lebanese artists

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Saloua Raouda Choucair is considered Lebanon’s first abstract sculptor and painter. She passed away in January 2017 at the age of 100 leaving behind more than half a century of her work.

Poem of Nine Verses | 1966-1968, Aluminum

Straight lines | 1971, Plastic & Nylon Threads

Module | early 1980s, Wood (With Choucair)

Dual | 1990, Aluminum

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L.A. Hyder | Lebanese American

Self-Portrait at 40, 1987

Ivy & Acey, 1996 

Photographer and LVA (Lesbians in the Visual Arts) founding director L.A. Hyder (b. 1947) uses her self-awareness as an American of Lebanese ancestry to encourage diverse participation.

“I feel all my work is informed by who I am as a lesbian. That no matter what it is, it’s lesbian art…I photograph a lot of doorways and a lot of stairways. I like the feel of possibility and looking through things. I feel it’s not always the content that makes it lesbian. Texture and form to me is very lesbian. My installations have much more direct lesbian content than my photographs, and they have more of a political bent. Installations involve transforming a concept and often mine are about being lesbian or being of Arabic heritage.” - L.A. Hyder statement

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“Rumour has it” - Julia Boutros (b. 1968) ❤️

Refrain

***Rumour has it that we separated without even a goodbye

Like a necklace of pearls, we fell out,

Pearl by pearl!

Everything we had in common is meaningless now

They became a lie***

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Us, though, no matter how distant we are! No matter how lost we are !

In a moment, suddenly, we can be back together!

Only love is what will remain with us!

At home or away!

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With everyday that pass, I pray for you!

I placed you in my eyes, never to be removed!

And in the darkness of night, I will light a candle for you in my heart!

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You are so precious for me, and it suits you well!

I love you from the depths of my soul, and I miss you!

My years before you were bitter and difficult!

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Us, though, no matter how distant we are! No matter how lost we are !

In a moment, suddenly, we are back together!

Only love is what will remain with us!

At home or away!

anonymous asked:

I noticed that you hate twenty one pilots and you said that lane boy was racist so how exactly is it racist? This is an innocent question btw I literally just want to know I'm not trying to be problematic and I'm not defending them or anything

(okay i have a free period but i’m on mobile so ill try to keep this quick and to the point, even tho i’m not sure that it’s actually physically possible for me to answer something without rambling and writing a huge text block) the first time i heard the lyrics to lane boy they made me pretty uncomfortable, to say the least. tyler is a white-passing (i believe hes part lebanese) artist that could be considered a rapper (even tho i personally don’t consider him one), and rap is a part of black culture. it is a genre that is dominated by black artists, was created by black artists, and has a complex history formed by the actions of black artists. because of the vilification of black people that’s prevalent in our society and the negative connotations associated with the rap genre, it’s often looked down on and dismissed as “not real music” by people that quite frankly dont know shit. worse than that, its seen as dangerous, uncultured, animalistic, etc. now, none of these stereotypes are correct, but that’s how it’s perceived, due to how deep antiblack racism runs.
now where lane boy comes in is that tyler is a white passing artist, as i previously mentioned. he is not black. the genre of rap and it’s history is not “His Territory.” the entirety of lane boy is tyler insinuating if not basically saying outright that he believes he’s taking over the genre, changing things up and bringing something new and sophisticated to the table, which he isn’t. all of what Tyler’s done has been done before. it’s not an uncommon or rare thing for rappers to rap about their mental illnesses, their emotions, their pain. it’s not an uncommon or unprecedented thing for a rapper to wear a bow tie (truth be told i can’t think of one rapper that hasn’t worn a suit/bow tie at least once, most likely dozens of times) or play the piano. some of the elements 21p brings to production might be unorthodox but that’s it. tyler showing contempt for the genre that he appropriates isn’t okay at all

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Fares Al-Khodor Is Dead (And So Is a Piece of My Heart)

Fares Al-Khodor, 12 years old Syrian boy,  left his home in Syria 5 years ago with his family escaping Assad bombs and strikes and went to Lebanon, Beirut.

Fares started to sell roses in Hamra St. west Beirut to help his family. He was not a normal kid; according to everyone knew him.  His trademark gelled-back hair, smart dress and cheery nature made him stand out from the rest of the flower sellers on the streets of Beirut, earning the nickname ‘Hamra’s mascot’ after the area he worked in.

Fares returned to Al-Hasakah, Syria recently and was killed in a coalition air-strike that was carried out there on Thursday. “He died by an American drone missile strike on his village on Syria"; according to a friend of him.

Photographer Zeinoun Naboulsi met him when he and his family first came to Beirut.

‘Everyone loved him because he was so polite,’ he said.

'He wasn’t just roses’ seller, was not a beggar, was not sad or miserable. he sold roses to help his family,he was filled with pride, enough for all of us and he wore the coolest outfits and perfume with gelled-back hair. I spent much of my time down in Hamra, where Fares became my friend.
He attended school and had a dream to become a doctor or a lower or an astronaut like the rest of the kids. He had big dreams.

'I still remember one time at Barbar, a famous Lebanese fast food place, he invited us to dinner when it should be the other way round but he insisted.

‘ He saved money to buy a camera and asked me to teach his how to take photos’

'Youssef his older brother was also a flower seller and taught himself poetry. He would take care of him.’

‘ He wasn’t just roses’ seller, he was a friend and a brother to us … we will always remember him, the king of Hamra street ‘

Artist Yazan Halwani brought his memory all the way to Germany. Halwani, a Lebanese street artist known as “the Banksy of Beirut,” went all the way to Dortmund in order to paint a portrait of Fares.