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A Maximalist Feast of Art and Flavor

American Express and Marriot Bonvoy present "Dinner with Chef Kwame Onwuachi” with artist Kelly Dabbah.

Step into the mesmerizing world of maximalist art where nostalgia, irony, and kitsch synchronize. Marriott Bonvoy and American Express are thrilled to announce that Kelly Dabbah, the visionary artist celebrated by Harper's Bazaar as "the art world's rising queen of kitsch" and recognized by Forbes as "just getting started," will bring an enchanting touch to the exclusive event "Dinner with Chef Kwame Onwuachi." The event will take place during Miami Art Week from December 8-9, 2023 at the W South Beach Miami.

Kelly Dabbah's immersive art experience fuses art, design, fashion, and culinary excellence. It will include custom designed plates for the dinner, two mesmerizing video cube installations around the pool, a live activation featuring a large circular mirror with her digital art printed on fabrics, and she will transform the hotel’s facade with a collage. She will also create a unique photo booth moment that seamlessly blends reality and dreams, showcasing elements from the dynamic landscape of NYC, tigers, predators, delicate touches of butterflies, and flowers. This presentation reflects the themes of fantasy and dreams alongside the urban hustle of NYC. Every guest will be gifted an exclusive, custom-designed silk scarf adorned with Kelly Dabbah’s distinctive art.

Inspired by the James Beard Award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi, Dabbah will weave his culinary genius into her artwork for the event, creating a unique fusion of two creative worlds of vision and taste. Importantly, chef Kwame Onwuachi’s image, from childhood to present day, will be a part of every piece by Dabbah. The private dinner and event promises to blur the lines between art, entertainment, and cuisine into a transcendent experience.

About Kelly Dabbah

Kelly Dabbah is a Swiss Middle Eastern artist renowned for her maximalist style that has a distinctive and bold aesthetic. Her work challenges norms and reinterprets feminine tropes and symbolism while exploring themes of gender, sexuality, identity, and race. With a degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design and training from prestigious fashion houses like Chanel and Anna Sui, Kelly Dabbah navigates the realms of art, music, design, and fashion with finesse. Her work, influenced by her Middle Eastern heritage, intricately explores patterns and detail, reimagining daily life on objets d'art from furniture to fashion, creating immersive experiences that come to life. Her digital collages encourage viewers to reconsider their relationship with our mediatized culture.

Dabbah has collaborated with musicians, restaurants and notable brands such as Anna Sui, Moleskin, Hampton Surf Company, YellowPop, Bala, and Cami & Jax. She has created immersive experiences for Gelareh Mizrahi Concept Store in Miami Design district, ArtPark Miami, and Showfields. She has launched her own line of skateboards and bucket hats with NTWRK, created video work highlighting racial injustice that was screened on a billboard in Times Square. Some of her collectors include musicians like Anderson Paak, Grammy award winning mixing engineer “MixedByAli” Derek Ali, Grammy award winning musician ThunderCat, who has worked with Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, HER, Gorillaz and many more. Most recently, her collage animations were displayed throughout the streets of downtown Cairo and Seoul. Dabbah is currently designing and bringing to life her own unique clothing line.

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Kelly Dabbah


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