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Curation: "the art of integrating art works in the space they live in"

 'Thread of Light' Art Exhibition: 

This exhibition was born from the need to tell a story focused on the lives and creativity of the people of the Middle East... by showcasing the talent of emerging and established artists. What I looked for whilst selecting them is a highly individual, subtle voice commenting on what is happening in the region today. As Head Curator and exhibiting artist, I brought together established artists such as Hassan Hajjaj, Hanaa Malallah and Kennardphillips with more emerging artists, in translating this concept over 300m2 at the P21 Gallery London.

In providing a window to these creative minds the exhibition succeeded in providing an alternative image and story to how the region is often stereotyped by the media and Hollywood.

Special thanks to Joud Tamimi Halawani for her valuable assistance.

left to right: 'Moments of Expulsion' ©Jo Scorah, 'Material Matters' ©Ozlem Demirel, 'About Charlie Hebdo' ©Asmaa Alanbari

left to right: 'Moments of Expulsion' ©Jo Scorah, 'Material Matters' ©Ozlem Demirel, 'About Charlie Hebdo' ©Asmaa Alanbari

'Foreign Bodies'©Souheil Sleiman (front)  'Little Fictions' and 'Dawn' ©Asmaa Alanbari (back)

'Foreign Bodies'©Souheil Sleiman (front)

'Little Fictions' and 'Dawn' ©Asmaa Alanbari (back)

from 'Le Salon' series ©Hassan Hajjaj

from 'Le Salon' series ©Hassan Hajjaj

close up view of 'Moments of Expulsion' installation © Jo Scorah

close up view of 'Moments of Expulsion' installation © Jo Scorah

'Draw Me Close' ©Dia Batal (left installation) and 'Not in My Name' ©Asmaa Alanbari (right wall)

'Draw Me Close' ©Dia Batal (left installation) and 'Not in My Name' ©Asmaa Alanbari (right wall)

300 m2 were were split across two levels with this space bridging the two with the 'Transcend Boundaries' video projection © Helen Kirwan and 3D wall calligraphy 'Draw Me Close' © Dia Batal

300 m2 were were split across two levels with this space bridging the two with the 'Transcend Boundaries' video projection © Helen Kirwan and 3D wall calligraphy 'Draw Me Close' © Dia Batal

video projection of 'Drone and Ziggurat of Ur' ©Hanaa Malallah

video projection of 'Drone and Ziggurat of Ur' ©Hanaa Malallah

Exhibition entrance

Exhibition entrance

foreground installation: 'Playing on the Beach is a Dangerous Discourse' ©Dia Batal  background wall: left to right: About Charlie Hebdo' ©Asmaa Alanbari, 'Sayed' and 'Badr' ©Estabrak Al Ansari

foreground installation: 'Playing on the Beach is a Dangerous Discourse' ©Dia Batal

background wall: left to right: About Charlie Hebdo' ©Asmaa Alanbari, 'Sayed' and 'Badr' ©Estabrak Al Ansari

Low lying objects and installations optimise a room with low ceiling height, and vertical objects can be used to suggest an itinerary to visitors. Transparent walls carry the eye out of the room towards the next piece (Moments of Expulsion © Jo Scorah. 'This is Not a Table' © Dia Batal (foreground), 'Foreign Bodies' © Souheil Sleiman (central floor installation)

Low lying objects and installations optimise a room with low ceiling height, and vertical objects can be used to suggest an itinerary to visitors. Transparent walls carry the eye out of the room towards the next piece (Moments of Expulsion © Jo Scorah. 'This is Not a Table' © Dia Batal (foreground), 'Foreign Bodies' © Souheil Sleiman (central floor installation)