American Univesity of Beirut

UL staff member taking part in upcoming “SOS ART LIBAN”

​​​​​​​​We are glad to announce that Ms. May Talhouk, a member of our Archives and Special Collections staff, are taking part in the upcoming event entitled: “SOS ART LIBAN,“ a community art show and the event of creative expressions for Peace and Justice.

May is a talented artist and has been painting since she was five. She has taken part in several exhibits and displays. Join the event to enjoy May’s work, as well as the works of many other local talents.

What? “SOS ART LIBAN” exhibit

When? February 19 – 25, 2016

Where? The Palais de l’ Unesco, Beirut

The opening ceremony is on Friday, February 19th from 6 to 9 pm

SOS ART Liban is organized in partnership with SOS ART Cincinnati-USA, Wahdatouna Khalassouna (commemorating the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Lebanese civil war) and l’Agenda Culturel.

Biography: May Talhouk

“May Talhouk is a deaf painter.

Her painting talent was discovered when she was five years old. During the civil war in Lebanon, she took painting lessons at the Hamawi Art Center- Ras Beirut, where she lived nearby. She graduated with a Painting Diploma, acknowledged by the Lebanese Government.  May’s paintings emphasize vivid colors, which reflect her inner feelings of joy for life, and at the same time, her peace of mind expressed by the transparency of her technical expressions.

In 2004, May graduated with a BA degree in Art History from the Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the only university for the deaf in the world. May was the first prize winner in the International Art Competition for Deaf Students in Larnaca- Cyprus in the year 1992.

May has exhibited from 1995 until 2015 seven solo exhibitions, and eight collective ones in Lebanon, Washington D.C., and London.

For information, contact May via e-mail: or visit her website: ”

“Read More” to view the event’s Schedule and Program of Events  . . .

I. Friday, February 19 from 6 to 9 pm: Opening of the Art exhibit (with the participation of 112 visual artists)
II. Saturday, February 20:

  • 10:00-11:00 am: “Poems on Peace and Justice,” poetry reading (in Arabic and French) facilitated by Roula Zoubiane with the poets: Issam Assaf, Rita Bassil, Antoine Boulad, Chawki
    Bazih, Michel Cassir, Iskandar Habache, Nada Heleiwa, Fawzi Yammine.

  • 11:15 to 12:30 “Poverty in Lebanon,” panel discussion (in Arabic) facilitated by Makram Ouaiss with panelists Kamal Hamdane, Boutros Labaki, Adib Nehme. The panel will address statistical data of poverty in Lebanon, the cost of living and buying power, the State’s politics (proposed and implemented solutions, deficiencies), the role of private and nonprofit organizations.

  • 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch break (light lunch will be provided)

  • 1:30-3:00 pm “Ahlam Moallaka,” movie directed by Jean Chamoun and May Masri, followed by a
    discussion facilitated by Naja Al Achkar, in the presence of Widad Helwany, actress, and May Masri.
    The movie speaks of the Lebanese civil war and the memories and dreams of the Lebanese people through interviewed individuals. The session is organized by “Nadi Lekol Nas.”

  • 3:15-4:00 pm “Streets,” semi-structured performance by the group Cirquenciel, combining
    improvisation, dance, and circus. “Lebanon’s streets are not welcoming our performances; we have decided instead to bring the street to the theatre. Our performance aims at touching, entertaining,
    opening new horizons thanks to movement, dance, and juggling.”

  • 4:15-4:45 pm “Tell Us Oh Grandpa,” stories (in Arabic) told by Khaled El Naanaa. Dialogue in which the grandfather tells his grandchildren his story with the occupation, with the displacement, how he left his native land, and his longing for the city he loves and which still occupies his imagination. A story that sums up the tragedy of exile… The grandfather is now dead and to you, his story.

  • 5-5:30 pm “The Carnival of the Animals,” classical and contemporary dance performance,
    choreography, and direction May Chelhot. Performance for children and adults, inspired by Camille Saint Saens and based on the story of a little girl who asks her mother for a pet animal as a birthday gift. She accepts, however, to part with it to let it free.

  • 5:45-7:00 pm “War Stories,” improvised theatre (in Arabic), directed par “Laban” and organized
    by “Fighters For Peace,” an association of Lebanese ex-combatants. Young actors trained in improvised theatre reenact scenes from the history of the Lebanese civil war as remembered by members of the audience.

III. Thursday, February 25

  • 6-7:30 pm Screening of the play “Shebaik Lebaik” performed by Migrant Domestic Workers and directed by Zeina Daccache. The screening will be followed by a discussion with some actors of the play and Zeina Daccahe.
    Gallery Hours: Friday: 6-9 pm; Saturday, Monday-Wednesday: 9 am-8 pm; Thursday: 9 am-5 pm
    closed Sunday

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