by H-Net Reviews
“Baya Mahieddine,” February 25-July 31, 2021, Sharjah Art Museum. . .
Reviewed by Katarzyna Faleçka (Newcastle University)
Published on H-AMCA (January, 2022)
Commissioned by Jessica Gerschultz (University of Kansas)
“Lasting Impressions” at the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, has become an annual exhibition that celebrates the work of under-exhibited artists from West Asia and North Africa. Its 11th edition formed an impressive retrospective of the work of Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931-98), known for drawing on the country’s rich Amazigh, Arab, and Islamic cultural heritage. Curated by Alya Al Mulla and Suheyla Takesh, “Baya Mahieddine” (February 25-July 31, 2021) brought together seventy works by an important woman and self-taught modern artist, whose practice puts pressure on a number of art-historical terms and categorizations.