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TA’AROF 2017 – SAFIR’s First Young Artist Workshop Launches as part of SB13

SAFIR welcomed six young artists from Syria this last March for an intensive ten day workshop TA’AROF 2017 that took place as part of the Sharjah Art Biennial 13 Tamawuj. Sponsored by the Sharjah Art Foundation, the young artists had the unique opportunity of attending SAFIR Workshop lectures given by key curators and artists from the MENA region, in addition to being led on …

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The many mutable faces of Manal

BEIRUT: We’re all children at heart, they say. If we could channel that innocence and generosity, perhaps the world would be a less jaundiced place. With his exhibition “Manal,” now on show at Artspace Hamra, multidisciplinary artist Anas Albraehe expresses this sentiment with great soulfulness. Rather than rendering the conflict raging in his country, the Syrian artist has chosen to …

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Anas Al Braehe and His Ultimate Muse

(Beirut, Lebanon) Busy painting the landscape outside his studio, on a spring day in 2014, Anas Al Braehe noticed a figure jumping out of a white blossoming, knee-high bean field. “She was wearing a yellow dress and holding a doll,” Braehe said. “I recognized my neighbor Manal. She played hide and seek with me, while I quickly tried to sketch her.” “Manal, is …

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