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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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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Radical Love: Female Lust @ The Crypt

I have a lover who thinks the world Of himself and when he sees me off He cocks up ‘You couldn’t have had a better man.’ And I throw back: ‘Do you know of a better woman?’ – Hafsa bint Hamdan, 10th century Islamic Spain It is no secret that throughout history, the voices of […]

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Alfred Basbous @ Sophia Contemporary

Just over 30 miles outside of Beirut lies the village of Rachana, which is completely covered in sculpture. Models are scattered everywhere, in front of houses, in public spaces and on the road. The town was the birthplace of Michel (1921-1981), Alfred (1924-2006) and Youssef Basbous (1929-2001), three brothers all of whom were sculptors who […]

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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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Contemporary Arab Art @ Whitechapel

The incumbent exhibition of modern and contemporary Arab art at the Whitechapel Gallery is not in any way how I expected it to be. I am so used to seeing modern art displayed against white walls that when a slightly coloured background is introduced I am thrown a little off balance. That said, the unexpected […]

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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 […]

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