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 is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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