The Aga Khan Centre Gallery launches with the first solo UK show from Lebanese-Egyptian artist, Bahia Shehab.
When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, Bahia Shehab began spray-painting the Arabic script for ‘no’ in the streets of Cairo saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence: a thousand times no.
This free exhibition highlights her most recent works, which have taken her powerful message of resistance to walls around the world.
The five digital artworks on show represent poetry murals Shehab has painted in four different cities – Cairo, New York, Beirut and Marrakesh, as well as the Greek island of Cephalonia. The murals are inspired by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) and the show’s title, ‘At the corner of a dream’ is a line from one of his resistance poems.
This exhibition accompanies the book by the same title published by Gingko in association with AKU-ISMC. Reserve your place at the exhibition preview and book launch here.
About the Aga Khan Centre
Located at the heart of King’s Cross’ Knowledge Quarter, the Aga Khan Centre is a place of education, insight and cultural exchange. The Aga Khan Centre Gallery is home to a changing programme of exhibitions which aim to create a better understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures, past and present. The gallery programme will connect with the work of the three main institutes within the centre; Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and Institute of Ismaili Studies. It will also connect with the wider Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The Aga Khan Gallery aims to contribute to the cultural offer across London as well as nationally and internationally.