Sharq is a nonprofit art space
Mother Egypt / Golden Nubia
The World of the Nile from the Mediterranean to the Sahara
An exhibition of photos curated by Mona Sherif Nelson
Sharq is proud to announce that this exhibition has been chosen as part of the citywide Los Angeles Islamic Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) which runs from September to December 2014 and involves 30 local arts institutions. Sharq will also host a series of talks on Nubian and Egyptian culture. Check the LA/IAI website http://laislamarts.org/ for all the programs of the initiative.
Abu Simbul , Egypt 1989 Michael Nelson
!! Celebrating Sharq's 10th Anniversary !!
Reception: 2 to 6 p.m Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
Artist's Talk: 4 p.m.
Exhibition Continues: Oct 12 - Nov 16 by appointment
The Exhibition: Mother Egypt / Golden Nubia the World of the Nile from the Mediterranean to the Sahara is an exhibition of stunning photographs by award-winning news photographer Michael Nelson. These images of life, art, and architecture along the great river document both the rich and varied ancient cultural and the modern Islamic heritage of two countries / regions which have lived in a symbiotic relationship for millennial. Of unique interest are Nelson’s photos of the special art created by Nubian women, who as brides are expected to decorate the front of their new homes.
The Photographer: an international photojournalist who has spent more than 30 years shuttling between the Middle East and the United States, Michael Nelson started his career with UPI in Beirut, Lebanon in 1981 and has been posted in Beirut, Brussels, Cairo, and Los Angeles. Among the stories Mr. Nelson has covered are the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf Wars, the Palestinian Intifada, the Israeli Invasions of Lebanon, and famines in Ethiopia and Darfur as well as US presidential campaigns, the World Cup, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the World Series, and the Oscars.
The Curator: Mona Sherif-Nelson is the daughter and heir of Nubia’s cultural leader, Mohi Eddin Sherif, known as The Father of the Nubians. She has spent a lifetime studying, documenting, and promoting Nubian Culture and language, and attended the university in Cairo, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Art History. Her thesis focused on the art produced by Nubian women, who historically have been responsible for painting the fronts of their houses with symbols and narratives.
Sharq: For ten years Sharq has functioned as an educational art space devoted to the works of bicultural artists whose roots lie in the world of Sharq (the East). It has been a non-profit (50lc3) since 2011. Donations are fully tax deductible and should be made out to The Somerset Foundation - for Sharq.
Special event: Tuesday, Oct. 28 - 6 p.m. Pacific Palisades Public Library. A slide show and lecture by photographer Michael Nelson and curator Mona Sherif Nelson about their experiences along the Nile, as well as the arts, architecture, and tumultuous history of Egypt and Nubia, ancient and modern. Admission is free.
Sponsors: This exhibition is sponsored in part by Canon U.S.A. Inc, the Pacific Palisades Women's Club, and donations from friends of Sharq. On our tenth anniversary, we would like to dedicate this show to the memory of BARBARA BREGER, a strong supporter of the gallery since its inception. .Thank you all for your support.
Latitude 34 - Photographs
Chellah (Roman ruins) - Rabat, Morocco 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Reception: 3 to 7 p.m. - ARTIST'S TALK 5 P.M.
Exhibition Continues: June 30th - July 29 by appointment
Latitude 34 is a visual project that grows out of Moroccan-born photographer Malika Sqalli's first encounter with Los Angeles in 2010. Despite vast differences from her home town, Rabat, LA seemed familiar. Learning that both cities are on the 34th parallel North, she was seized by the idea of photographing along this imaginary demarcation line around the globe in order to share what she could learn about the similarities and difference in human cultures.
To date Sqalli has shot images in Morocco, the US (Georgia, Los Angeles), Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and China (Xian). She has begun a parallel project along the 34th South, visiting Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, New Zealand and Australia.
Along with landscapes and cityscapes, Sqalli has created especially for Sharq a series of works in which photos are overlaid with a mosaic screen pattern called “Masharabiya” in Arabic. This kind of screen is part of Moroccan tradition and widespread throughout the Middle East. It acts as a way of filtering culture, history, and experience.
Malika Sqalli attended the Ecoles de Beaux Arts in Montpelier, France. Her photos have been exhibited in Morocco, several European countries, and Korea. Parts of Latitude 34 were shown last year in both Rabat and Atlanta, Georgia.
SHARQ AND ZANBEEL ART PRESENT
Youth Art Express 2012
Mona Khan, Popistan, 2012 (Image of Noor Jehan)
Curators: Sadaf Ahmed & Raeesa Tarr
Saturday, December 1, 2012 -- 2 to 7 p.m.
Exhibition runs through December 6, 2012
YOUTH ART EXPRESS 2012 showcases the works of a new generation of visual artists whose roots lie in the culture of South Asia. Working in a variety of styles and media, they explore the contemporary realities of South Asia, America, and our globalized world.
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Participants include Farah Ahed, Sadaf Ahmed, Asna Habib, Sana Haroon, Khalid Hussein, Kamal Khan, Mona Khan, Dario Mellado, Irfan Mirza,Yousra Qadir, Adam Rasheed, Nadia Rawjee, Kite Sparrow, Sara Suleman, Yasmine Suleiman, and Arezo Yassai.
