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The Glass-Shaper: A Clear Dream At Work

Ahmad Jalouk lives on the side of a green hill in the centre of Amman overlooking the Al-Hussain Cultural Centre with a wonderful view of the city, and owns a small underwear shop downtown that he opened in 1970. He enjoys beauty, and keeps up with the latest fashion and music; he also has “a deep compassion” for what is happening in the Middle East, and dreams “of a world at peace”.

Ahmad has always been fond of all types of handcrafts, but when he first opened his shop, the work kept him so busy that he had little time to dedicate himself to his hobby. Now, however, since his work is dwindling, he gladly finds himself able to do what he likes best: reshaping and transforming old, broken bottles and glasses into unique pieces of art.

By Sami Haven
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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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