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29sep(sep 29)10:1214dec(dec 14)18:12Rayyane Tabet: EncountersAt The Parasol Unit Foundation(september 29) 10:12 - (december 14) 18:12

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The Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art is delighted to present ‘Encounters’ by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time.

Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and place, offering alternative perceptions or paradoxical views of political and personal events in an historical timeline presented here within the parameters of sculpture and found objects. He explores the relationship between past and present, memory and reality. Like an archaeologist, Tabet unearths hidden narratives in experiences and materials whose existence and content give rich meaning to his sculptural installations. His creative process often begins with a chance ‘encounter’ from which a story unfolds. For this artist, stories have layered dimensions that go beyond the purely factual. Often the surreal coincidence of an encounter will set off an exploration of personal memories and the collective experience.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Parasol Unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication and a tailored programme of educational events.

Time

September 29 (Sunday) 10:12 - December 14 (Saturday) 18:12

Location

Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art

Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

11oct(oct 11)19:3025jan(jan 25)21:30A Museum In Baghdad: By Hannah Khalil(october 11) 19:30 - (january 25) 21:30

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A Story of Treasured History, Desperate Choices and the Remarkable Gertrude Bell

This new play explores what it means to try and create a nation – and why a country’s treasures matter when people are dying.

In 1926, the nation of Iraq is in its infancy, and British archaeologist Gertrude Bell is founding a museum in Baghdad. In 2006, Ghalia Hussein is attempting to reopen the museum after looting during the war.

Decades apart, these two women share the same goals: to create a fresh sense of unity and nationhood, to make the world anew through the museum and its treasures. But in such unstable times, questions remain. Who is the museum for? Whose culture are we preserving? And why does it matter when people are dying?

Time

October 11 (Friday) 19:30 - January 25 (Saturday) 21:30

Location

Swan Theatre

Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB

15oct(oct 15)11:0022nov(nov 22)18:00Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery(october 15) 11:00 - (november 22) 18:00

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Human trafficking and modern slavery affect an estimated 40 million people worldwide.

‘Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery’ draws attention to this pressing global issue through a new series of large-scale portraits by London-based Syrian artist Sara Shamma.

The exhibition is the result of a research-based residency as part of the King’s Artists programme at King’s College London. Based within the department of Health Service and Population Research in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), the artist worked closely with Dr Siân Oram and in partnership with the Helen Bamber Foundation. Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery is curated by Kathleen Soriano.

After becoming aware of the display and sale of women and girls in slave markets in Syria and Iraq, Shamma was moved to explore and draw attention to the psychological impact of modern slavery. Through interviews with survivors of modern slavery and professionals working in the field, the artist brings a raw and unique artistic perspective to one of today’s greatest challenges. This compelling exhibition considers the meaning of survival, endurance and recovery from survivor’s perspectives. Shamma also reflects on the work of the many individuals and foundations who support recovery and campaign for greater awareness of this global issue, in the hope of bringing future change.

A programme of accompanying events will be announced soon and a new film being created for the residency project will be shown as part of the exhibition.

A fully illustrated book on the exhibition, with essays by Dr Siân Oram and Kathleen Soriano, will be available in The Union Shop in Bush House Arcade.

Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery is a collaboration between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and artist Sara Shamma as part of King’s Artists. It is supported by the King’s Sanctuary Programme and by the university’s Culture team.

Time

October 15 (Tuesday) 11:00 - November 22 (Friday) 18:00

Location

Bush House Arcade

Arcade at Bush House, South Wing, Strand WC2B 4PJ

17oct(oct 17)10:0026jan(jan 26)17:30Inspired By The East: How The Islamic World Influenced Western Art(october 17) 10:00 - (january 26) 17:30

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Charting the fascinating history of cultural and artistic interactions between East and West, this exhibition explores the impact the Islamic world has had on Western art for centuries.

Artistic exchange between East and West has a long and intertwined history, and the exhibition picks these stories up from the 15th century, following cultural interactions that can still be felt today. Objects from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa highlight a centuries-old tradition of influence and exchange from East to West. The diverse selection of objects includes ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and clothing, as well as contemporary art, showcasing how artistic exchange influenced a variety of visual and decorative arts.

