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Andrew Weiner

(b Beirut, 1925).

Lebanese painter and writer active in the USA. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, Adnan was educated in Lebanon before going on to study philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley. For many years she taught aesthetics at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA; she also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities. During the 1970s Adnan regularly contributed editorials, essays, and cultural criticism to the Beirut-based publications Al-Safa and L’Orient-Le Jour. In 1978 she published the novel Sitt Marie Rose, which won considerable acclaim for its critical portrayal of cultural and social politics during the early years of the Lebanese Civil War. Adnan published numerous books of poetry, originating in her opposition to the American war in Vietnam and proceeding to encompass topics as diverse as the landscape of Northern California and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Her poetry served as the basis for numerous works of theater and contemporary classical music....

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Tunisian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 9 October 1951, in Maamoura.

Painter, ceramicist.

In 1977 Khaled Ben Slimane graduated from the Institut Technologique d'Art in Tunis, specialising in ceramics. In 1978-79 he worked at the Massana School in Barcelona and in 1982-83 in Japan.

He employs acrylics in his paintings and is strongly influenced by Arab calligraphy, which appears both in a concealed and an explicit form. The rows of symbols, or writings in various colours, are arranged between parallel horizontal lines, and decorative elements are only allowed as a framing device for his compositions....

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Moroccan, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Fez.

Sculptor, potter.

Hassan Slaoui was a ceramicist by training, then abandoned this traditional technique to undertake experimental sculpture. Along with other young Moroccan and North African artists of his generation, he grappled with the problem of creating a post-colonial sociological identity, in the artistic domain as elsewhere, and of liberating themselves from western academic models....

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Lebanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, of Beirut origin.

Painter, draughtsman, potter. Designs for tapestries.

Symbolism.

Wakim Wakim studied sculture between 1967 and 1971 and then moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1972. In 1975 he began studying ceramics at the École des Arts Appliqués and tapestry in the workshop of Roger Caron. In ...