Basim Magdy @ Arnolfini

If you were an animal, what you would you be? A whale. They’re too big to care. – Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story The Future is Your Enemy reads the text printed on a large screen that appears on the poster of Basim Magdy’s incumbent exhibition at Arnolfini in Bristol. The screen […]

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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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Ziad Antar @ Almine Rech

Ziad Antar’s images of unidentifiable forms appear like abandoned statues in barren locations. His film photographs carry an airy feeling of ambivalence and dominate his Liminal Places and Things exhibition at Almine Rech, which comprises photography and sculpture. The statuesque structures in Antar’s photographs are wrapped in protective coverings. These covers encase sculptures by Aref […]

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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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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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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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