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Sama Alshaibi and Khaled Jarrar
Pirineos Sur Festival in Spain / VIVA Festival, Malta
24 July 2015 (Spain) | 31 August 2015 (Malta)
The video works of Sama Alshaibi and Khaled Jarrar will be presented at the Pirineos Sur Festival in Spain on 24 July 2015. Focused on intercultural exchanges between practitioners and audiences, this year’s edition entails various projections of Palestinian video art under the title 'Unexplored Territories'.
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Tammam Azzam
Artist in Residence at Vancouver Biennale 2015
Tammam Azzam, currently participating in the Artist in Residence program at the Vancouver Biennale, unveiled his multimedia installation on 4 July 2015 in Squamish, along with the works of his three fellow residents—Kristin McIver, Rathin Barman, and Jonathan Luckhurst.
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Khaled Jarrar at the Aga Khan Museum
Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation
25 July 2015 - 3 January 2016
Khaled Jarrar’s 'Volleyball', a sculpture made of reconstituted concrete from the Apartheid Wall, will be showcased at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada from 25 July 2015 as part of a group exhibition, 'Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation'. Bringing together a number of acclaimed artists from the MENA region such as Manal al-Dowayan and Adel Abidin, whose works are housed in Sharjah-based Barjeel Foundation, the exhibition concerns itself with the impacts of geopolitical struggles on individual situations and artistic practices.
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LONDON
Venetia Porter in conversation with Sadik Kwaish Alfraji
Thursday, 23 July at 6.00 pm | Ayyam Gallery London
On Thursday 23 July at 6.00 pm, in conjunction with the 2015 Shubbak Festival for Arab culture, Ayyam Gallery London will host a conversation between renowned art historian and British Museum curator Venetia Porter and leading Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji. Exploring the development of Alfraji’s artistic practice over several decades, the talk will detail the works that inform the video animation and drawings of 'Driven by Storms (Ali’s Boat)', the artist’s latest multimedia solo exhibition, which opens at Ayyam Gallery London on Tuesday, 21 July. The evening will also include the European launch of Alfraji’s new monograph. Released by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, the eponymous book is edited by Dutch curator and writer Nat Muller.
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Holiday Announcement
17-20 July 2015 | Beirut & Dubai
Ayyam Gallery wishes you Eid Mubarak! Our galleries in Dubai (Al Quoz & DIFC) and Beirut will remain closed from 17-20 July. Normal working hours resume Tuesday, 21 July.
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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji 'Ali's Boat' screening at the British Museum
12 July 2015
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji’s large scale stop motion video animation 'Ali’s Boat' will be shown at the British Museum on 12 July 2015 as part of the Shubbak Festival 2015.

The projection of Alfraji’s work, which materialises the artist’s memories of a Bagdad that no longer exists, ties in with the festival’s program of talks exploring the architectural alterations, heritage transmissions, and consumerist impacts on contemporary Arab cities. Under the title 'Disappearing Cities' of the Arab World, the program brings together a variety of artists and art professionals, including Ali Cherri, Mohamed Elshashed, and Jananne Al-Ani.
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Khaled Jarrar
That Thou Canst Not Stir a Flower Without Troubling of a Star
28 May - 11 July 2015 | Art Bärtschi & Cie
Khaled Jarrar’s exhibition 'That Thou Canst Not Stir a Flower Without Troubling of a Star', opened at Art Bärtschi & Cie in Geneva on 28 May and will be running through 11 July.

Borrowing its title from the verses of Francis Thompson’s poem 'The Mistress of Vision', the exhibition concerns itself with the interconnections extant in the natural world and by extension, the causality of human actions.

One of the exhibition's highlights—the Ice Helmet, presents an ice sculpture of a military headgear placed inside a wall-integrated refrigerator and stands as a proof of Jarrar’s constantly innovative practice.

Through a strong symbolic of war and a declination of media, from sculpture to installation to performative interventions, Jarrar creates a visual narrative of the conflictual situation ceaselessly unraveling in his native Palestine, and its impacts on everyday life.
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Ammar Al Beik's 'Dolce Siria' at 51st Pesaro International Film Festival & Berlinale Forum Expanded_MMCA
10 June - 5 July 2015 (Seoul, Korea) | 20-27 June 2015 (Pesaro, Italy)
Following the screening at the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February 2015, Ammar Al Beik’s 'Dolce Siria' has been selected for the forthcoming 51st Pesaro International Film Festival, to be held from 20 to 27 June 2015 in Italy. The video will also be presented this summer in Seoul’s Berlinale Forum Expanded_MMCA (10 June - 5 July 2015), a collaborative program between the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea and the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art.

A satirical response to Federico Fellini’s 1960 comedy-drama La Dolce Vita. Al Beik’s movie unfolds as a poignant narrative of the dramatic events affecting his homeland and leading to the extinction of love and happiness, which Fellini’s protagonist Marcello Rubini was unsuccessfully looking for decades ago. Cloaking Syria behind the metaphorical veil of circus, Al Beik tells the despair of his fellow citizens, living a life that is anything but “dolce”.
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BEIRUT | DUBAI
Gallery hours during Ramadan
During The Holy Month of Ramadan, Ayyam Gallery Beirut will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm (Monday - Friday), closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Dubai (Alserkal Avenue & DIFC) will be open from 11am - 4pm (Sunday - Thursday), closed Friday and Saturday.

Ayyam Gallery wishes you Ramadan Kareem!
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Rashed Al Shashai
All The World's a Mosque
28 May - 15 June 2015 | Carthage, Tunisia
Rashed Al Shashai’s LED work 'Shortcut' is featured in 'All The World's a Mosque', a unique, container-based, mobile art exhibition, exploring the interplay between sacred space, religious ritual, cultural convention and everyday life. Hosted by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, the exhibition is curated by Lina Lazaar and will be on view until 15 June 2015.

