Design_atelier_ and P21 Gallery are excited to present In the City, an absorbing graphic design and sound art exhibition which provides a rare glimpse into four Arab cities. Hosted at P21 Gallery, the exhibition will be a first of its kind in London to showcase a series of commissioned and pre-existing works from an eclectic line up of established and emerging Arab designers, illustrators, video, and sound artists.
In the City transports the audience through four enigmatic, but overlooked Arab cities – Alexandria, Algiers, Baghdad and Nablus – by recapturing and reimagining elements of those cities. The collection explores each city’s panorama through their streets, landmarks, people, signage, and sounds. Every room contains elements borrowed from the city it represents, forming a variety of installations that will entice interaction between the audience and the work.
The cultural diversity of the Arab world is increasingly belied by reductive media coverage of the region. This exhibition seeks to reclaim that narrative by inviting the audience to look beyond the headlines, through the collective imaginations of Arabs themselves.
The exhibition is supported by the Arab British Centre, Baghdad Capital of Culture 2013, the Iraqi Cultural Centre and Kalimat Magazine.
In the City will include an extensive public programme of talks and events. For further details, please visit kalimatmagazine.com/inthecity