Visionary Awakening – Artist’s Reception for Nasreen Jamal al-Lail


Young mixed media artist Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail’s solo exhibition Visionary Awakening launched on 18 September 2013 at the IHRC Gallery spaces in London.

The Artist’s Reception was attended by a wide spectrum of people, from journalists and other artists to community leaders and members and academics.  Jamal al-Lail’s work on exhibition included her series Beyond the Veil that was a timely look at the objectification of Muslim women and challenged the narrative of the covering of both hair and face, using Kantian ethics.

Her photo series Pilgrimage recounted her own journey through the Hajj, and her road to self-discovery.  The Calling – a film can be viewed here, and asks the viewer to reflect on metaphysical questions including the essential question – Who is Calling?

‘When I was 8’ is a series of three videos recounting the artist’s move from Saudi Arabis to the UK where she is now mainly based, when she was 8 years old following a car crash that left her sister needing medical attention.

The exhibition runs until February 2014 and entry is free.  Schools wishing to book class visits with a presentation and Q&A with the artist should contact the IHRC office on 020 8904 4222 or email  We are currently taking bookings until 7 October for schools’ visits.

A video of the artist’s reception will be up shortly, we will keep you posted.

Below are links to coverage of the exhibition in the English and Spanish broadcast and print media.


Press Release
Event page
YouTube video