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