Sabiha Khemir

Sabiha al-Khemir was visiting a solar energy plant in Spain about four years ago when inspiration struck. Her host, the foundation of a Spanish company with interests in alternative energy, wanted her to conceive an Islamic art exhibition for Seville to recognize Spain’s 800-year history under Moorish rule and ideally to tie her concept into the Seville-based company’s work. Touring the solar plant, the Tunisian-born curator found her organizing principle. “It was an incredible experience,” Ms. Al Khemir, 55, recalled. “Light was everywhere.”

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