At the Corner of a Dream

Bahia Shehab

27 September 2019 – 5 January 2020

The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) is working with renowned Lebanese-Egyptian artist, activist and academic Bahia Shehab on the inaugural exhibition at the new Aga Khan Centre Gallery, showcasing her latest street art.

When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, Bahia Shehab began spray-painting the Arabic script for ‘no’ in the streets of Cairo saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence: a thousand times no. Our exhibition highlights her most recent works, which have taken her powerful message of resistance to walls around the world, providing an insightful, powerful and immersive experience into her thought provoking practice.

This exhibition accompanies the book by the same title published by Gingko in association with AKU-ISMC. The book is a compilation of walls painted by Bahia during the post-Egyptian revolution using the poetry of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Located at the heart of King’s Cross’ Knowledge Quarter, the Aga Khan Centre is a place of education, insight and cultural exchange. The Aga Khan Centre Gallery is home to a changing programme of exhibitions which aim to create a better understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures, past and present. The gallery programme will connect with the work of the three main institutes within the centre; Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and Institute of Ismaili Studies. It will also connect with the wider Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The Aga Khan Gallery will significantly contribute to the cultural offer across London as well as nationally and internationally.

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