The exhibition concludes with a 21st-century perspective, through the eyes of four female artists from the Middle East and North Africa who continue to question and subvert the idea of Orientalism in their work and explore the subject of Muslim female identity.

The show takes a deeper look at the art movement of ‘Orientalism’ – specifically the way in which North Africa and the Middle East were represented as lands of beauty and intrigue, especially in European and North American art. Often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, Orientalist art reached its heyday in the mid-1800s, as Europeans and North Americans were looking overseas to fundamentally learn more about other cultures, but its popularity had faded by the 1940s with the decline of the British Empire.

Conceived and developed in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, ‘Inspired by the East: How the Islamic world influenced Western art’ includes generous loans from their extensive collection of Islamic and Orientalist art. The exhibition and collaboration highlight centuries of cultural exchange between East and West and its continuing importance today.

It will go on display at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, from 20 June to 20 October 2020.

Time

October 17 (Thursday) 10:00 - January 26 (Sunday) 17:30

Location

The British Museum

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

27oct(oct 27)11:0007dec(dec 7)18:00Anamorphosis: Notes from Palestine, Winter in the Kashmir ValleyAt the Mosaic Rooms(october 27) 11:00 - (december 7) 18:00

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‘Anamorphosis’ is the first solo exhibition in London and the UK by the Amsterdam based Indian artist Praneet Soi. The Mosaic Rooms commissioned Soi to create a new body of work comprising paintings and drawings and a video work informed by his recent stays in Palestine. It will also show recent work based on the artist’s immersions in the workshop of a master craftsman in Kashmir, with an installation bringing together a series of hand painted papier-mâché tiles that were produced there.

In June 2019, Praneet Soi travelled across the occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel. Beginning in Haifa, he drove up to the occupied Golan Heights and from there made his way down to Bethlehem, Battir, Hebron, Jericho, Nablus, Jenin, Salfit, and Ramallah before driving back up to Haifa, Akka and finally to Tel Aviv, to fly back to Europe. Soi’s aim was to experience the country through certain facets of its landscape and to visit, en-route, farms, workshops and factories, to understand productivity and entrepreneurship for people in Palestine.

This subject has been a focus for Soi in his previous body of work, Notes on Labour. His route touched historical sites such as the Roman city of Sebastia, near Jenin, and the remains of Ottoman train tracks which transported goods and people in a different era, signs of earlier colonisations. Soi was looking for alternative representations of a land under occupation. His encounters and conversations were recorded and annotated and later, in his Amsterdam studio, developed into the works that are now on display here.

At the beginning of August, whilst Soi was working towards this exhibition, the Indian state of Kashmir had its autonomous relationship with India revoked. It was split into two parts along religious lines (Muslim and Buddhist) and its state-hood was terminated. Kashmir has long identified itself with the Palestinian struggle. 1947 marked Indian independence from British rule, and the beginning of Kashmir’s quest for autonomy.

In that same year, the UN voted to end the British Mandate in Palestine, leading to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, an event called Nakba, or ‘The Catastrophe’ by Palestinians. For Soi, it became imperative to include his ongoing work with craftsmen in Kashmir in this exhibition. The Ramallah based composer Dirar Kalash was commissioned to compose a sound-piece that connects the works which resulted from the journey through Palestine, to the installation containing works relating to Kashmir.

Soi has been engaging with the term anamorphsis as a metaphor for the distortions that are caused by a disturbed political climate. Anamorphosis is the distortion of an image in such a way that the viewer can only see it from one viewpoint. This kind of distortion has been used since medieval times to hide images. A famous example of this technique is used by Hans Holbein to depict a skull in his painting ‘The Ambassadors’ (1533). Soi has been engaging with the term as a metaphor for the distortions that are caused by a disturbed political climate. In this exhibition Soi experiments with this technique in drawings of landscapes made as he went across the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.

