Revue culturelle N°91

The Journal

02 - 11 - 23
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"Kiss of Freedom", Rami Kanso

Rami Kanso is a Lebanese-Slovak graphic designer, motion designer and visual artist based in Doha. He currently works for Alaraby TV. Rami combines his work in broadcasting with his passion for creative animation. He was head of visuals for the West End music production "Umm Kulthum: The Golden Era", which premiered at the London Palladium in March 2020. He also co-produced and co-directed a series of award-winning poetry videos with his wife, Dana Dajani.

In October 2019, Rami's drawing for the Lebanese revolution became a viral icon of the resistance movement. His art blends calligraphy, collage, texture work, typography and symbolism to express contemporary Arab identity.


Marrakech Folklore Days

The African folk dance festival returned to the Ochre City from 25 to 29 October for its fifth edition.

The programme included

  • symposia on various cultural themes: "Cultural heritage, its values and functions", "Cultural exchange and the fight against terrorism", "The Gnaoua heritage", etc.
  • Concerts with Khalil Mounji and Maâlem Omar Hayat.
  • parades, notably on Saturday 28 October with the participation of 32 Moroccan and foreign troupes.

School of Casablanca

This is a cultural initiative supported by the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Goethe-Institut Marokko, ThinkArt and Zamân Books & Curating. The aim is to examine the legacy of the Casablanca School, its pedagogy and its modernist aesthetic of the 1960s.

The initiative happens in an exhibition based around three themes: "Modernist aesthetics & popular art", "Artistic practice in everyday life" and "Democratising art".

The exhibition looks at the School's contribution to the development of different artistic practices in contemporary Moroccan socio-political reality.

"School of Casablanca" is curated by Salma Lahlou, independent curator and founder of ThinkArt, Casablanca; Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and Inka Gressel, co-director of ifa, Berlin. The exhibition will be on tour at the ifa-Galerie in Berlin from 15 February to 14 April 2024.

Photo: work by Mohamed Melehi, a leading figure in Moroccan modernism and the Casablanca School.


Soho International Film Festival: "Triple A" wins the prize for best foreign film

The feature-length film by Moroccan director Jihane El Bahhar won this award, organised for the 14th edition of the New York film festival.

Synopsis: three love stories about marginalised protagonists whose destinies intersect in unexpected ways.


New track from El Grande Toto: "Weld Laadoul"

The Moroccan rap star unveils a track from his eagerly-awaited second album: "Weld Laadoul", which looks back at his family history and recalls that the artist recently lost his grandmother.


Rabat: National Museum of Archaeology and Earth Sciences

Applications are now open for the architectural competition for the National Museum of Archaeology and Earth Sciences in Rabat. Interested groups of architects and design offices must submit their applications by 9 November at the latest.

The museum will be run by the National Museums Foundation, chaired by Mehdi Qotbi. It will be located on the site of the former US embassy in Rabat.

"The essential mission of the museum will be to enable the public to discover the country's prestigious past through the wealth of its archaeological and earth science heritage (...) This heritage will enable the public to explore all the civilisations that Morocco has known and thus appreciate this precious legacy" - press release.


Aimar Habibi at the Grammy Awards

"I'll be the first Moroccan artist to sing at the 2023 Grammys alongside global stars such as Beyoncé, Jenifer Lopez, Marc Antony and Romeo Santos" - posted on his Instagram account.

Aimar Habibi recently released his latest single, 'Fatima', a tribute to his Hispano-Moroccan culture.


International Festival of Drama Schools

From 27 to 31 October, a dozen plays were presented at the Festival international des écoles supérieures d'art dramatique (FIESAD 2023).

Several universities were expected to take part in the event: the University of Music, Theatre and Media in Hanover (Germany), the École nationale supérieure d'art dramatique in Montpellier (France), the Institut supérieur d'art dramatique in Cairo (Egypt), the Institut supérieur d'art dramatique et d'animation culturelle in Rabat (Morocco), the National Arts Institute in Nouakchott (Mauritania), the University of the Arts in Utrecht (Netherlands), the University Theatre Centre in Mexico City (Mexico), the Film School in Lodz (Poland) and the Ecole nationale des arts et métiers de la culture in Dakar (Senegal).

The festival is organised in Rabat by the Issil Association for Theatre and Cultural Activities in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Communication (Department of Culture), the Mohammed V National Theatre, the Moroccan National Tourist Office and Chaoui Bois.

FIESAD 2023 not only provided a platform for up-and-coming young artists to showcase their exceptional work, but also fostered cultural exchange and mutual understanding between participants of different nationalities.


Rabat: "Bodies and Places" by Mostafa Elarche

The exhibition, which runs until 24 November, showcases some forty works by the artist, whose practice has the distinctive feature of integrating calligraphy with painting.

"I combine elements of Moroccan identity with the human figure," the artist told MAP.

The solo exhibition is held at the gallery of the Mohammed VI Foundation in Rabat.


Casablanca and Ouarzazate now UNESCO's Creative Cities

The cities of Casablanca and Ouarzazate have joined UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, on the occasion of World Cities Day, the UN organisation announced on Tuesday.

The two Moroccan cities, along with 53 others that have just joined the network, have been singled out for the place given to culture and creativity in their development strategies and for their innovative urban planning practices centred on people.

Casablanca became a Creative City in the field of digital arts, while Ouarzazate became a Creative City in the Film category.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities around the world that have identified creativity as a strategic factor in sustainable urban development. With these 55 new members, the Network now includes 350 cities in over a hundred countries, covering seven creative fields: crafts and popular arts, digital arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature and music.

Photo: Ouarzazate, credits Wikipedia.


The first tour of an exhibition from the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum in America

The "Cy Twombly, Morocco 1952/1953" exhibition was held at the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech from 4 March to 2 July. It was organised in collaboration with the Cy Twombly Foundation and the Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio. Today, it takes place at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the United States. This is the first time an exhibition from the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum has toured North America!

The exhibition is a journey across the kingdom undertaken by the American painter Cy Twombly in the early 1950s. Tangiers, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tiznit... The artist's paintings, drawings and photographs show Morocco's cultural highlights, as well as various Amazigh sites.

