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Carpet Pages II: Roots
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Carpet Pages II: Roots

I will be participating in a new group exhibition called Carpet Pages II: Roots in London in October! I am working on a new large scale painting that combines the traditional style suns that are found in Islamic manuscripts and adding little touches of my personal London life in there. I am currently sharing the progress on my art instagram, but it’s always better to see them in person, so save the date!

This exhibition focuses on the motif of roots, which contains a multiplicity of ideas – the physical structure of plant roots; the natural pigments and dyes made from roots used in carpet weaving; the metaphorical nature of ancestral roots; roots that link to a homeland; feeling rooted in the earth or in a place, space or time. They can be etymological. They can be a process. Roots can be the basic cause, origin or source of something; they can be its seed, germ or beginning; they can be its heart, foundation or essence. They can be hierarchical or rhizomatic.

It is the second series of a previous show titled Carpet Pages I. It is inspired by carpet pages found in Qurans and manuscripts about connecting, traditions, belonging and the physical and emotional meaning of roots.

Curated by: Vaishali Prazmari - More information about the show

Private View

10th October 2019 6-9pm


The Art Pavilion Mile End, Climton Road, Bow, London E3 4QY

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Manifesting the Unseen - Collaborative Islamic Art Exhibition in London
to Dec 15

Manifesting the Unseen - Collaborative Islamic Art Exhibition in London

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Manifesting the Unseen | Creative Muslim Women

Manifesting the Unseen seeks to remove barriers and reveal hidden truths through creating a discursive space to subvert the ‘Orientalist gaze’ and experience the unique artistic language of Islamic art and its modern cultural expression. Bringing together an international group of emerging Muslim women artists the exhibition invites the viewer to see the unseen, challenging their perceptions of Islam and Muslim women.

The visual artists in Manifesting the Unseen share an interest in the unifying principles of Islamic art, its origins within the inner realities of divine revelation and its perfect balance of science, art and spirituality. Their work focuses on the essence of things, seeking not to replicate nature but to convey what it represents; revealing what is unseen until nothing remains hidden. The works in Manifesting the Unseen aspire to reflect the infinite nature of Allah; the creation of the pieces becomes an act of devotion for some, and a reflection of faith for others. Through engaging with these themes, viewers are invited to contemplate the idea of oneness and how from unity all diversity emerges.


Curated by: Nazia Mirza

Watch the artists tell you about their work and the reasoning behind this exhibition:

Featured visual artists include:



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to Sep 30

In Dreams Exhibition

A group exhibition exploring the sensory experience of sleep, dream narratives and internal visual landscapes; the process of awakening; and the sleeping subject. This is a collaborative project involving sixteen contemporary visual artists and wider discussion group of writers and scientists.

The exhibition focus:

1.     The sensory experience of sleep;

2.     Dream narratives and internal visual landscapes;

3.     The process of awakening; and

4.     The sleeping subject.

Sleep and dreams have always been a source of inspiration to artists. Most notably to the Surrealists – who focused on expressing the subconscious as directly as possible, rejecting a rational view of the world.

26 - 30 September 2017
(daily 11.00 am – 6.00 pm)


Menier Gallery
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

‘The Shadow Puppeteer Dreaming’ Sophie Charalambous

‘The Shadow Puppeteer Dreaming’ Sophie Charalambous

Curator: Clare Dudeney -

  • Private View: Tuesday 26 September (6.00 – 9.00 pm)

  • Night of talks: Thursday 28 September (6.00 – 9.00 pm)

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Artist Information: 

Esra is inspired by Islamic patterns and designs. By studying and practicing traditional methods used in Iran and Turkey, she has found her own unique voice and is exploring a range of applications to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary arts. Islamic illuminations are constructed with geometric grids, biomorphic and floral shapes, representational of the vegetation in the area the painting originated. For this exhibition Esra will be considering Islamic traditions of dream interpretation and symbolism. Esra is a Saudi artist living in London and working on her PhD in interior architecture, in the University of East London.

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to Sep 1

Transition Exhibition in London

This is a collaborative exhibition for Middle Eastern artists that I will be taking a part in. 


Definition: Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

The exhibitions aim is to engage in dialogue about how artists from the Arab world are individuals transitioning through life. We see the Arab world being exposed to different cultures, the rise of third culture kids or the merge of mixed backgrounds is becoming more common, we see more young people having political opinions, the social rise on social media is widespread and the balancing of both West and East is on a scale that continually drops or heightens. Where usually one person is often a spokesperson for the entire community rather than as their individual self, we aim to shift away from that notion and encourage growth of the individual, to explore the complexities of an identity and the ever transitioning stages we each go through.

Menier Gallery
51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU.


Exhibition Curators: 

Reconnecting Arts is a platform supporting emerging contemporary Middle Eastern creatives. We aim to increase the visibility of Arab emerging creatives in the region as well internationally through our exhibitions, features, magazines and workshops we offer. We want to create a space where a refreshing idea of Arab work and narratives are shown by Arab Artists themselves, where they can challenge, question and create dialogue about their own experiences. Our mission is to provide opportunities for a network of creatives and the community to Reconnect with each other. We are committed to facilitating cross cultural dialogue.

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