ARAB ABOUT LONDON

16jun18:0019:00Arts Canteen in Conversation With Bill BraginHosted by Arts Canteen18:00 - 19:00

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An online event, Aser El Saqqa talks to Bill Bragin, Founding Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Bill Bragin is the founding executive artistic director of The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi, a “game-changer” (The National) in the UAE since it began its programs in 2015 on Saadiyat Island.

Under his leadership, The Arts Center is a winner of the 2018 and 2019 Pride of Abu Dhabi Award, and Bragin has been a finalist twice for Abu Dhabi AmCham’s Falcon Individual Award for Excellence. Bragin is a co-founder of the not-for-profit world music festival and service organization globalFEST, 2018 winner of the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

‘Arts Canteen in Conversation’ is a series with a simple mission: to bring inspiring stories, in-depth conversations and insights from the greatest cultural figures in our community into life.

This event was made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council England.

This is a free online event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arts-canteen-in-conversation-with-bill-bragin-registration-157319515907

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(Wednesday) 18:00 - 19:00

25jun20:0021:30ATTAB HADDAD ENSEMBLE20:00 - 21:30

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Arts Canteen presents Flamenco Arab. World-class Attab  Haddad  and his Ensemble create story-like compositions with the breadth of the Sahara and the intricacy of the Alhambra Palace.  

Drawing on roots in both Middle Eastern music and Flamenco, the vibrant ensemble plays original fresh compositions laced with contemporary jazz and classical flavours to create a sound that is unique to the band – a group which is made up of some of the UK’s finest musicians in their respective fields. 

Iraqi oud aficionado Attab Haddad is joined by one of Europe’s most established flamenco guitarists Ramón Ruíz, and some of the UK’s finest musicians in their respective fields, alongside flamenco dancer, Lourdes Fernandez Menayo, who will bring the emotion, drama and passion of flamenco to the stage.

For tickets: https://grandjunction.org.uk/events/attabhaddad/

 

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(Friday) 20:00 - 21:30

Location

Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Rowington Close, London W2 5TF

30jun00:0000:00To The Sour Sowers: Abbas Zahedi00:00 - 00:00

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Exhibition Dates: 15 April-30 June, 2021 

“I have no fear here, in this world of trees, weeds, and growing things” – bell hooks

The Mosaic Rooms presents ‘To The Sour Sowers’, a new work by London-based artist Abbas Zahedi, who has designed a risograph print as an impermanent marker of loss and renewal.

The risograph is printed on seeded paper, textured by a mix of wildflower seeds and offset by a bright lemon sky. The artist requests participants to directly intervene in his work. Through a series of prompts he asks you to: pen a note to no one, yourself or a late loved one; cut out the lemon sky; plant it in a public patch; and then renew the horizon with a landscape of your choice.

The print was limited to 500 with an allocation made directly available to NHS workers and local communities.

The stark reality of the past twelve months has been one of uncertainty, and for many, a profound loss. ‘To The Sour Sowers’ invites a moment to grieve and encourages a gentle pause to break with the past and provoke a gesture of renewal. This act of collaboration provides space for connection, leaving behind a time of magnified solitude.

The title and performative gesture of the work makes reference to Van Gogh’s ‘The Sower’ (1888), in which a green-yellow sky and bright yellow sun embraces the figure of a sower, planting seeds in a field. In the spirit of spring, this commission pays tribute to a sense of hope, revival and new beginnings.

All of the prints have now been distributed.

Tag the Mosaic Rooms to share your creations and plantings: #tothesoursowers #mosaicreates

Abbas Zahedi’s interdisciplinary practice blends contemporary philosophy, poetics, and social dynamics with performance, sound, sculpture, and moving image. With an emphasis on how personal and collective histories interweave, Zahedi makes connections whenever possible with people involved in the particular situations upon which he focuses, to invite others into the conversation.

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(Wednesday) 00:00 - 00:00

Location

The Mosaic Rooms

Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

30jun00:0000:00The Image as an Archive: Online Exhibition00:00 - 00:00

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Exhibition Dates: 1-30th June, 2021

Curator: Mishelle Brito
Artist: Zain Al-Sharaf Wahbeh

Beneath the visible national territory of Jaffa-Tel Aviv lies the contested urban arena of Al-Manshiyya. This long-forgotten neighbourhood offers a layered playing field of territorial tug-of-wars, paramilitary clashes, punitive demolitions, and gentrified overwrites. Because Al-Manshiyya has faced a rigorous urban evolution under the Zionist occupation, between 1948 to the present day, it best exemplifies some of the most autocratic practices of cultural annihilation in Palestine.
The Image as an Archive, by artist Zain Al-Sharaf Wahbeh, therefore comprises of a partial architectural reconstruction of this now-absent territory in the North of Jaffa.

Throughout the initial phase of this project, the artist compiled a wide-ranging archive using a wealth of fragmented research, ranging from scarce photographs to personal testimonies collected from interviews and schematic drawings, which were ultimately materialised through architectural and documentary tools.

