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Pop Art in the Arab World 

From October 04, 2019 until December 01, 2019From Monday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MADRID
Casa Árabe exhibition halls (at Calle Alcalá, 62). From Monday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

Curated by Najlaa El Ageli (Libya) and Toufik Douib (Algeria), this exhibition bears witness to the strong doses of wit, humor, satire and versatility existing in the emerging art of countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt and Mauritania. The exhibition will be on as of October 4 in Madrid.

The fresh feel of a large part of the artistic production in the Arab world is now expressed by many young creators through a playfulness and interpretation of icons from pop culture.  The show Pop Art, curated by Najlaa El Ageli (Libya) and Toufik Douib (Algeria) bears witness to the strong doses of wit, humor, satire and versatility which characterize the emerging art that can be found on social networks, in online publications and in different forms of cultural expression in countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt and Mauritania, despite the difficult or unstable environments which these countries are dealing with at the present time.

One of the recurring themes in this exhibition is the unprejudiced reflection on the artists’ own societies, including the conflicts and taboos there, which turn the artists into public commentators on their immediate surroundings. However, in much the same way, the constant, celebratory references, in a globalized world, to symbols and icons from pop culture and tradition, some national and others shared, in what is a sort of twenty-first century pan-Arabism, show a certain way of understanding North African identity. This reinterpretation also involves critical interaction with certain Western products, celebrating the peculiar way they are reappropriated in North Africa or, to use a term attributed by the exhibition’s curators, their “Maghrebization.”
 
In short, these are artistic practices which explore different ways of reconciling the supposed contradiction between tradition and modernity, in line with many of the reflections brought up by the pioneers of Western pop art. The exhibition includes works completed in a wide range of media, including photo montages, collages, paintings, video, installations and sound creations.
Pop Art in the Arab World 
Image: Birdcaged (El Moustach)