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.
Orientalist Genealogies, The Split Arab / Jew Figure Revisited: A special talk by Professor Ella Shohat, New York University as she offers a genealogical reading of Orientalist visual culture and examines the ambiguous place of Muslim and Jewish communities, as imagined together and later separately, in the West.
Kamilya Jubran: Acclaimed Palestinian musician and voice of resistance Kamilya Jubran presents a special acoustic performance of song and oud from her album Makan. Originally released in 2009, the album features songs influenced by contemporary Arabic poetry: “Preoccupied by the idea of ‘place’, I examined the different spots in which each poet placed himself, while observing his world.
Dia Batal, Tracing Landscapes: An exhibition of new multimedia works by the spatial designer Dia Batal for the 'London Design Festival'. Batal uses the art of Arabic calligraphy to transform text into objects, which seek to engage audiences in contemporary issues of identity and belonging. Batal not only re-envisions this traditional art but also conventional architectural forms and objects.
Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times): Directed by Mahmoud Kaabour, this is one of the most highly awarded Arab documentaries ever. Poetic and playful, it celebrates the many worlds of the director’s own fiesty Beiruti grandmother. Teta Fatima is the 83-year old matriarch of the Kaabour family and the sharp-witted queen bee of an old Beiruti quarter. The film documents her larger-than-life character and enduring love for her violinist husband (deceased 20 years) in this charming and intimate exploration of the themes of family, music, aging, and love.
Imagined Futures, Hrair Sarkissian: The Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo exhibition by Hrair Sarkissian, that features new video and previously unseen photographic work that reflect on the concepts of place, conflict, and future. Overlapping with Tate Modern’s current group exhibition which includes Sarkissian’s work, this gives audiences the chance to view the artist’s practice in greater depth, at a time when he is gaining increased critical recognition.