanese Artist

Artist Interview July 17th, 2018
TYO Rintaro Fuse on Selfies and Cave Painting

Artist Interview August 28th, 2018
BER Slavs and Tatars: “Pulling a Thread to Undo The Sweater”

Artist Interview September 1st, 2018
NYC Shirin Neshat In Conversation with Sophie Arni and Ev Zverev

Artist Interview September 1st, 2018
PAR Hottest Spices: Michèle Lamy

E-Issue 01 –– AUH/DXB
Summer 2020

August 1st, 2020

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in the UAE
  3. Pop(Corn): Hashel Al Lamki
  4. Tailoring in Abu Dhabi
  5. Rapport: Dubai
  6. Michael Rakowitz From the Diaspora

Fall/Winter 2020-21

Artist Interview August 23rd, 2020
LHR/MCT Hanan Sultan Rhymes Frankincense with Minimalism

Artist Interview August 24th, 2020
DXB Augustine Paredes Taking Up Space

Artist Interview August 26th, 2020
AUH Sarah Almehairi Initiates Conversations

Market Interview August 28th, 2020
AUH/DXB 101 Pioneers Ethical and Curious Art Collecting

Exhibition September 1st, 2020
DXB Alserkal Arts Foundation Presents Mohamed Melehi

Market Interview September 4th, 2020
DXB Meet Tamila Kochkarova Behind ‘No Boys Allowed’

Artist Interview September 7th, 2020
DXB Taaboogah Infuses Comedy Into Khaleeji Menswear

Artist Interview September 10th, 2020
LHR/CAI Alaa Hindia’s Jewelry Revives Egyptian Nostalgia

Curator Interview September 14th, 2020
UAE Tawahadna Introduces MENA Artists to a Global Community

Exhibition Review September 24th, 2020
MIA a_part Gives Artists 36 Hours to React

Artist Interview September 27th, 2020
AUH BAIT 15 Welcomes New Member Zuhoor Al Sayegh

Market Interview October 14th, 2021
DXB Thaely Kicks Off Sustainable Sneakers

Exhibition Review October 19th, 2020
DXB Do You See Me How I See You?

Exhibition October 22nd, 2020
TYO James Jarvis Presents Latest Collages at 3110NZ

Exhibition Review October 22nd, 2020
AUH Ogamdo: Crossing a Cultural Highway between Korea and the UAE

Book Review October 28th, 2020
DAM Investigating the Catalogues of the National Museum of Damascus

Exhibition Review November 13th, 2020
Kanye Says Listen to the Kids: Youth Takeover at Jameel Arts Centre

Exhibition Review November 16th, 2021
DXB Melehi’s Waves Complicate Waving Goodbye

Exhibition Review November 19th, 2020
DXB Spotlight on Dubai Design Week 2020

Exhibition Review November 21st, 2020
DXB 101 Strikes Again with Second Sale at Alserkal Avenue

Exhibition Review
November 23rd, 2020

AUH SEAF Cohort 7 at Warehouse 421

Exhibition Review December 9th, 2020
SHJ Sharjah Art Foundation Jets Ahead on the Flying Saucer

Curator Interview January 25th, 2021
DXB Sa Tahanan Collective Redefines Home for Filipino Artists

Exhibition Review February 21st, 2021
GRV MIA Anywhere Hosts First Virtual Exhibition of Female Chechen Artists  

🎙️GAD Talk Series –– Season 1 2020

November 1st, 2020
1. What is Global Art Daily? 2015 to Now

November 16th, 2020
2. Where is Global Art Daily? An Open Coversation on Migration as Art Practitioners

November 29th, 2020
3. When the Youth Takes Over: Reflecting on the 2020 Jameel Arts Centre Youth Takeover

December 20th, 2020
4. Young Curators in Tokyo: The Making of The 5th Floor

January 27th, 2021
5. How To Create Digital Networks in The Art World?

E-Issue 02 –– NYC
Spring 2021

February 21st, 2021

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in NYC
  3. Pop(Corn): Zeid Jaouni
  4. You Can Take The Girl Out Of The City
  5. Rapport: NYC
  6. Kindergarten Records Discuss The Future of Electronic Music
  7. Sole DXB Brings NY Hip-Hop To Abu Dhabi
  8. Wei Han Finds ‘Home’ In New York
  9. Vikram Divecha: Encounters and Negotiations

Spring/Summer 2021

Exhibition Review March 3rd, 2021
DXB There’s a Hurricane at the Foundry

Exhibition Review March 7th, 2021
AUH Re-viewing Contrasts: Hyphenated Spaces at Warehouse421

Curator Interview March 21st, 2021
DXB Permeability and Regional Nodes: Sohrab Hura on Curating Growing Like a Tree at Ishara Art Foundation