Time

October 27 (Sunday) 11:00 - December 7 (Saturday) 18:00

Location

The Mosaic Rooms

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

08nov(nov 8)11:0015feb(feb 15)18:00London's Theatre Of The East: Exhibition11:00 - (february 15) 18:00

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The Arab British Centre and Dr Johnson’s House, neighbouring organisations based in Gough Square in the City of London, are delighted to announce the launch of their collaborative project ‘London’s Theatre of the East’. The project invites artists, researchers and the public to (re)examine the historical connections of the Middle East and North Africa and London, via the lens of Dr Johnson’s 1749 play, ‘Irene’, set during the fall of Constantinople.

Four artists, designers and writers – Nour Hage, Hannah Khalil, Lena Naassana and Saeida Rouass – have been commissioned to respond to the historical context and content of the play, with the support of academic advisors including Dr Jerry Brotton, author of ‘This Orient Isle’. The artists examined the period and influential encounters between London and the region from the 16th century onward, when Queen Elizabeth I first started trading with Muslim nations. Their responses will be showcased in an exhibit at Doctor Johnson’s House which will be accompanied by a series of public activities including performances and workshops.

Visit Dr Johnson’s House from 8 November 2019 to 15 February 2020 to explore the largely hidden histories of trade and migration, their impact on society and culture, and the subsequent ripples into the present day.

Time

November 8 (Friday) 11:00 - February 15 (Saturday) 18:00

Location

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE

08nov(nov 8)12:0030(nov 30)18:00The Found Archive of Hani Jawherieh The Art of Accessing Forbidden Archive12:00 - 18:00 (30)

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An exhibition curated by Azza El Hassan at the P21 Gallery.

Hani Jawherieh (1939-1976) was a Palestinian photographer and cinematographer who is responsible for the portrayal of Palestinians in the late 1960s and 1970s as freedom fighters and liberators of the world. In 1982, during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Jawherieh’s work was seized by the Israeli army and transferred to the Israeli military archive, where it remains until this very day. Palestinians are forbidden access to this archive.

‘The Void Project: The Found Archive of Hani Jawherieh’ traces the personal archive of Hani Jawherieh, which survived the Israeli invasion and looting. It is an archive of photos and films which were rescued by his partner, Hind, and have remained hidden for thirty seven years. 

This unparalleled access to a past Palestinian archive, especially one that played such a key role in conserving Palestinian image and identity, is a right which Palestinian artists do not often enjoy. What does it mean to assemble, rename, gaze and appropriate a past visual Palestinian narrative? Azza El Hassan explores these questions and more.

Time

8 (Friday) 12:00 - 30 (Saturday) 18:00

Location

P21 Gallery

P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD

15nov(nov 15)19:0030(nov 30)22:00London Palestine Film Festival19:00 - 22:00 (30)

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The London Palestine Film Festival is back with a selection of work from emerging and established Palestinian filmmakers. This year’s programme presents some of the best newly released features, documentaries and shorts from and about Palestine, encouraging dialogue around contemporary Palestinian culture and politics.

The LPFF aims to create a stimulating platform that brings together filmmakers, scholars and the public in order to encourage crucial dialogue regarding Palestine’s film industry.

LPFF venue partners: The Barbican, Curzon Soho, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Rio, The Tabernacle, SOAS and P21 Gallery.

Time

15 (Friday) 19:00 - 30 (Saturday) 22:00

Location

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH

20nov(nov 20)16:0025jan(jan 25)19:00Tolerance: By Patrick Altes16:00 - (january 25) 19:00

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‘Tolerance’ by Patrick Altes confronts negative cultural stereotypes and advocates for tolerance and respect in times of angst, division and separatism.
Born in colonised Algeria and having lived in many countries – including South Africa under apartheid – before settling in Britain in 2006, international artist Patrick Altes’s work is deeply informed by his own personal history and the diasporic experiences that have both defined his identity and fuelled his artistic exploration.
Altes has created several installation pieces for this exhibition, together with new digital collages, posters and paintings, often involving the layering process that has become a hallmark of his work.
A leading light in the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement, Altes’s first-hand experience of unjust, brutal and discriminatory societies fuelled a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable which has become a thematic concern visible in all his creative work. With perilous journeys depositing migrants on European – and now, British – shores, Altes turns his attention to the harrowing circumstances that increasingly accompany migration and resettlement.
The exhibition curated by Middle Eastern Art specialist Janet Rady and supported by the Arts Council will encompass outreach and public engagement activities. These activities will encourage pupils, students and participating members of the public to reflect on our values and ideas– bringing concepts such as the rule of law, diversity, democracy and individual liberty into the conversation.

