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Maymanah Farhat, Nassouh Zaghlouleh, and Ammar al-Beik


A Portrait of Moustafa Fathi

[Moustafa Fathi, Untitled (1985). Image copyright the artist's estate. Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery.]

A pioneering painter who also taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus between 1966 and 1987, Moustafa Fathi (1942-2009) was widely respected for his research of Levantine folk art in addition to his analysis of Syrian visual culture as a complete record of social advancement that stretched back to ancient times. One of the central ideas that Fathi identified in his reading of history was a profound connection to nature, particularly the diverse landscapes ...

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Maymanah Farhat is co-editor of Jadaliyya Culture.

Nassouh Zaghlouleh is a photographer. His works are greatly influenced by the city of Damascus, a preeminent subject within his oeuvre. He often captures the city’s fleeting moments and details, offering his viewer an intimate view of Damascus’ streets and, in turn, its history. Zaghlouleh presides as the head of the Department of Visual Communication at the Arab League and has taught photography at the International Institute for Sound and Vision in Paris and at the Damascus Faculty of Fine Arts.

Ammar al-Beik is an award-winning filmmaker and conceptual artist based in Berlin, Germany. In the late 1990s, al-Beik began working in film after beginning his artistic practice as a photographer. Since then, he has become widely known for his multidisciplinary oeuvre. 

Al-Beik’s films have been shown at numerous international festivals, including (Locarno, IFF), Switzerland; (Rotterdam, IFFR), Netherlands; (Yamagata, YIDFF), Japan;  (Busan, BISFF), South Korea; (Nantes, Festival Des3 Continents) France; (Paris, Cinéma du réel, DIFF) France; (Oberhausen, ISFF) Germany; (São Paulo, IFF), Brazil;  (Singapore, SGIFF) Singapore; (FIDMarseille), France; (Carthage, IFF), Tunis; and (Dubai, DIFF), UAE. He is the only filmmaker to represent Syria twice at the Venice Film Festival with the long film I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (2006) and the short film The Sun’s Incubator (2011), both of which were shown in the Orizzonti competition.

His artworks have featured in exhibitions around the world, most recently at Photo Shanghai, China (2014); FotoFest Biennial, USA (2014); and Samsung Blue Square and the Busan Museum of Art, South Korea (2014); and are housed in private and public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (LACMA), (2013), USA; and the Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA) USA (2010).