Photo: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [Cy, North Africa (I)], 1952, copyrights Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York.

Lebanon, Morocco

Lebanon and Morocco, the lights of the party at Valencia Film Festival

The Golden Palm at the 38th Mostra de Valencia, held from 19 to 29 October, went to the Lebanese film "Riverbed" by Bassem Breche. The film also won Best Cinematography (Nadim Saoma) and Best Original Music Score (Sharif Senhaoui).

"Riverbed" tells the story of Salma and her daughter Thuraya, and their attempt to preserve, maintain and rebuild their lives with each other. Salma has survived for many years by protecting her independence, and has achieved peace by abandoning all attachments. But the past does not let go of Salma and brings back Thuraya, defeated, divorced and pregnant.

Faouzi Bensaïdi's feature film won two awards at the Valencia International Film Festival in Spain. It won the Best Director prize and the Best Actor prize, awarded jointly to Fehd Benchemsi and Abdelhadi Talbi.

Morocco, Oman

Rabat hosts "United for Morocco" charity auction for Al-Haouz earthquake victims

Organised with the support of the Fondation Nationale des Musées and the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, this charity auction brought together a number of artists and art professionals.

At the event, collectors were able to choose from 119 works by Moroccan and African artists. Participating artists included Saïd Afifi, Amina Agueznay, Malika Agueznay, Ghizlane Agzenaï, Mustapha Akrim, Yasmina Alaoui, the late Leila Alaoui, Mounia Amor, Daoud Oulad Syad, Mohammed Arejdal, the late Mohammed Kacimi, Abdellah Saddouk, Walid Arhdaoui, Mo Baala, Amina Benbouchta and Ghany Belmaachi.

The Chairman of the National Museums Foundation, Mehdi Qotbi, praised the efforts of artists, gallery owners and professionals from the world of culture and the arts, who helped to organise this charity auction.

All the proceeds from this charity event will be paid into account 126 "Special fund for managing the effects of the earthquake" opened with Bank Al Maghrib.


Morocco launches its first Geoportal for tangible heritage

This is an information system dedicated to Morocco's material heritage. It has been launched on the following website: and includes a Moroccan archaeological map of more than 150 buildings and historic sites.

Launched by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, this new Géoportail is a dynamic archaeological map of Morocco featuring more than 150 historic buildings and sites. The site contains information on the construction history of these monuments, their inclusion on the national heritage list, their current state, their location, conditions for visiting them, etc.

The site aims to facilitate access to the national heritage for Moroccans, foreigners, researchers and experts. This platform allows Internet users to search for historical sites and monuments in Morocco, including those included on the World Heritage List and natural heritage sites, according to their location in the regions, provinces and communes.


Closure of the autumn session of the Assilah International Cultural Moussem

The autumn session of the 44th edition of the Assilah International Cultural Moussem, held from 06 to 26 October, has come to an end.

The closing ceremony, organised by the Assilah Forum Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication (Department of Culture) and the municipality of Assilah, was marked by the presentation of prizes to a number of cultural players, associations and environmental initiatives, in recognition of their efforts to promote culture, volunteerism and environmental conservation.


Rabat: international symposium on the influence of Morocco on the artistic career of the painter Henri Matisse

This two-day symposium, on 27 and 28 October, is being organised by the Institut Académique des Arts, part of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco. It looks back at Matisse's artistic career and the turning point that Morocco represented for him. Participants will also examine the significance of his works and their impact on the international perception of Morocco. This questioning opens up broader issues, especially on Orientalism.

The Permanent Secretary of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Abdeljalil Lahjomri, said that this meeting was an opportunity to look at the historical, political and personal contexts of Matisse's stays in Tangiers. The director of the Institut Académique des Arts, Mohammed Noureddine Affaya, added that this event highlights Morocco's role as a place of creation and inspiration, having welcomed numerous artists such as Henri Matisse and Eugène Delacroix.

Photo: "View from the window", 1912-1913, Matisse.

Arab World, Algeria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq

Sharjah International Book Fair has started

This is the 42nd edition of this international meeting of Gulf literature. This year's theme is "We speak books", and the guest of honour is South Korea. In recognition of his major contribution to the promotion of Arabic literature, Libyan writer Ibrahim Al-Kouni was voted Cultural Personality of the Year.

Dubai hosts more than two thousand publishers from around a hundred countries. The fair will host 1.5 million titles, including 800,000 Arab titles, with 600 book signing sessions. 127 Arab and foreign guests from 33 countries take part in 460 events in the cultural and artistic programme, which includes 130 performances by artists from 14 countries.

Not-to-be-missed events:

The session by keynote speaker, Iraqi singer Kadim Al Sahir. Moderated by TV presenter Nada Al Shaibani and billed as a 'meet and greet' with the Iraqi singer, fans and culture lovers will be able to hear Sahir discuss his successful career, his creative impulses and some of the stories behind his greatest songs.

The session with Algerian writer Ahlam Mosteghanemi, returns to the Book Fair to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her first novel, 'Memory in the Flesh', considered one of the landmarks of Arabic literature, with over a million copies sold.

The session with the indispensable Bassem Youssef, who has been making the headlines in the media and on social networks since his speech with the American journalist Piers Morgan on the situation in Gaza.

Photo: Bassem Youssef, copyrights AFP.

Morocco, Tunisia

Pays d'Apt African Film Festival

From 9 to 14 November, Apt organises another edition of its festival, the FCAPA, as well as a special exhibition dedicated to the work of Nadia Rais, a Tunisian animation film-maker.

Among the Arab feature films to be screened:

  • "Animalia" by Sofia Alaoui - Morocco
  • "Deserts" by Faouzi Bensaïdi - Morocco
  • "Indivision" by Leïla Kilani (Morocco)
  • "The packs" by Kamel Lazraq - Morocco
  • "Behind the mountains" by Mohamed Ben Attia

The Festival also set up the 10th edition of the "video marathon", which involves producing, shooting and editing a 3-minute film in just 48 hours.

The programme is available at

Plastic ArtsExhibitions

A permanent and virtual exhibition at Alexandre Roubtzoff Gallery in Tunis

A permanent online exhibition will be on view throughout the year, with a monthly renewal of the catalogue, declares Alexandre Roubtzoff Gallery.

