I saw this brilliant painter’s work on a visit to an art academy in Berlin. In a slightly out of focus range of blues, blacks, greys, and scarce brights, her work is akin to a child’s nightmare viewed peripherally. Each painting has a narrative and distinct characters, some of which I’d like to get to know, most of which I’d avoid at all costs. Merry-go-rounds, tribal gatherings, and covert rape scenes abound. She simultaneously inspires and terrifies.
I knew Firas Abu Fakhr and Hamed Sinno from grade school: the cool musician kids from my big brother’s grade. A few years later, they and five other musicians joined forces in what I believe to be the strongest indie band Beirut has ever seen. Their sound is nostalgic and sublime, with witty Arabic lyrics, […]
Souk el Tayeb, Beirut’s renowned fresh food market, has opened up a restaurant. Cleverly named Tawlet (Arabic for Tables), it’s a great place for lovers of spontaneity as monthly guest chefs switch up the menu with new dishes from their respective hometowns each day. Situated in Mar Mekhayel, a stylish industrial town known to attract […]
Strangers excite me so much that I draw them. I give them names, or titles, and choose which items of clothing they get to wear. I introduce them to each other in human collages and ask them the dance, or just get to know each other. In my drawings, they know they are watched and usually consent.
Syrian artist Buthayna Ali creates spaces that both mock and expose the numerous contradictions she is faced with as a woman, an artist, and a Muslim. Within the very context that constrains her, she fights back with kick-ass spacial journeys. My personal favorite project of hers is Y-Why!, a landscape of giant slingshots poised and […]
Possibly the most accurate Spring song in the history of Spring songs. This tune literally explodes with energy in its rock and roll-ness: with deep baritone vocals, endearingly youthful lyrics, and just the right amount of accompanying synth to make it perfectly 2012. All this carried over an unrelenting drum beat that inspires one to […]
Egyptians. Are. Hilarious. And this advertising campaign is exemplary. In it, innocent and unsuspecting people learn not to reject or even question their consumption of the product in question: Panda Cheese.