What Is Home?

New Exhibition at Battersea's Pump House Gallery

16 July 2015- 9 August 2015
Exhibition Preview: 15 July 6-8.30pm, all welcome.

Artists: Hamra Abbas, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Manal Al Dowayan, Faten Eldisouky, Walid Elsawi, Hazem Harb, Ahmed Mater, Amina Menia, Ayman Yossri Daydban

What Is Home? Is it the building, town or country we live in, the people we live with or even the objects we surround ourselves with?

The Pump House Gallery welcomes visitors to its home this summer, where the work of a group of Arabian artists with divergent concerns is presented. From gender roles to the relationships we hold with architectural and historical space, these concerns are manifested in their work through humour and a close cultural examination of the mundane and everyday. All contribute to the idea of what we consider home to be, either by challenging readily-accepted norms or confirming what we already know or believe.

Set within a quasi-domestic situation, the viewer is able to spend time with the artwork outside the constructs of ‘the gallery’. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own life experience to their interaction with works that address ideas of place, memory and history, both global and personal, identity and how it is formed.

What Is Home?

Above: Manal Al Dowayan, Tree Of Guardians 2014. Courtesy of the artist

There is no suggested resident of the Pump House Gallery home, rather each visitor should assume that role for themselves as they discover the artwork.

This exhibition is a part of the Shubbak Festival programme taking place across London from 11-26 July 2015. Founded in 2011 by the Mayor of London, Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. For more information visitJuly 28, 2015"Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> For updates on the exhibition please visit what-is-home.


July 13, 2015