Naseem: Nja Mahdaoui & Ali Omar Ermes

2 - 25 April 2008

Meem Gallery brings together the work of Ali Omar Ermes and Nja Mahdaoui in a joint exhibition that celebrates each artist's exploration of the Arabic letter. In 2006, the British Museum presented the exhibition Word into Art in London, launched in Dubai in 2008, a show which displayed contemporary works that represented different interpretations of Arabic and Farsi letters. Naseem explores this theme further but with greater focus on art production from North Africa. Each artist explores the letterword from a different perspective - Ali Omar Ermes focuses on the literal meaning of the letter and words, while Nja Mahdaoui explores the formal appearance of Arabic letters, constructing compositions that are extremely detailed but illegible.