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Contemporary art from the Maghreb to the Middle East, from Central Asia to Southeast Asia

 

Rituals of Signs and Transitions (1975-1995)

Rituals of Signs and Transitions (1975-1995)
The exhibition investigates the relationship between art works and political and historical transitions. Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan. 19 May 2015 - January 2016.

Basim Magdy: Artist of the Year 2016

Basim Magdy: Artist of the Year 2016
Chosen as Deutsche Bank’s "Artist of the Year" 2016, Magdy will present his first institutional solo exhibition in Berlin next year.

Carrefour / Meeting Point

Carrefour / Meeting Point
The Marrakech Biennale and beyond. Exhibition at the ifa galleries, first in Stuttgart, 8 May - 5 July 2015, later in Berlin. Curator: Alya Sebti; six participants.

Marrakech Biennale 2016

Marrakech Biennale 2016
24 Feb. - 8 May 2016, Morocco. Reem Fadda announced as curator. Theme: Traces. Call for projects for the OFF section. Deadline: 31 May 2015

 

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The Arab Image Foundation, 2014

The Arab Image Foundation, 2014
The Foundation as a research and discussion platform about photography, the archiving of history, and the role of the artist, looking at the work of Akram Zaatari, Lara Baladi and Vartan Avakian.
By Laurence Cornet

Nida Sinnokrot: Caravans

Nida Sinnokrot: Caravans
A critical look at indebtedness and impoverishment in the West Bank. Artist's statement, and photos of his show at Darat al Funun, Amman, 27 May - 16 Oct. 2014.

Algerian Artists Write the Video Body

Algerian Artists Write the Video Body
Developing the ethical issues that are inherent to the creation of spaces and to attracting audiences for video art’s integration in Algeria.
By Amina Zoubir

 

Walid Siti

Artist & Artwork | Iraq
Walid Siti
About the work of the artist in relation to his Iraqi-Kurdish origin. With photos of his installation at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 and earlier works.
By Lutz Becker, May 2015

Lest the Two Seas Meet

Exhibitions
Lest the Two Seas Meet
The human body, medium for resistance and emancipation. Artists from the Middle East, far East, Ukraine and Poland. Until 23 Aug. 2015 MOMA Warsaw, Poland. Curatorial text and photo tour.
By Tarek Abou El Fetouh, May 2015

The past, the present, the possible

Events, Projects | United Arab Emirates
The past, the present, the possible
Interview with Eungie Joo, curator of Sharjah Biennial 12, about her curatorial approach, and experience of working with the artists in Sharjah. SB12 is open until 5 June 2015.
By Pat Binder & Gerhard Haupt, May 2015

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara

Artist & Artwork | Palestine
Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
About the Palestinian artist whose work contributed to an early phase of the building of an explicitly Palestinian identity.
By Ulrich Look, April 2015

Accented

Exhibitions | United Arab Emirates
Accented
Exhibition at Maraya Art Center, Al Qasba, Sharjah, 1 March - 15 May 2015. Curatorial essay and photo tour, including works by all the 15 participants.
By Murtaza Vali, April 2015

Tentative Collective, Karachi

Art Scene | Pakistan
Tentative Collective, Karachi
Collaborating across divides. About the group of artists, based in Karachi, Pakistan, creating collaborative works of art in everyday urban spaces.
By Simone Wille, April 2015

1971 Gallery Space

Institutions | United Arab Emirates
1971 Gallery Space
ZERO: Inaugural show at the non-profit design gallery on Flag Island, Sharjah, UAE. Local designers using recycled or sustainable materials, 11 March - 23 May 2015.
April 2015

A Public Privacy

Exhibitions | United Arab Emirates
A Public Privacy
Emerging GCC artists facing a context where the private dimension is trivialised in public and the public is immortalised in the private arena. Curatorial essay for the show at DUCTAC, Dubai.
By Cristiana De Marchi, April 2015

Mona Hatoum in Buenos Aires

Artist & Artwork | Palestine
Mona Hatoum in Buenos Aires
28 March - 14 June 2015, Fundación Proa. Her first exhibition in Argentina. 30 works in unexpected juxtapositions that create new meanings. Curator: Chiara Bertola
March 2015

Art Dubai 2015

Events, Projects | United Arab Emirates
Art Dubai 2015
18 - 21 March 2015, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Summary of information and photo tour through the contemporary and modern sections, projects and programs.
March 2015

A Century of Centuries

Exhibitions | Turkey
A Century of Centuries
Responses to transformative moments, traumatic experiences and social transitions of the past that continue to shape the present. 10 March - 24 May 2015, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul.
By November Paynter, March 2015

Art Dubai 2015: Marker

Events, Projects | United Arab Emirates
Art Dubai 2015: Marker
This year, the Marker section of Art Dubai turns its focus to Latin America and the historical and contemporary connections between this region and the Arab world.
March 2015

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