About the Publisher
Waraq is non profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Founded in 2012, it is committed to the support of graphic art practices through education, research, production and publishing.
Waraq’s mission is designed based on a modular approach. By establishing a space, a well equipped print production facility, an educational program, a yearly print celebration event, a permanent print shop and hosting a research lab, Waraq aims to provide emerging and established designers and artists with the resources for the development of both their ideas and outputs rethinking design education, bridging communities and encouraging artistic and cultural discourse.
About the Artists
Nada Zanhour work attempts to explore the different levels of relationships within societies: culture, media and their technologies; the embodied self and lived experience; the Other. A constant questioning of the dynamics at play between and within these social actors. My main focus is on technology taken in its broadest definition as cultural tools, encompassing language,
as evolutionary companions and instigators, and extensions of our perception.
Hussein Shikha is a visual artist and freelance graphic designer who lives and works in Antwerp. He is currently conducting research regarding the importance of beauty in Islamic arts, more specifically focusing on ornamentation and its marginalized function in modernist design principles.
Carla Aouad is an Art Director and illustrator based in Beirut, who’s interested in crafting visual poetry at the intersection of reality and fiction.
Karen Keyrouz practice is a ‘va-et-vient” between drawing, comics and filming. She launched her first graphic novel “Fluxet Reflux” (2018) with ALBA ( Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts), where she earned her master’s degree (2015).
Haitham Haddad (b. 1989) is a Palestinian illustrator, visual artist, and graphic designer based in Haifa. Haitham is the owner and creative director of ‘Studio Mnjnk ستوديو منجنيق’ where he has been channeling his various creative practices across disciplines since 2018. The studio functions as a mothership where Haitham works on artistically and visually directing projects; designing and executing murals in public spaces; designing publications for arts and cultural institutions; illustrating comics and visual narratives; and implementing visual advocacy campaigns for social and political organizations in Palestine and beyond. His work is inspired from Queer culture, children books and graphic novels, marginalized subcultures and punk movements, and 90’s futurism.