Exhibition March 28th, 2021
DXB Alserkal Art Week Top Picks

Exhibition Review April 1st, 2021
DXB A ‘Menu Poem’ and All That Follows

Exhibition Review April 5th, 2021
DXB A Riot Towards Landscapes

Exhibition April 16th, 2021
RUH Noor Riyadh Shines Light on Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Art Strategy

Artist Interview April 26th, 2021
CTU/AUH/YYZ Sabrina Zhao: Between Abu Dhabi, Sichuan, and Toronto

Exhibition Review April 27th, 2021
TYO BIEN Opens Two Solo Exhibitions in Island Japan and Parcel

Artist Interview April 28th, 2021
DXB Ana Escobar: Objects Revisited

Exhibition May 9th, 2021
LDN Fulfilment Services Ltd. Questions Techno-Capitalism on Billboards in London

Artist Interview May 11th, 2021
BAH Mihrab: Mysticism, Devotion, and Geo-Identity

Curator Interview May 20th, 2021
DXB There Is A You In The Cloud You Can’t Delete: A Review of “Age of You” at Jameel Arts Centre

Market Interview May 26th, 2021
TYO Startbahn, Japan’s Leading Art Blockchain Company, Builds a New Art Infrastructure for the Digital Age

Exhibition June 11th, 2021
TYO “Mimicry of Hollows” Opens at The 5th Floor

Exhibiton Review June 20th, 2021
AUH “Total Landscaping”at Warehouse 421

Artist Interview June 30th, 2021
OSA Rintaro Fuse Curates “Silent Category” at Creative Center Osaka

Exhibition Review August 9th, 2021
DXB “After The Beep”: A Review and Some Reflections

E-Issue 03 ––TYO
Fall 2021

October 1st, 2022

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in TYO
  3. Pop(Corn): Nimyu
  4. Ahmad The Japanese: Bady Dalloul on Japan and Belonging
  5. Rapport: Tokyo
  6. Alexandre Taalba Redefines Virtuality at The 5th Floor
  7. Imagining Distant Ecologies in Hypersonic Tokyo: A Review of “Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones”
  8. Ruba Al-Sweel Curates “Garden of e-arthly Delights” at SUMAC Space
  9. Salwa Mikdadi Reflects on the Opening of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arab Center for the Study of Art

Fall/Winter 2021-22

Market Interview October 6th, 2021
RUH HH Prince Fahad Al Saud Discusses Saudi Arabia’s Artistic Renaissance

Exhibition October 7th, 2021
RUH Misk Art Institute’s Annual Flagship Exhibition Explores the Universality of Identity

Curator Interview October 15th, 2021
IST “Once Upon a Time Inconceivable”: A Review and a Conversation

Exhibition Review October 16th, 2021
AUH Woman as a Noun, and a Practice: “As We Gaze Upon Her” at Warehouse421

Exhibition Review February 11th, 2022

Artist Interview February 26th, 2022
TYO Akira Takayama on McDonald’s Radio University, Heterotopia, and Wagner Project

Artist Interview March 10th, 2022
DXB Prepare The Ingredients and Let The Rest Flow: Miramar and Zaid’s “Pure Data” Premieres at Satellite for Quoz Arts Fest 2022

Exhibition March 11th, 2022
DXB Must-See Exhibitions in Dubai - Art Week Edition 2022

Exhibition Review March 14th, 2022
DXB Art Dubai Digital, An Alternative Art World?

E-Issue 04 –– IST
Spring 2022

March 15th, 2022

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in IST
  3. Pop(Corn): Refik Anadol
  4. Rapport: Istanbul
  5. Independent Spaces in Istanbul: Sarp Özer on Operating AVTO

Spring/Summer 2022

Curator Interview March 21st, 2022

Market Interview March 28th, 2022
DXB Dubai's Postmodern Architecture: Constructing the Future with 3dr Models

Exhibition April 23rd, 2022
HK Startbahn Presents “Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality”, an NFT Pop-Up at K11 Art Mall

Exhibition May 6th, 2022
Istanbul’s 5533 Presents Nazlı Khoshkhabar’s “Around and Round”

Artist Interview May 13th, 2022
“We Are Witnessing History”: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian On Their Retrospective Exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

Artist Interview June 13th, 2022
DXB “Geometry is Everywhere”: An Interview and Walking Tour of Order of Magnitude, Jitish Kallat’s Solo Exhibition at Dubai’s Ishara Art Foundation

Exhibition June 21st, 2022
DXB Art Jameel Joins The World Weather Network in a Groundbreaking Response to Global Climate Crisis

Exhibition June 27th, 2022
What’s On in the UAE: Our Top Summer Picks

Curator Interview July 9th, 2022
IST Creating an Artist Books Library in Istanbul: Aslı Özdoyuran on BAS

