The Arab British Centre Gallery
1 Gough Square
London EC4A 3DE
This February, Newertown | Art will host Frequency, Kholoud Sharafi's first solo exhibition in London, which brings together highlights from her Telfaz, Umm Kulthoum and Istewana series. Born in Dubai in 1987, Sharafi is one of the UAE's brightest young talents. Her work—a mixture of calligraphy and symbolic imagery—expands on the shapes and patterns used in classic Islamic art and architecture. The artist's style is unique, infusing energy into her work by transporting tradition onto new media and presenting it through innovative compositional arrangements.
Curated by Juan Carlos Farah and Kate Busby, this exhibition coincides with the inauguration of the Centre's Permanent Collection, which is jointly supported by the Arab British Centre and Offscreen.
Covering the diverse contemporary art scene of the region, the works on display are an unparalleled insight to the rich traditions of the Middle East, North Africa and Arab culture as it manifests itself in Europe. From stylised calligraphic compositions to conceptual photography, this collection is an homage to the diversity and outstanding quality of artwork from and inspired by the Arab world.