Pop culture and Khaleej traditions meet in Amel Touihri’s work, coming to COYA Dubai

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A French-Tunisian artist who fuses pop culture with Emirati traditions will present her vibrant work at COYA Dubai.

Amel Touihri

Amel Touihri’s latest exhibition, ‘When Women Meet Comics’, will open at the acclaimed Latin American venue, in the Members’ Club on Monday, March 19. Touihri’s work empowers women by exploring their representation in fashion and cinema with a humorous touch – the subject of which coincides with the celebration of women marked on International Women’s Day. “The UAE’s creative communities have really expanded since I moved to the country five years ago,” she said. “By hosting regular exhibitions outside a traditional gallery setting, COYA Dubai contributes towards this vibrant art scene and provides opportunities for emerging talent to thrive.”

Born in Paris and with Tunisian heritage, Touihri studied at the city’s ENSAAMA school of decorative arts and moved to Dubai five years ago. She takes inspiration from the 1990s popular culture she grew up with and her surroundings in the country she now calls home.

Iconic characters including Homer Simpson and Nintendo’s Italian plumber, Mario, are depicted alongside Arabian elements such as the kandura, the long white robe favoured by male Gulf nationals.

The emirate’s most exciting Latin American dining destination, COYA Dubai is based at Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge. For table reservations or more information, email reservations@coyarestaurant.ae, visit www.coyarestaurant.com/dubai or call 04 316 9600.

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