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In pictures: Middle East art

Untitled from the Like Everyday Series. Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London.  Shadi Ghadirian, 2008

The Saatchi Gallery's new show, Unveiled: New Art From the Middle East, opens on Friday in London. Shadi Ghadirian's untitled piece, from the Like Everyday series, features among the works.

Holy Light, by Tala Madani. Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London.  Tala Madani, 2008

The exhibition showcases work by more than 20 contemporary artists from the region, including several paintings by Iranian-American artist Tala Madani.

The Tower of Infinite Problems, by Diana Al-Hadid.  Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London.  Diana Al-Hadid, 2008

"Cutting edge" painting, sculpture and installations from the "flourishing contemporary Arabic art scene" adorn the Chelsea gallery, such as The Tower of Infinite Problems, by Diana Al-Hadid.

Qalandia, by artist Wafa Hourani

Qalandia, by artist Wafa Hourani, takes its name from a well known Israeli military checkpoint in the West Bank.

WshhWshh, by Nadia Ayari. Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London.  Nadia Ayari, 2008

In WshhWshh, artist Nadia Ayari portrays two women dressed in burkas sharing a secret to heighten the "mysteries and fascination" surrounding the veil.

Ghost, by Kader Attia

A person views Ghost, a group of Muslim women in prayer made out of foil, by artist Kader Attia.

Beirut Caoutchouc, by Marwan Rechmaoui

Beirut Caoutchouc is a large black rubber mat in the shape of Beirut's current map, by artist Marwan Rechmaoui.

Men of Allah, by Ramin Haerizadeh. Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London.  Ramin Haerizadeh, 2008

Ramin Haerizadeh's work is reminiscent of the traditional designs of Persian tapestries, carvings, architecture and fabrics. The exhibition runs from 30 January until 6 May.



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