DisPLACED: Curated by the Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit (CARO), this collective show brings together artists whose work evokes a range of responses to the working theme of ‘disPLACED’. It features photography, video, painting, prints, sculpture, as well as an accumulative installation of small figurines made by the public, to which visitors are invited to create and add their own little person.
Looking forward to the New Year, I am planning to upgrade the Nahla Ink website to make it a bit more user friendly; and, I am also open, as always, to any invitation to collaborate on the wavelength of promoting and exploring Arab-connected creative narratives from a London base.
As in my usual newsletters, for this month of December I highly recommend that you make time to visit the exhibitions currently available. There are many to choose from and they are listed on My Curious Inbox page, so below are just three I want to highlight:
Dhikr Pictural: An exhibition that inspires to reconnect truthfully with the 'Self' and look beyond the unknown, to eventually reach out to what is 'Divine'. A solo for the Algerian visual artist Anissa Berkane, it aims to engage with all the senses and attract different audiences, be they art-lovers, rationale-geeks or the spiritually-curious.
The Palestine Book Awards 2017 (Prelaunch Event): An evening that will bring together authors whose works have been shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017. Offering the opportunity to discuss with each of them their books, inspiration and with a chance to network. Confirmed attendees are: Ibtisam Barakat, Björn Brenner, Ella Shohat, Ilan Pappé, Samia Halaby, Laila Parsons, Petter Bauck and Mohammed Omer.
As a media partner with one incredible project, I will of course be partial here to highlight the 'Pop Art from North Africa' exhibition. Curated by my sister Najlaa El-Ageli and Toufik Douib, this collective show 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, with every country in the region represented, including artists from: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as well as their diasporas living in Europe.
Away From Home - Memory, Art and Women Solidarity: Generations of Arab women have been living in the Diaspora whether by force or choice. The relationship with their homeland or watan is never simple, especially at times of occupation and war as in the case of Iraqi and Palestinian women - a situation which often leads them to establish or join solidarity organisations. On the tenth anniversary of Tadhamun, Iraqi women solidarity contributors will bring a range of art and literature pieces that reflect on the connection with country and how their identities have be
Space of Refuge (A Spatial Installation & Symposium): The 'Space of Refuge’ is a spatial installation which has emerged out of the extensive fieldwork research undertaken by Samar Maqusi, a PhD by Architectural Design student within the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.Her research investigates the spatial production and evolution of Palestinian refugee camps since the 1940s, situating this within a documented history of practices of different host countries and the precarious geo-political situation in the Middle East.
'Dreaming of Freedom - Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak': A book launch, talk and discussion of the book edited by Norma Hashim that is a collection of first-hand testimonies by Palestinian children who have spent time in Israeli prisons. Hashim felt there was an urgent need to document the voices of these children, who remain resilient despite the heavy price they paid for their resistance to the occupation.
RECONNECTING - Contemporary Art from Qatar: Curated by Sara Foryame and Khalid Al Hammadi, 'Reconnecting' is a showcase of eighteen established and emerging Qatari artists and six filmmakers reflecting on the ways they connect with their identity, culture and surroundings in an era in which their country is constantly shifting. The exhibition brings a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages dialogue on the power of connection, highlighting the importance of reconnecting with our past, present and future.
Languitecture (Construction and Deconstruction of Language): Seven practitioners from different cultural and professional backgrounds join together to explore the interconnections of four mother-tongues: Spanish, Arabic, English and German. Curated by Rawan Serhan, this exhibition is inspired by anthropology, philology and linguistics, aiming to naturally connect to a broad audience because communication and reinvention of culture is a prevailing current issue.