A day of events at The British Museum
Syria and Yemen: Making Art Today
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Since 2011, Syria and Yemen have witnessed unprecedented destruction and degradation of art and cultural infrastructure, in addition to humanitarian crisis, as a result of the ongoing conflicts in both these countries. In this symposium, artists, curators and scholars investigate the current status and future of art and culture from the point of view of artists working inside these countries as well as those who are presently living outside Syria and Yemen.
Geographical Child’s Play
Bricklab, the designers of the first Saudi pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale create a new pop-up sculpture especially for Shubbak. 22 brightly coloured units equalling in number the 22 states of the Arab League are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities.
Aicha El Beloui
Gathering personal narratives through interviews, researching the sound archives in the British Library and walking through West London’s streets, the artist discovered the agreements between Morocco, Spain and France as the catalysts to Moroccan presence in the city.
The Second Copy 2045
Room 43, The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World
11.30am | 2pm | 4.30pm
We are in 2045, a time when current conflicts have ended. Artists’ archives become a source of knowledge for a new generation. Youness Atbane’s performance features in a future documentary film by a young film maker about the history of Moroccan art and the role of the artist in the early 21st century.