Tasmeem Doha 2019
True Story: I was a Tasmeem co-chair
In the Spring of 2019, Tasmeem took over the VCUarts Qatar campus with its creative, quirky and expressive installations. What was unique, and vital to the success of Tasmeem 2019, was its organization by VCUarts Qatar graduates. For the first time in Tasmeem’s history, four MFA graduates, Yasmeen Suleiman, Noha Fouad, Wajiha Pervez and Hadeer Omar took the ownership of the biennial.
The vibrant scene was a backdrop for the expressive theme, which was rooted in the Arab tradition of the sharing narratives, poems and tales – Hekayat – the Arabic word for “stories”.
For three days, from March 13–15, thousands of stories were shared across the campus. Unforgettable narratives, anecdotes and tales were relayed in what became a memorable experience of distinctive and meaningful storytelling.
Over the last few years, VCUarts Qatar has earned the reputation of being the central hub and destination of cutting-hedge discussions and demonstrations in the field of art and design in Qatar. For Tasmeen 2019’s theme, Hekayat, the journey was celebrated as much as the outcome and a multitude of talks, workshops, exhibitions and activities were conducted for students, alumni and the public.
Yasmeen Suleiman is a Doha-based designer and educator. As the Materials Curator at VCUarts Qatar’s Materials Library, she has a curiosity and appreciation for how materials transform ideas into physical existence. Her research explores concepts of temporality and permanence within the preservation of culture, crafts, architecture, and design.
Hadeer Omar is an Egyptian time-based media artist, designer, and educator, living in Qatar. She holds an MFA in Design and BFA in Graphic Design. Her work explores cultural identity and memories, the self, and narratives artfully through immersive XR media and technologies, graphics, photography, and video art installations. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor at VCUarts in Qatar.
In love with coffee, shoes, textiles and all things handmade. Wajiha enjoys bringing innovation, appreciation for living material culture and sustainability to practice through her work. She is a sneakerhead, a believer in process, a constant traveler and an ignitor of ideas. You will find her experimenting with materials, collecting unique footwear around the world and discussing ideas over coffee. Wajiha has an MFA in Design from VCUarts Qatar and BFA in the Textile design from UCAD, Pakistan.
Noha is a designer with a passion for all things technology. She dips her feet into various design disciplines, exploring the differences-but more importantly, the similarities-of design. Noha strives to leave her mark on the world-for design, through design. When she is not busy designing, you will probably find her fixing the hotbed of her 3D printer for the 100th time. Noha has an MFA in Design from VCUarts Qatar and a BID in Industrial Design from Carleton University, Canada.
In Conversation with the Co-chairs
Interview by Nourbanu Al-Hejazi, MFA' 18
We all have a story to share. Tasmeem Doha 2019 will be a creative event that will focus on ‘Hekayat’ (stories) as its central theme. ‘Hekayat’ will provide a platform where storytelling can be explored through various mediums, and stories can be shared and celebrated in a multitude of forms.
The process of any creative endeavor is the narrative of an idea reaching fruition. ‘Hekayat’ will shift the limelight to the process, rather than the outcome alone.
Tasmeem Doha 2019 covered by Dimitri Yuri
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