E-Issue 05 –– VCE
Fall 2022

September 5th, 2022

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in VCE
  3. Pop(Corn): UAE National Pavilion
  4. Rapport: Venice
  5. Zeitgeist of our Time: Füsun Onur for the Turkish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale
  6. GAD’s Top Picks: National Pavilions
  7. Strangers to the Museum Wall: Kehinde Wiley’s Venice Exhibition Speaks of Violence and Portraiture
  8. Questioning Everyday Life: Alluvium by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian at OGR Torino in Venice

Fall/Winter 2022-23

Market Interview June 28th, 2022
How Pearl Lam Built Her Gallery Between China and Europe

Exhibition November 11th, 2022
“Atami Blues” Brings Together UAE-Based and Japanese Artists in HOTEL ACAO ANNEX

Exhibition December 2nd, 2022
TYO Wetland Lab Proposes Sustainable Cement Alternative in Tokyo

Artist Interview December 9th, 2022
DXB Navjot Altaf Unpacks Eco-Feminism and Post-Pandemic Reality at Ishara Art Foundation

Artist Interview January 8th, 2023
TYO Shu Yonezawa and the Art of Animation

Artist Interview January 19th, 2023
NYC Reflecting on Her Southwestern Chinese Bai Roots, Peishan Huang Captures Human Traces on Objects and Spaces

Exhibition Review February 9th, 2023
DXB Augustine Paredes Builds His Paradise Home at Gulf Photo Plus

Artist Interview February 22nd, 2023
DXB Persia Beheshti Shares Thoughts on Virtual Worlds and the State of Video Art in Dubai Ahead of Her Screening at Bayt Al Mamzar

E-Issue 06 –– DXB/SHJ
Spring 2023

April 12th, 2023

  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in the UAE
  3. Pop(Corn): Jumairy
  4. Rapport: Art Dubai 2023
  5. Highlights from Sharjah Biennial 15
  6. Is Time Just an Illusion? A Review of "Notations on Time" at Ishara Art Foundation
  7. Saif Mhaisen and His Community at Bayt AlMamzar

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Meet Tamila Kochkarova Behind ‘No Boys Allowed’

Interview by Global Art Daily’s Editorial Board

Published on September 4, 2020

        We had the pleasure to talk about sneaker culture and photography with Tamila Kochkarova, founder of the new Dubai-based streetwear and sneaker platform No Boys Allowed. Tamila is originally from Uzbekistan and grew up in the UAE. In 2018, she photographed many of the region’s models, influencers, and artists for her Girls exhibition, premiering at Selectshop Frame, Dubai Design District. Last year, she also made headlines for her nostalgia-themed wedding. Guests were asked to follow a “formal-wear + strictly sneakers” dress code, a bold request in a land of hyper-feminine high heels.

During a lecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Virgil Abloh asked whether streetwear was a new movement of contemporary art. Considering the massive cross-overs between high fashion, sneaker culture, and the art world, it’s impossible to deny the importance of streetwear in shaping new taste for contemporary art. 

In the midst of this movement, Tamila is a pioneer. As a woman in a male-dominated industry and an Uzbek community leader in the Dubai, she represents a new wave of gender and geographic inclusion of streetwear and sneaker culture. We were curious to know about her intents with No Boys Allowed, and what her favorite sneaker is at the moment.

1. Tamila Kochkarova in her Dubai home, 2020. Photo: @kochkarovatamila

Global Art Daily: Tamila, you are a trend-setter, art director, and sneaker collector who is redefining Dubai's 'cool girl' aesthetic. Could you tell us a little more about yourself? 

Tamila Kochkarova: I’m a portrait photographer and a very passionate sneaker collector. I’ve put out a book and a couple of exhibitions dedicated to women, so it only made sense for me to start a platform for female sneakerheads in the Arab World. I felt lost without a community of girls that were into sneakers and streetwear, so I decided to try and build one.

2. Tamila Kochkarova, Girls (2018). Limited-edition artist book printed in Dubai and premiering at Selectshop Frame, Dubai Design District. Photo: @kochkarovatamila

3. Tamila Kochkarova for No Boys Allowed, 2020. Courtesy of No Boys Allowed and @kochkarovatamila

I felt lost without a community of girls that were into sneakers and streetwear, so I decided to try and build one.

4. Tamila Kochkarova’s wavy henna by @dr.azra. Courtesy of Instagram @kochkarovatamila

GAD: At Global Art Daily, we value multicultural identity. Can you tell us more about your Uzbek background and how you identify Dubai as a fertile ground for cross-cultural dialogues?

