a little victory dance

FOCAL POINT is Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual art book fair running from 8 - 11 November 2018

FOCAL POINT is Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual art book fair running from 8 - 11 November 2018

Pardon me if I sound a little rusty writing this, but I am in the midst of reading “Death of the Author” by Ronald Barthes for my art writing class, and it’s a bit weird to go from reading about the downfalls of authorship to writing a blog post. In any case, this post won’t be very long, as I have the longest to-do list that I need to get back to. I just wanted to get on here quickly to share that follow the halo (the digital zine I founded almost exactly one year ago) will be at Sharjah Art Foundation this weekend for the annual art book fair!

It’s honestly a dream come true to have anything at Sharjah Art Foundation, let alone the printed works we’ve made in collaboration with artists from the MENA. I feel so proud - I’m proud of our work and also of myself. I feel proud of myself for taking a leap, for making myself uncomfortable, for doing things that I ordinarily thought “weren’t for me”.

I know that for many independent publishers, artists, and zine makers this isn’t really a ‘big deal’ - I can already imagine the very Dubai attitude of "oh, yeah, cool whatever” approach that many might have and are expected to have. I am sorry guys, I am the cringey Arab girl that gets excited at things like this, and really cherishes every tiny step forward. It’s always been a dream of mine to have my hard work acknowledged by a great institution like SAF, and I feel proud to be part of it.

I really hope that this is the beginning of many little victory dances because I’ve been dreaming big for over a year - and I have so many plans in mind that I am hoping to manifest before the end of this god-awful year. It’s been such a very difficult year so far - which means that every little reward goes a long way and it’s things like this that motivate me to keep going.

Anyway, enough personal disclosures. If you’d like to pass by the fair this weekend its running from 8 - 11 November at Sharjah Art Foundation for more info check out the event link on their website: sharjahart.org.

Please come down and support your local girl gang! xxx