Tag Archives: Middle East

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War: Here, There, and Elsewhere

War: Here, There, and Elsewhere

Guest contributor Bansie Vasvani covers war and revolution in recent exhibitions of contemporary art from the Middle East.

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Access 100 Artists: Get Involved!

Access 100 Artists: Get Involved!

Art21’s Director of Education, Rosanna Flouty, sends out a call to action. Get involved with our latest initiative, Access 100 Artists, and host a screening!

Egyptian hip hop trio Arabian Knightz.  Photo courtesy of the artists.

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Year of Accountability: 2012 in 10 Music Videos

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Year of Accountability: 2012 in 10 Music Videos

Columnist Safa Samiezade’-Yazd looks back on music videos of 2012 that spoke to the spirit of Arab uprisings.

Photo Credit: Rowan El Shimi via Flickr

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | Talkin’ ‘Bout My Revolution

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | Talkin’ ‘Bout My Revolution

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd on the power of protest signs and the concise, author-less slogans they bear.

Photo courtesy of Rowan El Shimi via Flickr

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Dictator Will Be Tagged: Power, Revolution Graffiti and the Deconstructed Superhero

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Dictator Will Be Tagged: Power, Revolution Graffiti and the Deconstructed Superhero

TheArt21 Blog’s newest column debuts today!

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Revolution 2.12: The Revolution Will Not Be Veiled

Revolution 2.12: The Revolution Will Not Be Veiled

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd looks at female identity in Middle Eastern art through “the one object that encapsulates and defines the average Muslim woman” to Western eyes: the veil.

Photo by Reza Hakimi;  www.facebook.com/ahmadrezahakimi.

Revolution 2.12, Part II: Gender in the Middle East Cause

Revolution 2.12, Part II: Gender in the Middle East Cause

Samiezade’-Yazd responds to Egyptian-American writer Mona El Tahawy’s controversial article “Why Do They Hate Us?” published in Foreign Policy magazine this week.

Grafitti in Cairo referencing Aliaa ElMahdy

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Female Problems

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Female Problems

How have the ways of representing, questioning or challenging gender in the visual arts changed in Egypt over the past year?

A specialist sorts through books damaged in the fire at the Institut d'Egypte. Image from mauriceincairo.blogspot.com

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Alluring Archives: On Memory, Omission, and Research in an Unstable Region

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | Alluring Archives: On Memory, Omission, and Research in an Unstable Region

Researchers working in the Middle East/North Africa region are challenged by a confusing bureaucracy, making access to archives and primary sources difficult.

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Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | One Year Later: The Myth of Art in the Arab Spring

Cairo in Context: Art and Change in the Middle East

Cairo in Context | One Year Later: The Myth of Art in the Arab Spring

How does art function in times of conflict? This new column looks at art’s importance, and its political potential, in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Man wakeboarding in the Nile, January 28, 2011. Photo by Lindsay Lawson.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times

May you live in interesting times… This ambiguously Chinese curse implies that interesting (i.e. historically significant) times are usually not peaceful ones. They are times of change and therefore, times …

Photo courtesy of Vasif Kortun.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part II)

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part II)

Following is the second half an interview Elizabeth Wolfson conducted with Vasif Kortun. Read part one here. — Ed. Perhaps more than any other individual, Vasıf Kortun has redirected the …

Cairo International Airport, Terminal 1, January 30, 2011. Photo by Alex Freedman

Egypt Rising

Egypt Rising

On January 31, BA177 hummed with mixed messages. Tourists who’d been vacationing in Cairo’s International Airport sighed with relief. Evacuated expats who left their homes doubled up on tiny vodkas. …

Photo courtesy of Vasif Kortun

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part I)

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part I)

Perhaps more than any other individual, Vasıf Kortun has redirected the trajectory of recent Turkish art history. As Chief Curator and Director of the 3rd Istanbul Biennial in 1992, Kortun …

Photograph by Cengiz Tekin, courtesy Outlet-istanbul.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: An Introduction

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: An Introduction

Art21 is pleased to announce our newest column on the blog — the first of several new endeavors for 2011. Turkish and Other Delights is a column devoted to exploring …

Loul Samater at her studio.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Loul Samater

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Loul Samater

Loul Samater is a Somali artist born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but currently based in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She came to the U.S. in 1994 to complete the …

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Looking at Los Angeles

I Am Not Neda

Looking at Los Angeles

I Am Not Neda

I drove into a Westwood parking garage late on Monday and saw that the attendant had been crying. After an uneasy moment–I wasn’t sure where compassion and polite distance met …