'All The World's a Mosque' is part of the 3rd edition of JOAU Tunis, a conference which aims to promote the arts and culture of North Africa and the Middle East.
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AYYAM PROJECTS, BEIRUT
Nairy Shahinian: Ecstatic Moments at Ayyam Projects, Beirut
4 June - 12 July 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, 4 June from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Ayyam Projects is pleased to announce 'Ecstatic Moments', the forthcoming solo exhibition of Dubai-based photographer Nairy Shahinian. Featuring an ongoing body of work begun in 2010, the exhibition will introduce Lebanese viewers to Shahinian’s experimental practice, which approaches photography as both an immersive medium and an evolving site of investigation. The conceptual premise of the series—from which the exhibition takes its title—is the experience of attending live concerts and the heightened yet fleeting connections that occur between a musician or band and their audience.
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Ayyam Gallery at Art 15 and Photo London
20-24 May 2015
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 editions of Art 15 and Photo London from 20 May until 24. Joining more than 150 galleries at Art 15 and over 70 art spaces and organisations at Photo London, Ayyam Gallery will spotlight artists who are widely recognised in the Middle East and North Africa as innovators in contemporary painting, photography, and conceptual art. During London’s forthcoming art week, Ayyam Gallery will exhibit alongside art spaces, institutions, and imprints such as Whitechapel Gallery, Maraya Art Centre, the Royal College of Art, and Phaidon publishing as part of a broader international effort to bring diverse artistic practices to UK audiences.
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LONDON
Artist Talk: Samia Halaby in Conversation with Maymanah Farhat
Paintings from the Sixties and Seventies
Tuesday, 19 May at 1:00 pm | Ayyam Gallery London
Following the opening of Samia Halaby: Paintings from the Sixties and Seventies on 18 May, Ayyam Gallery London will host a discussion with the renowned artist on Tuesday 19 May at 1:00 pm. The public talk will explore Halaby’s initial development as a painter, beginning with her career as a young academic at American universities where she implemented a groundbreaking undergraduate art program before becoming the first female associate professor at the Yale School of Art in the 1970s.
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Shurooq Amin, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, and Khaled Hafez at 56th Venice Biennale
Eye of the Thunderstorm: Effervescent Practices from the Arab World
9 May - 22 November 2015
Shurooq Amin, Sadik Alfraji, and Khaled Hafez will be part of 'In the Eye of the Thunderstorm: Effervescent Practices from the Arab World', a collateral project at the 56th Venice Biennale gathering a pan-Arab line-up of artists under one pavilion. Commissioned by Contemporary Practices’ Omar Donia and curated by Martina Corgnati, the group show aims at highlighting the diversity of practices in Middle Eastern contemporary art.
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Sama Alshaibi
Ten: The Exhibition
8 May - 4 October 2015 | Arab American National Museum, Michigan
From 8 May until 4 October, Sama Alshaibi will be featured in 'Ten: The Exhibition', a group exhibition at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Curated by Ayyam Gallery artistic director Maymanah Farhat to celebrate the Museum’s tenth anniversary, the works of ten artists of the Arab diaspora are brought together in order to consider the ways in which contemporary art can serve a variety of functions, particularly at a time when culture must reckon with urgent social and political issues.
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NEW YORK
Samia Halaby
'Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence' at the National Academy of Arts, New York City
29 January - 3 May 2015
Palestinian artist Samia Halaby will be exhibiting in 'Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence' at the National Academy of Arts, New York City. Running from 29 January 2015 till 3 May 2015, the exhibition will gather a large collection of portraits, exploring the evolution of self representation over the past 200 years. Recognised as pioneer of Arab abstract painting, Halaby will be showing her portrait alongside artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Ai Weiwei and Shirin Neshat.
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Sadik Alfraji
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art from the Middle East
1 February 2015–ongoing | LACMA, Los Angeles
Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji, renowned for his large-scale interdisciplinary works, will participate in LACMA’s exhibition Islamic Art Now : Contemporary Art from the Middle East, opening on 1 February 2015. This first major showcase of LACMA’s Middle Eastern collection will present twenty artists from the Arab world and their multimedia works, exploring the relationship between past and present. Alfraji will be featured with his installation 'The House That My Father Built (Once Upon A Time)', consisting of a painting, photographs, and an animation film projected onto a nine-meter wide surface. Evidently blending into the show’s retrospective process of interlinking temporalities, Alfraji will appear alongside other acclaimed artists such as Wafaa Bilal, Hassan Hajjaj, and Mona Hatoum.
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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji in Conversation with Wael Hattar
28 April at 7pm | A4 Space (Alserkal Avenue), Dubai
Please join Sadik Kwaish Alfraji in conversation with Wael Hattar on Tuesday, 28 April at 7pm, at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue.

The first public talk for the Alserkal Avenue's Safina Radio Project, the talk takes Alfraji's current exhibition 'Driven by Storms (Ali's Boat)', as a starting point to discuss concerns of diaspora and displacement.
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VITERBO, ITALY
BADminton by Khaled Jarrar
Screening at 'Deconstructing Reality'
Khaled Jarrar’s 'BADminton' video will be featured in 'Deconstructing Reality', a group exhibition curated by Marco Trulli and presented in Viterbo, Italy from 23-26 April 2015.
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BIN MATAR HOUSE, BAHRAIN
Faisal Samra
Global Warming
8 March - 26 April 2015
Following his first suggestive retrospective at Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai (2014), Saudi artist Faisal Samra will present his recent works in a solo exhibition opening at the Bin Matar House in Bahrain on 8 March 2015. Titled 'Global Warming', the multimedia show gathers three projects (video, painting and installation) that interrogate the likelihood of change when it comes to mankind’s destructive behaviours. While ecological impacts and their questionable reversibility appear as the primary concern throughout Samra’s works, the concept of hostility towards our environment extends to the belligerent actions witnessed across the Middle East.
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ABU DHABI FESTIVAL
Khaled Hafez, Sama Alshaibi, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Faisal Samra, Tammam Azzam and Ammar Al Beik
View From Inside, Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art
20 March - 20 April 2015
The mixed media works of Khaled Hafez, Sama Alshaibi, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Faisal Samra, Tammam Azzam and Ammar Al Beik will be part of 'View From Inside, Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art', opening at the Abu Dhabi Festival on 20 March 2015. Commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, 'View From Inside' constitutes the focal point of this year’s festival and is based on the highly acclaimed eponym show inaugurated during last year’s Houston FotoFest.
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ITALY
Khaled Jarrar
'Too Early, Too Late. Middle East and Modernity' at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Italy
22 January - 12 April
Khaled Jarrar will be participating in a group exhibition at the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna in Italy from the 22 January - 12 April 2015. Curated by Marco Scotini, 'Too Early, Too Late. Middle East and Modernity' investigates the relationship between the East and the West. The exhibition explores the concept of Modernity through the contemporary art scene of the Middle East, North Africa, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Showcasing works from 14th-century museum collections, the exhibition will deliver a historical view of the region and its impact on the East today.
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Safwan Dahoul Dubai Metro Collaboration
Safwan Dahoul’s iconic portraitures of female protagonists covers the surface of a Dubai Metro carriage. As continuation of Dahoul’s monochromatic Dream series, the newly commissioned pieces see the addition of a crumpled effect that adds to an already heightening dramatic composition.

