SLIMI Magazine is a quarterly curation of inspirational imagery and exposé, featuring the
masterworks of fashion. With each issue, SLIMI takes the reader on a visual journey
exploring the worlds of art, fashion and travel through a new lens. It acts as a platform for
talent, pushing it’s vision against the status-quo.
For a celebration of Paris fashion week La Cantine spotlighted photography curated directly from the pages of Slimi. The worlds of Chanel, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Balmain and Burberry were re-imagined by the industry’s pioneering creative minds to live for a time at La Cantine du Faubourg.
In November 2015 La Cantine du Faubourg, in collaboration with Nicholas Spree from
Woodbury Art, welcomed the “Godfather of Street Art” Richard Hambleton’s original works for
their Dubai debut. Three never-before-seen original pieces and ten limited editions were on
Richard Hambleton is recognized as one of the most legendary pop expressionists in history and pre-eminent street artists alongside close friends of the Downtown New York art movement, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His work is world-renowned for having permeated the collective consciousness of its viewers as the largest social experiment through art.
March 2017 saw the Middle East Premiere of “ECLECTIC LINES” by the purveyor of
powerfully positive digital print Camille Walala.
Seen in venues and adorning buildings across London, Sydney, New York and beyond, Camille’s designs are instantly recognisable, explode with energy and are engineered to evoke a smile in anyone who sees them. She is influenced by the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and Optical Art master Vasarely alongside the simple desire to put a smile on people’s faces. Her signature Tribal POP style present a boundless energy that work perfectly for show-stopping and social spaces – “the bigger the better”.
Her geometric designs can be found in the streets of London, New York and Paris… and with thanks to La Cantine, now Dubai!
From May 2018 La Cantine du Faubourg welcomed the figurative and abstract artwork of German-Moroccan artist Tasnim Baghdadi. The illustrator, visual artist and designer is inspired by modern art and recording the process of searching for a contemporary visual language in the range between the abstract and the figurative.
Every single one of his Stephane’s photographs is designed to be unique. As an Agent, assistant, artistic director, he has learned all the angles of his profession and has since become a renowned photographer. 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.
His work is currently shown in art galleries in Paris, New York and St Barths with his work also featured in the catalogues of many international art galleries.
The 2017 art season at La Cantine began 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.
Ali is a Lebanese artist born and raised in Kuwait, an observer of culture and traditions which are often reflected in his work. With a background in anthropology, some seem to recognize Ali as a pop-culture analyst. His work revolves around the notion of nostalgia which is depicted so intricately in his art, tackling socio-political issues such as the Arabian identity and the state of dystopia. The impression that “Arabs are strangers everywhere,” resides with diasporas; the struggle of identity amongst the masses is a never-ending research. Through art is where one finds a common language that displays what is seen but never told.
Ali has exhibited with galleries such as Ayyam (Jeddah), Mark Hachem (Beirut) and Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt in (Paris). He is also one of the founders of “Live Demo,” an experimental art collective, which displays creative work that is timeless to a space not restricted by intersectroal boundaries.
In March 2016 La Cantine du Faubourg welcomed Nadine Kanso, who in herself and through her work, is the very DNA of Dubai. Although 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.
The very first talent brought to La Cantine du Faubourg in Paris more than 18 years ago, the association with the artist Kokian is still going strong. Today, his black and white signature still adorns items such as menus and business cards with his canvases regularly making an appearance on the restaurant walls.
Born in Paris in 1971 Kokian 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.
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