//MEGHRAOUA 8-11 MARCH 2016   //BRIXTON EAST Curated by Reime Gedal for #occupyarabart The aesthetic of ‘symbols’ have deep significance in cultures across the world; people connect to shapes, the way lines interact, and repetition on an emotional level for reasons not always immediately comprehensible. In feeling familiarity with such forms we recognise a past, aContinue reading

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OCCUPY ARAB ART presents //MEGHRAOUA   Join us from the 8th of march for Meryem Meg’s debut solo exhibition.   She will be sharing an integral body of work exploring her Afro-European heritage through symbolism, repetition and rhythm. Tied together against an urban backdrop, Meryem seeks to re-define the complexities of being muslim, artist andContinue reading

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As part of The Nour Festival of Arts 2015, #OCCUPYARABART visited the collective exhibition ‘Algerianism Part 1’ at The Tabernacle, London. Co-curated by Algerian event manager, Toufik Douib, and French artist, born in Algeria Patrick Altes (whom also exhibited) six visual artists were presented as part of Algerianism. During the French era, the term “Algerianism”Continue reading

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Ahmed Mater’s Cowboy Code, 2012 is a particular favourite here at #OCCUPYARABART and is our second article on the work of Saudi artist Ahmed Mater. Born in Abha in 1979, Ahmed Mater is recognised as one of the most influential Saudi Arabian artists of today. This impressive large scale work falls within the narrative ofContinue reading

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As we plough headfirst into the digital age we find ourselves surrounded by creative platforms, digital galleries and www.exhibitions. As rich and exciting as this wealth of expression is it can often make us feel even further away from touching, seeing or owning the work itself. But amongst these collectives there is something distinctive evolving.Continue reading

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For #OCCUPYARABART’s first exclusive artist interview, we spoke with London based, Algerian-Bulgarian visual artist and graphic designer, Meryem Meg. As an artist Meryem embodies all that is fascinating about being raised across cultures and across countries. Born in Bulgaria with the following years spent in both France and the UK, Meryem recently graduated with anContinue reading

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At first glance even to those unfamiliar with the Middle Eastern music scene and the history of its origins, one can still deduce that the sound of these four young men is something unique. Sending shockwaves throughout the underground Arab music scene 47SOUL have amassed a fan base spanning well beyond the Middle East acrossContinue reading

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Looking For You is a creative collaboration between freelance photographer Laila Hida and fashion innovator Artsi Ifrach. Laila Hida b. 1983, lives and works in Marrakech where she founded the alternative culture and arts space ‘Derb el Ferrane’. As a freelance photographer Hida has built an extensive portfolio from her ten years of experience andContinue reading

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“Ritual is a tender anchor. Through repetition we find comfort in an otherwise uncertain reality. It is this essence of ritual that is explored in Diary of the Future, an ensemble work, which emerged from the time preceding the death of my father.” Lara Baladi b.1969 in Beirut is an Egyptian-Lebanese artist, educated in ParisContinue reading

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At #OCCUPYARABART we believe that the study of text-inclusive contemporary Arab art should not be limited to exhibition space at all. As the graffiti of the Arab Spring illustrates, one of the most visible platforms for the expression of identities and ideologies has become the walls and streets of cities throughout the Arab world. FreeContinue reading

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