Art Dubai, one of the pinnacles of the Dubai social calendar, is underway this week so there is a flurry of activity in galleries and creative spaces in anticipation of some serious art appreciation. The Cuadro Gallery in the DIFC is playing host to artist Nadine Kanso, who is hosting a pop-up installation for the popular event.
Nadine creates a jewellery line under the name ‘Bil Arabi’ that has a near cult status for her use of Arabic slang fashioned into fine jewellery. Nadine is using her creativity to send an important message: Art and Design can manifest into barometer of how people from all backgrounds feel about world events; whether it be political, cultural or natural disasters that have blighted the planet. Primarily a photographer, her photographic expressions form a significant part of her creative output and she is represented by IVDE Gallery in Dubai. She has exhibited her work both locally and abroad, exploring the issues of identity of contemporary Arabs.
In the beginning, Nadine wanted to create a piece that expressed something other than marital status and was encouraged by her initial attempt (Arabic “noon” or the equivalent of the letter “N” in Arabic) that was a hit. The line now ranges to bracelets, necklaces, earrings and cuff links that spell out phrases, in a way speaking to the individual wearer.
The wildly successful Bil Arabi range is not the only feature; also available in her pop-up is a selection of limited edition lifestyle products (there are super cool beach towels, cushions and funky stationary) all bearing her distinctive graffiti like effect.
The Bil Arabi pop-up installation opens 14 March to coincide with Art Dubai.