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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Akram Zaatari @ Thomas Dane

I first learnt about Akram Zaatari at last years Venice Biennial. The lebanese artist’s video installation was one of my favourite pieces of the festival so I was excited when I heard of a London show this year. The show, which is split between two galleries in Mayfair focuses on archival images which seems fitting […]

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Wael Shawky @ Serpentine

Egyptian artist Wael Shawky is enjoying his first major London show at the Serpentine Gallery. The gallery hosts drawings, puppets and political film Upon entering the gallery, the visitor is greeted by a procession of puppets standing statically and in a dimly lit room, all facing the same direction. The figures seemed to me, somewhat […]

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