Wajha

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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. 

Topographies: The Brush and the Chisel

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Artwork by Dina Haddadin

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Artwork by IIkbal Shukri Tannir

Nabad Art Gallery at AWA 2013:
Topographies: The Brush and the Chisel

Two Jordanian women show recent sculptures and paintings at Nabad Art Gallery in a joint exhibition entitled, “Topographies: The Brush and the Chisel.” On 9 September – 23 October 2013
The title of the exhibition reflects an essential artistic concept common to both artists. The human and urban topographies in the works of sculptor Ikbal Shukri-Tannir and multidisciplinary artist Dina Haddadin resonate across styles and media. As a practicing architect, Dina Haddadin continues to explore the concept of the margin in the urban landscape, which she names “spaces of uncertainty,” pushing the concept further into the realm of the imagination. Seasoned sculptor Ikbal Shukri-Tannir establishes a connection with the raw stone, which she feels ‘speaks’ to her, creating human forms, faces and geometric shapes by utilizing the colour and texture of each piece of alabaster or granite for optimal aesthetic results.

Ikbal Shukri Tannir

Born in Amman, sculptor Ikbal Shukri-Tannir graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Advertising Design from Beirut University College in 1975, after which she pursued studies in Chinese brush painting in Taiwan, silk painting and clay sculpture in Milan, and stone sculpture in New York. After spending a few years in New York, where she participated in seven sculpture exhibitions, she moved to Dubai in 1996. Ikbal has held two solo exhibitions in Amman and Dubai, and has participated in numerous  group shows in Dubai, notably at Mondo Art Gallery between 2004 and 2010. In addition to her sculptures, which focus mainly on female forms, faces and geometric sculptures in stone, Ikbal Shukri-Tannir also paints in various media. She currently lives and works in Amman, Jordan.

Dina Haddadin

Born in 1983, Dina Haddadin obtained a B.A. in Architecture from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006. Since her graduation, she has been practicing architecture at Symbiosis Design in Amman. In 2008, she attended courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has since held three solo exhibitions, “Monuments: A Refuge in Margins,” (2012) at Nabad Art Gallery, “Beyond Emptiness” (2011) and “Transit” (2010). Haddadin has participated in numerous group shows as well as a number of international workshops. Haddadin is a self-taught multidisciplinary visual artist who uses both traditional and experimental techniques, including installation and video, to create multi-layered works that address the concept of the ‘margins’  in the urban landscape. She lives and works in Amman, Jordan.

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.

www.foresightartgallery.com

A Child, a Cat and Paper Kites by Reem Yassouf

Artwork by Reem Yassouf

Zara Gallery at AWA 2013:
A Child, a Cat and Paper Kites by Reem Yassouf

A child, a cat and paper kites; that is the kind of delicate imagery artist Reem Yassouf, presents to the viewer in her new work during Art Week Amman showcased at Zara Gallery, starting Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Yassouf seeks to comment on our living condition through whimsical representations of engineered landscapes and cubic figures. In this exhibition, the artist has chosen to focus on the figure of the child. Using children’s behavior as an indicator for social and cultural change, the artist highlights the fragility of a society’s youth and its powerful ability to act as a repository of societal tension, stress and conflict.

Inspired by local and global social turbulence, Yassouf’s art simultaneously depicts calmness and tension. This is seen in the artist’s unconventional choice of subject matter that attempts to cut through this tension by using symbolism of lightness and freedom. To Yassouf, the artist is powerless against the forces of their own context; therefore it is inevitable that the work should end up being the agent that breaks down the barrier between self-expression and reality. By exploring the intimate relationship between presence and absence, stagnancy and movement and finally the tonalities between black and white through her cubic figures, Yassouf’s work depicts a subtle social commentary of our Post-Modern reality.

Graduating in 2000 with a Fine Arts degree from University of Damascus, the Syrian born artist started her career as a jewelry designer that same year. Working with precious stones and diamonds from Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, Reem attempted to create playful pieces that everyone could enjoy. Having transitioned into painting later on, Reem Yassouf never abandoned utilizing the playful to act as a powerful vessel to deliver an important message to an audience. This is the artist’s first solo show and second showcase at Zara Gallery.

www.zaragallery.org