Aya Gallery, Kent
2nd Feb – 5th Mar 2004
In a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation, Symbols of Harmony: Art from the Islamic World was born and a selective process bringing together a rich and diverse artistic creativity by nine distinguished artists from the Islamic world ensued.
The exhibition includes artists from Iraq: Saadi Dawood, Maysaloun Faraj and Rashad Selim; Jordan: Rima Farah and Wijdan; Libya: Ali Omar Ermes; Pakistan: Rasheed Butt; Palestine: Fadwa Bizzari and Syria: Khairat al-Saleh, working in a range of styles and media including painting, graphics, sculpture and ceramics.
In a world where multi-cultural co-existence is increasingly the norm, it is with regret that divisions within this so-called global village seem to be deepening. This, in my view, is largely due to ignorance. As an artist, a woman and a Moslem, I do believe that art can make a difference. In fostering cultural and educational dialogue between East and West, ‘us’ and the ‘other’, we are able to expand our horizons and enrich our humanity, ultimately paving the way for a more harmonious and peaceful future.
– Maysaloun Faraj
Barjeel Art Foundation will host an exhibition entitled Tariqah (Pathway) at Maraya Art Centre on the 21st of February. The exhibition will present a collection of modern and contemporary Arab artworks inspired by Islamic art traditions. The artworks have been selected from the private collection of Sultan Saud Al Qassimi, founder of Barjeel Art Foundation. The exhibition coincides with the celebration of Sharjah as ‘Capital of Islamic Culture 2014′, with pieces on display referencing the ‘pathway’ of translating ephemeral ideas into material forms through art-making.
The exhibition “Between Desert and Sea: A Selection from the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts” opened on 24 January 2013, it shows the common background in contemporary visual art between Turkey and the Arab countries that are on the shore of the Mediterranean which includes Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.
Meem Gallery’s two-part exhibition, Modern Arab Art and Letters in Art, marks the first installment of the gallery’s new curatorial venture Meem Projects. Modern Arab Art will display key works, in a range of media (painting, sculpture, and drawings), by modern ‘pioneer’ artists.