Conceived & Curated by Predrag Pajdic

IN FOCUS is a London-wide contemporary art project relating to the Middle East. It will include: two multimedia art exhibitions, series of film and video screenings, live art performances & interventions as well as more than 100 educational activities, that will take place across London, during the spring/summer of 2007:

Tate Modern, Opening May 4th 5 - 7pm with a live art performance Make Me Stop Smoking by Rabih Mroué, in addition to THIS DAY, a series of 8 film and video programs, until May 13th 2007

Dazed Gallery, exhibition UNDO, Opening on June 07th 7 - 9pm, until July 11h 2007

Contemporary Art Platform, multimedia exhibition RECOGNISE, Opening on June 22nd 7 - 9pm, until September 7th 2007

The ongoing events in the Middle East produce a flow of images that are often of war, destruction and conflict. Channelled by the media, these images remain in the subconscious, coming to mind whenever the term ‘Middle East’ is mentioned. IN FOCUS hopes to challenge these representations by showing more than sixty international contemporary artists whose work relates to the region but defies stereotypes. The project incorporates film, video, digital technology, conceptual work, installation photography and a number of live art performances and interventions.

Represented artists and IN FOCUS this summer 2007 in London are: Mohamed Abdulla, Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid, Anthony Abou Khalife, Mania Akbari, Akram Al Ashqar, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Mounira Al Solh, Rowan Alfaqih, Doa Aly, Omar Amiralay, Ayreen Anastas, Ziad Antar & Rasha Salti, Oreet Ashery, Mireille & Fabian Astore, Maja Bajevic, Tim Blake, Lisa K Blatt, Ali Cherri, Hassan Choubassi, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Tarek Al Ghoussein & Chris Kienke, Sagi Groner, Roza El-Hassan, Hala Elkoussy, Shady El Noshokaty, Shadi Habib Allah, Khaled Hafez, Mohammed Hammed, Susan Hefuna, Hilda Hiary, Mahmoud Hojeij, The Infinity Project, Hisham Jaber, Lamia Joreige, Annemarie Jacir & Nassin Amaouche, Emily Jacir, Koutaiba Al-Janabi, Ahmed Khaled, Nesrine Khodr, Khorso Khosravi, Nedim Kufi, Dana Levy, Leigh Matthewman, Avi Mograbi, Rabih Mroué, Vesna Milicevic, Enas Muthafar, Diane Nerwen, Nada Prlja, Khalil Rabah, Ayman Ramadan, Khaled Ramadan, Mario Rizzi, Paul Ryan, Jackie Salloum, Lina Saneh, Larissa Sansour, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, Wael Shawky, Sadegh Tirafkan, Milica Tomic & Branimir Stojanovic, Vladimir Tomic, Jalal Toufic, Sharif Waked, Rachel Wilberforce, Akram Zaatari and Sameh Zoabi.

For press images, further information and enquiries please contact Predrag Pajdic on +44 (0)20 7482 6649 [email protected]

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