Ali Omar Ermes


25 January – 10 March 2007

Ali Omar Ermes was educated in both Libya and England. He is a writer and painter and worked as a freelance writer for nearly ten years. In 1974 he was appointed as a consultant to the London-based World of Islam Festival, which took place in 1976, and travelled widely during the course of this consultancy. In 1981 he settled in London with his family, where he has lived and worked ever since. His work is based on Arabic letters, and he often uses excerpts from Arabic and world literature addressing social and moral issues that have resonance today. He is involved with numerous cultural and intellectual institutions and is chairman of the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, London. With many publications and over sixty solo and group exhibitions worldwide, his works have been acquired by both public institutions and private collectors in the Middle East, Europe, the USA and East Asia.

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Nja Mahdaoui


30 October – 7 December 2007

Nja Mahdaoui is a visual artist and an explorer of signs. He graduated from the Academy Santa Andrea, Rome, and the École du Louvre, Paris. His varied work comprises paintings, prints, tapestries, designs for fashion designer Amel Sghir, book covers and book illustrations. He was selected by Gulf Air (UAE) to design the external decoration of its fleet for the airline's fiftieth anniversary, and in 2005 he won a UNESCO Crafts Prize for the Arab States with a stained-glass creation. His works are in museum collections in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia, as well as at three airports in Saudi Arabia. He has participated in numerous biennials and group and solo exhibitions and has also organized conferences. He has received many international awards, including the Grand Prix des Arts et des Lettres (Tunisia), and has been on the committees for a number of international artistic events.




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