EVENT: The Cultural Scene: January - February 2018
Third Culture Kids
Defined as children raised outside their culture or home country during their formative years, this blog on TCKs has been written by two young Londoners of Arab origin, Danny Sakka and Yasmin Salam. Third Culture Kids Along with the dilemmas of identity and belonging, they look at the effect of war, dispossession and exile on Arab youth in general. It is a powerful eye opener for parents of TCKs, as well as their children, and reflects some important research being done at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, where Danny and Yasmin are studying.
Hanaa Malallah: From Figuration to Abstraction
Until 13 January, Park Gallery, Connaught Street. Once one of Baghdad’s most prominent artists, much of Malallah’s work, like that of her fellow artists, curators and collectors, has been destroyed or stolen. This exhibition brings together a small group of portraits and self-portraits from the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as abstract works she completed in Baghdad amidst the turmoil of war and conflict before leaving for London. They are inspiring as well as thought-provoking, and vital to understanding modern Iraqi art.
Alternativity, by Banksy
Until 15 January, BBC Two iPlayer. First shown on BBC Two on Sunday, 17th December, this is a children’s nativity play quite unlike any other. A documentary directed by Oscar-winning Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, The Olympics) and Palestinian Riham Issac, it’s the latest project to be set in the West Bank by the anonymous street artist, Banksy. Despite the ambivalence of local Palestinians, it has garnered a host of plaudits. A compelling introduction, for both children and adults, to the ongoing everyday realities of Israeli occupation.
Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World
1-22 February, 2018. Arab British Centre. Held on Thursday evenings, this course covers modern Arab art, the influence of calligraphy, poetry and literature, art as protest, and the role of collectors, auction houses, galleries and academia. It will be taught by Roberta Marin, who holds a M.A. in Art and Archaeology from SOAS. She has lectured at the Universities of London and York, Asia House and the London College of Communication and will be drawing on her travels to Cairo, Marrakesh, and other parts of the Arab world as well as Istanbul and New York.
Living with Gods: Peoples, Places and Worlds Beyond
Until 8 April, 2018 at the British Museum. By looking at how people believe, through everyday objects of faith, rather than at what they believe, this pioneering exhibition suggests that all human societies might be nainclined to believe in transcendent worlds and beings. The exhibits range from a 40,000-year-old ivory scupture of a mammoth to others that showthe power of prayer, the importance of festivals and pilgrimage, and key life events such as birth, coming of age, marriage and death.
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