Derived from the 1948 Palestinian Nakba, the project’s definition of catastrophe stems from the Zionist erasures of Al Manshiyya’s infrastructure, land, and culture. To confront these erasures, this project defines the archive as a system that renders visible what has been purposely made invisible under the Zionist occupation. In doing so, The Image as an Archive aims to address Al-Manshiyya’s destruction from the regional to the material scale, by enabling its audience to experience the neighbourhood’s vernacular past through contemporary modes of visualisation.

By restoring the Palestinian collective memory in Al Manshiyya’s urbanity, this exhibition wishes to challenge its ideological erasures that were sanctioned by the Tel Aviv Municipality throughout the 1940s and 1960s. It is committed to promoting a public multicultural discussion with which to document and raise awareness to the untold Palestinian narratives that remain largely understudied in mainstream academia.

About the Artist

Born in Jordan and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Zain Al-Sharaf Wahbeh is a London-based Palestinian researcher, designer, and postgraduate Architecture student at the Royal College of Art. She obtained her Part I qualification in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in 2019.
As a Part II Architecture student at Royal College of Art, Zain Al-Sharaf has actively confronted the dissolution of the Palestinian vernacular under the Zionist occupation, through multidisciplinary archival practices. To problematise the extinction of Jaffa’s Arab urbanity, she conducts speculative reconstructions of its urban-communal-memories using digital modelling and rendering software. Her forensic and journalistic endeavours have since been invested in promoting social justice, biopolitical inclusivity, and cultural restoration.

About React

reACT is an innovative program, established by P21 Gallery to promote and support emerging and student artists whose work is dedicated to or inspired by the Middle East & Arab world by providing a space within the P21 Gallery and/or P21 Gallery website for an artistic intervention. reACT aims to contribute in building and strengthening cultural ties and dialogues between the East and West on terms designed by a younger generation.

About the Curator

Mishelle Brito is a London based artistic programmer and curator working to create dialogues relating to societal concerns in the Middle East through art, culture and creative based methods.

The exhibition is a reACT project and supported by the Art Council England and HUB Collective.

It will be online for viewing: https://p21.gallery/current-project/the-image-as-an-archive

Time

(Wednesday) 00:00 - 00:00

Location

P21 Gallery

P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD

30jun00:0000:00Aflamuna Film Programme: WHERE WOULD MY BODY GO, IF NOT ABOVE?00:00 - 00:00

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Aflamuna (“our films” in Arabic) is a non-profit streaming platform, made by Beirut DC, to share Independent Arab Cinema with audiences across the World.

Each month, a new curator explores a social, political or cultural theme through a hand-picked selection of cult, contemporary, classic and independent Arab films. Every week, a new film is made available to our subscribers.

Aflamuna is also a space for socio-political and critical thought around independent Arab cinema. Original essays unravel the context, power and impact of each program, and explore their relevance to the present moment.

Supported by DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program with funds from the Federal Foreign Office in the framework of the International Relief Fund for Organizations in Culture and Education, the Ford Foundation the Sundance Institute Respond and Reimagine Plan and the Eye Filmmeuseum.

The film programme for June 2021 has been curated by Louise Malherbe, it is based on the theme of ‘Where would my body go, if not above?’.

Streaming for free, you can find out more here: https://aflamuna.online/journal

Time

(Wednesday) 00:00 - 00:00

30jun19:0020:30ADNAN JOUBRAN AT THE JAZZ CAFE19:00 - 20:30

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Renowned oud player and composer, Adnan Joubran’s compelling career has spanned the globe from Palestine to Paris, New York and back. Hailing from a family synonymous with the oud, Adnan grew up in a fourth generation family of oud makers and players.

Joining his two older brothers in 2005 to form the now iconic ‘Le Trio Joubran’, the Trio have gone on to release award-winning albums, and compose for numerous films and documentaries, such as the Oscar-nominated ‘Five Broken Cameras’.

Nearly a decade later, Adnan marked the launch of his anticipated solo career in 2014 with his debut album ‘Borders Behind’.

Whilst paying homage to the heritage of the oud, his journey takes him beyond the traditional music, creating a unity of compositions and modern sounds to create a new musical landscape. This cunning new sound has seen him open for international artists such as Ibrahim Maalouf and Rodrigo & Gabriela.

For this pulsing show, Adnan has followed his steadfast passion to propose something different and compelling incorporating Indian, flamenco, jazz and classical influences; it is his musical fingerprint, a complex yet inviting modern arrangement.

Ranging from dark and dramatic, to cinematic, Borders Behind gives space to new classical compositions, stunning improvisation and an innovative meeting of the classical cello and the contemporary oud.

Performing a quartet format, Adnan will be joined by:
– Bernhard Schimpelsberger (Percussion)
– Jesse Bannister (Saxophone and flutes)
– Danny Keane (Cello)

Presented by MARSM and Shubbak.

Produced and programmed by MARSM.

Time

(Wednesday) 19:00 - 20:30

Location

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway Camden Town London NW1 7PG