"The environment was rich and I was exposed to a variety of stimulations – meeting other artists, gallerists, collectors etc., attending talks and lectures, visiting exhibitions. Workshops and mutual mentoring were valuable tools for looking at one’s work from a different perspective. Besides, the freedom to express in different ways, without any form of censorship, is a significant component of my experience in the U.S. and in Europe. I first had the chance to be an artist-in-residence at UArts in 2010. There I met Joe Girandola, the former head of the MFA program, who promoted the collaboration and the exchange between the UArts students and the Middle Eastern art scene. Together we organized the participation of a dozen artists enrolled in the MFA program into the Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition at the Sharjah Museum in 2011. This collaboration was further developed in 2012 when two MFA students were invited to Dubai for a two-month residency.'
"As an artist from the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. still present the opportunity of a wide cultural offer, which is extremely profitable to the growth of an artist in terms of being exposed to a multitude of different stimuli. This is slowly but steadily changing also in the UAE, although the cultural and social limitations still make it preferable for young artists to travel and see a variety of artistic expressions."