Dear Class. There are several things coming up that you should go to, not only to get extra credit, but to help you on the graffiti project and final project we are working on.
1. Wednesday, Decemeber 3rd there is a book signing at Librarie Antione in the ABC Mall for a book on graffiti art called, “Marking Beirut: A City Revealed Through it’s Graffiti” at 6pm. [See copied information below]
2. Wednesday, Decemeber 2nd at the Beirut Art Center there is a film screening that could be interesting to go to:
Around America VI
Born in Flames by Lizzie Borden – Film Screening
Wednesday December 2, 2009 at 8 pm – Entrance: 3 000 LL
Born in Flames
1983, 80 minutes, color, sound, English
Courtesy of First Run Features
Set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution, Born In Flames is a comic fantasy of female rebellion. When Adelaide Norris, the founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a seemingly impossible coalition of women- crossing all lines of race, class, and sexual preference- emerges to blow the System apart. In a series of thrilling and often humorous encounters between groups of women ranging from militant black lesbians to white punk feminist musicians, Born in Flames covers a wide range of radical feminist ideas.
3. Wednesday, December 9th we will be having a guest lecturer in class, Tarek Chemaly. He has put together a book, Archewallogy, that chronicles the graffiti work throughout Beirut from 2005-2009.
4. Thursday, December 10th, video artist Roy Samaha (instructor of our new Video Course for next semester!) will be lecturing in Nicely Hall room 409 at 5pm.
Finally, the time has come. Marking Beirut, A City Revealed Through its Graffiti, by Tala F. Saleh will be out soon and this is to inform you of the launch and book singing!
Brief about book:
In May 2008, with the political crisis in Lebanon unsolved for over 3 years, Lebanese political leaders, after having a reached an agreement in Doha, Qatar, ordered the removal of all political signs from the streets of Beirut in an attempt to ease tension. As a result, this book is now a rare document of an important era in Lebanese history.
Marking Beirut – a city revealed through its graffiti is a derivative of the “Project de Diplôme” of Tala Saleh completed in her graphic design studies at the American University of Beirut. As a Saudi student living in Lebanon, she called her initial research: “A visual reading of the city of Beirut through the stencils on her walls, an outsider’s view of an internal struggle”.
Marking Beirut has 160 pages of analytical information, graphically, in writing, and in charts. The introduction is a very delicate and personal perception of the subject. 14 articles are written in a manner where there’s no direction or order – any of them could be read independently. There are also 8 sheets of stencils so readers could experience hand-on the use of stencils. The book is basically a bounded stack of 88 thick cards where every page could be the cover.
Tala hopes that this book takes every reader on a journey through Beirut that is as overwhelming, striking, exhilarating, and eye opening as it was for her. For this reason, it was carefully designed to be as interactive as possible to enhance this “experience sharing”.
The book signing will be held at Librairie Antoine in ABC Mall, Achrafieh, in Beirut, Lebanon
on Dec the 3rd, 2009 @ 6:00pm
* refreshments and finger foods will be served
* limited promotional material will be available for purchase at launch only
For those of you whom I do not have on facebook, please join the group Marking Beirut.
If you do not use facebook, please stay tuned for email updates on the website, should be up and running by next week.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement
Tala F. Saleh
PS: Please feel free to circulate this email to whomever.
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