EDGE OF ARABIA EAST LONDON: #COMETOGETHER

Entrance Brick Lane

Ahmed Mater, “Artificial Light/Desert of Pharan”

Installation view

Stephen Stapleton speaking at the opening

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Artist Sarah Al Abdali talks about her work

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation and Opening (time lapse)

07 Oct 2012 - 28 Oct 2012
Old Truman Brewery
81 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

#COMETOGETHER represented Edge of Arabia’s return to London and most ambitious exhibition to date, showcasing large-scale, multi-media work by leading Arab and Islamic World artists in the heart of creative, multicultural East London. The exhibition was held in a 2000 square metre warehouse situated on Brick Lane from 7th–28th October 2012.

#COMETOGETHER featured over 30 established and emerging artists that go beyond the periphery of the Gulf to Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The title of the exhibition, #COMETOGETHER, was a deliberate reference to social networking channels, which have transformed the nature and power of individual voices and expression in the Arab World in recent years. To accompany the exhibition, Edge of Arabia partnered with The Crossway Foundation, Morocco-based Dar Al Mamûn, Mile End Community Project and Future Shorts to deliver an education programme including workshops, topical discussions, film screenings and guided exhibition tours aimed at engaging the local community.

PARTNERS

Abdul LATIF JAMEEL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
TOWER hamlets
etihad
Mile End Community Project
Future Shorts
Crossway foundation
Nadour 
Dar Al'mamun
Brownbook
Bidoun
SOLE WATER

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CURATOR'S STATEMENT

"#COMETOGETHER presents glimpses of a worldview that is incredibly connected, with artists drawing from a myriad of influences across religion, history and geographies. By hosting the exhibition in the Olympic borough of Tower Hamlets, we aim to inspire a conversation between the diverse communities of East London and these extraordinary and inspiring artistic voices from the Middle East." Stephen Stapleton

CURATORIAL ADVISORS:

IBRAHIM BADAWOOD, CEO, ABDUL LATIF JAMEEL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
NURULL ISLAM, CO-FOUNDER, MILE END COMMUNITY PROJECT
RABINA KHAN, CITY HALL COUNCILLOR, OLYMPIC BOROUGH OF TOWER HAMLETS
REDHA MOALI, FOUNDER, DAR AL MA'MUN FOUNDATION, MARRAKECH
JACK PERSEKIAN, HEAD CURATOR, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PALESTINE
VENETIA PORTER, CURATOR OF THE ISLAMIC COLLECTIONS, BRITISH MUSEUM
SARA RAZA, EDITOR, ARTASIA PACIFIC MAGAZINE
FABIEN RIGGAL, FOUNDER, FUTURE SHORTS/SECRET CINEMA
AHMED & RASHID BIN SHABIB, FOUNDERS, BROWNBOOK MAGAZINE
DIANA WIEGERSMA, CURATOR, NADOUR COLLECTION

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