Painting and installation

Of the community, for the community

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Of the community, for the community

A wide-ranging and often category-defying exhibition, #COMETOGETHER, currently showing in London's Brick Lane, showcases a huge variety and depth of contemporary art from the Arab world and creates a much-needed bridge between East and West.

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Maha Malluh’s Just Des(s)erts

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Maha Malluh’s Just Des(s)erts

Saudi artist Maha Mullah opens "Just Des(s)erts", her first UK solo exhibition, in London this week. Her works combines the visual and audio histories of Saudi Arabia to reflect on the impact of modernity on traditional Arab culture, says Siba Aldabbagh.

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Nermine Hammam: A whisper in a war

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Nermine Hammam: A whisper in a war

Egyptian artist Nermine Hammam's work combines notions of beauty, violence and frailty to subvert conceptions of power and who holds it. Now she presents her first UK solo exhibition in London, Cairo, Year One, which deals with the aftermath of the revolution.

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Lorain Rihan: A personal face of Palestinian history

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Lorain Rihan: A personal face of Palestinian history

Palestinian artist-activist Lorain Khalil Rihan draws on the oral history of her family and of her people to present a nuanced and comprehensive body of work portraying the reality of the Palestinian situation in a land oppressed for so long by exterior forces.

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Painting in a ‘lake of blood’

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Painting in a ‘lake of blood’

Syria has hardly been out of the headlines recently, with the recent events in Houla bearing testament to the horrors that face ordinary Syrians on almost a daily basis. I have said before that the line between art and politics can be a difficult on to draw, and perhaps nowhere is this more true than in Syria today. As their countrymen have been suffering under their nation’s social and political turmoil, and the waters have become muddied by various conflicting interests, Syria’s artists have expressed their horror and indignation at what is taking place around them in the only way they know how: through art. A recent exhibition at Beirut’s Galerie...

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