Non-governmental organization (NGO), Jordan.
“Aman” or “safe” in English, is a safe artistic and cultural space in Jordan which aims to be a safe space and hub for feminist and queer artists/activists. Aman grows organically through interaction, participation, and collaboration.
Mission & Vision
“Aman” uses various tools to reduce the gap between non-binary bodies and public spaces by establishing the concept of consent, stripping stigma from its authority, and interactively dissolving the gender binary between individuals and spaces.
Through the use of art and culture as a tool for expression and empowerment, Aman Space aims to launch dialogue sessions to discuss the various social and cultural conceptions of the body, and to create a queer and feminist art space that redefines these privileges in order to give those less-privileged more space in Jordanian artistic and cultural self-expression movements. Aman Space does this in an attempt to achieve justice from a feminist angle.
Main programs / services
“A3deh” / Gathering
“A3deh” is a monthly queer and feminist intersectional support group where attendees can share their personal experiences that revolve around the body, gender and sexuality. “A3deh” aims to create a safe space to connect non-binary individuals together in a local context to achieve self-empowerment by sharing personal stories and experience as well as to raise awareness through collaborative group learning. “A3deh” also works to connect the “Aman” community to different service providers such as legal aid, sexual health, shelter programs, etc. when needed, in the form of referrals as well as hosting these service providers in A3deh spaces.
Art Residency is Aman’s yearly program for 10-15 queer individuals and aspiring artists. Aman collaborates with established queer artists and local thinkers to develop and apply a 2-week art residency targeting their community needs. The workshops, conducted in Arabic, aim to help the artists/individuals develop their skills in producing art that highlights their point of views on various subjects. Their art is usually inspired by subjects related to safe spaces, consent, social structures, the body, and gender expression; these topics are usually considered taboo and are seldom discussed within Jordanian society. The program agenda consists of workshops, talks, screenings as well as regular mentoring with research excursions and other activities planned by the facilitators. Participants get the chance to develop and present projects over the course of the residency program and showcase their final work in a concluding exhibition open to the public.
A program of a series of workshops and lectures related to mental health which provides a set of personal stories and experiences to help individuals deal with emotional issues by finding better ways to communicate with themselves and others. The program also helps the participants to develop skills on how to deal with negative feelings, attitudes, and their surrounding environment.
The Bigger Screen
The Bigger Screen program screens films that tackle taboo or sensitive topics. It aims to inspire an open conversation beyond the limits of individuality.
At the annual event, a group of short films are screened and discussed between the filmmakers and the group. All of these films are made by Arab artists who usually do not have space to showcase their work.
The first season of A3deh podcast will cover stories about the body, gender, and sexuality for non- conforming/non-binary individuals. The podcast tries to document stories and share personal experiences, through promoting self-expression and talking about sensitive subjects.
“Borderless” in English, is a traveling journal which travels through both old neighborhoods and new streets. A book that moves from one hand to another, Bila Hudud challenges the concept of geographical and physical boundaries, carrying with it the stories and experiences of individuals who express themselves with different sexual and gender identities in the region, under one of three topics: The body; Gender and; Sexuality.
The idea behind this art project is to create strong bonds between members of the community, through sharing and documenting private stories, and working with local artists who were able to convey these stories in their own creative vision and style.
The journal consists of a collection of 12 stories and artworks. Each story is the product of a joint collaboration between the writer, the storyteller and the artist chosen for that particular story. The language used in this project is Arabic, in order to strengthen the presence of the Arabic content in related topics.