Reflections at the British Museum

reflectionsReflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
February – August 2021 in Room 90

Featuring around 100 works on paper, the majority of which have been collected by the British Museum during the past decade, this exhibition presents artists from across the Middle East and North Africa who reflect on their own societies, all of which have experienced extraordinary changes in living memory. The exhibition themes highlight issues of gender, identity, faith, and politics while also exploring how the past interacts with the present.

From Iranian artist Marcos Grigorian’s nude sketches demonstrating the importance of figural art, to art associated with the Syrian uprisings, it challenges perceptions of the artistic traditions of the region, and through the prism of personal experience, the artists present us with a refracted image of a region. There is no one narrative here, but a multiplicity of stories.


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