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Middle East / Africa

Questioning clichés

An exotic place of longing, the world’s poorhouse, an area of conflict – our image of Africa and the Middle East is ambivalent and often dominated by clichés. But the art from these regions speaks a different language, attesting to growing confidence, a sensitive grasp of current societal issues, and a hopeful outlook for the future.

Zohra Bensemra, *1968
Ohne Titel / Untitled, 2008
Courtesy Zohra Bensemra / Reuters
Maha Maamoun, *1972
El-Sayyida Park #01, o.J. / n.d
Courtesy of the Artist
Yehudit Sasportas, *1969
Cosmic Rift 35, 2010
Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig / Berlin
und Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv