adnan samman



Adnan Samman is a Syrian visual artist and musician residing and working between Saudi Arabia and Jordan. His practice searches for beauty in contrast by crafting the melancholy of the Middle East with nostalgia into a contemporary model. Samman's work crossed borders to reach cities such as London, Santa Fe, Berlin and Amman. His visual approach was praised by key figures in the creative community, including head of Central Saint Martins: British architect Jeremy Till.

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What is your greatest fear? Death

What is your current state of mind? Confused

What is your favourite occupation? Curator

What historical figure do you most identify with? No one comes to mind

Which living person do you most admire? My girlfriend

Who is your favourite fictional hero? Fox Mulder from the X-Files!

Who are you real-life heroes? My father

What is your most treasured possession? My childhood photos

When and where were you happiest? When my band won a huge music award

What is your most obvious characteristic? Quiet

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Not being social enough

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Hesitation

What is your greatest extravagance? Nothing really. I'm a very basic person.

What is your favourite journey? Life

What do you most dislike about your appearance? I wish I had more weight

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue? Nationalism

On what occasion do you lie? When questioned by racist officers

Which words or phrases do you most over-use? “You know”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My nationality

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Getting to know so many amazing people from all over the world

Where would you like to live? Berlin!

What is the quality you most admire in a man? Respect towards women

What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Respect towards men

What is it you most dislike? Passports

What do you value most in your friends? Honesty

How would you like to die? Choked in gin

If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be? A Person

If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose? A Satellite

What is your motto, the words you live by or that mean a lot to you? Keep pushing

Who has been the greatest influence on you? My bad choices