me, my friends and the ninth global art forum

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So the Global Art Forum came and went. There were glitches, some heartache and a general feeling of ‘it could’ve been better’. I’m sure we did all we could to present and host it to our best abilities. All I can hope for is that a. we do a better job next year (if we’re asked) and b. we have learned some valuable lessons about communications, expectations and how to run a damn good show. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be completely honest about my opinions and feelings here or to draw on the diplomacy GCC’s Fatima Al Qadiri discussed during the collective’s talk.  I can’t decide. 

a bit of photo-tomfoolery with my watercolor sketchbook

saturday 14 } as if we had all the time in the world, a bit of tomfoolery with my water color sketchbook

the requisite footsie. have you done your filing today?

the requisite footsie. have you done your filing today?

by 1:30 pm the set-up was finally complete. i had an 11:30 hair appointment that morning that i cancelled. i was planning on doing something drastic with the color. so in a way, i'm glad that work got in the way of what could've been my worst decision this week

by 1:30 pm the set-up was finally complete. i had an 11:30 hair appointment that morning that i cancelled. i was planning on doing something drastic with the color. so in a way, i’m thankful for the electrical nightmare which averted a potential hair disaster

the GCC. it was great to see them all together. and because their work is a little abstruse, it helped someone like me, who needs some sort of a human connection to understand. Watching their dynamic as a group, and them as human beings, as friends and collaborators, has allowed me to reinterpret their work

the GCC. it was good to see them all together. and because their work is abstruse to a simpleton like me, it helped me understand and appreciate their installations. Watching their dynamic as a group, and them as human beings, as friends and collaborators, was an insight into their world

I love the image on the screen. i tried to get some good shots with both the group and their slides but my phone camera is shit. it's my [conspiracy] theory that whenever apple comes up with a new phone, they infiltrate and fuck up the camera of its predecessor, in this case the iPhone 5S

I love the image on the screen. i tried to get some shots with both the group and their slides but my phone camera is shit. it’s my theory that whenever apple comes up with a new phone, they infiltrate and fuck up its predecessor

later that night, as exhausted as we all were, it was onto CAP for kuwaiti artist (and a personal inspiration) sami mohammed's retrospective exhibition. what a lovely, lovely man

later that night, as exhausted as we all were, it was over to CAP for kuwaiti artist (and a personal inspiration) sami mohammed’s retrospective exhibition. what a lovely, lovely man

mai takes a candid shot. this is what i look like upon realizing that i am actually in the frame. thanks, mai!

mai takes a candid shot. this is what i look like when i realize that i am actually in the frame. thanks, mai!

a hand-on-hip photo. heels bring out the diva in me, i'm sorry

a hand-on-hip photo. heels bring out the diva in me, i’m sorry

and mai brings out the kid! we do our silly dance as a young sami mohammed eyes us disapprovingly

and mai brings out the kid…we do our silly dance as a young sami mohammed eyes us disapprovingly

mai and adeeb up on the roof. a great way to end a long day

mai and adeeb up on the roof. a great way to end a long day

sunday 15 } i met GAF co-director turi munthe and dragged him outside to our exhibition (hey, someone had to do it)

sunday 15 } fuck the art! } i met GAF co-director turi munthe and dragged him outside to our exhibition (hey, someone had to do it)

no i'm not pregnant nor had i just eaten my weight in donuts. i simply forgot to suck it in

no i’m not pregnant nor had i just eaten my weight in donuts. i simply forgot to suck it in

i had just met this man and already i was doing a silly thing

i had just met this man and already i was doing a silly thing

turi, farah and alef

turi, farah and alef

forever paper: publishing gulf literature today } lana shamma, taleb alrefai and mai al-nakib

forever paper: publishing gulf literature today } lana shamma, taleb alrefai and mai al-nakib

mai presents her views on techno vs paper

mai presents her views on techno vs paper

cecile b. evans. this word gets thrown around a lot and i don't use it often but...brilliant. brilliant. i want to steal her [that would be kidnapping] and put her in my pocket

cecile b. evans. this word gets thrown around a lot and i don’t use it often but…brilliant. brilliant. i want to steal her [that would be kidnapping] and put her in my pocket

I started putting together this post four hours ago. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be completely honest or not. For sure there are a few things that need to be said. But not now, not today. I won’t rain on the GAF parade.

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