Bagri Recommends September Round-Up

Ye Harvest From the Eleven-Page Letter, by Golnar Adili, 2016. © Photograph: Golnar Adili

Habibi Funk & Nabihah Iqbal

10 September, The Jazz Cafe

After a long absence, Habibi Funk finally returns for his quarterly residency at the Jazz Cafe, with special guest selectors Nabihah Iqbal and Dar Disku.

Jannis Stürtz heads record label Habibi Funk, which focuses on reissuing Arab funk and electronic records from across the decades. His DJ sets jump between rare 45’s from the Arab disapora, with heavy flavours of hip-hop and disco.

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Ye Harvest From the Eleven-Page Letter, by Golnar Adili, 2016. © Photograph: Golnar Adili

Jameel Prize

18 September, V&A

From graphic design to fashion, architecture to activism, this edition of the Jameel Prize will celebrate contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition. The eight designers hail from India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK.

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Fehras Publishing Practices

Until 26 September, The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms presents the first UK solo exhibition by Berlin-based art collective Fehras Publishing Practices.

Borrowed Faces: Future Recall looks at the Cold War and its effect on cultural practices in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa region, which generated one of the most fertile periods in the history of Arab culture and publishing. The exhibition is part of the 2021 Shubbak Festival.

Fehras Publishing Practices explores significant cultural moments in the history of Arab publishing through performance, installation and publications, skilfully blending fiction and reality.

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CAT’S PAW (2021). Aerial view, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2021. Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London with support from Concrete Projects. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate

Abbas Akhavan

Until 17 October, Chisenhale Gallery

Abbas Akhavan’s work ranges from context-specific installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. Paying close attention to the historical, societal and architectural structures of a given site, Akhavan uses a range of materials to examine spaces and species just outside the home, such as the garden, the backyard, and other domestic landscapes.

For his Chisenhale Gallery commission, Akhavan develops his ongoing research into the relationship between chroma key green screen technology and cob, an ancient building material made of subsoil, water and straw. The cob installation is built in the image of the colonnade that once approached the monumental Arch of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old heritage site in Syria. 

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Yoko Ono Mend Piece 1966/2018 You and I, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa Photo by: Kyle Morland

Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE for London

Until 2 January 2022, Whitechapel Gallery

The Bagri Supported Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE for London looks at physical act of repair as a timely metaphor for a different kind of mending which takes place in the mind and through community.

Whitechapel Gallery visitors are invited to respond to this instruction from artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono. Upon entering the performative installation participants are asked to mend fragments of ceramic cups and saucers with craft materials while considering how they might “mend the world.”

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