P21 Gallery

Tints of Resilience

Tints of Resilience: A collective exhibition curated by Rania Mneimneh, this brings together the works of eleven international artists in a rich tapestry of visual artworks, photography, poetry and film. Exploring the potential of art in developing resilience in zones of conflict, it places art at the heart of adversity and examining its ability to reconnect and maintain the bonds with home, people, and tradition.

Wome/Jerusalem/Threads

Women/Jerusalem/Threads: Curated by Nissa Abdurazzak, this is the first London showcase of the international travelling exhibition, 'Palestine: Story and Colour', with a focus on the collective representation of women costumes in paintings. In commemoration of 70 years since the Nakba, the day following Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948, the show explores the issues of displacement and identity loss through an observation of the eroding costumes tradition in Palestine as represented in paintings by Palestinian diaspora artists.

Retracing A Disappearing Landscape:

Retracing A Disappearing Landscape: Curated by Najlaa El-Ageli (Noon Arts Projects) and the first of its kind internationally, this six-week interdisciplinary art exhibition will be exploring people’s direct experience of and fascination with memory and personal history as well as the collective narratives that arise in connection with modern day Libya.

Khaled Mattawa Poems Moving Pictures

Khaled Mattawa: Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa will present a special talk on 'Poems Moving Pictures<>Pictures Moving Poems​' as part of the 'Retracing A Disappearing Landscape' interdisciplinary exhibition. Promising to be a fascinating discussion, it will be in tandem with the overall context of the show: to explore people's direct experience of and fascination with personal memory as well as the collective narratives that arise in connection to modern day Libya. Mattawa is a renowned Libyan poet, highly acclaimed Arab-American writer and a leading literary translator.

{Un}told Stories: From the Arab World

{Un}told Stories From the Arab World: A scheduled series of films and discussions on current issues from the Middle East and North Africa region. Whilst the artists and video-makers come from different backgrounds and parts of the world - either local, Diaspora or Western - their documentaries, fictions and video installations all connect to the human condition in today’s complex geopolitical societies in Arab countries, where often there is no room for expression on issues that affect the rights of the people, and the answer is often a passive complicity within mass observ

DisPlaced Exhibition

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.

Season's Greetings + Time To Check Out The Exhibitions

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:

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