Bridging the Middle East and North America through art –|Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation

Arif Lalani, Canada’s Ambassador to the UAE, AmiruddinThanawala, President of the Ismaili Community in the UAE Sultan Sooud Al Qassem and Aziz Merchant, Vice President of the Ismaili Community in the UAE at a Press Meet of the First Arab Contemporary Art Exhibition from Middle East to be exhibited in the First Museum dedicated to Muslim Civilizations in North America.

Contemporary works of 12 artists from the Middle East will be exhibited in Toronto

Contemporary works of artists from across the Middle East are expected to dispel ignorance in how people view the Muslim world when they go on display at the first museum dedicated to Muslim Civilisations in North America.

More than 20 diverse works of 12 artists, all united by the theme of migrations and geographical displacement, including the struggle of having to cope with an ever-shifting world, will be on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto from July 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016.


“This exhibition is opening at a time of great importance in which we are all in need of more understanding and sharing of values not only between the Middle East and North America but across the world,” he said. A city like Toronto resembles Dubai in the sense that they are global cities with many people who have migrated in search of better opportunities.”


“Through works of art these contemporary artists have also been able to describe what is it like to live abroad. The stories are very specific to the artists, but they have a universal relevance and many people will relate to them,” she said.

On the sidelines of the exhibition there will be music and dance from the Arab world as part of the overall programme, confirmed Henry Kim, Director and CEO of Agha Khan Museum, in a videoconference call. He also said a catalogue will be produced in Arabic and English.

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Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation — Aga Khan Museum Toronto

Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation

Jul 25 2015 to Jan 3 2016

Pushing boundaries, testing limits: this powerful exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE runs the gamut from photography to installation, sculpture to painting, and more. Experience the work of 12 Arab artists who examine how private life is shaped by current political events.

Featuring some of the most exciting contemporary art coming out of the Middle East and North Africa today, the works in this exhibition are united by an awareness of struggle — the struggle to cross geopolitical borders; the struggle to forge an identity in an ever-shifting world; and the inherent struggle of being an artist.

Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation is remarkable in its variety. Khaled Jarrar’s Volleyball offers a poetic response to conversations held with children playing by the separation wall near Ramallah. Manal al-Dowayan’s ephemeral installation Suspended Together* addresses the position of women in contemporary Saudi society. Adel Abidin’s video Memorial explores how ordinary life is violated by war. Raafat Ishak’s Responses to an Immigration Request from One Hundred and Ninety-Four Governments serves as a witty but poignant testament to challenges experienced by many immigrants and to the creativity of artists worldwide. These and other works in Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation comment on the impact of crossing borders, both political and personal, in the 21st century.


Source: Aga Khan Museum org



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