Preview of 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities'

Sat 22 october 2016

Nestled in the heart of South Kensington, NYLA gallery played host to the Barakat Trust's exhibition 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities' part of RBKC's Nour festival of Arts.

The preview showcased a visual dialogue between reinterpreted maps and diagrammatic representations expressing the intimate relationship between peoples, histories, cultures and their natural environment. Set within the context of the constantly evolving and rapidly changing face of the Middle East, themes around migration, polarisation, destruction of heritage and the impact on identity and the human body are explored. A sense of continuous movement and migration of cultural landscapes is evoked by a range of emerging and international artists using a diverse range of mediums from mixed media, digital and textiles.

‘The story of migration can be full of hope and optimism and beauty yet at the same time destructive and full of horror. Now more then ever, the focus needs to remain on the visual stories of migrating histories and our moving identities. We have all migrated from somewhere…

Who are we? And where do we come from? And does it even matter?’ these were the questions and conversations buzzing around the evening as guests became involved in the interactive map wall installation inviting visitors to map their 'migrating histories'! Other works included digital maps by NYLA and Hadiyah Hussain, an installation by Khaver Idrees, limited edition prints by Kevin Jackson and a series of moving photographs by journalist and writer Sarah ElRashidi,

All the artists, to some degree or another, have been touched by the story of migration whether through their personal journey and cultural ancestry or the present day cultural landscape of media and politics. Some of the artists have taken objects and earth from the Middle East and reinterpreted this in mixed media work to create a sense of beauty juxtaposed with a sense of horror allowing the onlooker to draw their own conclusions.

Grantee Profile

Ahmed Mustafa exhibition

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1943, Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is an artist and scholar of international rep...

More »

Media

  • Art Patronage

    Art & Patronage Middle East by Thames & Hudson

    The Barakat Trust was featured in 'Art & Patronage The Middle East' published by Thames & Hudson. More »

  • Arab News logo

    Arab News

    Arab News has consistently feature the growth and evolution of the Barakat Trust from its early years to the present day. More »

News & Events

img0

Barakat 30th Anniversary

date: Thurs 5 Oct 2017

Since 1987 The Barakat Trust, with the help of its supporters, has raised and distributed funds for ......  More »
Professional networkign icon

Student, Academic, Corporate mentoring and networking event

date: Tues 24 Oct 2017

Barakat will be hosting a unique mentoring event to foster networking with a view to student and pro......  More »
Screen Shot 2017 04 17 at 18.42.51

Matisse in Studio and his Islamic collections

date: Fri 22nd Sept 2017

Matisse in StudioStep into the studio of Henri Matisse, brimming with the artist’s treasured objects......  More »
Screen Shot 2017 04 22 at 11.33.36

Kidspreneur Fair

date: July 8th & Sept 17th 2017

Let the kids release their bursting creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and donate to charity! We wil......  More »