Seven Circles “Empowering Through”s latest book celebrates the female art scene in Jordan by featuring the stories and paintings of 88 women artists. This book brings together public and private sectors, civil society, academia, impact funds, and aid agencies to empower women artists economically and socially.
The book also aims to address gender inequality in regard to social justice. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the UNFPA and the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) and will be invested in psychosocial and legal programs that help women who have been exposed to gender-based violence.
Talked at Tedx UJ about fear, and how it effects decisions you make. While fear may have stopped me from doing many things in my life, it also helped me get out of my comfort zone and try new things. It was a great pleasure speaking to the students of University of Jordan in their critical time of making career decisions.
A portrait exhibition with contributing female artists from around the world. Dina showed 2 collections, one of which was “A Dull Ache”.
“Shades of solitude in charcoal and watercolor: portraits of a soul with a longing for longing. A dull ache that comes from nothing and becomes nothing. A universal restlessness; the result of a yearning for something – anything – to long for. In the darkness of solitude we grasp for something that may or may not be there. But are we afraid of being alone too long?”
An exhibition at Jacaranda celebrating the beauty, and poison, of flowers. “Flowers are usually taken at face value; they are beautiful and, outside of their natural habitat, are most often used as decorative elements or shows of affection. In Pretty Poisonous, artist Dina Fawakhiri places an unexpected lens on these common creatures.
If beauty is only skin deep, then flowers are likewise deceiving. By portraying flowers in delicate but extremely detailed views, the artist draws attention to the hidden toxicity that these flowers contain. In this newly commissioned series, their hyper-stylized form and contrasting color alludes to elegance and attraction, while simultaneously painting a surreal picture of seduction.”
As part of the Room to Read workshop for local Jordanian writers, publishers and illustrators, 600,000 Arabic books were created to give out to public schools and refugees in Jordan for free. Dina Fawakhiri was amongst the illustrators trained in this 5 day intense workshop. As a result, her illustrations of the Arabic book “Goodnight Mother”, written by Hiyam Abu Al Adas and published by Majdalawi Masterpieces , was one of the many distributed to children across Jordan.
“Yesterday we brought our vibrant children’s books to The Collateral Repair Project, where Iraqi, Yemeni, Sudanese, Palestinian and Syrian families huddled for storytelling time! Every public school in the country will receive 4 copies of these books with the remainder going to local refugee camps and disenfranchised communities. Thank you to everyone who helped make these 600,000 books happen.”
In her visit to Toronto November 2017, Dina Fawakhiri participates in the In The Round exhibition of Graven Feather Art Gallery. “In the spirit of democratic and accessible art-making and experience, Graven Feather Studio & Gallery hosted the work of more than 150 artists through the month of November. In the 5th annual exhibition of IN THE ROUND, artists showcased multiple pieces of art on small 6 inch birch disks provided for this fun and innovative group show.”
Dina Fawakhiri collaborates with Dubai based/ award winning boutique Sauce on the Nostalgic T-shirt collection. Displayed at the Super Design Market at D3 for Dubai Design Week, the collection was quickly sold out. The series included illustrations of famous Arab actors, Fifi Abdo, Adel Imam and Zeinat Sedki with famous lines they’re known for.
As part of Amman Design Week Dina Fawakhiri was assigned as a mentor to four University and School Students. Students Lubna Al Mousa and Shaker Nsour presented 3 unique pendants reflecting the Jordanian Bedouin’s physical movements while making bread/ laban and coffee. Jewelry designers Leen Faris and Carmela Pipicelli from Design Institute Amman helped both in guidance and the actual execution of the piece.
Sama Zoubi recreated a replica of Jordan’s national flower the Black Iris out of black waste bags. “Her project represents the severity of the societal and environmental littering in Jordan”. Her exhibit consisted of both the flower, and 2 photos taken by Photographer Hazem Jweinat.
Lena Hussein created a Play Therapy puppet that can help children express how they feel internally as well as externally. This helps child therapists in identifying and treating anxiety in children in an easier way. Costume Designer Hanadi Khorma created the puppet, and Sirsa Qursha (Child Development and Parenting Specialist) sat with them at the start of the project to help guide them in the right direction
Our lives today are shaped by an ever-increasing consumerist culture, continuously subjected to marketing tools in the form of billboards and other outdoor advertisements in many shapes and sizes. They are all over the city trying to sell us a product, a service, and even a cause. Since marketing has shifted online, the ‘likes’, ‘hearts’ and range of emojis have become the new currency to show the success of a campaign. “Full Heart” is a still billboard that shows how we now use social media to market and PR ourselves – by showing the world what our ‘heart’ supports and how we would like to appear to others. Only when the viewer decides to move does it reveal the truth behind what really fills our hearts and how empty of a currency these effortless support clicks really are. Have we become desensitized to everything around us? Have we lost our compassion to the point that only the commercial appeals to our senses?