Excerpts of interviews. For more information please contact the author. 

Omar Sharif

Actor
“I like not to know myself. The less I know about myself, the happier
I am, because I love to surprise myself!”

Paris, France. September 2003

Ali Hussein Hassoun

Lebanese painter

“Someone can be opened without losing his roots and traditions. The real “jihad” is not the war, but the effort to understand what is around you, to see God in the other, to have respect for others, for the human person, without necessarily being absorbed or neutralized. Here in Italy I am a painter. I have a freedom of expression and belief which I would never have in Lebanon! “

Milan, Italy. April 2007

Lorenza Accusani

Communication specialist

“I have been fascinated by the human conscience mysteries while talking with some University professors. Thinking about these pathologies aspects and the vulnerability of perception, I realized how important was working on this project.

Barcelona – EuroScience Open Forum (Spain), July 2008

Zahi Hawass

Archaeologist

“At the end of November of last year we started a big project in Luxor” says Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt. I met the archaeologist in his office in Zamalek, the residential area of Cairo… In a short peaceful moment Hawass took a paper and a pen and drew a sketch, with his usual enthusiasm. “None of the 63 tombs found in the Valley of the King have been officially discovered by Egyptian archaeologists. This new excavation is all Egyptian, run by my team of Giza” says with determination. “We began our work between the tombs of Merenptah and Ramesses II. I believe that the tomb of Ramesses VIII could be located in this area, behind this stone”…

Cairo (Egypt), June 2008

Ali Al-Shalah

Art Director of the International poetry festival Al-Mutanabbi

“This land is a big theatre where each one plays a precise part with a huge responsibility. We, ourselves, are choosing which part to play”…

Lugano (Switzerland), May 2008

Donato Canosa

Artist

“I tried, together with the other artists involved in this project, to abstract the scientific universe through the perception of different creative processes, investigating in subjects, which sometimes escape from the most rigid rational connections” says Donato Canosa, one of the artist who took part at the EuroScience Open Forum 2008 of Barcelona.

Barcelona (Spain), July 2008