Jeddah

Sarab

Sarab is a series composed of four photographs inspired by the inner conflict that occurs on the path to realizing dreams. Refal Alghaylani uses photos in this series to touch the truth, not to simulate reality but to admit that it is reality itself. All through displaying the gradients of blue as the world of dreams. Language plays an instrumental role in the work, where poetry represents awareness of each stage of conflict and struggle. The handwritten verses reflect the voice of perception, merging the internal human experience with the external reality. Linear strokes symbolize the movement of life in each frame, while the vibration reflects the clouded vision that accompanies seeking a mirage.

In the world of dreams, man persistently struggles, pushing forth towards his hope of finding a foundation.

“Sarab” is the epitome of man’s moment of realization — what he seeks is but a mirage, an illusion. The poetic scriptures are the echoing voice of conscience, growing louder with truth, howling like the wind. A blow that had not crashed his dreams to the ground but carried them away to an unpredictable destination, to the unknown. The truth of a mirage leaves man hopeless, cold and clouded by thoughts. Urging him to continue walking and wondering in search of a new purpose and warmth — a new mirage.

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Refal Alghaylani is a graphic design student and visual artist based in Jeddah. Follow her on Instagram for more of her works.

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Amaal Alhifzi is the founder of Breathe by Art, an initiative aiming to promote art healing in our community. She is an architecture undergraduate student, with a concentration in art and architecture history. Amaal is interested in studying the depth of the relationship that connects humans and art, and they have utilized it as a communication tool throughout history. Besides art healing session and classes, she is currently working on various free projects under social entrepreneurship.


Tell us more about art healing.

Unlike art therapy, art healing is the process of providing simple and soothing techniques of making visual art in order to make the artist and client relieve stress, connect with their inner voice, and generally express and cope with emotions nonverbally.  


How was your journey in this field initiated?

My journey started when I was required to work on a high school graduation project. I thought that I was going to invent something called “art therapy,” but I was shocked to find out that it was not only an existing professional field, but it was also taught as a Masters and PhD at prestigious universities. After doing more intensive research, I found a simpler, more approachable, and less intimidating field called art healing. I took intensive short courses online and abroad to be able to host my own sessions and workshops beyond the grad project.

How would you describe Breathe by Art?

Breathe by Art’s vision is to make art healing easy and accessible for everyone. It is a social initiative that promotes are healing and teach people tools they can take beyond the sessions and practice it on their own. It started as a research paper, then small workshops focusing on mandalas (a certain art healing technique), then with the encouragement of the Humming Tree Community, where I was an intern at the time, I was able to expand Breathe by Art to become a community. The sessions not only included unique art techniques, such as collage and mandala making, but also includec open mics, and special guests who talked about their own ways of healing and connecting with themselves.

How has Breathe by Art helped you personally in aspects of mental and psychological health, and what was its impact on your surroundings?

The initiative alone did not impact my emotional and mental health directly; the community it created did. The sense of unity it allowed to create, and the impact it is making on people’s personalities is what I consider rewarding. As children, we all loved to draw, up until we were told -mostly by adults- that art had certain standards that we needed to follow. In our art healing sessions, our main goal is to remind people of the power of art and its effect on our wellbeing, in hopes that we all bring our kindergarten unapologetic artists back to life again. On a personal level, I can say that in the process of founding Breathe by Art, it was the one who found me. At a specific stage of confusion, my research pushed me into reading about sacred geometry, which lead me to end up studying Architecture.

How would you describe our community’s reaction to Breathe by Art? Can we persuade people with the importance of art healing?

In a world that moves so fast, people are starving for slowing down and discovering themselves. Society was very welcoming and supportive. From the very beginning, people either came in with excitement or skepticism. In both cases, they came out with unforgettable experiences. It may not have been about art itself, but the thrill of breaking the fear of the blank paper.

What are your next steps?

The plan for 2019 is to get more professional feedback and mentorship on art healing in order to keep developing the content and agenda of the sessions. On a larger scale, I am working more to learn the link of space and emotion, which deals with art, healing, and architecture.  

Three Different Trees - World Tree (3/3)

A Poem Titled Chaos

Black, White
The deities of color: White can separate into its spectrum, whilst black is the void that everyone avoids. Much like the two, they exist in her.

There is a pendulum that swings, pinpointing her deep sadness that she covers with her eyes. A misfit, an outcast, cursed by her beauty. As she tries to show people her true self, but they’re blind to see, and none will listen to her cries. Thus, she breaks stereotypes and conventional standards of beauty, just so they could listen intently to the lost child within
“Can you see me!”

Eternally she fights, she brings in the lioness to protect to create to love, to love so passionately she disassociate with all the fighting, she becomes a remnant of her past self. A Void, The Black Deity
Yet she does not know that chaos, Black, has spectrum.

in the span of 20 years, she has found that she has been hurt too many times.
She’s fierce, she’s beautiful, she’s smart, and most of all caring.

All of this is nothing but assumption, but! in her eyes, I will find more


Emran Arif is a poet based in Jeddah. Follow him on Instagram for more of his works. Check Issue 7 to read the first poem of the series.

Syre

Sometimes life is a lie,
Other times it’s a game.
In the end we all die.
It all stays the same.

I feel out of place,
In this world full of normal people.
I need more time and space,
Because all humans are a little evil.

