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Khaled Takreti: Complete Freedom at Ayyam Gallery

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complete freedom, ayyam gallery, Khaled Takreti
'Les Enfants des Syria' by Khaled Takreti

Khaled Takreti is a Syrian artist most well known for his portraiture of the female form. For his first UK solo exhibition, however, he has moved away from his comfort zone and decided to focus on the theme of freedom and identity. Complete Freedom is a free exhibition at the Ayyam Gallery on Bond Street, London, and is open until the 5th October. Using both video footage and photography, Takreti explores what the term 'freedom' actually means. He does this on both an artistic and societal level. For example, one medium he favours in this project is that of the collage. A collage is probably one of the most freeing forms of art; it allows the you to release your inner child. You get to play with images by cutting, sticking, and pretty much bringing order to chaos with an amalgam of random pictures.

On the flip side of the coin, Takreti becomes more serious when he looks at immigration and cultural displacement. Although the image of children on a fairground ride in Les Enfants des Syria at first appears fun, when you understand the subtext, it becomes far more disheartening. These children are stuck in limbo; Takreti says they are 'lost between sky and earth', just as they are lost between two cultures.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 5th Oct
Phone: 44 (0) 207 409 3568
Where: Ayyam Gallery
Cost: Free
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