Nadine Kanso, Beirut-born and Dubai-dwelling talented woman, who has gained two degrees from the Lebanese American University – Communication Arts and Advertising Design. With her passion to both fields, she is now a well-known creative designer and photographer.
Nadine always had a remarkable passion for Arab culture, and she used to express this through her works. After she was invited to exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of a group exhibition entitled “Arabize Me” in 2006, these works “underwent a directional change” .
Later that year, she was passionate enough to adapt the exhibit for a solo show at “B21 Gallery” in Dubai. This show represented a series of portraits depicting Arabs from across the region with an “eclectic mix of artistic, creative and cultural milieus entitled, ‘Who I Am’ or ‘Meen Ana’ in Arabic”.
Starting with the idea of going beyond what the appearance might mean, Nadine Kanso started a designing line with works that are able to reflect both a personal message as well as a strong cultural one. And here she starts : Bil Arabi, which means “in Arabic”.
“Bil Arabi began as a singular ring in 2006; a one-off experiment that merged Kanso’s background in design, her love for typography and predilection for all things bling bling”. Today, the line includes rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and cufflinks that draw on the inherent beauty, calligraphic shape and lyricism of the Arabic alphabet.
To celebrate her 10 year milestone of Bil Arabi line, Kanso will be unveiling an exhibition that is set to take guests on “a sequential journey” through the years of operation of Bil Arabi, showcasing some of Kanso’s most significant moments over the years. This exhibition will be held at the 6-days event: Dubai Design Week taking place in Dubai Design District (d3) between 24 and 29 October 2016.
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