Started in Beirut city 2004, by identical twin brothers Omar & Mohamed Kabbani, ASHEKMAN is an Arabic street art crew specialized in Arabic graffiti and Arabic calligraffiti.
It all started with mixing their Graphic design degree in an Arabic context, which resulted in a Lebanese street art crew. The twins studied Arabic calligraphy under master calligrapher Ali Assi.
They were heavily inspired by the Lebanese civil war graffiti, which first emerged during the 80s and 90s. Various fighting militias used graffiti to tag walls during the Lebanese civil war.
Considered among the early adopters of Arabic calligraphy in street art, the twins main objective is to revive the Arabic culture using an urban context.
Artist, graduate of Goldsmiths, co-founded Freeze, one of the original YBA, and Fellow at the Royal Academy.
His works include the infamous “Break Down” in 2001, where he landfilled all of his belongings, “Acts of Kindness” a project that highlighted acts of kindness on the London underground, “Art Bin” where Landy invited people to throw their artworks in an act of ‘celebration to creative failure’, “Closing Down Sale” the artist’s reaction to London’s recession in the 1990s and “Saints Alive” kinetic sculptures reflecting paintings from the National Gallery.
Sarah Hermez is a Lebanese fashion designer, born and raised in Kuwait. She pursued dual degrees in fashion design at Parsons the New School for Design and media/cultural studies at Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts in New York. She moved to Beirut in 2010 and launched Creative Space Beirut, merging the two worlds she is passionate about and bridging the social and the creative industries. She continues to direct the program and act as mentor to the students. Sarah is also the co-founder of SECOND st., a socially conscious brand with a progressive take on the classic shirt.
is the Senior Lecturer in Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins School of Fashion Design. She also teaches fashion print in China and at the Jaipur Virasat Foundation. Natalie Gibson is a print designer and exhibits her work internationally and has received an MBE for her services to textiles and fashion design.
is an award winning British artist and designer. She is Professor of Fashion and Science at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion and Co-Director of The Helen Storey Foundation. She launched her label in 1983 with Caroline Coates. In 1991, Storey won Most Innovative Designer Of The Year and was nominated for British Designer Of The Year by The British Fashion Council. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Arts’. Through her work she has highlighted issues the world is facing and brought disciplines together to help find solutions to them.