A third edition of Artists Fellowships has been launched in 2023, with the participation of the following artists: Carla Aouad working with Lebanese artist, graphic designer, and illustrator Jana Traboulsi, Celine Aljamil working with Lebanese cultural feminist organization Haven for Artists, and Zein Majali working with Lebanese-American artist and musician Joe Namy.

Carla is a Beirut-based art director and illustrator interested in crafting visual poetry at the intersection of reality and fiction. She holds a master’s degree from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in graphic arts and advertising (2015), and has been working since with communication agencies. In 2017, she set up monthly drawing concerts with a group of Lebanese illustrators, where she also performs. Carla published a short comic in Samandal #16, and is now co-editing Samandal #18 as a member of the collective.

Celine is curious about community engagement and experience design. She uses storytelling to navigate the world and writes narrative nonfiction essays as well as prose. Celine is currently researching ways of mobilization among art practitioners and cultural institutions in Lebanon.

Zein is a London-based Jordanian-Palestinian artist. Through video, sound, and installation, Zein examines the accelerated cultural shifts online and in the Arab World.

This program is part of our project “Future Acts”, which is partially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany.