Wednesday, August 9, 2023, marks the 91st birthday of Egyptian singer and actress Houria Hassan.
Houria Hassan enjoyed a rich singing career in which she sang more than 400 songs, the most famous of which was “From My Love to You, My Neighbor”, written by Morsi Jamil Aziz and composed by Muhammad Al-Muji, and an operetta. “The Big Night”, written by Salah Jahin and composed by Saeed Makkawi.
She began her artistic career at the age of sixteen, in 1948 she participated in the operetta “Maruf al-Isqafi” on Egyptian radio, and she was officially recognized as a singer.
He became a quick success due to his unique voice and took part in many operettas, earning the title of “flying singer” due to his frequent travels to Arab countries until his title in the media became “the first operetta singer”. Concerts.
Her success as a singer contributed to her entry into the acting industry as she delivered 6 cinematic films, the most famous of which was “Andhar and Bulbul” with Mahmood Shokoku and Siraj Mounir.
Houria Haasan unexpectedly ended her friendship with singer Faiza Ahmed and later accused her of trying to kill her with poison, which the latter denied.
Narrating the situation, Faiza Ahmed said that Houria invited Hasan to her home for lunch and prepared a meal of turkey and rice for him, but Houria could not bear the hunger and opened her friend’s fridge and ate the okra meal. Ahmed went out to feed her cats, which poisoned her, after which she was taken to the hospital.
Houria Hassan was keen to help his peers and he was elected a member of the Syndicate of Musical Professions Council in 1988, where he contributed to increasing the income of members and improving therapeutic services for them, and he continued. His union activism continued until his death on June 8, 1994 at the age of 62.
Lebanese artist Masen Khataj described Dubai as an important station for creative people, pointing out the excellence the city has to offer in all aspects from art to culture, health services, tourism and expressed his happiness at his first exhibition in Dubai. Entitled “Finding Yourself,” it runs through October 10 at Urbanest Art Gallery.
In his paintings, Khadaj reflects his search for ego, especially after trying to overcome many crises and difficult times, colors were his means of translating subjective feelings. The works of the exhibition are divided into two groups: the first is called “Lost and Found”, in which the artist reveals moments of loss, leading the recipient to find himself with the second group, whose title is “Self”.
The paintings presented by Khataj reflect the psychological state he went through. His colors are very faithful to his feelings and the events of his life, so the viewer sees them as loss, broken states and rebuilding of self. His colors highlight the feelings he experienced when life took away many things, including his father and motherland, and how he worked to restore his conscience and self, so the paintings were a lifeline from all life situations.
Khadaj told Emirates Today about his first exhibition in Dubai: “I started painting these works in 2021 and they translate what I went through in 2020, when I went through a very general crisis in my life related to my nation, Lebanon. The Beirut port explosion, as well as the crises that affected my personal life, including the death of my father due to (corona) and my moving from one city to another in Germany.
He added: “I lost many things and instead I gained other things, and I translated these feelings through colors. The level of loss I experienced made me discover a lot about myself, because loss makes a person search for courage and strength within himself.”
Kataj points out that he went through a period of depression, but this group was his savior, and therefore his colors have more strength. Also, the color group he works with is different as a result of his move to live in Germany. In this country it is very saturated with nature and different colored lights.
He points out that he tends towards spontaneity and spontaneity in artistic works as he gives them complete freedom to rely on talent and ideas.
Khataj, who works in the film production industry, explains, “His combination of music and film photography brings two people together in a special place.” Regarding the difference in his dealings with painting and pictorial performance, he added: “Photography allows me to address important issues like political topics and racism or other shocking ideas, but in photography the spontaneity is intentional, and it’s a two-dimensional painting.”
He found painting to be a different experience and often personal, so he did not ask questions while painting, but followed the color, and after experimenting with painting more than one work, the real idea might emerge. He confirmed that he worked with film programs on personal topics, including filming his father on his deathbed three hours before his death, and later making more than one film about his death and his relationship with his father.
Khataj moves between simplicity and depth in the titles of his paintings, when he paints and gives them simple titles, it may seem to some that they belong to that simple style, but in reality they have real depth in their meaning. , emphasizing that the title does not always indicate whether the graphs presented are deep or not.
Regarding stability in art and its applicability, he believed that it was possible to accomplish stable installation works, while it was difficult to provide this in paintings.
He noted that his first exhibition in Dubai was a valuable opportunity for him as an artist, as the city has become an important station for artists and is distinguished by the presence of art, culture, health and tourism services and any presence. The fact that the creator shows his works there ensures the continuity of the art.
• My first exhibition in Dubai was a prestigious opportunity… and having any artist in it ensures continuity.
• I tend to be spontaneous in artistic work as I trust talent and give it complete freedom.
Mai Al-Haj, a curator at Emirates Al-Youm, told Emirates Al-Youm about his work at Mason Ghadaj’s exhibition: “I felt it was the right time for the artist to exhibit his work in Dubai, and I met him in Lebanon and coordinated with him. To present the exhibition. He added, “Everything presented in the exhibition was consistent, especially the collection of the last period, which reveals the changes that affected his colors, especially reflecting through them the self he discovered and discovered.”
