Hammana Artist House creates opportunities for artists to develop their work in Hammana and beyond.
The 2018 residency exchange programme between Hammana Artist House in Hammana and Matadero in Madrid aims to do just that. Programmes such as Matadero Residency Exchange aim to widen the scope of Hammana Artist House’s network and to build bridges between the local and international art communities. Eight artists will take part in this exchange. Four Lebanese artists will carry out a six-week residency in the Art-in-Residency Centre of Matadaro Madrid, as four spanish artists will relocate to Hammana Artist House for a residency of the same period.
In this project, HAH and Matadero seek to foster an ephemeral community that involves Spanish as well as Lebanese art practitioners in the disciplines of visual arts, music, art-writing, performance, sound art, and other hybrid profiles.
Programme supported by The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Embassy of Spain in Lebanon.
17 September 2018 - 28 October 2018
7 January 2019 - 17 February 2019
David Habchy is a Beirut-based visual artist born in the Northern Bekaa region of Lebanon. After completing his studies in computer graphics and animation in 2003, David taught animation and illustration courses at the Notre Dame University in Louaize. David participated in book fairs, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and residencies in Beirut, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, Iran, Armenia, France, Italy, Bulgaria and Germany. In 2005, having attended several workshops in London and Prague, he became specialized in the illustration of children’s books, puppet making and stop motion. David went on to publish three illustrated children’s books and executed over 35 projects in which he was a director of animation, animator, illustrator and art decorator and was one of the first Arab illustrators to be invited by the Berlin Literature festival. His “Hekyeh w Athar” children’s book, published by Dar Onboz, received an honorable mention in the SICBF 2014.
In 2012, David cofounded Waraq association, a cultural and artistic association that supports, promotes,and connects artists and professionals working in illustration, animation, and the art of craftsmanship in the Arab region. In 2015, David co-founded Studio Kawakeb a visual arts studio based in Beirut. David is also a committee member of Beirut Animated, an animation film festival that aims to promote animation in Lebanon and in the Arab region.
Jana Traboulsi is a visual artist, designer and educator. She holds a BFA in Graphic design from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and an MA in Media and Communication Studies from Goldsmiths College, London.
She has been teaching at the Department of Architecture & Design at AUB since 2004, and more recently at the Lebanese University and at ESAV-Marrakech. In addition to that, she has maintained an active practice in graphic design and illustration, working with the cultural and social sectors.
She is the co-founder and art director of the pan-arab quarterly Bidayat, and the art director of Snoubar Bayrout publishing house. As an illustrator, she has published over ten books, including four in children literature. She also publishes editorial illustration and comics.
Jana took part in art exhibitions, biennales, fairs, conferences and workshops in Beirut, Casablanca, London, Venice, Marrakesh, Rhode Island, Yerevan, Angoulême and Paris, among other places. Her work explores meaning creation through the relation text-image, both as a creative method of research, and as a place for critical thought and social and political commentary.
In 2014, she has co-founded Sigil, an art collective investigating the metamorphoses of the Arab landscape through a series of representational and site-specific interventions. She has also recently joined Waraq, a cultural association that supports artists working in the Arab region.
With her distinct sound treatment and signature improvised performances, Liliane Chlela has been pushing forward the boundaries of ‘Experimental and Electronic Music' in Lebanon and the Middle East for over a decade both as a solo artist and via her various local and international collective projects.
She constructs a characteristic sound both as a composer/producer and as a live musician, further exploring the connections between improvisation and sound treatment by approaching numerous musical genres with her signature techniques.
Liliane has also further developed her knowhow by working with moving image, film, interactive installations, performance art, contemporary dance, fashion shows and film.
Resulting in that is a wide sound palette, making Chlela one of the most versatile female producers/musicians in the Middle East.
Very much like his hometown city of Beirut, Lebanon, Rami Moukarzel is a multidisciplinary artist, combining various creative experiences, aspects and fields into cohesive works of art. He enjoys transforming his art, whether designs, paintings, photographs or videos into more elaborate pieces, experimenting with what is possible.
