Recognise! During the summer, IN FOCUS, an on-going project with international artists working on different aspects of the Middle East, from the cultural, social, historical and political points of view , presents Recognise, a large-scale contemporary art exhibition around the subject of the Middle East, which is taking place in an old warehouse in London’s Finsbury Park. This multimedia exhibition shows the works of over sixty international artists. The invitation starts with a challenge “Challenge your preconceptions; unpick your presumptions; dismantle your delusions about the Middle East. RECOGNISE!
The ongoing events in the Middle East produce a flow of images that are often of war, destruction and conflict. Channelled by the media, these images remain in the subconscious, coming to mind whenever the term ‘Middle East’ is mentioned. IN FOCUS, with the exhibition Recognise, hopes to challenge these representations by showing more than sixty international contemporary artists whose work relates to the region but defies stereotypes. The project incorporates film, video, digital technology, conceptual work and installation photography.
Recognise gathers a breath-taking range of works by international artists, many shown for the first time in London. The exhibition curated by Predrag Pajdic includes works by Mohamed Abdulla, Ziad Antar & Rasha Salti, Doa Aly, Oreet Ashery, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Tim Blake, Lisa K Blatt, Ali Cherri, Hassan Choubassi, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Sagi Groner, Khaled Hafez, Roza El-Hassan, Susan Hefuna, Hilda Hiary, The Infinity Project, Emily Jacir, Lamia Joreige, Nedim Kufi, Dana Levy, Avi Mograbi, Rabih Mroué, Nada Prlja, Ayman Ramadan, Khaled Ramadan, Paul Ryan, Wael Shawky, Sadegh Tirafkan, Milica Tomic & Branimir Stojanovic, Jalal Toufic and Rachel Wilberforce, etc.
The exhibition will focus on a new visual culture of the Middle East, political, to be sure, but where the primary strength lies in the artists’ work, not in their political or religious views. Parallel to the exhibition there will be screenings, talks, panel discussions, live art performances, and interventions. In the same breath it is the launch of a new contemporary art space in London.

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