The let­ter

Ekaruna - - From The Editor - Happy Read­ing, Yasmin Harake Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t sup­posed to look nice; it was sup­posed to make you feel some­thing.” Rain­bow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

Now I don’t know Eleanor, but I like the way she thinks. Art has al­ways been a sub­jec­tive topic with no set def­i­ni­tion. Sure, the Ox­ford would ar­gue that art is “the ex­pres­sion or ap­pli­ca­tion of hu­man cre­ative skill and imag­i­na­tion, typ­i­cally in a vis­ual form such as paint­ing or sculp­ture, pro­duc­ing works to be ap­pre­ci­ated pri­mar­ily for their beauty of emo­tional power,” but hon­estly, I’m not sure I agree. Is that really what de­fines art? We asked a group of very dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties to ex­plain what art is to them, and well – you’ll see. Wel­come to Ekaruna’s Art & De­sign is­sue, where we cel­e­brate the coun­try’s un­par­al­leled cre­ativ­ity and on­go­ing abil­ity to in­spire.

We sat down to chat with Marie Mu­rac­ci­ole, the Di­rec­tor of Beirut Art Cen­tre, about the con­tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion space and what is in store over the com­ing months. Whilst we were there, we were lucky enough to have a few min­utes with the renowned dancer and chore­og­ra­pher, Xavier Le Roy. Have a read over on page 22.

If you haven’t heard of Hass Idriss, we’re about to change that. I met with the very tal­ented, some­what mis­chievous, fash­ion de­signer at his stu­dio in Beirut to talk all things fash­ion, take a look over on page 46.

As you might have no­ticed, we have a bit of thing for ar­chi­tec­ture here at Ekaruna. Liv­ing in Le­banon, we some­times over­look the more tra­di­tional build­ings and their beau­ti­ful at­ten­tion to de­tail in favour of newer, more mod­ern ones. Taha Al-Hiti is an ar­chi­tect who wants to give Is­lamic ar­chi­tec­ture a real def­i­ni­tion – we lis­ten to his story over on page 62 .

That’s about it from me. Af­ter all, this is the Art & De­sign is­sue; so I’ll let the work of the very tal­ented peo­ple you’re about to meet do the talk­ing for me, shall I?

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