Arabicity: Such A Near East
2 July – 5 September 2010
The opening of Arabicity coincides with the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, a 10 day celebration of Arabic Arts and Culture. The exhibition curated by Rose Issa, Arabicity (runs until 5 September) introduces six contemporary artists, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Chant Avedissian, Ayman Baalbaki, Fathi Hassan and Raeda Saadeh, all from the Arab World who explore their cultural heritage from unique perspectives.
The exhibition is about representations of the self, projecting and protecting one’s own image and personal iconography. The manner in which the artists negotiate and mediate between various cultural codes and practices is one full of warmth, humour and poetry.
Ayman Baalbaki, Al Mulatham, acrylic fabric laid on canvas, 200x150cm (2010)