WASTA is a 100 % satirical Lebanese board game based on life in Lebanon. It was made as a reaction to our frustration vis-a-vis the system and it focuses both on spreading awareness through the rules of the game and on creating a good laugh in these difficult times.
Minal Shaab: Lebanon needs a new form of art that can unify all the different expressions
Art can create a new cultural identity promoting the ideas of daily life behavioral change for a better harmonious life together.
TAP: in times of agony we persist
TAP is a non-profit art organization operating from Lebanon, rooted in a context-responsive approach to realizing enduring social impact through contemporary art and research.
Hilda Kelekian: If you focus on obstacles in Lebanon you won’t be able to paint
I am Lebanese and Cypriot, married, I have triplets, and I am specialized in Islamic calligraphy, arabesque & Christian scenes from the Bible, and Christian prayers on parchment.
Hagop Sulahian: architect by day, artist by night, and social servant around the clock
The relevance of good architecture and its positive implications to the social, economic, and environmental aspects is an established fact and we have been applying those methodologies through our MEADOWS NGO in creating child-friendly and public friendly environments such as playgrounds, public spaces, roundabouts sidewalks, parks, etc.
The Art of Boo: When you’re laughing, you can’t be afraid
I have been using my cartoons to document daily events unconventionally, through humor and sarcasm. (...) Humor serves as a reminder that everything worth taking seriously, is worth making fun of.
Artists in Lebanon face many challenges
Lebanon's multiform crises accelerated greatly in the last months, which took a toll on people's everyday life, including artists. Indeed, the local arts and culture scene is suffering, and the challenges that artists and small creative enterprises have to face are piling up. Arleb by Nabad asked 61 established and emerging artists to identify the main challenges that need to be addressed on individual and collective levels. Here are a few of their answers:
L’art est ma lucarne de liberté
Mes créations sont ma bouée de sauvetage, et cela depuis le début de ma maladie. C’est incroyable cette faculté de sentir le temps comme suspendu dès que je rentre dans les entrailles de ma bulle artistique... Plus je suis prisonnière dans mon corps, plus je ressens une pulsion de créer. C’est ma lucarne de liberté, comme une onde de lumière qui m’envahit et me fait tout oublier.
“West Beirut” turns 23 – why is it still so relevant?
As Lebanon is in the middle of its biggest post-war crisis, ghosts of the past are very much alive. However, while the sectarian system is still in place, something amongst the population has changed. New feelings, dynamics, and hopes are being driven by the Lebanese youth. As the movie “West Beirut” turns twenty-three, its message is still alive and plays an important role in the demands for change by an increasing share of the Lebanese people.
A doodle a day keeps the psychologist away
A few years ago, I started doodling as a way of expressing my frustrations, worries, and even my anxieties. I doodled almost every day, everywhere and anywhere; and, thanks to this practice, I learned to create something funny out of the events that are pulling me down.