17 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
409 W 14TH ST

Curated by Kuwaiti artist Razan Al Sarraf, this exhibition BROUGHT together seven emerging artists of Arab origin.

This exhibition, as part of the New York Arab Art & Education Initiative, explored Arab culture, politics and tradition as seen from the point of view of young artists using satire, humor and self-analysis. The show, located in a previously historic landmark nightclub, included artists from Kuwait, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, each with their own distinctive approaches, as they attempt to reclaim the image of “being Arab”. Whether through potent visuals, a subtle revealing of the beauty of tradition, or a candor towards the “now”, these artists act as archivers, witnesses and pioneers of a new era of change.

Photos: John Mireles


The Arab Art & Education Initiative connects contemporary Arab culture with diverse audiences across the five boroughs of New York City. Delivered by a coalition of artists, foundations, and major institutions, the city-wide, year-long program aims to build greater understanding between the United States and the Arab world. Programming for the AAEI is guided by a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals set forth by the UN and world leaders in 2015 to realize a better world by 2030.

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