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International: A window opens in London-Arab art festival breathes diverse insight


Published on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

From July 4th to the 24th, the mayor of London is presenting Shubbak (Arabic for ‘window’), the capital’s first ever affair to celebrate contemporary art from the Arab world. The festival is showcasing more than 70 events at over 30 venues throughout the city of London.

Through a wide range of mediums and from all corners of the Arab world, there are paintings from Palestine, calligraphy from Morocco, poetry from Saudi Arabia, cinema from Egypt, and a full program of lectures and debates.

Does revolution mean the rapid remaking of a society from the bottom up? Subbak exhibits artworks attempting to answer this question and captures the rush of Egypt’s transformation. Many artists, boldly and intimately, deal directly with the upheaval in Egypt from graffiti art to YouTube videos.

The event features work by contemporary Arab artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers and architects based in London and around the world including Algeria, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, India, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the US.

The Arab world is changing fast and artists are grasping at the breadth of diversity and energy in this dramatic moment in history. The event reveals the dynamic relationship between London and Arab world and conveys the power of art which is illuminating and transforming the city this month.


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