‘The Arab 20th century sometimes seems a fiction, it’s history too quickly forgotten. The dream of a pan-Arab modernity, with uncovered women and men engaging in artistic and intellectual pursuits from the streets of Sana’a to those of Cairo,
and children playing in the great Umayyad mosque of Damascus: have these memories become too painful in the light of recent developments?
“In Family Portraits Ibrahim Quraishi explores both the presence and the absence of himself and his close family in the greater Middle East with fact mingling with fiction, identity becoming a series of hypothetical statements. In a series eleven carefully doctored portraits featuring his father, his mother, their siblings, his sisters and himself he provides a poignant personal testimony of the vagaries of history and how personal identities get irremediably caught up in them.” Arab art Guide 2013, RK