Fat and fabulous!

We love Ghida Younes' My Fat Lady paintings! She brightens up our day. Check out this article and meet the Lebanese self-taught artist behind the round and proud character “who loves to have fun, eats a whole doughnut and does not regret a single bite”. In her own words, she is “fearless and utterly light (in spirit), my fat lady is a tribute to roundness and women in all shapes and sizes. She celebrates her body in every pose”.

Architecture photography.. with a twist!

Meet the talented Serge Najjar, otherwise known as @serjios on social media. Lawyer and doctor at law, he started taking photography classes at the age of 37 and began posting his minimalist photography work on instagram where he quickly became a sensation. He manipulates perspective in a mesmerizing way and brilliantly captures geometry, lines and shadows and architectural facades.
In his words, it is not about what you see but how you see it. Check out his account here

Rabih Kayrouz, fashion elite!

Big news in the fashion world ! Maison Rabih Kayrouz joins the closed circle of haute couture alongside a group of acclaimed international houses such as Dior, Chanel and Givenchy. After being elected as a guest member in 2016, the Lebanese designer, who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his label, is now one of 17 fashion houses part of the official haute couture calendar.
The status is granted to a select few designers by the French Ministry of Industry and the Fédération Française de la Couture. To achieve this status, the designers must adhere to the Commission's strict standards and a number of specifications must be met. Congratulations to Rabih Kayrouz and his dedicated team for this unique recognition!

I am no bird

Andrew Cagle’s short documentary “I am no bird” is online. This is a beautifully crafted film about Samer Saem Eldahr's moving story. Samer is a talented electronic musician from Aleppo, pioneering a genre of electronic dance music he calls “electro-tarab”, who immigrated to Minnesota after having spent some years in Beirut. “What began as humble mission to document an unknown, but significant, contribution to the electronic music world morphed into a story about family, friendship, and persevering to create in the midst of a changing environment" said the Brooklyn based filmmaker. Watch it here

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen of England has awarded Lea Baroudi an #MBE (member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to peace building and civic rights in Lebanon.

As head of MARCH, the NGO that defends free expression and equal rights, Lea Baroudi does remarkable work to significantly change the lives of many young people and help them bring peace to their communities.

Congratulations for this incredibly well deserved recognition! Keep up the great work!

National Library reopened

The Lebanese National Library has finally reopened its doors to the public! Housed in the old Ottoman Sanayeh building, it is one of the cultural institutions and national treasures that suffered the most during the Lebanese civil war. In 1999, the National Library was recognized as a national cultural project and that led to officially adopting the National Library Rehabilitation plan. The Lebanese National Library was launched in 1921 with 20,000 books and 3,000 manuscripts bequeathed by Viscount Philippe de Tarrazi from his private collection. Today, it is home to one of the region’s largest book collection, more than 300 000 works including thousands of invaluable manuscripts, rare religious books, a collection of atlases and maps, as well as other books and documents. Article on France 24 Article in The Daily Star Article in L'Orient Le Jour                    

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

We just read Jessy Moussallem‘s interview in L’Orient-Le Jour and we wanted to share some of her impressive work here with you.

In her interview, the talented filmmaker talks about what led her to work on Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moon’s video, her relationship with Lebanon, the challenges she faces and her more recent work on Agoria’s clip.

Jessy Moussallem pushes boundaries, her videos are emotional, powerful and edgy.

Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Meet the talented Lebanese artist Gregory Buchakjian and his fascination for abandoned buildings around Beirut.

Check out his latest book, Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut, published by Kaph Books, a fascinating overview of the city’s recent past, as explained through its buildings.

And don’t miss his solo exhibit at the Sursock Museum, Abandoned Dwellings: Display of Systems, curated by Karina el-Helou.

Check out the article on The National here

Have you been to the NABU museum yet?

Located on the beachfront in Chekka El Heri (an hour drive north of Beirut), this new privately owned museum, named after the Mesopotamian god of literacy, is definitely worth the visit. The Nabu Museum, recently opened in September offers a two-floor 1200 sq. m of exhibition space, a cube-shaped weathered steel and glass structure designed in collaboration with Iraqi-Canadian artist Mahmoud Obaidi and Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi
The beautiful collection ranges from Babylonian cuneiform tablets and Palmyran funerary busts to modern and contemporary art. The free-entry museum houses a library and a collection of rare manuscripts. They will also host art residencies and a public program with talks and tours. “In a region of seemingly constant turmoil and strife, the Nabu Museum provides a tranquil space for the preservation and creative pursuit of art and culture. It is designed to act as an institution for preserving and promoting Lebanese culture.” Here are some pictures taken from their website nabumuseum.com