Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beyond letters

Can you guess which four Arabic letters these are?

Master calligrapher, Samir Sayegh takes Arabic letters beyond the formal aesthetic of Arabic calligraphy. He presents them as universal forms and signs in which meaning emerges from the relationship between lines. Over the course of his distinguished career, Sayegh has exhibited across the Arab World and in Europe, and has also created works for buildings and mosques. He was a lecturer at the Architecture and Graphic  Design  Department of the American University of Beirut from 1993-2007. Sayegh is also a critic, poet and author of several studies and articles on contemporary and Islamic art.

Monday, September 29, 2014


like any other museum in the world, THE BEIRUT NATIONAL MUSEUM have its own app.
 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BEIRUT is an application developed by Ourjouwan in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon / Directorate General of Antiquities. Created and compiled with careful regard to reflect the rich heritage of the museum.
Designed for ease of use on all mobile devices, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BEIRUT Application is free of charge. Online since 2014, this Application provides information about a selection of the National Museum of Beirut collection:
By chronology
By type of objects
By location
An audioguide, in three languages, offers explanation about fifty masterpieces of the archaeological collection on display in the National Museum.

You will find a sign, a QR code, near the artefacts which are part of the course of this tour. You are kindly requested to direct your phone toward the sign displayed near the selected objects and the explanation will automatically start.
If you haven't visit the Museum yet, it is time to download the app.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beirut Art Fair

I was invited to attend the opening of Beirut Art fair and i enjoyed it!
Organized by Cedralys SARL since 2010, BEIRUT ART FAIR, with a focus on the ME.NA.SA ART, has established itself on the regional and international art scene with its unique positioning and in synergy with the collectors’ interests.
This region of contrasting cultures, which extends from Morocco to Indonesia, can now count with the presence of established artists and emerging stars in the art market.

BEIRUT ART FAIR enables to discover new artists, inspired by their heritage and their history turmoil, creating their art work away from the globalization buzz, fashion trends and the star system.
I was lucky to discover indian artists at The Indian pavilion “Small Art is Beautiful – Dharma”, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, that puts in the forefront small format works. Must see!!!

BEIRUT ART FAIR is open until Sunday September 21, 2014 from 3:30 pm till 9:30 pm. 

Don't miss it!

Thank you Hala Moubarak and Mirrosme for the invitation.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Street Musician

I love seeing passionate people that really commit to what they do. This guy was so into playing, I took this small video with my phone, check it out
Spotted in Rome.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Lebanese Archive by Ania Dabrowska

Diab Alkarssifi’s lost archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs is brought to light in a new book by Ania Dabrowska.
"When artist Ania Dabrowska started working with Diab Alkarssifi, a homeless Lebanese man in London, she made a startling discovery. He was a compulsive photographer with a hoard of unseen pictures from his homeland" Via: The Gardian
I am big fan of vintage photos, and following Arab image foundation activities since 2009.
Can't wait for the book launch!
This great work is supported by Book Works and Arab Images Foundation. 
Read more about the project [Here]

Enough selfie's already people!

I don't think i need to give you a definition of a Selfie! the selfie is everywhere instagram, facebook, twitter...! it is even named as "Word of The Year".
I have never taken a slefie, in fact I have taken only two, but some people's life isn't complete until they take a selfie of everything they have done during the day: 

Selfies were ok before selfie was the thing don't you agree?

One in a while it is ok to post a selfie but spamming all my social media channels with your face on a daily basis is so annoying and becoming ridiculous. Can you stop that?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"All of Me" cover by the Lebanese Luciana Zogbi

I am a big fan of  John Legend, and this song is my favorite so far. 
You can now listen to this song by a Lebanese/Brazilian singer Luciana Zogbi, I like this cover but sure it is not better than John Legend's original .
You can check her youtube channel for more songs [Here]
or join her facebook page [Here]
Lebanese talent is all around the world! All the best to Luciana.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beirut to Nowhere

A motorway connecting Beirut’s hilltop to the port is piercing through one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, destroying on its way a garden – the only remaining one of its kind – and a whole series of heritage residential houses dating from the 1920’s.
Via: Panos Aprahamian

Saturday, August 23, 2014


After a long hectic season, Summer 2014 is almost over! I’m going to take a little break from work and blogging. I’m really excited about the new content coming up, and hope you’ll return to read in september.
Follow me on instagram for updated pictures: @joesbox #SummerBreak

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Adonis river runs DRY!!!

Earlier this month, Naher Ibrahim (Adonis River) set a new all-time record low. that's because Lebanon has had below-normal rainfall levels for so long .Villagers in the area say water levels on their river is among the lowest in living memory.I took the above picture of “after” photo to complement picture I took in August 2007. When you compare the two , the result is Shocking!

We need to save water!
It is important to use water carefully. Below is a list of simple tips and suggestions for saving water in your daily life and being an example of good water stewardship.  Plz Share it
  • Check your toilets taps for leaks
  • Take shorter shower once a day
  • Wash your car once every month
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full
  • Create awareness of water conservation among your children.
  • Encourage your employer to promote water conservation at the workplace. 
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  • Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  • Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
  • When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.
  • Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or your local water provider.
Check out the full list here