The opening on December 1 will feature a
POETRY READING by Mehnaz Sahibzada, and a
RAFFLE of artworks donated by the participants.
This exhibition is a collaboration between Sharq and Zanbeel Art
Three Artists / Many Worlds
Exhibition of Works by
Reception: 3 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Exhibition Continues: April 28 - May 20 by appointment
was born in Armenia and emigrated to Germany where
she taught, worked, and exhibited as a designer, photographer, and artist before
coming to Los Angeles. A world traveler, her mixed media works begin with the
captured images of her memory, using sources such as photos and mixing them
with other artistic media. This technique, she likes to say, mirrors the different
cultures in which she<92>s grown up and the many different languages she speaks.
was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in both the Middle East and the US, and
received a BA in Fine Art and MA in Islamic
Studies from UCLA. He works in a variety of media, focusing on representations
of race, identity, history and violence. His paintings, exhibited in
art galleries and cultural centers in California, imitate the cities of the
ancient world, superimposing multiple images, styles, and cultural
referents, collapsing barriers between past and present, east and west.
was born in the Bay Area and earned his MFA from California State University at
Long Beach. He won a Fulbright grant to Morocco,
has traveled and exhibited internationally, and now splits his time between
Marrakech and California. Interested in the fluid nature of identity, he creates
collages in what he calls a menagerie of lost and found imagery from traditional
drawing and painting and the digital domain, juxtaposing the modern and the ancient.
Afghans: Pictures of Resilience, 2001 - 2011
Reception: 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Artist's Talk: 4:30 p.m.
Exhibition Continued September 11 - 24 by appointment
PETER BUSSIAN is a photographer and filmmaker who has spent much of the last 25 years
documenting refugees and other international development issues. He has worked in more than twenty countries and has been
commissioned by aid organizations such as the UN, The International Rescue Committee, CARE, Action Contre La Faim and many
others. His photographs have appeared in media outlets including the New York Times, Paris-Match, the Oprah Winfrey
Show and Foreign Assistance in Focus, a photography book. He has received several awards of his work from the International
Photography Awards (Lucies) and Interaction. Bussian also frequently works as a media advisor to international organizations
such as the UN, NGOs and foreign governments. He received a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado and studied film
at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, NM.
Peter Bussian first went to Afghanistan in May, 2001 when the Taliban
gave him permission to "show the world the real Afghanistan." Over the past ten years, he has gone there every year to document
the incredible resilience of the Afghan people, who have known nothing but war for thirty years. The photographs in this exhibition
were taken in most provinces of Afghanistan as well as in the border region of Pakistan over this ten year period. Currently,
he is developing a feature film project set in Afghanistan.
Women in Diaspora: May
17, 2008 3-7pm
This exhibit featured the following artists:
|Baghdad Bride 12x12
DORIS BITTAR’s series "Stripes and Stars" represents the American flag, the most profusely
patterned flag in the world, as it encounters the most profusely patterned cultures in the world, those from Islamic lands
as seen in matrix, floral, or calligraphic designs. September 11 created in her not only a deep sense of morning and loss,
but a feeling that American and Arabic cultures were jarringly merged within her. Bitar’s loyalty, alienation, and anger
began to emerge as symbols and patterns layered in her mind. The resulting works embody a dichotomy that is both oppositional
and ambiguous, one that seeks an alternate reality or narrative without the use of figuration. "Stripes and Stars" marries
seemingly oppositional icons to probe intertwined concepts of loyalty, identity, nationalism, and power.
DORIS was born in Baghdad of Lebanese and Palestinian parents who immigrated to the United
States when she was a child. She received an MFA from UC San Diego, and has exhibited her work in numerous shows across the
United States and in Italy. She is active in Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups and has written for such publications as Al
Jadid. She is a lecturer at UC San Diego and has taught at the American University in Beirut.
|Drive to Studio 4'x5 '
LIDIA SHADDOW is influenced by Islamic, Indian, and Western abstract
art. Her canvases undergo many changes, manipulations and layers until finally the elements settle into harmony much like
the Eastern and Western cultures in which she grew up. She works intuitively from memory and imagination, and thrives on the
unknown and spontaneity. Her recent paintings are inspired by the drive to her studio in Santa Monica through Topanga Canyon
and along Pacific Coast Highway. The heavy textured mountains, plants, flowers and weeds attract her attention, creating magical
scenes that inspire her to experiment with textures and lines.
LIDIA was born in Israel to a Tunisian mother and an Iraqi father,
and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. She trained as an illustrator and designer, and earned a BFA from Art
Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her works have been exhibited widely in Southern California and most recently at Pomegranate
gallery in New York.
NUHA SINNO is taken by the notion of the Arabic language as art. Her work pays tribute to
her love of the language and for the rich legacy of beauty and elegance that is the Arabic alphabet. Her paintings consist
of intricate lines and colors that coalesce into abstract renditions of Arabic words and their meanings. She feels that these
rich constructions reflect and speak of her life as an Arab woman.
NUHA was born in Beirut and graduated in 1980 from the Lebanese University of fine Arts in
Beirut. She worked in Lebanon as an interior designer until she immigrated to the United States in 1984. Her art work has
been shown in a number group shows in Lebanon and the United States.