re_use was created by Zahed in 2007 as an annual happening to promote eco-friendly living through art.

In 2016, after five successful editions, re_use was re-imagined as a traveling, multi-arts program to respond to pressing issues in cities. Driven by emerging thoughts and ideas, the new program is constantly evolving to include interactive, inclusive and educational activities.

The inaugural, new re_use program was held over a weekend in the Spring of 2016 in Kuwait City and featured a diverse group of artists to collaborate and present their works publicly. Thereafter, a satellite edition was held in the Spring of 2017 in Dubai.

In early 2019, reuse presented a 3-month art, science and technology exhibition at the Scientific Center in Kuwait to raise awareness for the environment. In April 2019, re_use made its debut in London at The Albany with a 5-day, multi-arts program entitled Haramacy; gathering UK artists from the Middle East and South Asia to explore the complexities of diasporic experience.

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