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Joha explores the themes of loss of identity, home, diaspora and overcoming the physical and psychological boundaries created by conflict, specifically in his own personal story of growing up in Palestine.
اكتشف موضوعات: فقدان الهوية والمنزل والشتات والتغلب على الحدود المادية والنفسية التي أوجدتها الصراعات، وتحديداً في قصته الشخصية من النمو في فلسطين.
“The Journey’ operates on a number of levels. It is primarily a creative journey through the work of Mohammed Joha. However, it is also a journey of human experience in which determination, resilience and joy are affirmed” Valerie Grove
“الرحلة” تعمل على عدد من المستويات وهي في المقام الأول رحلة الإبداع من خلال أعمال محمد جحا. ومع ذلك، فإنها أيضاً رحلة التجربة الإنسانية التي تقرر وتأكد المرونة والفرح “فاليري غروف
Mohammed Joha – The Journey
A public viewing and music concert
Wednesday 3 February 8pm – Rich Mix
محمد جحا – الرحلة
معرض وحفل موسيقي
الأربعاء ٣ من فبراير الساعة ٨ مساءً
Mohammed Joha bio:
Mohammed Joha was born in Gaza in 1978 and graduated in Art Education from Al-Aqsa University in 2003. Through mixed techniques of collage, painting and photography, much of his work has explored the questions and experiences of childhood, and the loss of innocence and freedom experienced by the current generation of children in Gaza. He was winner of the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2004. He has been selected for workshops and residencies in Amman, Jordan and Cites des Artes, Paris.
Besides participating in exhibitions worldwide, he had his first solo exhibition, Dreams in Black and White, at the Mosaic Rooms, London, 2011. Most recently, his ambitious project, The Jasmine and Bread Revolution, was shown in 2012 at The Courtyard Gallery, Dubai as well as exhibiting at Rich Mix, London as part of Despite, 2012, Traces and Revelations, Oriental Museum – Durham University 2014.
The private view featuring “Watan Trio” classic (muwashahat and maqamat) and popular Arabic music of the mid-20th century, the programme will include a selection of instrumental and vocal pieces from historically interconnected cultures in Palestine and from the wider Middle East.
The Trio includes
Saied Silbak, a highly respected composer and master of the Oud
Elias Farsoon, a renowned singer and Qanoon player
Iba` Abu Khalaf, an established percussionist and singer
Afterwards DJ Faisal Hamdan who will play an hour of his collection of Old Vintage Arabic Vinyl Record Albums.
Independent curator : Aser El Saqqa
Please join Arts Canteen for the Open House on 3 February, 6pm.
The event has free entry
After a very successful sold-out 4 editions, Arts canteen’s show “Arabs Are Not Funny” is back with a new line-up of comedians, representing the Arab world and surrounding regions, looking for an opportunity to showcase their talents.
Inspired by the meeting of Asian and Mediterranean musical traditions, singer, songwriter and composer Olcay Bayir’s pronounced as “ Oljai ” songs unfold stories of Anatolian love and mystery.
Olcay Bayir is from Turkey of Kurdish origin and is a classically trained soprano with a velveteen voice like no other. On her stunning debut album, “Neva/Harmony”, her Western training collides perfectly with her passion for the rich musical heritage of her Anatolian homeland, allowing her to craft intricate and unusual melodic phrases, distinct harmonies and captivating, richly-layered textures.
Her contemporary sound incorporates elements of folk , jazz and neo-classical with evocative vocal deliveries through her original compositions and arrangements of folk songs from Mediterrannean , Anataolian and Mesopotamian sources for a world fusion result.
Olcay’s sensitive portrait of Anatolian culture sketches shade and light on the region’s fascinating musical interplay.
‘an impressive newcomer to London’s vibrant global music scene…This is an elegant and often gently exquisite set.’ 4**** – The Guardian
“Neva/Harmony” 5***** Album choices – fRoots Magazine
Listen to Olcay on Soundcloud!
