Gender roles in Saudi society and its influence on contemporary art

Posted by admin on August 01, 2017  /   no comment

Gender roles in Saudi society come from the Sharia (Islamic law) which contains various derivatives stemming from the Quran and supplementary Hadith (various reports describing the words, actions, or habits of the Islamic prophet Muhammad). In Saudi culture, the Sharia is interpreted according to a strict Sunni form known as the way of the Salaf […]

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Radical Love: Female Lust

Posted by admin on March 19, 2017  /   no comment

Due to the heavy suppression of female voices across many diverse cultures, societies, faiths and professions over the course of history – it should come as no surprise that those suppressed talents and stories often find ways of bursting forth to create some of the most beautifully liberating works in modern day art and visual culture.

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Tuğberk Selçuk

Posted by admin on March 06, 2017  /   no comment

Tuğberk Selçuk was born in Istanbul in 1986. After studying in the United States and Great Britain, he returned to Turkey and studied at the Department of Industrial Design at Yeditepe University with Aziz Sarıyer, who inspired and guided his development as a sculptor.

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Africa My Africa: Connecting Boundaries, 27th October – 3rd December 2016

Posted by admin on October 17, 2016  /   1 comment

The theme of a new joint exhibition curated by Lahd Gallery and the Gallery Of African Art (GAFRA) will connect an “invisible pyramid” that unites North, East and West Africa. The four artists represented all possess a unique kinship with Africa’s rich and ever-diversifying culture.

Lahd Gallery is proud to be showcasing the works of Edward Akrout and Patrick Altes, each with a personal connection to North Africa – Altes being born in Algeria, of French and Spanish parentage, and Akrout being the descendant of a Franco-British and Tunisian union. They are exhibited alongside GAFRA artists Olayanju Dada and Daniel Soresa, from West and East Africa respectively. Although all four are from very different backgrounds and artistic disciplines they each have an uncanny ability to translate their connection with African society and culture through their work.

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Besher Koshaji

Posted by admin on September 08, 2016  /   no comment

Besher Koshaji was born, and grew up, in Syria during the 1980s. In the wake of recent tragic events and Syria’s almost constantly tumultuous political situation Besher was forced to leave behind his home and his family in order to seek refuge in Jordan during 2012.

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Larissa Sansour at The Mosaic Rooms – ‘In The Future They Ate From The Finest Porcelain’

Posted by admin on July 28, 2016  /   no comment

With interest, awareness and indulgence of things like comic books and superhero films, literature and artwork steadily on the incline over the past few years it should come as no surprise that a lot of the genres, scenarios and classic storylines commonly attached or associated with those areas of interest are also increasing in popularity. […]

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Trips to Colourful Thoughts, 20th – 22nd of May 2016

Posted by admin on April 21, 2016  /   1 comment

Visitors to London’s Art16 Fair this May will be treated to a boldly coloured and narrative-packed mini-exhibition from Lahd Gallery, showcasing work by artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) regions. Art16 has chosen a trio of artists whose work skilfully blends conceptual and visual aspects. Each artist tells a personal story through their work, via the use of vibrant and striking colours and forms. “Trips to Colourful Thoughts” in stand C1 will feature Anas Homsi from Syria, Algerian-French artist Patrick Altes and Indonesian textile practitioner John Martono. These highly personal works explore immigration, diaspora, war, conflict, and the search for happiness.

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Julien Breton

Posted by admin on March 10, 2016  /   no comment

Completely self-taught and unable to speak Arabic, the French artist Julien Breton has developed his own unique form of virtual calligraphy, based on a Latin-style alphabet and inspired by an Arabic and Eastern aesthetic. With a multi-cultural take on calligraphy, Breton’s work incorporates the cultural identity and style of East and West, often taking inspiration from western philosophy, hip hop and street art.

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Love Me Love Me Not Exhibition – Nijad Abdul Massih

Posted by admin on March 03, 2016  /   no comment

During London Fashion Week at The Den, Wardour Street, Soho saw the week long display, starting on February 17th 2016, of work by artist, director and photographer; Nijad Abdul Massih as part of his “Love Me Love Me Not” exhibition during the London Fashion Week.

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Bedri Baykam

Posted by admin on February 15, 2016  /   no comment

Known as one of Istanbul’s contemporary intellectuals, Bedri Baykam was born in Ankara. He started to paint when he was only two years old, and has had several exhibitions since the age of six in Bern, Geneva, New York, Washington, London, Rome, Munich, Stockholm, to name a few. He studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris from 1975 to 1980 and received an MBA degree. During this time, he also studied drama in L’Actorat du Cinema in Paris. He lived in California during the years 1980-1987, where he studied painting and filmmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland till 1984. He had several shows in New York, California and Paris during those Californian years. He returned to Turkey in 1987 and has been living in Istanbul since.

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