Part of an initiative launched by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and the Road & Transportation Authority, the project was inaugurated in simultaneity with Art Dubai, and showcased a photographic work by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum scaled up to one of the metro carriages. Pursuing celebrations of the Dubai Art Season, the carriage adorned by Dahoul’s Dreams is unveiled in conjunction with two more, presenting commissioned works by Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais and Algerian Rachid Koraichi. Bringing art closer to local audiences, the project also aims at highlighting the multicultural circle of art practitioners living in Dubai.
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HEWAR ART GALLERY, RIYAD
Rashed Al Shashai
Section 11
3-26 March 2015
After a successful show at Hafez Gallery, Jeddah, Rashed Al Shashai’s 'Section 11' will be shown at Hewar Art Gallery, Riyadh in collaboration with Hafez and Ayyam Gallery.

'Section 11' in reference to the class Al Shashai teaches at Al Faisaliah School, the solo exhibition will take a didactic turn by laying out a series of societal issues witnessed by the artist in the Arab world. Translated into a variety of media, religious distortions and contrasts between tradition and modernity will be evoked with a humorous tone that’s common throughout Al Shashai’s work.
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MANARAT AL SAADIYAT, SAADIYAT CULTURAL DISTRICT, ABU DHABI
Samia Halaby
Seeing through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection
5 November 2014 - 26 March 2015
Samia Halaby’s 'Yellow Spiral' (1970) a seminal work inspired by the artist’s admiration for Arabic architecture and calligraphy will be on display at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition 'Seeing through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection', at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The exhibition will introduce the future museum’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection presentation.
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DUBAI
Extended Weekend Hours for Dubai Art Week
DIFC and Alserkal Avenue
Our galleries in DIFC and Alserkal Avenue will have extended weekend hours Dubai Art Week.

Ayyam Gallery Dubai (DIFC) gallery will be open on Thursday, 19 March, Friday, 20 March, Saturday, 21 March from 10 am - 8 pm.

Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz) gallery will be open on Thursday, 19 March from 9 am - 6 pm, Friday, 20 March from 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday, 21 March from 10 am - 6 pm.
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Ayyam Gallery at Art Dubai 2015
18-21 March 2015
Ayyam Gallery will participate in this year’s Art Dubai from 18 until 21 March. Representing a wide spectrum of contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, and photography, Ayyam Gallery’s booth will spotlight established and emerging artists Nadim Karam, Safwan Dahoul, Sama Alshaibi, Faisal Samra, Kais Salman, Mouteea Murad, Athier Mousawi and Alireza Fani. Presented with a diverse lineup of artists, fair attendees will have the opportunity to experience some of the exciting aesthetic developments that are currently taking place in regional art.
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BEIRUT
Ayyam Projects presents 'Leaving Soon' by Myriam Dalal
29 January - 20 March 2015
Ayyam Projects is pleased to present 'Leaving Soon', the solo show of Lebanese artist Myriam Dalal. Featuring a multimedia installation, the exhibition marks the Lebanon debut of a 2013 project by the artist. For this new adaptation of the work, Dalal transforms the gallery space into a site-specific installation that invites viewers to reconsider the ways in which memory can be triggered by the senses while having an impact on new experiences and shaping perception.
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ANKARA, TURKEY
Alireza Fani
Ankara Art Fair
11-15 March 2015
Alireza Fani’s 2010 work 'Witness' from the Remained Objects series will be on display in Igreg Gallery’s booth at the Ankara Art Fair from 11-15 March. The series charts the artist’s symbolic reinterpretation of everyday objects and the ways in which they reflect the human condition.
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Rashed Al Shashai
The Armory Show 2015
5 - 8 March 2015
Saudi artist and educator Rashed Al Shashai will participate in The Armory Show’s Focus: 'MENAM' section curated by Omar Kholeif this March.
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AMSTERDAM
Tammam Azzam
Crisis of History Part 2: Fight History
8 February - 8 March
Acclaimed Syrian artist Tammam Azzam will be featured in Amsterdam’s cultural hub Tolhuistuin as part of a group exhibition titled 'Crisis of History Part 2: Fight History'. Opening on 8 February 2015, the show will highlight artists from the Middle East and beyond in an attempt to decode Western misconceptions of the Arab world. Azzam will participate with his digital works, among which Syrian Museum - a series of European master pieces digitally embedded into images of Syria’s war torn buildings. This body of work gained him worldwide recognition back in 2013 and will be exhibited alongside works by Eric Parnes, Wafaa Bilal, and other artists portraying the political ruptures between East and West.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Artist in Residency | Noor Bahjat
Ayyam Gallery is proud to announce that a residency program for young artists will be launched in Dubai with the first position being awarded to 23 year old Noor Bahjat. A recent graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts, Damascus, Noor left at the top of her class. Working from detailed sketches in a painterly, expressionist style and with a primarily figurative subject matter, the artist skilfully transitions between warm and cold palettes, creating deeply atmospheric canvases. The residency will last 6 months with Noor working in a purpose built studio within close proximity to established artists Tammam Azzam and Mohannad Orabi who will be mentoring her over the duration of her stay.
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DUBAI
The Elephants Trio at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai
March 2015
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, in partnership with Ayyam Gallery, has installed Nadim Karam's iconic sculptures, 'The Elephants Trio', outside the main entrance of the hotel tower in Dubai, UAE.

Laser-cut from stainless steel, the sculptures increase in size from 0.70m to 1.5m to 3m - the largest equaling in scale a fully grown elephant. The perforated surfaces are constituted from a rich vocabulary of forms which create a fragmentation of ideas and generate a multiplicity of stories, with over 500 stainless steel tubes joining the two sides of the largest elephant.
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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji and Khaled Jarrar
aide-mémoire: footnotes
1 March 2015
Khaled Jarrar and Sadik Alfraji will be featured in 'aide-mémoire: footnotes' opening at Sharjah’s Barjeel Foundation on 1 March.

