Me, Nojoom, 10 years and divorced

That’s the title of Khadija el-Salami’s Yemeni film. The movie was shown in Paris this winter and got a prize at the Malmö Arabic film festival. I met her in Paris, which has become her home since she left Yemen a number of years ago, saw her film and interviewed her.

Tadao Ando: a retrospective

This autumn/winter offers many new interesting exhibitions in Paris. Centre Pompidou’s retrospective of this famous Japanese architect shows some of his drawings, models, films and pictures. The exhibition gives us insight into Tadao Ando’s use of cement, light, water, space, and geometrical solutions to intricate problems, as well as how he integrates nature into his works.

Two giants meet at Fondation Vuitton

What links Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel Basquiat? This exhibition showed me that despite being one century apart, coming from different cultures and backgrounds the two artists shared quite a lot. Both criticized their societies as well as ironized about themselves despite their existential anguish; they possessed sure brush-strokes and a frenetic creativity. Both also died way too young: Schiele (1890-1918) in the Spanish flu and Basquiat (1960-88) in an overdose.