From Mathaf to Madrid

The exhibition Looking at the World Around You: Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums is being held from 9 February to 19 June 2016 at the Santander Art Gallery in Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, the "first major loan exhibition in Europe of works from Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art in Doha."   This selection, more … Continue reading From Mathaf to Madrid

Documenting Arab Performance Art

The Delfina Foundation in London has  launched an initiative to document the history of performance art from the Arab world.The foundation has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds for the project (Staging History: performance art in the Arab world). The project will only be funded if at least £15,000 is pledged by … Continue reading Documenting Arab Performance Art

Migration, Language and Identity

Bouchra Khalil, a Moroccan artist  who works with video and mixed media installations,  explores the issues of illegal migration and nomadism in ways which blur the lines between cinema and art and documenatary practise. In works such as The Mapping Journey  Project (2008-2011), she  investigates the interrelation between migrations and colonialism, mapping migratory trajectories in … Continue reading Migration, Language and Identity

Mapping the Middle East

Art about maps and the Middle East, from Lebanese/Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum's many maps, such as Bukhara (above), to Jordanian artist Oraib Toukan's The New(er) Middle East and Saudi Abdulnasser Gharem's No More Tears map. Mona Hatoum - Mappings from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo. Hatoum approaches cartography and mapping in its perverse dimension of control, … Continue reading Mapping the Middle East