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FAAH Art Open Studios

In Event, Fine Arts on May 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

Several FAAH studio courses will open their classrooms to the public to show student’s work.

From 6-8pm, during the Graduating Senior Exhibition, the following areas will display work:
Nicely Hall 4th Floor
The area between Nicely Hall and Jesup
Jesup Basement
Fisk Basement
West Hall Common Room


Graduating Senior Exhibition

In Event, Fine Arts on May 24, 2010 at 10:59 am

The department of Fine Arts and Art History at AUB
cordially invite you to

DOWNRIGHT: Graduating Seniors’ Thesis Exhibition
West Hall Common Room
Jesup Basement, Fisk Basement

Opening Wednesday, May 26th
Refreshments will be served. Artists will be present.

98weeks Media Workshops

In Event, Fine Arts, Opportunity on May 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm


Calligraphy: Alya Karame
Drawing: Jana Traboulsi, Hatem Imam, Omar Khouri
Site specific interventions (wall painting): Setareh Shahbazi

29 MAY – 19 JUNE 2010

98WEEKS announces the first workshops related to its research theme Through Media…, a research on and through different artistic media. 3 simultaneous workshops exploring the practice of drawing, calligraphy and site specific interventions, will take place at 98WEEKS Project Space during the month of June.
For more information, please email

FAAH Presents Artists Talks: Mirene Arsanios

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on May 19, 2010 at 5:49 am


American University of Beirut

Cordially invites you to a presentation by artist

Mirene Arsanios


"To be discussed: Some points on art education"
Mirene is the co founder of 98weeks. She studied art history in Rome and did her masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London (2007). She previously worked as a researcher at Ashkal Alwan (2008-2009) and as an assistant curator at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (2004-2006). She now teaches  at the American University of Beirut. Loves to write and research.


FRIDAY May 21st, 2010

4 pm


Reserve your tickets for this one-night AUB Performance!!

In Event, Fine Arts, Theater on May 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm

As already over 250 tickets are gone and we stop at 350…

please make sure to reserve a ticket if you are planning to come

reservations at : Suzanne Itani: 03-384945 or email

THANK YOU ! The 777 production team

PS: ALL  reserved tickets must be picked up by 6:30 pm same night  at the Dome

Opens at 6pm……show starts at 7pm!

Witness the seven deadly sins : pride, envy,greed,wrath, gluttony, lust & sloth transform  into  visual dreams in this  Performance Art Event from the Fine Arts Department of AUB.
A journey of mute movements with sound and light – questioning both their religious context and the viewer’s own ‘sins’, choreographed by Visiting Professor Cornelia Krafft.

A one time event, hosted by Solidere Beirut.

‘7 Sins / 7 Dreams / 7pm’  Friday MAY 21, The Dome, Downtown.

For more information call (03 384945). Free admission.

ENTRANCE Gates close @7pm  !!!

98weeks Presentation and Event

In Event, Fine Arts on May 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm


98weeks  SOUK/ BAZAAR at No Soul For Sale will present a series of artworks by artists working in Beirut, together with publications, objects and ephemera collected from second hand bookshops and flea markets.The objects on display can be exchanged through barter in London, following the artists’ conditions

ARTISTS PARTICIPATING  IN 98WEEKS SOUK: Hatem Iman, Karine Wehbe, Alia Karame, Jana Traboulsi, Nathalie Harb, Hisham Awad,Ghassan Maasri, Konversation pieces, Siska, Franziska Pierwoss, 98weeks bazaar, Alicjia Rogalska.
Alicjia Rogalska will perform a conversation with Marwa and Mirene, presenting 98weeks activities in Beirut. The presentation is scheduled for May 14 from 16:00 to 16:30 at the Main Stage or Auditorium.


Painting Competition

In Fine Arts, Opportunity on May 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

After 12 years of absence The Hamra Street Festival under the name of “Maraya”will be taking place on September 10th,11th and 12th 2010 . We are launching several college students competitions and one of them is for the best painting of Hamra Street.

-Please note that students can participate independently if the department feels that it could not integrate this competition in its program due to time limitations.

We the management of “Maraya” 2010 highly regard and value the students’ involvement in the upcoming festival. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and are looking forward to hearing from you.

