artnet x Emergeast

The art market in the Middle East is booming and, despite the increase in exhibitions of western art in places like Louvre Abu Dhabi, the demand and interest in artists from the region is increasing. Art fairs and auctions of Middle Eastern art continue to break records, new museums are constantly being built, and in […]

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Akram Zaatari @ New Art Exchange

Have we forgotten? Don’t we remember how it used to be, you and I? When we laughed, louder and louder Our innocent heartbeat, Our memories, our moments together Was it all an illusion? On the ground-floor gallery of the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, a four-channel film is projected in the round like a psychedelic […]

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Scripted Reality @ Lawrie Shabibi

We are currently living in a time in which the news feels like fiction. What may have sounded fictitious a handful of years a go is now reality, and what once had the potential to shock has now become commonplace, expected even. Dubai-based gallery Lawrie Shabibi’s first London pop-up presented an exhibition titled Scripted Reality, […]

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Basma Alsharif @ Mosaic Rooms

We are sick with an illness that cannot be cured If only I can alleviate the pain That I have myself created in you A pain that only you can relieve me of So that we will never be free Basma Alsharif’s trio of film installations at the Mosaic Rooms is a delicate and sensual […]

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Gallery Girl meets Nadia Gohar

A line in the press release for Egyptian artist Nadia Gohar’s most recent exhibition at The Table in Toronto, Canada reads: ‘It is important to consider the dimensions of one’s inherited identity and the ways in which it may have been produced and reproduced.’ Gohar’s work combines sculpture and painting to touch upon her own […]

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Mona Saudi @ Saleh Barakat

To stones from which we build an ocean of dreams To stones where beginnings and endings abide…  …To stones in which I chisel a path for the soul To stones that I touch, and the vapors of love arise And as I polish them my soul thins out And the gods of mystery talk to […]

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Papers from Syria @ British Museum

Paper is not a medium that is highly regarded in the art world; canvas or bronze are met with more esteem and appreciation, while paper is often discarded as ordinary and unexceptional. This is because, more often than not, paper is the cheaper, rough, preparatory version of an artwork that is usually worth more in […]

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