Time

November 20 (Wednesday) 16:00 - January 25 (Saturday) 19:00

Location

Gerald Moore Gallery

Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham Lane, London, SE9 4RW

21nov(nov 21)19:3022(nov 22)22:00I Have Two Names (Theatre)19:30 - 22:00 (22)

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Written and directed by Ahmed Najar.

Salim has lived a happy existence in London for over 10 years. Suddenly, his friends start to take an interest in his homeland Palestine and his seemingly easy life in the UK is altered. He is faced with a bittersweet feeling; the pleasure that those close to him want to discover his country mixed with the frustration that they can journey there with the ease of holidaymakers, travelling a route that is totally off limits to him.

Through Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre’s artful mix of dabke, contemporary dance and theatre performed to a ground shaking mix of modern electronic and traditional beats, the play questions the nature of solidarity movements and explores the complex experience of exile, identity and homesickness.

The performance will be followed by Q+A with director Najar and cast.

Supported by Amal – a Saïd Foundation programme and Arts Council England.

Time

21 (Thursday) 19:30 - 22 (Friday) 22:00

Location

The Cockpit Theatre

The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

21nov20:0023:00Faraj Suleiman | Kings PlacePart of EFG London Jazz Festival 201920:00 - 23:00

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In partnership with MARSM, Kings Place are delighted to welcome back Palestinian composer and pianist Faraj Suleiman to the EFG Londn Jazz Festival in 2019.

After selling out at the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2018, renowned Palestinian composer and pianist Faraj Suleiman returns to the capital to play an exclusive quintet show.

Born in a village in the upper Galilee, Suleiman has been playing the piano since the tender age of three. Influenced by his passion for Arabic music and eastern rhythms, it is both Suleiman’s groundbreaking original compositions as well as his compelling renditions that have led him to become one of the leading composers of the Arab world.

His penchant for Arabic scales and modalities smoothly blends with his inspiration from tango and jazz traditions to create a uniquely captivating sound. In the past five years, he has released five albums alongside numerous stunning works with poets, theatres and musicals. Currently based in Paris, he is gearing up to release his first non-instrumental album that features Suleiman’s own written compositions and lyrics.

This event has been made possible with support from Al Araby TV.

Time

(Thursday) 20:00 - 23:00

Location

Kings Place

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

21nov20:3022:30Yaz Fentazi Trio and Guests - EFG London Jazz FestivalA Rootsy Blend of Gnawa, Chaabi and Andalusian Music20:30 - 22:30

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Arts Canteen proudly presents Yas Fentazi Trio & Guests in association with EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 and Rich Mix.

The Yaz Fentazi Band perform music that draws on the rich musical traditional of jazz, blues and North African music, built around their original compositions, the quartet’s irresistible grooves and vibrant rhythm create a sizzling party atmosphere.

Line up:

Yaz Fentazi (oud)

Samir Nacer (percussion)

Robyn Hemmings (upright bass)

Yaz Fentazi was invited to perform, record and tour with the Master Drummers of Africa, Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin), Natacha Atlas, Transglobal Underground,Peter Ind, and was the main composer of Fantazia Band and more.

Seated places are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Time

(Thursday) 20:30 - 22:30

Location

Rich Mix London

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London, United Kingdom

22nov20:0023:00The Egyptian Legends - EFG London Jazz Festival20:00 - 23:00

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This special concert will feature The HarfousH Jazz Band’s revival of some of the greatest Egyptian songs from the 1950s and 1960, with a new swing and latin jazz sound, as part of the band’s music project titled ‘The Egyptian Jazz Projekt’, featuring versions of iconic Egyptian legends such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fareed Al Atrash, Saad Abdel Wahab and Shadia.