With a selection of 60 works by 14 artists, both emerging talents and well-known names, "the virtual exhibition offers an opportunity to explore works that highlight the diversity and vitality of the contemporary Tunisian art scene, through expressive paintings and innovative sculptures, each reflecting a variety of themes, from cultural identity to formal experimentation" - press release.

The participating artists are Mabrouk El Kamel, Faycel Mejri, Hamda Saidi, Mehdi Bouanani, Najet Edhahbi, Wissem Ben Hassine, Abdelhamid Thabouti, Mohamed Ghassan, Imed Jemaiel, Adnene Haj Sassi, Adel Akremy, Sahbi Chtioui, Tahar Mguedmini and Hamda Dniden.

Photo: Mabrouk El Kamel (Bzaow), "The sunflowers".


"I dreamed about you yesterday" by Lobna Mlika and Brahim Jumaa

Premiered on 27 October at the Salle du 4e Art, this new production by the Théâtre National Tunisien is supported by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the African Culture Fund.

The play "I dreamed about you yesterday" (60′) is a simulation of the phenomenon of violence and an adaptation of a text in which the lexicon of violence and that of love coexist. Actress Lobna Mlika conveys a mother's disappointment at her son's use of violence without feeling the slightest compassion. In a high school in the town of Ezzahra, on the outskirts of Tunis, a scene of violence shows the assault committed two years earlier by a pupil against his teacher.

Morocco, Tunisia

International Maghreb Film Festival in Oujda

Tunisian cinema won three awards at the 12th International Maghreb Film Festival in Oujda, Morocco. The festival, which focused on the theme of "Cinema: a way for people to live together", rewarded Mohamed Mrad for his performance in the film "Fractus", directed by Nader Rahmouni. A special mention was given to the feature film "Spylist" by Fredj Trabelsi. As for the short film competition, the prize for best direction went to the film "Le chemin de l'oubli", directed by Ali Marwen Chekki.

Plastic ArtsExhibitions

Tunis: "Une Odyssée de la Peinture Tunisienne du XXe Siècle" (An Odyssey of 20th Century Tunisian Painting)

The exhibition is on show at the Alexandre Roubtzoff gallery until 4 December. It showcases a collection of works reflecting the evolution of Tunisian painting, as well as the Orientalist, anti-colonialist and contemporary movements.

The artists on show are : Charles Théodore Frere (1814-1888), Auguste Emile Pinchart (1842-1920), Marthe Chapsal-Saint-Maxen (1861-1950), Rodolphe D'erlanger (1872-1932), Albert Marquet (1875-1947), André Delacroix (1878-1934), Alexandre Roubtzoff (1884-1949), Moses Levy (1885-1968), Ernest Pierre Guerin (1887-1952), Vsevolod Andreevich Filippov (1893-1976), Max Léon Moreau (1902-1995), Aly Ben Salem (1910-2001), Ammar Farhat (1911-1987), Noureddine Khayachi (1918-1987), Hatim Elmekki (1918-2003), Jellal Ben Abdallah (1921-2017), Ali Bellagha (1924-2006), Zoubeir Turki (1924-2009), Mahmoud Sehili (1931-2015), Brahim Dhahak (1931-2011), Nja Mahdaoui (born 1937), Ridha Bettaieb (1939-1993), Khalifa Cheltout (born 1939), Habib Bouabana (1942-2003), Hamda Dniden (born 1944), Rafik Elkamel (1944-2021), Hamadi Ben Saad (born 1948), Tahar Mguedmini (born 1948), Adel Megdiche (1949-2022), Sahbi Chtioui (born 1953).

Photo: "The dancers with a ball" by Sahbi Chtioui.


"Haraïr El Dajzaïr, a story of struggle" by Zahra Berriah

This book, written in Arabic, was recently published by Dar El-Akram, with the support of the Ministry of Moudjahidine and Having Rights. It focuses on the role of Algerian women during the War of Independence, citing no fewer than 169 "moudjahidates and martyrs".


International Arabic Language Day: a new edition of the historical dictionary

The Higher Council for the Arabic Language has announced that it will be re-issuing its dictionary with 36 new volumes on the Arabic language from 18 December.

"These new volumes, which will be published by the CSLA in partnership with the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo (Egypt), will be added to the 35 volumes previously published in two stages" - press release.

He noted that "the fundamental difference between this dictionary and the Lisan Al-Arab (encyclopaedia of the Arabic language) is the explanation of the words, with supporting examples, in addition to the study of its chronological development since its creation" - press release.


Palestine in the spotlight at the 26th SILA

La Palestine a été à l’honneur de la 26e édition du Salon international du livre d’Alger à travers l’organisation de plusieurs expositions de livres et conférences sur la littérature et l’histoire de la Palestine, en plus de soirées poétiques de solidarité avec le peuple palestinien.

The Ministry of Culture and Arts dedicated a space to Palestine in its central pavilion, where a dozen works in Arabic on the history, culture and literature of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people were exhibited, with the participation of the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Algiers.

As part of the celebrations to mark the State of Palestine, the Ministry of Culture and Arts has also set up an independent space outside the central pavilion, called "Espace Ghaza", until 3 November, where a number of meetings, symposia and poetry evenings have been scheduled, with the participation of Palestinian writers such as the writer and poet Ibrahim Nassrallah, who led a symposium on the novel and the Palestinian cause.


Death of Abdelhalim Zribi

The Algerian actor has died at the age of 60.
Born in Tindouf, the deceased joined the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus (Syria) in 1987, before embarking on a career in theatre, appearing in several works, including "Zir Salem", "El Mouhakama El Adjiba" and "Nihayat El Louaba". His last appearance was in the play produced by the TNA, Qahwat El Guelmi, in the role of the moudjahid Ami Ali.

Abdelhalim Zribi received numerous awards in Algeria and abroad, including the prize for 'Best Male Role' at the National Festival of Professional Theatre in 2009 and an award at the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) in 2011.

Algeria, Palestine

Commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1 November 1954 Revolution

Yesterday, the President of the Republic paid his respects at the Martyrs' Shrine in Algiers, in memory of the martyrs of the Glorious War of National Liberation, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1st November 1954 Revolution, which coincides with the war between Hamas and Israel.

