In this talk, Yasmine will tell the story of Espace Fann (which she cofounded with Nour Tannir) and Kinship Stories, shedding light on the incredible power of the arts in the process of healing.
Yasmine Dabbous (on the right in both photos) is a visual culture artist and researcher from Beirut, Lebanon. Formerly an assistant professor of journalism and cultural studies at the Lebanese American University, Dabbous left her position to become the founder ofKinship Stories, a line of tribal art necklaces revolving around values, stories and craftsmanship.
WithNour Tannir,they are the two women behindEspace Fann, a Beirut-based creative space offering accessible university-level art education designed to heal and empower.
Nour Tannir (on the left in both photos), is an interior architect with experience in interior styling, furniture design and turnkey projects. She is co-founder of, and program manager at, Espace Fann. Tannir is also the brain behind 786 The Brand.
Espace Fann is a Beirut-based creative space offering art and design classes for young and mature talents. While we focus on design thinking and skill building, our aim is to encourage creativity, productivity and play. With the cost of university tuitions soaring and the economy dwindling, parents are increasingly discouraged to send their children to art schools. Talents end up in a variety of unrelated fields.
Espace Fann offers university-level art/design courses at affordable prices. Our instructors help students learn new skills, develop their creativity and launch new careers in the arts.
Kinship Stories is a culture and art project featuring a line of precious tribal adornments. The one-of-a-kind pieces include vintage and antique materials, often of museum quality. We also experiment with fusions of old and new, adding our own handmade work to the mix.
Kinship Stories is committed to supporting local artisanship and fostering intercultural understanding of otherness. The concept was developed by Beirut-born Yasmine Dabbous. A culture and media expert, Dabbous has a PhD in Journalism Studies, with a research focus on cultural studies and cultural history. Passionate about everything tribal, Dabbous conceives her lines as stories about the people, their beliefs and the skills they inherited from one generation to another. She hand-picks materials during her many travels across continents and cultures.
Certificates detailing these stories are provided with every purchase.
Gallery of Activities from Espace Fann and Kinship Stories
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