The second instalment of the group exhibition prolongs a prior study of the multiple ways memories are recorded, now incorporating notes taken by the viewers during the first part of the show. Encompassing visions from the past and our interpretations thereof at the present moment, the exhibition also hints at the memories’ evolution in the future.
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Khaled Hafez joins Ayyam Gallery
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce the recent addition of Khaled Hafez to its roster of artists from across the Middle East.
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JEDDAH
Rashed Al Shashai
'Section 11' at Hafez Gallery
28 January - 26 February
Saudi contemporary artist and educator Rashed Al Shashai will be showing his new body of work at Hafez Gallery in Jeddah from 28 January - 26 February 2015, in collaboration with Ayyam Gallery. Titled 'Section 11' in reference to the class Al Shashai teaches at Al Faisaliah School, the solo exhibition will take a didactic turn by laying out a series of societal issues witnessed by the artist in the Arab world. Translated into a variety of media, religious distortions and contrasts between tradition and modernity will be evoked with a humorous tone that’s common throughout Al Shashai’s work.
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Samia Halaby
'Five Decades of Painting and Innovation' at Beirut Exhibition Center
2-26 February, 2015
Following a major retrospective at Ayyam Gallery Dubai, Al Quoz in 2014, Samia Halaby’s oeuvre will be showcased at the Beirut Exhibition Center from 2-26 February 2015. Halaby’s five decades of visual investigations and ever-changing compositions, from early geometric experiments to today’s explosions of colours, have defined her as pioneer of Arab abstraction. Curated by Maymanah Farhat, the exhibition will illustrate each phase of her prolific career, the fifty artworks presented at the Beirut Exhibition Center will include paintings, drawings, prints, computer-generated kinetic works, and hanging sculptures.
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AMSTERDAM
Farzad Kohan
Francis Boeske Projects
11 January - 21 February 2015
Marking Farzad Kohan’s debut in the Netherlands ‘Opening Up, 9 Artists From Iran’ features the work of 9 Iranian artists living in Tehran, London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. The show will showcase the work of these established artists, placing them within the larger context of the flourishing Iranian art scene. This will be the inaugural exhibition at Francis Boeske Projects.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Extended weekend viewing hours for The Young Collectors Auction
Dubai (Al Quoz)
Extended weekend hours for The Young Collectors Auction viewing at Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz). We're open tomorrow, Friday, 6 February from 2-6pm, and Saturday, 12-6pm. Preview continues until 9 February from (10 am - 6pm). Auction on Tuesday, 10 February at 7pm.
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Sama Alshaibi awarded the 2014 – 2015 Fulbright Scholar Fellowship
Sama Alshaibi has recently been awarded with the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, she will be based at the new Palestine Museum in Ramallah where she will be developing an education program and conducting her own research.

Founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, the Fulbright Program is one of the most respected awards programs worldwide. Operating in over 150 countries it was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of culture, knowledge, and skills. The selection of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange are awarded to students, scholars, teachers, scientists and artists annually.
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Ammar Al Beik
65th Berlin Film Festival
5-15 February 2015
Syrian artist and filmmaker Ammar Al Beik will be attending the Forum Expanded program of the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February 2015, with a screening of 'La Dolce Siria' - a satirical response to Federico Fellini’s 1960 comedy-drama 'La Dolce Vita'. Al Beik’s movie unfolds as a poignant narrative of the dramatic events affecting his homeland and leading to the extinction of love and happiness, which Fellini’s protagonist Marcello Rubini was unsuccessfully looking for decades ago. Cloaking Syria behind the metaphorical veil of circus, Al Beik relays the despair of his fellow citizens, living a life that is anything but “dolce”.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Thaier Helal
New publication
In this eponymous monograph on the artist, Thaier Helal, contributors Farouk Yousif, Maymanah Farhat, and Jules McDevitt outline the artist's development while considering the many factors that have contributed to his aesthetic. Complimenting this in- depth analysis is a catalogue of images that includes over one hundred and fifty reproductions spanning nearly twenty years.
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LOS ANGELES
LA Art Show 2015
Booth 512/611
15 – 18 January 2015
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 edition of the LA Art Show. With a curated selection of contemporary painting and photography from the Arab world and Iran, Ayyam Gallery’s participation will serve as its West Coast debut, offering audiences a rare opportunity to encounter a roster of artists who are not only breaking ground in the Middle East but are also internationally active. Recent works by Samia Halaby, Safwan Dahoul, Thaier Helal, Sadik Alfraji, Farzad Kohan, Afshin Pirhashemi, Athier, and Alireza Fani will be highlighted.
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Mohannad Orabi and Maymanah Farhat
Leading Global Thinkers 2014
Foreign Policy
Artist Mohannad Orabi and Ayyam Gallery’s Artistic Director Maymanah Farhat were listed among Foreign Policy’s prestigious 100 Leading Global Thinkers in November.
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Khaled Takreti and Faisal Samra: Insusubordination
Musée de la Palmeraie in Marrakech, Morocco
28 November - 30 December 2014
The work of Khaled Takreti and Faisal Samra is currently on display at Insusubordination, an exhibition marking the second World Human Rights Forum at Musée de la Palmeraie in Marrakech, Morocco. Curated by Mahi Binebine, the show features the work of 26 international artists ranging from painters, photographers, video artists and sculptors all united in a collective effort to garner attention for the global problem of human rights violations. The exhibition runs until 30 December 2014.
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Ayyam Gallery Launches Ayyam Projects
Ayyam Gallery will be launching Ayyam Projects, a new experimental space in Beirut, at the end of October. Ayyam Projects will serve as a sister space to Ayyam Gallery Beirut and will be located next to the Marina district outpost. Envisaged as a venue for experimental art, Ayyam Projects will highlight artists working in photography, conceptual art, installation, video, and new media.
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Holiday and Timing Announcement
Dubai and Beirut
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (DIFC) will have reduced working hours from 20-22 December (10am - 8pm). The gallery will be closed from 23-27 December and will reopen on 28 December (10 am - 8pm).

Dubai (Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz) will be closed 25 December. Normal hours resume 26 December.

Both Dubai galleries will also be closed from 1-3 January.

Beirut will be closed from 25 December - 4 January. Normal hours will resume 5 January.

