The Land of “Manly Men”: Masculinity, Nation, and War in a Turkish Film

Spring 2007 | ArteZine

Yazi Tura/Toss Up (2004) is directed by Ugur Yucel, a leading theater and film actor in Turkey. The film was shown and recognized in numerous international film festivals. Through distinct yet connected narratives, the film centers around two main characters that have recently returned from serving their army duty in the South East region of […]

Reflections: Khaled Hafez

Winter 2007 | ArteZine

Q: How do you see the state of contemporary international art? How does art function in today’s global society?   A: I can easily say that I am lucky to be 43 years old!!! Let me explain, when 23 years ago I, with some of my artist peers, was trying to find my way in […]

I will invent the comic

Summer 2008 | ArteZine

        Bio: Mazen Kerbaj was born in Beirut in 1975 and has lived there since. His main passions are comics, painting, and music. In March 2000, he published some of his more personal works in his Journal 1999 (a dairy in comics). He has published eight other books and many short stories. […]

My Brother at the Canadian Border (poetry)

Summer 2007 | ArteZine

  For Omid   On their way to Canada in a red Mazda, my brother and his friend, PhDs and little sense, stopped at the border and the guard leaned forward, asked: Where you boys heading? My brother, Welcome to Canada poster in his eyes replied: Mexico. The guard blinked, stepped back then forward, said: […]

“We Screened Films that Would Have Never Been Allowed in to Big Theaters.”

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Jean-Pierre Goux Pelletan, a veteran film critic in Lebanon and one of the founding members of the Beirut Ciné-club.   At 88 years and a few specs (“but don’t write down specs”, he prompted me laughing), Jean-Pierre Goux Pelletan tried to resurrect recollections of the years in the 1960s and 1970s when the Beirut […]

Reflections: Samia Halaby

Winter 2007 | ArteZine

Q: How do you see the state of contemporary international art? How does art function in today’s global society?   A: I think the word “art” is difficult because it covers so much. I prefer to discuss my own area of expertise, pictures. Pictures in numerous media serve mankind in applications such as language, entertainment, […]

The Illustrator’s Notebook

Summer 2008 | ArteZine

Three pages from the Egyptian master illustrator’s book on visual culture. Intended for children, yet equally insightful for adults.         Bio: Mohieddin Ellabbad was born in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. Before completing his degree he began work as a caricaturist for Roz al-youssef and […]

The Artist Residency in the 21st Century: Experiments in Cultural Potentiality and Contamination

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

“…the ‘residency without walls’ adapts to the rubric of the early 21st century and embraces this idea of the immaterialization of architecture as a mechanism by which to unhinge regimes of oppression that attempt to debilitate it as a cultural and neurobiological modifier…. The residency without walls first of all must unshackle the conditions of its zones […]


Winter 2010 | ArteZine

This issue is edited by Hakan Topal with contributions by Defne Ayas, Anne Barlow, Regine Basha, Dan Cameron, Aslihan Demirtas, Cevdet Erek, Tony Chakar and Micah Silver. Together, these authors discuss the possibilities and limitations of the condition of silence by looking at examples in art, music and across socio-political contexts. Several authors take on […]

In Saudi Arabia, Ciné-clubs Are Struggles of the Present

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Abdallah Eyyaf, filmmaker, founder of an itinerant ciné-club in Saudi Arabia. Abdallah el-Eyyaf, a mere thirty-years old, is a mechanical engineer at Aramco. He is also a filmmaker and soldiering on for the establishment of a ciné-club in Riyadhh. He, along with some forty fellow passionate cinephiles, succeeded in presenting publicly and […]