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Pictures From The Beirut Art Fair 2014

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If you haven’t been to the Beirut Art Fair yet, I strongly recommend you do. I was there yesterday for the opening and I loved the exhibitions and stands. Here are some of the pictures I took but there’s a lot more to see.

The Beirut Art Fair is taking place between the 18th and 21st September at Biel.

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Beirut Art Fair 2014: 47 Galleries From 14 Countries

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The 2014 edition of the Beirut Art Fair is taking place between September 18 and 21 at BIEL. This year’s event will feature around fifty international modern and contemporary art and design galleries from more than 10 countries. I will be there tomorrow to check out some of the galleries and artists.

You can check out the program and all needed information [here].

alfa Ali Tlais – Vibrating Autism Pop Art

Fine Art Photography By The Super Talented Lara Zankoul

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I’ve been following Lara’s work for years and I am a huge fan of hers. I don’t know how she comes up with these pictures, but it takes a lot of talent, passion and creativity to do so and she obviously got them all. Lara is a self-taught photographer and her work is a mix of conceptual, dreamlike and psychological themes. She has already participated in a lot of exhibitions, was an award recipient at the 2011 Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition and had a solo show in Ayyam Gallery in January 2013. Lara’s pretty popular on social media with over 500,000 followers on her Facebook page.

I was hoping that she’d follow her passion all the way and that’s what she did recently by becoming a full time photographer.

I chose ten of her pictures to include in this post but I highly recommend you check all her work on [LaraZankoul.com]. She’s also on [Facebook] and [Instagram].

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The Archive Of Diab Alkarssifi: A Homeless Lebanese Man In London With A Rare Archive Of 27,000 Photographs

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A London-based Polish artist has discovered a rare archive of over 27,000 photographic prints and negatives hidden for years by a Lebanese homeless man called Diab Alkarssifi who worked once as a journalist. Alkarssifi came to Ania Dabrowska and showed her his huge collection that he had hidden for years in two carrier bags. Diab worked for 16 years as a journalist before moving to the UK in 1993.

This is quite an amazing discovery and the best part is that Ania Dabrowska has decided to kick off a project called “Lebanese Archive” and crowdfund it in order to bring to light Diab Alkarssifi’s lost archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs.

Ideally speaking, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture would contact the Polish artist and the Lebanese Journalist and offer to fund this whole project and have the photos related to Lebanon displayed in a museum or exhibition center.

The story was featured in [TheGuardian].

Arriving in the UK in 1993, after emigrating from Lebanon, Diab met Ania at Arlington House, a hostel for homeless men, where Ania was running a photography workshop and Diab was temporarily living. Invited to Ania’s studio, he arrived with two carrier bags, containing thousands of photographic prints, and negatives, part of a life-long collection, including his numerous photographic assignments, everyday life in his home city of Baalbeck on the Syrian border and in Beirut, his student years in the early 1970s in Moscow and Budapest and, most extraordinarily his collection of found images from studios in Baalbeck, Beirut, Damascus and Cairo – photographs of society, family and friends, and Arab life in Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, that he passionately accumulated over his lifetime. These images, all that survives of a much larger collection still hidden or lost in Lebanon, gives an intimate insight into the cultural, everyday and political history of this region, from 1993 to as far back as 1889. Along with Book Works and the Arab Image Foundation, Ania and Diab want to bring this extraordinary collection to life, to preserve a view of modern Arab history, tell the stories that accompany the images, and present an otherwise lost view of this huge, diverse and fascinating region.

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Wickerpark Music Festival 2014 Lineup

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Wickerpark kicked off in 2011 and has been attracting more and more people every year. The festival has hosted over 30 artists and gathered over 5000 people over the past 4 years. Its aim is to promote local talent and create environmental awareness. The lineup for this year include:

– Mashrou’ Leila
– Scrambled Eggs
– How Sad
– Youmna Saba
– Charlie Rayne
– Flum Project
– Z the people & Al Jihaz

Tickets are for $20. For more info, check their website [Here].