Should you have any feedback or ideas or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Cordially Najwa Baroody,

Creative Consultant,
Director of Hamra festival 2010
P.O.Box 110-153 Beirut,

Feel Collective Closure At City Center Dome May 13th, 8:30pm

In Event, Fine Arts on May 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Dear friends of The Feel Collective,

Hope this e-mail finds you well, good things come to an end, In a Sea of Oblivion met a great success, witnessed on average 5,000 visitors in a month, and was heavily covered by local and international press, media and radio. I really would like to thank you all for your great contribution. Please note that the exhibition ends on Sunday May 9th, 2010.

a CLOSURE event will take place on Thursday May 13th, in the City Center Dome, at 8.30 pm, program below (same location).

CLOSURE will be the final night of IN A SEA OF OBLIVION & MISSING, an exhibition held by The Feel Collective & Umam D&R.
With this exhibition we have tried to stir up a debate around the absence of a national memorial to commemorate all the persons who have lost their lives because of the consecutive wars in Lebanon since 1975. Facing the tragedies of those wars, the families of the victims and Lebanon as a whole are still waiting for closure.

CLOSURE, May 13, 2010, City Center Dome, 8.30 pm will feature:

>  An introduction by Umam D&R

> A dance performance by Alexandre Paulikevitch

> A music performance by The Scrambled Eggs

> A final gesture by The Feel Collective

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Performance Art Event at the Dome!

In Fine Arts, Theater on May 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

Witness the seven deadly sins : pride, envy,greed, wrath, gluttony, lust and sloth transform  into visual dreams  in this  Performance Art Event from the Fine Arts Department of AUB. A journey of mute movements with sound and light – questioning both their religious context and the viewer’s own ‘sins’, choreographed by Cornelia Krafft.
A one time event, hosted by Solidere Beirut.
‘7 Sins / 7 Dreams / 7pm’  Friday MAY 21, The Dome, Downtown.
information call (03 384945). Free admission.

(so come early!!!!!!!)

For more


REMINDERS! AUB EVENTS tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts, Theater on May 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

AUB Spring Play Production

The FAAH Spring Theater Production this year will be an evening built around the theme of ‘Fanaticism is Alive and Well.’ The text is a recent play entitled Exit Running-Right by Tony Layton. Events of the Cromwell ‘Revolution’ in England are dramatized, providing a tragi-comic ground for “fanatics of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but the planet!”

Performances are May 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 pm,
and May 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 8:30 pm

West Hall ,Bathish Auditorium
Running time is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
Entrance is free of charge.

Reservations may be made by calling extension 4350 during AUB office hours. Production is by FAAH Theater team : Peter Shebay’a, Adoni Maalouf, David Kurani, and CVSP’s Hani Hassan. Set Design is by FAAH’s Cornelia Krafft. We would very much appreciate your presence to encourage and enjoy the efforts of around 50 students, as well as the faculty involved. Please spread the word as our publicity budget is modest!


Samar Kanafani
3PM – Nicely Hall 409

Samar Kanafani is a part-time instructor of anthropology at AUB and a researcher living in Beirut. Her short videos include ‘Street-play’ (2001), about children negotiating play-spaces in a congested Beirut neighborhood; ‘Mounzer’ (2003), on Palestinian exile, masculinity and the injured male body; and ‘A Day from Home’ (2009), on un-belonging

and allegories of pregnancy. She’s interested in national imaginaries, migration, gender, the body, and representations of quotidian living. She’s the mother of two.

‘A Day from Home’ (video, 15min, Arabic, English Subtitles): Our commitment to dwelling in our home/nation is bound to the

persistent possibility of us abandoning it. How does one construct a life here – in Lebanon – even as one recognizes that it might, at any moment, be violently interrupted? Using pregnancy as allegory, this  video approaches the uneasy relationship between an individual desiring a modicum of belongingness and an elusive nation. The impossibility of a perfect fit between the two prods a reconsideration of the passion that binds the ‘self’ to the nation as ‘home’.


Ashkan Sepahvand
4PM – Nicely Hall 409

Ashkan Sepahvand was born in Tehran in 1984. He lives in Berlin and works elsewhere. His activities include writing, editing and the occasional translation. Since 2006 he has been a co-organizer of the artistic network Reloading Images. The project Other than someone, there was no one is the product of a residency at Ashkal Alwan since November 2009 and will be presented at Home Works V.