I may seem quite strange,
But I only mean well.
Stuck with a species afraid of change,
Im trying to break free of my cell.

Feelings left unknown,
Hiding behind fearful lips.
Empty souls forever roam,
Untold love rests on fingertips.

Acceptance by society,
Is something I do not desire.
Im from an odd variety,
For abnormality is my syre.


Jade Abduljawad is an 18-year-old poet and singer based in Jeddah. She was one of the participants in Ward's spoken word event; Beyond the Frame held in Jeddah back in May. Follow her on Twitter for more of her work.

Dreaming

With all the changes currently taking place in our society, whether they are bad or good, Shahad likes to look at the bright side of everything by dreaming. She escapes to a world of her imagination through art and imagines a world full of beauty and freedom, where she can act the way she wants away from everything that is negative and depressive and away from hatred and destructive criticisms. This what she tried to express through the art of collage inspired by this quote:

I dream of a beautiful world without wars, soldiers, and even money. A world empty of oppression, retardation, and restrictions, full of gardens of love, colors of music, and hymns.

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Shahad Nazer is a graphic designer and collage artist based in Jeddah. Check her website and Instagram account for more of her works.

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Three Different Trees: The Enchanted (2/3)

Soul Enchanter

Soul enchanter, blessed thee for your enchantments have worked. You enchant the soul of
everything you do; your art, your poetry, your voice is melody. Your heart is pure and warm.
Soul Enchanter, you live in your forest of privacy. Not to say stay or stray, but to contemplate the
birds singing in the morning, and the felines prowling in dance.
Soul Enchanter, many are captivated by your mystery, they are just captives. Far away from
your true gaze, from your source of happiness. Where you stargaze sunshine & amp; moonshine,
where you feel you belong; celestial. Your forest hymns with your breath. Your forest is
enlightened with affectionate self-love.


Emran Arif is a poet based in Jeddah. Follow him on Instagram for more of his works. Check Issue 7 to read the first poem of the series.

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My Accomplishment

Eyes wet as a blooming rose, 

On the bathroom floor as we shut off doors,

In the face of my beloved, I stare and enhance,

The trouble we brought ourselves and to the memos, it goes the blame,

Leaving you is the hardest mission I'll ever accomplish,

Unloving you is the worst part. 

To the shallows and shadows of a night after night,

To the empty promises, we needed to hear. 

We said them

Just to fill the shoe of emptiness. 

I loved you even though your love was tough. 

And I held you even though you couldn't get here fast enough. 

She always stood along the way as an independent say,

I collected all the pieces and I walked all the way. 

I had thought that with you there nothing will stay the same. 

With you there my thoughts had me open to the possibility that you would take the pain away. 

But that wasn't it

It was exactly the same

I held every single piece along the way. 

I begged of you to walk away. 

You stayed. 

You had me hurt with your ego as you never called first. 

Everything was exactly the same. 

You made me carry it on my on. 

I through my pain away all alone. 

With no help from you and that's where we went wrong. 


Elfy Rouzi is an 18-year-old writer based in Jeddah.

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Propaganda

Take my word for what I’m about to say,
For life may not be so kind.
Do not try to keep the truth at bay,
Do not let the lies keep you blind.

You may think the boy in the back is calm,
But anxiety attacks his head.
Look at his arms just beneath his palm,
And you’ll find a story no one has ever read.

The girl by the cafe probably looks pretty neat,
But she can’t keep down a single meal.
Overthinking too much when she eats,
Drowns herself in pills so she doesn’t have to feel.

See the couple standing in the rain?
They’re falling in love fast.
But everyday he holds her as she cries in pain,
The medication isn’t working and they don’t know which day is her last.

So look at the world a little differently,
You think you know people but you barely do.
Life is a deadly symphony,
And you have no idea what others are going through.


Jade Abduljawad is an 18-year-old poet and singer based in Jeddah. She was one of the participants in Ward's spoken word event; Beyond the Frame held in Jeddah back in May. Follow her on Twitter for more of her work.

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Colorful Finger Tips

Soumayah Fayie is working in a kid club in Jeddah this Summer. Read her following statement about her and her passion for kids' education:

I never know what to expect. They never fail to surprise me. EVERYDAY is adventure. “They” are kids: The happiness of every parent, the joy in this life, the hope of the future. 

My name is soumayah Fayie, and I am an 18-year-old teenager based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I have been working with kids for the past six years, every summer since I was 12. Currently, I’m trying a new experience, which is Montessori type of teaching. In Montessori, kids get to express more openly, they get to choose what they like to do, they learn everyday needed skills. I really do love the way Montessori appreciates kids' strengths and opinions. We do a lot of activities. Everything from arts, sports, cooking, story time, and even mind and analysis games. 

I’ll be concentrating and highlighting the arts and crafts part. During the arts session, we give the kids (3-6 year olds) the required materials for the activity. Then we tell them how the activity is supposed to be done. After that, we just watch them shine and show their talents. In that way, we get to see the kid’s color preferences, style of art and even sometimes the way they think. So, I see that as a very interesting way in learning, even for me. 

I’ve learned so much from such experiences. They might be exhausting to be honest. But it all feels better when this little kid comes to you at the end of the day and tells you:“I love you Mrs. Soumayah!”

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Soumayah Fayie is a photographer in progress based in Jeddah. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for more of her works, including an ongoing visual diary.