Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution is a solo exhibition of the late Libyan artist and satirist, Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ Dhaimish (1955-2016) at Left Bank, Leeds.
In this project, curators Hanna and Sherif Dhaimish present their father’s colourful life and works using his political satire and paintings. Combined, the work studies his life in exile in the UK, his role as Libya’s most prominent, controversial 21st century satirist, and asks questions about identity, individuality and multiculturalism in Britain.
Dhaimish arrived in Bradford in the mid 1970s aged 19, and soon settled in east Lancashire. From the 1980s on, he published thousands of pro-human rights, anti-Gaddafi regime satirical cartoons while living in exile. He soon became an anonymous celebrated controversial figure known as Alsatoor (The Cleaver in Arabic), and rose to global prominence with the rise of the internet.
The exhibition features a series of political cartoons spanning four decades. Collectively this work is a brutally honest, often hilarious critique of the Gaddafi regime and the international community’s relationship with Libya; during and beyond the 2011 revolution Alsatoor questioned all those grabbing power, and celebrated those fighting for freedom in his home country. Sadly, he was never able to return before he passed away in 2016.
It also features a number of artworks Dhaimish produced on paper, canvas and digitally too. These stunning, vividly coloured works draw on the artist’s own cultural influences, specifically jazz and Delta blues. This is the first time Dhaimish’s work has been exhibited in Yorkshire.
Resistance, Rebellion & Revolution first took place at Hoxton 253, London, in 2020, also curated by the artist’s children, Hanna and Sherif Dhaimish.
The opening will take place on Thursday February 17th 2022 at 6.30-9pm. Book your free space now here.
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This exhibition has been supported by Arts Council England.
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