Abdelmadjif Tebboune declared: "The anniversary of this memorable date coincides with the serious repercussions of the impenitence of the Zionist occupation in its barbaric aggression against the Palestinian people and the persistence of its recurring crimes of extermination in the Ghaza Strip.
Algeria reiterates its appeal to all regional and international parties to awaken the conscience of the international community and put an end to the barbaric strikes on children, women and the elderly. Algeria appeals to all those who love freedom and justice, and to people of goodwill, to put an end to this crime against humanity committed by the Zionist occupier, in full view of the whole world".


"Birds' journey" by Faiza Taghani

The artist's solo exhibition is on show at the Maison Abdellatif in Bou Saada. The exhibition is all the more topical because of its theme, which deals with climate change in the aftermath of last summer's fires. Through the birds, Faiza Taghani also evokes the theme of migration and freedom. On show until 11 November.


Regional Theater of Tizi Ouzou: New play inspired by the works of Kateb Yacine

A new play, based on fragments of texts by the writer, poet and playwright Kateb Yacine, will be produced by the eponymous Regional Theater of Tizi Ouzou (TRTO), according to Abderrahmane Zaâboubi, the head of this cultural institution.

The text of the new play, which will be produced and staged at the TRTO, will be written by two playwrights and a researcher specialising in Kateb's work, as part of a writing workshop to be held at the end of October, based on a fusion of his literary, dramatic and poetic texts.


Four Moroccan artists shortlisted for the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize

For its third edition, the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize has shortlisted thirty artists, including four Moroccans: Safaa Erruas, Amina Agueznay, Youssra Raouchi and Ghizlane Sahli.

The works of the nominated artists will be exhibited in Cape Town from 14 February to 15 May 2024. The Grand Prize will be awarded on 13 February, the day before the exhibition. The works will be auctioned by Sotheby's in equal parts for the benefit of the artists and the Norval Foundation learning centre. The Public Prize is open to all (to vote, follow the link here).

The Norval Sovereign Prize for African Art aims to benefit contemporary artists, working in Africa or from the African diaspora, by increasing their international visibility. It is the result of a collaboration between the Sovereign Art Foundation and the Norval Foundation.

Photo: Youssra Raouchi, "I is the other. Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas. 150 x 144cm.


Ramsey Chahine, from New York to Byblos

This self-taught artist discovered painting at a very early age. It became his means of expression, even before speech. Between his studies at New York University and his martial arts competitions, he continued to paint. He opened a studio in Brooklyn and developed his self-portraits in a chiaroscuro world where musculature reigned supreme. His paintings are imbued with his childhood nightmares, and feature headless bodies and animals. It took him sixteen months to complete a painting following the explosion in the port of Beirut.

Whether it was the process or the subject itself, everything in this canvas was my way of painting the emotion I felt after the explosion. A mixture of guilt, absurdity and, in fact, the impossibility of thinking and moving forward" - interview given to OLJ.

Since this summer, he has had a studio in Byblos, where his new paintings inspired by ancient Greek sculptures can be seen.

Photo: Ramsey Chahine, "Self-portrait after the explosion in the port of Beirut".


Palestine Cinema Days

In Lebanon, France, Brazil and the United States, over 90 venues around the world are hosting the Palestine Cinema Days festival. The 10th edition of the festival organised by FilmLab Palestine was due to be held from 24 October to 2 November in five Palestinian towns in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Naturally, the event had to be cancelled. However, with the idea of "maintaining spaces where the experiences, stories, lives and broken dreams of Palestinians are seen and heard", the organisers have come to an agreement with several cultural players to share "90 free screenings".

"A necessary platform at a time when history is being distorted", say the organisers of this initiative, who in their press release deplore the fact that "Palestinians are dehumanised, blamed for their suffering, while the value of their lives is considered inferior to that of Israeli civilians".

Coinciding with the date of the Balfour Declaration, the event is launched on 2 November to provide "a platform for censored Palestinian voices and to combat the falsification of history and propaganda that has been going on for a long time". Fifteen screenings are planned in thirteen French cities, making France the first host of the festival - ironic given the French government's position and support for Palestine.

FilmLab Palestine has proposed eight documentary and fiction films to its partners:

  • The issue of Palestinian prisoners through "The Ghost Hunt" by Raed Andoni, himself a victim and survivor of Israeli jails;
  • The journey, testimonies and personal stories of 12 Palestinian women in Carole Mansour's film Stitching Palestine;
  • A documentary about young surfers: "Gaza Surf Club" by Mickey Yamine and Philip Gnadt;
  • The story of two friends practising an acrobatic sport in Gaza, "One more jump" by Emanuele Gerosa;
  • The reconstruction of a massacre committed on a Palestinian family in 1948 by the Haganah, the core of the Hebrew State army, "Farha" by Darine Sallam;
  • The destruction of the town of Nazareth by the Israeli army in 1948 in Elia Suleiman's fictional film 'The Time That Remains';
  • The life of a Gazan family in a refugee camp in Gaza under an Israeli curfew in Rashid Masharawi's drama 'Couvre-feu';
  • A tale of love between two young teenagers in Gaza against the backdrop of the blockade in "The Tale of Three Diamonds" by Michel Khleifi.

All the screenings can be viewed on this map.


European aid to Palestinian cultural organisations subject to conditions

"If the lack of European financial support continues, many Palestinian socio-cultural organisations will close", warns Moustapha Sheta, director of the Freedom Theatre, based in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, where a new Israeli raid killed four Palestinians on 30 October (interview by OLJ).

On 9 October, two days after the Hamas attack on Israel, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, the Hungarian Oliver Varhelyi, caused a stir by declaring on X (formerly Twitter) that all payments to Palestine were being "immediately suspended". Later that day, in the face of an outcry from several Member States, including Spain, Ireland and Portugal, the European Commission finally announced that it wanted to "review" its development aid programme for the Palestinians, i.e. almost 300 million euros in 2022 and 1.7 billion euros planned between 2021 and 2024. The aim? To ensure that no European funding enables any terrorist organisation to carry out attacks against Israel", said the Commission.

