TRANSLATING as ‘the blink of the eye’ in Arabic, Lahd displays work from artists all around the Middle East. With pieces from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to be exhibited, this will be a great opportunity to see the talent coming out of these often less-showcased countries.
Artists featured in the exhibition will include Kuwaiti duo Hamad & Ali whose pop art works inspired by celebrity icons from the Middle East are already on display in the gallery.
Shurooq Amin’s ‘The Bullet Series’ will also be on display, having finished its initial stint at the gallery earlier in the year. Bullets were shot through each work in her collection at a range of 50 metres to emphasise the socio-political nature of each painting. Amin is currently working on a new series of work titled ‘It’s a Man’s World’ which will examine more taboos of Middle Eastern society. The chance to see her work at the Lahd Gallery is definitely one not to miss as her works are continually growing in popularity with fans all around the world.
Other artists on display include Hind Bin Demaithan, Nabeela Al Khayer and Tagreed Al-Bagshi.
The exhibition is part of the Government-run Shubbak festival, which aims to highlight Arab culture in the city with more than 70 events around town. Other events of note include screening of films from Yemen, Interference at the ICA and a Poet in the City event looking at contemporary Egyptian poetry.
There’s a lot more to the Middle East than the headlines. Events like the Lahd Gallery exhibition and others in the Shubbak festival aim to offer an insight into life and culture in many countries in the area.
It’ll take more than a blink of the eye to observe everything in this exhibition, but it certainly looks as though it will help open our nation’s eyes to contemporary Middle Eastern culture.
The Shubbak festival runs from 4 – 24 July. The Summer Exhibition at the Lahd Gallery runs from 8 July to 8 September.
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