SHE – A live art event organized by Funun Arts, where 18 UAE-based artists engaged in a live art session to celebrate She, the latest book by local author Purva Grover.
18 UAE-based female artists have huddled up to celebrate the spirit of womanhood. In a live art event organised by Funun Arts, a local non-profit artists platform, the artists from different nationalities and varied backgrounds will fill up the canvases with shades of She, to celebrate the book by the same name, by UAE-based author Purva Grover. The author will engage in a conversation, read excerpts from the book, and sign copies of her latest book, She: Among the many things I don’t understand, most are feminine, at the event on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Novotel World Trade Centre, Dubai. The book was released in August 2021.
From nail paints to sneakers, boardrooms to kitchenettes, babies to girlfriends, astronauts to homemakers, pink to blue….expect to see it all on the canvases at this interactive event. Each of the artists was provided with art supplies (beverages and snacks too) to play with colours. A few non-artists to will take part in the event and would be offered guidance by the artist community. The names of the participating artists include: Amancia Sandra, Jasmine Mohammed Rizvi, Madiha Khan, Arezoo Rahmdel, Arthi Balaji, Richa Jain, Moni Shyam, Mubashra Madni, Pari Sagar, Paulomi Rana, Raisa Rajan, Rani Vaswambharam, Sabah Anees, Saima Hasan, Shiba Khan, Sunita Vasanth, Tatiana Yatlo, and Vaheetha Banu.
The event will be graced by three female guests of honours — Nisha Ganapathy, Group Product Manager, DermoViva, Dabur International; Afshan Qureshi, Indian artist; and Nada Al Brazi, Lebanese artist. The other guests at the event include art supporters like Anjani Prakash Laitu, Peter Gressman, Saju Nair, and Ahmed Al Awadhi.
“In the pages, we celebrate waxing woes and bad hair days, we tick the boxes and break the rules, and we apologise for getting old and feel guilty when promoted at work. We speak of unwanted advice, as we offer some too. We sigh, smile and scorn. We observe, absorb, judge and compare. We own our space,” says Purva Grover, who has previously authored two books, The Trees Told Me So and It was the year 2020. She is not about female empowerment or male-bashing; it is simply a celebration of being a woman. The book is currently making waves for its honest, relatable and fun approach to the topic of womanhood. The writing style and subject of She is different from the author’s first two titles. Says the author, who was granted the UAE Golden Visa for ten years (the first cultural visa in the world) under the category: Class of Creators from the People of Culture and Art as a writer in June 2021, “Yes, this book comes at a time when my first two titles have been put under the literary sections stirring emotions (not hormones) of a purely different nature than this one. Why did I write this? As always, I don’t choose the words, the books choose me. So, yes, She, chose me. I simply caved in. As an author, I am always up for challenging myself and hence the unique approach and subject.”
“Let’s celebrate the freedom of being ourselves. Let’s be unapologetic about chasing our dreams, making mistakes, and owning our identity and space as a female. Both artists and non-artists can be part of the event. All art supplies will be provided. And artists from Funun Arts will help you create magic,” said sisters and co-founder, Shiba and Farah Khan, Funun Arts.
Over the coming months, She will come closer to you, at art exhibitions, coffee mornings, ladies nights, pyjama parties, and more. The artists, organisers and author are available for e-mail, phone and face-to-face interviews.
Notes to Editor
About the author
Purva Grover is an author and journalist. She made her debut as an author with The Trees Told Me So (2017); a book of short stories, it draws a poignant picture of love, life and loss with an honest voice. Her second title, It was the year 2020 (2021); a fragmentary novel set in real-time, it dares to speak of the pandemic, waiting to take over our lives, or whatever little is left of it. Her third title, She (2021); is currently making waves for its honest, relatable and fun approach on the topic of womanhood. purvagrover.com
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About Funun Arts
Funun Arts is a non-profit platform where artists are given an opportunity to exhibit their talents in a space that is affordable and allows them the freedom to enhance their creativity. Funun offers them an experience they will cherish. Emerging as an innovative idea amongst a few artists in 2016, it soon took over the aspiring imagination of the Khan sisters, Shiba and Farah. Funun Arts has been widely appreciated for their initiatives towards social and noble causes for a better society, and has been engaged in offering a helping hand to those in need. They believe that art is not only brushes and canvases; it is also a form to communicate your thoughts without any constraint, and that brings about a sense of positive energy which brightens the spirit of the onlooker. Now more than 400 multinational artists are the part of this art community. https://fununart.com/
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