Entrelac in hand-knit wool
The latter is the brainchild of young architects Rana Beiruti and Abeer Seikaly. They pulled together the citywide event in 18 months with the help of two other architects, Sahel Al Hiyari, curator of the large installations inside a 1930’s hangar building, and Dina Haddadin, who chose the craft works displayed at a defunct bus terminal. While the theme was local and regional talent, not all exhibitors were Jordanian, yet all did have some tie to the Middle East. NADAAA’s Nader Tehrani, for example, who’s of Iranian descent but based in the U.S., teamed up with local artist Raya Kassisieh on a dramatic 770-pound knitted installation, while designer Anne Holtrop, who has a studio in Bahrain, contributed a model of a house inspired by the Barbar Temple.