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Juha Tales, The Language in Art and the Work of Ali Omar Ermes - Part 1



In this episode, I speak about the project of The Language in Art and the Work of Ali Omar Ermes which has been produced by Goldsmiths University Museum in cooperation with The British Museum, Qatar Foundation International, London Museum and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. From this, a book and a programme were produced to help students benefit from learning language through art using the work of Ali Omar Ermes.

Also featuring a story of Juha, one of his many tales about himself and his neighbour. Juha is a historical character who breaks down complex situations with simple but creative solutions and presents them in a clever and joyful way so make sure you watch until the end!




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Qaffon Aasif: Ali Omar Ermes Artwork about the Libyan Hero Omar Al Mukhtar
Qaffon Aasif: Ali Omar Ermes Artwork about the Libyan Hero Omar Al Mukhtar

This artwork shows an unfamiliar way of executing the letter Qaff, which in some ways resembles the old Kufic script. Unusually in the work of Ali Omar Ermes, it has stormy golden strokes around its sides. A comparable painting, similar in style, can be found at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

The texts are poems by Ahmed Shawqi about the very well known resistance Libyan leader Omar Al-Mukhtar who died in 1932. Omar Mukhtar is an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya, just prior to World War II.

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Silah (Connection): Ali Omar Ermes Artwork Promoting the Value of Good Deeds

This artwork conveys a range of bright, powerful colours in yellows, olive greens, and related colours, with a busy lively link between foreground and background. The Arabic word Silah, when translated in English, has a variety of related meanings including connection, linkage, bond, tie, relation, and charity.

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Ali Omar Ermes Artwork about the Misuse of Nature

This beautiful painting named "Crossfire - Leaf Four" is the fourth of a series of paintings dealing with the theme of environment and man's abuse of nature.

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