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Curious Inbox

Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.

Mohamed Ajlan: Mohamed Ajlan is a Riyadh-based Saudi artist who harmoniously blends abstract painting with calligraphic elements, resulting in intricate, layered works on paper. The Park Gallery will host an exhibition of his acrylic paintings as part of the Art14 programme, his first solo exhibition in the UK from 27 February-18 April, 2014.

Binteen Min Masr: Basira Presents will show and after discuss the film Binteen Min Masr with keynote speaker Shereen El Feki. Shereen, who is the author of 'Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World at The Coronet Cinema, Nottinghill Gate on 27 February, 2014. Basira is a non-profit human rights organisation that promotes women's rights in the Arab world, as well as mutual understanding between Arabs and the Western world. 'Basira Presents' is a film screening series that promotes films which explore key issues in our work, while delving deeper into the topics with follow-up panel discussions.

Deep Surfaces, Katya Traboulsi and Vivian Van Blerk: Artspace London Gallery present a duo exhibition of the works of Katya Traboulsi and Vivian Van Blerk. While photographs record an instant of time, both Lebanese artist Katya Traboulsi and South African artist Vivian van Blerk have chosen to challenge that concept and capture long expanses of time – time living, sculpting, cutting, painting, adding layers over days, weeks and months in their different ways. From 26 February-31 May, 2014.

Missing: The Foreign Correspondents Abducted in Syria: The Frontline Club presents panel discussion about the foreign reporters who began to go missing in Syria in the Autumn of 2012. The first disappeared just as the conflict slid from violent unrest into the abyss of outright civil war. What happened to our missing reporters? Who holds them and what can we do to help secure their release? Roving foreign correspondent for The Times Anthony Loyd will be chairing a panel of specialists with first hand knowledge of the hostage crisis in Syria to examine how best we can aid the vanished. Taking place on 25 February 2014.

Without Limits: MENA Film Hub presents a screening of Nassim Abassi's fantastic thriller. We follow the life of Yussra, a spirited young woman living in Mohammedia, Morocco. As expectations of Yussra finding a nice husband mount, she seems to find the perfect match, but the seemingly perfect Tariq hides a shady past which Yussra and her family are unwittingly caught up in. Screening on 22 February 12.15pm at The Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door (cash only).

Amira Kheir: Arts Canteen & Rich Mix present the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (Journal du Mali) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir; whose musical sounds are inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, East and West African as well as Middle Eastern music. The result is a unique amalgamation of arrangements and instrumentation that give tasters of Sudan’s rich musical and cultural heritage whilst being reflective of the artist’s Afrocentric and Jazz musical influences. Concert on 20 February, 2014.

Poetry from Iraq: In 2013 the Reel Iraq Festival held workshops in Erbil as part of the Erbil Literature Festival which led to the creation of new translations of Iraqi poets Zaher Mousa, Awezan Nouri, Ghareeb Iskander and Sabreen Kadhim. Whilst in Erbil these poets also worked with acclaimed documentary film maker Roxana Vilk, who produced a number of poetry films from the project. Evening will start with screenings of these films, followed by a discussion with the translator Lauren Pyott and the film maker Roxana Vilk, chaired by Syrian actor and film-maker Ammar Haj Ahmad, about the process, experiences and the poets featured. To be followed by readings from the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh in Arabic, with translator Stephen Watts reading in English. Taking place on 20 February 2014, at The Mosaic Rooms.

Athier I, Man of War: Ayyam Gallery and Edge of Arabia present the first UK solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and editions by the Iraqi artist Athier, whose work here has been inspired by the fluidity and human detachment of destruction. From 18 February-29 March, 2014 at Edge of Arabia Elcho Street, London SW11 4AU.

Faisal Samra, Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction: Ayyam Gallery will host the first solo London exhibition of the Saudi Arabian artist Faisal Samra. Faisal Samra has long been intrigued by the process of creation, ‘living with it each moment of the day, even during sleeping, therefore [he] wanted to treat this subject in [the] artwork itself’. Thoughts on the process of creation reached new dimensions as Samra began to consider not only construction, but also destruction and reconstruction in relation to the Middle East, the concept of the ego, and the human body. Dates from 13 February-29 March, 2014.

Jokes! Humour in the Hadith: Yasmin Amin will present a talk on her PhD research at Exeter University into 'Humour in the Prophetic Traditions (Hadith)' at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI) on 22 February, 2014. Venue: Jamyang Buddhist Centre, The Old Courthouse, Tara Room, 43 Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA.


Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.