Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: ‘Points of Departure’ at the ICA

Electronic Intifada, 10th July 2013 The results are effectively six mini-exhibitions, each composed of several pieces in various media. This permits a broad exploration of questions around nationalism, identity, history … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: Khaled Jarrar’s ‘Infiltrators’

Electronic Intifada, 6th July 2013 “Once I fell and broke my legs,” says one of the hundreds of workers who cross Israel’s wall in the West Bank each week. “Their … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Sea (the film, that is…)

Went to see The Sea this evening, screening as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It turned out to be the World Premiere of the movie, which meant a … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: ‘When I Saw You’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 3rd June 2013 Jacir’s portrayal of daily life is full of precise details which make it a joy to watch. Copies of Mao’s Little Red Book sit in … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Dor Guez at The Mosaic Rooms reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 18th April 2013 “We are a minority within a minority,” says one of the speakers in Watermelons about Christians in the Middle East. “Nobody would think twice if … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: Habibi

Electronic Intifada, 29th March 2013 More than 1,000 years ago, in the middle of the Arabian peninsula, Qays ibn al-Mulawwah fell in love with Layla bint Mahdi ibn Saad. He … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: ‘Poets of Protest’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 28th February 2013 “All revolutions begin as poetry. Poetry and protest are inseparable twins,” says Yehia Jaber. He should know. A former fighter whose memories include patrolling the … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Kissing the Moon-Like Face’ at the Filmhouse

It may be a bit sacrilegious to say this, but I’ve never managed to take wholeheartedly to the examples of Iranian cinema I’ve encountered in the UK. I can see … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: London’s P21 gallery and the ‘Refractions’ show

Electronic Intifada, 5th February 2013 Even more shocking, perhaps, is [Laila Shawa‘s] video work “Gaza Fashion Week,” which shows a woman clad in a jilbab (a loose-fit coat) and headscarf … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Exciting things to go and see at the Whitworth

There are two fascinating/lovely exhibitions (see applicability below!) on at the Whitworth Art Gallery at the moment. Both are on until January 27th, so plenty of time to go and … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: exhibition review – Darat al-Funun

Electronic Intifada, 9th July 2012 In the picturesque surroundings of the Darat al Funun gallery in downtown Amman, Jordan, artist Jumana Abboud stands squeezing lemon after lemon by hand, using … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: 'The War Around Us' reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 15th June 2012 Tadros’s comments are more personal. A newcomer to frontline reporting, she is frank in saying that she will never put herself in that position again. … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bassel Shehade

A friend of a friend, a young Syrian film-maker called Bassel Shehade, was killed in the city of Homs yesterday. As that intermediary friend put it, ‘it is a terrible … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

'The Source' (La source des femmes)

Saw ‘The Source’ at the Cornerhouse last night with friend Ruth. Having slept on it, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the film. This is the official … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

New article: 'Subversion' Arabic art exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 13th May 2012 The final Palestinian contribution is “Gazawood,” by twin al-Aqsa University students known as Tarzan and Arab. In a mocked-up cinema — by the look of … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

The 3 Disappearances of Soad Hosni, Cornerhouse

Just returned from The Cornerhouse screening of The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, a film made by Lebanese director Rania Stephan, who was present for a post-screening Q&A. Soad Hosni … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 2 Comments