Curated by Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi, the ‘Multitudes’ exhibition forms an integral part of the Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival 2017. AWAN is an annual event that celebrates Arab female artists, by offering them the platform to increase the visibility of their artwork and by exposing their talent to newer audiences.
‘Multitudes’ exhibition seeks to deconstruct what it means to be an “Arab Woman Artist Now.” At a time when Arab women continue to be misrepresented, their experiences essentialised, and their bodies and garments used to bolster a discourse that portrays the Arab world as backward and regressive, ‘Multitudes’ provides a platform for Arab women to reclaim their narrative.
The ultimate aim is to increase understanding around Arab women’s diverse realities and concerns, shed light on the multitudes contained within each of them, while providing an alternative, more nuanced perspective on the Arab region and its peoples.
The exhibition comprises the work of 10 both emerging and established Arab women artists. The line up includes: Alia Ali (Yemen), Arwa Al Neami (Saudi Arabia), Hela Ammar (Tunisia), Houda Ghorbel (Tunisia), Lubna Abdelaziz (Egypt), Asmaa Alanbari (Iraq), Izdehar Afyouni (Jordan), Nessma Djhouri (Algeria), Nour Malas (Syria) and Maya Beano (Jordan).