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25 Jan, 2013 at 12:00 am - 20 Apr, 2013 at 12:00 am

New Art Exchange is proud to present Realism in Rawiya: Photographic Stories from the Middle East. Rawiya meaning ‘she who tells a story’ in Arabic, are the first all-female photographic collective to emerge from the Middle East. This exhibition, curated by New Art Exchange and Saleem Arif Quadri MBE, is Rawiya’s first major survey in the UK. The show comprises 56 framed images (with the option of producing select works as large-scale photo murals), a video piece, copies of interpretation and a beautifully produced exhibition catalogue. Realism in Rawiya presents the work of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian.

Established in 2009 the idea of the collective was to provide a supportive platform for female photographers in the Middle East. In addition, each of the six artists were united in their desire to tell the stories of their region in their own words. This was in response to the misrepresentations presented by the global press, which they observed whilst working as photojournalists across the Arab world. This shared experience inspired the members to create their own platform, to present what they felt to be the wider political and social stories currently going unseen.

To see the tour pack, please contact [email protected]

Exhibition has recently been shown at:

Ort Gallery, 13 October – 16 December
Impressions Gallery, 18 February – 16 May 2015
Art Exchange, 4 July – 20 July 2013
Bluecoat, part of I exist (in some way) exhibition, 18 May – 14 July 2013

About NAE’s Touring Exhibitions

New Art Exchange curates a number of exhibitions annually, a number of which are available for national and international tour. With a focus on contemporary fine art practice our exhibitions present various mediums and we work with both British and international artists. All of our exhibitions contribute to NAE’s mission statement which is to stimulate new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society.

Details of the exhibitions currently available to tour can be found below. If you are interested in hiring one of our touring exhibitions, please contact [email protected]