Ravi, you are the Associate Publisher & Vice President of T.Emirates, The New York Times Style Magazine. Can you tell us how it all started?
Well, talks started in 2009, when the The Times team visited the region. T was recently launched under the editorship of Stefano Tonchi and was beginning to create quite a buzz. What began as an article syndication discussion soon became a licensing deal. Qatar was making a mark in the art scene and we felt T’s Qatar edition would be the perfect testing ground. We launched the edition 2010 and it received a remarkable response. Offering the UAE readers their own edition was the natural next step and we are doing that in 2013.
T.Emirates will be offering an exclusive feature to both winners of the International Emerging Artist Award and the Emerging Emirati Artist Award, can you tell us more about it and what it will bring to the winners?
T has a readership which is affluent, aware and arty, so the winners gain visibility and awareness among this exclusive segment. Many of our readers are collectors, so there is serious business which the winners can expect. On the other hand being featured in a brand like The New York Times, is a matter of pride for anyone not just artists.
The New York Style Magazine (T.Emirates) focuses on lifestyle in general. How does art find its place and how do you relate it to lifestyle?
The magazine covers lot more than lifestyle, though that by itself is a wide segment. But today art is not restricted to galleries and museums. It infuses every aspect of our life, be it product design, public sculptures, books, magazines, advertisements even packaging. We are constantly exposed to works of art. I would say, the magazine’s coverage of fashion, design, travel and art, makes it a well-rounded culture magazine.
What advice would you give to the participants of IEAA?
IEAA provides a vital link between creation and promotion. I know of many talented artists who did not find such avenues and could not realize their true potential.
So my advice would be to treat this as their stage to reach out to the world. It is not about winning or making a name. To them it should be about taking their work to so many who would acknowledge, appreciate and acquire them. And that is the true calling of any artist.
FOCUS // EMRA' ADORNMENT
EXHIBITION BY PATRICIA MILLNS, IEAA JURY MEMBER.
04 Dec - 18 January 2013 @ Tashkeel, Dubai
In a world seemingly obsessed with appearance and individuality, Millns places the adorned body at the forefront transforming fabric and textiles to dynamic communicative symbols. By removing the najab from its wearer, contextual nature and fixed cultural positioning, she underlines the highly politicised nature of clothing and identity in 21st century society. “Millns succeeds in creating a compelling interpretation of a complex theme giving her signature fabric work a new dimension’, said Salwa Mikdadi, Art Historian.
“Adornment can be seen as mere decoration but in this installation it is used to express a philosophical concept and ideal. The objects are carriers of the concept and in preserving the physicality of the nagab (female face covering) they are transposed into totemic urban sculptures. Clothing becomes a vehicle of identity at a theoretical level. The nagab becomes a representation and a reflection. It covers and protects but is also a symbol of existence. In its honesty it is capable of becoming an unintentional political tool. There is freedom within the discipline, said artist Patricia Millns.
An international artist, known for her arabesque-influenced installations, Patricia Millns, has been a resident of the Middle East for over 28 years. Internationally, she has exhibited at the Worlds Congress of Women (Beijing), United Nations (New York), British Museum (London) and Carousel De Louvre (Paris). As a member of the Patrons Board of Art Dubai, and advisory boards of The American University in Dubai (AUD) Dubai, FN Designs Dubai and GMMA Oman, Patricia is a significant member of the regional art community. Her work has been exhibited in the region at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai, Sharjah Art Museum, Cultural Foundation of Abu Dhabi, National Museums of Jordan, Cairo and Kuwait. She represented UK at the Cairo, Sharjah and Alexandria Biennials while her work is included in the private collections of HM Sultan Qaboos, HRH the Prince of Wales, Al Said Oman, Al Sabah Kuwait and Salsali SPM.
Born in England, Patricia Millns holds a BA Honours Fine Art, MA Art and Design History UK.
Based in the Middle East for over 28 years, her studio is presently based in Dubai, UAE. A member of the Patrons Board of Art Dubai, advisory boards of The American University in Dubai (AUD) Dubai, FN Designs Dubai and GMMA Oman, Patricia Millns has exhibited at the Worlds Congress of Women, Beijing, and United Nations, New York, British Museum, London, Carousel De Louvre, Paris, DIFC, Dubai, Sharjah Art Museum, Cultural Foundation of Abu Dhabi, National Museums of Jordan, Cairo and Kuwait. She represented UK at the Cairo, Sharjah and Alexandria Biennials.
Millns received British Council commissions for art performance for 2010 UAE State visit of HM Queen Elizabeth and state visit of HRH Prince of Wales to Oman. Her work is in public collections, including in UK, The British Museum, British Council, Royal Commonwealth Society, the Sainsbury Foundation UK. United Nations, UNIFEM USA. DIFC Dubai and National Collections of UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Jordan. Her private collections include those of HM Sultan Qaboos, HRH the Prince of Wales, Al Said Oman, Al Sabah Kuwait and Salsali SPM.