Raw Queens @ Mosaic Rooms

“Have you seen the moon, Oh habibti? What? Did they tell you I was blind? ‘Course I seen it!”  In a new exhibition curated by Yasmina Naji at the Mosaic Rooms in London, Meriem Bennani and Fatima Mazmouz shed light on Moroccan female experiences. In an attempt to re-evaluate perceptions of women in the Arab […]

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Banshee presents Gallery Girl: Women Supporting young Artists in the Middle East

On Tuesday 5th February Banshee Publications invited Gallery Girl to host a panel at London’s Library Club. With the aim of discussing how women are supporting young artists in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as its diaspora, I was joined by artist Moza Almatrooshi, curator Lorén Elhili and deputy editor of […]

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Latif Al Ani @ Coningsby

Imagine Iraq between the years 1950 and 1970. What does it look like to you? In the west our idea of the country is of a hostile place, ravaged with war. But Iraq is an ancient place. Historically, what we now know as Iraq was Mesopotamia, it was known as the cradle of civilisation, where […]

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The Eye of Lebanon @ Beirut Art Fair

At the heart of this year’s Beirut Art Fair lay an eye. Curated by Rose Issa, Ourouba: The Eye of Lebanon comprised 70 artworks by 40 artists that looked at the current state of the Arab region as a whole through a Lebanese lens positioned towards the private and public collections of 20 Lebanese collectors. […]

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Arab Women Artists Now @ Rich Mix

Arab women are typically perceived as repressed females. They are often misinterpreted as being subordinate to men, lacking the same freedoms as their western counterparts. However, more often than not, it is Arab females, not men, who are the pioneers of the burgeoning Middle Eastern art world. Biennials, galleries and exhibitions across the region are […]

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Barjeel Art Foundation @ Whitechapel

The final show in Whitechapel’s four part exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East is probably both the most interesting and the most frustrating. Over the past year the gallery has played host to the Barjeel Art Foundation in a bid to introduce Londoners to modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. This […]

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Debating Modernism II @ Whitechapel

Towards the end of last year, I wrote about the ongoing series of exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery that present the Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. The first exhibition of the sequence left a positive impression on me, however, after returning for the second, I couldn’t help […]

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