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"BAAB" Bahrain Art Across Borders | London Exhibition | May 2016

posted Jun 29, 2016, 5:09 AM by Jamal A Rahim   [ updated Jun 29, 2016, 8:43 AM ]

"BAAB" is a significant new arts venture designed to showcase Bahrain's rich creative talents to an international audience and further promote cross-cultural dialogue, broaden artists' horizons, and introduce art collectors and enthusiasts across the world to Bahrain's artists. 

Organised by Art and Spice, in association with Tamkeen and Art Select represented by Kanika Subberwal, an exhibition of works by 17 Bahraini artists was held in London in May 2016. The opening was held at Victoria & Albert Museum in the presence of the artists, H.E. Sh. Fawaz Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa (Ambassador of Bahrain in UK), Dr. Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi (Tamkeen Chief Executive), and John Whittingdale (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport).

After the big inauguration ceremony, the exhibition was relocated to Gallery 8, Duke Street in the heart of the St. James district. 

The event also featured the unveiling of the BAAB London 2016 Catalogue and short film that reflects the true essence of the project.

The trip included important visits to:


-   Gagosian Gallery (Alberto Giacometti & Yves Klein)

-   Tate Modern (Mona Hatoum, Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979)

-   Christie’s auction House.

-    Whitechapel Gallery (Eva & Franco Mattes and Tor Jørgen van Eijk Artists' Film International, Harun Farocki, Parallel I-IV (2012-14), and Mary Heilmann, Looking at Pictures)

-    Barbican Art Centre (Imran Qureshi - Where the Shadows are so Deep)

 It also included an open public panel discussion at Arab British Chamber of Commerce conducted by Prof. Jonathan Harris (Head of the School of Art at Birmingham City University) in conversation with Prof. Aissa Deebi (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Design, College of Arts, Montclair State University, USA) on issues on Art and Globalisation.

The discussion was moderated by Prof. Gordon Hon (Lecturer, Contemporary Studies within Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton), with artists Jamal A.Rahim, Ghada Khunji and Alnoor Mitha (Senior research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, artist, curator, writer and producer for many artistic events worldwide) as guest speakers.

The trip was ended by a workshop for the participating artists on The Creative process in Contemporary Art by Dr. Aissa Deebi and Janet Rady (curator of the exhibition in London).