Gallery Girl @ Nour Festival

The Nour Festival is an annual celebration of contemporary arts from the Middle East and North Africa across multiple platforms in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The word ‘nour’ in Arabic translates to ‘light’ in English, which seems apt, as it provides an artistic light as dark autumnal nights are now upon us once again.

Being the daughter of a Lebanese-Armenian mother, I have a personal interest in Middle Eastern culture. The festival challenges stereotypes about the region with a series of films, concerts, exhibitions, lectures and more.

One of the artists participating in the festivities is Tunisian born Nadia Kaabi-Linke, whose show at the Mosaic Rooms questions British culture and its colonial history as well as more contemporary issues such as the rise in CCTV cameras, capitalism and domestic violence. The artist sheds light on a history we may wish to forget and gives us a glimpse into an outside perspective.

However, to read my full review of The Future Rewound and The Cabinet of Souls, you will need to go to the Nour Festival Blog by clicking here.

To see the full programme of festival events click here.

The Nour Festival of Arts runs until 30 November.

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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