We wish you happy holidays and a joyful New Year 2015!
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MADRID
Sama Alshaibi and Khaled Jarrar
MADATAC 06 Film and Digital Arts Festival
13 December 2014
Works by Sama Alshaibi and Khaled Jarrar will be screened at 'Waiting for Good, the Unexplored Territories 06_Palestinia' section, being held as part of the MADATAC 06 Film and Digital Arts Festival in Madrid on Saturday, 13 December from 5- 7pm. 'The Unexplored Territories' section presents audio-visual creations from countries with little-known audiovisual production or from areas with radically different cultural backgrounds. Curated by Iurch Lech and Sam Alshaibi, Waiting for Good will feature a line up of Palestinian artists living within or outside of the Occupied Territories presenting a varied set of moving works that reflect the displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people.
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Sama Alshaibi: Opposing Gestures
University of Southern Main (USM)
23 September – 10 December 2014
Sama Alshaibi will be participating in a two-person exhibition with Joseph Farbrook exploring the dilemmas of the political, existential and personal presented through the lens of human gesture and motion.
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NYU ABU DHABI AND FIND CONFERENCE
Shurooq Amin
Reversible: Narrating Identity from the Inside Out and Outside In
7-9 December 2014
Shurooq Amin is participating in Reversible: 'Narrating Identity from the Inside Out and Outside In', a conference held by NYU Abu Dhabi and FIND, from 7-9 December 2014.
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Khaled Jarrar 'Hunger Wall'
Tying together dozens of freshly baked circular loaves of bread and attaching them onto a frame positioned at the mouth of a tunnel integrated into the BAANA, a pedestrian passage running through the city Helsinki, Khaled Jarrar’s ‘performative intervention’ represents the fine line between comfort and suffering, prosperity and poverty. Inviting the public to take part in the construction of the 'Hunger Wall', various people give their reactions to the work with one elderly lady recalling a time during the depression when she had to eat bread baked from the flour usually fed to animals. She goes on to observe that young people today have no idea about hardship and just how quickly life can change with unemployment and economic strife.
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Shurooq Amin
New publication
With contributions by writers Maymanah Farhat and Zarmina Rafi, this monograph explores the intricacies of Amin’s decades-long career through comparative discussions of her works within the broader milieus of international art and literature. Also included is an autobiographical account of the artist’s life, which offers an intimate view of her creative development. Featuring over eighty colour reproductions, ranging from her early experiments with a combined approach to portraiture to her recent cutting-edge compositions, Shurooq Amin traces the evolution of the artist’s celebrated oeuvre.
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Khaled Ead Samawi Scholarship Foundation
Lara Atallah, the first recipient of the Khaled Ead Samawi Art Scholarship, has recently completed an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School of Design in New York City. Since moving from Lebanon to the United States to attend the prestigious institution, Atallah has regularly participated in group shows in the greater New York area. While attending Parsons, she has also developed several new projects that continue her interest in historical narratives, particularly the use of photography as a form of archival material in post-war Lebanon. Atallah holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, and was a finalist of the Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition in 2011.
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PARIS
Ammar Abd Rabbo
Aleppo, A Elles, Eux, Paix! at Europia Gallery in Paris
4-28 November, 2014
A solo exhibition entitled 'Aleppo, A Elles, Eux, Paix!' by Syrian photographer Ammar Abd Rabbo is currently on display at Europia Gallery in Paris and will run until 28 November in conjunction with Paris Photo Month. The show consists of fifteen photographs that document both the extraordinary and mundane aspects of everyday life in the war torn city of Aleppo.
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Khaled Jarrar takes part in RCD>PLY>RWD>FFWD>STOP>EJ
Kashya Hildebrand, London
14 October – 22 November 2014
Curated by Aya Haidar, 'RCD>PLY>RWD>FFWD>STOP>EJ' is based around the recording of the present as a reference for the future. Looking at the recent and current trends that have swept the Middle East, a combination of ongoing tensions as well as a boom in development have led to an urban landscape that is changing at a rapid pace. In the process, history and local heritage is under threat and identities are in a constant state of flux. As the wider geopolitics are determined from above, another layer of history is being made. The artists from the region seek to reflect the actual realities of those who live and struggle to maintain them. They represent the everyday and question preconceptions and misconceptions of an otherwise preconceived and misunderstood region.
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Khaled Jarrar 'Dis-/Obey' at the Helsinki Festival 2014
August 2014
Commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of Helsinki Festival, Khaled Jarrar’s 'Dis-/Obey' saw 50 volunteers participate in a large-scale performative artwork led by the artist. Using his experience as a former bodyguard of President Arafat of the PLO, Jarrar trained the volunteers to march in military formation through the streets of Helsinki. Passing through the central streets and thoroughfares, the march culminated at the focal point of Lasipalatsi Square. Here the artist gave the order for his platoon of volunteers to halt, facing an installation of 50 uniforms that hung in army formation by strings and pink hangers similarly to puppets hanging on a puppeteer’s string. Gradually the group began to leave one by one until only one solider remained, refusing to ‘disobey orders’.
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Nadim Karam
JISP Biennale 2014, Shanghai
Shanghai
Nadim Karam's 'Stretching Thoughts' sculptures are exhibited at Jing'an Sculpture Park as part of the Shanghai JISP Biennale 2014 from 20 September - 20 November 2014.
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BEIRUT
Sama Alshaibi: Chain of Fire
Prologue Exhibition - Honolulu Biennial
30 October - 9 November 2014
Sama Alshaibi has been selected to show her work at the Prologue Exhibition 'Chain of Fire' at the Honolulu Biennial, Co-presented by Hawai'i International Film Festival and Honolulu Biennial Foundation.
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DUBAI
Sama Alshaibi participating in the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2014)
20 October - 8 November 2014
Sama Alshaibi will be participating in the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Hosted by Zayed University, ISEA is an annual gathering of artists and scientists in the field of electronic and emergent arts that has been held in 4 continents and over 20 cities worldwide, since 1988. An academic conference will take place, accompanied by a variety of art events including exhibitions, concerts, performances, and public events. There will also be programme of workshops and tutorials aimed at establishing the connections between East and West, local culture and modern media arts on offer throughout the duration of the event.
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Sama Alshaibi's short films at the Intelligence Report
Peacock Visual Arts: Center for Contemporary Art
4 October - 8 November 2014
Sama Alshaibi’s work will be on show in Intelligence Report at Peacock Visual Arts Center for Contemporary Art. Organised by curator Jay Murphy, the exhibition will feature a programme of screenings of six powerful new feature films from the Middle East and North Africa as well as moving image installations and experimental short films including three videos: 'Sweep', 'Chicken' and 'Sissy' from Alshaibi’s 'The Pessimists'.
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Ayyam Gallery at Abu Dhabi Art 2014
Booth B12 | Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island
5 – 8 November 2014
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, one of the Middle East’s premier art events. Featuring seminal, mid-career, and emerging artists, the gallery’s curated selection of contemporary art will offer a preview of recent developments in painting with a spotlight on the intersections of abstraction and figuration. Through the canvases of six diverse artists, this forthcoming survey will explore the evolving formalism of geometric abstraction, neo-expressionism, and symbolism, which are currently defining regional art.
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LONDON
Shurooq Amin in conversation with Khaled Samawi and Anthony Downey
Ayyam Gallery London
Wednesday, 12 November at 7 pm
Ayyam Gallery London presents Shurooq Amin in conversation with Ayyam Gallery founder Khaled Samawi, and Anthony Downey, contemporary art scholar and Editor in Chief of Ibraaz, on Wednesday, 12 November at 7:00 pm.

