A few more final touches for “Late night at Sursock” and it’s done! A collaborative mixed media work involving embroidery/weaving by people from different parts in Lebanon inspired by the tensions in the art world. Gathering back all the pieces in one work symbolizes my belief that it is throught art and institutions like Sursock that Lebanese will be pulled together! Special thanks to all the people who collaborated and made this project possible: Sana from Zouk, Lillie and her family from Baakline, Arpi and Anahid from Badguèr in Bourj Hamoud, Zeina and her team at Khan el Franj Saida, Safa and Anouane from Sour , Melissa from Jounieh Zorica from Batroun( for helping me find Melissa!), Eric Mona and Shahinaz of Tara W Kheit in tripoli,Hala and her team at Barjis, Ziad and his team at Inaash , Rabih from Mlikh Jezzine, Daria from Adonis , Fida from Aley, Dalal from Bekaa, Suheir at Decoratex, Bilal and Anny at Lollipop for the wonderful Dibond, Ibrahim at Palladium for his professional technical guidance and providing me with paper samples to do glue tests, and Melki for the 100% natural canvas and silk threads! For those who thought I was using a synthetic canvas the proof is in the video below! The fabric passed the 100% natural test as when burned, it crumbled between my fingers like powder and the burned edges were soft.
We’r all at some point in time explorers trying to go beyond , to reach new frontiers by asking the same question , how can we make the world a better place to live in? No matter who we are, from astronauts ,engineers, architects, to artists, teachers and everything in between, including migrants looking for a safer place to live , we’r all seeking better futures and new horizons. With our aging and depleted planet , and with mass migration reaching epic proportions, space exploration is needed more than ever before. Good luck from the bottom of my heart to @OSIRISREx and everyone envolved in the mission to explore the Bennu asteroid!!