Last Wednesday, we were welcomed by the Menier Gallery to the exhibition opening of Transition: Emerging Middle Eastern Artists. The three week long exhibition is running from the 15th August to the 2nd of September in the South East London gallery. The works pertain to how the Arab region has seen a transition both collectively and individually.
The diverse artworks range from calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and photography, to neon light and video installations, live performances and zines. The works prompt the viewers to engage in a dialogue about how artists from the Arab region are transitioning through life.
Over 30 emerging Middle Eastern Artists participated in the exhibition, a highlight of which exhibition is Ayham Jbar’s ‘Two Worlds’. The surreal collages merge iPhone photos of Damascus with vintage illustrations of space. In his works, Ayham shares his love of science fiction films, stories and films and uses the mix of mediums and eras to draw parallels to the Syrian civil war.
These works of art showcase a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages the viewer to engage in a dialogue about the power of connection and the complexities of change geographically, personally or artistically.