Sama Alshaibi: Sihr Halal (Permissible magic), 2014, © Sama Alshaibi, Courtesy Ayyam Gallery, Dubai

Suspended Territories
Artists from Middle East and North Africa

24.06.2017 –

The exhibition collects pointed insights into the work of nine artists from the Arabian-Persian region, but who now live mainly in the West. Their artistic forms of expression are condensed with biographical links to a multilayered, highly interesting picture of questioning identity and belonging.


The desert as a place of spiritual retreat, a video archive of personal memories of the horrors of the Lebanon War, a female Superman in Tunisia demanding a state for Super-Tunisians. A lot of things are in upheaval in the Arabian countries and in Iran, and not only in recent times. Old geopolitical borders are shifting and creating a vacuum between the opposing forces. Confrontations of aesthetic images with political ideas are made visible.


Arwa Abouon (*1982 Libyen – Kanada), Mounira Al Solh (*1978 Libanon – Niederlande), Morehshin Allahyari (*1985 Iran – USA), Sama Alshaibi (*1973 Irak – USA), Moufida Fedhila (*1977 Tunesien – Frankreich), Saba Innab (*1980 Jordanien), Lamia Joreige (*1972 Libanon), Amina Menia (*1976 Algerien), Ala Younis (*1974 Jordanien)

Thank you

Exhibition benefactor

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funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Marta partners
Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.