The Habibi Portrait series is a visual manifestation of the Habibi House Residency.
Habibi House Residency
Habibi House, part studio and part residency, is an alternative space where artists, curators and community share and collaborate with each other. It is an ongoing project that acts as a home for others and invites us to collectively engage in the process of reimagining home.
Habibi House is a two bedroom home in the shadows of the historic Motown Museum. The space is essentially an interactive installation piece of a home, named Habibi meaning my beloved.
At the core of my practice is bringing people together and building community/networks. I invite artists that I want to connect, grow, and build with to be a resident. With being in a Detroit neighborhood, the residency addresses the difference between creating home in a new space and colonizing/gentrifying a community. Throughout the residency we engage in the process of building home through community conversations, studio visits, dinners, and sharing space.
Humans of Detroit 2013-2015
Humans of Detroit is a collaborative project between Noura Ballout Tomas Culver, Molly Zanley, and Nicole Hayden. The project is inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York (HONY) – is meant to spread a positive light on the city and the people who call it home. This city has such a rich history and culture that is often overlooked in the current National and International media.Through photography and human interaction this project gives insight to the dynamic inhabitants of Detroit.
The following are selected pieces by Noura Ballout from this collaborative body of work that ran from 2013-2015
January 7, 2015
Can I take your picture?
“You can take my picture, but I don’t want to talk about myself.”
“I have lived and reared 8 children for 14 years, owned several properties, and I have never been robbed. Their was a radio personal that came into our community and showed the worst parts of our block. Their were beautiful houses that he could have shown but he didn’t. I was upset about that, we have some negatives but we also have some great positives here too.... Read More
What is the most real thing in your life right now?
Chuckles ” What’s the most real thing in my life right now? Lord that’s a good question. I guess me, everything else is falling apart. It’s not easy out here, times are hard. I don’t work, so I’m trying to make ends meat doing odds and inns.”