Panel Discussion #1
Takweer: On Queering Arab History and Pop Culture
Lary Bou Safi, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Sara El Adl
Marwan Kaabour launched Takweer in 2019 as a digital space to collect and archive queer narratives in Arab history and pop culture.
Three years later, the platform has grown to over 16,000 followers and has become a space of inspiration, exploration, and solace for many queer people from the SWANA region at home and in the diaspora. This panel will explore the reasons why Takweer, and other endeavours in a similar vein, are resonating with an entire generation of queer Arabs.
Marwan Kaabour is an independent graphic designer, visual artist and founder of Takweer. He moved from his hometown Beirut to London in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree, before joining Barnbrook – one of the UK’s most formidable and celebrated design agencies. In 2019, he founded Takweer, a platform that explores and archives queer narratives in Arab history and popular culture.
He has worked with some of the world’s most exciting cultural institutions, artists and publishers including the V&A Museum, Phaidon, Art Basel, The National Gallery, Thames & Hudson, Serpentine Galleries, Hayward Gallery, Somerset House, Banksy, and South London Gallery. He designed the much-celebrated Rihanna book, which was named as one of Time magazine’s best photo books of 2019.