Al-Haj said, “Dubai plays a significant role in the global art market today because there are major venues for art fairs, including (Art Dubai) and (Dubai Design Week), all of which reflect the positive in the career of any artist who is here.”
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (IDRA) is participating in the “Saudi Film Forum” organized by the Film Authority tomorrow in Riyadh, where the center will showcase its pioneering cinematic efforts in supporting the kingdom’s growing film industry. Funding for local filmmakers. In line with the global needs of the sector.
The participation forum includes a special stage that highlights the most important programs of the “ITRA” center in supporting the cinema industry, especially the “ITRA Film Program” which supports local filmmakers and gives them the opportunity to apply to tell the truth. Saudi stories. This is by producing films and getting co-financing opportunities.
The center will also organize a special workshop titled “Hajjan: The Story of Visual Effects” following the public success of “Hajjan” during the film’s world premiere at the recently held Toronto International Film Festival, adding importance to the workshop. They have been used in this film by Tariq Al-Khawaji, Cultural Adviser of the Idra Center, while participating in a dialogue session on the theme of challenges and opportunities in filmmaking in the region.
The Idra Center has produced more than 20 films and is keen to support Saudi filmmakers and move them internationally, while offering a number of initiatives and programs throughout the year that support the creative industries in the Kingdom. , including theatre, films and cinema, participates in many from local and international forums through international film festivals, and hosts the annual Saudi Film Festival in collaboration with the Cinema Society and with the support of the Ministry’s Film Commission. Culture.
In Argentina… fear of random and dangerous plastic surgery
Cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Argentina, which is sometimes performed without any supervision, a reality highlighted by the recent death of an Argentine actress suspected of dying from side effects of this type of surgery.
Silvina Luna, who was 43 at the time of her death, appeared on the Argentine version of “Big Brother,” and the blonde, blue-eyed woman later launched a career that combined modeling and TV shows.
In 2011, Luna underwent surgery to increase the size of her buttocks, but she suffered from infections, complications, hypercalcemia, and kidney failure that left her hospitalized for weeks for a transplant, but she died at the end of August.
Her family’s lawyer, Fernando Borlando, said in early September, following an autopsy on her body: “No one can tolerate this amount of synthetic material in the body,” noting that he saw “how many solid materials appeared mixed in.” Human tissues were extracted from the body.”
Anibal Ludogi, the surgeon who operated on Luna, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2022, but was acquitted. He was banned from practicing his profession for five years after being accused of “malpractice” with four patients. Silvina.
After the death of the actress, other cases treated by Ludogi, who became famous as a “celebrity surgeon” 10 to 15 years ago, began to appear in public and were regularly hosted on television programs.
20 percent increase in 5 years
In August, former dancer Mariano Cabrarola died aged 49 of acute kidney failure and a heart attack. He, in turn, underwent surgery on his buttocks, which was performed by Ludogi, accusing the dancer of “injecting him to death.”
Polymethyl methacrylate was found to be responsible for the deaths of two former small screen stars.
Although this expensive material is allowed in plastic surgery, it is recommended only in certain quantities (teeth or artificial joints). It is currently sold in Argentina.
In an interview with Agence France-Presse, the Buenos Aires-based plastic surgeon, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had received previous patients who said Lodoki’s organs were “hard as stone, and the needle would break when injected.” in it.”
Silvina Luna’s case, which has sparked widespread sympathy in the country, has exposed some of the weakest aspects of the plastic surgery industry in Argentina, long considered the center of plastic surgery in Latin America along with Brazil and Colombia.
“There has been a 20 percent growth in plastic surgery in recent years,” pointed out Edgardo Beskert, president of the Plastic Surgery Society of Argentina.
One of the reasons for this high rate is the peso’s exchange rate against the dollar, which foreigners benefit from.
Biskert emphasized that the Covid-19 pandemic and social networks have “changed the equation”.
He added: “Many people spent their days in isolation, using the internet and looking at themselves in the mirror for long periods of time.”
He continued, “Social networks and phones that incorporate image-altering technology that can create face changes without undergoing surgery have created a huge desire among people to resemble altered images.”
Similarity to the “altered image”.
Maximiliano Gil Miranda, a surgeon who has been practicing the profession for 22 years, told Agence France-Presse that he has seen many patients show his picture and wish to resemble it. He had to patiently explain to them that this was not possible and that the “ideal” image was subject to change.
He pointed out that after successful rhinoplasty patients are reassured that all is well, but taking a selfie in a certain way distorts the shape of the nose compared to a normal photo. He said: “Things have become difficult to control…”
The expert confirmed that prices in the field have fallen by making plastic surgery “accessible to all social classes”. On the other hand, “lower-paid physicians are more interested in learning this more lucrative specialty.”
Plastic radiologist Carolina Marilouis told the agency that improved techniques and products are becoming increasingly available, “encouraging many people who are not experts in the field to get into it, maybe train in it.”
It specializes in monitoring and evaluating potential complications of previous cosmetic surgery.
She said: “My schedule is busy and with the media covering cases of plastic surgery, people have become more aware of it and are demanding ultrasounds to detect the nature of the product. injected into their bodies.