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Waiting, and waiting: The Lost Men of Syria at the Saatchi Gallery
Jul12

Waiting, and waiting: The Lost Men of Syria at the Saatchi Gallery

Syria’s grim humanitarian crisis finds yet another sombre expression in The Lost Men of Syria exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, opening 19 July. Photographer Edward Jonkler’s work examines the role of men in refugee camps, and the shifting power dynamics that can often lead to acts of radicalisation and mental illness, with once patriarchal figures becoming “lost’. Fleeing violence and the destruction of their lives...

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Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, cross-cultural modernist
May04

Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, cross-cultural modernist

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Fahrelnissa Zeid, an artist who can rightly be seen as one of the female pioneers, in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, of both modernism and abstraction in a western sense, responsive to western aesthetics and sensibilities. Abstraction, through reinterpretation of Arabic/Farsi/Osmanli/Urdu calligraphic forms, isn’t new to a region that, in...

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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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Winners announced for 2016 Aga Khan Architecture Award
Oct03

Winners announced for 2016 Aga Khan Architecture Award

The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced 3 October 2016 in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The venue for the winners’ ceremony, the Al Jahili fort in Al-Ain, was also announced by Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and a member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. The winners are: BANGLADESH: 1 Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka (Architect: Marina...

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Art Gemini 2016 celebrates fine new painting, photography, sculpture
Sep25

Art Gemini 2016 celebrates fine new painting, photography, sculpture

New talent in painting, photography and sculpture is celebrated as winners of the 2016 Art Gemini Prize were announced at London’s Asia House Gallery. Following final selection by Art Gemini Prize 2016 judges Sajid Rizvi (chair), Pamela Kember, Estelle Lovatt,Thorsten Overgaard and Isabel H Langtry, Art Gemini Prize unveiled this year’s recipients as follows: Painting & Sculpture First prize (GBP 1500) to Paul Regan, for...

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Yaw Obuobi: Narrator of yarns
Jul15

Yaw Obuobi: Narrator of yarns

Yaw Obuobi tells stories as he spins a yarn or two, but mostly more than two, more likely hundreds, or thousands. A selection of fruit  of his painstaking work on ‘paintings’ made entirely of yarn, at the Gallery of African Art 14 July-13 August 2016, reminds us that Africa’s love of textiles is borne over a very long thread indeed. Archaeological forays into prehistory—what we do not know well enough—has yielded...

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