EMERGEAST SUGGESTS... EMERGEAST shines light on some of the Middle East’s hottest emerging artists to look out for, the who’s who in the regional art scene. Amongst the heap of talent under their umbrella, they give us an intimate insight on the artists with promising careers ahead of them. To the shapers of the Middle Eastern art scene. (All artworks available at www.emergeast.com) This season’s spotlight points to the rich diversity of Tehran, Iran: AMIR ERSHADI Name: Amir Ershadi From: Tehran, Iran Latest exhibition: Private/independent exhibitions throughout Tehran Inspiration: East and West His art is: Modern EMERGEAST says: Amir is the fastest growing emerging artist from Tehran, who produces hyper realistic hybrids of portraits and calligraphy, making them very unique indeed. His artworks are a pure representation of modern art with an Eastern twist. EMERGEAST’s advice is not to miss out on this artist! His talent plus a modern vision makes his art a huge success in the region.
Renowned architect firm Foster + Partners has been brought on board to create phase two, which will see offices and work spaces converge with art boulevards, market spaces and uber cool hang out zones, featuring unique street furniture, pop up food stalls and regular performances and installations. Emerging fashion studios will sit alongside global big boys and tech start-ups and craft workshops will work alongside established design heavy weights.
d3 aims to become a cultural creative community, acting as a catalyst for the region’s design talent, and nurturing and promoting this talent alongside leading worldwide brands.
While d3 isn’t set for completion until 2019, if the big names already involved, as well as the buzz created from the recent ‘Meet d3’ event and a deal signed with Wallpaper magazine and linked with the London Design Festival next September are anything to go by, we certainly look forward to this tardis of design. If Dubai can create snow in a shopping mall 365 days a year, d3 should be a walk in the park.
DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT IN NUMBERS Located 3 minutes from Dubai Mall. AED 4bn development of phase 1. 15.5 million square feet in total. 11 buildings currently under construction. 220 companies signed up already. The MENA design industry’s market value was over USD 100bn in 2014 (MENA design Study –DDFC/D3/Deloitte). D3 hopes to help achieve Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 goals of attracting 20 million visitors and AED 300 billion in tourism revenues per year by 2020. . sur la terre . culture .
AZADEH ETEBARIAN “My works represent my spontaneous feelings towards the world around me. They manifest a paradoxical view of reality and fantasy.” From: Tehran, Iran Latest exhibition: Solo exhibition at Tehran’s Etemad Gallery Inspiration: Fantasy Her art is: A metaphor for today’s society EMERGEAST says: Azadeh is a very promiscuous artist, who creates a magical world through a series of Disney inspired paintings. Her artworks create a dreamy atmosphere full of beauty and miracles. Each painting is followed by her intrinsic color palette and has a romantic story behind it. If you are looking to gift art for that special someone, this could be it!
Iran is proving to be quite the melting pot for new & upcoming artists.
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