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Group show: Nafas - Aktuelle Kunst aus der islamisch geprägten Welt (over)

19 May 2006 until 20 August 2006
  ifa-Galerie Berlin

ifa-Galerie Berlin
Linienstr. 139/140
10115 Berlin
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Contemporary Art from the Islamic World

In the Exhibition Series
“Worlds of Islam”
Funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Thursday, May 18, 2006, 7 pm
Press preview
Thursday, May 18, 2006, 11 am
May 19 – August 20, 2006
Opening hours
Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday
2 pm – 7 pm
Friday and Sunday
2 pm – 9 pm

Admission free

Self-determination and censorship, the strict separation between public and private spaces, the questioning of traditional values in a changing urban context: the relation of the individual and the norms set up by religion and politics often determines the entire social reality in the Islamic world. The exhibition “Nafas. Contemporary Art from the Islamic World” presents artists’ approaches to tackling these themes. For the time being, the exhibition completes the series “Islamic Worlds” in the ifa galleries Berlin and Stuttgart. “Nafas” is part of a projects that is conceptually connected to the online magazine “Contemporary Art from the Islamic World”, which is published by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in collaboration with Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder on their website “Universes-in-Universes – Worlds of Art” since 2004. In the exhibition, computer terminals will be made available in addition to the presented works, providing access to the contents of the online magazine. Thus, the visitors are offered the possibility to learn more about the presented works, their creators as well as about other artists from the Islamic world that are concerned with similar themes or represent comparable artistic positions.

Lida Abdul (Afghanistan/USA), Ebtisam AbdulAziz (United Arab Emirates), Vyacheslav Akhunov (Uzbekistan), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco/France), Amal Kenawy (Egypt), Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin (Malaysia), Waheeda Malullah (Bahrein), Anas Al-Shaikh (Bahrein), Suha Shoman (Jordan).

The catalogue, comprising 80 pages with numerous illustrations, is available for 9 Euro.

Guided tours for groups on appointment with Mrs Ev Fischer, phone 030 / 22679616.
For further information contact: Dr Barbara Barsch (, Ev Fischer (


Friday, May 19, 2006, 6 pm
Context and Cliché
Individual positions in local context and in the international art business
Panel discussion
Participants: Anas Al-Shaikh (artist, Bahrein), Suha Shoman (artist, Jordan), Gilane Tawadros (art consultant, United Kingdom), Kean Wong (media expert, Malaysia), Dr Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder (curators of the exhibition)

Thursday, July 6, 2006, 7 pm
In collaboration with FORUM 46 – Interdisciplinary forum for Europe e.V.
Banality – or: How banal is banality?
Panel discussion
Participants: Professor Dr Martin Korte, Dr Rainer Maria Kiesow, Professor Leif Edvinsson, Dr Thomas Eggensberger

Saturday, July 29, 2006, from 4 pm
Summer party
celebrating the 15th anniversary of the ifa gallery Berlin,
Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations e.V.

Thursday, August 3, 2006, 7 pm
Reality TV – Malaysian Style
The independent film and video scene in Malaysia
Talk and video presentation by Kean Wong

Preview 2006

September 1 – October 29, 2006
Spot on …
Photography from South East Asia
Opening August 31, 2006, 7 pm

November 10, 2006 – January 14, 2007
Cairo. Constructing and Planning for the Day After Tomorrow
Opening November 9, 2006, 7 pm

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