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Platform for discussion 010

Where to Now? Shifting Regional Dynamics and Cultural Production in North Africa and the Middle East

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Responses

1 June 2016
Burcu Pelvanoğlu

What are the urgent questions affecting cultural production in Turkey?

I am writing from the perspective of Turkey, rather than the perspective of the Middle East and North Africa in general...

1 June 2016
Talinn Grigor

There is never a neutral position for critique, but there certainly ought to be the practice of critique. And that is precisely the element that is missing in top-down formation of the art scene in West Asia and North Africa, and perhaps in the rest of the non-western art scene.

1 June 2016
Saleh Barakat

The development of a healthy regional Arab art scene, like anywhere else in the world, requires the collaborative efforts of the different components that constitute it.

1 June 2016
Sabrina DeTurk

The varying political, cultural and economic circumstances of the participants of Art Dubai 2016, Design Days and the March Meeting, merit further consideration, as it is the differences among them that highlight the current constraints and opportunities for cultural production in the region.

1 June 2016
Octavian Esanu

To answer this question I propose an excerpt from a text in progress called 'Art and Garbage'. This piece is intended to look into the relation between urgent social problems – in this case the ongoing garbage crisis in Lebanon – and contemporary art.

1 June 2016
Iftikhar Dadi

Of course, I do not wish to be misunderstood as arguing for nativism or closure. But the specific history of the region matters deeply, as factual evidence, but even more so in terms of identifying resources that can be transformed and activated in new ways today.

1 June 2016
Alex Dika Seggerman

As a historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Middle Eastern art, I am concerned with the urgent questions facing cultural production as well as those facing histories of cultural production. My response below reflects that concern.

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What is a platform?

A platform is a space for speaking in public. It is an opportunity to express ideas and thoughts. It also suggests the formal declaration of a stance or position on any given subject.

Unique to Ibraaz is a 'platform', a question put to writers, thinkers and artists about an issue relevant to the MENA region. This platform is sent to respondents both within and beyond the MENA region and contributions will be archived every 12 months.

Ibraaz platforms

Platform for discussion 009

What are the genealogies of performance art in North Africa and the Middle East?

 

Platform for discussion 008

How do we productively map the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between North Africa, the Middle East and the Global South?

 

Platform for discussion 007

What is the future of arts infrastructures and audiences across North Africa and the Middle East?

 

Platform for discussion 006

What role can the archive play in developing and sustaining a critical and culturally located art history?

 

Platform for discussion 005

How has a globalised cultural economy affected the production of contemporary visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East?

 

Platform for discussion 004

With the benefit of hindsight, what role does new media play in artistic practices, activism, and as an agent for social change in the Middle East and North Africa today?

 

Platform for discussion 003

Can Artistic Practices Negotiate the Demands of Cultural Institutions, Public Space, and Civil Society?

 

Platform for discussion 002

What relationship does visual culture have to the world we live in?

 

Platform for discussion 001

What do we need to know about the MENA region today?