To survive in the face of the forthcoming drying-up, Nidal Kaabi believes that Palestinian cultural organisations must learn to "reduce their dependence on this aid by developing income-generating activities and sharing our resources". For him, there is no question of "giving up the right to resistance in order to receive financial aid".

Others go further. For example, the Adaleh coalition, which defends the socio-cultural rights of Palestinians, announced a boycott of institutions supporting the state of Israel, like NGO Adalah boycotting Rosa Luxembourg Foundation.

Photo: A street destroyed in the Jenin camp in the West Bank after an Israeli raid on 30 October. Photo: Reuters.


Death of Boutros Farah

A theatre companion of Ziad Rahbani and Georges Khabbaz, Boutros Farah died aged 79 after a long illness.


Face aux bombes d’Israël, le crayon de Mazen Kerbaj

We all remember his publication "Beirut July-August 2006", which recounted the war between Israel and Hezbollah in the summer of 2006.

Since 7 October, the artist and illustrator has been sharing his drawings every day on his Instagram account, relentlessly denouncing the horrors experienced by the people of Gaza. His black and white illustrations appeal to our emotions and our imaginations. Far from the debates - which are often as sterile as they are hateful - his pencil humanises the people of Gaza and reminds us, with glaring simplicity, of the horror of the war and the urgent need for a ceasefire.

One drawing in particular struck a chord with his followers, that of a bin bag. Underneath it, Mazen Kerbaj wrote "I never thought I'd see anything worse than the body of a murdered child, until I saw the images of a father carrying his son's remains in a plastic bin bag".


Bassel Choughari wins United Nations Sustainable Fund 2023 award

Bassel Choughari is the head of the M Climate Solutions investment fund, which invests in companies that provide solutions for decarbonising the world. Based in Paris, M Climate Solutions is part of the Montpensier Finance investment fund, a portfolio management company founded by Guillaume Dard and approved by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

"This award strengthens our determination to intensify our action for a sustainable future, with the confidence of investors" - company chairman Guillaume Dard.

The fund's objective is to participate in the evolution of international equity markets by investing mainly in shares of companies whose initiatives or solutions contribute to reducing the impact of climate change, and to developments linked to the theme of energy and climate transition.

Photo: Bassel Choughari, presentation of the United Nations Sustainable Fund 2023 award, Abu Dhabi, 17 October 2023. Photo DR.


Death of Leila Baalbaki

The Lebanese writer, nicknamed "the Françoise Sagan of Arab literature", died aged 86. She was a key figure in feminist Arab literature, writing about sexuality, sexism and freedom. Her last book, "Le Vaisseau de Hanan vers la Lune" (Hanan's Ship to the Moon), published in 1963, was censored in Lebanon for being excessively erotic.

Photo: copyrights OLJ.


"Camus, the hope of the world" by Mona Azzam

Published by Editions d'Avallon, the young author imagines life and the world if Albert Camus had not died in a car accident. She has taken the liberty of imagining that he was not dead, but in a coma from which he would not awaken until twenty years later, in a hospital in Russia - according to some theories, Camus' accident was the work of the KGB. This takes us back to the 1980s. Albert Camus was 67 at the time.

It took the author no less than ten years to write this book, and she reread all of Camus's work and listened to his speeches and the words of his daughter, Catherine Camus, over and over again.

The book reads mainly like letters to her great friends, the poets René Char and Louis Guilloux, and to Maria Casarès.


"Resilience" by Jean Marc Nahas

Jean Marc Nahas' solo exhibition runs until 15 November at the LT Gallery in Beirut. His paintings offer an introspective exploration of the Lebanese capital, reflecting the duality between the fragility of the city and the perpetual anguish that accompanies its existence.

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: Al-Sweilem Cultural Street Festival

The second edition of the Al-Sweilem Cultural Street Festival takes place in November and aims to showcase the cultural significance of the historic Al-Sweilem street.

With a colourful entrance inspired by film strips, a section dedicated to the 1950s will bring children closer to their parents with games, cartoons, music and shops selling products from that era.

The 1960s section will feature iconic games from the era and road signs inspired by popular cartoon characters of the time. The 1970s entrance has been designed to resemble a Chatter Telephone toy, while the 1980s section will display iconic games, such as the Atari portable.

Palestine, Tunisia

Ons Jabeur wants to donate part of her winnings from the WTA Masters in Cancun to Palestinian children

Twice a finalist at Wimbledon in 2022 and 2023, the Tunisian tennis player is taking action. "It's very hard to see children and babies dying every day. It breaks my heart. So I've decided to donate part of my winnings to help the Palestinians. She insists that this is not a "political message, just one of humanity".


Paris: "Forgotten Bodies" exhibition by Amina Zoubir at the Ayn Gallery

The Algerian artist is interested in the representation and appropriation of the female and male bodies through photographs influenced by the colonial period. The exhibition is based on photographs from archives and documents collected during the artist's research at the Museum am Rothenbaum (Markk) in Hamburg, Germany, and the Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jana Caroline Reimer, curator of the Department of North Africa, West and Central Asia and Ancient Egypt at the Markk, points out that Amina Zoubir's reproductions show the extremely high number of women affected by this colonial appropriation of their bodies.

"What distinguishes the work of artist Amina Zoubir is her ability to deliberately deconstruct these difficult portraits, as well as the images and imagination they convey. The people portrayed are thus elevated to the same level as the subjects, breaking away from their original historical context to make them visible in a new way." - Yasmine Azzi-Kohlhepp, founder and director of Ayn Gallery.

Amina Zoubir has a degree in contemporary art theory from the Université Paris-8 and in graphic design from the École supérieure des beaux-arts d'Alger, and lives between the French and Algerian capitals.

Photo: The photographs in this exhibition are taken from archives and documents collected during the artist's research at the Museum am Rothenbaum (Markk) in Hamburg, Germany, and the Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden (photo supplied and obtained from the Arab News website).


Noon by Noor, the new collection

The pieces created by designers Sheikha Noor al-Khalifa and Sheikha Haya al-Khalifa play with opacity and transparency, based on the principle of borrowed and shared pieces. With their sailor collars, detachable hoods and quilted jackets, the new pieces were presented at the RAK Art Foundation in Bahrain, a non-profit art gallery founded by Bahraini artist and collector Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa al-Khalifa.

