Soraya Ghezelbash (born 1985) is a British-Iranian artist, architect and designer working with silk-screen textile printing, photography and installation pieces exploring the themes of abandon, beauty and the divine. Since 2015, she has been researching the relationship between migration, textiles and botanics in the Mediterranean region, a project that was part of ‘Hors les Murs’, the 2017 residency programme operated by the Institut Français. She is now focused on developing her style and textiles brand.
Founded in 2015, Studio Kawakeb is a visual arts studio based in Beirut, led by Hussein Nakhal, David Habchy and Christina Skaf. We specialize in animation, visual identity development, editorial design and illustration, working closely with our clients and collaborators to produce process-driven and contextually relevant art. We have also been commissioned to develop interactive learning experiences to push creative boundaries in design education, both locally and in the region. In 2016, we developed an on-going collection of design-based products led by specific contextual and visual stimuli aimed at communicating to a wider audience.
Chantale Fahmi is a Lebanese photographer and Masters student in Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies at Beirut’s Saint Joseph University. Her work documents social relations in specific sectors of society. Much of her work is dedicated to Nature, through which she shows the importance of the natural world and its impact on human life.
Chantale Fahmi believes in art as an efficient mean of social activism. Photography is thus the trigger for unique encounters and exchange, which enables her to capture “the details of a life reflected in one shot, telling the story of a place, individual or community”.