Boushra Almutawakel to Michael Rakowitz
recent acquisitions of works by Arab artists

21 June – 2 October 2013
Free

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These recent acquisitions highlight the breadth and range of art coming out of the Middle East in recent years, and the stories they tell.

Included in the display is the series Mother, Daughter, Doll by the photographer Boushra Almutawakel, Haram alaykum and other works by Fathi Hassan, a photograph from Gaza by Eman Mohammed, paintings by Ayman and Said Baalbaki, a sun print by Moataz Nasr, an artist’s book by Jean Marc Nahhas and a drawing by Ali Mukkawas.

Michael Rakowitz draws attention to the looting of ancient artefacts from the Baghdad museum in 2003, creating his own versions made out of brightly coloured packaging. These are displayed alongside similar objects from the British Museum’s Mesopotamian collection. What unites all these works is that each, in different ways, offers a documentary perspective on social and political issues that concern the peoples of the Middle East today.

Also included in the display is a drawing by the Iraqi Modernist painter Hafiz al-Droubi, a key artist of his generation (died 1991). These works have all been acquired thanks to generous donations and the supporters of Contemporary and Modern Middle East (CaMMEA).

© Boushra Almutawakel.


Highlights from the exhibition

  • Glance Towards the Unknown, 1985. Fathi Hassan. Photograph.

    Glance Towards the Unknown, 1985, Fathi Hassan. Photograph.

  • The Light Man's Historical Footsteps, 1985. Fathi Hassan. Photograph.

    The Light Man's Historical Footsteps, 1985, Fathi Hassan. Photograph.

  • Radio, 2010. Baal (Mohamad Said Baalbaki). Acrylic on paper.

    Radio, 2010, Baal (Mohamad Said Baalbaki). Acrylic on paper.

  • Crime cannot be compensated by tears (??? ? ?? ?????)

    Untitled II, 2010, Baal (Mohamad Said Baalbaki). Acrylic on paper.

  • Untitled III, from Insecure series, 2006. Moataz Nasr. Hand made sun print on paper.

    Untitled III, from Insecure series, 2006, Moataz Nasr. Hand made sun print on paper.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

  • Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010. Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.

    Mother, Daughter, Doll, 2010, Boushra Yahya Almutawakel. One of a set of nine photographs.