The brains behind jewellery brand Bil Arabi, Lebanese designer and artist Nadine Kanso is back with her third solo art exhibition, Future of Yesterday at Dubai’s Cuadro art gallery.

In Nadine Kanso’s latest series of artworks, her inspiration has been drawn entirely from the glorious city that is Dubai. The Future of Yesterday exhibition seeks to provide Kanso’s insider perspective on the emirate, through a series of tastefully shot black and white photographs overlayed with collage elements.

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While somewhat minimalistic in appearance, each photo is said to be multifaceted, offering a range of different perspectives in which the photo can be viewed.

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“Nadine’s artwork subtly yet lucidly reveals to the viewer about what was past and is present, while also shrewdly illuminating the not-so-distant future,” said a spokesperson from Cuardo art gallery in DIFC.

Kanso added: “What I see day in and day out are beautiful remnants of the past, the DNA of the city lays all around us, the future is clear.”

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future of yesterday, nadine kanso, Cuardo art gallery in DIFC.


Cuadro gallery is not the only place showcasing Kanso’s artwork at the moment. Her work is also being featured at restaurant La Cantine du Faubourg, who are displaying her work until June 7. Encouraging others to take up photography, 50 per cent of the proceeds from any of her artwork sold at La Cantine will go towards the Hamdan International Photography Award.

future of yesterday, nadine kanso, Cuardo art gallery in DIFC.


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Aside from that, Nadine Kanso, who is renowned for her intricate jewellery creations, using Arabic inscription in the designs for her label Bil Arabi, recently collaborated with Robert’King of Pearls’  Wan, coming together to create the Ya Noor El Ain ring.

Ya Noor El Ain

The ring, which cost a hefty Dhs360,000 was unveiled at the Doha Watches and Jewellery Exhibition on February 23, and contained a large Tahitian cultured black pearl, set in 18-carat rose gold Arabic typography (the signature of Bil Arabi designs) spelling out the name of the ring, which means ‘light of the eye’ in English. Aside from the pearl the ring was encircled by dazzling blue sapphires and diamond baguettes.

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Artist and designer Nadine Kanso

Future of Yesterday, Cuadro, 321st Road, DIFC. April 26 to June 26, 7pm to 9pm. Free. Tel: (04) 4250400. 

Images: Supplied