Untitiled, Mohammed Al Mahdi
Untitled, Mohammed Al Mahdi

In The Open, the first major display in London of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Bahrain, will take place in London during it's "Shubbak Festival" from the 22nd of June- 7th of July. A result of a collaboration by independent curator Latifa Al Khalifa, Edge of Arabia and the Shubbak Festival itself, In The Open presents artwork from a fascinating group of established and emerging artists who call Bahrain their home.

In The Open explores a new paradigm of artistic expression in Bahrain which allows audiences a glimpse of the history, politics and culture of the country; Al Khalifa explains, “Curatorially, the title refers to bringing into the open the artists’ distinctive and intimate interpretations of contemporary life in such a diverse and complex society.”

Highlights of In The Open include: Jenine Sharabi’s ‘Public Displays of Affection’ series which through whimsy and charming simplicity portrays the unseen affections felt by couples in the Middle East; Hasan Hujairi’s interactive sound sculpture; Camille Zakharia’s photo-collages which encapsulate place, identity, and what it means to belong; and a photographic mural depicting ongoing conversations spread over Bahrain’s walls by Ghada Khunji.

Mariam Haji by Camille Zakharia
Mariam Haji by Camille Zakharia

Accompanying the show will be a public programme including regular tours led by the curator and the artists. At the 27 June Private View, Latifa Al-Khalifa will discuss life in Bahrain through conversation with participating artists Hasan Hujairi and Ghada Khunji.

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 27 June 2013, 6 – 9pm

CURATOR & ARTIST TALK: Thursday 27 June 2013, 7pm

EXHIBITION: 28 June – 27 July 2013. 
(Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm. Closed Mondays.)

LOCATION: Edge of Arabia Testbed, 40 Elcho Street, SW11 4AU

Admission is Free

For more information visit www.edgeofarabia.com

Piggyback by Jenine Sharabi
Piggyback by Jenine Sharabi
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