Tickets: £11 advance / £13 doors
Friday 18th of December 8pm
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street
مستوحاه من اجتماع كل من الموسيقى التقليدية الآسيوية وشرق الأوسط٬ المغنية وكاتبة الأغاني والملحنة “أولكاي باير” تكشف بأغانيها قصص الحب الاناظولية المنسية والتي يملأها الغموض
أولكاي باير هي من أصل تركي كردي٬ وتدربت على الغناء الكلاسيكي لتغني بصوت مخملي لا مثيل له وتجد ذلك في البومها الأول “نيفا/هارموني” ٬ وأما عن تدريبها لغناء باللون الغربي فإنك تصتدم بحبها للتراث الموسيقي والغني بوطنها الأناضول٬ وهذا يسمح لها بغناء عبارات معقدة وغير عادية٬ وهذا التجانس يجعلها متميزة وآسرة لكل من استمع لها
يمثل صوتها المعاصر عناصر الشعبية وموسيقى الجاز والكلاسيكية الجديدة مع التسليم الصوتية مذكر لها من خلال المؤلفات الأصلية والترتيبات من الأغاني الشعبية من شرق الأوسط والأناضول ومصادر بلاد ما بين النهرين للحصول على نتيجة الانصهار العالم.
Tickets: £11 advance / £13 doors
Friday 18th of December 8pm
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street
The Arab British Centre proudly presents ‘Parallel Orientalism’, a photographic exhibition by renowned artist Fatima Abbadi.
‘The work of Fatima Abbadi in her “Parallel Orientalism” locates itself right at the core of this complex issue of representing [the Orient], but Fatima’s artistic production skillfully and powerfully produces an image and imaginary of the Orient that speaks back to the stigmas without falling into, but rather taking distance, from the “orientalist” genre.
Fatima’s work of art is courageous and poetic. Her photography captures the nude and raw reality of the “Orient”, its daily life, its streets and activities, its women and men, old, young, rich, modern, traditional, poor, with a unique and gracious gaze that never essentialises or reifies its subjects or objects. Perhaps the magical touch of Fatima’s pictures lies in the fact that there are no ideological or apologetic messages in her art. Fatima’s camera seems like an affectionate eye, that watches moments of daily life as they unfold and flow, and renders them with simultaneous simplicity and intensity.
And yet, what is most persuasive is Fatima’s decision to display pictures of women and men, nature, spaces and places across cultures and countries. Gestures, expressions, activities seem to lose their geographical location and what we see is an harmonious sense of differences and similarities, the fluidity of the ordinary, an artistic and much needed display of a shared humanity. Most of all, in Fatima’s pictures we see the majestic beauty of ordinary gestures, spaces, places, faces and the poetics of daily life and of ordinary people in the Arab and Islamic world and beyond.’
This text, written by Ruba Salih, is an extract from ‘Orientalismi Paralleli’, Abbadi’s exhibition book which will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.
(1978) is an Italian – Jordanian Palestinian freelance photographer raised in Abu Dhabi (U.A.E) and based in Italy since 1997.
Her passion for photography started when Fatima’s father gave her a camera at the age of 13. Eager to learn, she began reading manuals and studying photography books, rapidly developing a profound understanding of pictures, their meaning and the powerful message they carry.
In 2007 Fatima enrolled in a photography course at MIGNON Group in Italy and eventually became a member in 2009.
Abbadi uses an analogue camera in black and white for all her work. In addition to the exhibitions with MIGNON Group, Fatima Abbadi has had solo exhibitions around the world: “Portraits”, Padova (Italy), 2008 “Women Through My Lens” Amman (Jordan) 2011 under the patronage of the Italian Embassy, Rome (Cloister of Bramante) 2011, Padua (Gallery Samonà) 2012. “Orientalism: A reinterpretation” Asolo (Fantadia International Festival of Multivision) 2013. “Parallel Orientalism” 2014 Mestre (Candiani) and Abano Terme.
Charismatic Palestinian singer, musicologist and broadcaster Reem Kelani presents her unique mix of Arabic music and Western jazz, supported by her accomplished jazz musicians: Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on double bass and Antonio Fusco on drums. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Reem has a rare ability to entertain and to enlighten her audiences in equal measure. Her reputation precedes her as an artist for whom independence is an article of faith, musically, spiritually and politically.
Her first album Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora won plaudits and first class reviews from across the world. Her second album Reem Kelani – Live at the Tabernacle is due for release in autumn 2015, showcasing her captivating live act.
