UK's First Ever Kuwaiti Pop Art Exhibition

Emerging Arabic artists showcase art at 'Kuwaiti Pop Art Exhibition'

London’s Lahd Gallery – the city’s foremost venue for showcasing contemporary Middle Eastern and North African art - is hosting the UK’s first ever Kuwaiti Pop Art exhibition.

Running for six weeks from 27th May, ‘Pop Icons’ will be the first time contemporary art duo Hamad AlSaab and Ali Sultan have exhibited their work outside of the Middle East.

The exhibition will feature a rolling programme of its best pieces highlighting the breadth of the region’s talents and communities – often rejecting stereotypes and providing an eye-opening view into the lives and thoughts of people within Arabic countries.


A review exhibition will showcase artworks from Sudan, Kuwait, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

The collection includes images of iconic figures from Arabic history and culture presented in the universally recognizable Pop Art style, formed from film footage, magazine covers and historic materials from flea markets.

 “Pop Art has immortalised some of the most iconic celebrities in the world and is the perfect medium to portray some of the Arabic world’s own celebrities,” said 39 year old Hamad.  “There is a vast array of stars from movies, songs, musicals and theatre from around the Middle East and we have captured some of the most memorable for this collection.”

Ali, 29, added: “Pop Art is our way of expressing the emotions we associate with our region’s glamorous past, present and future and this collection uses celebrities to tell the fascinating story of the Middle East.”


About the artists

Pop Icons: Hamad & Ali
The first time contemporary art duo Hamad AlSaab and Ali Sultan have exhibited their work outside of the Middle East. ‘Pop Icons’ includes images of iconic figures from Arabic history and culture presented in the universally recognisable Pop Art style, formed from film footage, magazine covers and historic materials from flea markets.


The Untold Truth of Society Girls
Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin shines a light into the secret world of the Gulf’s society girls – contrasting the glamour and embellishment of their surroundings with the danger of their circumstances.

Each image is shot with a bullet from a M16 sniper to highlight society’s murder of a the girls’ sensuality and passion.


Rediscovering Sudan

Sudan’s rich heritage and diverse culture are showcased through this collection of landscapes and portraits incorporating textures, line and shadow as well as layered works. The four artists reveal the inner spirit of Sudan and its people’s multicultural makeup.


With the surge in interest in Middle Eastern art, Lahd’s popular Rediscovering Sudan features a variety of works showcasing the country’s rich heritage and bold and experimental artistic style.

{See more exhibition photos from Lahd's Facebook page}

An Istanbul Legacy

Three leading Turkish contemporary artists are featured in this collection which includes modern, humorous interpretations of Greek gods, images exploring human consciousness through the depiction of battle scenes and 4D Lenticular works showcasing social discourse.



The Gulf Re-veiled

Works from leading female artists in the region reveal a new perspective on women in the Gulf. Featuring photography, self-portraits and a multi-media installation, the exhibition forces people to rethink and question their understanding.


About Lahd Gallery
Founded in 2005 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to create a focal point for women artists from the Gulf, Lahd Gallery soon became a well known exhibition space on the contemporary art scene in the Middle East and has exhibited extensively throughout the Gulf and North African countries. In 2010, LahdGallery moved to its present location in London and has since become the foremost gallery promoting contemporary Middle Eastern art.




Admission to the exhibition is free and the gallery is located on 92 Heath Street, London NW3 1DP. {get directions}


For more info: w | www.lahdgallery.com   e | info@lahdgallery.com  
t | (UK) 0207 435 7323

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