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Through Young Eyes: A New Outlet for Creativity in Amman

Khaled Homsii is relatively new to Amman. A Syrian artist who grew up in Saudi Arabia and lived the majority of his life in Dubai, he moved to Jordan after visiting Syria for the first time in 2005. When he first arrived, he noticed a lack of creative outlets for young people to create and exhibit their work, so he decided to build one. He chose Jabal el Weibdeh, one of Amman’s oldest and most close-knit neighborhoods, to build a center with a gallery area, workshop, study area and small cafe, called Young Eyes.
  Young Eyes aims to promote local artists and musicians by giving them a space to work and exhibit their collections. Khaled recognized that some of the bigger galleries in Amman may be too busy with more established artists, and wanted to promote young artists by giving them a space to create, network and exhibit their talents. The center just celebrated its first year anniversary, and wants to welcome everyone to come check it out and meet Khaled and the community of artists and creatives who regularly frequent the spot.

For more information: Young Eyes on Facebook, Khaled Homsi on Facebook
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Sami Haven

Sami Haven was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1987. His mother is originally from Yabroud, Syria, and his father is English born in the Caribbean. He grew up in his grandmother's house in Jabal al-wehbdeh, in the heart of Amman. In 2003 Sami moved to Al-Saru, on the outskirts of Amman, where he studied graphic design at Al Ahliyya University, graduating with the highest grades of his class. In 2005 he moved to Rome, Italy, where he did his masters in Photography. Sami worked with the world's most famous photographers like Steven Klein and Oliviero Toscani, along with many others. His works have been included in the Biennale of Venice directed by Kazuyo Sejima, Paris-Photo, and also in Tokio. After working in various editions of X-FACTOR Italia - making video clips for the contestants - in theatre with Fendi, and in the high fashion industry, Sami felt there was something missing, and so he decided to go to Gaza, Palestine, because it is an example of resistance and humanity, and to try and contrast the image constructed by the Western media that serves only the powerful. Today Sami is co-funder and part of an on growing conceptual group called Jasmine. A group united through passion against fear, a smell that's to spread out from the Mediterranean like a virus, to contaminate the world with Love, and heal from indifference. All can be part, and all shall be armed: Culture, Art, Music and Sport shall be our weapons of mass construction.

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