The Light from the Middle East exhibition (free) at the V&A is well worth a look before it ends on 7 April.
I won’t go too deep, but it’s light from the Middle East, as opposed to on it, so expect some great images created by artists from the region itself. A fresh new line of images that take us away from the conventional things we’re used to seeing in terms of photos of the region taken by western journalists.
On a recent visit (in mid January) to the V&A with Nomaan Kashif Tariq, I discovered two refreshing Middle Eastern artists, Hassan Hajjaj و Walid Raad.
Hajjaj lives in London and was born in Morocco.
And are those Guarana Antarctica cans I see in the last image?
This one really caught my eye (and was more eye-catching/impressive in the flesh).
>>> The images shown here are pages from the notebooks of a fictional historian named Dr Fakhouri. This character kept a log of every car that was used as a car bomb during the Lebanese civil war (1975–90).
If, like me, you like things like Arabic graffiti, check out this blog:
(All images above belong to the artists)