Saloua Raouda Choucair, Self Portrait 1943, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation. Image: Tate Modern
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Saloua Choucair at the Tate Modern: 90 years of a Lebanese abstract pioneer

A lot has changed in 90 years – even in abstract art, as the Tate Modern’s Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective shows. A visit to Cairo in the 1940s inspired Choucair (born 1916) to draw on the abstract patterns in Islamic

Saloua Raouda Choucair, Self Portrait 1943, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation. Image: Tate Modern
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Saloua Choucair at the Tate Modern: 90 years of a Lebanese abstract pioneer

A lot has changed in 90 years – even in abstract art, as the Tate Modern’s Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective shows. A visit to Cairo in the 1940s inspired Choucair (born 1916) to draw on the abstract patterns in Islamic

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Art review: Bita Ghezelayagh, The Letter that Never Arrived

In 2011, Bita Ghezelayagh’s combination of rural felt-craft and modern Iranian imagery earned her a place on the Jameel Prize shortlist. In her latest exhibition, she takes worn-out carpets from Western homes and returns them to their Middle Eastern roots

Image: Rose Issa Project

Art review: Bita Ghezelayagh, The Letter that Never Arrived

In 2011, Bita Ghezelayagh’s combination of rural felt-craft and modern Iranian imagery earned her a place on the Jameel Prize shortlist. In her latest exhibition, she takes worn-out carpets from Western homes and returns them to their Middle Eastern roots

National Museum of Iraq. Image: Dave Malkoff

And then there were three: Iraqi artist Hanaa Malallah exposes the disappearance of Baghdad’s galleries

Royal advocates and oil wealth has nourished art in the Gulf States. The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have unleashed a wave of dissident images. Iran produces cutting-edge cinema. So what is happening in Iraq? While a despotic regime is

National Museum of Iraq. Image: Dave Malkoff

And then there were three: Iraqi artist Hanaa Malallah exposes the disappearance of Baghdad’s galleries

Royal advocates and oil wealth has nourished art in the Gulf States. The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have unleashed a wave of dissident images. Iran produces cutting-edge cinema. So what is happening in Iraq? While a despotic regime is

Dreams of Sparrows

‘Bush is like my father’: Reel Iraq opening film Dreams of Sparrows revisits the contradictions of 2003 Baghdad

With a civil war in Syria and uprisings across the Arab world, the invasion of Iraq and its backdrop, the US ‘War on Terror’, can sometimes seem to belong to another era.  But Haydar Mousa Daffar’s ‘The Dreams of Sparrows’,

Dreams of Sparrows

‘Bush is like my father’: Reel Iraq opening film Dreams of Sparrows revisits the contradictions of 2003 Baghdad

With a civil war in Syria and uprisings across the Arab world, the invasion of Iraq and its backdrop, the US ‘War on Terror’, can sometimes seem to belong to another era.  But Haydar Mousa Daffar’s ‘The Dreams of Sparrows’,

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Caspian Arts Foundation £25,000 scholarship open for applications

MENA artists, photographers, designers or film-makers studying at one of London’s arts colleges could win a £25,000 scholarship to fund their studies. The University of the Arts London Caspian Arts Foundation, which aims to promote unity between Middle Eastern cultures

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Caspian Arts Foundation £25,000 scholarship open for applications

MENA artists, photographers, designers or film-makers studying at one of London’s arts colleges could win a £25,000 scholarship to fund their studies. The University of the Arts London Caspian Arts Foundation, which aims to promote unity between Middle Eastern cultures

Hold Back

Shakespeare meets Scheherazade in a film which took nine years to complete: Kamel Zouaoui on ‘Hold Back’

London may be home to over 100,000 Arabs, but the larger Arab-origin community in Paris is arguably far more famous. It is therefore not surprising Hold Back, an award-winning French film about a black Parisian who wants to marry his

Hold Back

Shakespeare meets Scheherazade in a film which took nine years to complete: Kamel Zouaoui on ‘Hold Back’

London may be home to over 100,000 Arabs, but the larger Arab-origin community in Paris is arguably far more famous. It is therefore not surprising Hold Back, an award-winning French film about a black Parisian who wants to marry his

Nihad Sirees, courtesy of Southbank Centre

Sirees: Photocopier malfunction DID lead to worker’s torture

A tale in which a civil servant is tortured because of an accidental blot on a dictator’s face is true, Syrian author Nihad Sirees has said. Sirees confirmed the story, in which the employee is blamed for the malfunction of

Nihad Sirees, courtesy of Southbank Centre

Sirees: Photocopier malfunction DID lead to worker’s torture

A tale in which a civil servant is tortured because of an accidental blot on a dictator’s face is true, Syrian author Nihad Sirees has said. Sirees confirmed the story, in which the employee is blamed for the malfunction of