Category Archives: Exhibition

On Orphan Objects

Geneva’s Musée Ariana (museum of ceramics and glass) is currently showing an exhibition of their collection of ceramics from around the „Islamic“ world: Terres d’Islam – l’Ariana sort de ses reserves II: In many ways, it is a conventional … Continue reading

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Artistic dialogue, a provocation?

Yesterday was the opening of the first event of the FORUM for new arab art this year. I launched the FORUM in 2012 as a platform for showing art produced in different Arab countries and by artists of Arab origin … Continue reading

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Ambiguous Flowers: Imran Qureshi at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin

Just before leaving for Florence’s Villa Romana to take part in the “Pas de deux” project of Alya Sebti and Angelika Stepken (, I went to see Imran Qureshi’s exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Imran Qureshi is … Continue reading

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Istanbul Days

Since 2010, Delphine Leccas and myself have been organising the Visual Arts Festival Damascus. At the time of its launch in Autumn 2010, we did not know that it would be the only time the festival would take place in … Continue reading

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Communicative Spaces and New Media in the Context of Political Emergencies: Strategies of Palestinian and Syrian artists

A figure runs across a barren desert landscape towards the viewer. As it nears, we can discern the figure of a young man, smiling and friendly looking. He seems full of hope, happy to have reached his goal and stops … Continue reading

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Visual Arts Festival Damascus: The Nomadic Experience

1st Stop: International Film Festival Rotterdam, January 30 – February 02 2012 The Visual Arts Festival Damascus was launched in 2010 with a program of exhibitions, screenings, multi-media performances, lectures and talks. The aim of the festival was to create … Continue reading

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Beyond Words

A young African man approaches an elderly couple on a beach somewhere in Northern Morroco. He asks them for news about his companions but they fail to understand him and cannot answer. Later he rescues the man, a poor fisherman, from drowning and … Continue reading

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