The talk will be held ahead of the artist's exhibition 'We'll Build This City on Art and Love', opening on Thursday, 13 November.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
The Young Collectors Auction Preview Now Open at the Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz)
Auction: 30 September | Viewing: 15- 29 September
The Young Collectors Auction preview is now open. Viewing is on until 29 September (10AM-6PM), Saturdays (12-6PM) and Friday, 26 September (2-6PM). The auction takes place Tuesday, 30 September at 7PM.
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Ayyam Gallery artists at upcoming auctions
We are delighted to announce that several works of our represented artists will be appearing in some of the world’s most prestigious auctions this fall.
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Takreti
New publication
Ayyam Gallery launches 'Takreti', a bilingual monograph of Khaled Takreti, featuring a survey of the artist’s work from 2002 until 2014. Complementing this comprehensive catalogue are essays by novelist, art critic, and editor Pascal Amel and Ayyam Gallery Artistic Director Maymanah Farhat.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Faisal Samra
Book launch and artist talk with Myrna Ayad
Monday, 20 October from 7.00 - 9.30 pm
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz) presents artist Faisal Samra in conversation with Myrna Ayad, Editor of Canvas Magazine on Monday, 20 October from 7.00, prior to the opening of the exhibition. The event also marks the Dubai launch of a bilingual Skira monograph on the artist that includes texts by Roxana Azimi and Giles de Bure.
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LONDON
Athier
Artist led tour and talk with Cedric Bardawil
Wednesday, 22 October form 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Ayyam Gallery London is pleased to invite you to a special gallery evening with a private tour by British-Iraqi artist Athier of the current exhibition 'Improbable Possiblities', followed by a talk with art consultant and curator Cedric Bardawil, on Wednesday, 22 October from 6.30 - 8.30 pm.
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Shurooq Amin at Intersections of Art and Literature
University of Trento Conference
15-17 October 2014
Sharooq Amin will be participating in Intersections of Art and Literature, a conference to be held at the Department of Humanities of the University of Trento from 15-17 October.
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Holiday Announcement
Beirut & Dubai
4-6 October 2014
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz & DIFC) and Beirut will remain closed from 4-6 October. Normal working hours resume from 7 October 2014.

Ayyam Gallery wishes you Eid Mubarak!
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Khaled Jarrar at New Museum
16 July - 28 September
Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar will be exhibiting in 'Here and Elsewhere', a major exhibition organised by New York City's New Museum, featuring contemporary art from and about the Arab world. Jarrar will also be joining the artist talk along with Lamia Joreidge, and Charif Kiwan of Abounaddara with Natalie Bell, on 17 July at 7PM at New Museum Theatre.*
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Ayyam Gallery at Photo Shanghai
5-7 September
Artists Sama Alshaibi, Ammar Al-Beik and Alireza Fani will be participating in this year’s Photo Shanghai, the first international art fair dedicated to photography in China, taking place 5-7 September.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Faisal Samra
Artist led tour and book signing
Saturday, 8 November from 4-5 pm
A personalised tour of '39', led by the artist Faisal Samra will take place on Saturday, 8 November 2014 during Quoz Arts Festival.

Samra will be walking through his suggestive retrospective, which charts his long career from his early drawings to his most recent installation Arab Spring. The event will be held in conjunction with a book signing of the artist's bilingual Skira monograph written by Roxana Azimi and Giles de Bure.
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HELSINKI
Khaled Jarrar
TO THE SQUARE 2 at Helsinki Festival 2014
22-31 August 2014
As part of Checkpoint Helsinki’s 'TO THE SQUARE 2' project, Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar has begun work on a large-scale piece involving 50 volunteers engaged in ‘performative action.'
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BEIRUT, DUBAI, JEDDAH
Gallery Ramadan Hours
During the holy month of Ramadan, Ayyam Gallery Beirut will be open to the public from 11am to 6pm (Monday - Friday), closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Dubai (Alserkal Avenue & DIFC) will be open from 11am - 4pm (Sunday - Thursday), closed Friday and Saturday.

Jeddah from 12pm to 5pm and 10pm to 2am (Sunday - Thursday), and 10pm to 2 am (Friday-Saturday).

Ayyam Gallery wishes you Ramadan Kareem!
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Holiday Announcement
Beirut, Dubai, Jeddah
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz & DIFC) and Jeddah will remain closed from 26 July - 2 August. Normal working hours resume from 3 August.

Beirut will be closed from 26 July - 3 August. Normal hours resume from 4 August.

Ayyam Gallery wishes you Eid Mubarak!
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MILAN
Ammar Abd Rabbo participates in 'The sea is my land – Artists from the Mediterranean'
Triennale di Milano, Italy
17 June to 24 August
Photojournalist Ammar Abd Rabbo has been selected to present his works in this year’s “The sea is my land – Artists from the Mediterranean,” an exhibition organised by BNL BNP Paribas Group taking place at the Triennale di Milano, Milan from 17 June to 24 August. The exhibition is conceived and produced by the Bank, curated by Francesco Bonami and Emanuela Mazzonis. The photography and video art exhibition examines the Mediterranean area, interpreted not only geographically but as a cultural basin that unites different civilizations. Ammar Abd Rabbo has previously participated in “the sea is my land – Artists from the Mediterranean,” Rome in 2013.
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Sama Alshaibi in The Postcard Project
Fundraiser for Honolulu Biennial 2014
23 June - 23 July
Sama Alshaibi’s work 'Birket Siwa' (2014) from the Silsila series is being featured in a pop-up fundraiser to raise funds for the Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii’s first biennial, set to take place October 2014. The fundraiser called “The Postcard Project” is hosted by FolioCue and also features work by artists Fred Tomaselli, Fred Fleisher and others. The fundraiser runs between now to 23 July.
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SOUTH KOREA
Khaled Takreti at Gwangju Museum of Art
May 19 – July 13
Khaled Takreti will be exhibiting in "Songs of Loss and Songs of Love" on view at the Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea. This exhibition is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath around the premise of creating alternate history, in particular artists respond to a fictional encounter between legendary singers, Egypt’s Oum Kulthum and South Korea’s Lee-Nan Young in 1967 in Paris. Other participating artists from the region include Ghada Amer, Shirin Neshat, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.
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Tammam Azzam and Kais Salman at the 26th Alexandria Biennale
10 June - 6 July
Tammam Azzam and Kais Salman are participating in the 26th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries, on view in Cairo, Egypt from 10 June - 6 July. The theme for this year’s biennale centers on the will and magnitude of “change,” with the objective that “change” may also serve as catalyst and inspiration for the selected artists’ future practice.
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SOUTH KOREA
Contemporary Arab Art featured in "Fluid Forms II"
Samsung Blue Square & Busan Museum of Art
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce 38 works by 13 of its artists will be featured alongside other prominent Arab artists in "Fluid Forms II", a traveling exhibition focusing on Contemporary Arab Art at Samsung Blue Square in Seoul from 21 May - 31 May, and the Busan Museum of Art in South Korea from 5 June - 4 July.

