Languitecture (Construction and Deconstruction of Language): Seven practitioners from different cultural and professional backgrounds join together to explore the interconnections of four mother-tongues: Spanish, Arabic, English and German. Curated by Rawan Serhan, this exhibition is inspired by anthropology, philology and linguistics, aiming to naturally connect to a broad audience because communication and reinvention of culture is a prevailing current issue.
Chapter 31 - An Odd Piece of Research on the Many Virtues of the Oriental Imagination: An exhibition curated by Mai Kanaaneh and Nadia Jaglom of the Sarha Collective, this will be a dazzling journey into the future of Palestine - through both utopian and dystopian visions of what lies ahead - in film, sculpture, installation, collage, painting and performance. It includes works by Palestinian artists working in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, historic Palestine and throughout the global diaspora: artists who have exhibited widely and shown their work at Tate Modern, Saatchi
The Eggsperiment - A Painting for Syria: An exhibition of the first painting by the artist Genevieve Detering. With a simple and bold style, she uses primary colours, geometric shapes and clean lines to contrast with the unique oval shape of the canvas to create a modern, graphic image of a fertilised egg.
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.
Are We All Human? (E): Curated by Lucy Thurley, this will be an exhibition of new mixed media work by Susan Boulter that is the result of ten years of increasing anger! From economic inequality in the world, to Guantanamo still existing, to UN resolutions being violated, to Palestine still under constant attack as well as the unscrupulous exploitation of humanity and the denial of human rights, the artists considers whether we are all just pawns for the benefit of those in power. Boulter’s work contains and presents contradictions.
'Just Like Us. Moving Freely, Nablus. My Name is Saleh' (Film Screening): Hosted by the P21 Gallery, this is an opportunity to view three films about education and children’s lives in Palestine. It will be followed by a discussion with Kiri Tunks and moderated by Susan Boulter.
'The Perception of Meaning' (Book Launch): Written by Hisham Bustani, the award-winning collection of seventy-eight pieces of flash fiction presents an intense and powerful vision of today’s world seen through the eyes of an alienated and sardonic author.
Jerusalem/Home Exhibition: Curated by Sara Foryame, an exhibition bringing together the photographic works of four young photographers from Jerusalem, ceramic works by two London-based artists, and digital artworks by a Palestinian American artist.
'Poppy' Film Premier: Directed by Rick Platt and produced by 'Noon Visual Creatives', this will be the short film's first national viewing in the United Kingdom at the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) and will be boasting an international film awards trip at the start of 2016. On a family holiday with her parents and older brother, Poppy is in a mood.
Autonomy of Self, Rejecting Violence with the Lens: Bringing together moving image and photography from across the former Ottoman territories and exploring how individuals are using the human image to refuse violence and conflict. Each artist has faced the consequences of the collapse of the Empire and the destruction from international interventions as well as the implications of destablisation.