December 10, 2023


ART CONNECTS WOMEN (6th Edition) Under the Patronage of UNESCO 1st March 2023,

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Following 5 successful runs since its inaugural edition in 2017, Art Connects Women (ACW) will once again take center stage as the most significant leading women’s art exhibition in UAE and the surrounding regions. Organized by ZeeArts Gallery from the 8th to 11th of March 2023, Dubai will play host to an extensive array of artworks by 112 women artists, each representing their home country (112 Countries) in this annual showcase of creative prowess.

The 4-day art extravaganza aligns its purpose with that of International Women’s Day, thus centering its intentions on providing the most optimal women representation in the art sector while taking greater strides in empowering the female gender in achieving new heights – all these to be activated on a global scale. This coming year, the management of survivability will take a back seat to the work of renewal, growth, and progression. To dream is to inject courage into thoughts, and dreams are the beginning of all new ideas that are to be made real. As such, the exhibition theme has been aptly named ‘Dare to Dream’.

Education trumps ignorance, and educating has always been Art Connects Women’s leading advocacy to better navigate the ever-shifting landscapes of the art world. To equip women artists with the appropriate skill sets, the ACW furthers its pedagogical efforts through its hosting of conferences – with assistance from industry experts and leaders – which aim to shed light on often-neglected areas in the field. Our conference theme is “Fostering a Sustainable Art and Cultural Ecosystem” where we will introduce three-panel discussions: Art and Finance, Embrace Equity, and Focusing on the female architect and Cultural Heritage. The second night welcomes artists from across disparate cultures, nationalities, and social backgrounds to mingle and busk in the concentration of creative finesse that pervades the halls. All things good in history remain documented for future generations to reference, and it is no different for the annual Art Connects Women initiative. Each artist will have their artwork and their portrait perpetuated within the Art Book entitled ‘Women Artists around the World’ — now on to its 4th volume. These books will remain in the private collections of the Art Connects Women stakeholders, public showcases in libraries, as well distributed to the artists.

Finally, the philosophy of Art Connects Women is one of celebration. As the curtains gradually get drawn over the event, a final tribute is to be paid to all participating artists for their strength, courage, determination, and messages of empowerment to the creative sector, women in the world, as well as all of humanity. The award ceremony ensures that every woman gains the recognition that their selfless contributions are valued and that they play a significant role in fostering a society that is inclusive, altruistic, and above all, human. Zaahirah Muthy, the founder of Art Connects Women extend her gratitude and Congratulations to all the Artist Ambassador and emphasize “DARE TO DREAM” but work hard to make those dream a reality. She has never ever imagined that one day she will connect with the world through the Arts. She strongly believes that Art is a Catalyse to make a positive impact.

Art Connects Women Program 2023: 8th March: 9h00 to 16h00

Conference: Fostering a Sustainable Art and Cultural Ecosystem

Venue: MBR Library, Al Jaddaf 9 th March: 19h00 to 22h00

Private Opening: Dare to Dream International Art Exhibition

Venue: Le Patio, Al Habtoor Palace, Dubai

Exhibition open for Public: 10 -11th March from 10h00 to 22h00

10th March: 19h00 to 22h00 Award Night and Gala dinner Artists Award

Venue: V Hotel, Al Habtoor City powered by Grant Thornton

11th March: Cultural Tour to Sharjah Biennale

About ZeeArts Gallery

ZeeArts is a global art incubator nestled in Dubai and a branch in Mauritius, with a mission to Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate the arts through our line-up of artistic initiatives and projects. Since our inception in 2017, our calendars are riddled with a myriad of artistic and cultural initiatives. In our bid to promote inclusivity for the betterment of society and embrace the SDGs, ZeeArts strongly advocates for gender parity under the banner of Art Connects Women, with our core values in crafting artistic initiatives with an integrity approach, we have launched the premiere Mauritius International Art fair, Africa Speaks-54 and SDGs through Arts. ZeeArts has curated over 80 art exhibitions in UAE, France, Mauritius, Georgia, Lebanon, and Singapore.

One of the public winners is Lilia Lujan

Self-taught and multidisciplinary Mexican visual artist, active in the plastic arts since 1995. Specialized in painting, alternative sculpture, minimalist murals, thematic digital collections of social art, design, graphics, and illustration. In addition to teaching workshops and collaborating on various social projects with vulnerable groups. She directed 25 thematic murals and participation in more than 400 national and international exhibitions. She selected among other events,:

The 6th Edition Art Connects Women 2023, international exhibition. DUBAI (ZeeArts). -3RD International Print Biennale SKOPJE, Macedonia, 2022. DLUM -2022 KISM Saipan International DESIGN Exhibition. -16th International Print Triennale Graphica Creativa 2022. Finland. – Culture 2.0 Festival 2021. ACCAC Accessible Art and Culture Finland.- Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale 2021, Fengxian Museum. – Prize 1st Place category: Book graphics:

Illustration. XII “St. Petersburg Art Week 2021″, Russia.-Social Art Award 2021-New Greening. The book special edition. Berlin. -3rd SKOPJE International Print Biennale, Macedonia, 2020. DLUM – Association of Artists of Macedonia. PERU DESIGN BIENNIAL – LIMA. PERU, LATIN AMERICA 2022.-6th Beijing International Art Biennale “Memory and Dream”, National Art Museum of China. 2015. International Competition “Art for a new culture of non-violent peace” 2022, special award ORDER OF THE KNIGHT OF THE ART OF THE NEW CULTURE OF NON-VIOLENT PEACE. The Republic of Serbia.- Korea Smart Media Society. USA-PRISHTINA 2022 INTERNATIONAL POSTER FESTIVAL in the Republic of Kosovo. 2nd edition. LAPIDARIUM OF THE MUSEUM OF KOSOV.- “Posko Visual 2022 Memorabilia” The International Poster Exhibition.

