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La Cantine du Faubourg welcomes Tasnim Baghdadi with her figurative and abstract artwork

Figuration intends to deconstruct body space dualisms while working with themes of corporeality as the visual exploration of gestural abstraction.

Figuration transforms body and medium into a process of ambiguity manifesting itself in intuitive and conceptual as well as in pictorial and spatial ways.

Figuration questions the notion of the finished piece. The process at its centre reveals ephemeral interactions of materiality, aesthetics and expressive technique.

Tasnim Baghdadi is an artist who was born in Cologne and is currently based in Fribourg.

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Middle East Premiere of “ECLECTIC LINES  by Camille Walala”

La Cantine du Faubourg welcomes March’s art scene with Camille Walala.

Beginning her career as a textile designer, Camille Walala specialises in transforming spaces with a vibrant blend of colour and pattern. Seen in venues and adorning buildings across London, Sydney, New York and beyond, her designs are instantly recognisable, explode with energy and are engineered to evoke a smile in anyone who sees them. Camille is influenced by the work of the Memphis Group, South Africa’s Ndebele tribe and op-art pioneer Victor Vasarely, but her gleefully asymmetric patterns and eye-popping approach to colour are entirely her own. Her clients include schools, festivals, clubs, and international brands, and she is always on the lookout for larger-scale spaces to transform. Soon, we’ll all be living in Walaland – and a good thing too: it’s a happy place.

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After 10 years co-owning a french retail company in Paris, dealing with its image and being in charge of its publicity, Stephane Dessaint decided to change his life to become a photographer.

An autodidact, he learned photography techniques in NYC by watching the work of others, hanging out with the biggest fashion and art photographers in the city. And by creating his own image consultant agency.

As an Agent, assistant, artistic director, he learned all the angles of his profession becoming a renowned photographer.

Every single one of his photographs is designed to make it look unique. Stephane Dessaint’s work is currently shown in art galleries in Paris, New York and St Barths. His work is also featured in catalogues in a few international art galleries.

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The 2017 season will start with an exhibition around the works of the young Lebanese talent Ali Chaaban. At 25, Ali is already identified as one of the contemporary artists with the most interesting potential of the region. His work around nostalgia and exile will be complemented by an exclusive installation for the Cantine du Faubourg around the theme of the carpet.

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The “Godfather of Street Art” Richard Hambleton’s original works make Dubai debut at La Cantine du Faubourg !

La Cantine du Faubourg, in collaboration with Nicholas Spree from Woodbury Art, welcomes November’s art scene wih the story of Richard Hambleton, the flashpoint of the Downtown New York art movement, close friends of the late Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat… An elusive genius !

Richard Hambleton is recognized as one of the most legendary pop expressionists in history. His work is world-renowned for having permeated the collective consciousness of its viewers as the largest social experiment through art. On his work, Hambleton has been quoted : “… what makes them exciting is the power of the viewer’s imagination – that split second experience when you see the figures, that matters.”

We are truly humbled to bring to Dubai, for the first time, the artwork of such an amazing painter. Richard Hambleton has influenced many of today’s best-known street artists, including Bansky and Blek le Rat. La Cantine du Faubourg is a unique setting for Richard Hambleton’s work and underscores our commitment to the arts.
On November 16, we will unveil three never-before-seen original pieces and ten limited editions 1/50, reminding us of the vulnerability and intensity of human life.


La Cantine du Faubourg welcomed March 2016’s art scene with Nadine Kanso, who in herself and through her work, is the DNA of Dubai.  Lebanon is her country of birth, Dubai has become her world of expression.

She has experienced the city’s creative awakening and enthusiastic expansion over the past 17 years.  From her roots to her new home of adoption, Nadine Kanso’s work explores new ways to express what it means to be an Arab in today’s world.  Crying out Beirut’s dualism of both suffering and joy, underlining Dubai’s ambivalent shapes, both extravagantly materialistic and humanly authentic.

Her message is a message of optimism, written out in the ancient art of calligraphy, throughout her photography, collages and now, the walls of La Cantine du Faubourg.  This creative dialogue masterfully confronts issues of cultural identity, offering very personal insight yet allowing room for the individual to ponder.

Nadine Kanso is a multimedia artist: from her jewelry brand Bil Arabi, to her photography, collages and designs, a single voice rises, one that questions the diversities of the Arab world through a single positive expression of hope; this is why La Cantine du Faubourg will donate 50% of the proceeds to the Hamdan International Photography Award.



French contemporary artist Kokian; known for his opinionated image-word-color associations and insolent graffiti works is back with a highly anticipated series of artists to exhibit at Dubai’s newest gem: La Cantine du Faubourg, the Parisian lifestyle destination in Emirates Towers.

Kokian has used one of the venue’s walls as a canvas for his Basquiat-infused energy. Several pieces of art made especially for La Cantine du Faubourg are exhibited throughout the summer.  Guests can experience his vibrant, unleashed expressions, while enjoying the famous institution’s modern music, state-of-the-art lighting, futuristic movie screenings and urban French cuisine, all in an electrifying atmosphere.

“La Cantine du Faubourg is an up-beat rendezvous with the arts.  Eat with your eyes, feed your soul and watch us showcase today’s most audacious photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians and singers”, said Rizwan Kassim, owner, La Cantine du Faubourg, Dubai.  “It is only natural we exhibit  Kokian, as he was the first talent brought to La Cantine du Faubourg in Paris more than 15 years ago. Today, his black and white signature is inherent as an ’in-house’ artist: from menus, to business cards and even canopies.”

French artist Kokian – born in Paris in 1971 – spent his childhood in Burma and Morocco, before moving back to France.  Raised at the crossroads of Asian and Moorish cultures, he clashed with the Western-European world on his return to France.  This led to a life of solitude, which explains his denunciation of social injustices.  Kokian then moved to New York, where he experienced an artistic rebirth, forging his socially-committed street art.  His work is now renowned worldwide and can be found in numerous galleries from Paris to New York and Moscow.