Albareh Art Gallery and Wadi Finan Art Gallery
At London's Art 15
Bahrain’s Albareh Art Gallery together with Jordan’s Wadi Finan Art Gallery are pleased to announce their joint participation in the third edition of London’s Art 15 opening on Thursday May 21st and continuing till Saturday May 23rd at Olympia in Kensington in the form of the group exhibition Shifting Identities. The exhibition showcases the work of nine Middle Eastern artists.
About Shifting Identities
Shifting Identities brings together the works of Resmi Al Khafaji, Semaan Khawam, Annie Kurkdjian, Hossam Dirar, Mohammed Tamimi, Alia Al Farsi, Fadi Daoud, Sayeh Sarfaraz and Besher Al Khofaji for the first time to present art based on socio-cultural and political history. Paired with the application of Western aesthetic techniques, their collective works are a testimony of the double consciousness that informs their creative identities and artistic processes.
Viewing the Middle East from an outside perspective presents a naturally incomplete understanding of what it means to be Middle Eastern today, a complex identity that presents endless questions to understand its multiple meanings. Today’s politicized movements are just as important as the socio-cultural developments that are influential in defining Shifting Identities that are both historical and contemporary.
Shifting Identities is an abstract concept that captures “becoming” – the commonplace and complex aspects of an individual experience and development in their “new” environment – “new,” because of social and political changes, and “new” in terms of resettlement.
The point of departure of Shifting Identities is the continual flow of time that opens up the potential for individuals in the process of “becoming” – an adaptation of the new modalities of living and being.
Shifting Identities sets the standard for the paradigm shift in the presentation of works of contemporary artists of Middle Eastern descent – works that are challenging and provocative, raising questions on issues of identity, national and cultural bonds, globalism, displacement, and artistic freedom.