Art and Design Department, Malang Universitas Negeri. Malaga, Indonesia. “Revitalization After COVID-19” Taiwan International Poster Invitation Exhibition.Tungfang Design University.- 2022 KISM Saipan International DESIGN Exhibition. Korea Smart Media Society. USA.-The Third Art Exhibition of Featuring “One Belt, One Road” 2022, for 100 Sister School Initiative. China. – Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University Invitation Faculty of Fine Arts – Graphic Design Department.

“DARDANELLES99” INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION 2022. Turkey International artworks in honor of the 99th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.-The Nantong International Music and Beer Festival Poster Design Invitational Exhibition 2022. China.-The exhibition “SMART MEDIA, THE BEGINNING OF A NEW WORLD” of the Korea Intelligent Media Association 2022. Art Gallery, 56th Anniversary Memory Hall. Hannam University. Korea.-TAU Urban Art Territory, 3rd edition 2022. Brazil.-2023 China University Zodiac Design Exhibition Chinese Zodiac Rabbit. Organizing Committee of the Chinese Zodiac Design Competition in Colleges and Universities for the kind invitation China.-Exhibition WOBEC PRZEMOCY / Against Violence, 2022. WL4 Art Space in Gdansk at the Stocznia Cesarska facilities, Gdansk, Poland. International poster exhibition “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE 2022” Swiss.- 5th Kunming Gold Camellia International Culture and Creative Design Competition 2022. Antwerp, Belgium. – 2022 KICD Summer International Conference & International Invitational Poster Exhibition.

KOREA INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL PRODUCT DESIGN. Seoul, Korea.-Korea Smart Media Society, exhibition: Hannam University’s Gallery, Daejeon, Korea.-The exhibition “Dance in Collages”. International Festival Jazz Dance Open 2022. The Karel Pippich Theatre-Chrudim-Czech Republic. -3rd International Virtual Digital Art Exhibition (ASEDAS 2022), co-organized by Prince of Songkla University Pattani Campus, Thaksin University, Yala Rajabhat University, and Southeast Asian Digital Art Association (ASEDAS). Thailand.-International Contemporary Art Festival ‘CLASH’ 2022. Lanzarote, Spain.- Research Conference on Ethnology and Cultural Policies University of Jyväskylä, Finland. 2022.-Studio Next. “Black & White” International art exhibition 2022-2023. Calcutta, India.- ACMC22 5th EDITION- Arts & Cultural Management Conference Network 2022. University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.- II MAKMA International Poster Award- Order/Disorder, 2021. MUVIM-Museu Valencià de la II-lustraciò i de the Modernity. Valencia, Spain.-International Human Rights Art Festival 2021. NY City. us.-A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change 2020. Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden. -IV Zaragoza Textile Meeting “Hulaki: Mutations”, 2020 Spain.– International Exhibition “HUMAN RIGHTS? The shape of the future#WomenCanSaveTheWorld 2020. Associazione Internazionale Arti Plastiche Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti – Rovereto –Trento, Aiap-Unesco, Italy.-Simultaneous International Exhibition “Latin America, what unites us” 2020. National Committees of the Latin American Region and the Caribbean of the AIAP-Unesco.-PHILATELIC. First Edition 2020. Art & Diffusion Club. Buenos Aires, Argentina.-Covid-19 International Art Contest. 2020. Matilde Tamayo Foundation, Barcelona, Spain & The Wentworth Norton Group, Inc. USA-Art on the Net 2020. International Virtual Art Exhibition. House of America. Madrid, Spain. -International Inspiration Day Fest 2020, STUDIORDD. Israel.-International Exhibition of Contemporary Art-HUMAN RIGHTS? #CLIMA- L’EDIZIONE 2019, Associazione Internazionale Arti Plastiche Italia, Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti – Rovereto – Trento, Aiap-Unesco, Italy.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, September 21, 2018. Unesco, Paris, France headquarters. Thematic works: “Drones & Robots at the Service of Peace”.-Design of special edition works Commemorating 100 Years of the Mexican Red Cross City of Puebla, Mexico 2018.

WORKS IN MUSEUMS AND INSTITUTIONS His works are part of the Artistic Heritage of The Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Alcalá, in Spain. Javier de la Rosa Poet Museum, in Gran Canaria; Museum of the Americas, in Miami, and Piag Museum, in Florida, USA. Claudio León Sempere-Museum of Fine Arts, in Buenos Aires and Alma Fuerte Museum, in La Plata, Argentina, El Peñol Historical Museum, in Antioquia, Colombia, Ronald McDonald Foundation –Mexico, Technological Museum of Monterrey; in addition to the Ovar Municipal Museum, the Lamego Diocese Museum, the Macieira de Cambra Municipal Museum in committed art (2022 Spanish Academic Editorial. Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America), Contemporary Art, Lilia Luján (2007 Editorial Centro Urbano, México, D.F.), Mexican Huichol Art and its Mandalas (2008 MTM Editores, Barcelona, Spain.), Luján-Minimal Art-artist book (2011 Editorial Centro Urbano, Mexico, D.F.), Mundo Azteca, modern designs for coloring (2011 MTM Editores, Barcelona, Spain.) and (2012 V&R Editores, Mexico, D.F. )

He also regularly collaborates with his work in various national and international art, culture, design, interior design, and architecture publications. As well as in residential, corporate, institutional, and commercial decoration projects.

Instagram: @lujanartstudio

01.05.2023 Stockholm

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