Darat al-Funun, The House of Art
Art, Creativity & Culture • Documentary
A film about Darat al Funun, the Arab art hub in Amman, Jordan - narrated by the founder, Suha Shoman, and artists she has championed.
Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, is a jewel in the Arab world. Overlooking the old city of Amman, Jordan, and built around the site of a Byzantine church, the gallery, research center and hub for contemporary Arab art offers insight into the ancient civilizations that settled in the city, and the more recent political events that shaped the region.
In the 25th anniversary year of the gallery's opening, its founder, Suha Shoman tells its story, and contemporary Arab artists explain what this inimitable institution has offered to them as artists, and to the regional art scene as a whole.
Up Next in Art, Creativity & Culture
Sinan, A Divine Architect
The 16th century architect Sinan is a Turkish cultural hero from the Ottoman era, but he is also the foremost architect in Islamic history.
Curves of Iran
To the people asking: "Why do you want to go to Iran?", show them this video! The narration explains the whole thing: "Curves are everywhere in Eastern culture: our writing, our architecture, our instruments, the way we dance; even the tone of our language is curved. The West was built on angles....
Hassan Massoudi: Calligrapher
Interview with Hassan Massoudi, a renowned Iraqi calligrapher. He talks about his art, his experience of graffiti and artistic inspiration.