By: Diane Granahan
There are two interesting and significant exhibitions happening in London right now, both of which focus on vanished histories in essential but very different ways.
The British Museum’s recently opened Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds features relics found deep beneath the sea from the ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion, a commercial mecca, and Canopus, which was a major center for worshiping the gods. The pieces in this major exhibition help connect the dots between ancient Egypt and ancient Greece.
On view at the Purdy Hicks Gallery is a solo exhibition of photographs by Diana Matar titled Still Far Away. In this show, Matar’s art investigates the controversial question of using beauty to depict issues of power imposed on individuals and society such as displacement, memory, and political disappearance. Still Far Away is on view through June 6, 2016. Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Cities is on view through November, 2016.