Return, A Palestinian Memoir (Book Launch): The Palestinian writer and academic Ghada Karmi will present her new book 'Return' which is a second volume to her best-selling memoir 'In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story'. It tell the story of her return to her homeland, working for the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Her unique insights give a vivid picture of the dilemma Palestinians in exile face. She will be joined in conversation with writer Rachel Holmes on 1 July, 2015 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD.
Autonomous Gallery (Pop-Up Exhibition): Presented by the P21 Gallery, this is a first pop-up exhibition, in line with the founding principle of exploring contemporary affairs in a localised setting through the medium of art, visual information, and direct communication. By identifying key themes, the gallery sets forth potential narratives designed to raise awareness, provoke discussion, and curiosity among the visitors.
Calm Before The Storm, In Conversation: With Tim Smyth and Ibrahim Fakhri, this evening will address how the public landscape in Syria is subject to the al-Assad regime’s propaganda images, which have been appropriated by Syrian artists and citizens in order to undermine the violent regime. Mediated by Malu Halasa, it intends to open a dialogue around the conflict whilst introducing work created during these turbulent years.
The Orchard Keepers (Screening with Q+A): Produced and directed by Bryony Dunne, this documentary takes one on a journey into the heart of the Sinai desert. Behind delicate stone walls we meet Dr. Ahmad, the last surviving herbalist trained in the ancient ways of desert healing. But it is Amariya – a fiery naturalist with a robust personality born of both scars and charms – who dominates the tale. Her relationship to the land has transformed her life in unlikely ways. The Orchard Keepers pays homage to her hypnotic, rhythmic freedom.
The Makkah Clock: The Makkah Clock is a documentary by Bensalem Bouabdallah that explores the engineering breakthrough behind the development, fabrication and installation of the largest clock ever built. Shot over the course of four years in ten countries across Europe, the Middle East and the United States, it tells the astonishing story from the initial idea to the 21st Century. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Bouabdallah and chaired by Ibrahim Darwish.
Gabrielle Farah, Bringing Home the War: Part of the P21 Gallery's 'reACT' programme, this photographic exhibition explores the traditional quintessential English landscape but at the same time interrupting the anticipated interpretations of the conventional narrative with the unexpected and to stimulate debate whilst questioning the verity of content.
Bread And Oil (Film): A short documentary by Kurdish filmmaker Taha Karimi, focusing on the issue of oil and the problems arising in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk; portraying the harsh life for the people living in the outskirts of the city as they search for oil. Part of the 'Crudification' exhibition, the screening will take place on 8 October, 2014 at the P21 Gallery and will be followed by a discussion by the director Karimi and film researcher Salar Said. Anyone can attend but must RSVP with the P21 Gallery in advance.
Voices: An exhibition that offers an intimate collection of photographic and video works that capture the vitality and resilience of Palestinians struggling under a matrix of colonisation and displacement by award-winning British photographic artist, writer and activist Rich Wiles. Currently taking place until 4 October, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1DJ. Please note opening hours are limited to Tuesday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm and Wednesdays 12-8pm.
Crudification Readings: Poets Adnnan Saigh and Jenny Lewis will present poems inspired by and dedicated to Mesopotamia. Saigh is an original voice from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the 'Eighties Movement' - His poetry carries an intense passion for freedom, love and beauty; he uses his words as a weapon to denounce the devastation of war and the horrors of dictatorship. As part of the 'Crudification' exhibition, this event is taking place on 1 October, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.
Crudification: A group exhibition that considers the human cost of the world's continued dependence on oil and creatively explores the ways in which oil has been the cause of immense human suffering, especially for those living in oil rich countries. Presented at the P21 Gallery, nine Iraqi artists and two British artists will take part: Ala Bashir, Andrew Smith, Bassim Mehdi, Hani Mazhar, Jalal Alwan, Mariwan Jalal, Mohammed Ali Dawood, Raid Houby, Richard Janes, Soodad Al-Naib and Zina Al-Jauari.