In Italy, Tabari Artspace & La Serena Hotel Launch an Immersive Gallery and Artist Residency

Recently renovated, and nestled in Forte dei Marmi on the Italian coast, La Serena Hotel offers a new gallery space dedicated to showcasing the works of both renowned and emerging artists.

From May to August, the hotel will be hosting a new artists-in-residence programme, an initiative pioneered by Tabari Artspace, a commercial gallery based in Dubai and London. 


The dedicated studio space, within the hotel,  will serve as a hub for artists to not only create and exhibit their work but also engage with guests by opening their studios to the public.


Left: Samo Shalaby, The Lavender Hour, 2023. Right: Samo Shalaby, Man With Irises and The Sasanian Horse, 2024. Courtesy of the artists.


This summer, the hotel will welcome its first two artists-in-residence:


Malik Thomas Jalil, an artist who explores the relationship with desires through drawing. Through his exploration of male human figures, he portrays subjects with moist-eyed expressions, offering viewers a glimpse into his own fantasies.


Samo Shalaby, an Egyptian-Palestinian fine artist who delves into the aesthetics of antiquity, surrealism, and grotesque, from a contemporary perspective. His art reflects an interest in challenging the distinctions between identity, culture, and couture.



Caption for cover image: Left: Samo Shalaby. Photograph by Mariam El Gendy. Right: Malik Thomas Jalil. Photograph by Baha Suleiman.