Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman - Musician / Multi-Media Artist
Founder / Educator / Multi Media Artist
Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman, formerly known as the Narcicyst, is a musician, actor, professor and multi media artist based out of Montreal, Canada. Being a pioneer of the Arab Hip-Hop movement through is Iraqi trio Euphrates in the early 2000s, Yassin Alsalman, was a seminal member of a growing voice in the public sphere.
Currently teaching one of Canada's only Hip-Hop courses at Concordia University in Montreal, Narcy ethos has been to blend performance with education, media with literacy and creativity with cultural heritage. Yassin is also currently heading an international body of artists WeAreTheMedium, a family of independent creatives that come together for curation, performance, consultation and product based creation.
He is an actor, doing voice overs for video games like Civilization 5 and The Secret World, principal actor in feature film CITY OF LIFE, and many shorts. He recently starred and directed Video of The Year winner at the Much Music Video Awards for Indigenous Supergroup A Tribe Called Red, sharing the screen and mic with yasiin bey, formerly known as Mos Def in R.E.D.
With music as his message, The Medium is the umbrella that encompasses all his creative collective as an international body of 'independents', New World Citizens.
The Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour "Hamdulillah" Official Music Video
The Narcicyst - LEAP OF FAITH
Sundus Abdul Hadi - Multi-Media Artist
Founder / Art Director / Multi Media Artist
Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History and a graduate diploma in Communication Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of current crises in the Middle East, often using manipulated photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound. Abdul Hadi is the co-founder of The Medium, a global multidisciplinary artist collective.
Her work has been exhibited in Palestine, UAE, Canada, USA, France, UK and Saudi Arabia. She has given workshops in Australia, Iraq and Kuwait, and has been a speaker at Nuqat, the Arab Development Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and at multiple universities in Canada and the US. Abdul Hadi is a two time recipient of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec (CALQ) Vivacité grant (2008, 2013).
Alongside her studio practice, Abdul Hadi also curates exhibitions, and hosts "Al Ruwad: The Groundbreakers", a radio show about art and culture on CKUT 90.3 fm in Montreal.
Nawar Al-Rufaie, also known as Sandhill, is an Iraqi-Canadian music producer based between Montreal, Canada and London, England. Having co-founded hip-hop outfit Euphrates alongside his late brother Nofy Fannan and The Narcicyst in the early 2000s, Nawar is a pioneer in blending classical Arabic quarternotes with boom bap. He has scored films such as "Voices of Iraq" and his music has been featured in major motion picture films.
Hala is an award-winning writer/director of fiction, branded content and music videos with a penchant for dark comedy. As a commercial non-fiction director her previous clients include Ray-Ban, Spike TV and Condé Nast. As an independent filmmaker she has received multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts for her projects and in 2012, she wrote and directed the Gemini-nominated fiction web series "Bêtes Humaines" which was funded by TV5 Québec.
In 2015 she co-wrote the feature film "Haifa Street" - a dark thriller about an Iraqi sniper - with director Mohanad Hayal. The film has been nurtured by the Tribeca, Sundance and Doha Film Institutes and is now in the post-production phase. She is currently in pre-production for a comedy pilot about an Arab-American female artist who's working on a nude photo series ofçç Arab men titled "Maybe This Was A Bad Idea"
Tamara Abdul Hadi is an independent photographer, born to Iraqi parents in the UAE and raised in Montreal, Canada. Abdul Hadi's work explores the complexity and idiosyncrasy of minority communities that are often subjected to stereotyping and underrepresentation interchangeably. Her work also touches on ideas of masculinity and self- representation. Along with being a photographer, she creates and teaches photography workshops, so far in Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Tunisia. In 2016, Tamara gave a documentary storytelling workshop in Gaza with her collective Rawiya. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The National, Huck Magazine, VICE, Slate and more.
Abdul Hadi is a founding member of RAWIYA Collective, a photography co-operative of female photographers in the Middle East.
She has exhibited her photos in the UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, France, the UK, Sweden, Spain, Hungary, Canada and the US.
@khalidalbaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist that was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1980. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar, where he has been based since 1990. He publishes his cartoons on social media under “Khartoon!,” a word play on cartoon and
Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Albaih has published his cartoons widely in international publications including The Atlantic, PRI, andNPR, in addition to his published written social and political commentary in publications such as The Guardian and Al Jazeera. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including “The Khartoum School” (Sharjah, 2016) “do it [in Arabic]” (Sharjah, 2016) and “RE:BELLION // RE:LIGION // RE:FORM - Artistic Action in Times of Crisis” (Zwickau, Germany, 2015) as well as solo exhibitions at Harvard Center of Middle Eastern Studies (Boston, 2016). Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, 2017) Virgina Commonwealth University ( Doha, Qatar, 2016), 1After360 Gallery (New Delhi, India, 2016), the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI, 2015), McGill University Montreal, 2014), and Edge of Arabia (London, 2013).
Khalid is also the founder of @DohaFashionFridays and Co-founder of Khartoum Contemporary Center