This is who I am…

“Creativity comes from deep within and there is often more to people than meets the eye”.. Away from the commercial side of life and the skills that people use in their day to day work, this exhibition looks to uncover some of the hidden talents from individuals within the global FITCH network. A past time, be it illustration, photography or music can be a vehicle for expression and provides a window into the individual. This is a rolling gallery that will keep changing and we hope you enjoy some of the inner passions we have uncovered from around our network.

1 . KIRAN RASHID    .   JUNIOR DESIGNER  / artist   .    FITCH LONDON

www.kiranrashid.co.uk

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2 . MOHAMED NABIL LABIB    .   DESIGNER / artist   .    FITCH DOHA

Mohamed Nabil, has been asked to showcase his latest work in London late September. P21 Gallery, London. http://www.p21.org.uk . In the City is a group exhibition of designers and sound artists comprised of graphic design and sound works from wider cultural production, and is related to the overall theme of the city, specifically focusing on those slightly off the radar.

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3. MATT LEACH   .    ASSOCIATE DESIGN DIRECTOR – PRODUCTION / i – Phoneographer    .     FITCH LONDON

“IPhone 4s… what’s all the fuss about? I was happy with my 10 year old mobile phone, it let me make calls, send text messages and play ‘ Snake’ on a little black & white screen. Then my obsession on building the longest ‘snake’ morphed into an obsession of buildings and architecture when I finally upgraded to an iPhone. instead of looking down I was now looking up, Forms, shaped and patterns were easily captured and the power to transform and represent these was in the power of a small black box that fitted into the palm of my hand. Instant photos lead to Instagram… and that’s where the next obsession began, A truly great platform for inspiration, creating and sharing. ”

http://www.instagram.com/mattleach30

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4. DANTE ROMANO    .    SENIOR DESIGNER / illustrator      FITCH COLUMBUS

“HUMANITY / NATURE / ANIMALIA

Exploring the intimate interdependence of humanity, the animal world and nature at large, I discover beguiling beauty and betrayal, idyllic harmony and horrific violence, love, joy, pain and sorrow, death and new birth. Man’s disregard of suffering and dislocation he needlessly inflicts on animals and the thoughtless about of my own environment is central to my work. graffiti, symbolic objects, natural textures and patterns, fragments of plant, animal and human forms are mainstays of my visual vocabulary. These concepts are abstracted, combined and layered into mixed media presentations fraught with provocative ambiguities and executed with highly stylized representations. ”

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5. HAMZAH ABDELAL   .   DESIGNER / digital artist     FITCH DOHA

“ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY

Arabic calligraphy has deep ties to the rich history of the Middle East. It’s emphatic aesthetic – alongside the expressive Arabic dialect – is synonymous with art from the region. here, the artist brings a modern approach to Arabic calligraphy and storytelling.”

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6. BRENDAN MCCORMICK   .   CREATIVE DIRECTOR / artist   .   FITCH MUMBAI

“ARRESTING MATTER

Part of a curated collection of found objects that are generally ignored and disposed of.
Isolating and venerating these objects, they asked to be considered purely for their visual and physical attributes.”

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7. OLIVER AUROY / Gabriel Malika   .   MANAGING DIRECTOR / writer   .   FITCH DOHA

“Les meilleures intentions du monde” (The best intentions in the world)

“I started writing my novel on my fortieth birthday. When a man turns forty in Dubai, he has tree choices: He ditches his wife and runs away with a petite Asian girl. He buys an expensive Harley-Davison because, God knows, he deserves it so much. He goes for a trek in the Himalayas because he wants to show that hi is still fit. Some men go through serious crises: they put the Asian girl on the motorcycle and drive all the way to the Himalayas. In my case, I just opened a few boxes and re-discovered my old writings. Enough is enough. I though: it’s time to get to work. i wanted to talk about Dubai. the city is unfair perceived as the kingdom of bling-bling and bad taste. But there is more to it than that. There are real people living there: Pakistani gardeners, indian accountants, Lebanese advertisers, British desperate housewives, Syrian hairdressers, Phillipino waiters… French branding people … the whole world! I had to talk to them about their lives.That is how the book was born. The best intentions in the world was a journey. to be able to write my book, I had to interview lotrs of people, read perhaps 50 other books, wander in the streets of Dubai, talk to elderly Emirati fisherman, get confidential stories drom a policeman, study the holy Qur’an, meet journalists.. and I loved it. what matters is the journey, not the destination, as they say. i am proud of my book.

Jonathan Swift once said “you become a man when you have planted a tree, raised a child and written a book”.

I seriously need to find a shop and buy this damned palm tree…

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