Young Middle Eastern Artists Decode the Diasporic Experience

Haramacy is the exhibition about straddling two cultures

byAmina Kaabi

Art, in all its forms, has always been reflective of social issues. Over the last few years we’ve witnessed the environment become a major cause for concern following an alarming UN report published late last year, eco-friendly living has never been more pertinent, especially in the Middle East and Africa.

 

Founded in 2007 in a bid to promote environmentally-friendly living through art, Kuwait’s Re-use initiative has been gaining momentum by bringing artists to the Gulf nation to raise awareness on climate change. But this year’s edition is taking a different turn, albeit an equally conscious.

 

Rather than putting the focus solely on the environment, the event has expanded to explore a myriad of social issues. This year Re-use is heading to London for the first time, bringing together Middle Eastern and South Asian artists for a five-day-long residency to explore the diasporic experience.

 

The move comes as part of the Albany for the arts centre’s on-going season aptly titled Rebels. After the residency, artists will present their works in a group show, Haramacy, where visitors will explore the challenges and internal workings of the diaspora through art, talks, live music, and audio-visual performances.

 

Some of the artists that will be part of the show include Harnaam Kaur, the British model and body-positivity activist known for her embrace of her facial hair,  Afghan-German illustrator Moshtari Hilal, American-Indian drummer Sarathy Korwar, London-based Saudi Arabian artist Nouf Alhimiary, alongside artists Suhaiymah Mazoor-Khan, Moza Almatrooshi, Noor Palette, Reeta Loi, Zia Ahmed Deema Al Hugail, Alaa Kassim, and Jannat Hussain.

 

Haramacy, April 27 at the Albany, London

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