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Art Exhibition On Bahraini Protests Opens in London

2015-07-15 - 4:11 p

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): The Road Bloc Collective art exhibition opened on Thursday (July 9, 2015) in the British capital London featuring visual artworks that reflect the reality of anti-regime protests on the ground in Bahrain, where protestors blocked roads with different means possible to stop security forces from marching ahead towards them during demonstrations and prevent them from raiding their villages and protest squares.

The exhibition will be open until the 30th of July, 2015, as it is an art initiative part of the Shubbak Window on Contemporary Arab Culture Festival held annually in London. A consortium of NGOs including Bahrain Watch, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Index on Censorship are supporting this exhibition.

According to the exhibition's advertisement, the Road Bloc Collective are a group of artists and activists who explore how power inscribes itself in urban space through architecture and images.

"As parts of Bahrain transform into territories of dissent, where roundabouts become ‘squares' and spaces for political speech and action, graffiti is visible like never before and road blocks and marches are part of everyday life - we see the scenography and spectacle of revolution," the ad further stated.

Featuring photography, sound works and installation, Road Block enacts the ongoing battle for space and claims for ‘the right to the city', that provoke and challenge us to reconsider the relationship that we have to space and power.

On Sunday 12th July at 3pm the curators, researchers and artists took the visitors on a tour of the exhibition.

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