Student's Summer Residency


 The Summer residency program brought together young people active in the arts, they were offered work spaces in Makan for the duration of July. The residency is process oriented and focuses on collaboration and exchange between the participants around the theme of the city Amman and its popular culture symbols and associations. The projects approached subjects such as the lives of cats, concrete structures, the personal interpretations of the city, childhood toys and foreign cultural elements. The participants are Liyan Al-Jabi, Abdullah Khasawnih, Dina Khoury, Rafique Nasereddin and Dana Qabbani.




To mark the end of the program, there was a one day open studio in order for the people meet the summer residency program participants and to view their ideas and works in progress.






-Dina Khouri and Abdullah Khasawneh :


Cement crib Making of by worker, video Plastic-water-bottle mobile


Three piece multimedia installation

Growing up in cement homes constructed by workers’ hands, we know water is special. It has always been different_ not from anything else, though…




Film editing by Ghifar al-Alem

-Abdullah Khasawneh:

In its present, Amman’s past … it’s music, food and tobacco

Chat with ostaz Ali Eid on the balcony of Makan

Audio recording of conversation – Fresh heesheh (Arabic tobacco) – Qudhamah (Roasted chickpea)


- Dina Khoury:

Inside Out



- Dana Qabbani :

This project started as an experiment to prove Dana’s personal theory regarding Amman's cats, their attitude, styles and behavior patterns according to their geographical spots, but it later became something more personal between her and every cat she had met, more of an interpretation of this cat, her attitude, life, or even her history, its only a theory and this research is still in process.

Dana used digital photography to prove her theory


- Rafique Nasereddin :


How would it be like ?! (2009)

Work in progress


Between psychology , genetics and the culture of taboos and shame we stumble upon plenty of Maybe-like-answers, probabilities, theories,  and unfinished researches.

And so far , my question were not answered !


On display is an abstract,symbolic installation to visualize the stages of the brain storming which is the first step in this research of self discovery. An attempt to explain and understand the terms ( sexual identity, sexual orientation and sexual education )










- Dina Khouri and Abdullah Khasawneh

Editing by Ghifar al-Alem

In the present, the past. Through light-hearted conversation and trips around Amman we tried to envisage what it would have been like to live in Amman before.

This sitting is one of these conversations through which we aimed to learn more about past music scenes_ namely, past bands and trends.

It is part of the research for a larger project to document artists of older Jordan and their music.

Location: Sandy for music - near Second Circl ,With ostaz Ali Eid and ostaz Tawfiq Sa’eed