Beachroad Magazine head to DIFC to meet Dilyara Kamenova founder of Alpha Soul an arts & culture development company. Their latest show brings the off tilt world of Salvador Dali to Dubai. Salvador Dali. The Memories runs until April 22nd featuring lithographs, photographs and original paintings by the Spanish surrealist artist.
NAME? // Dilyara Kamenova.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Oil & Gas Engineering.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Founder of Alpha Soul.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN DUBAI? // 5 years.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BRING THE DALI / THE MEMORIES EXHIBITION TO DUBAI? // Alpha Soul is an arts & culture development company. And we bring international iconic names to Dubai to merge city's vision to become an International Art Hub.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DIFC AS A LOCATION FOR DALI / THE MEMORIES EXHIBITION? // Well, DIFC is the international place, where people from different countries, nationalities and backgrounds are working together and we believe that Art & Culture unites them. No matter from where they come, but most of them know who Salvador Dali is.
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN CREATING THE EXHIBITION? // The whole project is challenging: finding original pieces, convince the collectors to lend the works, transportation, insurance, finding a right venue, sponsors etc.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE IN THE EXHIBITION? // A Shower of Jasmine.
WHY SHOULD SOMEONE VISIT THE DALI / THE MEMORIES EXHIBITION? // It's a great opportunity to see Dali's works from private collections and learn about him from a different perspective. The exhibition displays many artworks that have never been seen before.
IF YOU WERE NOT RUNNING ALPHA & SOUL WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? // Traveling or living somewhere in the forests of Patagonia :)
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE ART SCENE IN THE UAE AND WHICH ARTISTS EXCITE YOU? // The Art scene in Dubai is flourishing nowadays. My favourite artist is Hassan al Jalal, originally from Egypt migrated to Jordan. His art really talks to you and takes you to another dimension.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE ART WORLD WAS FOR YOU? // I've been always passionate about art. Once when I was 9 years old, my mother gave me a book "Art of Western Europe" from where I fell in love with Renaissance Period and later I moved to Italy to deeply explore it. Since then my life is all about art.
YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS? // Henry Matisse and Claude Monet.
YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY? // Musee de L'Orangerie, Paris.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEW ARTIST STARTING OUT? // To express his inner world through art. I believe inside of each person is a whole universe and if we accept it without comparing it with others and take it beyond the society box through art it will definitely add colors to the world.
WHAT ART DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH? // Nature is the genius, Artist.
WHAT SHOW / PROJECT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? // My first exhibition of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro in Burj Khalifa in 2016.
WHERE DO YOU SEE ALPHA & SOUL BEING IN 10 YEARS TIME? // Traveling around the world with interesting exhibitions of the greatest artists.
ART ASIDE, WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Mountains and forests. For 6 month I live in Dubai and the other 6 I spend traveling and visiting ancient tribes living in South America and Asia. Most of them live very high in the mountains and jungles.
IF YOU COULD OWN ANY PIECE OF ARTWORK WHAT WOULD IT BE? // "Dance" by Henri Matisse.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY ARTIST ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Salvador Dali.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Hiking.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Plastic Pollution.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // when I went first to kinder garden.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My mother. She is strong but very feminine. Successful at her work and despite her busy schedule finds time for the family. We never feel lucky to have her attention and love.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Sound therapy to my friend. Special Tibetan treatment that improves insomnia and releases the stress.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Stay a child as long as possible and stop staring at the gadgets.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // not being able to keep my future plans in secret.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Fake people.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // E.T (The alien) from E.T Go Home movie.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // when I nearly drowned in the lake when I was 6 years old.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // South America.
LEAST FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Peru, Ecuador, Chile (Easter Island) and New Zealand.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // A good sense of humour.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Movies like Hatiko.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Be yourself other roles are taken, be grateful, find the job you really enjoy and make sure it benefits others.