Saudi Arabia

Paris: an exhibition of Saudi culture until 10 November

The Kingdom's Commission for Literature, Publishing and Translation has launched its Saudi cultural exhibition in Paris, which will run for a fortnight until 10 November and will be attended by entities and organisations affiliated to the Ministry of Culture.

The main aim of the exhibition is to promote cultural exchanges between the two countries, in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, by encouraging intellectual participation and strengthening the presence of Saudi creatives on the local and global scene.

Conferences, round tables, short film screenings... there's no lack of activities! The themes covered range from Saudi literature to poetry. Another round table will look at King Salmane's Charter for Architecture and Town Planning.

The French publishing house Assouline will be launching the book "Makkah: The Holy City of Islam" by Meraj Nawab Mirza, historian and geographer at Umm Al-Qura University. The book includes photos by French photographer Laziz Hamani.

Saudi Arabia

At Tayma, an ancient inscription highlights trade relations between Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula

The Pharaonic inscription of King Ramses III at Tayma is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 21st century. It testifies to the depth of trade relations between the Nile Valley and the Arabian Peninsula, which date back more than three thousand years.

The hieroglyph was found on a rock at Al-Zaydaniya, near the Tayma oasis in north-west Saudi Arabia. It bears a royal signature (double cartouche) of King Ramses III, who reigned from 1192 to 1160 BC.

Photo: Saudi WAM news agency.

Arab World

San Francisco Arab Film Festival postponed

The Arab Film Festival, which takes place every year in San Francisco, has been postponed in a show of solidarity with the beleaguered Palestinian people. The 27th edition of the event was due to take place from 10 to 19 November.


"Inshallah a Boy" wins Mystic Film Festival

Jordanian filmmaker Amjad Al-Rasheed's "Inshallah a Boy" has won the award for Best Narrative Screenplay at the sixth annual Mystic Film Festival in Stonington, south-east Connecticut. In September, the critically acclaimed film won the Venice Biennale Award at the Venice Film Festival. It also won the Gan Foundation Prize and the Rail d'Or for Best Feature Film at the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week.

"Inshallah Walad" was the first Jordanian film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival. It was screened as part of Cannes Critics' Week. The ninety-minute film was shot in Amman in just five weeks, and had notably benefited from a production grant from the Jordan Film Fund and the RFC in 2019. The film stars Mouna Hawa, Haitham al-Omari, Salwa Nakkara, Yumna Marwan, Mohammed aI-Jizawi and Eslam al-Awadi.

The film tells the story of a young widow, Nawal, and her daughter who are about to lose their home. Synopsis: "After the sudden death of her husband, 30-year-old Nawal must fight for her share of the inheritance to save her daughter and her home, in a society where having a son would be a game changer."

Arab World

"Islamic architecture: a world history" by Dutch author Eric Broug

The writer and specialist in Islamic architecture aims to shed light on the vestiges of Islamic civilisation around the world through the prism of architecture. Outside the borders of the Arab world, he focuses on Chile and China.

"From an academic point of view, I've always found it a bit ridiculous to have such a narrow vision. I wanted to make this a global book. Let's not pretend that everything stops being interesting after the sixteenth century, let's just carry on into the twenty-first. "- Eric Broug.

The book, published by Thames & Hudson, features numerous photographs of almost 350 museums, mosques, mausoleums, tombs, public baths and other buildings (not necessarily religious) from over 60 countries, varying in scale and size.


Elyanna postpones her North American tour

"My heart aches with all that is happening in my home country," she wrote on Instagram on Friday. "I've decided to postpone my tour until further notice. Gaza, I pray for you. I wish peace to my people.

Algeria, Egypt, Morocco

Vantage Point Sharjah

The Sharjah Art Foundation's annual exhibition runs until 14 January at the Old Al Diwan Al Amiri in Al Hamriyah. The event is usually known for hosting dozens of photographers. But this year, the event focuses on four photographers and a collective.

To discover:

Moroccan photographer Oumaima Abaraghe's work on the fragmentation and inaccessibility of Morocco's colonial archives. The artist cross-references a wide range of historical photographs, arranging them in strips and obscuring their original subjects. She sometimes reshapes these archive photographs in the form of silhouettes on translucent paper, underlining the difficulty of articulating Moroccan history through archives. She takes dozens of photographs showing the exploitation suffered by the country during its colonial period and mixes them with family photographs. This process bears witness to the role played by personal narratives in challenging the fragmented state of colonial archives.

Mohamed Mahdy, an Egyptian photographer renowned for his photographs of marginalised populations, focuses here on the fishing communities in the Al Maks district of Alexandria. The community is disintegrating in the face of the city's redevelopment and is threatened with mass eviction. It juxtaposes family photographs with images showing the destroyed houses and property scattered around the district.

The Franco-Algerian photographer Cléa Rekhou documents the daily lives of men in France's only rehabilitation centre for victims of domestic violence. The portraits, in cold tones, are full of nostalgia and regret.

Photo : Mohamed Mahdy.

Plastic ArtsExhibitions
Arab World, United Arab Emirates, Palestine

Sharjah Art Museum presents "Parallel Histories" until spring 2024

The impressively large exhibition features nearly 120 works by Arab artists, including 78 that have never before been exhibited in Sharjah. The exhibition includes works by leading artists such as Inji Efflatoun, Dia Al Azzawi and Kadhim Hayder. Each of these works, as well as others previously exhibited, has a historical and artistic value that exemplifies the trajectory of Arab modernism.

One of the key works is Nazek Hamdy's 'Lotus Girl', a painting of an Indian woman created by the Egyptian artist in 1955. The work bears witness to Hamdy's time as a student in India, with mural paintings of Bengal and, perhaps most strikingly, a lotus flower - an important symbol in both Indian and Egyptian cultures.

Two works by the Palestinian artist Zulfa Al Saadi also constitute a second 'hot spot'. These include "Man with a Goat", painted in the 1940s, and "Pharaoh's Hat" (Tomb of Absalom), from the same period. "Al Saadi challenges the idea that women didn't exhibit [at the time]," says Sultan Al Qassemi. "She had a solo exhibition 90 years ago, in 1933 in Jerusalem."

