Creative Action | Barjeel Art Foundation collection: Part 3
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Barjeel Art Foundation collection: Part 3

26 April – 14 August 2016

THE WHITECHAPEL GALLERY presents the largest single, historical presentation of Arab art in the UK, and we’re now introduced to part 3 of the 4 part instalment.

In the third presentation, photography and video works made between 1990 – 98 go on display. Highlights include Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s photograph Rue la Liberté (2000) of two men embracing with their backs to the camera. The image is part of Barrada’s wider series ‘The Strait Project’ (1998-2004) which documented individuals waiting to escape to Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar over a decade. Photographs from Lebanese artist duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s series ‘Faces’ (2009) are also on show.

Since the civil wars in Lebanon began, portraits of men who have died fighting for a political or religious cause cover walls across the city. Hadjithomas and Joreige documented some of these posters that have been distorted over time and the process of redrawing some of the faded faces, exploring issues around image circulation, availability and marking moments in history.

Visitor Information

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm, Thursdays, 11am – 9pm. Free entry.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street,

London E1 7QX.

Nearest London Underground Station: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street, Tower Gateway DLR.


T + 44 (0) 20 7522 7888

“We're really excited to see this happening in the UK, representing the fantastic works of art from the middle east, we look forward to all the future installments”

Saliah Bryan – Creative at Creative Action