Inside Indie: 03/04/2021

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Inside Indie!

Here are the highlights:

The Louvre Museum in Paris has released nearly half a million items from its collection online

Snapchat has launched a new original series to showcase content from its Spotlight and Snap Map public features

Elephant in the Room exhibition that features elephants made from clothes from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh now in Dubai

Want to know more? Read on!

Louvre Museum showcases 482,000 items in new portal

image of people standing in front of paintings in the louvre museum in paris
Photo by Diogo Fagundes on Unsplash

Miss going to the Louvre in Paris to admire the Mona Lisa and other priceless artworks? Now you can see them from the comfort of your home, thanks to the museum’s new platform, which is free and open for everyone!

You’ll be able to explore 482,000 items, which range from works on display, those on long-term loan, and even works in storage, most of which have been labelled with information and photographs. The collection features works from both the Louvre and Musee National Eugene-Delacroix, as well as sculptures from the Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens.

The Louvre is also working on verifying around 13,000 items acquired between 1933 to 1945 as part of the process of making its collection public, according to a report by France 24. The process is estimated to take five years, after which investigations will proceed to works acquired in later decades.

‘Elephant in the Room’ travelling art installation arrives to Dubai

image of cloth elephants from the elephant in the room art installation at the dubai design district
Image by Dubai Design District

Today’s your last day to see the olourful, life size cloth elephants by Bangladeshi artist Kamruzzaman Shadhin can now be viewed at the Dubai Design District, behind Building 6!

The travelling installation features torn clothes from Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, who were then given new clothes in exchange, that were then sewed together to become quilted “elephant hides” by refugee craftswomen using a traditional form of South Asian embroidery called kantha.

The project was inspired by the refugees’ plight as well as unfortunate incidents with wild elephants who stumbled into the refugee camp, which is located on their forest crossing path.

Its aim is to tell the refugees’ plight and how their sudden appearance has disrupted wildlife and the environment.

Snapchat’s ‘The Best Snaps Show’ is highlighting the best posts from Spotlight and Snap Maps

Image by Snap, Inc.

Snapchat launched a new original weekly series, called The Best Snaps Show, on March 14 that will run until May 2, 2021. It is available on its Discover platform and will showcase content from its Spotlight and Snap Map public features.

Spolight was launched in November as a TikTok-like feature to give Snapchat users more public forum to showcase their snaps. The plaform announced in February 2021 that it already has over 100M monthly active users while the 3-year-old Snap Maps feature, which allows users to see public posts by location, has over 250 million users per month.

People who create the most popular posts on Spotlight receive a $1M pay out from Snapchat, which has been giving away daily amounts to encourage people to post there. So far, there have been over 175,000 daily video submissions on Spotlight.

Snapchat has also taken measures to ensure that Spotlight payouts are fair and not impacted by posts being featured on The Best Snaps Show with guidelines that say that only snaps that are at least a week old will be featured as well as not including any identifiers for snaps that are featured on the show

Upcoming Events

World Art Dubai: The Middle East’s largest accessible and affordable art fair concept that provides a fusion of art retail, entertainment and education is running from April 7-10 at the Dubai World Trade Centre

Abu Dhabi Festival Talks Series: Part of the festival’s UAE Theatre Circle feature, which is hosting a series of Arabic interactive panels and discussions led by international theatre leaders and staging three plays in Arabic and English. At the Threshold of the Future of Theatre discussion (Arabic) will take place on April 8 at 6.30PM. Pre-registration required.

‘Unsettled Objects, 1968-1969′ Exhibition: featuring a wide range of contemporary artworks, including notable new acquisitions from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection that’s designed to create conversations through thought-provoking individual experiences. The Flying Saucer building, Sharjah, until June 15, 2021

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