The works echo the current situation and the massacre of Gazans, with Palestinian artist Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara's 1987 untitled ceramic, which employs fantastical figures in its homage to Palestinian culture; Saudi artist Abdulhalim Radwi's "Palestine", a 1997 work dedicated to the resilience of the country's population; and Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais's "Waiting", a 1970 canvas that evokes the melancholy and struggle of Palestinian children.

Photo: The Lotus Girl by Nazek Hamdy (1955). Pawan Singh / Le National.

Arab World, Palestine

25 Arab artists sing for Palestine

From North Africa to the Middle East, they are united in their support for Palestine in this track, "Rajieen", released on the American label Empire. Among them are two of the Arab world's biggest hip-hop stars, Egyptians Afroto and Marwan Pablo, as well as Jordanian Issam Alnajjar, Syrian singer-songwriter Ghaliaa Chaker and Tunisian singer Balti. The video clip for the track was shot in Jordan at the Olive Wood studios, combining archive footage of Palestine with images of the current situation in the country. All proceeds from the track will be donated to the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund.

Arab World, Palestine

Arab artists support Palestine

Gallery Bawa in Kuwait has organised an auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society's emergency fund to help the people of Gaza. The sale had a target of $10,000, which was reached on Saturday, just five days after the sale was launched. In the meantime, dozens of other artists have submitted works to take part in the campaign.

Nourie Flayhan, Alymamah Rashed, Aya Mobaydeen, Said Elatab and many others participate.

Photo: "The Last Supper" (2021) by Shadi Abou Sada.


"The Aleppo Pact", a film by Karim Serjieh

Karim Serjieh's feature film recently won an award at the Festival international Jean Rouch, and is shown at the Festival du film franco-arabe de Noisy-le-Sec and the Festival international de la création documentaire de La Rochelle.

"The Aleppo Pact" is not the diary of a revolution, nor the chronicle of war events. The film follows the thread of an intimate resolution - shared with others - which is that of the loyalty of a "son" and a witness to his country at war. How does one decide whether to stay or leave, and what are the consequences of these two decisions?

Karim Serjieh traces the collapse of one reality, the nightmarish emergence of a new one, and in the midst of it all, the 'non collapse' of himself, confronted with fatherhood in the most intense situation of chaos. Honest and clear-sighted, the film offers itself, through this openly personal dimension, as a universal key to understanding the tragedy of the Syrian conflict, as well as any experience of destruction.

United Arab Emirates

Arab Reading Challenge

The annual competition, created by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, saw an unprecedented turnout of 24.8 million students for this 7th edition, including 22,500 students with disabilities, from 46 Arab and foreign countries.

To see the 2023 winners, visit the event's Instagram page:

Palestine, Iran

The Iranian calendar announces that 7 October is now Palestinian Youth Epic Day

Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance has hailed the "unprecedented" operation launched by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas against Israel on 7 October, saying that the day will be inscribed in the Iranian calendar as the "Epic Day of Palestinian Youth".


"There is no age, there is no body, there is only pleasure when dancing" - Mehdi Kerkouche

Dance prodigy Mehdi Kerkouche bewitches the audience with his latest show, 'Portrait', at La Scala in Paris. Transgenerational and trans-identitarian, the watchword is inclusivity. His show is an ode to the universality of dance and its magic. For an hour, the eight dancers tell the story of the ties that bind individuals in society, and more specifically within the same family. A must-see!

Recent Journals

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"عيب" by Sarah Bahbah Sarah Bahbah is a Palestinian Jordanian artist and director born and raised in Australia. Raised by Immigrant parents, her culturally conservative upbringing led to a great rebellion of Art. Over the past decade Bahbah has become renowned for her signature style, giving birth to visually striking, culture-shifting stories that combine her most intimate psyche appearing as subtitles placed over cinematic stills. Bahbah’s art explores the power of vulnerability by way of giving voice to the vast spectrum of chaos and desire in imperfect relationships. She believes in embracing emotional vulnerability to break taboos and celebrate the liberation of guilt and shame. In 2020 Bahbah released her most impactful series yet titled “3ieb!” in Arabic / “Shame On Me!” in English; a series where she provocatively posed in front of the camera for the first time, expressing her desire for sexual liberation from her cultural restrictions. The subtitles appeared in both English and Arabic calligraphy which caused an uproar within the MENA community, while simultaenously giving voice to many women who held the same desire. Bahbah’s work has been featured in countless publications including New York Times, Forbes, Business Insider, The Cut, Vogue US, Hollywood Reporter, Vice and many more. In 2023 Bahbah released her first ever luxury fine art book, "Dear Love".

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"I'm 33 and I've never been on a plane" It took five years for Abdel Rahman Zagout, a Gazan photographer, to complete a project on the Egyptian border with Gaza, which won the 2018 Red Cross photography competition. This photograph is part of the project, portraying a young Palestinian at the border, his hands open in front of a closed window. Abdel Rahman Zagout graduated in media at Al-Aqsa University and graduated in 2008. He worked for ten years as a freelance photojournalist and photography consultant. His project recounts the hopes and dreams of Palestinians, shattered by poverty and fences. Most of the photos were taken at the Rafah crossing, which links Gaza to Egypt. It is considered to be the main exit from Gaza, and is only opened sporadically.