Tarek Yamani: Jazz With A Lebanese Accent

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Tarek was born and raised in Beirut and is an award winning composer and a self-taught jazz pianist. He has performed all over the world, was invited to be among the 32 musicians from 13 countries to perform in the inaugural of the “International Jazz Day” held at the UN headquarters in New York and founded, organized & produced a unique initiative called “Beirut Speaks Jazz” which aims to promote jazz in Lebanon by igniting adventurous collaborations between artists from the worlds of rock, pop, tarab, rap, blues and alternative over the foundations of jazz. [TarekYamani]

For all Jazz lovers, check out this recent article on Tarek’s latest album Lisan el Tarak, where he merged Afro American Jazz with Arabic rhythms, and listen to the tracks [Here].

With him, Tarek brought his Arabic musical heritage to the United States. Arabic rhythms like the Dabke or the Sama’i. Treasures from the Great Arabic Songbook called Muwashahat. And most importantly Tarab, a basic concept of the Arab musical world, meant to induce trance and ecstasy in the musicians and the audience alike, particularly in live performances. It was in New York where it all merged: the Afro American Jazz and the Arabic music. It was in New York where Tarek refined his own brand of music, the Afro Tarab. It was in New York where Lisan al Tarab was recorded.

New Dabke, finally, is Tarek Yamani’s own composition. It features a pearling piano that culminates in the true essence of Tarab, the “let go”. There is ecstasy, there is trance, and one would hope that this song goes on for hours, until a full transcendence of the mind is reached, until all self-control has vanished.

Lisan al Tarab is the perfect expression for what Tarek is doing. It is a play on words with Lisan al Arab, the most comprehensive dictionary of the Arabic language that Ibn Manzur had completed in 1290. Tarek Yamani clearly acts in the tradition of Ibn Manzur. Where the elder explained and interpreted classical Arabic words, the younger has produced an audio book on reinterpreting Tarab. Differently said: this is Jazz with a Lebanese accent.

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Art Of C At City Centre Beirut: Creativity For A Good Cause

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Five Lebanese artists were showcasing their creativity for a good cause at the Beirut City Centre on Saturday. Famous Tattoo artist Hady Beydoun, Graffiti Artists Rami Mouallem and Alfred Bader, Fashion Illustrator Sandra Bakhamian, and Dispatch Beirut were all decorating a huge C letter and turning them into giant pieces of art.

I passed by to check out what they’re up to and took pictures of their art work. I love Sandra and Rami’s structures the most.

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20140809_165736 Hady Beydoun’s artwork

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20140809_165324 Dispatch Beirut supporting KunHadi

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Middle Eastern Artist Saint Hoax Uses Disney Princesses In Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign

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Saint Hoax is a pseudonymous Middle Eastern artist, presumably from Lebanon. He/She came up recently with a series of disturbing posters called “Princest Diairies” to highlight the fact that many sexual abuse victims are abused by their own family members. For that purpose, she used Disney princesses like Jasmine and Ariel because she felt that it’s a visual language that her targeted audience would be attracted to.

The campaign has gone viral online and was featured on [Time], [HuffingtonPost], [NYDailyNews] and others.

I thought it was a brilliant idea to integrate the Disney characters. You can check out other ads and campaigns by Saint Hoax on [Facebook] and [Here].

Saint Hoax is a pseudonymous Middle Eastern artist. Infatuated by the element of POP, Hoax works with both tangible and digital mediums to recreate a world based on visual lies. Combining pop art with tyrants and world leaders became Saint Hoax’s signature.
POPlitical Infatuation : Preface
History is defined as the study of past events. I heard about the victorious defeats, the malicious affairs and the all night long wars.
I read about the dictators, fantasized about the monarchs and lived below the tyrants. I opened my assigned history book
and I realized that page 1 is a carbon copy of page 10. While page 10 is a mere reflection of page 20. An arti-vicious cycle of no trial, just error. And the only way to remain entertained is by rewriting history through visual lies. One hoax after the other.

Thanks Natasha!