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  • Dina Dabbas Rifai

    Dina Dabbas Rifai asked in Arts 22nd Feb '17:

    Would you travel for art? Or to attend an art fair? If yes, what in the trip would add to your experience?
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  • asked in Arts 28th Dec '16:

    What are your criteria to determine the value of art?.

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 21st Feb '17:

    The history of the artist. His talent and years of experience! His creativity and hard work. That should be it, but in today's world it's more about a good agent, luck, or a gallery with great PR. The value of art is basically what someone is willing to pay for something they think is worth it.

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  • asked in Arts 31st Dec '15:

    In your opinion, which has had greater influence on the other, Feminism or Art?.

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 26th Oct '16:

    feminism in art!

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  • asked in Arts 7th Jul '16:

    How do you feel about the suggestion, that the objective of art objects is to make people smile?.

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 26th Oct '16:

    It is for sure not the objective of art! It could be the consequence of certain art. In my opinion, the objective of art is first and foremost to convey the thoughts and emotions of the artist. It is the artist's way of expressing his pleasure, pain, sadness, disgust, or discontent. Art creates a connection and sends a message, which for sure does not always put a smile on ones face. Art can be pretty, sad, funny, happy, or gory, and in all cases is good art if it evokes an emotion in us!

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  • Suhad Shtayyeh

    Suhad Shtayyeh asked in Design 29th Jun '16:

    Isn't it time the world put some controls on social media ? Social media has blurred the lines between genuine behavior and attention-seeking publicity. Nowhere is this more evident than in the celebrity/fashion world, where age groups have been unhealthily blended, making it acceptable for a 10 year old girl to follow Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian on Instagram, and confusing her into believing that this behavior is normal... Other than watching your teen like a hawk, how can we protect our next generations from these dangerous influences ?

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 26th Oct '16:

    I totally agree that social media outlets have given way for anyone and everyone overstep the boundaries of privacy, decency, and morality. Not judging, to each his own, but agreeing that it has affected the new generation in a somewhat negative manner. Unfortunately, protecting them from all that is extremely tough, if not impossible, and the only way is to try and get them interested in so many other things that will fill their time and keep them away from spending their days following Kylie Jenner. Making outdoor activities interesting again, involving them in sports, coming up with co-created projects with friends, or even indoor stuff that they might find extremely interesting, depending on their interests, like short films, animation, product design, etc.
    I guess there is no easy solution to this really, except instilling our values in them by talking, not lecturing, and showing them that normal people and normal life can be fun and hip as well!!!
    Not much help I know, just some thoughts.

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  • asked in Arts 23rd Aug '16:

    What does it take for a nation to love the 'Arts' ?.

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 31st Aug '16:

    I think this depends on whether you mean 'Arts' in its broader sense. As I see it, some art forms are naturally more popular and spread among the masses, like music and dance. But when it comes to fine arts and visual art, the feat becomes more challenging! Here, I think the key is exposure and edification; seeing art everywhere, growing up with it around you in your home, your grandparents home, school, public spaces, galleries, museums, etc.etc. Learning to appreciate art, the value of art, and the importance of art in our lives is what will make people love it and long for it. It's a long process though that takes generations to deeply embed it's roots. For other than those blessed with being born with the gift of an artistic talent, where love and appreciation for poetry, painting, sculpting, or writing comes naturally and within any circumstance, place, or time, for the rest it is acquired!

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  • Dana Khalili

    Dana Khalili asked in Arts 15th Aug '16:

    We remain in search of simplicity and minimalism in life. What is your perception of the arts and minimalism?

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 15th Aug '16:

    Tough question! But my answer for it at the moment would be that although we seek simplicity and minimalism (not everyone does, but for those of us who do) art is mostly a reflection of the state of mind we are in the the time. What I mean is that in-spite of looking for minimalism in life, I sometimes search and need art around me that is loud, colorful, busy, and anything but minimalist! Depending on what stage I am going through, a white canvas with a small red dot won't do it for me! Sometimes art is supposed to fill the gaps that we don't know we need or unaware we are searching for.
    Not sure if this makes sense, but bottom line is I believe that sometimes art needs to evoke our senses, challenge our thoughts, and inspire passion and drive, and minimalism can be a bit scarce in that area!

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  • Ron Maestri

    Ron Maestri replied 15th Jul '16:

    Do you agree that we have to accept anything created, portrayed, or presented by an artist as art?
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  • asked in Arts 17th Jun '16:

    What defines an artist's legacy in your opinion?.

    Dina Dabbas Rifai replied 26th Jun '16:

    I would love to say 'his talent'! But unfortunately, as history has shown, many things define an artist's legacy, from talent, hard work, and perseverance, to luck, tragedy, politics, being backed by the right people, and an innate nature for good PR and marketing.
    Creativity and an understanding of the market are much of what it takes to build a name in art today, and no one seems to care that much that the actual 'Art' is not even done by the artist himself, but by his apprentices. Let's wait and see if that is enough to create legacies?!?!
    All that is clear for now is that many talents, beautiful minds, and forgotten creatives, never made it to the land of legacies.

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