Directed by internationally-renowned independent curator Yu Yeon Kim, in association with the Korea-Arab Society, "Fluid Forms II" will introduce South Korea to the varied talents, perspectives and diversity of media presently produced throughout the Middle East and the Diaspora.
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Syria's Apex Generation
New publication
Ayyam Gallery launches the publication, ‘Syria’s Apex Generation’ which coincides with the gallery's June openings of contemporary Syrian painting featuring artists, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Nihad Al Turk, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman.The book provides an in-depth survey of movements leading up to this new school of painting that continues to thrive despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original centre. Building on the aesthetic currents set in motion by pioneers in the late 1950s, the included painters navigate the magnitude of the Syrian conflict with allegory, satire, and realism in works that hint at the influence of preceding modern and contemporary artists such as Louay Kayyali, Fateh Moudarres, Moustafa Fathi, Saad Yagan, and Safwan Dahoul. The book contains over 100 colour reproductions which are accompanied by an extensive essay by exhibition curator, Maymanah Farhat.
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Khaled Jarrar’s installation "Gently I Press the Trigger"
Paris | Ramallah
Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar’s installation works from "Gently I Press the Trigger" will be shown concurrently in Paris at the School of Fine Art from 23-25 May and Polaris Gallery from 24 May - 21 June, and in Ramallah at Gallery One from 31 May - 30 June. The installation deals with themes of deception and camouflage, often addressing a soldier's point of view.
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Sama Alshaibi at Alwan for the Arts auction in New York
Artist Sama Alshaibi’s photographic work, 'To Eat Bread' from the monochromatic series, Between the Rivers (2008-2009) will be featured in a benefit auction organised by Alwan for the Arts in New York on 16 June. The auction features work by renowned and emerging Middle Eastern artists, providing an opportunity for established as well as new collectors to acquire works and support the mission of the non-profit, Alwan. An exhibition and reception take place on 26 June from 5-9 pm at Shirin Gallery, New York.
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HAGUE
Tammam Azzam participates in UNESCO exhibition
10 May - 15 June 2014
From 10 May - 15 June 2014, Tammam Azzam will be participating in an outdoor group photography exhibition taking place at the Hague, Netherlands, with plans for the exhibition to travel to Belgium and Paris soon after. The month of May marks the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the 'Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Event of an Armed Conflict'. Key themes for the exhibition include identity, heritage, war, nation building, hope and reconstruction. Azzam will present work from his highly acclaimed Syrian Museum series.
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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
Abdulnasser Gharem at TEDx Prince Sultan University
3 May 2014
Abdulnasser Gharem will be presenting a TEDx talk on the theme, “Be inspired...To inspire” on Saturday 3 May at Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The artist will discuss his artistic career as well as his role in facilitating opportunities for emerging artists in the region. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks covering topics from science to business to global issues in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
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NEW YORK
Samia Halaby in "Ultrapassado - Part I" at Broadway 1602
New York
3 May - 21 June, 2014
Samia Halaby will be participating in the exhibition "Ultrapassado-Part I" at New York City art space Broadway 1602 from 3 May - 21 June, 2014.
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PARIS, FRANCE
Walid El Masri participates in "Syria: Cris-Action (Artists in Creation)"
Institut du Monde Arabe
30 April - 22 June, 2014.
Walid El Masri will be participating in a group exhibition alongside award-winning photo-journalist, Ammar Abd Rabbo and others entitled, "Syria: Cris-Action (Artists in Creation)" to be held at the Institut du Monde Arabe from 30 April - 22 June, 2014. El Masri will be exhibiting recent work from the highly considered "Cocoon" series (2014) in which vivacious bursts of colour accompany sombre cocoon forms on canvas.
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Tammam Azzam's International Exhibitions
From 9 May - 8 June, 2014 artist Tammam Azzam’s works from the "Syrian Spring" and "Freedom Graffiti" series will be showcased at the 11th edition of Dak’Art, the prestigious Biennale of Contemporary African Art to be held in Dakar, Senegal.
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HOUSTON, TEXAS
Ayyam Gallery artists at FotoFest Biennial 2014
15 March - 27 April
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce its participation at the 2014 FotoFest Biennial to be held March 15 - April 27 in Houston, Texas U.S.A. The focus of the 2014 Biennial, 'View From the Inside' are four newly created exhibitions on Arab Video, Photography, and Mixed Media Art. The exhibitions present a diverse vision of Arab society and politics with works from fifty leading Arab artists of the Middle East and North Africa including acclaimed artists, Faisal Samra, Sadik Alfraji, Abdulnasser Gharem, Sama Alshaibi , Tammam Azzam and Ammar Al Beik .
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NEW YORK
Tammam Azzam in 'The Grand Cypher: Hip Hop, Iran & Syria'
Rush Arts Gallery, New York
24 April - 24 May
Tammam Azzam will be participating in "The Grand Cypher: Hip Hop, Iran & Syria", a collective exhibition featuring artists, poets and musicians from Iran and Syria, from 24 April - 24 May at the Rush Arts Gallery, New York. According to curator Julie Ashcraft, art works were chosen for their intensity, magnetic beauty and frank content, all of these characteristics align with the innate spirit of hip-hop. The exhibition is unique in its combined presentation of visual art, poetry and music videos held within a single venue.
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THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, ARIZONA
Sama Alshaibi Talk at The Center for Creative Photography
22 April 2014
Iraqi-Palestinian artist Sama Alshaibi will be discussing the major themes of her work in an artist talk entitled, "Sand rushes in: The Desert, the Border, the Body in the Work of Sama Alshaibi" at The Center for Creative Photography, Arizona on 22 April 2014. The Center for Creative Photography is the largest institution in the world devoted to documenting the history of modern North American photography, holding archives of luminaries such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Harry Callahan.
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UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS, VIENNA
Khaled Jarrar in 'Fragile Hands: a curatorial essay on state subjectivities'
12 March - 11 April
Khaled Jarrar is participating in the exhibition 'Fragile Hands: a curatorial essay on state subjectivities' on view at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna from 12 March - 11 April, 2014. Works in the exhibition reference the film essays of Chris Marker, thematising political and social transformations accompanying imagined and real globalization. Jarrar participates alongside artists from India, Europe and the Middle East to query the hubris of global capitalism which often operates in the guise of democracy.
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PARIS
Institut des Cultures d’Islam presents "Despite it all they make art! Syria: faith in art"
10 April - 27 July, 2014
Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris hosts "Despite it all they make art! Syria: faith in art", a collective exhibition featuring artworks by contemporary Syrian artists encompassing a range of artistic practices and writing that has been produced since the onset of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. Curated by Delphine Leccas, the premise of the exhibition is to look at the artists’ creative relationship to a site of ongoing violence. Participating artists represented by Ayyam Gallery include Khaled Takreti, Tammam Azzam, Ammar Al Beik, and Abdul Karim Majdal Al Beik. The exhibition runs from 10 April - 27 July, 2014.
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DOHA
Nadim Karam Talk in Doha
Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art
10 April 2014
In collaboration with Doha Architecture Forum, Nadim Karam will be discussing his art and architecture at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art - Education City, this Thursday, 10 April at 6.30pm. The event is open to the public.
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CNN 'Inside the Middle East'
April 2014
Ayyam Gallery was featured on CNN’s 'Inside the Middle East', in a report on the movement of Syrian art and artists into the safe haven of Dubai.
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DUBAI
Ayyam Gallery awarded 'Best Art Space'
Arabian Business Lifestyle Awards
2 April 2014
Ayyam Gallery was awarded 'Best Art Space' at the Arabian Business Lifestyle awards gala held recently at the Montgomerie Golf Club, Dubai. This was the inaugural event for the annual awards ceremony.
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Sama Alshaibi Panel Discussion
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce that artist Sama Alshaibi will be speaking at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) on Saturday March 29th as part of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial Conference.
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PARIS, FRANCE
Walid El Masri at Europia Productions Paris
6-28 March
Walid El Masri will present new artworks at 'Cocoon' his solo exhibition at Europia Productions in Paris from 6-28 March.
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DUBAI (ALSERKAL AVENUE & DIFC)
Extended weekend hours for Art Week
21-22 March
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Alserkal Avenue and DIFC) will be open Friday, 21 March Saturday, 22 March from 10am - 6pm.
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DUBAI
Ayyam Gallery at Art Dubai 2014
19-22 March 2014
Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present works by Samia Halaby, Safwan Dahoul, Nadim Karam, Sama Alshaibi and Athier on display at Art Dubai 2014. The carefully selected paintings, sculptures, photo and video works comment on themes highly relevant to Middle Eastern identity discourse and to the Middle East itself. Representing a range of countries from the region, the art works to be featured at the fair will give visitors insight into central debates within the Middle East as well as its diaspora.
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Samia Halaby amongst "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women"
ArabianBusiness.com
March 2014
Palestinian abstract expressionist painter Samia Halaby has been named amongst "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women" by Arabian Business in March 2014. A long serving artist and professor, Halaby was born in Jerusalem in 1936 and is now based in the United States. Listed at #10, Halaby also has the distinction of being the first female art professor at the Yale School of Art in 1972.
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Sama Alshaibi speaking at CAMCSI - Workshop "On Representation"
University of North Texas
28 February from 2-5 pm
Sama Alshaibi will be speaking about her work at the Contemporary Arab + Muslim Cultural Studies Institute's workshop 'On Representation' taking place 28 February from 2-5 pm at the University of North Texas. The workshop looks at how the Arab World is represented through exhibitions, scholarships and explorations of the self. Other speakers include curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, art historian Sarah Rogers and artist Sueraya Shaheen.
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Samia Halaby Talk and Book Signing
19 February at 7pm
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz) is pleased to present an artist talk and book signing by legendary Palestinian painter Samia Halaby on Wednesday, 19 February at 7pm, coinciding with the opening of her first retrospective exhibition titled 'Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation'.

