Jaffat El Aqlam is an independent platform that celebrates artistic creations by humans from/based in the MENA region, establishing its digital existence through zines, open calls, workshops, and collaborative dialogue. Established in 2014, Jaffat El Aqlam has grown to become an open space for artists/designers, writers, musicians, poets, start-ups and researchers to feature their work and contribute to the exploration of identities for those within and out of the MENA region.
In addition to our burgeoning existence on the Internet, we publish zines, conduct workshops, and sell merchandise realised by contributors. We are a self-sustained project - 100% of our profits go towards its continuation.
*Jaffat El Aqlam is an Arabic phrase that loosely translates to ‘Dried Out Pens’, a name derived from the gradual disappearing use and consumption of traditional media.
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Sarah is a 27 year old, Networking & Security in information technology graduate. When she's not stressing out about work or meeting self-made deadlines, she experiments with glitch art, film photography or watercolors, plays odd video games, listens to what her family calls ‘alien music’ and waters her plants.
Rama Duwaji is a Syrian illustrator and visual artist born and currently based in the U.S.A. Rama's work mainly consists of illustrations and simplified designs. She utilizes her art work to discuss topics within the Middle East, such as beauty standards and misogyny
Deena completed her Bachelor's in International Studies in 2015, with a very dodgy specialisation in Culture & Society, and an even dodgier minor in English Literature. She is currently in the process of researching parts of her Pakistani "ethnicity" that she may have ignored for the past 21 years.
S.M. CONTENT CREATOR
EVENTS, TALKS & WORKSHOPS:
NATIONAL DAY POTLUCK DINNER - WITH SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION
SHARJAH, NOV 2016
THE EVERY DAY URBAN ZINE WORKSHOP - WITH SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION
SHARJAH, JAN 2017
CREATIVE PLATFORMS IN GCC - ABU DHABI ART
ABU DHABI, 10th NOV 2017
CARE PACKAGES WORKSHOP - WITH SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION
DUBAI, 11th NOV 2017
JEDDAH ART BOOK FAIR - CURATED BY RANEEN BUKHARI
JEDDAH, FEB 2018
URBAN ZINE WORKSHOP - WITH SHARI'AH ART FOUNDATION
SHARJAH, 18th FEB 2018
SADDLE STITCH BOOKBINDING - WITH DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT
DUBAI, 11th AUG 2018
8 FOLD ZINE WORKSHOP - WITH DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT
DUBAI, 1st SEPT 2018
ALTERED REALITIES WORKSHOP - WITH DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT
DUBAI, 1st SEPT 2018
SADDLE STITCH BOOKBINDING - WITH SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION
SHARJAH, 9th NOV 2018
FOCAL POINT - CURATED BY SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION
FOLD ZINE WORKSHOP - WITH DUBAI DESIGN WEEK
DUBAI, 15th NOV 2018
8 FOLD ZINE WORKSHOP - WITH WAREHOUSE 421
ABU DHABI, 29th JAN 2019
Do not hesitate to continuously submit your pieces of poetry, short stories, prose, music and even visual art. We try our best to publish everything, but in the end, it's all about how much your pieces stand-out; so make sure you send in your best-est-est work.
Collaborations and modern digital art (image macros, gifs, glitch art, alt lit etc) are actively encouraged in this space. If you have any ideas you'd like to discuss with us, feedback or constructive criticism, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Guest posts from outside the MENA region are very much welcomed with limited slots per issue.