Jason Wee

Jason Wee is an artist and writer whose practice favours polyphony over singular authority. He transforms singular histories and spaces into visual and written materials, paying particular attention to architectures, idealism and unexplored futures. He has exhibited internationally, is an accomplished writer and editor and is the founder of Grey Projects.

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Jill Magi

Jill Magi is apoet, artist and academic. She joined the faculty of NYUAD in 2013, where she teaches writing through the study of textiles, as well as poetry and art. 

Cities and narratives – official and unofficial – are the crux of much Magi’s work. She explores relationships to mother languages and national narratives and the migrations – linguistic and physical – that these articulate. 

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Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck is a prize-winning Lebanese poet. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn (The Backwaters Press, 2014), comprises 45 vignettes which of life in Lebanon, exploring more broadly sense of place and urban environments in the Middle East. The Daily Star has praised the book for “evoking the city more powerfully than many full-length novels”

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Abdullah Al Saadi

Abdullah Al Saadi (1967) was born in Khorfakkan, UAE, where he lives and works. He graduated from United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain and holds a BA degree in English Literature. From ’94 to ’96 he studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University in Japan.   Al Saadi’s multidisciplinary practice includes painting, drawing, lengthy artist’s notebooks, collection and categorisation of found objects, and the invention of new alphabets. A great affinity with nature and rural life informs his practice, which explores the changing environment as well as personal and cultural history. 

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Ismail Al Rifai

Ismail Al-Rifai depicts the story of the human being in emotional extremis, with works that are saturated with spiritual abundance – in bitterness and defeat, the existential struggle, in love and war, and in desolate isolation and noise. Al-Rifai’s work strives towards a deep listening to the self; depicting his soul and imagination reaching to the furthest edges of human experience. 

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Ali Al Ameri

Ali Al Ameri is a Jordanian painter and poet of Palestinian origin. Since 2013, he has been the Art Director of Dubai International Art Symposium (DIAS), he is also a pre-eminent cultural commentator as head of the cultural and arts section at Emarat Al Youm, a daily Dubai newspaper. Al Ameri has participated at regional and international poetry festivals and his work has been translated into English, German, Italian, Spanish, French and Macedonian. He has published three poetry books: These are my Intuitions... This is my Vague Hand and White Eclipse and Enchanted Thread. He is a member of the Jordanian Writers’ Association, Arab Writers’ Union, Jordanian Press Association and Dubai Press Club. 

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