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Sophia Al-Maria and Lydia Ourahmane

Grey Unpleasant Land

Sophia Al-Maria and Lydia Ourahmane

Grey Unpleasant Land

Sophia Al-Maria and Lydia Ourahmane, I Am a Painted Bird on this Grey Unpleasant Land, research image

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A two-person exhibition blending the works and worlds of Sophia Al-Maria and Lydia Ourahmane, both of whom are immigrants to the UK. Existing works and a collaborative commission explore the idea of the ‘right to remain’ in the context of semi-feudal laws around property and ownership.

SOPHIA AL-MARIA

Sophia Al-Maria is a London-based artist. Al-Maria has had recent solo exhibitions at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; LUMA Arles; Tate Britain, London, and numerous others. She is the author of three books: Sad Sack (Book Works, London, 2019 & 2023), Virgin with a Memory (Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester, 2014), and The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Perennial, New York, 2012).

LYDIA OURAHMANE

Lydia Ourahmane is an artist based in Barcelona. Ourahmane has had recent solo exhibitions at Sculpture Centre, New York; rhizome, Algiers; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; S.M.A.K Ghent; Portikus, Frankfurt; De Appel, Amsterdam; and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, among others.

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