Tagsmart weekly discovery: Laudi Abilama’s Arabian Pop

Born in 1986 in Surrey, Laudi Abilama spent most of her life in the United Kingdom where she received her BA in Arts and Media from the University College of Creative Arts.

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At the age of 20, she moved back to Lebanon to be part of the rise of contemporary art in the region. Much of her work is based on portraits and iconic imagery; representing personalities and images that have at some point influenced or touched her.

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Orientalism and Arabism have greatly influenced her work. She is influenced by what is currently popular in the Middle East and by how Arabism is misrepresented in the West. She often focuses on stereotypes within Arab society and critiques them in subtle ways.

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Abilama mixes her own pigments, integrating into her images subtle, spontaneous, uncalculated traces of oriental forms, created much in the same way they were hundreds of years ago. Living in the United Kingdom for such a large part of her life has allowed Abilama to look at the Middle East with a more critical eye, as she describes her work as Arabian Pop

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She exhibits in Beirut, London and Dubai, and her work is acquired internationally. She has participated in many collective shows, namely the Sursock Museum’s Salon d'Automne and at Sotheby’s as part of their ‘Shubbak’ Festival in London.

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