In collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation, hosted by Dubai Design District, participants curated their own care packages that included handmade pins (from clay) and repurposed photographs to create original one-of-a-kind postcards.
ABU DHABI ART: BRIDGING THE GAP: COLLECTIVES AND CREATIVE PLATFORMS IN THE GCC
We were honored to be part of this year's programme. Curated and organized by the lovely Munira Al Sayegh, moderated by the incredible Raneen Bukhari and along side brilliant women, Sara Bin Safwan (from Banat Collective) and Rawa Saleh (from Kuwait Poets Society). We talked about our platforms, challenges, and future plans.
left: taken by raneen • right: taken by munira
One of the biggest challenges was opening the e-store and creating excellent content for you to purchase, hug and maybe even caress.
It currently has our first volume of zines, but will soon include other publications, stickers, postcards, totes, and art kits, in collaboration with our contributors.
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We got to exhibit our zines in Fully booked alongside incredible artists and publishers.
Fully booked is the first art book fair in the United Arab Emirates. It premiered this year and included several independent publishers, artists, workshops by wonderful humans in the region and a zines/publications exhibition. You can read more about it here.
We can't think of a better way to start our year. In collaboration with SAF, we held a zine making workshop. We walked around #SAFneighbourhood, explored, observed and documented our surroundings in several methods that included but weren't limited to photography and illustrations.
Below are some photographs taken throughout the workshop.
After exploring the SAF neighbourhood, we regrouped in SAF's magical urban garden and started creating zines.
We'd like to thank Sharjah Art Foundation for this opportunity, and personally thank Hessa Ajmani for creating this excellent community programme, that encourages humans to explore and (sometimes, experimentally) document surroundings. A huge thank you to everyone who participated, seeing things through your lens was incredibly overwhelming.
Feel free to check out the brilliant creations of our participants.
We have been sharing posts from our archive on instagram, and here's a recap of all the gems you might have missed. We'll be doing more of these, instead of general issues for a while. Share, RT, or simply tag shy & talented humans. We're open for submissions, ideas, or feedback. Please spread the word!
-Jaffat El Aqlam Team
We have been sharing posts from our archive on instagram, and here's a recap of all the gems you might have missed. We'll be doing more of these, instead of general issues for a while. Share, RT, or simply tag shy & talented humans. We're open for submissions, ideas, or feedback.
-Jaffat El Aqlam Team
We've decided to take a short break from publishing general issues and focus on promoting Jaffat El Aqlam and printing zines. However, submissions are always open and you can email us at any time, if you have any ideas you'd like to run by us.
Every couple of days, we'll be posting from our gem of an archive to instagram, and every Friday, we'll compile them here as a recap. We have also summarized everything we do here in a very cool thread on twitter, you can check it out here.
Please, spread the word about what we do here. Tell your fam, lovers, friends, fav ghosts, plants, cats, dogs & selves. Many exciting things are happening in this lil digital space.
We can't wait to share everything with you.
- Jaffat El Aqlam team