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Shwaya, Shwaya 
Zackerea Bakir
OUTPUT Gallery

Preview: 5-8pm, Thursday 27 October 2022

Open: Friday 28 October – Sunday 6 November 2022, 11am-5pm

Shwaya, Shwaya – exhibition text and Q&A in Arabic

Zackerea Bakir’s first gallery exhibition explores what it means to be a dual Libyan/British national, playfully navigating the tensions and contradictions between two cultural identities.

Shwaya is a colloquial Arabic term which means a little. The slang phrase Shwaya, Shwaya is often passionately used in various contexts, from telling people to calm down, to expressing that someone lacks knowledge.

This body of work, across sculpture, collage, video and graphic design, playfully riffs on the phrase. By responding to outdated media depictions of Arab nations (such as the Libyans in Back to the Future, a nostalgic touchstone for the artist), it presents a modern, open-minded and inquisitive take on dual heritage identity.

Zackerea asks: can he truly be Arab, or engage in Arab culture, without being able to speak Arabic?


Zackerea Bakir is a British-Libyan creative and actor. His work examines the nuances of being an Arab dual-national within Britain. Driven by a restless energy, Zackerea’s diverse creative output interrogates this question, using either screen, gallery or stage to tell his story.


OUTPUT Gallery, 32 Seel St, Liverpool, L1 4FD




This autumn half term join LAAF and the Lady Lever Lever Art Gallery to learn about the maps of 12th Century Arab explorer Muhammad Al-Idrisi. Have a go at making your own maps using printmaking and other techniques in this exciting, free workshop with artist Jessica El Mal, as part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival cultural education programme.

Family workshop for ages 11+

Address: Village, Lower Rd, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral CH62 5EQ

Book tickets here: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson/lady-lever-art-gallery/event/exploring-al-idrisi-map-making-workshop

Al-Idrisi was a explorer and map maker born in Morocco in 1100AD who left his home aged 16 to explore the world. The maps he created are some of the earliest conceptions of the earth being round.

In this workshop we will explore how Al-Idrisi made his maps, and have a go at creating some of our own using a range of techniques such as print making.

Jessica El Mal is a writer, artist and curator based between Marrakech, Manchester and London. Her work often explores the concept of borders, ecology and migration.


Fatim Benhamza’s project Positive Pandemics is now available to view online at LAAF’s website.

A series of three digital illustrations that present utopian and dystopian visions of Casablanca’s environmental future, the project aims to raise awareness of the impact of ‘bad’ politics on the climate crisis in the Arab region.

This online project is part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2021 and is available until November.

You can see Fatim’s work here: www.arabartsfestival.com/events/fatim-benhamza-positive-pandemics/