Alia Hamaoui | HINO 500

7 Jul 2023 – 13 Aug 2023

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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San Mei Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • 10 minute walk from Brixton station or Stockwell Station
  • 10 minute walk fromLoughborough Junction Station
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Solo presentation by Alia Hamaoui in San Mei Gallery's public facing window space.


San Mei Gallery is pleased to present HINO 500 by British-Lebanese artist Alia Hamaoui. This will be the second exhibition in San Mei Gallery’s new public-facing window space, presenting a series of micro-exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists. Open 24 hours a day, this new programming strand facilitates responsive and exciting small-scale exhibitions in a hypervisible context.

Alia Hamaoui’s practice probes the relationships between cultural identity, objects and places, drawing on the artefacts, spaces, materials and textures that resonate with her dual heritage. Working across sculpture, print, image-making and moving image, Hamaoui’s work layers fragments of personal memory, found objects and digital imagery to construct enigmatic and affective elements of speculative mise-en-scènes.

At San Mei Gallery, Alia Hamaoui presents a single wall-based assemblage, HINO 500, made from perforated leather, UV print on sand, and a hand woven beaded insert. Exploring the way the architectural space of both car interiors and the Islamic paradise garden use physical containment to accentuate ideals of psychological journeying, HINO 500 stitches together visual references from both, such as the wooden beaded car seat covers often found in the SWANA region and other hot climates around the world. Hamaoui turns to the car seat as an intimate object defined by its proximity to the human body, a supportive form designed for both comfort and security in the risk-laden space of the car. Flattened against the wall, Hamaoui’s car seat pursues an uncertain relationship to death, at once protective but also indexing a driving force that pulls the human body forward through time and space. Also drawing on the geometric architectural designs of Islamic paradise gardens, HINO 500 registers a speculative drive towards undetermined futures.

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