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12apr(apr 12)10:3022jun(jun 22)18:00New WavesMohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School(april 12) 10:30 - (june 22) 18:00

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The Mosaic Rooms present works by the abstract painter Mohamed Melehi (b. 1936). This is the first UK exhibition dedicated to Mohamed Melehi, now regarded as a cornerstone of postcolonial Moroccan art and of modernism in the Global South. ‘New Waves’ presents Melehi the painter, photographer, designer, teacher and cultural activist.

Melehi’s own work results from a dialogue between Moroccan traditional and popular craft, whilst also connecting to the hard edge painters of the 1960’s. His multiple and overflowing variations on the motif of the “wave” suggests new possibilities for a transnational modernism. The exhibition presents a selection of key works from the 1950s to the 1980s.

As a graphic designer Melehi helped shaped the aesthetics of of art networks and political causes throughout the Maghreb and Pan-Arab regions. He designed for avant-garde journals including ‘Souffles’ (1966-69) and ‘Integral’ (1972-77)

The exhibition also tells the story of the radical Casablanca art school, through previously unseen archive material. Curated by Morad Montazami, this show is the final exhibition in a special three exhibition series of modernists from the Arab world and Iran.

 

Time

April 12 (Friday) 10:30 - June 22 (Saturday) 18:00

Location

The Mosaic Rooms

Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

16may(may 16)10:0030(may 30)18:00Young Moroccan Artists (YMA)10:00 - 18:00 (30)

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The ‘Young Moroccan Artists’ (YMA) is a travelling group exhibition that represents young Moroccan artists working in different media and concepts that are inspired by their own unique environments.

The exhibition commences at the Sulger-Buel Gallery in London in May 2019 with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the United Kingdom and will then be transported to the KFW-DEG Bank in Cologne in June 2019m as part of their cultural program which had invited Morocco as the feature country this year.

Curated by Madiha Sebbani, the exhibition aims at fostering a young Moroccan contemporary art scene through a multidisciplinary exhibition of artists from the same generation. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase young creative talent and the artist’s sensibilities as both African and global citizens.

The artists featured include: Eliassaa, Nafie Ben Krich, Nasrine Kheltent, Madiha Sebbani,
Mohammed Saïd Chair and Rachid Ouhnni.

Time

16 (Thursday) 10:00 - 30 (Thursday) 18:00

Location

Sulger-Buel Gallery

Sulger-Buel Gallery, 51 Surrey Row, Unit 2 La Gare, London SE1 0BZ

28may19:0023:00Z The People: New Album LaunchLive at Balabam19:00 - 23:00

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Z The People (47Soul) presents his newest solo release, an all-acoustic album titled ‘Sami’s Boy’. Combining a soulful moving voice with elements of R&B, Palestinian Shamstep and Hiphop, the album presents a collection of songs born and matured in the last decade through the lens of the DC-Palestinian experience.

Recorded in East London, Sami’s Boy shows the continuous struggle to move forward in diaspora and surface the ever lasting imprint of where one comes from. To be released on all platforms on 28 May, the album will be available to buy, stream and download.

Z the People (زين الناس) is a singer, producer and keyboard player from the Palestinian diaspora. Raised in the Washington DC-DMV area, he is formerly a member of the DC Soul/R&B group ‘The Brothers Handsome’. He is also co-founder of the Shamstep band 47Soul.

Time

(Tuesday) 19:00 - 23:00

Location

Balabam

Balabam, 58-60 High Road, London N15 6JU

30may(may 30)18:3027jun(jun 27)18:30Calligraphic Rhythms By Mouneer Al ShaaraniAt Stories Art Gallery18:30 - (june 27) 18:30

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Following fabulous success in Paris and Berlin, Stories Art Gallery is delighted to be hosting in London ‘Calligraphic Rhythms’, a critically acclaimed exhibition showcasing the work of master calligrapher Mouneer Al Shaarani.

Al Shaarani is a world-class master calligrapher, designer and writer living and working in Damascus, Syria. He started Arabic calligraphy at the tender age of ten, under the tutelage of the great Syrian calligrapher Badawi Al Dirany. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1977, his work has been exhibited internationally in the Middle East, Europe and the USA.

Al Shaarani is highly regarded for his original style of modernising ancient fonts and creating completely new ones, but never losing sight of the traditional form from which this ancient art-form can trace back its historical roots. His innovation in introducing worlds of wisdom from the Quran and Hadith, alongside aphorisms and proverbs relative to our contemporary modern life style, creates both a visual and intellectual joy for lovers of Arabic calligraphy.

Time

May 30 (Thursday) 18:30 - June 27 (Thursday) 18:30

Location

Stories Art Gallery

Stories Art Gallery, 51-53 South Audley Street, London W1K 2AA

 

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