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@dyaladesigns "As cliché as it may sound, I've always been creative. Somehow I always knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I've never been that passionate about anything other than art and design, so why would I spend my life doing something I didn't really love? It's my passion and I intend to use my creativity to make a difference in this world." "As a Palestinian artist, I definitely feel a responsibility to use my platform to highlight the ongoing conflicts and express my emotions about them in a beautiful way. Art is my passion, and my country is my passion, so combining these two aspects of my life is something that excites and motivates me. My work is a reflection of who I am, and I think it's important to represent people who feel that their voices aren't always heard. I want people to look at my work and see the beauty and relevance of who they are and where they come from. I feel it's our global duty to show our support and unite in times of need. I feel that my work highlights the importance of acceptance and inclusion. Given the world we live in today, where people are bombarded by an unrealistic digital society, my art plays a role in breaking down those boundaries and redefining those expectations." Dyala Moshtaha

07 - 12 - 23

"I will continue to draw until Palestine is free. I will continue to draw the Palestinian flag everywhere in the streets of Egypt." - Mohamed Moataz Mohamed Moataz a décoré l'un des plus anciens quartiers du Caire, Al-Khalifa, qui est par ailleurs inscrit sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO depuis 1979. Il s'agit de quatre peintures murales qui dénoncent l'horreur du génocide de Gaza. Mohamed Moataz a décoré l'un des plus anciens quartiers du Caire, Al-Khalifa, qui est par ailleurs inscrit sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO depuis 1979. Il s'agit de quatre peintures murales qui dénoncent l'horreur du génocide de Gaza. Mohamed Moataz's career as a street artist began on the streets of the Egyptian capital with works celebrating Arab heritage, featuring iconic figures such as football star Mohamed Salah and the Star of the Orient, Umm Kulthum. However, current events soon caught up with him, and in recent months he has focused exclusively on the genocide perpetrated by the State of Israel in Gaza.

30 - 11 - 23

Gaza, Humanitarian truce, 28 November 2023. Mohammed Salem is a Palestinian photojournalist based in the Gaza Strip. He holds a degree in media studies from Al-Azhar University in Gaza. Mohammed has worked with Reuters since 2003, mainly covering the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. He received the Dubai Press Club Media Award, won the International Press Photo Competition in China in 2004 and was awarded second prize in Spot News at the World Press Photo Competition in 2010. His latest photos of the Gaza Strip in October 2023 have been selected by Reuters as one of the "best press photographs of 2023". "A picture should not be taken just with the eye; it should have a meaning in the heart" - Mohammed Salem.

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"A boy eating watermelon", Adam Rouhana “There are a number of things that come to mind when I look at this image and, honestly, it’s about the boy… It’s sort of like he’s making love to the watermelon, right? That is what it looks like. So, it’s this idea, I guess, of a passion for the land and his own relationship with the land. You can see he’s in this kind of olive grove and the earth is around him." N.B. The watermelon is a symbol of Palestine. Adam Rouhana is a young Palestinian photographer who graduated from Oxford. He grew up in Boston. Each year, he returns to his homeland with his camera, and focuses on Palestinian youth, which represents half the population. A soldier, a fence, a football pitch, but also laughter, somersaults on the beach and back to school moments. The young photographer, who plans his first exhibition with curators Zainab Hasoon and Sara bin Safwan at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, captures these everyday infrastructures, characters and emotions of Palestine. He claims the "permission to narrate" developed by Edward Saïd - in other words, the commitment to sharing an individual rather than a collective story, not dictated by an oppressive regime or locked into a given prism such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Adam Rouhana therefore offers new perspectives and new narratives of Palestine. ‘Instead of reproducing the representations of occupied Palestine that are so ubiquitous and so obvious, I was able to capture the quieter moments and try to work to create new representations of Palestine’ – Adam Rouhana

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"Climbing walls", Khaled Hourani Born in Hebron, he is an artist, writer, commentator, curator, and a critical voice in Palestine. Operating within a socially and politically constrained system, Hourani conveys his awareness of the nuances and vagaries that permeate different aspects of social encounters in Palestine. In his pivotal 2011 project ‘Picasso in Palestine’, Hourani borrowed Picasso’s ‘Buste de Femme’ from the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands, to display it in Ramallah. The symbol was powerful knowing the piece was painted during WW2. What was already an unusual lending process turned into a political quagmire considering that Palestine was not - and still isn’t - internationally recognised as a state, therefore making it impossible to insure the piece. The painting had to be militarily guarded: no insurance company took the risk. Picasso’s painting was exhibited in a specific room, always with two guards. This photograph was taken at the time, and has since been exhibited multiple times, also under surveillance. A mise en abyme revealing the complexity and constant struggle of a life under occupation.

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"Kiss of Freedom", Rami Kanso Rami Kanso is a Lebanese-Slovak graphic designer, motion designer and visual artist based in Doha. He currently works for Alaraby TV. Rami combines his work in broadcasting with his passion for creative animation. He was head of visuals for the West End music production "Umm Kulthum: The Golden Era", which premiered at the London Palladium in March 2020. He also co-produced and co-directed a series of award-winning poetry videos with his wife, Dana Dajani. In October 2019, Rami's drawing for the Lebanese revolution became a viral icon of the resistance movement. His art blends calligraphy, collage, texture work, typography and symbolism to express contemporary Arab identity.

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"Women sleeping" by Malak Mattar "Being a feminist is not about hating men; it's about believing that men and women don't have to compete with each other, but that they complement each other. This harmony can exist between two genders when there is equality and recognition of each other's roles and abilities, without degrading anyone's status." Malak Matar was born in 1999 in the Gaza Strip. She started painting in 2014 to escape the aggression and violence she and her family experienced daily while living in the Gaza Strip. Her first solo exhibition, which she organised a year later at the age of fifteen, enabled her to forge links with international journalists and gain recognition for her work on social networks. After winning the distinction of best high school student in the Gaza Strip (and second best in the whole of Palestine), Malak Matar left Gaza in 2017 to study political science in Turkey. She is publishing a bilingual Arabic-English children's book, "Grandma's Bird", about the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with writings and drawings that describe her own experience.

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"Palest*n*ans: a story of displacement and pain. For decades, the world has been a silent witness to their displacement, the bombing of their refuge and the loss of loved ones. Today, with no access to food, water or medicine, they are faced with the agonising decision to leave the land they hold dear, with the uncertainty of their return, or quite simply, to die. Their story is part of the wider story of refugees around the world. The location of this work has not been added to avoid the shadowbanning I have faced in recent days." - statement by Egyptian visual artist and graphic designer Hassan Ragab, about the tragedy that Gaza goes through today, in front of everyone's eyes. The word 'Palestinians' has had several letters removed to avoid the censorship currently rampant on social networks. Hassan Ragab was trained as an architect and now lives in Southern California. Between design, furniture renovation, installations and graphic design, he participates in the development of digital art and in particular the use of Artificial Intelligence in this field.