Jalal Luqman’s name today is known both locally and internationally. But his journey to becoming the UAE’s first digital artist in the 1990s was not a walk in the park. His passion for computers and art showed at a very young age but reality forced him to make other professional choices first. After dramatic events turned him from wealthy to poor overnight while he was studying in the USA, he managed to finance his business degree with blue-collar jobs, while secretly following art classes in the evening.
Suhaila, 21, studies law at Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. She has already run several elections and represented her peers in different organisations, including her university’s student council and the Emirates Youth Council.
In a country that has organised the first parliamentary elections of its history little more than a decade ago, she is part of this new generation of Emiratis contributing to their country’s journey towards more public participation. Suhaila embraces the future with optimism and is eager to make a change, but her Al Ain bedouin roots are also very important to her.
Two years after the loss of her mother, Dubai artist and entrepreneur Leila al Marashi, 35, decides to build on her dramatic experience in a creative way via “The Power of Pink” project, an art installation focused on the colour pink and dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE.
In this episode, Leila speaks about the the colour pink’s role in an Emirati woman’s life, from childhood to adulthood. She also shares the story of her mother and father, and of the pop-art pictures that she created to “make East meet West”.