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Ibraaz Platform 008

008 / 6 November 2014

Ibraaz is pleased to announce the launch of Platform 008, which will investigate the following question:


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

From November 2014 to April 2015, Ibraaz will invite cultural practitioners to articulate their views on how we might effectively locate North Africa and the regions of the Middle East within the context of the so-called Global South. How, we will ask, does mapping such networks produce other forms of knowledge? What, moreover, does mapping mean in a postcolonial context? Could the Global South represent a nascent form of neo-colonialism and categorical essentialism? Does the periphery, furthermore, still exist and can we effectively rethink Occidental/Oriental paradigms without reinstating other binary rationales? Through engagement with expanded cartographies, the primary aim of Platform 008 is to collectively formulate and develop new epistemological frameworks for producing cultural knowledge while offering a critical dynamic for revising accepted theories of global cultural production.


Contributors to Platform 008 include, amongst others: Pio Abad, Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Rahel Aima, Basma Alsharif, Monira Al Qadiri, Shiva Balaghi, Yogesh Barve, Eric Baudelaire, Neïl Beloufa, Isak Berbic, Beyond Entropy (Stefano Rabolli Pansera), Campus in Camps, Martina Caruso, Youmna Chlala, Grupo Contrafilé, Laura Cugusi, Shezad Dawood, Clare Davies, Hassan Darsi, Kurchi Dasgupta, Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR), Jeannette Ehlers, Embroiderers of Actuality, Anthony Gardner, Farida El Gazzar, Aikaterini Gegisian, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Nida Ghouse, Natasha Ginwala, Ariel Hassan, Nav Haq, Malak Helmy, Maryam Jafri, Amar Kanwar, Romuald Karmakar, Gilles Kepel, Lara Khaldi, Bouchra Khalili, Daria Kirsanova, Taus Makhacheva, Ahmad Makia, Santiago Mostyn, Gerardo Mosquera, Diana Nawi, Uriel Orlow, Rosana Palazyan, Nikos Papastergiadis, Haig Papazian, Fernando Resende, Amanprit Sandhu, Stephen Sheehi, Mounira Al Solh, Jonas Staal, Hakan Topal, Eric Van Hove, Vangelis Vlahos, Leung Chi Wo, and Tirdad Zolghadr. To view the full remit, follow this link.



Platform 008 Editorial

Anthony Downey


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The Global South

Fernando Resende


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The North of the South and the West of the East

Walter D. Mignolo


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Between Iran and Dubai

Shiva Balaghi


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Tracing Dissent at the Margins of Empire

Ahmad Makia and Rahel Aima


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The Geopolitics of Contemporary Art

Nikos Papastergiadis and Gerardo Mosquera


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Leung Chi Wo in conversation with Robin Peckham


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Forensic Transgressions

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi in conversation with Mirene Arsanios


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Writing by Example

Meriç Algün Ringborg in conversation with Nora Razian


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When Energy Becomes Form

Stefano Rabolli Pansera in conversation with Stephanie Bailey


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My Sister Who Travels

Martina Caruso in conversation with Sheyma Buali


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A Big Bang Theory

Eric Van Hove in conversation with Natasha Hoare


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So I don't really know sometimes if it's because of culture

Leung Chi Wo


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2922 Days

Uriel Orlow


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Meriç Algün Ringborg


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It is small, we like it this way

Aikaterini Gegisian


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The Tree School

Campus in Camps and Grupo Contrafilé


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Towards the Possible Film

Shezad Dawood


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A selection of essays from Platform 008 will be published in Volume 04 of our Visual Cultures in North Africa and the Middle East print series. Volume 01, Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East, was published in September; and Volume 02, Dissonant Archives: Knowledge Production and Contested Narratives in the Middle East, edited by Anthony Downey, will be published in May 2015.

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