What Depictions of Nefertiti Say about the Way Society Views Gender and Race

February 19, 2019

In his 2018 solo exhibition “Nefertiti” at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo, Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar debuted a series of oil paintings that return the ancient monarch to Egypt—and a symbol to her humanity. In his paintings, Nefertiti is pictured with legs, arms, and even wings, offering a rendering of Nefertiti as a divine leader who is both formidable and familiar. These paintings explode with color, and commingle modern and ancient fashions—off-the-shoulder tops, sweetheart dresses, and ankh necklaces—that remake Nefertiti and her hallmark crown for a new world.

Freedom in Art

February 10, 2019 - Carmel Harrison

Barcelona-based Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar chats exclusively to Emirates Woman about how the freedom and emancipation of women all over the world is the most important message in his artwork.


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Hossam Dirar

January 18, 2019 - SELECTIONS Arts

Hossam Dirar was born in Cairo in 1978 and he continues to live and work in the city. He obtained a BA from Helwan University’s Fine Arts Faculty of Applied Arts, graduating with honours, and he was awarded the best graduation project amongst all entries. His later studies included graphic design, painting, printmaking, mixed media, product design, photography, multimedia and pottery. 

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Art For Keeping Art

December 17, 2018 - Leila Afshar and Leila Behtalab - Sazandegi Newspaper

Hijacked by Fereydoun Ave

December 4, 2018

“Here we have hijacked the September issue of Selections Magazine with approximately 126 pages of images from some 64 Iranian artists who are content to connect to the world through their images: visual dialogue.”

Curator’s statement : Artist’s statements have always been for me a defensive move: a justification.


November 13, 2018 - Hajo

Der ägyptische Künstler Hossam Dirar rückt in seiner aktuellen Ausstellung „Nefertiti“ die Frau in den Vordergrund. Nicht als Objekt der Begierde, sondern als Subjekt mit politischer und gesellschaftlicher Wichtigkeit. Aufhänger für die Sammlung einer Reihe von aktuellen Gemälden ist dem Titel nach Nofretete, wie sie hierzulande genannt wird.


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Painterly Abode

November 1, 2018 - Ayesha Shaikh

Old-world charm abounds in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat studio of Franco-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar. Ayesha Shaikh discovers how the space fuels his creativity.

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Art For The Ages

November 1, 2018 - Thomas Barrie

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, an artist living and working in Cap-Ferrat, has found a new form of expression through the work of ex-resident Jean Cocteau.

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LACMA’s Islamic Art Curator on How Her Ambitious New Exhibition Reveals Another Side of Iran

October 19, 2018 - Nilina Mason-Campbell

The new exhibit “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” is the culmination of four years of work by LACMA’s Islamic art curator, Linda Komaroff. Assembling some 125 works of art, from photography to painting,and from posters to political cartoons, the striking show explores an intriguing and scholarly theme: the creative use of anachronism within Iranian art, showing both how tradition animates the present and how reference to the past can be a vehicle for subversive commentary today.

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September 26, 2018 - Safiyyah S

After the previous success of their past exhibitions inspired by poet, artist, and writer, Kahlil Gibran and his best selling book, The Prophet, we had the pleasure of visiting their recent exhibition at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street.

The exhibition, which also celebrates the 95th publishing anniversary of ‘The Prophet’ this year, attracted a considerable number of guests and we had a rather pleasant evening viewing an array of art pieces and socialising with other art enthusiasts. We have heard of Kahlil Gibran and some of his work but, have never ‘discovered’ him fully which after attending the exhibition, find we are cheating ourselves from finding a poet whose spirit is immortalised and continuing to inspire many other artists.

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