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Monday Talks > 2015 Spring (Season 8)
Monday 8 June  2015 (7 pm - Open to All)

Jasmina Najjar will address the question: 

Damien Hirst: Artist or Marketing Genius?
 
Jasmina Najjar
Jasmina is an Instructor in AUB in the English Department. She graduated with a BA from AUB and an MA from Queen Mary, University of London.
 
Raised in London, Jasmina Najjar moved to Lebanon and graduated with high distinction from AUB in 2000 (BA in English Literature). She went back to the UK to pursue her MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at Queen Mary, University of London. Her thesis was on fragmented Lebanese identity in the translated works of Rashid Al Daif (it was published as a book in April 2011). Since 2002, Jasmina Najjar has worked as a journalist, becoming a managing editor, and as an advertising copywriter, becoming a senior conceptual copywriter with major pan-Arab accounts. Dedicated to empowering the youth with knowledge, she also taught English and Cultural Studies at university level on a part-time basis. In Fall 2008-2009, Jasmina Najjar joined AUB as a full-timer. Since then she has been focusing her energies on teaching English communication skills, ever eager to share her real-life writing skills and techniques with her students. One of the first to teach courses in blended format at AUB, she has an avid interest in the use of technology in education. She worked on Shades of Gray and After Words (the 2nd and 3rd editions of AUB English Department's reader for Academic Writing) and took steps to revamp Technical English while she was the course coordinator. She is also the author of Beirut Knights and is a contributor to print and online publications.
 
Damien Hirst
(Adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)
 
Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.
 
Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The best known of these being The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine (clear display case). He has also made "spin paintings," created on a spinning circular surface, and "spot paintings", which are rows of randomly coloured circles created by his assistants.
 
In September 2008, he took an unprecedented move for a living artist by selling a complete show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, at Sotheby's by auction and bypassing his long-standing galleries. The auction exceeded all predictions, raising £111 million ($198 million), breaking the record for a one-artist auction as well as Hirst's own record with £10.3 million for The Golden Calf, an animal with 18-carat gold horns and hooves, preserved in formaldehyde.
 
In several instances since 1999, sources for certain of Hirst's works have been challenged and contested as plagiarized, both in written articles by journalists and artists, and, in one instance, through legal proceedings which led to an out-of-court settlement.
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