In the process of completing his MA degree in Graphic Design at the Holy Spirit University in Kaslik, Rami created his final year project on the subject of “Nothingness”. Not the typical graphic design project, the project consisted of a non conventionally constructed book related to personal questions regarding life and more particularly the words that society uses to describe its different components. During that same period, Rami embarked on his new artistic interest, pursuing a BA in filmmaking. He worked on a number of films and art exhibitions, mostly experimental in nature, each of which grew his exposure to the field. His efforts culminated with the realization of his short movie "Cocoon" that follows the journey of every person as they go through unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances. Cocoon was selected in a number of local and regional film festivals.
Rami created his own personal brand MŪK that encompasses designs and drawings based on patterns and repetitive shapes, sets of lines drawn to form 3D like shapes and mind expanding images.
Cristina Gómez / Fanny De Funny
“Dance, dance, dance, otherwise…”
Cristina Gómez, or Fanny De Funny - as she goes by, in reference to her alter-ego, is a contemporary dancer based in Valencia. After training at the London Contemporary Dance School, she started working with Sol Picó and later with other companies. She went on to direct EnÁmbar Dance, which has been showing in Spain and other countries for the past ten years. De Funny is also a teacher of contemporary dance and has expanded her interests to have them include video editing, comedy, and social media.
“My main obsession is still movement,” she says.
Gorka Mohamed lives and works in London and Spain. He graduated from Escuela Massana de Barcelona in 2003 and finished his Fine Arts Masters in 2008 in Goldsmiths, at the University of London.
Gorka Mohamed’s art portrays a tension between the irrational and the other more fixed and organized structures of the mind. The work shows the tension between the contemporary individual and the invading environment that’s emotionless and alienating. It shrinks and invalidates the individual in a world where there is not a real possibility of choice; a world grotesquely saturated by images and information that discourage critical mindsets and drive mankind to passivity. Following these thoughts, Mohamed understands the way of "thinking through painting" as a process associated with a reversal of values, an absence of limits, and as a life project.
“I’M ARE” at La Mauvaise Réputacion, in Bordeaux in France is one of his recent solo exhibition. His other work, “Raise ravens and they will pluck out your eyes” is exhibited at the Peter Von Kant Gallery in London, and “HA, HA" is exhibited at the Choi & Lager Gallery in Cologne Germany.
Gorka Mohamed's work has also been included in some publications of international prestige, such as “100 Painters of Tomorrow” by the editorial Thames & Hudson; or in “Young London 2011-2014” by Grey Tiger Books and V22.
Suraia Abud Coaik
Suraia Abud Coaik is a culinary anthropologist and researcher, a chef, and an interdisciplinary artist. Coaik, of Lebanese origins, was born in Montevideo in Uruguay before relocating to Madrid in 2002.
Her work aims to highlight issues related to food and how it varies among cultures. She also explores subjects related to identity and food memories, food education, tradability, and how food can be a social tool through which one can observe social behavior and relationships.
She has collaborated with other artists on different projects that articulate food related cultural studies. Some of her work included mobile kitchens, collaborative cooking projects in rural and urban communities, and creating new ways of interactions and practices in common spaces.
In her project Food Memories_Boiling!!, which she presented to Matadero Residence exchange, she seeks to build a cartography of storytelling and memory that employs food, objects, meanings, sounds, and images. Coaik proposes the creation of networking between Spain, Lebanon and Uruguay to promote a boiling exchange of different interdisciplinary arts.
Jonás de Murias
Through remixing pieces from traditional musical archives, transliterating languages, and tracking their history through the registers of academia, Jonás investigates, embodies and sings about issues that are political, emotional or related to identity.
Born in Asturias, Jonás studied architecture while setting a firm foot in the world of poetry by joining the collective ‘Taco de Raya’. He also has a great interest in a less conventional art form: baking.