24 FEBRUARY 2019

Tasmeem Doha Art & Design Conference Announces Event Program

National Museum of African American History and Culture Architect Sir David Adjaye, OBE to be opening keynote speaker at Tasmeem Doha, which will run from March 13-15

Tasmeem Doha 2019, the international art and design conference, which is hosted by VCUarts Qatar, has announced its event activities, line-up of speakers, including the keynote speakers, workshops, exhibitions, performance, and other side activities. The event is free and open to the public.

The opening keynote speaker will be Sir David Adjaye OBE, Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates. Sir David’s largest project to date, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened in Washington DC in 2016, and his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.

Speakers will include:

  • Photographer/filmmaker Julia Leeb whose book “North Korea – Anonymous Country” garnered worldwide media attention, with FastCompany.com describing the book as “a stunning collection of photos”;

  • Rana Beiruti, the director and co-founder of Amman Design Week;

  • Video-artists, producers, and publishers, Bêka and Lemoine, who were described by the New York Times as the "cult figures in the European architecture world";

  • Ahmed Alrefaie (@owaikeo), an illustrator and graphic designer from Kuwait;

  • Nadir Nahdi, the founder of BENI, a platform that nurtures young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds through meaningful and visually engaging content;

  • World-renowned ceramicist Eric Landon.

Other activities will include workshops highlighting narrative through processes such as felting, tie-dying, screen printing and embroidery; “Swalif sessions” (in colloquial Arabic, to “chit-chat”), smaller, more informal discussions between conference attendees and the speakers of the day; “QAL”, an interactive audiovisual installation at VCUarts Qatar’s Gallery, and “ELEMAUN”, an audiovisual performance, by Iranian artist Ali Phi; the “-162° Trading Power” exhibition at Doha Fire Station; and the Tasmeem in the classroom exhibition, “Behind The Scenes”.

Tasmeem Doha 2019 will be the first event to debut the Next Jeel program - meaning “Next Generation” in Arabic. The program will give talented students from VCUarts Qatar and students from the University’s home campus in Richmond, Virginia, the opportunity and platform to step up and lead a workshop. It’s an opportunity for the students and the public to value their skills, develop, and share them. Next Jeel workshops will allow participants to learn about portrait sculpting, fashion design, virtual reality, making music using coding, and using rugs to tell stories, to name but a few.

The closing keynote speaker on the evening of Friday, March 15, will be Julia Koerner, the award-winning Austrian designer, founder of JK Design, and faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her recent collaborations include 3D-printed haute couture and costumes for the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Black Panther.”

Tasmeem, which is the Arabic word for design, is taking place from March 13-15. It will be a creative event that will focus on "Hekayat" (stories) as its central theme. Hekayat will provide a platform where storytelling can be explored through various mediums, and stories can be shared and celebrated in a multitude of forms. The co-chairs, Hadeer Omar, Wajiha Pervez, Noha Fouad, and Yasmeen Suleiman are all VCUarts Qatar alumni.

Registration for the conference and workshops are now open. Anyone wishing to attend is invited to go to http://www.tasmeemdoha.com/ for more details.

12 DECEMBER 2018

Tasmeem Doha Art and Design Conference Announces 2019 Theme

The theme for Tasmeem Doha 2019 will be "Hekayat" (the Arabic word for “stories”). It will feature workshops, exhibitions and prominent speakers from all over the world, and will take place on March 13-15, 2019

Tasmeem Doha, the international art and design conference at VCUarts Qatar in Education City has announced the theme for its upcoming conference which will take place on March 13-15, 2019.
The theme for Tasmeem Doha 2019 will be "Hekayat" (the Arabic word for “stories”). It will feature workshops, exhibitions and prominent speakers from all over the world. Previous speakers at the conference, which began in 2004 at VCUarts Qatar, have included major artists and designers such as architect Rem Koolhaas, design company IDEO partner Tom Kelley, filmmaker and YouTube personality Casey Neistat, and Qatari-American writer Sophia Al-Maria. Workshops at previous Tasmeem Doha conferences have seen participants produce bicycles from bamboo, paint Arabic script with light, design robots with characters and build a mini-golf course. The art and design conference takes place every two years and is free and open to the public.

The co-Chairs for Tasmeem Doha 2019 "Hekayat" are Hadeer Omar, Noha Fouad, Wajiha Pervez, and Yasmeen Suleiman, and are all VCUarts Qatar alumni. Wajiha Pervez explained that, “Hekayat is about the conversation that happens between the start and end, the challenges and hurdles, and how you complete a journey. It’s all the layers that no one talks about.” Noha Fouad echoed Wajiha, adding, “In highlighting the process, Hekayat levels the playing field. Stories are very relatable and invoke empathy. I may not relate to the whole, but I can connect with something in the process.” Workshops at Tasmeem Doha 2019 "Hekayat" will include Ajrakh block printing, cross stitch embroidery, wooden spoon carving, and recordable greeting cards. It will involve student-led workshops, and exhibitions of student work and of international artists. There will also be a pop-up shop selling merchandise which has been specially designed for Tasmeem Doha 2019.

“There is no Hekayat without sharing, which speaks to the inclusivity of the event. At the core of that is the value of that exchange in all its forms. The more you engage, the more layers you find,” said Yasmeen Suleiman, VCUarts Qatar’s Materials Library Curator and conference co-chair. “We started this journey 10 months ago. The four of us come from different backgrounds and disciplines, but we share the same vision for Hekayat. We wanted the opportunity to use Tasmeem Doha to share stories, rather than always be told stories by others,” said Hadeer Omar. The creatives who will be conducting workshops during Tasmeem Doha 2019 will be Abduljabbar Khatri, Armor Gutiérrez Rivas, Gary Webb, Giovanni Innella, Nastassja Swift, Robin Cameron, Samer Fouad, Sufiyan Khatri, Tricia Treacy, and Wafa Ghnaim.

The conference at VCUarts Qatar in Education City will provide a platform where storytelling can be explored through various mediums, and stories can be shared and celebrated in a multitude of forms.

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