Hayv Kahraman @ De La Warr

“And here I am, calling myself part of you but I can’t read you. Am I betraying you? How can I love you if I abandon you? I dwell in between the us and them… Naked, with ruby lips and cadmium cheeks, she gives you what you desire because she knows you like it. She’s […]

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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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Athar and Hanne Friis @ Kristin Hjellegjerde

An Iraqi and a Norwegian walk into an art gallery. They start up a conversation in two languages. One speaks in fabric, the other in marble. What are they trying to communicate? On first impressions, the dialogue does not seem to make sense, but if we look deeper into Kristin Hjellegjerde’s Disclosing the Uncanny, we […]

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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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