19 September 2016, LONDON (UK)
The exhibition SEEDS+SOUL brings together nine international female artists from the Middle East, the Balkans, Turkey, United States of America, and the United Kingdom. The exhibition questions ways in which cultural perceptions and differences are transforming, through current feminist art. SEEDS+SOUL artists use different forms of media, including their own bodies and personifications to serve as artistic statements.

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“Flowers of Earth and Blood” by Lala Meredith-Vula

NWGallery will present Lala Meredith-Vula during October 2016 – December 2016 at Department of International Relations and Political Studies (POLIS) – University of Cambridge, an exhibition followed up by a symposium on the importance of photography as a tool for documenting political transitions and influencing political research.

Lala Meredith-Vula will show a series of photographs that mark her personal journey of re-discovering her roots and her own identity during the past 25years, including the aftermath of war in Bosnia and Kosovo. Lala will also feature works from the blood feud reconciliation movement in Kosova from 1990 – 1991 and the incredible time in the Kosovar history when people decided to bring an end to blood feuds and to stop the killing which lasted for over a hundred years and sometimes until all men of the two involved families were killed. The blood feuds were often influenced by the fifteenth century canon of Lek Dukagjini, a set of traditional Albanian laws.

Lala Meredith-Vula. Lala was born in Sarajevo, 1966, to an Albanian father and English mother. She came to Britain in the 1970s. Meredith-Vula studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College, London University (1985/88) and was awarded a Yugoslav scholarship at Pristina University, Kosova (1988/90). Her first show was in Damien Hirst’s landmark exhibition “Freeze”, London (1988) that is famous for launching the YBA Young British Artists. She has exhibited in the Venice Biennale, (1999 and 2007) representing Albania. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with many solo shows including at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, Germany, Italy and Albania, and numerous group shows in the UK, USA and China.

“A Moving Identity”

In November 2015 Nora Weller curated the exhibition “A Moving Identity” in support of Syrian Refugees. The exhibition featured artists from Syria, Lebanon, Kosovo, Serbia, Germany, United Kingdom and United States of America. Their work has been inspired and affected by their personal stories and the history of their families, who went through displacement, migration or continue to live in conflict.

The exhibition took place at the Science Park in Cambridge. NWGallery supported the artists and donated the proceeds of the exhibition to iPlatform – an initiative of Institution Quraysh in London, which operates in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The art works are now with private and public collectors. For more inquiries please contact us at info@nwgallery.com