• MAY 10
    Beyond the Former Middle East: Opening Dialogues


    • Other
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAY 10, 2013

    Event Location

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77-82 Whitechapel High Street
    United Kingdom

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    Booking essential.

    Tickets £10/8 concessions (£5 Members). *Proof of concession or membership to be shown on the doors.




    What are the structures that frame discourse and cultural practice in North Africa and the so-called Middle East? Omar Kholeif is joined by artists, writers, curators and filmmakers including Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Sheyma Buali, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige and Guy Mannes-Abbott to interrogate new ways of thinking of emerging practice and artistic ecology.

    This forum seeks to pose questions about what it means to curate work growing out of a territorially rooted artistic ecology. What is the relationship between site, movement, and artistic practice? How can we complicate existing dialogues and narratives around geographically specific curating?


    : Curator, writer and Senior Editor of Ibraaz Publishing, Omar Kholeif presents a provocation to frame the afternoon’s discussion.

    : Artist-filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige present an illustrated talk and conversation, which traces their career, and illuminates their art making in the context of a continually evolving and contested public sphere.


    : Writer Sheyma Buali discusses the aesthetic qualities inherent within visual culture in the period that followed the Arab Uprisings of 2011.

    Artist and researcher Lawrence Abu Hamdan presents a newly developed performance lecture.

    : Writer Guy Mannes-Abbott presents a reading from his new book In Ramallah, Running

    :Panel discussion with all speakers

    The title Beyond the Former Middle East is an homage to the essay Beyond the Former Middle East: Aesthetics, Civil Society, and the Politics of Representation by Dr. Anthony Downey published by Ibraaz publishing and available at www.ibraaz.org

    Beyond The Former Middle East is a one-off event that forms part of a research and curatorial enquiry by Omar Kholeif, Independent Curator, writer and Senior Editor of Ibraaz.  

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