T.K.: I’ve lived in the UAE for 16 years which is why I barely remember anything about my culture. Whatever I do remember, I learned from my mother. Growing up here has been a blessing though; learning and understanding everyone’s cultures, everyone’s stories. It’s just a mix of so many different cultures blended into one at this point. Growing up in the fashion and art scene in the UAE, you realize how fresh and new it all is to this country. It makes you believe that anyone can be the first to do it. That’s why giving it a shot ends up being not as scary as you would otherwise think.

Growing up in the fashion and art scene in the UAE, you realize how fresh and new it all is to this country. It makes you believe that anyone can be the first to do it.

5. Tamila Kochkarova’s extensive sneaker collection. Courtesy of Instagram @kochkarovatamila

GAD: Your personal Instagram lets us in your sneaker collection, and we want to know more. When did you start collecting sneakers?

T.K.: When I was about 13 years old, I turned into a tomboy and started hanging out with skateboarders. It seemed impossible for me not to own a pair of sneakers by that point, so I begged my mom to get me a pair, which were just a plain, bulky, black pair of DCs that I was obsessed with. Throughout my life though, I could barely afford any exclusive pairs. That’s why I only started properly collection after I met my husband who’s as passionate about all this as me. If you ask me what’s my favorite pair at the moment, I’ll probably say my black Stüssy x Nikes. I’m in love with the design, the comfort, how easy it is to just slip into them. It was love at first sight.

It was love at first sight.

6. Tamila Kochkarova’s favorite pair Stüssy x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 Pure Platinum. Courtesy of Instagram @kochkarovatamila

GAD: You are the creator behind No Boys Allowed (NBA), a sneaker and streetwear platform dedicated to women in the Arab world. Could you tell us about how you started this project, and what's coming up? 

T.K.: I’ve been feeling lost without having a community of female sneakerheads I could be a part of. I was friends with a couple of other girls, but I always believed there were more out there. So I thought of how great it would be to build something for girls based in this region as well as the ones that are from this region but based elsewhere. So far, we’ve been curating editorials for every sneaker drop, recording interviews with fellow female sneakerheads, and keeping girls up to date with the latest drops. We can’t wait to show you everything we’ve been working on!

7. Courtesy of Instagram @noboysallowed.ae

GAD: What are your views on modest fashion and sneaker culture? We read in one of your Q&As that you like seeing girls in Dubai wearing sneakers with their abayas

T.K.: I think both go hand in hand in this region. Especially in the past couple of years, it turned into a trend amongst the girls here to wear their abayas and even match them with the sneakers they’re wearing. I’m honestly obsessed. Comfort over everything.

GAD: Do you think the trend towards gender-neutral clothing is breaking away the traditional classification of "menswear" and "womenswear", and developing new collaborations between brands and product categories?

T.K.: I’m loving how more gender-fluid every brand has become. It doesn’t really matter anymore whether a certain piece is for men or women, as long as you can pull it off. The Supreme x Pat McGraf lipsticks and Nike x Ben & Jerry's collaborations have been so exciting and fresh and kept us on our toes during this extremely dull year.

8. Tamila Kochkarova’s outfit for 2019’s Fashion Forward Dubai. Outfit: @insomnia.icreatestuff and Nike Air x Martine Rose Monarch IV Pink Sneakers. Courtesy of Instagram @kochkarovatamila

GAD: As we think to shop consciously and ethically, we wanted to get your thoughts about streetwear popularity and sustainability. Do you think second-hand resell sites like StockX and Depop can help to slow down excessive production and consumption? 

T.K.: Definitely, I mean I’m being really hopeful they do. That’s why I’m so glad I have friends starting their online thrift shops. They have the nicest pieces, and all of it is very sustainable and local. These are some of my favorites: @reebornvintage, @bywesaved and @dintage.

GAD: We’re also very curious about your photography. In 2018, you organized an exhibition of your photographs titled Girls at Selectshop Frame, D3. Which women inspire you the most in Dubai's creative scene?

T.K.: I’m inspired by one of my closest friends DJ Liutik. I love coming together and creating things with her. Hafsa Lodi, an incredible writer who recently published a book about Modest Fashion, is another big muse of mine. And then, definitely my mom. Everything, every project I’ve ever done, was inspired by and dedicated to her.

Another big muse of mine is my mom. Everything, every project I’ve ever done, was inspired by and dedicated to her.

9. Tamila Kochkarova, Girls (2018). Copyright Tamila Kochkarova. Photographs courtesy of the artist. 
Models: DJ Liutik @djliutik, Ashley Al Busmait @themirageedit, Sonya @s.o.n.y.a.official, Rihab @riinubi, Julz @masjetyjulz, Farah Habboush @touchoffarah

Follow Tamila Kochkarova at @kochkarovatamila
Follow No Boys Allowed at @noboysallowed.ae

All images are courtesy of Tamila Kochkarova.

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