For the Tabaan project, Waraq is building two facilities that do not exist elsewhere in Beirut: an etching atelier and a risograph machine, made available for artists to produce their work. The project is designed to equip artists interested in producing art on paper (printmaking, bookmaking, paper products, etc.) with working spaces and production facilities, aiming towards advancing contemporary visual art practices within today’s society. The project encourages the idea of the artist as researcher and artisan. The platform supports, produces and showcases creatives, such as illustrators, designers, comic artists, creative initiatives and collectives currently making an impact in the art scene. The outcome of these collaborations is curated collections of prints and multiples; the sale, of which, will support the production of the next collection. The artists are given the creative freedom to experiment with different mediums to produce their work and to engage with the surrounding neighborhood and the wider city through researching, documenting and tackling societal realities. Introducing the artists to alternative and cheaper means of production is central to helping them avoid the trappings of a laissez-faire economy.
Waraq is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Founded in 2012, it is committed to the support of graphic art practices through education, research, production, and publishing.