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Despite, an exhibition by Palestinian artists - Rich Mix

Exhibition preview

EAST London’s Rich Mix gallery space is hosting Despite, an exhibition of work by Palestinian artists living both in Palestine and the diaspora – from Friday December 7 to Friday, December 28, 2012.

The exhibition, co-curated by Aser El Saqqa of Arts Canteen and Nicola Gray, demonstrates that in the space and practice of art, there is an opportunity to overcome, to believe in and engage with renewal and regeneration.

Participating artists are: Nidal Abu Oun, Mohamed Abusal, Jawad Al Malhi, Mohamed Al Hawajri, Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat, Rana Bishara, Mohammed Joha, Raed Issa, Dina Mattar, Rima Muzayan, Hosni Radwan, Majed Shala, Shareef Sarhan and Hani Zurob.

Hani Zurob, who will be attending the Private View (December 6) from Paris, said: “This is a unique opportunity for me. It is my debut in London and the first time to participate in a collective exhibition with my contemporaries and peers from within and outside Palestine.”

And co-curator, Nicola Gray writes that Despite explores the juxtaposition of our ‘real’ structured environments with the artistic imagination, drawing on bleak images of humiliation and restricted movement alongside sheer visible enjoyment in the colour, light and matter of the world we share. It challenges preconceptions and, we hope, will inspire curiosity and further exploration.

Arts Canteen is a London based cultural venture. Its aim is to build artistic relationships between the Arab world and Europe. It provides platforms for emerging and mid-career artists who create exciting contemporary visual art and music.

For more information visit www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/despite/.

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London