Exploring Art from the Middle East; 08 Culture Diary

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Exploring Art from the Middle East; 08 Culture Diary


Byline: BY VICKY ANDERSON Daily Post Staff

INTERNATIONAL artists from across the Middle East have come together for a successful exhibition at two city venues.

New Ends, Old Beginnings is still on show at the Bluecoat, featuring eleven artists from countries such as Morocco, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

The exhibition was curated by Istanbul-based November Paynter, who wanted to explore the intertwining of ancient and modern Middle Eastern societies.

A mix of installation, photography and drawings, the work spans mediums to illustrate the diversity of urban experience in the Arab regions.

Artists involved in the exhibition, of which work can also be seen at the Open Eye gallery, include Can Altay Ziad Antar, Lara Baladi, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Randa Mirza, and Sharif Waked.

New Ends, Old Beginnings investigates the Arab region through artists' responses to local and everyday culture.

The cities of the Arab region are incredibly diverse in their form and character, including sites of ancient civilisation, as well as some of the most youthful urban establishments in the world. Similarly, their heritage and contemporary culture are varied and complex - while cities such as Baghdad struggle in the midst of war to protect their museums and architectural heritage, others like Cairo attempt to balance tensions between ancient history and 21st-century culture. …

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