Who are we ?

“from.sham.with love” team members come from around the world. We have been gathered by our commitment to peace and our love for art to work together and develop a reflection on the creative process in a war environment. But not any one, we want to talk about the war in Syria. Because this unique place that hosts some of the greatest archeological and artistic treasures of Human History is being destroyed. Because millions of people are being killed or displaced. Because we care, we have been there or we have friends and loved ones there. Because we refuse to stand by and watch a bloodshed unfold now for almost four years. We see “West” and “East” as human categories inventions between whose dialogue can easily build bridges and reveal similitudes. Art is powerful because it is the only universal and immortal language we know so far. Artworks from Syria and the Sham region that we have decided to display will speak for themselves.

If you want to learn more about each of us :

Carolina Montenegro started writing when she was 7 years old and learned how to read. She never stopped ever since. Many were the questions. She became a journalist and found out that she suffered from curiosity, passion and an inoperable case of critical thinking. She escaped to see the world. Traveled through Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Covered the Haitian crisis, the referendum that invented South Sudan and the war in Syria. She saw protests flooding Tahrir square in Cairo, crossed Tunisia in a bus and studied Arabic in Lebanon. She has a degree in Journalism by Faculdade Casper Líbero, in São Paulo, and completed a Master in Humanitarian Studies at Geneva University. She was a reporter at Folha de São Paulo, a freelancer for BBC Brasil and IRIN and worked for UN agencies in Brasilia. She wrote the book “Sobre Jasmins, Bombas e Faraós”, about the Arab Spring, that was published by Grupo Editorial Record in Brazil (available here : http://www.saraiva.com.br/sobre-jasmins-bombas-e-faraos-8090343.html)

Margaux Bonnet recently graduated from the Public Affairs Master of Sciences Po Paris, after two internships at the French National Court of Asylum and the French Foreign Affairs Ministry. She fell in love with the Arab world as she travelled through it, from Morocco to Oman, and lived several months in Beirut (Lebanon) where she studied Arabic. She worked for the French-Lebanese review « Les Cahiers de l’Orient » and coordinated a special number about Lebanon (https://cahiersdelorient.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/112-liban-et-maintenant-on-va-ou/). Passionate with art, she founded the cultural pole of the association Sciences Po Arab World and contributes to the website Onorient specialized in urban Arab culture.

Elisa Nunes always had the arts class at school as her favorite subject. At the moment her time is mostly dedicated to it and to teaching languages. In 2014 she started studying Arts at Guignard University in Belo Horizonte. On another perspective, she has a degree in International Relations by the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, and had studied Political Science at Sciences Po Grenoble, in France. She worked for the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.  For her, “L’art est la solution au chaos” or “Art is the solution to chaos”. http://voilajadore.tumblr.com/

Contributors :

Diogo Bercito is a foreign reporter currently based in Madrid. He has been, previously, assigned as a correspondent in the Middle East with Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo. His love for the region has no explanation, as it usually happens with love — it started in a backpacking adventure in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Lebanon and progressed quickly. He has studied Arabic in Universidade de São Paulo and then in Rabat, Morocco, with a scholarship. He has reported from Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Turkey and Iraq. Diogo is also the author of “Orientalíssimo”, Folha’s blog on the Middle East (orientalissimo.blogfolha.uol.com.br), and “Mundialíssimo”, about foreign affairs (mundialissimo.blogfolha.uol.com.br).

Hani Dweik is a Palestinian /Jordanian who has been in the humanitarian field since 2008, a Master graduate in Humanitarian Action from Geneva University and a Bachelor degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Jordan. He had been working in media and journalism between 2003 and 2007 in Aljazeera Channel and Media Watch as a translator, editor and assistant producer. He has lived and worked in various Middle Eastern countries like Jordan, Iraq and Qatar. He has been concerned politically & socially with the Syrian crises ever since it started back in 2011. Currently he is working with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in South Sudan, and setting his blog that will be launched in the very near future.

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