Shift (Exhibition): Three young female artists from Saudi Arabia - Dana Awartani, Zahrah Al-Ghamdi and Reem Al-Nasser - respond to accelerated change in their country and in the built environment of their cities and in domestic spaces. Caught between a future driven by globalisation and rapid urban development and a past at risk of erasure, the artists consider their own position and reflect on what is important to them as individuals and as part of the wider collective.
Dar Al Sulh (Domain of Conciliation): Dar Al Sulh is a unique supper club by the artist Michael Rakowitz, in collaboration with Regine Basha and Dr Ella Habiba Shohat to be hosted by the Mosaic Rooms. Set in the garden, guests can enjoy an al-fresco three-course meal featuring the artist Michael Rakowitz’s Iraqi-Jewish grandmother’s recipes.
Still - Judy Price: The UK based artist Judy Price will present a complex body of work focused on Palestine. Two multi-screen installations and a photographic piece will reflect on Palestine’s colonial past and the current lived experience of occupation. Price explores, for example, the stone quarrying industry in Palestine’s West Bank through a subtle examination of the impact and workings of the occupation, where much of the material quarried is expropriated by Israeli authorities and used to build settlements or exported as Israeli stone.
What Language Do You Speak Stranger?: A first UK solo exhibition for the French-Algerian artist Katia Kameli. Drawing together both new and recent work, it takes the audience on a journey through the power of storytelling, questioning ideas of historical authenticity and national identity.
Larissa Sansour - In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain: The first London solo exhibition of internationally exhibited Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour, with new works examining the contemporary politics of present day Israel-Palestine. The exhibition will feature an acclaimed 29-minute video piece, large format photographs and two object-based installations never before exhibited in the UK.
Edward W Said London Lecture 2016: Naomi Klein delivers this year’s lecture in memory of the great post-colonial theorist Edward Said. Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the critically acclaimed international bestsellers: 'The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism', 'No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies' and 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.
The Music - 'Arab Idol' Mohammed Assaf
Palestinian heartthrob Mohammed Assaf will be performing on 10 April at the Barbican, offering a rare opportunity to hear him sing new material from his latest album alongside familiar favourites from his time on 'Arab Idol', the TV Talent show that catapulted him to fame. I also recently attended the film 'The Idol' which is based on the true story of this handsome young man and seen the difficult challenges that he had to overcome to get to where he is today. Assaf is truly an inspiration.
Suspended Accounts: A multimedia exhibition of six young Palestinian artists, who are all winners and finalists selected from the latest A. M. Qattan Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA14). They are: Bashar Khalaf, Noor Abu Arafe, Noor Abed, Farah Saleh, Hamody Gannam and Iman Al Sayed. Although offering diverse works - spanning film, performance and painting - they are unified through the shared theme of 'suspended accounts', as they all explore ideas around invisible narratives, self-historicisation and imagination.
Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh: In support of the 35-year-old Palestinian born-poet, artist and curator Ashraf Fayadh, the evening will read selected poems and other texts aiming to show solidarity with Fayadh and raise awareness of his current situation. Fayadh who lives in Saudi Arabia and has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience through his work with the British-Saudi art organisation 'Edge of Arabia' and as a curator for the Venice Biennale, was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death last November. Rights groups and interna
The Moment, Contemporary Dance Performance: A high-octane energetic solo performance by the award-winning Egyptian dancer, choreographer and performer Salah El Brogy. Inspired by his Islamic-Sufi background, the piece was created during a month-long residency in Morocco and had its world premiere at 'The Tabernacle' in London for the Nour Festival.