The monograph titled 'Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation' is published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and now available for sale at the gallery in Dubai and London.
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BEIRUT
Biography of a Head by Sadik Alfraji
Beirut Exhibition Center
6 March to 13 April
From 6 March to 13 April, 2014, the Beirut Art Exhibition Centre is pleased to present, 'Biography of a Head', an exhibition of drawings, paintings and videos by renowned Iraqi artist, Sadik Alfraji.
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Athier
Salma and The Cactus Workshop
On a recent trip to Palestine, Athier conducted 'Salma and The Cactus Workshop', a children's workshop held as part of the Science Days in Palestine Cactus Workshop at Ni'lin, Palestine. Inspired by the Palestinian Museum's inaugural exhibition 'Never Part', the workshop was developed by the artist, who was the museum's visiting artist in November.
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Hisham Samawi on Dubai Eye (103.8FM) discussing The Young Collectors Auction
20 January 2014
The World show on Dubai Eye (103.8FM) hosted Hisham Samawi, auctioneer of The Young Collectors Auction, who gave insights about the sale taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, 21 January at Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz).
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DUBAI (AL QUOZ)
Special Weekend Preview Hours
The Young Collectors Auction, Jeddah
Special weekend hours for the Young Collectors Auction preview. Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz) will be open Friday, 17 January from 2-6pm and Saturday, 18 January from 10am - 6pm.
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NEW JERSEY
Sama Alshaibi's collaborative work at The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA)'s exhibition 'Architecture of Memory'.
Sama Alshaibi's collaborative work with Dena Al-Adeeb will be part of The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA)'s exhibition at Mana Contemporary entited 'Architecture of Memory', an exhibition of three distinct projects that utilize video, photography, and performance to address concerns surrounding memory, destruction, and commemoration.