Nuqat con­fer­ence au­di­ence pays re­spect to Paris at­tacks’ vic­tims

French Am­bas­sador ac­knowl­edges con­do­lences mes­sages

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Athoob Al-Shuaibi

French Am­bas­sador Chris­tian Nakhle yes­ter­day thanked ev­ery­one for the con­do­lence mes­sages he re­ceived af­ter the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris late Fri­day. He was speak­ing dur­ing the third day of the Nuqat con­fer­ence “Copy & Paste” at the Amer­i­cani Cen­tre of Dar Al-Athar Al-Is­lamiyah (DAI). Nakhle then joined the au­di­ence in a mo­ment of si­lence to sup­port the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the at­tack.

Fri­day

On Fri­day, the pro­gram started with a gath­er­ing (di­waniya) about the copy and paste syn­drome by per­son­al­i­ties in the so­cial me­dia world and the in­flu­en­tial role of blog­gers and fash­ion­istas. The dis­cus­sion was mod­er­ated by Faisal Al-Fuhaid, fol­lowed by talks by art his­to­rian Dr Slawa Mikdadi, who spoke about trans­form­ing art nar­ra­tives from im­i­ta­tion to orig­i­nal works of art. Ar­chi­tects Kevin Mitchell, Ma­nar Mursi and other pro­fes­sion­als also spoke later.

“The best thing about Nuqat is not just the event it­self, but that the con­fer­ence acts as a cat­a­lyst to link a lot of events go­ing around in town at the same time. It brings to­gether dif­fer­ent cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and not only art, as you can ac­tu­ally wit­ness art be­ing cre­ated live. Art be­comes a per­for­mance as well. You get mu­si­cal events, per­for­mance arts, lec­tures, work­shops and dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent places. It brings ev­ery­thing to­gether. Also, it ad­dresses peo­ple on many lev­els. You can be a per­son who has pas­sion for arts or you could be some­body who’s a spe­cial­ist - you can find lay­ers of in­for­ma­tion that you can ex­tract. It is in­cred­i­bly en­rich­ing and very sat­is­fy­ing,” said ar­chi­tect Waleed Shaalan, the host of Nuqat.

Satur­day

Yes­ter­day, nine talks in­clud­ing those by artist Cyril Du­val, con­cep­tu­al­ist Ja­son Steel and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher Laura Boush­nak, and an in­ter­ac­tive game for the au­di­ence were held. Boush­nak spoke about her ex­pe­ri­ences in doc­u­ment­ing the prob­lems of ed­u­ca­tion in the re­gion. Kuwait Times asked her about the need of main­tain­ing hu­man dig­nity while doc­u­ment­ing tragic cases. “I spend a lot of time with the peo­ple I take pic­tures of and I can tell you that no one likes to be pic­tured as a vic­tim to evoke pity. Some pho­tog­ra­phers take tragic im­ages to sell them for the pur­pose of sym­pa­thy, while what those peo­ple need is em­pa­thy. This is why my project fo­cuses on suc­cess sto­ries and dig­nity ap­pears clearly through my im­ages,” she replied.

Nuqat’s co­hosts are the Am­ri­cani Cul­tural Cen­ter, DAI, LOYAC and Al Shaheed Park, who are all offering their spa­ces for Nuqat’s main pro­gram. Its cul­tural part­ners in­clude In­sti­tut Fran­cais, the French Em­bassy and the Bri­tish Coun­cil. The con­fer­ence con­tin­ues with ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams un­til Novem­ber 18.

Waleed Shaalan leads the au­di­ence into a mo­ment of si­lence for the Paris at­tacks’ vic­tims.

French Am­bas­sador Chris­tian Nakhle and Hessa AlHu­mad­hie stand for a mo­ment of si­lence in sup­port of the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the Paris at­tack.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Laura Boush­nak speaks at the event.

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