A creative journey from the first portrait known to man, recorded and documented up to this moment by the most important Greek soldier “Themistocles”, which is considered the first painting in history, to portraits today, to illustrate the importance of portraiture in our human history, the images people take of themselves at every moment and occasion from the lens of a smart phone. are taken? How was it done? Like today, when Photoshop is manipulated on facial features, it can seem very beautiful and highly idealized to most people.
Throughout the history of the portrait and its origins, its well-known origin from a historical perspective is undoubtedly documentation, but from a technical perspective, the features took different directions as the inner expressions of the face and identity prevailed. , and criminal investigations benefited from it, we consider it essential in art to highlight the importance of science, medicine, and literature, after describing a mysterious person who committed a crime, to practice justice while drawing a face. Getting to know the external physical characteristics by getting into the essentials through expressive expressions, drawing, sculpture or photography … so the mood and character of the person appears and, therefore, his behavior reference, especially through the head and face.
There are university majors who are concerned with looking at a painted body or figure, and the art of drawing or sculpting a face is an art that creators have long considered a new creation for man, so they created imaginary self-portraits. Autobiographical personalities that interpret the self in various ways, and psychology has recently noticed this aspect through portraiture, an extension of what the ancient Arabs had. Physics, and the same goal, that is, what the sensations of the image reflect.
As for the temporal aspect, since the Renaissance era, creativity has taken a special way of depicting portraits of a real person, and as we say today, art and its full characteristics, the image emerges from the Mona Lisa. With pearl earring, AD. In 2003 the old and colored paintings were suddenly discovered. , for the faces of the Egyptian Fayum before the era of Roman rule, and for the production of about 900 painted faces, most of which bear ambiguous questions that require interpretation, researchers are moving towards new analyzes of these faces, and to know these people and their status in society.
Also, the history of coins, the portraits of faces on one and two sides, the work executed as artwork, reveals itself and the ownership, and the world bears many names that express portraiture, and in the Emirates, plastic artist Salma Al completed full portraits of legendary people, Mari, a historical figure from the land of the Emirates, and still He lives in the conscience of the people. Faces that Express Egoism in Its Expanding Forms, No Face Similar to Another The artist Bodour al-Bodour painted a portrait of an Emirati woman wearing gold on her head and chest.
Today, the art of the lens remains, continuing to analyze the features of the interpretive snapshot with a glance and a smile. Perhaps we know the reason why some people refuse to take photographs when tired or ill, so the weak side is the telephoto lens, or the history of the portrait continues in the arts, such as painting or sculpture, whose image is inside. The reflection does not appear in the lens, and the portrait is strong in its physical, psychological and spiritual form. .
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.