Makan: Sunny Art Fair Branch
Makan transported part of itself, its furniture, books, stories and ideas to share with people at the Sunny Art Fair. the event brought makan the chance to meet new people and talk about art. For the past seven years, this independent art space has continued to provide a meeting spot for young and emerging artists and introduce contemporary and experimental art forms to various audiences in Amman and beyond.
As an extension of its space, and part of its participation in the Fair, Makan-Sunny Art Fair branch hosted artists and various practitioners to engage the public in debates approaching different aspects of art in Jordan.
Friday, December 17th at 5:00pm
Subject: Sunny Art Fair vs. Makan
Moderated by: Toleen Touq
The discussion was an attempt to tackle the differences in philosophy and policy between Sunny Art Fair and Makan art space in terms of audience reception and participation, and their effects on arts practice and processes within the culture “industry.” The case of Sunny Art Fair was presented by its curator Abeer Seikaly and some participating artists presented their experiences.
Saturday, December 18th at 5:00pm
Subject: School art education in Jordan: the case of the Ahliyyeh School for Girls
Moderated by: Hanan Khalil
Hanan Khalil, who is a visual artist and an art teacher, alongside selected students from the Ahliyyeh School for Girls, talked about the modern art educational techniques in line with the contemporary art mediums, and how that helps the students develop their overall educational experience and self expression. During the fair, students were doing art works inspired by social issues and shared them with the audience at the time of the talk.
Sunday, December 19th at 6:00pm
Subject: Creating conversations around public art and the audience.
Moderated by: Lina Ejielat/ 7iber
Is the local art scene moving towards doing more public interventions and engaging a bigger audience? How does public art affect those who are around it? 7iber, the online media collective, shared their observations approaching recent public art exhibitions held in Jordan. The discussion considered how blogs and social networks could be used in creating a space for communication and interaction between art and audiences.