September 25, 2015


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Basquiat, Baku And Ballerinas All Day
Gallerist, Doha / Dubai / London

Working hand in hand, together they created a thriving breeding ground for emerging artists from the East. Dima Abdul Kader and Nikki Meftah, the founders of the burgeoning online gallery Emergeast, are two of a kind – they are forces behind the blooming Middle East art scene, and have dedicated themselves to unearth original art, bridging Middle Eastern culture and the global art world to form an intercultural dialogue. Combining their expertise in curating, art investing and marketing, all the while taking up roles as artists liaisons and creative directors, the discerning duo have established their influence in the Middle Eastern art world. In March, they were honoured guests at Art Dubai, and curated the Emergeast’s inaugural “Like” pop-up exhibition in London this month. To top it off, the talented pair are a frequent contributor to prominent media platforms like Buro 24/7.

Today, Dima and Nikki are here with us to talk about Banksy and Ali Banisadr being the sexiest art people, Dima’s ballerina flats and Nikki’s passion for Berlin.

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D: Dima Abdul Kader, N: Nikki Meftah


What does your ideal working outfit look like?
D: Over sized crisp white shirt and blue or beige jeans.
N: Ripped jeans and my white tee.

What’s best: heels or flats? Which brand or style?
D: Ballerina flats all the way, although I am definitely warming up to designer espadrilles – new guilty pleasure.
N: Flats all the way! Casual chic flats is my style.

What’s your favorite art-related blog or app?
D: On the top of my head huffington post arts keeps me posted on recent projects and the latest in conceptual art.
N: The online Selections magazine website.

What was the last thing you bought and loved?
D: That’s a very hard one! I will choose my new Stella bag for the day that doubles as an oversized clutch for night.
N: My white collared shirt-dress.

What is/are your personal style signifier(s)/identifier(s)?
D: I can’t leave the house without a scarf.
N: Shirt dress.

Co Founders Nikki Meftah and Dima AbdulKader with auctioneer, Talal Iliya (1)

What’s your necessary extravagance?
D: Chanel flats.
N: Cutler and Gross sunglasses.

Three things/products you always need to have in your purse?
D: Mini coconut oil for lip balm / Tom Ford’s White Patchouli perfume / eye concealer!
N: Concealer / hair brush / lipstick.

What’s your ultimate beauty secret after long working hours?
D: Rose water as a face toner, very soothing after a long day.
N: Sleep!

What’s/are your favourite work(s) of art?
D: Woman by Williem de Kooning and Pink by Jaffar Al Oraibi.
N: Shirin Neshat Women of Allah series and anything by Elham Etemadi.

What in the art world are you most excited about at the moment?
D: I love this time of year for all the summer exhibitions – great catch up time with a lot of quiet thought.
N: Dismaland of course!

Most sexiest art person?
D: Call me crazy but Banksy at the moment. I know I know, but the art says it all.
N: Ali Banisadr.

Where have you been off to recently?
D: I’ve travelled from Doha to London for Emergeast’s pop up exhibition “Like”. This exhibition was a fun and enthralling pop up for young collectors, a chance to see live what’s on the rise from Middle Eastern emerging artists.
N: The EMERGEAST Like exhibition of course!

Where is your next art trip/travel going to be?
D: Definitely Baku, Azerbaijan at the top of my list for my next art trip.
N: Berlin.

In your eyes: what is the most arty city?
D: New York City.
N: It depends in terms of institutions or city vibe, I would have to say Berlin of many on the list.

Someone you have in mind to call the perfect artworld gentlemen?
D: Jean Michel Basquiat.
N: Parviz Tanavoli.

Which artist should we have on our watchlist?
D: Nic Courdy. You’ll see what I mean…
N: Anas Homsi.

Webpage: www.emergeast.com
Instagram: @emergeast, @dimaabdulkader & @nikkimeftah
Photos: by Dima Abdul Kader & Nikki Meftah