Forgotten Female Artists of Modern Arab Art to Get Their Due in Museum Show

THE ART NEWSPAPER
By Aimee Dawson
Detail: Safia Farhat's tapestry Amités, now part of the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection Image courtesy of Galerie El Marsa
An exhibition of Modern Arab art opening at the Sharjah Art Museum in November will focus on achieving gender parity among the artists on show. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, an Emirati collector and professor, is organising the exhibition, along with the curators Suheyla Takesh and Salwa Mikdadi, using works from his Barjeel Art Foundation collection of Middle Eastern art. Al Qassemi argues that female artists, and not just those from the Middle East, have been too-long forgotten in art history: “The issue has been gnawing at me since 2017, when I took a group of my students around the exhibition Modern Art from the Middle East," which was made up of works from Barjeel Art Foundation. He then learned that, overall, works by women only total around 13% in US museums. [More]
Safia Farhat's tapestry Amités, now part of the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection Image courtesy of Galerie El Marsa

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