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Exhibition: Soufiane Ababri

Location

Barbican Arts Centre,

Silk Street, London,
EC2Y 8DS

Dates

This exhibition runs from Wed, 13th Mar 2024 to Sun, 30th Jun 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Wed,
19th Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)
Thu,
20th Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)
Fri,
21st Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)
Sat,
22nd Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)
Sun,
23rd Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)
Mon,
24th Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)
Tue,
25th Jun 2024  
(11am - 7pm)

Cost: Free of Charge

Description

Moroccan artist Soufiane Ababri’s new commission, Their mouths were full of bumblebees but it was me who was pollinated, explores questions of desire, queerness, and diaspora.

In his first exhibition at a major UK institution, Ababri transforms The Curve in a new site-specific work. Uniting drawing, performance and installation, his work challenges the dominance of Western narratives in queer history.

The exhibition highlights how The Curve’s shape reflects the Arabic letter Zayin (ز), the first letter of the word ‘zamel’, a derogatory term for gay men, whose buzzing sound is used to insinuate the slur without voicing it in Morocco. Zamel’s evolution from originally meaning close friend shows how homophobia threatens not only same-sex sexuality, but restricts the possibility of radical forms of friendship.

With drawings exploring diasporic queer experience and queer nightlife as a space for collective and personal emancipation, the show is an act of reclamation that subverts architecture, language, and histories.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Disclaimer

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This exhibition runs from Wed, 13th Mar 2024 to Sun, 30th Jun 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

June 2024

Location

Barbican Arts Centre,

Silk Street, London,
EC2Y 8DS

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