Shining a spotlight on North African art

Gulf News | By Jyoti Kalsi
The latest exhibition at Elmarsa gallery, "Yesterday is Tomorrow's Memory", celebrates the depth and diversity of art from North Africa through key works by leading modern and contemporary Arab artists from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The artworks include paintings, sculptures, ceramics and mixed media works from the 1960s to the present. By bringing together significant works by modern masters, leading contemporary artists and young emerging talents from the region, the show explores their individual responses to local and universal issues of their times, while also tracing the influence of the pioneers of modern art on subsequent generations of artists. The show's title, taken from a quote from Kahlil Gibran's book "The Prophet", highlights the connections that exist between these artists from different countries and different generations, and their shared visual language.
The featured artists include Aly Ben Salem, Hatim Elmekki, Nejib Belkhodja, Nja Mahdaoui, Khaled Ben Slimane, Meriem Bouderbala, Halim Karabibene, Gouider Triki, Emna Masmoudi, Asma M'Naouar, Omar Bey, Atef Maatallah, Thameur Mejri and Slimen Elkamel from Tunisia; Moroccan artists Farid Belkahia and Mohamed Rachdi, and Abdelkader Guermaz, M'Hamed Issiakhem, Baya, Mohammed Khadda, Mahjoub Ben Bella, Rachid Koraichi and Thilleli Rahmoun from Algeria.
August 4, 2016
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