A facade done by Wajha

Wajha is an independent social initiative that uses design and branding knowledge to help small businesses by offering free graphic design services.
Taking its name from the Arabic word for ‘facade’, Wajha’s design work mostly takes place on shopfronts. By bringing design into the public arena, the work aims to create a shared experience around these focus points.

They are making a difference!

The project offers support to the community. They apply creative interventions where they are needed. This is especially important in a culture where ‘design’ as a concept is not a priority. In many communities it is an unaffordable privilege, and therefore almost completely absent.
They create innovative artwork on view for everyone. Wajha uses the city’s facades as an empty canvas for experiments in typography, illustration, and graphic design.
They aim to redefine and reshape the city’s identity through signage design.

Wajha hopes to stimulate the local community to talk more about ‘design’ and to use social networking to respond to these creative interventions.

The People Behind it:
Hussein Alazaat and Ali Almasri founded Wajha in 2012. Both are typography experts and graphic designers who live in Amman.

The Wajha duo will present their story and share the experience and process that every project undergoes. at a Workshop/Seminar on September 9th 2013 which will be taking part in Art Week Amman. There will be a small discussion about the current situation of local signage, and how signage systems use commercial fonts versus calligraphy and lettering. Finally, the Wajha team will present a detailed demonstration of the process for each project they’ve completed so far. Which will be taking  the Workshop/Seminar 9 September 2013 which will also be taking part in Art Week Amman. 

Children of Gaza


Artwork by Dia Azzawi

Orient Gallery at AWA 2013:
Children of Gaza by Dia Azzawi, Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane

“Children of Gaza” is an exhibition on the power of imagery and the persistence of hope.

After the Israeli incursion of Gaza in December 2008 Anthony Dawton, Jim McFarlane & Giuseppe Aquili entered Gaza with the support of Save the Children to photograph what they saw. Inspired by the images, Dia Azzawi has produced six original prints to accompany the exhibition.All proceeds will be donated to Save the Children in Gaza. Children of Gaza is facilitated by Q0DE_ Exhibitions.

Dia Azzawi

Dia Azzawi  is a globally recognised artist, whose art work belongs to collections around the world including the Vienna Public Collection, The World Bank, the Library of Congress, Institut du Monde Arabe, the British Museum and many others.

Anthony Dawton

Anthony Dawton is winner of the Fuji Industrial World photographer of the year. His work in Niger was selected for the Sony World Photographic Awards at Cannes in 2009.

Jim McFarlane

Jim McFarlane is an Australian based photographer who has worked commercially for over 25 years. He is the recipient of the Melbourne Art Director’s Club award and the Oriental Fine Print award. Currently Jim is teaching art photography at Australia’s leading art college Deakin University, Melbourne.

Time Machine: Revisiting Orientalists by Hani Hourani

Artwork by Hani Hourani

Foresight Gallery at AWA 2013:
Time Machine: Revisiting Orientalists by Hani Hourani

This exhibition re-visits photographs that were taken by the Western orientalists while visiting the Levant in the 19th century and early 20th century, reflected in modern eyes, in an attempt to link them with today’s events and movements in the region in the last two years.
He created a hybrid mix of art:different and opposite times, various topics and multiple techniques and materials.

The exhibition raises questions rather than providing answers about the past, present and future. It is a journey he takes in a “time machine”: Photography.

Hani Hourani is a Jordanian painter and photographer, known since the 1960’s for his distinctive plastic art experience. Born in Zarqa’a in 1945, Hourani began practicing art at a very early age. His artistic career was disrupted in 1967, when he decided to pursue a more political and cultural line. In 1993, Hourani emphasized his specialty by resuming his works and holding an exhibition for his water paintings, where he focused on capturing natural landscape views of Al-Waleh Valley, south of Amman.

Hourani’s outstanding contribution is mostly recognizable in photography. Since 1996, he has held thirteen solo exhibitions in a number of capitals around the world, such as Amman, Aleppo, Cairo, Doha, Gothenburg; Sweden, Washington DC; USA and the 11th International Cairo Biennale in Cairo.

Hani persisted on showcasing his photographic works since 1996 where he held around 16 solo exhibitions since then in Gutenberg Museum (Sweden), USA, Aleppo, Cairo (Egypt) and Doha (Qatar) in addition to Amman, Petra and AlSalt city. His works were also exhibited in Al Manamah Museum (Bahrain), Al Sharjah Museum (UAE) and collected by the National Fine Art Museum in Amman- Jordan. His work can be found in Le Royal Hotel Amman, Crown Plaza – Dead Sea and Movenpick Aqaba.