Friday, January 30, 2009

Turkish Coffee...

Yesterday Erdogan stood up for what he believes... not caring for anything but his own principles... and left them in shock...

Maybe it is time for us to learn how to make Turkish coffee again....




I stand and applaud to you Erdogan...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Water colors and recycled papers

So... today officially I finish my first semester working at GJU...
I'm just thrilled I'm going on a vacation...
It was a stressful... intriguing time...
But now it is time for me...
My plans are to learn how to watercolor... and to make homemade recycled paper...
I can't wait to get my hands dirty again...

Other than that... I'll be practicing more on my digital camera...

So... an intense 10 days of freedom of expression...

I will keep you updated and maybe blog finally about Atlas Shrugged...

And for the nice holiday...
here you go...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Children’s Museum | 2nd Art Exhibition

Last Tuesday I went for the 2nd art exhibition run by Children Museum Jordan....
Again I was dazzled by the honest artistic abilities of children...
This year they had a silent auction for the art pieces in which the funds raised will go to help Gaza's Children...

Another remarkable thing was having some work done by special needs children... one in particular was painted by a blind kid...

Children used different media and techniques like; action coloring, pencils, installation, cut-out animation, sculpting, painting...

The lines... the colors and the freedom of compositions is what I find most fascinating...
it is when a human is given a chance to experience childhood all over again...

Here are some samples of the work...














and click here for more.

The exhibition will be running till the 2nd of February... so make sure to pass by...


:: Previous Exhibition

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Narratives* | 19

19

I entered his realm with a slight bow of the head...
I'm sorry I can't join fully I mumbled....
My world is just not ready yet for us...

Tearless, I walked out... Knowing I must come back...


My free mind...



* The Narratives: stories, events, and scenes that happen[ed] inside and around my head…

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Techno me

This is the trailer for my upcoming video art exhibition titled "Techno me".
The exhibition is taking place in Makan Art House, Amman... opening on Monday 09-03-09...
I'm still working on it... so wish me luck...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Blind USA...

A couple of years ago.... Mr. Bush of USA convinced the whole world that Iraq has Weapons of Mass Destruction and that these weapons are a danger on the whole world... and that justified the war on Iraq...
A year ago... These claims were found untrue... and thus the whole WoMD in Iraq turned out to be just a hoax...

For the last couple of weeks... and still going on... Israel has been raining white phosphorus on the heads of Gazans...

And what does Mr. Bush say now? What does USA say? They abstain...

I take it back... the USA is not blind...

It's even worse... USA is BEING blind...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Above 1000!

In 19 days... the Israeli Army has killed over 1000 Gazans... one third of which are children...

1000... is not just a number... they are people... THEY WERE PEOPLE!!!!

"la hawla wa la qwata illa bi Allah alAli al Atheem...."

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Think the unthinkable...

I'm not sure whether I've been deliberately avoiding writing about Gaza… or not…
I thought what can I have to say… everything has been said by someone else… all the emotions… all the facts… all the rationales…

But as I was flipping through my old images… I came across this photo I took two years ago.



This photo is of a demonstration I attended in Edinburgh against the Israeli offensive over south of Lebanon in July 2006… if you look at the slogans… you just realize they can simply and sadly apply to the situation now…

That made me reflect upon the long chains of fights, protests, appeals that have been happening around…

60 years ago the war on Palestine started, and then came Lebanon… Afghanistan, Iraq… and we all have speculations over who is next…

What is the problem? And what is the solution?
I kept on thinking about that… read a couple of blog entries, war analysis … and so on… until this idea came to my mind…

The reason behind this… is not the Grand Conspiracy, nor the Zionist Agenda, nor the Lust for Oil…
The real reason of this… is us… but what exactly in us?

At first us meant to me; Arabs and Muslims… but the more I thought about it… the more I believed us are all the human beings…

I came to realize that it is our inability to think… there has always been a restriction over our abilities to think, limitation over what we can think and discuss and what we can't…
We have been brought up to condemn someone else… to label people and categorize them and deal with them according to that…

Liberals/ Conservatives, Materialists/ Spiritualists, Capitalists/ Socialists, Atheists/ Believers,….

I think that our solution is as simple as starting to think of the unthinkable…

What we have to do now… each and everyone of us… to help Gaza, to help Iraq, to help ourselves is to think….

After mumbling your prayers, after lighting a candle, after done with shouting in a protest, after giving away a little of your money and after all that… I wish if each one of you would go home and think of the unthinkable…
If you are an atheist think what if the spiritualist were right, if you are a spiritualist think what if the atheists were right….
If you are pro-Fateh think of those pro-Hamas… and vice versa…
Whatever you are… what ever ideology you embrace… think of the one thing you never permitted your self to think of… think of the other side… think of the ones you assume you fight… think what do they have that make sense… study them… learn and think from an enthusiast stand not an opponent stand…

Think of what you labeled as wrong… think freely with no restrictions… with no fear…

What made human a human is his ability to think…

Give yourself this back … in the most absolute way you can…

Maybe then we can be equal humans again…

Maybe then people in Gaza will be spared… and allowed to live once again…

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I'm Back!

I'm back...
I took a leave trying to find peace... trying to move on... I was a fool to think it was a single step I had to take... it turned out to be a daily process... and I just had to teach myself how...

Words coming from a stranger.... who knew me better than those who claim to be mine... her words... touched me... and gave me a lead as to where I should be looking.... and to where I should be aiming... [Hvala ti moja nova drugarica... hvala ti lepotica]

During my absence I became a true book hound... I devoured a couple of books... one of which "Atlas Shrugged" I made a promise to finish it before New Year's Eve... I'll talk about it later on... it is an excellent read and I enjoyed it...

I walked and walked... I befriended the trees again... I talked to Amman rooftops...

I'm teaching myself... everyday... how to continue hoping without fear...

On another hand... there is the situation at Gaza... I don't know what words can I utter... when all the world is only helping them to survive... instead of helping them to live...
I don't know what words can make sense... I only pray... that justice will come... and we will be humans again...

I'm back... and I hope I'll be able to stay this time....
I'm back... it is not easy... but again... no one promised me otherwise...

'Bismillah AlRahman AlRaheem'