Reflections: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa

  • through August 15, 2021
  • The British Museum, London
This exhibition weaves together a tapestry of artistic expression from artists born in, or connected to, countries from the Gulf region to the Western Sahara. More than 100 works on paper—from etchings to photographs and artists’ books—offer new views of societies whose challenges are well-known in the press but are little-known through the prism of contemporary art. They highlight topics of gender, identity, history and politics while also exploring poetic traditions and the intersections between past and present. 
"Al-Sitt and her Sunglasses," by Huda Lutfi, 2008, collage and acrylic paint on card, a playfor portrait of the the legendary Egyptian singer, Umm Kulthum, affectionately known as al-Sitt (the lady), wearing her characteristic sunglasses against a backdrop of lyrics of the song "Al-Atlal" (the ruins).
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