Abdullah Interviews Ali Cha’aban
I wont be talking much about Ali in my introductory lines, you’v already bommarded me with all kind of mess all because of this post here.
Now, I know you ladies are out with a vengeance towards this “some call it noise” event, your emails were insane as if I was his sponsor here in Kuwait *SNAP and double Snap* oh and another *snap* for the kids, yeah i know you’ll be there too. So just sit back, relax and try to enjoy the interview.
Oh and since the event will take place on January 13-15 on the land across the Souq Shark on the gulf road; it’s a street art theme so the place serves a righteous atmosphere, I thought of letting you know the guy a bit better before you guys meet.
Anyway, as usual, enough of me blabbering, lemme just hit you with my guest.
Ali, Spreche (speak in germany) HAH!
My name is Ali A. Cha’aban, I’m a 21-year-old Lebanese born and raised in Kuwait. I study in the American University of Kuwait, majoring in Bachelors of Communication in the fields of Advertising. My interests are vast, but one of the things I’m addicted to is reading, I love to broaden my knowledge especially in the areas of History and Anthropology, human interactions and their habits are very interesting.
Lets jump back to your past, grab some flashbacks for us ?
One of my childhood flashes that I will never forget was watching my first horror movie, A Nightmare on Elms Street, I kept on imaging Freddy Krueger everywhere I go for a whole week, non-stop frights I swear, exposing a 9 year-old-kid to this kind of movie is not healthy. I think the reason I don’t sleep that much has to do with that event, cause till this very day my answer to why I don’t sleep a lot is “Sleeping is not Mandatory”. The movie is also the reason I hate horizontal striped torso’s.
What inspired you to tap into who you are now?
A: Inspiration is a constant philosophy; inspiration itself is never ending especially to me. As I said human interaction is very interesting, their good and bad, what I mean by that is the way cultures perceive others is something of humor, because the clichés they come up with or the wrong perceptions they believe makes it all worth while. The greatest example would be that western culture is “too liberal” or the eastern culture is “backward”. So in a sense I would say culture inspires my line of work, and I depict it so ideally in my work, I like to relate to my work as “Utopian”, harmonious no matter how horrid it looks. You can see that in many of my pieces where you find the Spartans fighting Cowboys with ketchup and mustard, or the Kuwaiti that is wearing a ‘ghitra’ made out of the McDonald’s sign; bottom line I love mixing cultures in my work.
What differs you from the rest of the competition out there?
A: That’s a tricky one; I think it has something to do with the execution more than the idea. The piece is never complete unless a hidden message is created and built into it. I love adding innuendos into every piece, their either hidden in the words that are added, or the picture overall combined creating a meaning to it.
Your support system ?
I love the support that I have received since I started whether family, friends or just fans. Their words are motivating and encouraging, one of my favorite lines is ‘Ali your are a GENUIS!’, I can never get enough of that line, its very prestigious and morale building. Even the criticism is helpful, when you become criticized know that your work is reaching out to a larger audience, and also know that your work is generating critical thoughts. That means its doing its job and doing it well.
You know I have to go there, so here it comes, where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
There are three things I want to accomplish; one of them is having my own retail store, which is in the making. The second thing, is having my own novel written and published, which is also in the making hopefully. Yet, in five years I want to run my own advertising firm, spreading more guerrilla and surreal forms of advertising rather than the normal and traditional ways that are constantly used in the Arab world. Hopefully in the middle of these processes, I would like to travel to Tibet for a few months, disappear off the face of the earth, and free my mind spiritually, become devoted to meditation and coming back stronger mentally.
Throw something for p0ach readers.
It’s a constant thing I say to people, with the way this society is becoming, people’s lives are constantly irritated by bad intentions from envy and bitterness. To lead a better life, one should live and let live, in order to enjoy their everyday routines.
My new years resolution is to “Live long and prosper”. Hopefully when they tell me reap what you sow my harvest would be wholesome.
p0ach adds his voice to that last line.
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