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[29 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Women, Art, and Social Change: Insights from Boushra Almutawakel

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Yemeni photographer Boushra Almutawakel about the inspiration behind her work, and her perspectives on women, art, and social change. Her responses are below.

Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as an artist?
I was born in Sana’a, Yemen in 1969 and grew up, along with two of my three siblings, in my great grandmother’s house in the old city in the Sailah.
My father was a soldier and a revolutionary, and when the monarchy was …

Inside Peace X Peace »

[21 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]

We are deeply saddened by the ongoing violence we are witnessing in the Middle East. There are five dead in Israel and the death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 162. These are more than statistics – they are human beings. These are our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and families. Peace X Peace stands for nonviolence and equal human rights for all, and we are advocating for peace in the region.
We call for an immediate end to the use of violence by all parties, an end to the …

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[2 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Al-Thawra: Hardcore Punk and Social Change

We interviewed Sahar Salameh and Marwan Kamel, members Chicago-based experimental hardcore punk band Al-Thawra,* about the inspiration behind their work, their perspectives on the role of women in music, and the role of music in social change. Their responses are below.

What is Al-Thawra? Who are its members, and what is the inspiration behind the band’s music?
S: Al-Thawra is a Chicago based experimental hardcore punk band with a backbone of Middle Eastern influence. Currently we have four members: Marwan on guitar/vocals, Mario on bass,  Tanya on drums, and I do …

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[23 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
Kuwaiti Blogger Highlights Middle East Art Scene

We interviewed Mashaael Basheer, Kuwaiti Journalist and Art Blogger about her perspectives and experiences working in media, and her support of artists and art movements in the Middle East and around the world.
Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as a journalist and art blogger?
My name is Mashaael Basheer, 27 from Kuwait. I hold a Master’s degree in Modern Communication and Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication & Journalism and currently work as Editor at the Kuwait News Agency …