A Tell of Time!

Does original Amman have a story to New Amman?

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To connect is to join or fasten together; it is to associate or consider as related. Amman is the capital of, and largest city in, Jordan. It is the country’s political, cultural and commercial center, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. As the story goes, Amman remained a small city until 1949, or 1963, when the population expanded considerably due to an influx of Palestinian refugees. Many of whom brought their businesses and stories with them. Stories from the past that still haunt generations today; inspiring those new Ammanies to appreciate what old Amman used to be. But what is the old Amman? And what is the new Amman? So it appears to be that an exploration of the past of the city, a look at the ways its grown, for the better and for the worse, as well as reflections on how far the city has come to be, negotiating change, is in order. My.Kali has connected 5 different candidates that we think represent the now in different fields, with 5 candidates that represented the booming Amman then. The online and the paper, the fashion and the fabric, and the art and the canvas. Here we documented the story-telling of original Amman to what’s witnessed as the upcoming and new Amman. Let the communication circuit begin.

Photographs by Raneem Al-Daoud. Idea and art directed by Kali. Special thanks to Azrar Dabbas, Shkukani Store, Al Jaheth Bookshop, Massarah, and Mohtaraf Remal, for hosting My.Kali’s team at their stores and shops and sharing their personal experiences and stories with the magazine’s chosen candidates.

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