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BARCELONA, 22 September 2005—Curated by the Tunisian writer Abdelwahab Meddeb, West by East is an exhibition about how Westerners, Europeans in particular, have been seen, past and present, by the Islamic East. The exhibition presents seven different sequences and a total of 215 works. Each sequence or section of the exhibition confronts views from the past (12th-19th centuries) with those of the present. Miniatures, manuscripts, maps, paintings and photographs illustrate how Islam has seen Europe over the centuries, mirrored by images in other artistic languages that offer a contemporary key to the question.

The contemporary voices are represented firstly in the work of nine visual artists (Marjane Satrapi, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Mohamed el Baz, Shadi Ghadirian, Jellel Gasteli, Bouchra Khalili, Hassan Musa, Khosrow Hassangadeh, Touhami Ennadre).

Touhami Ennadre: New York Nine-Eleven
Photograph 150 x 120 cms.
2001 - 2005
Touhami Ennadre, París
Photo courtesy of CCB

Currently based in Paris, Abdelwahab Meddeb is a lecturer in Comparative Literature (Europe/Islam) at the University of Paris X. He is founding director of the international transdisciplinary journal Dédale and presents the weekly programme Cultures d'Islam on France-Culture (Radio France). He has publishedb 16 books, and was awarded the Max Jacob Prize for his volume of poetry Matière des Oiseaux (2002) and the François Mauriac Prize for his essay La Maladie de l'Islam (2002). His work has been translated into 15 languages.

West by East
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Until 25 September 2005
Tel: (93) 306 41 00

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