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Zena el Khalil: TED Fellow
Lebanese interdisciplinary artist building bridges through glitter, faith and compassion. A blogger and publisher, she is also the author of Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir.—link
Interview: Things Are Happening in Hamra
"On an August afternoon the walls were decorated with several of large collages by Zena el-Khalil, a 34-year-old author and top Lebanese artist who has lived next to Hamra for years and rhapsodized about the neighborhood in a memoir, 'Beirut, I Love You...'”—link
Article: Eye on the Sovereign Asian Art Prize
Artist and author Zena el Khalil will discover on February 17, 2012 if she is the winner of the $25,000 Sovereign Asian Art Prize (SAAP) in Hong Kong. As a finalist for the award, she is the first Lebanese artist recognized by the prestigious award...—link
Interview: An artist of Beirut: Zena el Khalil by Emanuelle Degli Esposti
Even from the outside, I know immediately which apartment belongs to Zena: the open door framed by a cascade of pink lights, the scent of cardamom-laced coffee wafting invitingly down the staircase...—link
TED Profile: Zena el Khalil
artist + cultural activist—link
Article: My City, On Fire Again
As Israeli bombs rain down on Beirut, the people of the city are once again living with the horror of war. In an intimate diary, 30-year-old Lebanese artist Zena el-Khalil describes helping foreigners escape, the nightly rocket attacks - and how she couldn't leave her sick friend behind—link
Article: Freedom to Create Main Prize- Zena el Khalil
Zena’s work is based on propaganda flyers that the Israeli army dropped during their 2006 invasion of Lebanon. She transfers drawings from each flyer onto canvas, which she then adorns with beads, sequins, glitter and feathers to move the political characters into a place where ‘love, music and tranquility replaces violence, fear and despair’.—link
Article: Lebanon: Pop art meets guerrilla war (LA Times)
She turns the black-and-white photo of a militiaman into a glittery iconic figure combining a pinkish haze of artificial flowers, pearl necklaces and rubber dolls...—link
Article: At a crossroads in downtown Beirut (electronicintifada)
Today I drove through downtown on my way to visit my parents. I was driving alone and was a bit nervous. First time in a car alone since this whole thing started … But I had to see my parents. I came across a red light and stopped. The streets were empty, and I caught myself wondering why I stopped and didn’t just go through. Streets were totally empty - no other cars, no traffic police...—link
Interview: Radio 4 Women's Hour - Zena el Khalil (BBC)
Zena el Khalil was born in London of Lebanese parents and grew up in Nigeria. At 18 she decided to move to Beirut and in her first novel she recounts what life was like for her as a 20-something artist, environmental activist and blogger under the constant threat of war. During the July 2006 attacks on Lebanon she began writing a blog describing the daily Israeli bombardments, which received international acclaim. She joins Jane to discuss her continuing love of the city of Beirut.—link