The Thousand and One Nights @ Artual

The tale of the One Thousand and One Nights is synonymous with the Middle East. In the story, King Shahryar marries a string of women, murdering them after just one night after discovering that his first wife was unfaithful to him. When his vizier could no longer find any women, his daughter Scheherazade offers herself […]

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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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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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Thread of Light @ P21

Light is everywhere. Even in the darkest of places, tiny glimmers of brightness find their way through the cracks to let us know that it is dark. In a two-week group exhibition of art at P21 gallery in London inspired by the Middle East and North Africa, Thread of Light addresses topics of interests that […]

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Gallery Girl meets EMERGEAST

EMERGEAST is an online art gallery that represents contemporary artists from the Middle East. Co-run by Dima Abdul Kader and Nikki Meftah, EMEREGEAST not only champions emerging artists but also encourages and educates young people to buy and collect art. I spoke to the girls to talk art, auctions and careers.   GG: What sparked […]

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