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Lebanese Bushra El-Turk, Hind Hobeika And Bahia Shehab Among BBC’s Top 100 Women Of 2014

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Bushra Bushra el Turk: British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra

Three Lebanese women made it to BBC’s 100 Women Of 2014 list. The list is aimed at highlighting inspiring figures from around the world and part of the BBC’s pledge to better represent women in its international coverage.

The three women are:
– Bushra el Turk, a British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra. [Website]
– Bashia Shehab, a Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian. [Bio] [Ted Talk]
– Hind Hobeika: The founder of Instbeat. [Link]

You can check out the full BBC list [Here].

Bashia Bahia Shehab: Artist, designer and art historian

Hind Hobeika Hind Hobeika: Founder of Instabeat

Gandour’s New Logo

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Gandour is changing its old logo and switching to the new one above. The bell-boy was also present in the 1940s’ logo along with the flag but he is becoming the primary focus now.

I’ve never really paid that much attention to Gandour’s logos but I like the new one.

PS: The new logo was designed Mash Creative and SocioDesign.

The key objective was to create a new iconic brand marque for Gandour, capturing the essence of the company in a simple, yet modern way. The new brand marque needed to present Gandour as a contemporary company but without alienating existing customers and stake holders. Our focus was to ensure that the new logo referenced key symbology from previous iterations as a means of continuing tradition. We chose to highlight the bellboy and flag elements, thereby creating a marque that hinted to the past but also provided a platform for the company going forward. The new Gandour logo will be rolled out across their entire range throughout 2015.

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Lebanese Artist Akram Zaatari Among ArtReview’s Top 100 Most Powerful Contemporary Artists in The World

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Akram Zaatari is a Lebanese video artist and curator. He’s also the co-founder of The Arab Image Foundation who contains more than “600,000 historic images of daily life in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora”, and is the one who discovered Hashem el Madani’s work and decided to partner with him and show Studio Shehrazade’s photographs to the whole world. I posted about Studio Shehrazade back in February and it’s one of the most amazing stories I’ve covered so far.

ArtReview, which is one of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazines, has placed Zaatari among the top 100 most powerful contemporary artists in the world. Check out the full list [Here].

Zaatari, whose work involves a self-reflective examination of photography and documentary, has been busier than ever these past 12 months. His use of archival research and history as both subject and material, with a deft nod to the longstanding political turmoil of the Middle East, has won him curatorial fans far beyond his base in Beirut. Besides 2014 shows at Salt, Istanbul, and the Power Plant, Toronto, he had a survey at Wiels, Brussels, centring on the artist’s recurring motif of the letter. Last November he had a well-received exhibition of photographs and multimedia installations at Thomas Dane, London. That show included the 38-minute film On Photography People and Modern Times (2010), which, in part, is a portrait of the Arab Image Foundation, an expanding collection of over 600,000 vernacular and studio photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora, which the artist cofounded in 1997.

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Thanks Rami!

Ekhirta Ata3it: MARCH And Lucien Bou Rjeily’s Play On Censorship Was Approved!

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I’ve posted about this matter less than a year ago and asked the head of the censorship bureau to look at the bigger image and let the Lucien Bourjeily play pass and be the first one to attend it.

Censorship is wrong as we should be given the right to choose what to watch, read and listen. In case you missed my article, you can read it [Here].

Mabrouk to MARCH, Lucien and all the Lebanese!

After a long battle with the censorship authorities, we are excited to announce that the sequel of the censored play “Bto2ta3 aw ma Bto2ta3″, “La 3younak Sidna” produced by MARCH and directed by Lucien Bourjeily was approved by General Security!

Here’s to hoping this is the first of many victories in the anti-censorship struggle in Lebanon, and that the General Security’s Censorship Bureau continues with this open-minded approach to the issue of freedom of expression.

We are proud to say we finally won a battle in our fight against censorship!

Ziad Rahbani Is Leaving Lebanon For Good and Moving To Russia

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I was never a big fan of Ziad Rahbani. I never liked his plays, his jokes or his views. Some of his songs are ok, specially the ones with Joseph Sakr but that’s about it. He said he’s leaving Lebanon for good but I doubt that Ziad is capable of committing to anything as he wasn’t even showing up to his own concerts lately.

PS: Someone should tell Ziad Russia is no longer communist.

Ziad Rahbani, one of Lebanon’s most talented and controversial musical figures, says he will be leaving his country for good and move to Russia where he will join Russia Today (RT) TV. Rahbani made the announcement during an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV Tuesday and said his departure to Russia would be at the end of the month. Rahbani rejected labeling the move as “immigration,” describing it instead as an opportunity not to be missed in terms of joining RT, where he said he would continue to focus on music in a place he said shared his “political views.” The musician said his presence at RT would benefit Lebanon as he would be working with a global media platform that is translated into multiple languages. [Link]

Here’s his last interview with Al Jadeed.

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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.

20140918_193455 Talented Autistic Artist Ali Tlais (Alfa 4life booth)

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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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