‘When she told me earlier that she did not see any difference between jazz and Arabic music, it sounded a stretch; here, for a moment, the two spin together so fast they sound like one’ (Financial Times)
‘[Reem’s] stunning voice… has all the individualised inflection and passion a jazz fan could wish for’(Jazz Journal)
‘Her voice combines the poignancy of Billie Holiday with the glass-busting power of Aretha Franklin’(The Independent)
‘Reem Kelani’s voice will make the hairs on your neck stand up’ (Jazz UK)
£13-16 + Booking fee
Date and time:
Sunday 22 November 2015 | 8:00PM
LONDON Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
Nour Festival of Art shining light on the best of contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa in venues across Kensington and Chelsea each October and November. And this year Arts Canteen presents an evening of entertainment bringing together an exciting mix of Middle Eastern and North African female artists, sharing their voice, experience and talents through poetry, music, dance and comedy. The line-up includes: Hala Ali, Roya Arab, Zahra Barri, Olcay Bayir, Tania Diggory and Nadine Khouri.
Thursday, 22 October 2015 from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Doors open at 6.30 pm
34-25 Powis Square
W11 @AY London
About the Artists
Saudi Arabian-born, London-based performance poet with a unique and distinctive style, exploring text, language and meaning.
musician, curator and archaeologist, one of a handful of Iranian artists signed to a western label and recording with various artists throughout the 1990s. After a sabbatical, Roya is creating music again.
Irish-Egyptian stand-up, actor and presenter, who hit the scene in 2011 with her special brand of comedy.
London based Turkish-Kurdish songwriter, composer and classically trained singer with a velvet voice, her music is inspired by Anatolian musical traditions.
English Jordanian dancer and creative producer, Diggory’s work focuses on the disciplines of Hip-Hop, Middle Eastern dance and Indian dance.
Lebanese-born singer-songwriter currently based in London. A guitar-wielding folkie, with a love for moody soundtracks and spoken-word.
The Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo exhibition by Syrian artist Marwan, featuring paintings, etchings and works on paper. Marwan is considered a leading artist from his generation, both internationally and in the Arab world. Marwan is now 81 years old and this exhibition is a celebration of his life’s work. Featuring works selected from the artists studio to showcase the breadth of his practice, from the 1960s up to the present day, it offers UK audiences a rare chance to encounter Marwan’s unique and inspiring oeuvre.
The exhibition journeys through stylistic approaches, with the main motif always remaining the human head. The early works tend towards a more formally figurative approach, with aspects that challenge the traditional, including a flatness of plane, a disproportionate rendering of the skull, limbs appearing and disappearing. From here the expression becomes stylistically freer, larger in scale, more focused on solely the face, beginning to abstract it with vivid brushstrokes and colours. This leads to the visual language audiences are perhaps more familiar with: bold strokes of paint and layers of colour forming the faces themselves; emerging from and submerging into the paint. Form is shaped through the tension between one brushstroke and another, suspended between surface and depth.
Marwan’s latest works, on show here for the first time, see a reduced layering of the surface, a pared down sensibility, which leaves the faces and marionettes floating amidst the white of the canvas. Throughout the artist’s body of work the head is used as multifaceted form to encompass and project the depth of human experience.
Also on display for the first time in London will be Marwan’s 99 Heads series, ninety-nine etchings made between 1997 and 1998, which reference Sufism and the 99 names of God. A space is always left to represent one hundred, a place of light, the attainment of God.
Marwan Kassab-Bachi was born Damascus, Syria, in 1934, and is based in Berlin. He studied Arabic Literature at the University of Damascus (1955-57) before moving to Berlin, Germany, to study painting. From 1980, he held a professorship at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. Marwan has exhibited mainly in Germany, but also in the Middle-East and U.S.A., and has works in many public collections, including Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman; National Museum, Damascus; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; British Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; Barjeel Art Foundation; Sharjah; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; and Städel, Frankfurt.
The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW
9 October to 28 November 2015
Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
020 7370 9990
About the Artist
Marwan Kassab-Bachi (b 1934) was born in Damascus, Syria. He lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited widely internationally in group and solo shows. His work is represented in major national and international museum collections.
For the first time in United Kingdom, Tamer Hosny تامر حسني is performing for one night only in London.
18:30 Doors Open
19:30 Sami Alhussami
20:30 DJ Tamer Yehya
21:00 Tamer Hosny
No entry after 20:00
No caps, hats, trainers or sports wear
You must have your ticket on you at all times during the concert
Booking & Enquiries
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 to Fri, 17 Apr 2015
Event Venue: Cental Hall Westminster, London SW1H 9NH