Myrna Ayad on the evolution & perception of Middle East art
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Guest Myrna Ayad www.linkedin.com On our first episode, we talk to Mryna Ayad, the former Editor-in-Chief of art magazine Canvas and now an independent art consultant who continues to shape the way art & artists from the Middle East are represented internationally. In addition to her professional journey that took her from Canvas to Director of Art Dubai, Mryna shares her perspective as a working mother and her mission to shape the perspective of external audiences when it comes to Middle East art. We would love to hear back from you on what you thought about this episode. You can leave us a review in Apple Podcasts, find us on Instagram, or drop us an email email@example.com. We’ll be back in two weeks with a new episode.
We talked about Myrna's interest in art, how it was born and what it has taught her about history. We discussed Dubai's young art scene, how it came about and why it's grown so fast. She also gave an interesting perspective on the word pairs: writer vs journalist, collector vs patron. I asked Myrna how to buy art , which for many people is a really intimidating process. Finally, Myrna gave us the scoop on Art Dubai 2018, which is happening March 21-24. Lots of exciting new things are planned this year so be sure to get your tickets online at www.artdubai.ae. You can find Myrna on Instagram as @myrnaayad or reach her through Art Dubai. And please do feel free to tap the Art Dubai team and website to get smarter on art all throughout the year - they are highly approachable people!
The Dubai Wave Podcast returns with Ep 3 in time for Art Dubai, the biggest international art fair in the world! This week we bring your our exclusive talk with the newly appointed Director of Art Dubai, Myrna Ayad. https://news.artnet.com/market/myrna-ayad-appointed-director-art-dubai-480899 Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD. For the 11th edition of the biggest art fair in the Middle East, Art Dubai has appointed the fascinating, multi-talented Myrna Ayad as its new director. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Myrna Ayad was an independent arts writer (and artnet News contributor), as well as an editor and consultant based in the UAE for the last 30 years. She was previously editor of Canvas, a magazine focused on arts and culture from the Middle East and the Arab world, and has also written for publications including the New York Times, the Art Newspaper, Artsy, and Artforum. In our far-ranging discussion, Myrna talks about her education; her biography and deep passion for art; and of course, all the amazing things to look forward to at this year's Art Dubai, which takes place March 15-18, 2017, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders. Hosted by:Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubaihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker& Lujain Mahmoud, AUD Digital Media studentSpecial Guest:Myrna Ayad, Director of Art Dubaihttps://ae.linkedin.com/in/myrnaayadSpecial thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom TeamProduced by Peter MousaEdited by Peter MousaCrewed by Basma Choucri & Dana OraibiAudio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James