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  • Pop Art From North Africa - Collective Exhibition @ P21 Gallery 22 September-4 November 2017

Curious Inbox

Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.

The Show Has A Long Title That I Don't Recall Anymore: An ambitious exhibition of new work by Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem, it will be composed of new sculptural installations that interrogate Hachem’s experiences of his home city of Beirut. Facing life in a city of both daily instability and overwhelming fragmentation, it considers how an individual or a society may remember their past. Hachem's work, inspired by everyday life and his reflections on the social and political situations in Beirut, sees him combine and alter ordinary domestic items and displacing them into the art gallery or public spaces to unexpected effect. This show will feature object based and performative installations designed to challenge the viewer’s perspective. Taking place from 15 September-2 December, 2017 at the Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW​.

Robert Irwin on 'Season of Migration to the North': The masterpiece of Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih, 'Season of Migration to the North', was first published in Arabic in 1966 and translated into English by Denys Johnson-Davies in 1969. In 2001, the Arab Literary Academy declared it to be 'the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century.' This book, which has been subject to much analysis - for treatment of colonialism, anti-colonialism, authoritarianism, resistance to social change and patriarchy - also drew upon the Arabian Nights, the Quran, pre-Islamic poetry and Sufi narratives, as well as the 'Heart of Darkness', 'Othello', 'The Tempest' and even the writings of Freud. Robert Irwin, acclaimed writer on Arabic history and literature, will give this Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize Lecture on 7 November, 2017 at the British Library, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

And Then God Created the Middle East and Said "Let There Be Breaking News': The Middle East is the mysterious land of veils, minarets and Orientalist clichés. Karl Sharro, aka Karl reMarks, talks about his six year journey of satirising how his enchanted native land is represented in Western media and punditry. From the Arab Spring to the rise and decline of ISIS, Sharro discusses how his online alter ego tackled those delicate topics in tweets, blog posts, memes, animations and badly-drawn cartoons. From a more realistic James Bond movie that depicts him delivering a shipment of tear gas to a repressive regime to his 'one sentence explanation of the rise of ISIS', the talk will cover an eclectic range of subject matter. It closes with Sharro's Occidentalist work, as he returns the favour to the West in the aftermath of Brexit and Trump. Hosted by the London School of Economics on 6 November, 2017 at the LSE Old Theatre, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2.

Pop Art From North Africa: Curated by Najlaa El-Ageli and Toufik Douib, this collective exhibition will put together for the first time under the P21 Gallery roof, the artworks of fifteen creative individuals from North Africa who are all inspired by the Pop Art movement. Every country in the region is represented, including artists from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as well as their diasporas living in Europe. In the style of one of the 20th century’s most influential movements that was spearheaded by Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton in 1950s Britain, the works tackle the social, political and cultural environments unique to North Africa. Through paintings, digitally manipulated images, animation, music and street art, the show will take the audience on a voyage through urban landscapes, exploring the human condition and indicating the tortuous clash between tradition and modernity, in homage to the pioneers of the Western pop art, such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. With a parallel programme of events, this show will be from 22 September-4 November, 2017 at the P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.

Comics and Cartoon Art from the Arab World: This display is a chance to explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics from the 19th Century Egyptian satirical press and children’s comics of the mid-20th Century, to the contemporary graphic novel and comics scene. This small display highlights a vibrant visual archive that illustrates and engages with issues concerning everyday life, politics and society across the Arab world and beyond. Part of the 'Treasures' of the British Library' exhibition, these works can be viewed up until 29 October, 2017 at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

Living Histories, Contemporary Arab Art: A display highlighting recent acquisitions of posters, prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books by contemporary Arab artists, with a focus on Syria. Much of the work has been produced following the uprisings that began in 2011 that have since resulted in full scale civil war. Forming a part of the British Museum collections in keeping with its role as a museum of history, these pieces speak of their time and invite the viewer to look at the troubled politics of the Middle East today through a lens that is different from the world of the immediacy of media reports. Taking place 5 June-22 October, 2017 at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

Memories of Cities: Five internationally renowned Syrian artists from across the generations explore the dualities of urban living through depictions of cities and localities that have inspired them. Although their works are enormously varied in technique and sensibilities, the artists are united by origin and circumstance, whether they are still living in war-torn Syria or abroad. As a project, this show aims to gather individual memories and combine them into a collective memory that activates the dynamics between past and present. The artists are: Ghassan Jadid, Khaled Al Saai, Manhal Issa, Nizar Sabour and Virginie Arakelian. Curated by Gallery Hiba, the exhibition takes place 10-21 October, 2017 at the Willesden Gallery, London NW10 2SF. 

BFI London Film Festival 2017: In its 61st edition, the BFI London Film Festival will bring a diverse selection of 242 feature films from both established and emerging talent. This twelve-day-long celebration of cinema illustrates the richness of international filmmaking, with films to delight and entertain audiences, and films that probe and interrogate issues of significance. Considered the UK’s leading and most prestigious film festival, this year it will host 28 world premieres, 9 international premieres and 34 European premieres and will welcome a stellar line up of cast and crew.  Alongside its galas, special presentations and films in competitions, the festival has a thrilling range of new cinema in sections: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Experimenta and Family. As in every BFI Film Festival, there will be films from and inspired by the MENA region. Taking place 4-15 October, 2017 at various West End and Non-West End cinema venues in London.

Tribute to Shafik Kabha: A tribute to a legend of Palestine's music scene, the show will be jam packed with Shafik Kabha's best tracks and greatest hits. As a special one off show, hosts Arts Canteen will be celebrating his life and music. Kabha has been hailed by some as a truly ‘pan-Palestine’ singer, with huge popularity in Gaza, the West Bank and Galilee. One is invited to get their dancing shoes ready for a night to remember with surprise guest artists and DJs on the night. Taking place on 13 October, 2017 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

47Soul 'Balfron Promise' Launch: Blasting and dancing their way through the Arabic music scene, the four members of the 47Soul have electrically reshaped the boundaries of contemporary underground music. Their infectious take on dabke, with piercing synthesisers, ‘Mijwez’ melodies, dance drums and resonating vocals has rapidly amassed them fans around the world. The product of a three year residency in London, the 'Balfron Promise' is their first full-length album and an elaboration on the highly successful debut EP the 'Sham Step'. Expanding on the band’s pioneering genre and revisiting the traditional music omnipresent in Levant area of the Arab world, the album is inspired equally by modern-day London and the 100 year-old politics still influencing their story today. Taking place on 9 October, 2017 at the Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ.

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Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.