This retrospective draws an expressive and thoughtful picture of craftsmen in Bourj Hammoud, and initiates a cultural debate that rethinks the essence of crafts and their social foundations. The art of city making in Bourj Hammoud is an art of Armenian craftsmen who used their manual knowledge to recreate their homeland, integrate the Lebanese society, and preserve their unique identity all at once.
Curation: Farah Makki & Racha Doughman
Text Writing: Farah Makki, Lana Kamand &
Text Editing: Maryo Nakhoul
Photos: Roland Ragi, Mauricio Yazbeck, Moussa
Shabandar, Soha Ghandour, Lea Ramadan
Other workshop participants: Zeina Hawa, Joseph Sheridan, Nourhan Mokahal, Serge Majarian, Patil Proudian, Ghassan Ghattas, Joelle Saliba, Marguerita Hayek.
In order to begin understanding the challenges that artisans face and potential entryways to support their work, NAHNOO led a participatory mapping and research in Bourj Hammoud, a neighborhood on the edges of administrative Beirut.
The two areas – Mar Mikhael and Achrafieh – were mapped by a team of volunteers following a close-ended survey (multiple choice, yes/no, etc.) to gather morphological information on the buildings constituting the urban fabric.