The Harfoush Jazz Band was founded by Egyptian London-based jazz vocalist Ahmed Harfoush in October 2015, bringing a new sound to jazz through unique arrangements mainly inspired by 1950s Egyptian and American songs. The Egyptian Jazz Projekt takes one back to the golden age of music with timeless classics by Egypt’s most popular performers such as Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim skilfully blended with the music of American composers including Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. The project was performed in Paris, Berlin, Cairo, Vienna, Melbourne and recently at Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and Dubai Opera.

Ahmed Harfoush is an Egyptian jazz vocalist based in London who appears at leading venues and events throughout Europe and the Middle East. His repertoire is extensive, including traditional American jazz and swing, musical theatre, Arabic songs and contemporary hits.

The Egyptian Jazz Projekt aims to expose Egypt’s musical legacy to the world with many collaborations of diverse jazz artists.

Ahmed HarfousH: Vocals
Dan Hewson: Piano
Ian Marcus: Bass
Roderick Oughton: Drums
Tom Smith: Clarinet

Time

(Friday) 20:00 - 23:00

Location

Rich Mix London

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London, United Kingdom

24nov19:3021:30Omar Kamal: Live In London19:30 - 21:30

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One of the most authentic and versatile artists to emerge from the Middle East in years, Omar Kamal’s multi-cultural background shines on stage in a thrilling set that showcases hits from his albums as well as a selection of medleys and sketches that reflect his globally encompassing musical vision.

Critically acclaimed for his ability to take audiences on a mesmerising and emotionally evocative musical journey ranging from all-time classics to modern day masterpieces, Omar’s show is one not to be missed.

After the success of his 2017/2018 tour and debut album ‘Serenade’, Omar Kamal presents his new show – ‘Show Me The Light’. With his exquisite big band from London and a voice that’s been dubbed the ‘New Crooner of the Middle East’ by CNN, BBC, NPR and many more.

Time

(Sunday) 19:30 - 21:30

Location

Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF

29nov18:3021:00Arab Blues (Film)Part of the London Migration Film Festival 18:30 - 21:00

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Arab Blue (Film Screening): After years abroad in Paris, Selma returns ‘home’ to Tunis to set up a psychoanalysis practice to help local citizens cope with the stress of the post-Arab Spring cultural and social changes taking place. Directed by Manele Labidi.

Scirocco (Short Screening): Based on the findings of investigative research in Tunis, the film portrays the story of one, to show the impact of deportation policies on migrants crossing the Mediterranean in search for a better life.

The Monsters (Short Screening): Petru, Lilou, Esther and Baisengour are between six and nine years old. And today it’s Halloween in a school in Paris. We take the monsters out of the closet, draw them, line by line, to try to tame them.

London Migration Film Festival presents their 2019 programme filled with films will raise questions, start conversations, challenge perspectives and ultimately restore the humanity of migration. They present you with human stories, of people that at some point in their lives decided to move. Nothing could be more simple and more complicated than that.

Time

(Friday) 18:30 - 21:00

Location

Genesis Cinema

Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4U

30nov19:0021:00Alaa Abu Diab: Arabic Stand-up Comedy19:00 - 21:00

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The acclaimed Palestinian stand-up comedian makes his London return.

After making his UK debut last year, acclaimed Palestinian comedian Alaa Abu Diab returns to London with his cutting-edge wit and hilarious political commentary. After a successful year which saw him tour several cities in the Middle East (Pale/Jor/Leb/Kuwait/Emirates/Qatar) and Europe (including Berlin and Paris) and Canada. His new show speaks about his touring journey, daily life in Europe and experiences with his young son.

Please note that this performance will take place in ARABIC ONLY.

This show will be seated.
Age restrictions: 16+

Given popular demand, there will be two shows on the night.

SHOW 1: Doors 7pm | Start 7:30pm
SHOW 2: Doors 9pm | Start 9:30pm

Time

(Saturday) 19:00 - 21:00

Location

Rich Mix London

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London, United Kingdom

 

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