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Open Call! 2017 Exhibition

Reconnecting Arts is pleased to announce its 2017 exhibition that invites artists to respond to the theme Transition.


Definition: Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

The Arab world has seen a transition both collectively and individually. Transitioning from one state or condition to another is inevitable in life. The concept of transition or change is one that has intrigued artists for centuries, from writing in one’s diary about their experiences, to singing about that one heart break, to photographing the change in the city, or recording the sounds of a distant memory. From painting the ever changing facial expressions to flicking through the pages of a transitioning sketchbook, to filming a story about the future or creating a sculpture from found items on their journey of being displaced.

Geographically, personally or artistically, we want to see, hear or feel the way in which you have transitioned through your creativity.

The exhibitions aim is to engage in dialogue about how artists from the Arab world are individuals transitioning through life. We see the Arab world being exposed to different cultures, the rise of third culture kids or the merge of mixed backgrounds is becoming more common, we see more young people having political opinions, the social rise on social media is widespread and the balancing of both West and East is on a scale that continually drops or heightens. Where usually one person is often a spokesperson for the entire community rather than as their individual self, we aim to shift away from that notion and encourage growth of the individual, to explore the complexities of an identity and the ever transitioning stages we each go through.

This text is just an outline to inspire, feel free to respond to the theme ‘Transition’ in anyway you like.


15TH MARCH 2017


Paintings, Graphic Design, Doodles, Sketchbooks, Photography, Illustrations, Film, Sound, Performance, Sculpture, Zines, Poetry, Short stories/essays, and anything else creative is accepted.

  • We accept previously published/exhibited work.
  • We are particularly looking for UK based artists.
  • We are particularly looking for sketchbooks and zines.
  • We may accept non-Arab artists if your work is MENA based.



Please send us your project / piece of art work that relates to the theme Transition.


  • Subject Line: “Exhibition _ (Your name).”
  • What the submission is for: Exhibition OR Website
  • Full Name
  • Website Link
  • About your self
  • About your project in detail, (idea, message, inspiration?)
  • Attach images in the email / dropbox only!

  • Please send all submissions in one email, do not send multiple emails.
  • We are open to ideas / concepts being sent to us, but the work must be finished before June.
  • All works needs to be in high quality 300dpi or scanned at 300dpi quality.
  • Videos/Films need a link to Youtube or Vimeo.


If you are chosen, your work will be exhibited in London, performance artist/musician will be flown out to perform, additionally a publication will be produced that will promote you and your work.

Please ensure that if you are chosen, your work will be available for exhibition and prepared and packaged accordingly. All your work will be returned the following week of the exhibition. Please only apply if you are prepared to ship your work.


Do not send questions to the above email as they will not be answered. Any important enquiries to

We look forward to reviewing your work and hopefully giving you all an opportunity for an exhibition!


  • If you are interested in getting your work featured on the website, please specify in the subject line. Example subject Line: “WEBSITE _ (NAME).” Do not just send us a submission without specifying exactly what the submission is for.
  • We accept: Interviews, Short stories, short essays, reviews, exhibition images, photography, video, sketches, digital art, and anything else creative for the website.

The Journey

Joha explores the themes of loss of identity, home, diaspora and overcoming the physical and psychological boundaries created by conflict, specifically in his own personal story of growing up in Palestine.


اكتشف موضوعات: فقدان الهوية والمنزل والشتات والتغلب على الحدود المادية والنفسية التي أوجدتها الصراعات، وتحديداً في قصته الشخصية من النمو في فلسطين.

“The Journey’ operates on a number of levels. It is primarily a creative journey through the work of Mohammed Joha. However, it is also a journey of human experience in which determination, resilience and joy are affirmed” Valerie Grove


“الرحلة” تعمل على عدد من المستويات وهي في المقام الأول رحلة الإبداع من خلال أعمال محمد جحا. ومع ذلك، فإنها أيضاً رحلة التجربة الإنسانية التي تقرر وتأكد المرونة والفرح “فاليري غروف

Mohammed Joha – The Journey

A public viewing and music concert

Wednesday 3 February 8pm – Rich Mix


محمد جحا – الرحلة

معرض وحفل موسيقي

الأربعاء ٣ من فبراير الساعة ٨ مساءً 



Mohammed Joha bio:


Mohammed Joha was born in Gaza in 1978 and graduated in Art Education from Al-Aqsa University in 2003. Through mixed techniques of collage, painting and photography, much of his work has explored the questions and experiences of childhood, and the loss of innocence and freedom experienced by the current generation of children in Gaza. He was winner of the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2004. He has been selected for workshops and residencies in Amman, Jordan and Cites des Artes, Paris.


Besides participating in exhibitions worldwide, he had his first solo exhibition, Dreams in Black and White, at the Mosaic Rooms, London, 2011. Most recently, his ambitious project, The Jasmine and Bread Revolution, was shown in 2012 at The Courtyard Gallery, Dubai as well as exhibiting at Rich Mix, London as part of Despite, 2012, Traces and Revelations, Oriental Museum – Durham University 2014.


The private view featuring “Watan Trio” classic (muwashahat and maqamat) and popular Arabic music of the mid-20th century, the programme will include a selection of instrumental and vocal pieces from historically interconnected cultures in Palestine and from the wider Middle East.


The Trio includes


Saied Silbak, a highly respected composer and master of the Oud


Elias Farsoon, a renowned singer and Qanoon player


Iba` Abu Khalaf, an established percussionist and singer


Afterwards DJ Faisal Hamdan who will play an hour of his collection of Old Vintage Arabic Vinyl Record Albums.


Independent curator : Aser El Saqqa


Please join Arts Canteen for the Open House on 3 February, 6pm.

The event has free entry