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Brian Megens

Student, Photographer, Social Media Reporter, self employed, Maastricht University in Maastricht

The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya


"Too many times, we make judgements on people and situations without knowing anything about them... I decided to do a photography project, which is focusing on people, not the conflict, not the violence."

In The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya from PechaKucha Night Maastricht  Vol. 29, photographer Brian Megens tells the story about his photography project ‘The Other Side of Palestine’. In this project he focuses on life and the people of the West Bank. He made several stories throughout the country. During his stay in Palestine, Brian got intrigued with the kufiya, known in the West as the ‘Arafat scarf’. In his presentation, ‘The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya’ Brian will tell us more about this traditional Arabic product that won his admiration.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, May 31st, 2016. 

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Revisiting Sharjah’s Bank Street

@ VOL 5 ON MAY 10, 2014

Revisiting Sharjah's Bank Street: Naima Abdelwahed, Hind Mezaina, Chaitanya Krishna Kumar, and Yara Ramadan present findings from a recent workshop conducted by Amsterdam based research platform Failed Architecture on Sharjah's iconic Bank Street. It will include an overview of the street before its construction into the near future. Attendees will be invited to share their stories and memories of this soon to be replaced street with a low-rise 'historical' quarter.

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West Louisville FoodPort

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Stephen Reily describes the West Louisville FoodPort that is being developed on 24 acres of land in the heart of an urban neighborhood. The project is not only being developed to become a major food processing and distribution hub, but to be a catalyst for a disinvested neighborhood in Louisville.

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Impressions of Guinea, West Africa

@ VOL 5 ON DEC 01, 2015

Photographer Renata Myers discusses the people she met in her travels in Africa, and her experiences capturing them through the lens of her camera.

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Blue Sky West Coast Modern

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Based in West Vancouver since 1989, Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith from Blue Sky Architecture have built works in the Lower Mainland, the mountains, islands, and valleys of British Columbia, as well as national and international projects. First established in 1975 as Blue Sky Design on Hornby Island, they have evolved a design approach that is humane and works poetically and economically with site, local materials, climate and program.

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The Bank of Happiness

@ VOL 24 ON MAY 25, 2016

"We are not hippies, we are happies."

In The Bank of Happiness from PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol.24, Married travelling duo, Charlotte and Dan Doherty, shared their philosophy of Worldwide travel. Their mission is to bridge the gap between travellers and communities with art. Forget ubiquitous and talentless tagging, this is street art in the truest sense of the word and at its best - for the people, by the people.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 24th, 2016. 


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Marquetry Craftsmanship

@ VOL 31 ON MAR 22, 2017

Jeff Smith and Shayn Smith of SMITHMADE aren’t related. They do, however, have a story of friendship and professional craftsmanship translates in their design work.

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The People's Bank of Govanhill

@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Ailie Rutherford’s collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works. Inviting people to become co-producers of works that activate local public space, she interrogates the way we form communities and connect to each other, working with people to exchange knowledge and collectively imagine alternatives to the way we live now. Her current work The People’s Bank of Govanhill evolved from a residency at Govanhill Baths, Glasgow to become a long term collaborative research project on community currency. In an area frequently described as deprived, the project takes Govanhill’s existing alternative economy as its starting point, considering the diversity and richness of the local community as a form of wealth.

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How to start a Bank

@ VOL 17 ON AUG 30, 2017

Loazola Belle gave an entertaining and enlighting presentation on how to start a bank in South Africa. 

He made the audience laugh with the simplicity of how he plans to do this and how the governement will support his efforts.

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Craftsmanship in Collaboration

@ VOL 5 ON JUL 19, 2018

Many craftsmen move through the world in a solitary manner, following their pursuits in a steadfast singularity. Others, like Paul Babneau, use their experience and skills by reaching out to make connections and create amazing things that could only be accomplished through collaborative efforts.