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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Liu Xiaodong @ Lisson

When I arrived at the Lisson Gallery to see the Liu Xiaodong exhibition I thought that I had made a mistake. The subjects of the pictures were Londoners in pubs and women in cosmopolitan arab coffee shops. Shamefully, as I didn’t know anything about the artist before my visit, I was expecting a stereotypical representation […]

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Middle Eastern Photography @ V&A

When I first head about the current exhibition of Middle Eastern photography at the V&A I was beyond excited. Given that many of my ancestors have grown up here I was interested to see how the show would be staged. Hoping for fresh light to be shed on a part of the world which is […]

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