Escaping the “Road to Black”

Karim Maroun, 02/05/2017

In the wake of a globalization that has taken most nations by surprise and that has revolutionized ideologies, many countries replied by fortifying their attachments. Rather than opening up, they have built even stronger defenses to protect what they deem sacred. In such environments, the role of artists assumes greater responsibility as it becomes their duty to wake the mass from their passive acceptance of the status-quo.

Artist and Interior designer Jad El Khoury […]

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The Space in-between, Afikra

Karim Maroun, 02/05/2017

A world of prejudices, miscommunication, misrepresentation and selective coverage by the media, it’s easy to see how misinformed we are about each other. One such disparity relating to the notion of the Arab world, especially in the western world, was noticed by Mikey Muhanna, founder of Afikra. It seemed the Arab culture was defined as either the partying type or the rebellious type and everything in between just faded away. But Mikey knew otherwise and worked on proving it through the creation of a 3rd point of view, a platform for those curious about the many unique aspects of the Arab philosophy, a place to simply share a “fikra” (thought in Arabic). […]

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The Night Humors

Karim Maroun, 02/05/2017

The saying goes that the most complete adult, is he who has kept a big part of his childhood intact. The adults who successfully preserve the ambitious character, the curiosity of the newborn and the excitement of a children are those who can dream of change. But it takes a special mind to extend this concept further to … bedtime stories.
Such is the project of Bernard Hage, illustrator and artist […]

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The Gift of Silence

Karim Maroun, 02/05/2017

Insistently struggling to adapt to the rapid evolution of our interconnected world, most of us have been unaware that we were being slowly ripped off our most vital asset: our own thoughts. The media, as we all know, commands the majority; through constant stream of information and by integrating the people in a system that seems hard to ignore, it has unified our priorities, or in other words, deprived us of our own judgment. And such an impressive realization couldn’t have been possible without dispossessing us of silence. […]

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