ILLUSTRATING AND STORYTELLING NOSTALGIA IN THE ARAB WORLD
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Jana Traboulsi is a visual artist, graphic designer and illustrator. She holds a BFA in Graphic design from the American University of Beirut, and an MA in Media and Communication Studies from Goldsmiths College, London. She is the co-founder and art director of Bidayat pan-arab quarterly, and the art director of Snoubar Bayrout publishing house. In 2014, she has co-founded the art collective Sigil. Their work has been exhibited in Venice, Milan, Marrakesh, and Beirut. Since 2004, she teaches design and illustration studios and lectures in history and theory, in Lebanon and abroad. Her works explores methods of visual research, and the relation text-image at the service of critical commentary, often bridging between the personal and the socio-political.
SOFIANE SI MERABET
Sofiane Si Merabet is a real cultural cartographer. Travel-obsessed and polyglot, Sofiane has always been involved in projects reflecting on Plural identities and Nostalgia. From TheConfusedArab, a digital platform, Sofiane explores the "future of nostalgia" concept. The Confused Arab was part of Dubai Sikka Art Fair 2017 with the “Hammam Tomorrow’ installation which was also showed in P21 Gallery in London. In 2018, Sofiane continued his creative work on multiple identities, nostalgia and art through "Hawa city" installation as being exhibited in Hafez Gallery in Jeddah. This French-Algerian built his career by leading Marketing for L'Oreal and LVMH between Paris and Dubai and is now heading Karta, a consultancy agency specialized in using and leveraging heritage and culture to create business opportunities for clients such as Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany and Co and Coty.